This is a scrumptious, Italian dish that will definitely satisfy your family, and have them asking for seconds! It has so many flavors going on with a delectable, creamy sauce. My only disclaimer is that this is not a low-calorie dish, so you’ll really want to watch your portions! [Read more…]
I used to think people were a tad ridiculous when they walked around with a positive attitude all the time- you know the type, every day is a GREAT day, they always have a smile on their face, and sometimes you just want to shake them, and scream “What is wrong with you!!!!! Every day is NOT a great day!!!”
Until recently, my mood was based on how my day was going- if my baby was up sick all night, if my husband was late for dinner, or if my dog peed in the house…again. I was easily bothered and annoyed by little things throughout the day, and it was easy for me to just be grumpy.
This book, along with a couple sermons at church, my husband calling me a crab (rightfully so), and quiet time with God, has changed my perspective about how I respond to life on a daily basis. I realized that while I don’t have control over all of the different obstacles that might come way, I have complete control over how I respond to them- and that TRULY makes all of the difference. [Read more…]
This recipe is one of my favorites for those days where I just don’t want to cook. It’s quick, easy, healthy, and super tasty- you’d never think it was my go-to “lazy” meal! [Read more…]
I’ve had quite a few people ask me how to lose weight fast. It’s so common in our society to want a quick fix for everything, but life shows us that the best rewards are usually gained over time after consistent dedication. There are a ton of trendy diets out there that will restrict your calories, so you lose weight fast, but in most cases, the second you start eating a more reasonable diet- even one that is healthy- you gain it right back.
Whether you’re trying to lose 10 pounds or 50 pounds, what should you expect for a healthy loss week to week? Well, it depends on a few things, but generally speaking, losing 1-3 pounds per week is healthy, and far more effective in keeping the weight off permanently.
Below, I’ll explain why that is a healthy weight loss each week, I’ll discuss the exceptions to the rule, and I’ll provide a few tips to help you start or continue your journey of becoming the healthiest you. [Read more…]
I absolutely love acidic food- vinegar, limes, lemons, tomatoes, anything pickled- I just love it, and can add it to anything I’m eating! This is a simple recipe for Pico de Gallo, and I use it on so many things- it can last a good 5-6 days in the fridge, and it’s always the best after a good day in the refrigerator when everything has had a chance to do the flavor dance!
I eat this with eggs for breakfast, on top of grilled chicken, an easy quick throw-in to a salad, with veggies, plain, on a cracker or tortilla chip, as a side dish for lunch, on top of a veggie or chicken soup- you name it, and it pretty much makes anything taste better [Read more…]
A few years ago when I was finally diagnosed with a gluten intolerance after so many long, terrible years being told I just had a sensitive stomach or IBS, I started doing a lot of research on gluten-free living. Through this research, I ended up also learning a lot about wheat, and I became incredibly intrigued with this small little plant that was creating so many problems in our bodies today.
I am definitely convinced that wheat is terrible for us. I also think there are a ton of other things in our grocery store that are terrible too, so I’m not saying to never have a bagel again, but I really do think that wheat and gluten should be avoided if possible, because it wreaks havoc on our digestive system. [Read more…]
I’ve had several people ask me where I find all of this information about nutrition. I read- A LOT!!! So, I thought I’d write a quick, short post on some of the books I would recommend if you are looking to learn more about nutrition and diet. All of these books focus on using nutrition to heal our bodies and restore our health. Fat loss is generally a side effect of restoring our health, but these aren’t diet books, they are nutrition books. [Read more…]
People often get confused when I say this since I am not Mexican, but all of my cousins on my dad’s side of our family are Mexican! Both of my dads sisters married men from Mexico, so all of my cousins are Mexican, and let me tell you, my Uncle Enrique is an EXCEPTIONAL cook- I swear he should open a restaurant.
This guacamole recipe is nothing fancy, and he can make some seriously amazing dishes that are far more complicated, but this recipe did come from him, and it’s my absolute favorite guacamole. Simple, fresh, healthy, and quick and easy! [Read more…]
Obviously, there are a lot of positive benefits from exercising- reducing blood pressure, fat loss, increasing strength and flexibility, lowering cholesterol, and so many more. However, there is one particular benefit that I have found very interesting, and that is the effectiveness of using exercise to treat moderate-severe depression. One of the side effects of my autoimmune disease is anxiety and depression, and I would be lying if I said I haven’t dealt with both over the years. Anxiety has definitely been the more dominant one for me, but I have had seasons of depression throughout my life, and it downright stinks.
So, when I heard that exercise could actually be a natural treatment for depression, I was interested! I did a ton of research, and found several studies that confirmed this. [Read more…]
My husband’s favorite type of food is Italian, and that has been quite the challenge for me. While I love Italian food as well, it’s usually not the healthiest option, so I’ve been working on making some of our favorites a bit healthier! This Chicken Parmesan was definitely a success! [Read more…]