Rice Flour Crepes with Chocolate
Almond Butter & Jam

Lately I have been drawn to eating what I can only refer to as a very “third eye” type of diet.

What do I mean by this?

Your third eye is one of 7 energy centers in your body, also known as chakras. Located on your forehead between the eyebrows, the third eye is the chakra that governs intuition, psychic ability, dreams, wisdom and imagination.

If you meditate frequently and/or engage your intuition and mind intensely, you might be taxing your third eye a lot – which will then need replenishment, often in the form of food.

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5 Ways to Incorporate Healthy Eating into Your Life

I was inspired to write this post after working with a couple clients of mine who are just starting out on their real food journey, eager and excited but also pretty new to cooking for themselves and a bit overwhelmed.

I totally get it too.

Though I love cooking now and am so incredibly grateful for all the health benefits I’ve received from doing a major diet overhaul, let’s just be real for a moment:

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When Exhaustion Strikes (+ my recipe for recovery!)

Gorgeous Thailand

I have been away from the site for a while, much longer than I anticipated. It’s amazing how quickly time flies. What was supposed to initially be just a couple weeks gone turned into a whopping 2 months! Definitely still figuring this blogging time-management thing out… (HOW do bloggers keep up with regular posts whilst working another job and tending to all other aspects that make up a healthy happy life?!) If anyone knows the secret please do share! In any case, these past 8 weeks have been quite eventful.

What have I been up to?

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Notes from the Road


Scandinavia & Budapest

I’ve been solo backpacking through Europe for the past 2 weeks – an amazing and challenging experience to say the least. Travel always sparks a ton of new ideas and creativity in me and I can’t wait to put some of these into motion with the new year ahead. Here is a quick rundown of some of the things I’ve experienced so far:

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Why You Shouldn’t Delay Your Happiness

In a couple days I’ll be off on a backpacking journey around Europe for the holidays. While I’ve traveled before, this trip will be a completely new kind of adventure.

In my previous travels, I’ve always been the ultra-prepared and well-researched type – daily itinerary written out, guidebooks in tow, housing & car rentals booked way in advance.

This time, I’m essentially winging it.

I have my plane tickets and a couple of overnight stays set up but other than that, I’m flying by the seat of my pants and have no idea what’s going to happen. Probably a lot of aimless wandering and getting lost in foreign countries but I’m psyched all the same. And for the first time ever, I’m doing it all solo.
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Decadent Chocolate Kefir Smoothie

Food cravings are the best and the worst.

There’s nothing like the sweet, sweet bliss of satisfying a craving; that first taste of utter joy where for just a brief moment in time, nothing else seems to matter. You wonderfully and happily lose yourself in the moment of sheer food awesomeness.

“Im sorry, I missed what you were saying as I relished this triple-chocolate ice cream and TIME STOPPED.”

But then those food cravings also drive you insane sometimes, taking over your mind, compelling you to do crazy things like go out in snowy, freezing weather to buy a jar of almond butter. At 9pm at night. Because you just HAVE to.

Am I the only one who does stuff like this?

Enter the Chocolatey Kefir Smoothie — my ultimate quick fix for when I’m craving a mountain of chocolate but want something with better ingredients than a sugary candy bar.
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How To Eat Well While Traveling

flight

What do lambswool socks, raw cacao nibs, a package of probiotics, and a “Best Of” christmas classics playlist all have in common?

Well.. nothing that I can think of actually, except they’re all coming with me in my backpack while traveling this month!

Since the holiday season is travel time for a lot of you, I thought I’d share my tips for eating well on the road. This post is written specifically with air travel in mind but can also be applied to long-distance car or train rides.

Travel is one of my forever lifelong loves.

It energizes me, inspires me, nourishes my soul and makes me come alive. But I am really NOT fond of the exhaustion, jet lag, and digestive upsets that often come along with it.
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Homemade Coconut Milk

coconut milk

Ahh coconut milk. What would I do without this sweet, lovely staple in my diet?

I used to buy cartons of this stuff from the store a few years back but the problem is they always contained additives like guar gum and carrageenan or artificial sweeteners. What happened to coconut milk being made with just coconut?!

When I finally started making my own, I couldn’t believe how simple and inexpensive it is! If you’ve got a blender (even a cheap one), you can make this yourself. It tastes a bazillion times better than a lot of the packaged, watered-down versions.

What’s so great about coconut?

It seems like new coconut products are popping up everywhere lately so you probably have heard about some of the benefits by now. These are just a few reasons why I love it!

  • High in medium chain fatty acids – basically these fatty acids are easy to digest which is great if you have any digestive issues. The fatty acids are sent straight to the liver to be converted into energy.
  • High in lauric acid which is anti-microbial, anti-fungal & anti-viral
  • Makes a wonderful, healthy alternative milk for those who are avoiding dairy
  • Lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants

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Warm and Spicy Shepherd’s Pie

Shepherd's Pie

I recently had my 4th annual Thanksgiving tradition with a good friend of mine and every year I have the fun challenge of creating our dinner menu. I say “challenge” because we’ve got to put together a main dish that’s vegetarian (for him) and gluten/grain-free (for me). AND of course it’s got to be made with nourishing, real food ingredients only (no newfangled oils or processed frankenfurky here please!)

It takes some work but any sort of alternative diet forces you to be more creative with cooking – and who doesn’t love creating stuff?! I’ve made some amazing dishes with ingredients that I probably would never have discovered had I not gone searching for other options.

This twist on shepherd’s pie was our main dish and although we basically made it up as we went along, it came out absolutely mouth-wateringly delicious.

To me, shepherd’s pie is one of the ultimate comfort foods but all too often it’s made mushy and bland.

This version is hearty, creamy and flavorful with a zesty kick to liven things up. Cold weather comfort food at its best.

I’ve made a few shepherd’s pies over the years, some vegetarian and some not. This one is hands down the best version yet.
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New Beginnings & Trusting in the Process

new beginnings

You know those moments when you want something So.Freakin.Bad. but it feels like it’s just NOT happening? You get frustrated, impatient, and feel like you’re not good enough because clearly if you were, you’d have this awesome thing in your life already!

This past year has taught me a lot about letting go and remaining unattached to the outcome.

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