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5 Things That *Really* Helped My Anxiety

Insomnia, heart palpitations, irrational thoughts, second-guessing, a knot in my throat… Anxiety. My anxiety isn’t paralyzing me anymore because I have been using these 5 things that really help! This is a holistic approach to relieving the symptoms of anxiety — physically, emotionally, and mentally!

7 Tips For Minimalism In A Real Food Kitchen

A Real Food kitchen requires more gadgets and gizmos for food preparation and storage than a kitchen full of processed, pre-made foods. But what if you want to practice minimalism? Can Real Food and minimalism converge? Yes! Here are 7 tips to practice minimalism in a Real Food kitchen!

Losing Myself… 11 Years Of Postpartum Depression & How I Found My Way Back

After almost 12 years, I’m sharing my story of trauma from postpartum depression and the way EMDR therapy set me free from the darkness and helped me find my way back to true happiness without guilt, fear, and shame.

15 Ways To Practice Self-Care

A woman who does any of these things is the furthest thing from selfish. Rather, she is sure enough of herself to know that her world comes crumbling down because of her own self-neglect. It is a confident momma — not a selfish momma — who can ask for help, insist on time to herself, expect her family to pitch in, or admit that she doesn’t have it all together.

3 Ways I Learned To Accept Myself In 2016

I felt like I had been waiting until I arrived at certain goals before I could accept myself. So I was really, really hard on myself and placed crazy expectations on myself — that led to constant self-rejection. Here’s how I learned to accept myself in spite of all that.

Nutritional Balancing For Dummies: Lifestyle

Welcome to the fourth and final installment of the Nutritional Balancing for Dummies series! The lifestyle aspect of Nutritional Balancing is, in my opinion, the hardest part of the program to consistently follow because it’s not something you can check off a list. Keep reading to learn some tangible and intangible ways you can change your lifestyle for a positive impact on your health!

Spontaneity In The Real Food Kitchen + My CSA Pasta Recipe

I have a bent toward perfectionism — even to the point that, if I make a mistake when writing a grocery list, I will often wad up the paper, throw it in the trash, and start all over. I thrive in a clean, organized environment and am frequently re-organizing my already organized spaces in an attempt to make them even more organized. I am overly practical and have very little tolerance for frills and fuss. I am a do-er and find it difficult to sit still and just be.
In all this organization, list-making, doing, and planning, it might surprise you to know that I have an alternate ego — the Mr. Hyde to my usual Dr. Jekyll. This side of me flies by the seat of her pants. In this alternate mode, creativity flows, unlimited by a plan, to-do list, or the written menu on the fridge.

This is when I do some of my best work … like the recipe I’m sharing for one of our new family favorites: CSA Pasta!

For Real Food-Resistant Men

This is a post my wife has been urging me to write for a while now. Quite frankly, it’s been put off long enough. It’s time you ladies had a guy backing you up! I’m happy to oblige…at least now I am. I’m fairly positive that the majority of the readers of this post will be female, but I encourage my lady friends to take comfort in its words, then shove them in your partner’s face.

Reverse Judgment: When Healthy Lifestyles Are Judged

“Not judging others’ food choices” is a pretty popular topic on Real Food blogs. As someone who has been learning to live a healthier lifestyle since 2008, I can tell you that there are times when I haven’t kept my mouth shut or kept my stares under control when I see people eating what I deem to be unhealthy. It is so important that, if you are a lover of local, organic, non-processed Real Food, you not judge those who are at a different place in their journey.

No matter where we find ourselves along the way, there will always be some ahead of us and some behind us. As soon as we think we’ve got it all figured out, an article will show up in our inbox or someone will share a link on Facebook that proves we still have much more to learn.

What I don’t read much about is the judgment that occurs the other way around: when those of us who are trying to learn and make healthier choices for ourselves and our families are judged by those who are not. You’d think it would be ludicrous to look down upon someone for striving to better themselves by learning and gaining experience with wholesome foods, but it happens. And it’s probably happened to you.