No Better Time Than Now

Went food shopping today and picked up some chicken and a whole bunch of veggies!  It’s amazing how many meals you can make from just that alone!  Hopefully my new book arrives soon.  I’m excited to get back on track.

25 squats – 25 sit ups….1..2…3 ….GO!

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
– J. K Rowling –

Getting Healthy

I ordered a new Paleo book!  It’s a meal plan for 4 weeks, with only 5 ingredients.  It makes paleo easy, and the ingredients aren’t boring!  I can’t remember the title of the book, but I’ll post it as soon as I remember.

Still doing my 25 squats daily, but now I added in 25 sit ups.

I also ordered Flat Tummy Tea.  I figured it’d be a good little addition to add some detox tea to my regimen.  We’ll see how it goes.  If you tried it before, let me know what you thought!

“In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.”

Start The Day Off Right

Aside from being sick, I’m actually feeling pretty good.  I feel refreshed that it’s a new year.  I’ve been starting everyday with 25 squats!  It’s a good way to get the blood flowing and work on your butt.  haha.

What’s your morning ritual?  Do you go to the gym, do you do sit-ups…let me know!  I have a crazy work schedule so I can’t do too much.  25 squats works – you can brush your teeth and squat at the same time. It may take some practice, but it can be done.

Yesterday for my breakfast/lunch I made some sausage, peppers, and onions.  It wasn’t too fancy, just the main ingredients, plus some spices and a can of diced tomatoes.  Keep it simple and spice it up.

“Live life with a little spice.”


New Year, New Me

It’s a good time to get a fresh start!

Had a rough last part of 2016, but I made it.  Now I have to take care of myself.  Scary how taking care of myself was the last thing I was concerned about.  I started off this year with that awful stomach thing I had going on – I didn’t think I was gonna make it through that, and here I am!

Back on track (for the n-th time, haha).  For real though…I’m serious.  I’m going to have a great 2017 and this is how it’s going to start.  I’m in a wedding in May for my friend Kelsey, so I need to make sure that dress fits and looks good.  I also need to feel the best I can feel.  I’m going to be 34 this year, but I’m still feeling 25…so I’d like to at least make sure I look 25 (even though people think I’m only 22).  I’ll take it.

Keep it real people.  Let me know what inspires you to feel the best you can feel!

Happy New Year!

“Today is the first page of a 365 page book…make it a good one.”

Onto Week 2

Feeling good, finally.  I forgot how good it felt to really be conscious of all the choices you make when you eat.  People knock Paleo, but honestly, people don’t know what they are missing.  The same people complain about being tired everyday, or always hungry…or enjoying adult beverages on the weekend, then wondering why they can’t get a flat stomach.

Tonight, for the first time since Christmas 2012, I decided to FINALLY use my pressure cooker!  It’s in the de-pressure process as we speak.  Can’t wait to enjoy my beef stew!  I used the recipe from the 30 day Paleo book.  My house smells INCREDIBLE!

Do you guys use pressure cookers?  What do you make?

“Do not go where the path may lead.
Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail…”
– Emerson – 

Feeling Human

So for real this time…no messing around…Paleo groove.

Today for breakfast/lunch, I made a Cobb Salad.  It had hard boiled eggs, ham, avocado, cucumber, roma tomato, and chicken with a lemon/EVOO/salt/pepper dressing!  It was fantastically delicious.

Then for dinner I made Italian Wedding Soup!  Mmmm.  That’s also my lunch tomorrow.

I’m doing this strict again because I feel like a normal human (after all my stomach problems).  I’d say I’m still about 85% only, but I’m getting there.  Working on the anxiety aspect and improving daily!  I can do this!  I’m feeling more balanced mentally and physically.  I gained 12-14 lbs. back from the lightest weight I was on Paleo.  I’ll be back there in no time!  I’m taking progress pictures, and if you’re on this journey, you should do the same!

I’ll keep you guys posted, any words of encouragement are greatly appreciated!  You never know who may be reading them!  🙂

“Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over,
it became a butterfly.”

Hike to Tripod Rock

Recently I went on a hike with Dr. Noah’s Tribe.

