How to Start a Blog (in 3 easy steps)

If you’ve ever thought about writing a blog, today I’m going to teach you the best way to do it. A simple Google Search can give you thousands of different opinions on how to start a blog, but many will lead you to roadblocks. If you are going to do it, do it right from the start. Learning how to start a blog is as easy as these three easy steps! 
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IMPORTANT: If you want the best method to begin blogging, listen to a blogger (me!). These steps will lead you to a GREAT start. 

3 General Steps (details below)

1. Pick a name. Buy the name and space on Bluehost.

2. Set up WordPress so you can manage your blog.

3. Make it pretty with a theme from StudioPress… 

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Garlic Roasted Pork Shoulder Lettuce Wraps

Thank you to the Paleo Mom for sending me a review copy of The Paleo Approach Cookbook; this recipe comes from her cookbook! The book is a wonderful resource, especially for those with autoimmune disease who need more Paleo recipes.  Pork Shoulder Lettuce Wraps are perfect for lunch or dinner, and easy to make! I’m all about wraps these days. Chicken salad wraps, mexican wraps, and now pork shoulder wraps! They’re so perfect for lunch because of their portability. Wraps actually inspired me to start a Joint Company of Paleo-friendly Concessions, called Bravo For Vive. We will be featuring chicken salad and BBQ pork wraps that are completely Paleo and really delicious.  After making this recipe from The Paleo Mom’s cookbook, I had to figure out how to eat it. It’s a basic slow-cooked pork shoulder recipe, so I figured adding some sweetness to it would be delicious. I cut up some fresh peaches I bought at the Farmer’s Market this weekend and placed it in a lettuce wrap. … 

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Testimonial Tuesday: Treating Endometriosis with Diet

Treating Endometriosis with DietKendra has an instagram feed that can make anyone hungry! She posts such beautiful pictures of food, that I had to know the story behind her Paleo life. Come to find out she struggles with endometriosis, and after eating Paleo her symptoms slowed down and it has helped tremendously. Food really is the new medicine. Read to find out how to Kendra has been treating endometriosis with diet. 

Growing up my diet was very unhealthy! I was addicted to sugar and junk food!  In high school my lunch usually consisted of pizza, donuts and Doritos. Eating this way caused my body a lot of pain but I just ignored it. It wasn’t until 2010 that I started to think more seriously about what I was putting Into my body when my mom was diagnosed with uterine cancer. I started adding more vegetables to my diet, but I was still eating lots of processed foods. Then in 2011, when I started blacking out from excruciating pain in my left side,  I realized my body was very sick and went to see my doctor. A few months later, I had surgery and was diagnosed with endometriosis (a debilitating autoimmune disease). During surgery they removed a lot of the endometrial growths on my internal organs and a large cyst in my ovary. I had suspected from a young age that something was really wrong with my body, yet no doctor could put their finger on it. I was fed up and needed real answers. Could my illness be related to what I was putting into my body? After surgery my doctor started throwing medications at me left and right telling me they were the only answer to keep my endometriosis under control. I didn’t want to be taking pills the rest of my life and felt like there was another way, so I refused them and began my own research on nutrition and natural healing. I found that a lot of people with my disease were feeling better doing gluten free, soy free (soy mimics estrogen in the body and fuels my disease) and dairy free diets and healing with food instead of medication. I did this for awhile and started to feel better, but just felt like something was missing.

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A Paleo Concession Stand : Bravo For Vive!

A few weeks ago I sat at my kitchen counter eating lunch, a Paleo Chicken Salad Wrap and some veggies. I thought these would be just perfect at a football game. As a student at LSU, when I think of fall semester I think football season. 100,000 people come to the campus on Game Day, I knew I couldn’t be the only one who wants to eat healthy. So I thought, how about a Paleo Concession Stand ? 

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After a few rejections and laughs at my idea, I only became more determined to make it happen. In order to make the amount of wraps we would need for a game, I needed a pro. I went to a good friend of mine, Chef Vasquez, who makes Paleo-friendly food at both of his restaurants, Vive Foods and Opal Basil. His wife is an LSU alum, so she understood how important Game Day is to the fans and students. Once they decided to work with me, we created a menu we found fitting for the setting. They have similar beliefs on food as I do, and their restaurant emphasizes supporting local farmers. We couldn’t have been a more perfect pair. 

Bravo For Vive’s goal is to bring a healthy alternative to game day. We want people to be able to eat something tasty and satisfying, made with real ingredients! Our menu is so delicious, you won’t even notice it’s healthy. Not kidding, my best friend loves fast food and is so picky, she tried it and said “If this is how Paleo tastes, I want to go Paleo!” So Tiger Fans, now you can Geaux Paleo on campus! 

BBQ Pork Lettuce Wrap

These are our BBQ pork lettuce wraps! If you know my eating habits, you know I don’t eat too much pork, but since this is locally sourced meat. It’s unbelievably good! 

Chicken Salad Wraps with Aioli

These are our Chicken and Vegetable Coconut Wraps! They were a must on the menu, because they inspired this whole process! The wraps are actually made of coconut, so they are completely gluten and grain free! 

Kale Chips with Honey and Aioli

No more nachos, we have Kale Chips with Aioli! They are crunchy, and topped with some local honey for extra goodness. If you are a vegetarian, this may be the option for you. 

We have a few more surprises coming this weekend! LSU fans, find us outside the Stadium by the Airplane and inside the Stadium in the student Section. If you are not from Louisiana, don’t worry we could be coming to a Stadium near you soon!

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Testimonial Tuesday: Battling the Perfect Body Mindset

I was so happy and excited when Madelyn Moon contacted me about collaborating. She has a blog called Mind, Body, Musings, and today she’s on sharing about her story and her mission. 

When I was growing up in high school, I discovered vegetarianism. It started out as an ethical cause, helping the planet and whatnot, but soon (with my type-a and all-or-nothing attitude) I took it to the extremes. It turned into a weight management diet as I glided into college at the University of Arkansas. Around this time, I also discovered the treadmill. One night I had stayed up way passed my bedtime studying for an exam and after hours of endless cramming, I decided to push my body even further and go for a run. I ended up running to the gym and then running on the gym’s treadmill…for a full hour (7 miles). Proud of my new accomplishment, I made this a new standard for myself and decided I had to run a full hour on the treadmill every day or I “didn’t really get a workout in.”

After my knees became too much for me to handle, I decided I needed to put away the running shoes and pick up something new. I started eating meat and lifting weights, which is a very healthy well-rounded approach to life. But with my personality, of course, I had to take it to the next level. I ended up signing up for my first fitness competition in Austin, TX, after I transferred to the University of Austin Texas. I had one meal plan for 4 months. No, not one meal plan at a time, but one meal plan the whole time. That’s 4 months of eating the same exact thing, not a blueberry more or a bell pepper less. I ended up losing 15 lbs, my period and my social life. I placed okay, but not high enough for my satisfaction, and so I eventually signed up for another show.

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