Shortbread Cookies

These grain-free paleo shortbread cookies are made with coconut flour and almond flour. Grass-fed butter and a chocolate glaze makes them melt in your mouth. I've been busy experimenting in the kitchen to come up with some healthier Holiday treats as I don't feel good...

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Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos

This Crock-Pot Chicken Taco recipe is made with healthy ingredients and is gluten-free and paleo friendly. It's a great easy weeknight dinner, and the flavorful, tender shredded chicken can be used for other Mexican dishes such as enchiladas or soup. The great thing...

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Review of Non-Toxic Nail Polishes

I decided to do this nail polish review because I haven’t been very careful about checking the ingredients in my nail polishes in the past--I've given more priority to the length of wear and color choices. The “natural” ones I’d tried didn't have nice colors or wear...

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Paleo Cranberry Sauce

This Paleo Cranberry Sauce is sweetened with maple syrup or honey and has fresh ingredients and is healthier and tastier than the canned version. Making your own cranberry sauce takes a bit longer than opening a can, but it only takes about 20 minutes and can be made...

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My First Float Tank Experience

I recently tried my first float tank and loved it so much, I wanted to share my experience. I first heard about float tanks/sensory deprivation several years ago when a massage therapist recommended I try it (the reason being I couldn’t relax and she didn’t want to...

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Supplements: The Basics for Health

When people ask me what supplements I'm taking, I’m usually hesitant to say, since everyone’s different and has different nutritional needs. I’m not a doctor, but I’ll share some of the basic supplements for health that I take that most people can benefit from taking....

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Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

This easy Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes recipe is gluten free and dairy free. These pancakes are light and fluffy and are healthier than your usual breakfast pancakes as they're made with coconut flour and almond flour and sweetened with a touch of maple syrup. This time of...

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Braised Red Cabbage and Brats

This is a healthier version of the German bratwurst with sauerkraut. I was inspired to make it because Oktoberfest is right around the corner. I designed it to be low-carb and paleo friendly, but if you don't care about that, you could add some beer to simmer it in....

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Beet Salad With Orange Dressing

Roasted beets, walnuts, orange dressing, and goat cheese make a great combination. Try it with almond cheese if you want it to be Paleo or vegetarian. Beets have tons of health benefits as they're full of vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin C and folate, that help...

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Sweet Potato Shepherd’s Pie

This Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie is a healthier version of the traditional English shepherd's pie (or "cottage pie") made with mashed potatoes. It's definitely comfort food, which is welcome when the weather starts getting cooler. The potatoes are swapped out here for...

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My Fall 2017 Fashion Guide

Fashion isn't something I normally write about, as my blog is more about food, health, and self-development. But I thought it would be fun to write about clothes for a change of pace. You probably agree that looking good gives you confidence and makes you feel better,...

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Superfood Energy Balls

Energy balls are pretty popular right now, probably because they're a healthier snack option than the energy bars you buy in stores, which aren't much better than eating a candy bar--even the "healthy" ones are loaded with sugar and carbs. Therefore, I wanted a recipe...

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Why I Love My Afternoon Nap

I love my afternoon nap and am fortunate that I’m able to take one most afternoons, usually right after lunch, as that’s when I start feeling tired. I usually wake up feeling more energized and don't feel as sleepy in the evenings. It turns out there are lots of...

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Zucchini Noodles with Creamy Avocado Pesto

Zucchini noodles (or "zoodles") are a quick, healthy alternative to high-carbohydrate pasta dishes. You get a healthy dose of vegetables instead. I really like the crunchy texture of them. This dish is easy to make and it only takes a couple of minutes to cook. Prep...

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Summer Veggie Frittata

A frittata is a great way to use lots of summer vegetables for an easy breakfast or brunch. Or serve with a green salad for a quick evening meal. What's great about a frittata is you can mix all kinds of vegetables, such as spinach, squash, broccoli, asparagus, sweet...

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4 Tips to Avoid Toxic Dentistry

If you're like me, you probably don't like going to the dentist much, and when you go for your dental check up, you're relieved when you're told you don't need to get any work done. You probably don't think about the treatments you've had in the past or whether the...

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Healthy Homemade Dark Chocolate

A simple, healthy and delicious homemade chocolate that is sugar-free, dairy-free and paleo friendly. The powerful antioxidants in chocolate are great for our health. Studies indicate that people who eat high quality chocolate have lower markers of inflammation than...

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Gratitude is the Best Attitude

There are many studies proving that practicing gratitude does amazing things for our emotional and physical well being and is one of the easiest and most direct routes to happiness. When we’re caught up in the busyness of our lives, it’s easy to forget sometimes that...

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Pan-Seared Salmon with Tomato Pesto

I finally found a way to not overcook salmon and for it to look pretty when it's done--I haven't had good results with baking and grilling it. The only kind of salmon I buy is wild caught from Alaska. It has a deep orange color and is very oily, not like the farmed...

