January 2018 Clean & Easy Meal Plan

After the holidays I’m ready to shed a few holiday pounds. Do you know what I mean? No matter how hard I try, the holidays always seem to sabotage my healthy habits of diet, exercise, and sleep, so after the dust settles and the last of the Christmas decorations are boxed up, I’m ready to get back on track.  So, if you too have fallen prey to the Christmas candy, cookies, and treats, then January is the perfect month to reclaim your health, to start afresh, or to cultivate new habits. One … [Read more...]

Why I’m Going Gluten-Free

I mentioned recently that I'm going gluten-free for health reasons. In this post, I share my reasons for pursuing a gluten-free diet and what I hope to achieve by it. Back in 2008 when I was pregnant for the first time, my obstetrician informed me that my thyroid levels were off and that I needed to see an endocrinologist immediately as the baby could be adversely affected unless I got my hormone levels under control. At the time I was a doctoral student/graduate assistant and life was … [Read more...]

8 Tips to Help You Survive the 1st Trimester

Note: I am not a medical professional. I am merely stating my personal opinion. If you have concerns or questions, you should seek professional medical attention. I've only just entered into the "blissful" state of the second trimester, and since the challenges of those first 14 weeks are still very fresh in my mind, I want to share with you some things I have learned over the course of 4 pregnancies that might help you if you are... preparing for pregnancy are newly pregnant in … [Read more...]

Roasted Broccoli: A Kid-Approved, Seasonal Recipe

Recently, I posted on how we're trying to incorporate more seasonal produce into our meal plans to improve our diet and save money. This month broccoli is on sale and in season, and at $0.99 a bunch, we're consuming a lot of this green antioxidant-rich veggie in our house. Most kids will eat broccoli smothered in cheese sauce {who am I kidding? I love the stuff, too!}, but it isn't very healthy. In the past, I've roasted potatoes, corn, even carrots, peppers, and onions, and I love the … [Read more...]

Seasonal Produce: 1 Simple Way to Improve Your Family’s Diet

One of my 2014 personal goals is to improve our family's diet. I'm a "from-scratch" cooker and generally avoid canned soups and convenience foods because of their high sodium, preservative-laden ingredients, and, frankly, I don't like them. However, recent bouts with morning all-day sickness have quashed my desire to cook, eat, or do anything food-related lately, and I've fallen prey to those convenient jarred sauces, frozen dinners, and quick-fix meals to get my family fed. I'm not … [Read more...]

Decompress This Christmas: It’s OK. Really.

I'll be the first to admit that I'm glad it's Christmas time. And not for the obvious reasons either. No, for me, Christmas is about decompression. It's the hiatus from Bible studies and regular appointments, the break from school and other activities that you're just.about.burned.out.from. The Christmas holiday is that small window of time when you can be at home (or not) just because. You have nowhere you have to be. The kids (and Mama) can sleep in, stay in their pajamas, eat breakfast at … [Read more...]

Gobble, Gobble!: 10 Tips to Eat Healthy this Thanksgiving

Pumpkin pie, turkey & dressing, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, rolls, mashed potatoes, pecan pie, and I could go on. If that list of Thanksgiving delectables doesn’t make your mouth water, then I don’t know what will. The holidays can be a daunting time for eating healthy with so many tantalizing foods around, but it doesn’t have to be. You want to enjoy Thanksgiving, not feel guilty for all the food you've eaten. So, in David Letterman form, here are my top 10 tips for enjoying … [Read more...]

7 Natural Remedies for Fighting the Winter Blues

{Yes, I know it's not winter yet, but the winter blues do not abide by calendar rules & other such arbitrary dates.}For the past two weeks, I've noticed a change in myself. My attitude has been more negative, my energy levels very low--almost lethargic, and my desire to eat constant. When I read this post recently, a light bulb went off in my head. Seasonal Affective Disorder Before you stop reading and diagnose me a hypochondriac, consider yourself. Have you noticed a change in your mood?Is all … [Read more...]