Jan
28

Wellness Wednesday is back! As many of you know, I was on vacation last week. It was blissful, relaxing, and just about everything I needed; except when it wasn’t. Except when there were a million food choices. But especially because it brought up food issues for me. It reminded me of the times where I ate a few too many cookies (I’m talking like 6). The times where I felt overwhelmed by food, the hours where it controlled what I was doing, how I made decisions and my power of choice. Those moments where it consumed every ounce of me. And I hated that feeling more than anything.

Feeling all of those feelings again isn’t pleasant, especially when you’ve struggled with something so powerful. I don’t expect you to relate unless you’ve had an unhealthy relationship with food before.

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Jan
27

Hi! It’s nearly been a week since we returned from Mexico and of course I’m missing it like crazy. I mean who wouldn’t miss warm sand between your toes, sun-kissed skin, all the food you could imagine, breakfast buffets for days and of course, chips and bowls of guac.

Traveling always encourages me to plan more trips to experience more of the world’s culture and people. I can honestly say that Mexico is one of my favorite places. I’m part hispanic; so the culture, food and people really speak to my heart.

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Jan
26

So I know, zucchini isn’t really in season in January; it’s more of a summer vegetable. However, I purchased a few last week before vacation because they were fairly inexpensive at the grocery store AND because I was planning on making stuffed zucchini. Well, of course things never go as planned and I never had the opportunity to use them up before I left.

Thankfully when I got back home they were still good, but needed to be used immediately. And um, what could be better than a muffin? Because of course, as you know I am the self-proclaimed muffin woman. Crown me! Kidding.

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Jan
23

Hi. I feel like we haven’t chatted in forever. So grab a cup of coffee and let’s sit down like good friends and catch up a bit. There are a million-gazillion beauty things that I’ve been falling in love with lately. And for some reason, writing to you feels like telling a good friend about all of them. So here we go… this might be a long one!

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Jan
21

Hi! Sorry I’ve been away for a few days. I’m on my way back to Chicago today after an absolutely wonderful vacation to Mexico with Tony. I’ll be bombarding you with pictures and updates on life lately, and yes Wellness Wednesdays are coming back. I’ve already got next week’s started and it’s gonna be a good one!

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Jan
13

I freaking love chili. How about you? To me, it’s just always so comforting, warm, filling and hearty. YUMMMMMM.

Lately I’ve been on a real chili making binge. Can’t stop, won’t stop. I cooked up two batches last week and froze one for evenings when I don’t feel like cooking or simply don’t have the time. Sometimes I work out in the evenings and by the time I get back home my desire to start chopping vegetables and doing dishes is negative 1 million.

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Jan
11

This weekend flew by, didn’t it? I spent both Friday and Saturday doing recipe development in preparation for when I’m gone on vacation next week. So excited to bring you LOTS more healthy meal recipes that are naturally gluten free. You’ll see them here soon!

In the meantime, I thought I’d get you started on some of my favorite recipes on AK plus other blogger’s gluten free recipes. I hope you find a few that you enjoy.

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Jan
09

Happy, happy weekend!

I’m happy to report that the New Year has completely re-energized me in terms of working out, healthy eating, and thinking about the blog. So many recipe ideas are swirling around my head that I literally have to stop myself from going to the grocery store more than once per day.

In other news, Tony and I are headed to Cancun next week for a little vacation. Thanks for your recommendations on where to go while we’re there. I’ve been to Cancun multiple times but mostly just end up sitting around my hotel drinking and eating all day. Although, isn’t that what vacations are kinda for?

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Jan
08

So I’m doing a juice & food cleanse right now. I’m SUPER excited about it because as you may already know I freakin’ love doing them. It’s not that I think they’re great in the moment, it’s just that I really love how I feel afterwards. The benefits? How clear my skin looks, how much great sleep I get and how differently I end up thinking about food.

I’ll have updates for you on the cleanse soon; in the meantime I’ve been staring at these bars on the counter all of yesterday. I made them last week for Tony because he’s all like I need to get in shape for baseball season — this is as he continues to eat chocolate covered doughnuts for breakfast. I think he could eat just about anything and still look good. No joke.

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Jan
07

So, it seems that Wellness Wednesdays don’t necessarily mean only talking about food, weight loss and exercise. It’s also talking about our lives and  how we live them. I’m not trying to get all ‘woo-woo’ on you, but in reality we do only have one life to live, so why not try and make it the best possible given our own unique circumstances?

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