New Product! Check out Beanstalk Labs Growth Chart.

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Do you have growth charts for your kids? I do. I bought my kids handmade growth chart from Etsy a while ago. I loved them so much I gave them to my nephew's one year for Christmas. As much as I love the charts, they are pretty standard growth charts. My kids stand up against them once a year and I mark how tall they are with the date in marker. Then we joke about how long it's going to take for my kids to surpass me.  I have less than 10 inches on my son haha. All of this takes less than a … [Read more...]

EYWIP WEEK 15: How to Reintroduce Eliminated Foods

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  EYWIP WEEK 15: ELIMINATE ALL ALCOHOL Here we are in the final week of our Ease Your Way into Paleo plan. During this last week you are to eliminate all alcoholic beverages. Although this is your final week of the plan, it actually marks the 1st week of what some would consider strict paleo.  As I’ve said in many a previous post, there are no shortages of rip-the-Band-Aid-off approaches to changing your diet. You know those diets where you eat the way you always do on one day, … [Read more...]

6 reasons why turning 40 is pretty cool

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Today I turn 40. 40 is a "milestone" birthday. I'm not really sure what that means... I'm 40. That just looks weird to me. I don’t feel old, but man 40 just sounds old. I had a realization a few years ago when I started at my current job teaching middle school wellness. I’ve been working in secondary education since graduating college. When I started my first “real” job as a high school athletic trainer I was 25 years old. I wasn’t much older than my athletes and I loved being viewed as … [Read more...]

EYWIP WEEK 14: Fruit infused flavored water recipes

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EYWIP WEEK 14: REDUCE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION TO FRIDAY OR SATURDAY ONLY. Two weeks left! How are you feeling? What do you think of the slow approach to changing your diet? If you missed my older posts on why alcohol is not helping you towards meeting your goals you can check them out here and here.  So there is not much new to report for this week. We need to further cut down on alcohol consumption to really just once a week. I don't care if you have your one day on the weekend or during … [Read more...]

Dinner in less than 30 minutes: Simple Honey Glazed Chicken

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You know those times during the week when you have no clue what you are going to do for dinner and all you have in the house is chicken? You need a go-to recipe. A go-to recipe is one that is simple, quick, tastes good, and uses ingredients that you already have in your house so you don’t need to stop at the supermarket on your way home from work. Let’s face it, if I had the time, or remembered to stop at the grocery store after work, then I wouldn’t need a go-to recipe.  Some weekends I am … [Read more...]

EYWIP WEEK 13: Alcohol, Empty Calories, & Weight Gain

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EYWIP WEEK 13: REDUCE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION TO FRIDAY & SATURDAY ONLY Yup, it’s that time. You knew it was only a matter of time before alcohol consumption had to take the hit. You knew this because, well you know deep inside that drinking alcohol is not really that good for you. Or is it? Do a quick search online and you can find lots of information saying that moderate consumption of alcohol has health benefits such as lowering the risk of heart disease, reducing the risk of ulcers, and … [Read more...]

EYWIP Week 12 & my latest nutrition challenge

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EYWIP WEEK 12: ELIMINATE ALL LEGUMES Not much going on for you this week except to let you know that week 12 is here which means there are only 3 weeks left! Sorry to say that all legumes need to be eliminated at this point. I thought I would give you some recipes to get you through the week. If it makes you feel any better today is my day 1 of my "coffee vacation" and I've had a headache all day.  Lately coffee has been bothering me... again. I know from my research that coffee is a … [Read more...]

Hidden Sources of Gluten…Read Your Labels!

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One of the things I’ve learned since removed grains from my diet in 2011 is that I am gluten intolerant. Or at least that’s what I’ve been telling people. Really what I have is called (self-diagnosed) Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (NCGS). NCGS means that my blood tests negative for Celiac disease (CD), even though I experience symptoms similar to that of someone with CD when I eat foods that contain gluten.  Two years ago I had no idea what NCGS was, all I knew was that when I ate anything … [Read more...]

St. Patrick’s Day: Grain-Free Irish Soda Bread

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Each year St. Patrick’s Day in our family, like most Irish-American families, is a big deal.  As I mentioned last year the wild and crazy leprechauns come and play a trick on the kids (and no, two-days before St. Patrick’s Day I still have no idea what mischief they plan on causing).  This year, St. Patrick’s Day has a different tone than it usually does.  Typically, we gather at my in-law’s home and enjoy each other’s company and partake in some merriment for a leisurely … [Read more...]

Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit: EYWIP Week 11

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EYWIP WEEK 11: REDUCE LEGUME CONSUMPTION TO 3 SERVINGS PER WEEK. Last week we talked about legumes, specifically peanuts, and how they aren’t the best nutritional choice for a variety of reasons. This week we are going to dig a little deeper into beans. My post from last year concerning beans talks a lot about the phytic acid and lectin content in legumes. As I mentioned in last week’s post, maybe we don’t need to be so freaked out about these anti-nutrients because with proper … [Read more...]