Stepping Into My Spotlight, and Getting Out of My Own Way


The quote above is from an event I had the opportunity to attend last week in Las Vegas. I have felt very much like a butterfly over the last few months, cocooning myself, wrestling with my shadows, figuring out who I am after everything that has happened over the last few years, watching a transformation take place. After attending this event last week, which was one of THE most inspiring, uplifting things I have ever had the chance to be a part of, I feel like it’s time to bust out of that cocoon. But more on that in a minute. Read More

The Gift of Finding Blessings When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned


“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands.” ~Richard Bach

I have been reflecting a lot in the last week, now that the hustle and bustle has died down, on the Christmas season and the end of the year–2015 has been an interesting year for us. We had a very low-key Christmas, only getting the kids a few things and not exchanging presents with each other or anyone else. But yet, I feel like I received many gifts this Christmas. Read More

Apple Pecan Kale Salad with Apple Honey Dressing

DSC_0012 (2)

We eat a lot of salad around here. However, none of us like plain, boring, limpy leaves. If I want my kids to eat it, it has to be interesting, and adding great toppings just makes it easier to get more nutrition into them. Once I got them all to start eating salads, in much the same way I talked about in this post, I quickly figured out that they get bored if I don’t switch it up and make it interesting. Read More

Roasted Delicata Squash with Apple Honey Glaze


I get comments all the time like “My kids would never eat that!” or “HOW do you get your kids to eat like that?” And my initial answer is always,”It’s a process.” I have always cooked a lot, and I love trying new recipes. Before we changed our diet so extensively, those experiments were usually with baking, so of course they were eager to try whatever I came up with. Now, most of my experiments are with vegetables. They are not necessarily so fond of this change, but it has made a HUGE difference in how they eat.  So, this is how it works at our house. Read More

Apple Cider Spice Cookies (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)

DSC_0005 (5)

I posted a photo of these cookies on my personal Facebook page several weeks ago and captioned them “cookie experimentation…” I haven’t posted the recipe until now, because it really was a first time experiment, and I wanted to try it out more than once to make sure it really does work. Here it is, just in time for Thanksgiving, or for a fall treat as the weather gets colder! Read More

Kielbasa and Pepper Hash

DSC_0079 (2)

Who doesn’t love a one pan meal? Right? Well, technically this is a two pan meal, but it is so super simple and really fast to put together! And completely delicious!

One of the hardest things about eating a whole-foods diet is the amount of time it takes to cook and prep everything. I love to cook, so I like doing it-most of the time. But whether or not I have the time is another story. Planning ahead is key for me, so I always have a few super fast, super healthy meals up my sleeve for crazy days. Read More

Natalie UPDATE!


You are looking at Natalie’s brain. Cool, huh?

More accurately, you are looking at a visual representation, an electroencephalogram or EEG, of a snippet of Natalie’s brain wave activity in one specific area of her brain which was done around the time school started this year in early August. As I talked about in this post, Natalie started doing neurofeedback in late May to help with the mood and behavior problems she was having. This snapshot is of her EEG after twice weekly neurofeedback sessions for a little over 3 months. Read More

How To Heal A Leaky Gut


Our modern lifestyles are really hard on our guts. A quick Google search, and you can come across article after article about how “modern diseases” (cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndromes,  digestive disorders, autoimmune conditions, and depression, just to name a few) have been steadily on the rise in the last 50 years. Just in the last few years, researchers have really begun to pay attention to how our gut health is connected to our overall health. Basically, if you want to be healthy, you need to have a healthy gut “micro biome.” Read More

Pumpkin Spice Muffins with Streusel Topping (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)


I absolutely LOVE fall. I love the cooler temperatures, sweaters and boots, warm drinks, mums, pumpkins-all of it! Many of the traditions we have as a family happen in the fall-apple picking, the pumpkin patch, hayrides, and FOOD. But, we are still in the first year of Natalie eating dairy and gluten-free, so this fall I am heading into the season a little off my normal fall planning game. So, it’s time for some experimenting! Read More

Brussels Sprout Slaw

DSC_0014 (2)

I have had the wonderful privilege of coaching Craig’s aunt online through a Whole 30 over the last month. She told me that she was just tired of feeling bad all the time. Natalie’s story inspired her to give it a try to see how it would make her feel. I am happy to tell you that she has lost some weight and is feeling GREAT. But one of the most wonderful things? For the first time in three years, she has been able to stop taking her daily Prilosec. Yes, changing the way you eat can have an effect on your body that fast. Read More