Alternative Medicine, Essential Oils, Lifestyle, Mental Health

Back to Basics – Lemon

After talking about the basics of essential oils, I wanted to go into a little more depth into some of the most commonly used oils – what they’re for, how to use them, and a challenge for you to try!  Keep your eye out here for the Back to Basics posts over the next few weeks!

Also, be sure to read the Essential Oils 101 post to learn the basics about essential oils.

I hope these challenges will help you get creative in using your oils! Plus, I love seeing new ideas for using oils, so I’d love to hear from you and how you use your oils. Be sure to follow along here and on Instagram!

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Exercise, Fitness, Lifestyle, Mental Health

New Year’s Goals

Happy New Year friends!!

First, thank you all for coming along in this journey with me. So many of you have helped me as I travel down this path, and I appreciate it all so much!

Another year down which means a new set of goals! A couple of years ago, I realized that I prefer setting New Year’s goals instead of resolutions, as resolutions tend to be open-ended and usually end up failing within the first month. Continue reading “New Year’s Goals”

Alternative Medicine, Essential Oils, Lifestyle, Mental Health

Essential Oils 101

I talk about them quite a bit here, but I realized I never took the time to actually talk about what essential oils are or how to use them. There’s a saying in the essential oil world, “I didn’t know how to use essential oils, but then I opened the bottle!” While it is that easy to get started, there’s a little more to than that. Continue reading “Essential Oils 101”

Diet, Food

Homemade Almond Milk (and what to do with the pulp)

One of the first foods I changed when I started on this journey was replacing my milk with almond milk. Slowly but surely, I switched to the unsweetened almond milk, and now, I’m fully granola and make my own nut milk each week. A friend of mine asked me about it and said she had no idea how to do it! It’s super easy and trust me, it tastes probably 163x (give or take a couple times) better than what you get in the grocery store, plus! you know all the ingredients in it!

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Diet, Food

Spinach and Squash Soup (Vegan, Gluten Free & Whole30)

It’s my goal every year to get something green past my roommate’s lips. We joke about how picky an eater she is, and so I’ve made it my mission to get some healthy stuff in her every once in awhile.  A couple years ago, I hooked her with avocados and pistachios, and last year, I even got her to try brussel sprouts!  As this year is getting closer and closer to over, I was searching for a creative way to get her to eat something green. Thanks to my CSA share, I had a huge bag of spinach and some squash. After some Pinterest searching, I found the perfect way to get her to eat something green without having to chew it. Of course, I can’t take complete credit for the recipe, as it’s yet another one I’ve adapted from one I’ve found online. Thanks to Karina at cafedelites.com for the base recipe.

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Diet, Food, Lifestyle, Mental Health

GI Update

A couple weeks ago now, I had my colonoscopy and upper endoscopy procedure, and I have received the results from the biopsies and all that was done that day. With mixed emotions, I report that everything has one back as normal from that procedure. Much like the last time I had tests done, I didn’t really want to have any of the illnesses I was being tested for. But I was really hoping for some sort of answers or diagnosis so I could have a starting point to start getting better. At the moment, I’m happy that I don’t have a chronic issue to treat, but I’m back at square one again, and I’m just tired. Continue reading “GI Update”

Diet, Food

Mediterranean Stuffed Eggplant (Gluten Free)

One of the best things about getting the CSA is that you get to be creative with the veggies you get.  Last week, I got three small eggplants and I had no idea what to do with them.  One week, when I only got one, I made a Chinese dish, 地三鲜, which is delicious, but I didn’t feel like making a whole Chinese meal again.  So I did some Internet searching, and came across a recipe for quinoa stuffed eggplant.  SOLD. Continue reading “Mediterranean Stuffed Eggplant (Gluten Free)”