Testimonial Tuesday: Strong, Capable, and Healthy!

Testimonial Tuesdays get me so excited. I found Brittany on Instagram after she posted a picture of one of my recipes. I checked out her pictures and found her amazing transformation! She is such an inspiration to me, juggling nursing, cross fit, and clean eating. And talk about small world, Brittany and I actually have mutual friends because she’s from Mississippi and I’m from Louisiana! Follow her on instagram at @bstew26 . 

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Bottom Left: Me at 145lbs during the summer of 2012 Top Left: After 8months of Crossfit, no real change to my eating or drinking habits. Right: After a year and a half of Crossfit and an 80/20 clean eating diet!

Growing up, I was never a kid that struggled with my weight. I stayed active with cheerleading in school, so looking back I know I never really was overweight. However, that in no way means I didn’t struggle with body issues. Right before I started Junior High, puberty was really cruel to me. It seemed that overnight my body turned into an hourglass figure and my thighs and hips grew twice their size. My body changed so quickly that I had (and still have to this day) stretch marks on my thighs! I was so self-conscious to get into shorts or my cheerleading uniform or a bathing suit. And I know that you’re thinking, “Every girl wants that hour glass figure!” But trust me, as a 12 year old girl, all I knew was that I was DIFFERENT, and during that time in life all you really want to do is fit in. So although my struggle was never really with my weight when I was younger, I definitely dealt with some body issues. I know what it’s like to not be comfortable in your own skin. [Read more...]

Paleo Chicken Salad Wraps

Some recipes are just too good not to share. These Paleo Chicken Salad Wraps are one of those recipes. It’d just be wrong for me to keep this recipe to myself. 

Paleo Chicken Salad Wraps

As some of you know, I worked for Laura Fuentes at MOMables last summer. I like to say she gave me the “Blogging for Dummies” course. She had it down, but she needed an intern and I wanted to learn. It was such a fun experience, and now whenever I’m in town I must visit for Bulletproof Coffee or a Paleo treat together. We both love healthy food, blogging, and coffee. A lot. 

This recipe idea came from her, she has a staple chicken salad recipe that she makes weekly, and we get really creative with 100 million ways we can eat it. After finding these completely Paleo wraps, we decided to stuff them with her chicken salad. It was deeelicious. I love all different kinds of chicken salad. I actually have another Chicken Salad Recipe on my blog, which is a bit more complicated. This one that I’ll share today is much easier and perfect to make each week.  [Read more...]

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Recipe

Are you looking for a gorgeous, easy Paleo dinner recipe? This is my Lemon Rosemary Chicken Recipe. It was shared on the Paleo Parents a few weeks ago, and today I’m sharing it with YOU!

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Photography has become quite a passion of mine! I’m not always one to brag, but I’m actually very proud of these photos. I love a good cast iron skillet, and this chicken was just to die for! One thing I learned about photography is that it is all about the lighting! And it’s also about perspective. We all have our own photography style, and we are all attracted to different looks and feels of a picture. It’s hard for me to channel my creative side, but taking pictures of food seems to help! If you like to see “Food Porn”, check out my instagram. I like to post my food daily, and unfortunately I spend more time on Instagram than on my blog!  [Read more...]

How to make Bulletproof Coffee

On twitter, you may realize I’ve been raving about bulletproof coffee almost daily. It’s only been a week and I believe it’s totally changed my coffee life and my regular life…. Not kidding, my productivity level has sky rocketed, and I’m already pretty productive (so just imagine). Today I’m going to teach you how to make Bulletproof Coffee.

How to Make Bulletproof Coffee

I heard about this idea of butter in my coffee a few years ago. My trainer and life coach was drinking butter in his coffee daily and LOVED it. This idea sounded gross to me. I think of butter on my sweet potatoes or in my “Faux-tatoes“, but yuck, never in coffee. I think it’s because when most people think of butter, they think of salted butter, but this bulletproof coffee uses unsalted butter (MUCH different!). 

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A Week in My Paleo Life: Late June

Summer has given me the time for all of my daily needs. Sunlight, healthy food, great workouts, play, and about 8 hours of sleep. It’s been a great time to reboot, and recharge for the next school year. And weirdly enough, I’m getting excited to get back into school schedule! I’m not afraid to say I like studying and school.. a lot!

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Dad and I paddle boarding in Watercolor, FL

After rereading some of my favorite Paleo books, I have gotten back into a 3 meal schedule. During school, it’s 2 or 1 or random snacks. Always Paleo food, but not routine, which is not good for my hormones. My body needs schedule and regular meals, so that’s what I’m going to give it! So far I’ve felt more energized, and it’s easier to wake up bright and early (around 7). I hate the feeling of not wanting to get out of bed, and this 3 meal thing is making me excited to get up, workout, and eat breakfast. Ironically, I did do a post at some point about how I didn’t think we needed breakfast. But it’s all experimental, and I have to see what works best for me and my body. [Read more...]