• Food,  Health

    8 Simple Ways to Eat Mindfully and Improve Your Digestion

    Did you know that HOW you eat can have just as much of an impact (if not more) on your digestion as WHAT you eat? In today’s crazy society, especially America, we are rushing rushing everywhere. I am all too guilty of eating at my desk to get some extra work done (yay for peace and quiet), snacking on the go, and having dinner while on my laptop or watching tv. I was always focused on eating the “right” foods rather than the right way. My stomach hurt all the time, especially if I was stressed, yet I didn’t really think anything of it at the time. Now, on the other hand, I…

  • Food

    Simple Detox Soups

    These are all VERY basic soups that I made during my Gut Protocol with Dr. Cole, designed to support die off of bad gut bacteria, as well as detoxification. Despite being simple, I found them to be incredibly nourishing and satisfying! Zucchini Basil Detox Soup Ingredients: 3 large zucchini, sliced 2c chicken bone broth (organic and homemade if possible) 1 onion, sliced 2-3 cloves garlic, chopped 1-2T coconut oil (unrefined) Fresh basil to taste (I like a large handful!) Pink salt to taste Directions: Melt coconut oil in large pot Add onion and garlic, saute a few minutes until aromatic 🙂 Add zucchini, broth and salt to taste Bring to a boil…

  • Health,  Life

    My Journey to Health, Part III: California Dreaming

    California Dreamin’ on Such a Winter’s Day My next move was westward to L.A. – the land of kale, avocado, juice cleanses, yoga, canyon hikes, holistic healers, entrepreneurial hustlers, aspiring actors, Hollywood glamour and more. I had always dreamed of living in California, not knowing much about it besides being really far, expensive, and quite intriguing. But finally I was making it happen! I could hardly believe it. Santa Monica / Venice beach walks I was taking on another new position – this time in Sales, where my primary focus would be account management and developing a strategy for Delta’s presence in the music industry. It was exactly where I wanted to…

  • Fashion

    Just Wear It: Jungle Goddess Vibes

    Too often I find that I have pieces of clothing I really LOVE, but rarely wear because I’m so afraid I’ll ruin it. Or maybe I want to save it for a super “special” occasion. But then, what’s the point of having it in the first place?? So I’m working on not only wearing the pieces I love, but also getting rid of anything that doesn’t bring me joy (even if it’s “practical”!). If you’ve read the book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, you’ll know what I’m talking about 😉 I still have a ways to go on simplification, and letting go of things that no longer serve me (both in…

  • Food

    Coconut Berry Bowl

    It’s 70 and sunny in LA. And it’s February. Coming from Minnesota, I can handle this! I’ve stayed away from smoothies for a while, instead opting for cooked foods to ease my digestion and add warmth during the winter season. However it felt just right for today 🙂 I’m currently on a limited “autoimmune”-type nutritional protocol to reduce systemic inflammation and heal my gut, which means no nuts (or legumes – aka peanut butter…gasp!) for the time being. Oh how I miss them haha. But I can have everything coconut – oil, butter, yogurt, milk (the pure, unprocessed, whole fat kind) – and that is amazing. Adding to that amazingness…

  • Health,  Life

    My Journey to Health, Part II: New Beginnings

    Taking more steps forward, my health journey continued! The Surgery and Move Following my celiac diagnosis and the end of my collegiate running days, I continued on with the last year of my MBA. From there I was blessed with the opportunity to join Delta Air Lines down in Atlanta. However, not before a surgery on my colon to repair a colorectal prolapse (from prior health complications), which left me with a 4″ scar across my lower abdomen. Anyone who has had surgery probably knows it’s not fun and leaves you never quite the same! After my surgery, they gave instructions to rest (not carry anything over 5 lbs or run) for six…

  • Food

    Lemon Thyme Cod

    I have found my go-to fish recipe. It is so simple, it is ridiculous. And it is so delicious, it is that much more ridiculous. Like buttery, melt-in-your-mouth wow. Here it goes: Ingredients: 1-2 lb black cod (I usually get wild-caught from the farmer’s market 🙂 1/2 lemon ~2T fresh thyme (personally – the more the better!) pink himalayan salt parchment paper Directions: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Line baking dish with parchment paper Place fish skin-down in dish Sprinkle with thyme and salt to taste Squeeze fresh lemon juice over fish Bake for 15-20 min until flaky Try not to eat it all straight out of the pan 😉…

  • Life,  Travel

    Maderas Magic: Jungle Waves 2016

    I couldn’t be more grateful that my personal retreat turned out to be two weeks in Nicaragua, one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever traveled to, and with some of the most amazing people I have ever met. Not knowing what to expect, I made the following (unedited!) goals for myself going into the trip: Disconnect from technology – connect with people Free form movement – daily yoga and ocean swim Be true to myself – beautiful, radiant, loving – open and not intimidated Fear less, love more Be present, in the moment, feel Listen to my heart and gut Breathe deep and relax Remember why life is beautiful…

  • Food

    Power Pudding

    I crafted a bowl of chia pudding this morning that was so delicious and nutritious, I have to share 🙂 It’s super quick, easy, and the perfect well-rounded breakfast to start your day! Also, being gluten/grain-free, dairy-free and soy-free, it’s highly anti-inflammatory 👍   To make, soak the following overnight: 3T chia seeds (I used Bob’s Red Mill) 1c unsweetened vanilla almond milk (I used Califia Farms) Dash of vanilla and cinnamon to taste Then mix in: 2T Collagen Hydrosolate (Great Lakes Gelatin brand is my preferred – it’s a great source of protein, amino acids and overall nutritional support!) Pink Himalayan salt (my favorite ha) And top with: 1/4c…

  • Life

    Looking Back on 2015 and Ahead to 2016

    2015  was a major turning point for me. Breaking down to the very bottom and starting from scratch to rebuild the health and life I want. LA has been such a blessing for me and opened my eyes to a bigger world, full of creativity, energy, passion, ideas, hard work, happiness and fulfillment – all possible in ways I was previously unaware. I finally had my “dream job” and was living in California – a place I always thought would be amazing, but felt was out of my reach. No longer. I made it. The move brought so much goodness into my life, but also plenty of challenges. I rapidly…