Walnut Butter: An Alternative Nut Butter

Walnut Butter: An Alternative Nut Butter

About a month ago I moved onto a small walnut farm with my family. When I say small, I mean we have about two and a half acres with 57 productive walnut trees and one pecan tree. We moved up to this new house right as walnut season started and man do we have our … Read More

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Brussels & Walnuts

Stuffed Acorn Squash with Brussels & Walnuts

As you may or may not know, I recently had to go on medical leave from grad school to get my Interstitial Cystitis under control. (I know I bring up IC in pretty much every post, but the condition has literally taken over my life, so it’s hard not to relate everything back to my … Read More

Your Body is Trying to Tell You Something

Your Body is Trying to Tell You Something

This morning, as usual, I woke up feeling less than stellar. In all honesty, it’s more common that I wake up feeling utterly terrible than relatively decent. So, I took a slow morning. I tried to sleep in a little bit but my mind was going a million miles a minute (as usual). I felt … Read More

Wellness Lessons from the Chronically Ill

Wellness Lessons from the Chronically Ill

Have you ever had to choose between your mental health and your physical health? What I mean by that is, have you ever decided to do something (or not do something) that would improve your mental wellness but harm you physically (or vice versa)?  I believe everyone, whether aware of it or not, has had … Read More

Dairy-Free Protein Hot Chocolate (With Bonus Walnut Milk Recipe!)

Dairy-Free Protein Hot Chocolate (With Bonus Walnut Milk Recipe!)

One of my favorite things about the colder months is curling up under a blanket with my dog, sipping on a nice warm mug of… something. Back in the days before my interstitial cystitis, I would go straight for basically any kind of coffee or tea drinks. Specifically, vanilla lattes, peppermint mochas, or black tea … Read More

 A few thoughts on health and wellness

 A few thoughts on health and wellness

I want to start out by apologizing for being rather AWOL lately and explain the circumstances of my absence from the blog. As many of you know, a few years ago I was diagnosed with a chronic condition known as Interstitial Cystitis (also known as Painful Bladder Syndrome). While I have mostly been able to … Read More

Today

Today

Today, I didn’t move much. I worked from bed. I played with my dog. I got my nails done. I even flowed through some yoga tonight. But I didn’t move much. And that’s okay. You know what else I didn’t do today? I didn’t change my eating habits just because I didn’t hit the gym. I … Read More

Mild Thai Peanut Sauce and Noodles

Mild Thai Peanut Sauce and Noodles

In the last few years, I’ve developed a little bit of an addiction to Thai food, particularly Pad Thai. There’s just something about the peanuts and all the seasonings that make my tongue happy. However, this relatively consistent craving for Thai food has primarily been satisfied through take out from a select few restaurants here … Read More

The Body Image Post

The Body Image Post

Something has really been weighing on my heart lately. Why do people find it so necessary to put themselves down? Why is it that we feel the need to believe we aren’t skinny enough or strong enough or good enough? Why do we love to hate our bodies? Why do we love to hate ourselves? … Read More

Why I Don’t Run and What I Do Instead

Why I Don’t Run and What I Do Instead

Ok, nothing against all the runners out there, but it just isn’t my thing. I don’t enjoy it. And that’s it, that’s the reason I don’t run.But in all honesty, I’ve tried running many, many times. I was a student athlete in high school, so sprints, short runs, and running stairs were a regular occurrence … Read More