Venturing Into A New World of Health

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Throughout my health journey these past six years I’ve had many people approach me and ask, “How do you do it?” or “Where do I start?”. I’ve always had the answer when it came to the way I ate. Wholesome foods, natural foods – Meats, fruits, and vegetables! Easy enough right?

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Well, when I realized that my food advice wasn’t enough it took me a long time (Til now, honestly!) to realize that it’s really not that easy. Knowing what to ingredients to use and what “meal plan” to follow is a great first step – But the biggest part of weight loss / beginning a healthier lifestyle starts with a persons psychological mindset when it comes to food.

Everyone has a different relationship with food. I used to have a very toxic relationship with it where I was incredibly negative towards my body and starved myself. But when I began to realize what wholesome foods really did for me I started to see it in a new way. And from that blossomed a beautiful respect and love that made transitioning into exercise and healthy long-term habits that much easier.

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Now – I am one week away from having my twins.. And it’s been an incredibly long and exhausting pregnancy. Unfortunately, I have not been nourishing my body the way I should’ve been or exercising which I had promised myself I would.

BUT.. I am very proud of myself for creating two little sweet boys and want to reward myself with getting back on track – Not just for weight loss but also for energy and confidence. I already know the foods I need to keep my body strong but where I know I’ll need an extra pair of hands (Because I’ll literally have none with twins) is my recommitment, which is why I’ve decided to start this journey with Noom.

You may have seen their commercials and thought, “Oh – Another diet / weight loss fad.” But they actually touch on exactly everything I had mentioned above. They’re not just about losing the weight, they’re trying to help each unique individual understand their needs to develop those healthy food relationships and habits with psychological encouragement.

They keep you on track, quickly answer any and all questions that arise, and give you the information you need to grow and move achieve your goals! You get paired with the right expert whose picked based on your personality and destination and they’re with you for the long haul! So you get real human interaction with a person you build a foundation and relationship with. I love that aspect.

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I’m really excited to officially become partners with this company because I genuinely believe wholeheartedly in their psychology-based program and mission. You can start this journey with me and join their proven-lasting program right now with their two week trial*.

Noom – It’s a smarter way to lose weight!

*After the trial, it is $149 for a six month subscription. Which is less than $1/day!

(I was compensated for this post – All opinions are my own!)

Mile High Epidemic – Teen Vaping

I’m sure y’all have heard comments like this before: “Vaping isn’t nearly as dangerous as smoking cigarettes.” or, “It’s just water vapor – How can that be worse for you than straight cigarettes?”.

Well, these thoughts and ideas are filling our teen’s heads and they believe they’re actually making a “safer” decision by keeping to e-cigarettes. In reality, a JUUL pod (an e-cigarette cartridge) contains the same amount of nicotine as 20 cigarettes. TWENTY CIGARETTES.

Colorado youth are vaping nicotine at twice the national average and at the highest rate of 37 states surveyed, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, most recently, on Sept. 12, 2018, the FDA declared vaping as an epidemic across the United States.

How terrifying is that?! Colorado is ranked at TWICE the national average. As the mother and step-mother of almost five children that absolutely horrifies me. That could be one of my children. My 14 year old step-son could so easily hear these misconceptions and think it’d be “cool” to try vaping and then get addicted. Getting hooked on e-cigarettes could introduce horrible chemicals and nicotine into his body and within a year it could be a gateway into actual cigarettes.

There is little known about the long-term effects of vaping, however it is proven to have negative effects on their mental development as it harms their memory capabilities and causes depression. There is enough going on in our teens’ brains at this vulnerable age and we cannot have them stunting it with smoking.

This is not the future I want for my children and that is the reality of many teens right now in our state and country. So I implore my fellow parents and educators to cultivate their children’s thinking on vaping, even if it is not cigarettes. It Still.. Isn’t.. Safe.

According to the Tobacco Free Colorado website, about half of Colorado high school students have tried vaping nicotine and a statewide school survey shows 87 percent of Colorado high school students think cigarette smoking is risky, but only 50 percent think those risks apply to vaping nicotine.

As parents, we hold the responsibility in informing our children of the risks – even if they don’t smoke or have never tried it. It’s important to bestow the knowledge onto them.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has created a suite of materials to help parents and askable adults to understand the risks of vaping, and prepare them to have informed conversations with teens about it. The materials are available on the new Tobacco Free Colorado website at www.TobaccoFreeCO.org/know-the-facts.

(I was compensated for this post in partnership with the Colorado Department of Health and Environment. All opinions are my own and I truly feel passionate about this as my children are my world!)

Football is Coming BACK!

Anyone else ECSTATIC that football is coming back?! WE ARE. We’re mega huge football fans in my house and always have large parties and delicious food.. But when you’re a healthy eater the options at stores are not very “friendly” at all.. So here are some delicious alternatives to some tailgating faves!

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Our favorites are pork green chili sliders (with Birch Benders Paleo Pancake Mix made into buns), buffalo chicken (made with drumsticks and buffalo sauce), and bacon wrapped guacamole peppers! They’re all incredibly delicious – And SPICY. Which is of course necessary for football Sundays 😉

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Paleo Jalapeño Poppers

  • Jalapeño Peppers (8-10)
  • 2 Large Avocados
    • Make into Guacamole
      • Mash both avocados
      • Add lemon juice (To taste / consistency)
      • Add Salt / Pepper / Cajun Seasoning <- Optional

Not an avocado person? I also LOVE to use Kite Hill Almond Cream Cheese

  • 1lbs Bacon

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  1. Preheat oven to 400*F
  2. Wash and halve the peppers.
  3. Stuff Guacamole into pepper
  4. Cut bacon strips in half
  5. Wrap bacon around pepper
  6. Place in oven for around 20 minutes or until bacon is done.
  7. Remove and enjoy!

