High-Quality and Pasture Raised Meat

Feb 13, 2018

I gave up eating meat in late 2009, not for any moral or ethical reason, but because it just started to gross me out.  I guess my decision to stop eating meat was more for health reasons than anything.  The more I read about veganism, the more I began to believe that the human body is not designed to digest animal protein.  Not only that, but learning about all of the hormones and antibiotics animals are fed made me give it up cold-turkey (no pun intended).  I would still eat the occasional piece of fish or raw goat cheese, but I considered myself “vegan-ish.”  I really thrived off a plant-based diet.  Because animal protein is much harder to digest, I had all that extra digestive energy to use. 

 

But then a few months ago, I started craving meat again, so I gave in here and there.  Some days I can’t get enough meat, and other days I feel grossed out by it again.  I’m listening to my body!  And most...

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Food Combining Chart

Feb 05, 2018

Since so many of you had questions about food combining after my last blog post, The Food Combining Trick for Weight Loss and Optimal DigestionI wanted to create an easy-to-read chart for you to use.  A cheat sheet, if you will.

Please let me know if you have any questions about this or any foods you’d like me to add to this!

 

 

 

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The Food Combining "Trick" For Weight Loss and Digestion

Jan 23, 2018

 

When I discovered food combining about 7 years ago through both Natalia Rose’s book The Raw Food Detox Diet and Donna Gates’ Body Ecology Diet, it was life-changing.  I am, by no means, exaggerating when I say that.  My digestion improved, I had more energy than ever before, my skin looked clear and bright, and stubborn weight effortlessly fell off of me.  Even my mood improved.  I never felt better!  This way of eating was also so incredibly freeing.  I didn’t have to worry about labels, whether I should or shouldn’t eat meat, calorie counting, or portion control (which I’ve always been terrible at, anyway!).

 

Putting these simple food combining guidelines into action will ensure food moves through you smoothly and efficiently, without getting stuck in your intestines, clogging you up, and weighing you down.  It’ll also ensure you absorb more nutrients from your food, leading to...

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Coconut Butter & Jelly Cup (single-serving, 4 ingredients, sugar-free, paleo, keto)

Jan 15, 2018
 

I saw someone eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich the other day and had the idea to recreate it as a healthy dessert!  I used to live for PB&Js as a kid.  Since I don’t eat peanut butter anymore (aflatoxin/mold), and the only nut butter I had in the house was coconut butter, this recipe was created.  It didn’t disappoint!  I bet this might be even more delicious if you used SunButter or a Sprouted Almond Butter, so please let me know if you do use any of those and how they turn out.

 

I tend to avoid multi-layer desserts, since they require extra steps and seem to take a bit longer (#lazy), but this one is maybe an extra 2 minutes and it’s so worth it!  This is another single-serving recipe (for my/your lack of willpower), but feel free to multiply it to create a full batch.

 

 

Hope this recipe brings you a bit of nostalgia for your own childhood.  Please let me know me if...

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The Best Chocolate Chip Cookies (vegan, paleo, sugar-free, gluten-free, lowFODMAP)

Dec 19, 2017

 

These might seriously be the most delicious cookies I’ve ever tasted.  They are my go-to for every potluck and they are always devoured!  Even people who eat “real” cookies (made with wheat flour, dairy, and sugar) love them.  Trust me, they are a hit.  With super simple and minimal ingredients, they’re so easy to throw together, too.

 

When I’ve made paleo and vegan chocolate chip cookies in the past, they never have that same moist, chewy texture I was looking for.  But these definitely do!

 

Just throw all of dry ingredients in a bowl, and mix together until well-combined.

 

 

Then add the wet ingredients and mix until well-combined.  The mixture should be pretty crumbly, but once you roll them into balls, it should stick together.  You can fold in the chocolate chips at this point, too.

 

 

There’s already very minimal sweetener in this, but if you’re looking...

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2-Ingredient Banana Coconut Cookies (vegan, paleo, nut-free, gluten-free, lowFODMAP)

Dec 12, 2017

 

If you know me, you know I’m all about that dessert!  It’s my favorite meal of the day, and I can hardly get through 24 hours without it.  So, when I can make a sugar-free dessert that’s made with actual whole food ingredients (no flours here!), it brings me the most joy ever.  This recipe will bring you joy, too, because it’s super simple, easy to make, and you probably have these ingredients in your kitchen right now.

