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20 Easy Paleo Christmas Cookies & Desserts (Gluten-free Recipes)

Looking for easy Gluten-free & Paleo Christmas Cookies and Desserts for the holiday season? Here are 20 of the best recipes: With the holiday season just around the corner, let’s move straight to some delicious Paleo Christmas Cookies and desserts, shall we? Really, what better time of year is there to get cozy in the kitchen and start baking sweet treats? The holidays are all about food and after a rich holiday meal, what everyone looks forward to is a sweet highlight bursting with festive flavors. Whether you’re looking for traditional sugar cookies, decadent chocolate truffles, candy or a show-stopping cake for your ideal Paleo Christmas dessert, these festive recipes will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. All of these paleo Christmas recipes are quick and easy to make. Some of these cookies and desserts don’t even require any time in the oven! Below are just 20 of some of my favorite Paleo…

How to plan the perfect Paleo Christmas Dinner

Learn how to host the ultimate Paleo Christmas dinner party! It’s all about planning ahead and picking the right recipes. I’ve got you covered!  Entertaining this Christmas? Here’s how to plan and host the perfect Paleo Christmas Dinner: For most of us, the holiday period means lots of socializing over drinks and food, all that glorious food. The holiday season can be a little intimidating! Especially if you’ve offered to host the celebrations in your own home! Definitely, the best way to make sure you can stick to your paleo lifestyle and still enjoy a fabulous Christmas dinner. This recipe collection will help you eliminate the stress that accompanies trying to please guests, while offering healthier, tasty paleo Christmas recipes that will leave everyone satisfied. The foundation of a great paleo Christmas dinner menu is meat and vegetables, cooked in ways that bring out their natural flavors instead of hiding them.…

10 Ways To Practice Self Care Today

Feeling stressed and burned out? Stuck in your daily routine, it’s easy to forget to take proper care of yourself. But practicing self-care is vital for your mental health. Here are 10 simple self-care activities you can do today and every day! Self-care – the art of looking after yourself How to practice self-care is different for each person and can vary from day to day. For me, self-care activities go way beyond just eating right and exercising, even though these are also important pillars of self-love. Self-care simply means setting aside some time to put myself first, letting go of any worries, and do things just because they make me feel good. While the mainstream perception of self-care often involves splurging, trust me when I tell you that you can practice it every day – often even without spending any money at all! These 10 self-care activities do not…

5 Anti-Inflammatory Foods To Eat Daily

Add these 5 anti-inflammatory foods to your daily diet to fight inflammation and help protect your body from chronic diseases! First off: What is inflammation? So, I have noticed that inflammation has become kind of a health buzzword lately, yet most people don’t really know what it means. Let’s take a look. Let me start by saying that inflammation is not all bad. We actually need inflammation to exist! In broad terms, inflammation is your immune system’s response to a stimulus. An inflammatory response means your immune system is ‘fighting against something that might be harmful.’ So, while inflammation is often presented as something negative, it’s actually essential in small amounts for immune-surveillance and host defense. The human body uses inflammation to help fight illness and protect our body from further harm. However, too little and too much inflammation both cause problems. When people refer to the damaging nature of inflammation,…

How To Build A Low-Sugar, High-Fiber, Protein-Packed Smoothie

 Read on and discover what it takes to build a low-sugar, high-fiber and protein-packed smoothie and learn how to develop healthy smoothie recipes yourself using my winning formula!  Smoothies – quick to prepare, easy to transport, simply the perfect on-the-go snack. Having gained a reputation as a nutritional superstar, juice bars are popping up everywhere and restaurants and fast food chains around the world have whole smoothie menus! You’ll even find premade versions on grocery store shelves. But wait a minute! Are smoothies healthy? It depends! Done right, smoothies can be a great addition to a healthy diet packing vitamin-loaded ingredients along with fiber, minerals, and other healthy substances. However,  even if you toss a lot of healthy ingredients into your mixer, a breakfast smoothie can still add up to a lot of sugar and empty calories and can, therefore, interfere with your health and fitness goals. Now, it’s easy…

