Let it Be – Surviving a Life Transition

Let it Be – Surviving a Life Transition


Life’s transitions are tough and add a lot of stress to your life. I’ve survived yet one more. How? Sometime you need to just let it be. Let me share my story with you…

Life's transitions are tough and add a lot of stress to your life. I've survived yet one more. How? Sometime you need to just let it be. Let me share my story with you...

 

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When I Find Myself in Times of Trouble

My husband and I met the old fashioned way – in a bar with him extremely proud of his lame pick up line, “Beatles or Stones?” I’m a Beatles girl. Carter’s a Stones guy. Long story short, he pursued, and I finally gave in and fell in love. We dated. I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, and he got down on one knee and proposed two days later.

Fast forward seven years, the cancer is long gone, but my health has been hit or miss with an autoimmune condition called Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis. Recently, the flare-ups and chronic fatigue have been worse than normal. Unfortunately, the management at my J.O.B. wasn’t very supportive.  Adding stress to an autoimmune condition and adrenals in stage 3 dysfunction is like pouring gasoline on a fire.

 

 

In My Hour of Darkness

I knew that we had to make some major life decisions. Carter said at one point that my health and resolve were worse now than when I was going through cancer. It was a rough few months trying to make it through each day and figure out what we needed to do. I felt like I was living a life of triage and everything centered around how much energy I had on any given day. My health was obviously the most important factor, but resigning from my full time job was going to be a big financial hit, even with a growing business to fall back on.

 

 

There is Still a Chance That They Will See

I tried everything I could to make it work. It wasn’t. I did a lot of prayer and meditation. Not only was I seeking an answer, but I needed some comfort and peace through this difficult time.

 

 

There Will Be an Answer

The answer did come. It wasn’t exactly the one that I had in mind, but it was the answer loud and clear. Let it be. Sometimes in life, you have to just let go, and let it be. It was bittersweet to resign from my job, but it has given me the opportunity to focus on what is important – my health and family. And also focus on my writing and advocacy.

 

Life's transitions are tough and add a lot of stress to your life. I've survived yet one more. How? Sometime you need to just let it be. Let me share my story with you...

 

There is Still a Light That Shines on Me

I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. It’s amazing what stress can do to your health! I have faith that this was the right decision to make. I’ve already had several opportunities cross my path, and I know this is my life’s mission to be able to help and inspire others. I’m extremely blessed to have Carter and Stepson by my side through cancer, through this life transition, and through the ups and downs of life. Oh and PS – Stepson (age 14) took all of these photos for me!

 

 

Whisper Words of Wisdom

If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be able to take care of anyone else. That is why when you fly, they always tell you to put on the oxygen mask yourself first. I’m excited for this journey called life. I’m excited to help and inspire others. I’m excited for this chance at a new beginning. But for now… time to let it be.

 

Life's transitions are tough and add a lot of stress to your life. I've survived yet one more. How? Sometime you need to just let it be. Let me share my story with you...

 

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Life's transitions are tough and add a lot of stress to your life. I've survived yet one more. How? Sometime you need to just let it be. Let me share my story with you...

 

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Guacamole Dip and Dressing

Guacamole Dip and Dressing


Sometimes in life, you want the concept of guacamole, but not all of the zing and guac-ness. I wanted to try something a little different for Cinco de Mayo… or… well… for pretty much any day. This guacamole is a little milder and less zingy. It’s also creamier for a dip or to be used as a dressing on your sandwich. You may just call it the softer side of Guac!

Sometimes in life, you want the concept of guacamole, but not all of the zing and guac-ness. I wanted to try something a little different for Cinco de Mayo... or... well... for pretty much any day. This guacamole is a little milder and less zingy. It's also creamier for a dip or to be used as a dressing on your sandwich. You may just call it the softer side of Guac!

 

So by now, you know that if I’m going to share a healthy recipe with you, I’m also going to tell you why it’s so awesome. Here’s all of the nutrition facts:

 

 

Avocado

Avocados are high in vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, vitamins B5 and B6, and contain more potassium than bananas. They contain 15 grams of healthy fats, but don’t let that scare you because these fats are known to reduce inflammation and also help with the absorption of nutrients from plant foods. They are heart-healthy and may help to lower cholesterol and triglycerides and fight cancer. They are loaded with fiber and work wonders to help keep you full.