 

These babies are also SIBO and lowFODMAP friendly, for anybody dealing with IBS or SIBO (which I am – more on this another time!).

 

 

I didn’t have chocolate chips on hand, but feel free to add them in.  They’re even more delicious with them!

 

 

To get more desserts like this, get my FREE RECIPE BOOK here!

 

2- INGREDIENT BANANA COCONUT COOKIES (vegan, paleo, nut-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, lowFODMAP)
 
 
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Single Serving Chocolate Chip Muffin (sugar-free, paleo, keto, SIBO-friendly)

Dec 12, 2017

 

I don’t know about you, but I have zero self-control when it comes to dessert.  Sweet treats don’t last more than a day in my house, and even that is generous.  It’s so serious that I even bought a $70 time locking container to put treats in (that I quickly returned, because $70?!?!).  Every time I bake a batch of cookies or muffins, I immediately give most of them away to clients, friends, strangers on the street.  Anything to get them out of my house, where I will likely inhale the whole batch within hours.

 

Why don’t I just stop making them, you ask?  Because I love healthy treats and I don’t think life is meant to be lived without them.  The only answer, then, is to create single-serving healthy treats that’ll leave me feeling satisfied without 11 other servings  tempting me with their deliciousness.  And, apparently, I’m not the only one.  I asked my ...

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The Dirty Truth About Stevia

Oct 31, 2017

 

If you have a love affair with stevia, you definitely want to read this.  If you’re someone who has tried to love stevia on your quest to give up sugar, I’ve got some good news for you!

Going sugar-free is all the rage these days, and for good reason.  Sugar, in all it’s forms (yes, even coconut sugar & maple syrup!), has an endless list of side-effects, including:

 

Side Effects of Sugar Consumption

  • Overeating
  • Food cravings
  • Skin issues & wrinkles
  • Can lead to weight gain & obesity
  • Digestive issues
  • Recurrent yeast infections & UTI’s
  • Candida
  • Inflammation
  • Mood disorders (depression, anxiety)
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Hormonal issues
  • Fatigue
  • Feeds cancer cells

 

Many consumers are finally getting hip to sugar’s destructive ways and making the switch to stevia. But what is it and is it good for you?

Stevia is a plant that has been used for over 1,500 years...

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Why I Only Drink Mushroom Coffee (And Other Mushrooms!)

Oct 03, 2017
 
 

If you’ve been following me for a while now, then you already know my obsession with mushrooms.  I’m not kidding when I tell you I drink mushrooms for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  I’m actually drinking some right now (no surprise!).  And for good reason. Mushrooms are some of the most potent, powerful, health-promoting foods on the planet. They’re immune-boosting, cancer-fighting, and they’re high in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.  There is extensive research on the medicinal effects of mushrooms, but what really sold me and continues to sell me on drinking mushroom elixirs are how they make me feel.  I started drinking them over 2 years ago and after only a couple of weeks, I noticed incredible benefits, and now I’m hooked!

 

Now, these aren’t culinary mushrooms (although there’s some benefits to those) or psychedelic mushrooms (which may actually be beneficial too, but...

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8 Simple Ways to Beat Sugar Cravings

Aug 15, 2017

 

Hi, my name is Amanda, and I am a sugar addict.  My sugar addiction started when I was a kid.  I used to sit and do my homework over an entire box of Oreo cookies.  As a teenager and young adult, not much changed.  I could still easily eat a box of cookies, a few bags of candy, and an ice cream sundae to polish it off.  Ugh, just thinking about it now gives me a stomachache.

 

Even though these days, I eat a pretty nutritious diet, sugar still has it’s sweet little hold on me.  Whether it’s the raw chocolate treats at the health food store or the gluten-free vegan muffin at the coffee shop, I have to work incredibly hard to restrain myself.  I’ve seen the effects sugar can have not only on my body, but also on my mood, brain, and skin.  And let me tell you, it ain’t pretty.   So, I steer clear of it as much as possible these days with a few simple tricks.  Here’s how you can,...

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