Diet, Food, Lifestyle, Running

But I could never be a vegetarian… or could I?

I started this blog a little over two years ago, with a goal in mind: work through my skin and digestive issues, and share the journey, hoping to reach those those who are looking for solutions and answers. Well, after two and a half years, I don’t know if I have figured out the whole problem yet, but I have found some of the triggers that make things worse.  Something is better than nothing, right? Continue reading “But I could never be a vegetarian… or could I?”

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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

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)”

Diet, Food, Lifestyle, Mental Health

Traveling Europe!

For those who don’t follow me on Instagram (you totally should, btw @journeytoloving.me), last week, I got back from a 2 week adventure through Scotland! As a military brat, I lived there when I was really young (we left when I was 3 years old), and this year there was a reunion for people who were stationed there, so my mom said “let’s do it!”  We stayed in a cute little fishing town on the east coast of Scotland, not far from where we had lived before, and took day trips to see the sights we had done 20+ years ago.  And the best part?  We ate.  A LOT.   Continue reading “Traveling Europe!”

Diet, Exercise, Fitness, Food, Lifestyle, Mental Health

Restrictive Eating

Recently, I’ve had a couple people ask me about / ask for advice on a couple of diets that are popular at the moment. Having tried a couple of these diets myself, I’m always happy to talk about them and relate my experience with them.

(To save you all from boredom, I’m splitting this story up into multiple posts.) Continue reading “Restrictive Eating”

Diet, Food, Meditation

Spaghetti Squash with Fresh Tomato Sauce

Oh, spaghetti squash!  I only recently have realized how awesome you really are.  A little history: for some silly reason, when I saw one of my roommates in college cook spaghetti squash and put pasta sauce on it, I thought it was so weird. (Sorry Meredith, I realize now I was being stupid.) Couldn’t tell you why I thought that, maybe it was my college-athlete, carb-filled brain just wanting the “real thing” I guess.  How silly I was. Continue reading “Spaghetti Squash with Fresh Tomato Sauce”

Diet, Food, Lifestyle

Well… poop.

So I think I’ve come to a breaking point.

After the test results from the doctor said I was totally normal, while I was upset that I didn’t have an answer, I was relieved that everything is “normal” when it comes to hormones. While there might be nothing wrong with my hormones, there is definitely something wrong. Without too many gross details, I pretty much dread every time I have to go to the bathroom, because who knows how long I’ll be stuck there, waiting to go. Or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, my stomach could just turn and I’ll end up running for the bathroom, without any idea of why my stomach is so upset.  This usually happens to me after a long run, and it’s horribly uncomfortable.  Imagine being 3 miles into a 5 mile run, and suddenly, you have an urge to go.  Yeah, it’s pretty much the WORST feeling.

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