 

Cilantro

Cilantro helps to rid the body of heavy metals and protects against oxidative stress. It is an excellent source of dietary fiber, vitamins A, C, E, K, calcium, iron, potassium, and magnesium.
Here is a fun PS – did you know that cilantro and coriander are the same thing? Cilantro actually the Spanish word for coriander leaves. Cilantro is also called Mexican parsley, and refers to the leaves. Coriander usually refers to the seeds.

Garlic

Garlic seems to be an under-rated superfood. It’s full of flavonoids, amino acids, allicin, and high levels of sulfur. Eating garlic regularly may help to prevent heart disease, cancer, stroke, and infections.

 

Lemon

The health benefits/uses of lemon include: throat infections, indigestion, rheumatism, high blood pressure, immunity, cleansing, detoxifying, and is even a cancer fighter. Lemons are excellent sources of vitamin C, B6, potassium, folate, flavonoids and the outstanding phytochemical, limonene.

 

Lime

Loaded with vitamin C, the health benefits of lime include weight loss, skin care, improved digestion, relief from constipation, eye care, respiratory disorders and urinary disorders. Limes are excellent sources of vitamin C, B6, potassium, folate, flavonoids and the outstanding phytochemical, limonene.

 

Lime Zest

Pith is the inner rind that protects the juicy part of the fruit. Pith contains bioflavonoids, which fight allergies, inflammation and even cancer.  The pectin in rinds from all citrus fruits has demonstrated dramatic heavy metal detox capacity and has been found to chelate heavy metals and other contaminants from the blood stream.

 

Onions

Believe it or not, onions are one of the healthiest foods you can eat! They are full of vitamin C, sulphuric compounds, flavonoids, phytochemicals, polyphenols, and quercetin. Onions are a natural antihistamine and may help to lower cholesterol, and reduce the progression of diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases.

 

Sometimes in life, you want the concept of guacamole, but not all of the zing and guac-ness. I wanted to try something a little different for Cinco de Mayo... or... well... for pretty much any day. This guacamole is a little milder and less zingy. It's also creamier for a dip or to be used as a dressing on your sandwich. You may just call it the softer side of Guac!

 

Just like with any other avocado or guacamole, you need to add a splash of lemon to help temper the browning.  And just like with any other avocado or guacamole, it will look perfect at the beginning of the party and not so much by the end.  Oh who am I kidding… it will be totally gone before it ever has a chance to brown!

 

 

You can use a drizzle of your favorite oil. I know extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) is pretty much a staple these days. I am an oil snob, so I like to add a little drizzle of avocado oil or MCT oil just because I’m a little wild and crazy.

 

Sometimes in life, you want the concept of guacamole, but not all of the zing and guac-ness. I wanted to try something a little different for Cinco de Mayo... or... well... for pretty much any day. This guacamole is a little milder and less zingy. It's also creamier for a dip or to be used as a dressing on your sandwich. You may just call it the softer side of Guac!

 

I know that zesting the lemon and lime takes a few extra minutes, but it’s worth the time. Trust me. The zest has crazy nutritional value and it really does amp up the flavor.  I also like to add a couple drops of Lime Essential Oil. It’s optional, but it gives it a nice depth of flavor. Mix everything up in your Nutri Ninja or blender, grab your favorite bag of tortilla chips or some cut up veggies and you are all set!

 

Sometimes in life, you want the concept of guacamole, but not all of the zing and guac-ness. I wanted to try something a little different for Cinco de Mayo... or... well... for pretty much any day. This guacamole is a little milder and less zingy. It's also creamier for a dip or to be used as a dressing on your sandwich. You may just call it the softer side of Guac!

 

Click on the recipe card to open a new window for a printable version.

 

 

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Sometimes in life, you want the concept of guacamole, but not all of the zing and guac-ness. I wanted to try something a little different for Cinco de Mayo... or... well... for pretty much any day. This guacamole is a little milder and less zingy. It's also creamier for a dip or to be used as a dressing on your sandwich. You may just call it the softer side of Guac!

 

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Unicorn Frappuccino Smoothie – A Crazy Healthy Version

Unicorn Frappuccino Smoothie – A Crazy Healthy Version


Unicorn everything has been all the rage lately. Starbucks even got in on the action with their Unicorn Frappuccino. This version is super crazy healthy and has no or minimal added sugar. It’s also Paleo and Keto. What’s not to love?