We went up to Pyramid Mountain to see Tripod Rock, right here in the Garden State.  When most people think of New Jersey, I’m not sure what they think exactly, but I know they aren’t thinking of the beautiful and wondrous things the state has to offer.  This place is incredible.  20160515_113820There is a giant boulder sitting upon 3 small boulders.  It is said to have gotten there by glaciers, also known as something called glacial erratic.  It really is incredible to see.  There is a lot of history about this place, it’s even in Weird New Jersey!  Some say it was a sacred place to the Native Americans, and if you go there, your spiritual energy can be renewed.  It is also said that all of the stones in the area line up with the setting sun on the first day of summer, the summer solstice.  No matter what you believe in, it’s a beautiful place to go visit.

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.”

Paleo Mug Cake

Craving a little treat?  Want something quick and easy to make?  I got your solution…MUG CAKE!

I know what you’re thinking…what do the words mug and cake have to do with one another…well, magic.  That’s it, folks…it is simply magic.  Takes about 5-10 minutes of your time, depending on where all your ingredients are.

For your mug cake you must gather an egg, almond flour, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and chocolate chips!

Find your favorite mug.  Crack your egg and scramble it up.  Add 3 TBSP almond flour.  Add 1 TBSP cocoa powder.  Add 1 TBSP pure maple syrup.  Add 1 tsp vanilla extract.  Mix it all up.  Add as many chocolate chips as you like and stir them in.  Place it in the microwave.  Start with a minute, then go by 30 second increments.  1 minute 30 seconds should be perfect.  Grab a fork and ENJOY!

Simple, easy, and delicious!

Happy weekend, friends!

“Keep it simple.”

L-Glutamine – Superhero in Disguise

If you have digestive issues or you suffer from leaky gut, learn to love the word “L-Glutamine”.  It will be your saving grace.  L-Glutamine will be the knight in shining armor, the Holy Grail, if you will, to saving your gut!  This post is based off my own personal opinion, and backed by some fact checking.

L-Glutamine is the main ingredient in the Repairvite.  It is an amino acid that is literally the fuel your gut lining needs.  So if you’re gut is not working at 100%, you need to give it fuel – kind of like Popeye and his spinach.  The best way to have it absorbed and working to it’s full potential, is to deliver it directly!  That is why powder form is the best way to take it, as opposed to pill.  It is important that you drink this on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning, with water.  After you consume it, you wait a half hour or so, letting it do it’s job.  This will help your gut produce more of the mucosal lining that it needs, allowing the gut to heal.  Once the gut starts to get stronger, toxins can no longer entire your bloodstream because the “holes” in your gut have been repaired.  This helps keep the inflammation in your body down, thus, helping you to feel much, much better!  Also helps maintain your blood glucose levels, but if you’re diabetic, ask your doctor about taking it!  When you start taking L-Glutamine, it will give you more energy, and honestly, I can certainly say that’s true.

Interesting thing I found out – when we are exposed to large amounts of stress, our bodies need glutamine.  We burn up our natural reserve of glutamine in stressful situations.  When our bodies are broken down, glutamine is a much needed supplement.  It helps with concentration, focus, and intellectual ability!  They should probably start teaching this stuff in high school, or at least offering it in the lunchroom!

There are no known side effects to taking this supplement, although taking it long term can cause it to build up in your body.  This can be avoided by taking B12 supplements.  All in all, it sounds like a pretty fantastic thing!  I can definitely already tell a difference.

Let me know your stories!

“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls.”

Smiling From Ear to Ear

I have wonderful news!  I am feeling so much better.  My energy has increased, my desire to do things as increased, and my mood has been elevated.  I also noticed less hair falling out after the shower!  My itchy skin is going away, as well.  The main things are my energy levels and the fact that I can eat like a normal person.  I wish I knew it was as “simple” as this to get better.  I was feeling so depressed and sad about it.  My anxiety about going out to eat is going away too!  Thank you, Noah for the willingness to help me out!

I feel healthier, and my skin looks better than it has in the last year.  I was looking dull and gray.  I can’t express how happy and grateful I am to actually be feeling almost completely normal again.  Oh another thing I’ve noticed, I’m salivating more.  I felt dehydrated when all this stomach drama was happening, but now, not so much!

The weather is getting better here on the east coast and my garden is blooming!  I’m actually going to be planning a vacation soon, and that’s saying a lot.  I didn’t want to do or go anywhere over the past year and a half because of how I felt.

Bye-Bye leaky gut!

“Some things take time.
Stay patient and stay positive, things will get better.”