Transformation Takes Time

Well, I hate to be the barrier of bad news…but I did not just wake up and drop down 6 clothing sizes, loose 65 lbs and 31.5 inches off my body overnight!  Transformation takes time!  My transformation has been on going for the last three years.  My first year started with becoming active and incorporating exercise into my daily routine.  Then the past two years I have added in my Paleo lifestyle.  I firmly believe one compliments the other and without them both, I would not be sassy and fabulous!

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I started my journey because I was tired of who I was becoming.  My father passed away very unexpectedly from diabetes (unknown to him) and I was heading down his track.  However, I had to realize the change would come from within me and not from others around me.  People around you can comment and make suggestions, but at the end of the day…we are each responsible for ourselves.   Continue reading

Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts is one vegetable I use to hate.  Like HATE!  About five years ago we hosted Thanksgivings and my brother requested brussels sprouts.  Well, being the nice sister I made him a batch.  Yep, that batch was all his!  He was on cloud nine while we all enjoyed the Thanksgiving junk.  Needless to say, brussels sprouts have made an appearance the last two years at Thanksgiving and we are all chowing them down!  This is just another example to try, try, try food over and over.  Our taste buds are constantly changing through our life.  Living a Paleo lifestyle, I could not image a week without brussels sprouts!

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Green Fuel

I have always been into juicing!  I make frequent visits to one of my favorite juicing places called Juicy Leaf.  However, with the holiday season and lots of nasty weather in Michigan…I have started juicing at home again.

Juicing from home has a few perks: First, I control all the ingredients I put into my drink (I think all vegetables and one green apple).  Next, if juicing in bulk…it is a bit cheaper to buy and juice my own vegetables.  Then, I know how fresh my juice is (minutes off the juicer).  Lastly, there is also the convenience of doing it in my PJ’s and laying on the sofa preparing for the day.

However, there are a few perks for getting a juice at a local juicer: First and the big selling point for me is time. It is quick and easy because sometimes I don’t have time to make my juice.  Next, I’m supporting a local company who is supporting our local farmers using fresh ingredients.  Then, I can’t forget the conversations I have with my juicing people (they may inspire me to try new things).  Lastly, it is cheaper if I just want one drink versus buying an item which give me multiple juices.

Why am I juicing?  My body can handle cooked vegetables, but eating raw vegetables causes me to bloat.  When drinking juice, I do not bloat and it helps my digestive system run smoothly.  I love the way I feel after drinking a large glass of juice.  I feel as though juicing is my green fuel giving me lots of energy!  However, I am very picky what I juice and watch the glycemic index when adding in my items.  I want fuel not a natural sugar high from what I juice.

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Apple Pie Drizzled Cookies

I’m going on week one completed of the 21 day sugar detox.  However, I was wanting a cookie (probably because I ‘can’t’ have one).  I normally do not crave cookies, but this craving I had to act on because it’s snowy outside and I’m stuck inside!  Needless to say, I scanned the cupboards to see what I could create and Apple Pie Drizzled Cookies came to mind.  I’ve created an apple pie based cookie and then drizzled a little ‘icing’ on the cookie for taste and looks.  I think we often want what we can not have and now I’m having cookies because I can!

Making the perfect icing is unique to each batch due to the consistency of the coconut manna.  You want the coconut manna soft to blend together.  Here is a few problem solving tricks when making coconut manna icing.  If icing is too thick add a little more coconut milk.  If icing is too runny add a little more coconut manna.

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All Natural Chai Recipe

Cold weather is here in Michigan.  School districts have been off the last 3 consecutive days.  Needless to say, I’m looking for anything to keep me warm.  Our wind chills have been in the -20…YIKES!  I’m the girl who is cold when the heat goes below 68 in the house.  It’s all about the layers for me these past two days!

This recipe is easy to make and tastes amazing!  It is also compliant with Whole30 and the 21 day sugar detox.  Not to mention all the benefits you are getting from the spices.  I’m not a big fan of sweet drinks.  I’m fine omitting the honey; however, I know some people like sweet drinks.  Adjust the honey for your taste buds.

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Caramelized Onion Mini-Meatloaves

Bring on the 21 day sugar detox!  You can find more information about the detox from their website.  I’m ready and so is my body!  I did this back in September and had great results! You can read my post from when I completed it here.  The key to success in my opinion is planning.  Oh and maybe support!  My sister-in-law is jumping on board for this round!  Needless to say, we have exchanged a few texts this weekend on our meal planning!!

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I’ve got all my meals planned out and I’m happy to report all my prep/cooking is complete!!  You can find a picture of my meal plan this week on Instagram or Facebook. Today, I will be enjoying the afternoon outside in the snow!  Yes, the snow has finally fell from the sky in the Great Lakes region.

The key to the caramelized onions mini-meatloaves is the caramelized onions.  They provide amazing taste!  This recipe will melt in your mouth.  You can turn this recipe into a large meatloaf or meatballs.  I choose mini-meatloaves because I wanted something easy to make!!

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