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Dr. Jacobs Naturals

As y’all know I love all things natural and eco-friendly. And Dr. Jacobs Naturals is JUST that. They’ve got some amazing castile multi-purpose soaps that I’ve been using for my face and shower soap and it’s been incredible!

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They’re made with naturally derived scents and oils which leaves a lingering and long lasting smell after use. I’ve completely replaced my normal soaps for them as this weather is causing me extreme dry skin and it’s helped a TON!

I do believe it’s just as important what you put on your body as it is what you put into it because it’s still being absorbed and certain chemicals can be detrimental to your health in the long run!

That’s why I love finding these new products to help steer my family’s lifestyle into a more natural and holistic direction! Try Dr. Jacobs Naturals for yourself, you won’t be disappointed – And the prices are totally fair 😉 They’re also currently running free shipping on all orders over $20. Use code FREESHIP20 at Checkout!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Healing Massage

Spring time brings a lot of outdoors work. Getting the garden ready, setting up chicken coops, re-doing the ENTIRE side of the house filled with granite rock and turning it into a grass and river rock stream (Exhausting) .

After all of this non-stop vigorous work I’ve been experiencing a return in my pinch nerve problems that’ve made my arms weak/numb and my entire back ACHE. I decided enough was enough and scheduled my Bodhi Body appointment.

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I love the owner Stephanie, she’s fun, professional and really good at what she does. Every time I’ve come in lately I request their CBD lotion (cannabidiol) because I can seriously feel it penetrating and relieving pain instantly so I definitely welcomed the relief it gave this time! And I tried fire cupping which was AMAZING – It relieved tension from specific hot spots on my back while she worked on my legs. *drool*

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I love how a medical problem that I’ve had in my neck for my whole life can be quickly resolved by skilled massage therapists at places like Bodhi Body. As a Mother I couldn’t imagine waiting the full 2 weeks it takes the numbness to go away on it’s own, which is why I am so grateful for the healing massage provides.

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I’m also obsessed with essential oils for their aromatherapy benefits so I picked up some dōTERRA oils and their AMAZING Deep Blue topical rub since Stephanie used it on some problem spots and it felt sooo good and mentholy. You can check out their products here! (I’ve been using some on my Husband every night since we got it and he’s a huge fan too now!)

Spring/Summer time giving you the aches and pains? Give Bodhi Body a visit and their skilled therapists will make you feel like a million bucks! Use my code SIMPLY for a free 30 minute massage!

(I was compensated for this post, all opinions are my own)

Made in Nature – Sprouts Event

I love living in Colorado – There are so many options for healthy eating in restaurants and so many local businesses that are known nationwide for their snacks/food. I’d heard of Made in Nature before so was very excited at the opportunity, thanks to Sprouts, to get to hang out in their test kitchen and try my hand at making my own Figgy Pops (Something they’ve MASTERED. Try them, they’re delicious!).

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Their staff was so friendly and welcoming – The 10 of us bloggers felt instantly comfortable! And Sprouts was gracious enough to bring us a ton of food options for dinner.. I had their delicious vegan salad 

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Their test kitchen was lined with delicious options for figgy pop making and we couldn’t wait to get working!

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We began at station one with their pastes, they had Apricot, fig and dates. They were all so delicious so with both batches I made I used dates then added apricot to one and fig to another – Wish I could make these pastes at home, they were perfect!

Then we could add some dried fruit, dried nuts and anything else we wanted in our figgy pops! (They had so many options as you can see!) My first batch was made with date and apricot paste, dried mango, diced almonds and acai powder! My second was made with date and fig paste with cranberries, pistachios, almond butter and Himalayan sea salt! Wish y’all could try mine.. I’m pretty proud with how they turned out!

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We found out we were the first outside people to come in and make our own figgy pops.. How exciting is that?! That’s why I love Colorado.. Amazing businesses like this that are 20 minutes away and we can do fun stuff like this! Such a treat. They treated us like family and we got to experiment with some fun ingredients and learn new tricks! I’ll be taking what I learned from this event to make figgy pops at home (My kids are already hooked.. I was so excited I let them have one for breakfast haha!!)

Thanks Sprouts and Made in Nature for such an unforgettable evening with good friends, good food and tons of fun!

Try their delicious healthy snacks for yourself! They’re available at Sprouts and on their website! Enjoy y’all!

Throwback Thursday

Hey y’all! How’s it hangin?

Thought I’d post today since it’s been awhile! Finally getting back into paleo again after the holidays and vacations and I’ve been feeling uh-mazing. Eating whole foods does so much for your body so wanted to take today to revisit an older post that I still feel so passionate about and still helps me SO much!

Whether you work, are a stay at home mom or are a student it is always a good idea to have healthy snacks around for the in-between meal cravings. Something as easy as a banana, apple or anything you can throw into a bag and carry around with you.

When I am having a salt craving my favorite snack is a handful of unsalted, raw almonds! They are incredibly healthy and delicious! (Out of all of the tree nuts they have the highest amount of protein) And a handful of grapes is what satisfies my sweet craving!

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It is actually better for your body to eat multiple times throughout the day – But that doesn’t mean you need to eat huge meals 5 times a day! Just 3 healthy meals and two healthy snacks in-between and your body will thank you!

Eat WHOLE foods today! ♥

Am I right? How awesome was that tip nearly 2 years ago?! I forget this tip often but lately I’ve been buying random snacks/fruits that’ll satisfy my cravings and are easy for on the go when Hudson and I take our outdoor adventures!

What’s your favorite go-to snack?