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How to Get More Collagen in Your Diet

  I've noticed a big difference in my skin, hair and nails since I started supplementing collagen, and I'm always looking for more ways to incorporate more collagen into my diet. So what is collagen exactly and how can we get more of it? Here's a brief...

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Paleo Cherry Garcia Coconut Milk Ice Cream

  I'm not generally a huge fan of ice cream, but I love Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia Ice Cream. I found this Paleo version of my favorite ice cream and had to try it. I have to say it was worth the effort. As this recipe is Paleo friendly, it's made with...

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Brain Shake

This Brain Shake recipe is adapted from Headstrong, the new book by Dave Asprey of Bulletproof™. The many healthy fats and polyphenols in this smoothie will help boost your energy and help you sleep. Plus, the collagen powder is great for your skin and joints. Try it...

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You Can’t Go Home Again?

You’ve probably heard the saying, “You can’t go home again.” A friend once said it to me when I expressed regret about leaving England 33 years ago, and I agreed. When I moved to the states with my first husband, the deal we made was that I would go back to visit once...

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Scallops With Lemon Butter

My husband loves scallops and when I cooked this super easy dish recently, he loved it and thought I'd been cooking for hours; he liked it better than when he's had scallops at expensive restaurants. It's really quick and only has a few ingredients. So why pay big...

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Gluten-free Coconut Crepes

  These easy crepes are gluten-free and Paleo. They are a tasty treat that can be stuffed with many kinds of fillings, sweet or savory, for either a breakfast/brunch, lunch or dessert. I like them stuffed with chocolate spread and berries. They're not quite the...

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Chicken Pho for Beginners

  If you're not familiar with pho, it's a Vietnamese soup-type noodle dish. This recipe is a basic chicken pho for beginners. It makes a great fast weeknight dinner. The quality of the broth is key to the flavor. I used homemade chicken broth that I'd made the...

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Experiences, Not Things!

  We tend to think that pursuing wealth or buying something we really want will make us happy, but research shows we would happier spending our money on experiences, not things. According to Psychology Professor Thomas Gilovich of Cornell University, we adapt to...

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Paleo Chocolate Mousse

This is a healthier chocolate dessert option if you're craving something sweet after dinner. It's free of dairy, gluten, and sugar. Because it's really rich, you might want to use smaller serving dishes than pictured here. For extra healthy fat, you could mash an...

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Easy Paleo Chili

This is an easy recipe to make if you have a pound of ground beef and are looking for something quick to make with it for dinner. When I make chili, it's normally on a Sunday and I usually use a crockpot recipe that has more ingredients, such as beans, but my husband...

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Get in Shape for Summer

  It's time to get in shape for summer! Spring is here which means swimsuit season is right around the corner. It's time to put away our heavy, baggy winter clothes and start thinking about the beach, sitting by the pool, and spending time outdoors. Many of us...

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Creamy Cauliflower Alfredo Sauce

  This is a lighter, healthier version of Alfredo pasta sauce that's great over spaghetti squash, or zucchini spiral noodles. I was able to pass it off on my husband and he couldn't tell it was cauliflower. It's pictured here over gluten-free pasta as he's not a...

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Cleansing Green Smoothie

Green smoothies and juices are a great way to get more green veggies into your diet. They're a quick and nutritious breakfast or as a healthy snack any time of day. I try to make a green smoothie or juice daily and usually throw whatever veggies I have on hand into...

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How to Get Younger Looking Skin

  If you’re like me, you want younger looking skin and have spent a lot of money over the years on anti-aging skin care products that promise younger looking skin but ultimately don’t deliver. You’ve probably learned for yourself that no cream will reverse the...

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Thinking About Going Gluten Free?

  You’ve probably heard about “gluten free” and are wondering if it’s just the latest craze. There’s a lot of conflicting advice about whether to go gluten free or not, which I will talk about in this post. Unfortunately, a lot of the stuff you buy at the grocery...

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Eating Fat Can Make You Thin

The “Paleo” diet has become  popular because it's based on the way our ancestors ate, but there's no one diet that's best for everyone as we’re all different. Some people need lots of animal protein while others do better on a plant-based diet. The key is to listen to...

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Why Bone Broth is Good for You

You've probably been hearing a lot about bone broth lately, and that's because everyone's discovering its amazing health benefits.  They're not talking about the broth or stock you buy in cans and boxes at the grocery store that isn't very nutritious and is usually...

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Presence is Our Number One Resource

We’ve all heard the expression that someone has “presence.” You think of a person walking into a room being so magnetic that people are drawn to them. To me, presence isn’t really the same thing as having charisma; it’s more about projecting confidence in ourselves....

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Mindfulness for Beginners

In today’s hectic, connected world, we’re so busy and distracted by all the information coming at us, that we’re just living on autopilot and don’t realize that our nervous systems are stuck in the “fight or flight” stress response. When we’re in this mode, we’re...

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