Introducing Nutrition in the Kitchen

Introducing Nutrition

When I began my journey to better health 6 years ago, there was so much information out there it was hard to know where to start. What I did know, however is that something needed to change. I was tired and overweight and had no energy to play with my two small children. The first thing I did was eliminate candy from my diet. I remember going to the bank with my girls.  At the time they were four years old and one year old. The teller gave my four year old a couple of lollipops for being so good. As we drove away from the bank my daughter asked me if I wanted her extra lollipop. I said no thank you. And of course as anyone with a four year old knows, that wasn’t a good enough answer. She asked me why I didn’t want it. I said, “Because I’m not eating junk food anymore.” She looked at me with a look of complete dread and exclaimed, “Mommy, why are you feeding me junk?” Wow. Why was I feeding her junk? I decided right then and there that this needed to be a family priority. Eating well was going to be for all of us. Since that time, I’ve found some practical ways to introduce and maintain healthy eating into the kitchen that I would like to share with you. I hope these tips will help to make the transition easier for you. Continue reading

Healthy Pumpkin Bars

pumpkin bars

Celebrate the rich flavors of fall with this tasty new dessert. The pumpkin in this recipe is used not just for looks, but also makes this bar a great a source of antioxidants. While being a great source of antioxidants, this dessert also contains antibacterial properties thanks to the use of coconut oil. To top it all off, the combination of spices add taste as well as beneficial anti-inflammatory properties. Continue reading

Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

Apple-Cinnamon Smoothie

Recipe Highlights

  • Good source of fiber
  • Source of protein
  • Anti Inflammatory properties

Start the fall season right with this simple power-packed smoothie. The crisp apple makes this recipe an excellent source of fiber–with the cashew (or almond) milk providing the protein your body needs. To top it all off the cinnamon adds flavor as well as anti inflammatory properties. Continue reading

Manifestations of Stress

Manifestations of Stress (2)

Stress has many faces. This is mine

When I was about 12 years old I developed serious body image issues. It wasn’t the typical, “Oh man, I should probably lay off the Oreos” type of thing. It was all consuming and dictated my happiness. During this time I also developed an eating disorder to try to achieve what I felt was the “right” body. Teenage years can be so hard; I remember moving to another city and starting junior high without knowing a single soul there. Being naturally introverted and shy, it was like going into a dragon’s lair for me. I recall looking at everyone else around me on registration day. The girls looked older. They wore makeup and tight clothes. From the looks of things, most had already hit puberty. I didn’t feel like I fit in at all. Continue reading