• Health,  Life

    My Journey to Health, Part IV: The Overhaul

    I was the Midwest good girl, straight A student, Division I athlete, MBA graduate, corporate business woman…I did everything that was asked of me and more, and look where it got me. Sick. I think sick for a reason though…I had more to learn, more to grow and more to give. My life needed a change of course. Commitment, Changes and a Support System Deciding to take a leave from work to focus 100% of my time and energy on my health was scary, but a major turning point in my life. Luckily I was building a support system around me, including incredible roommates who were so supportive of all the weird things I…

  • 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…

  • 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

    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…