You’re Alive. You’re Healthy. You’re Not Afraid to Take Risks.

IMG_0724Transitions are always rough. They can leave you tired and forever doubting if you made the right decision or if you are even capable of achieving your goals. Alas, my first Denver cry baby moment presented itself last night. Thankfully I have a couple of  great girlfriends and an amazing boyfriend (forced to deal with me given the proximity) to get me through.

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Paleo Egg Drop Soup

IMG_0104With the colder weather approaching I’ve been craving comfort food.  Egg drop soup takes me back to the wonderful meals we shared at the local Chinese restaurant we frequented.  Being the youngest of three, I often felt over looked.  All of those feelings were abandoned when my mom would scoop me up to enjoy a secret, MSG filled meal together.
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Big Ass Greek Salad and Sneak Peak of My Paleo/Primal Journey

IMG_0019.JPGPhew.  What an emotional morning.  I started to write a post about our meals this week and it turned into the story of my Paleo/Primal journey. I’ve been meaning to write this post for quite some time, but the thought of writing out all of my failures and weaknesses for everyone to read was just too much.  It’s not ready to share yet, but it’s getting there.  It is definitely a long one.  Here is a little teaser:
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Super Charging the Immune System

I met someone who knew what Paleo was last night! No explanation needed. In fact, he even asked me if I knew who Julie Bauer was and was interested in my take on MCTs in coconut oil. It was an odd feeling to not have to defend and describe each facet of Paleo upon meeting someone. The inevitable question “well then what the heck do you even eat?” was never proposed. Amazing. I ate my turkey burger with no bun without judgment. Hells to the yeah. Denver is shaping up to be pretty great.
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Master Plan for Paleo Power

Whole30s have served as significant mile markers throughout my Paleo journey.  They’ve really changed my perspective on more than just what I put in my belly. I’ve been encouraging everyone (i.e. force-feeding Paleo propaganda) in my life to see the light or come to their day of reckoning where they will be banished to the kingdom of forever fat and unhappy.  But is that really how this crazy Paleo stuff works?  Challenges and goals with specific time frames luring you into their evil lair of comfort then expelling you into the real world like a baby giraffe high on the Paleo booger sugar? Read More

Moving Mountains

Holy Crap.  I moved to Denver.

The last few months have been somewhat eventful to say the least.  Currently, I am sitting in my brand spanking new apartment in Denver….that I share with my boyfriend.  If you would have told me a year ago that this is where I’d be, I would have probably punched you in the stomach and giggled to myself.

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50 Ways to Show Yourself a Little Love

I’ve been feeling pretty down the last couple of weeks with the gloomy April weather and constant chaos I find my life in.  It’s easy to fall into a schlump and let the world get the best of you, but what’s the fun in that?  I created a self care list to help fight the blues. My goal is to do a couple of these each day.  If you’re not taking care of yourself, who will?
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Real Food Friday: Impromptu Curry for One

20140404_123811 (1)I dedicate this post to my baby bird of a roommate.  The girl can barely boil an egg, much less create a nutritious meal for herself.  When the pizza rolls and smoothie ingredients aren’t stocked, baby bird orders from our favorite Thai place, always the green curry with white rice.  Creating an impromptu curry is one of my favorite ways to infuse my day to day with incredible flavor. Making it myself saves money and ensures that I am staying Whole30 compliant.
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A Promise To Change Your Life

And that it did.  After completing my first Whole30 last summer, I was hooked to the Paleo lifestyle.  I had dabbled in and out of Paleo for a couple of years and saw incredible results when I stuck to rules, but I was never fully committed until I completed my first Whole30 last summer.  My skin was glowing, I was sleeping like a baby, and the pounds came off with little effort.  Following the holidays and the drab of the winter weather, I needed a reset so I committed yet again to 30 days of pure bliss.

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The Between Jobs Blues

After leaving my post at the local watering hole, I have found myself unemployed and searching for my next opportunity. While I’m not looking for my “big girl” job yet (trust me – I am not looking forward to that), the stress of not knowing when the next paycheck is coming in has been taking its toll.  I know I’m not the only one in this position by any means.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports our current unemployment rate at 6.7%.  I can’t help but ponder the effects unemployment can have on our psyche.

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