Strength and Stamina versus Weight and Size

Years ago, I used to be obsessed with the bathroom scale. At my lowest point, I’d step on it at least twice per day. In recent years, I had broken that self-defeating habit, but it still had a pull on me and could determine my mood for the day. When we moved in January, I

Office Desk Drawer Staples to Meet Your Macros

Ah the glamorous life of the work-from-office mom…run around like a complete crazy person every morning getting everybody dressed, fed, lunches packed, backpacks ready, you presentable, coffee poured, temper-tantrum calmed, and, and, and… It’s no wonder that we’re the first to ignore our needs to get everybody else out the door! A lot of the

Over-Exercising is Stressing You Out in More Ways Than…

I often see women who take my barre class (aka leg day workout) as their warm-up or cool down to their intense spin or step classes. Or they think they still need to go run on the treadmill afterwards to “get their cardio in” because surely 55 minutes of squats, lunges, planks, core and weight

Less-Mess Crispy Chicken Thighs

There are a few delicious recipes for crispy chicken thighs from well-known paleo bloggers like StupidEasyPaleo and NomNomPaleo. Only problem? It makes such a mess of your stove top even with a splatter screen! My family loved the bacon-like taste of the crispy skin, but did not enjoy the clean up or the feel of

Egg & Veggie Cups

Mondays and Tuesdays are low carb days for those of us on the FASTer Way to Fat Loss, and I find that those are the days that I need meal planning more than any other. And, being that it falls at the beginning of the week, I’m in even more need for a grab-and-go option

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

With Labor Day Weekend complete and the kids back in school, I am so ready to trade out bathing suits and flip flops for cozy sweaters and tall riding boots. Fall is my favorite season of the year but in recent years, it seems to only last a mere 2 weeks when the humidity finally

Grain-Free Meatballs (Whole30 Friendly!)

Post-vacation and mid-summer, I love to spend a few weeks being grain-free. It helps me get back on track, significantly reduce bloat from wine and ice cream, heal my gut from the higher likelihood of gluten cross-contamination from eating out more, and—probably my favorite benefit—clears my brain fog (which is my #1 symptom of Celiac

Do Celiacs Need Prebiotics & Probiotics?

Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease that damages the small intestine when gluten is ingested. Celiacs can experience a vast array of symptoms, including GI issues, brain fog, mood swings, and joint pain. Celiac Disease is often associated with “leaky gut” and those of us with Celiac Disease are commonly told by doctors that we need

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Carb Cycling or How I Finally Found Food Freedom

It was Spring 2016. I was deeply immersed in Below the Fork and determined to be a successful entrepreneur. All my fellow online health coaches were touting the latest “diet” craze: carb cycling. I joined free webinars, read various blog posts, watched tons of Periscope videos, and purchased books by Yuri Elkaim, and Chris & Heidi

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2-Week Carb Cycling Course

You’ve been eating clean and working out, but your results have come to a halt. You’ve been closing all the rings on your Apple Watch most days but your truth pants are feeling a bit snug. Mentally, you feel like you’re finally loving yourself towards healthy but it would still be nice if the scale could

Grainless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Grainless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

With my carb-cycling program, I am always on the lookout for recipes with high protein and quality carbohydrates. So when my friend, Sue Parke of Sparke Fitness, introduced me to this recipe from PopSugar Fitness for Vegan Nice Cream Sandwiches, I was immediately intrigued with using chickpeas as the dough base for grainless peanut butter

Gelatin Benefits for Celiacs & Autoimmune Diseases

Gelatin benefits our gut health, digestion, skin, and muscles but unfortunately gelatin has gotten a bad rap over the years thanks to JELL-O, which completely over-engineered a junky version of it and then added dyes and chemicals. What is Gelatin? Gelatin is a powdered form of collagen which is created by “isolating and dehydrating parts of animals,

Truth Pants, Not Scale

Truth Pants are a pair of your favorite jeans (or any pant with a button and zipper) that you feel great in and are sized in your comfort weight zone. Truth Pants are the barometer of if you’ve lost some inches, gained some inches, or are spot on to where you feel healthy. Truth Pants

FREE Wellness Community

Ladies, let’s focus on the positive & uplift each other! I am so excited to announce the launch of my FREE wellness community to empower, educate & encourage you to love yourself towards healthy! The Love Yourself Towards Healthy Community is a private group for women to find encouragement, build confidence, learn wellness tips & tricks, and, most importantly, embrace God’s love

3 Unexpected Ways You’re Getting Hurt at the Gym

You know that nagging injury you got, but you have no idea how? You might chalk it up to sleeping wrong, or getting old, or maybe it was during that intense fitness class you took last week. Or maybe, it’s from one of these 3 unexpected ways you’re getting hurt at the gym. For the

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Product Review: Avenir Essential Oils

This post is sponsored by Avenir Oils.  I received compensation and 4 bottles of essential oils (lemon, orange, and 2 lavender) for free in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed here are completely my own.  For over 2 years now, I have been an avid fan of using essential oils. I diffuse them in my

What’s as Good as Perfect?

Perfect? The only thing that is perfect is God’s love for us. Otherwise there is no such thing as perfect! Where we can achieve some level of perfection—something that is as good as perfect in our fitness and nutrition plans—is by having the self-awareness and confidence to identify an unhealthy habit, learn from it, and

Week 2 Breakfast Cookies

My breakfast “cookies” may seem like an unhealthy treat in title, but they’re actually a nutritious dose of complex carbs in a convenient little package. For those who dislike smoothies and shakes, these breakfast cookies are the simple solution for those crazy, get-out-of-the-house-quick mornings! Week 2 of my Love Yourself Towards Healthy Fitcamp re-introduces oats and quinoa

Feeding Local Families with Produce for Kids

Feeding local families in need is often something we don’t consider. If you’re in a small, safe town in the suburbs, like me, we often think about hunger in other countries or “bad” inner cities that may not even be in our state. However, hunger is happening a lot closer to home than you may

Product Review: Shakeology vs Garden of Life

Shakeology has intrigued me for years. I’ve had some friends swear by it, and I respect many Beachbody coaches who sell it as a component of their online wellness business. Garden of Life, on the other hand, I’ve passed by a few times at Whole Foods Market, but never really thought twice about until this past week