Third Trimester Update

As I write this, I’m well into my third trimester at almost 36 weeks. My c-section is scheduled for next week so I thought it would be the perfect time for a third trimester update. Read why I have to have a c-section here. This pregnancy has been different from my first in so many ways. When I got pregnant with Everett, I had a miscarriage six months prior. I was terrified of miscarrying again. I ran to the bathroom constantly to make sure I wasn’t spotting, which is how my miscarriage started. I bled for two weeks before miscarrying. It was torture. When I started spotting with Everett, I was convinced I was having a miscarriage. I was devastated. I cried hysterically. I felt gutted and terrified, like I’d never be able to have a child. But the cause of the bleeding was never identified, and I continued to…

Gluten-Free Shrimp, Artichoke, Spinach & Tomato Pasta

This 20 minute gluten-free shrimp, artichoke, spinach & tomato pasta came about when I felt too lazy to make lunch. I’m pregnant, I work from home and I really just felt like walking up to Chipotle. This is the danger of living within walking distance of a Chipotle. Wanting it ALL the time. Eating ALL the Chipotle. But I persevered. I got my ass up and opened my fridge and stared in for a solid seven minutes. My toddler was running around in his winter boots (it’s August, by the way) and our amazing sitter was chasing him. I tend to look at random ingredients until some sort of plan forms in my brain. I had frozen shrimp and artichokes, spinach that was just beginning to wilt, I always keep brown rice and quinoa pasta in my pantry, Ya’ll know I always have butter. I can’t live without it. If…

The Impossible Burger: Unhealthy and Bad For the Environment?

After writing about Beyond Meat, I figured it was time to pull the plug on the Impossible Burger. Because when it comes down to it, the reality is that the ingredients in the Impossible Burger have been linked to serious health issues and environmental damage. When did food grown in a lab become everyone’s idea of health food? When did it become sustainable? We have become so detached from our food, how it was grown and who grew it. It truly represents how disconnected from nature our society is. While the intention behind the Impossible Burger may be good, and I’m sure it is, the reality is that this is not food. This is not environmentally friendly. This is not sustainable. This is not health or nutrition. And let me explain why. First, let’s take a look at the ingredient list. Full Ingredient List:  Water, Textured Wheat Protein, Coconut Oil,…

Paleo + Gluten-Free Postpartum Freezer Meals

I am a planner. I love to plan just about everything in my life. Vacations, date nights, work days. I don’t know why I find planning so enjoyable. But I actually had a ton of fun planning these paleo + gluten-free postpartum freezer meals. I think it gives me a sense of calm. Like if I’m prepared, the postpartum newborn haze will be a lot easier. And honestly, it will be. When I had my first son unexpectedly, I came home to a fridge full of rotten food (we were in the hospital for two weeks!) and no food prepared ahead of time. I was in so much pain from the fibroid removal, emergency c-section AND vaginal birth (read about that HERE) that I could barely move. I had to sit at my kitchen island and give my husband instructions on how to make a lasagna. He is good at…

How I’m Preparing For My Natural C-Section

To say that I’m not thrilled about having to have a c-section is a bit of an understatement. While everyone has told me that planned c-sections aren’t terrible, I’m still a little traumatized from my first birth. With Everett, I went into labor, was crowning, was rushed into an emergency c-section, put under anesthesia, quickly cut into to discover a large fibroid, got a myomectomy (fibroid removal), my uterus was cut vertically (which is much more difficult to recover from) and after all that – he came out vaginally anyway. This is why I’m doing everything I can to make this birth go as swimmingly as possible so I thought I’d share how I’m preparing for my natural c-section. A natural c-section might sound a bit backward – how could it be natural? It’s not really, but I’m making it as natural as possible. I talked to my OB about…

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