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Thanks for stopping by! I'm young, I'm in love with my man, and I'm a mommy. We're busy, but happy. I'll share with you how to eat natural, healthy, whole foods while balancing family life! Learn to love your food, it will love you back!
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Lemon Garlic Quinoa


 
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Well this whole food week has gone pretty good. I have really tried to put a lot of thought into my meals. I usually start the day with  a shake, then I have a lunch with a lot of fruits and veggies and maybe like a string cheese or something.
 
I ended up making some awesome steamed asparagus and baked chicken with a lemon, garlic quinoa!  I just kind of played around with some ingredients a I had so we didn't just have plain quinoa, it turned out really great! Super easy and an awesome healthy side for an awesome dinner.
 
Whole food living can be difficult, especially when you work or are chasing kiddos everywhere. I'm a big fan of pre planning and even pre- packaging your lunches...it's easy and all ready for you. The number one tip to remember is to stay as close to nature as possible and you'll be golden!

Lemon Garlic Quinoa
 
1 cup uncooked quinoa
 
1/2 lemon
 
1 garlic clove, minced
 
2 cups of water
 
Add quinoa and water to a medium sized sauce pan. Cover and bring to a boil. Add 1/2 lemon and garlic clove. Reduce to a simmer for another 10-15 minutes until water is all absorbed. Serve warm~ Enjoy
 
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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

The truth about what it feels like to be healthy!



So now that we're half way done with the second month of this new year, it has caused me to reflect on resolutions, everyone's drive to become a healthier, happier person.
Lately I have noticed a large amount articles passing around Facebook about health. The articles I see shared the most are articles that actually seem to tear down those who try and live healthier lives. It seems strange to me; the articles make good points about how obsessed people can get about the perfect weight, getting rid of those baby pounds, they get obsessed about what the human body should look like. I agree with that in many ways. However, I do not agree with the defensiveness that abounded during the month of January, almost degrading those who post a before and after picture. What is it with fighting against those who may post their excitement about how they are improving their health and lives?
I have made my own set of resolutions, I'm not saying it's right or anything, but I've come to this conclusion based on my own experiences.
I have gone through weight loss, I have gone through weight gain. I'll admit it wasn't a small bit of weight-- as in I gained 60+ pounds and I have also lost 60+ pounds. After my third little was born I made the decision: I personally am not striving for a set weight. To be honest I rarely step onto a scale. I am judging my health by how I feel! I'm judging my weight by my clothing sizes...I have goal sizes. not weight. I figured if my energy is up, if I'm feeling toned and fitting into my old pre-baby pants without a pair of spanks (you mommas know what I mean) I'm on the right track.
I want to talk about the feeling of being healthy and why you shouldn't get defensive, or just settle for a non-effort toward health. Being healthy can be pretty much the hardest thing to do because when we surround ourselves with processed sugar it programs our brains to want more, our bodies actually can become addicted to junk.
If you feel the difference between fatigue caused by diet, or being sluggish, having headaches, muscle aches and stomach pains to feeling energized and good inside, well we all may be a little more tolerant of our Facebook friends posting their health journey.
I agree some people are annoying. It seems some people obsess over it, and that's all they talk  about. When you meet the one that refuses to allow one Oreo to slip into their diet once a year, then I think you may have met an extremist.
I have been on both ends I have felt the difference, I also understand having cravings for junk, I myself continue to have a Dr. Pepper problem. I have several each week....guess what? I live with it. I work at my diet each day. I  promise that cravings become less and less as you clean up your diet.
I do not agree with becoming dangerously obsessive with meeting your certain weight. I recommend cutting out processed food. I myself am going to be starting a month of whole food after Valentines day! I just figured that was a good time to start! I'll be honest...I probably will continue to have a few Dr. Peppers throughout the month,  but bottom line the plan is to cut processed cereal, crackers, boxed food etc.
This new year don't get defensive about health...care about health. Do your own work for yourself; you don't need to be perfect but you will feel so much better. 
I'll be posting meals throughout the month of my whole food experience. Comment if you'd like to
join in!