Unicorn everything has been all the rage lately. Starbucks even got in on the action with their Unicorn Frappuccino. This version is super crazy healthy and has no or minimal added sugar. It's also Paleo and Keto. What's not to love?

 

The Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino has 410 calories, 16 fat grams, 62 grams of carbs, and 59 grams of sugar. It has no redeeming qualities, other than being an Instagram sensation.

 

 

As I’ve been watching the unicorn everything craze, I’ve also been wondering how to make a unicorn something that is super crazy healthy. This version fits the bill. No added sugar, or minimal if you want a little bit. It’s naturally sweet from the berries. And it’s also Paleo and Keto. It doesn’t obviously have the same taste as the Starbucks version, but it’s the healthy version, and that’s all that matters to me! Same fun colors!

 

Unicorn everything has been all the rage lately. Starbucks even got in on the action with their Unicorn Frappuccino. This version is super crazy healthy and has no or minimal added sugar. It's also Paleo and Keto. What's not to love?

 

The base on this smoothie is our friend the avocado.  Avocados are high in vitamin K, vitamin C, folate, vitamins B5 and B6, and contain more potassium than bananas. They contain 15 grams of healthy fats, but don’t let that scare you because these fats are known to reduce inflammation and also help with the absorption of nutrients from plant foods. They are heart-healthy and may help to lower cholesterol and triglycerides and fight cancer. They are loaded with fiber and work wonders to help keep you full. They are the darlings of the ever popular Keto Movement.

 

Unicorn everything has been all the rage lately. Starbucks even got in on the action with their Unicorn Frappuccino. This version is super crazy healthy and has no or minimal added sugar. It's also Paleo and Keto. What's not to love?

 

You can be as creative as you want, but it’s super easy to make! Add some berries, throw everything in your Nutri Ninja, grab a fun straw, and enjoy! The best part – mix up the pink first, and then you don’t even have to clean the Ninja when you make the blueberry portion. You can use strawberries or raspberries, or heck… go wild and crazy and mix it up!

You can add as much or as little vegan milk base (almond milk, flax milk, etc) as you like, depending on if you like it thicker or thinner consistency.

 

 

Here’s my selfie… I’m ready to be Instafamous with my Unicorn “Frappuccino” Smoothie!

 

Unicorn everything has been all the rage lately. Starbucks even got in on the action with their Unicorn Frappuccino. This version is super crazy healthy and has no or minimal added sugar. It's also Paleo and Keto. What's not to love?

 

Click on the recipe card to open a new window for a printable version.

 

 

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Unicorn everything has been all the rage lately. Starbucks even got in on the action with their Unicorn Frappuccino. This version is super crazy healthy and has no or minimal added sugar. It's also Paleo and Keto. What's not to love?

 

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What about you? Are you addicted to all things Unicorn?

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It IS Easy Being Green!

It IS Easy Being Green!


Earth Day is a time to celebrate all things that make our world a better place. If this is your time to make some socially conscious or environmentally friendly choices, this is a great place to start!

Earth Day is a time to celebrate all things that make our world a better place. If this is your time to make some socially conscious or environmentally friendly choices, this is a great place to start!

 

Socially Conscious

Whether the products are ethically sourced, vegan or support environmental organizations, these items help to make the world a better place…

 

Socially Conscious

 

GUNAS NY Cottontail Vegan Handbag I Living Water Charm I Sari Silk Wrap I Pura Vida Environmental Causes Bracelet I California Wildflower Vegan Toms Shoes

 

 

Earth Friendly Ingredients

Be kind to the earth with these items made from earth friendly ingredients….

 

Earth Friendly Ingredients

Wood Peace Coasters I Organic Clothing I Matt & Nat Coral Tote I Girl’s Gone Green Body Butter

 

 

Recycled & Upcycled

I love a recycled and upcycled product – these are some unique finds from some amazing artisans…

Recycled & Upcycled

 

 

Tree of Life

It’s no coincidence that Arbor Day is right after Earth Day. Plant a tree and enjoy life…

 

Tree of Life

 

 

HippieTastic Green Earth

Last but not least, a few fun, hippietastic and green earth items to enjoy…

 

Earth Day

 

 

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