How I beat insomnia…twice!


After I had my ACL reconstructed last December, (2014) I experienced a 6-week bought of insomnia. It started the night before I was supposed to go back to school. I had my surgery on December 16, 2014 and didn’t go back to teaching until classes resumed in January after New Year’s Day. I can’t speak for everyone who has had surgery, but I can honestly say it was the worst thing I’ve ever physically been through; and I’ve had 2 children via induction. I had to spend 6 hours a day, during … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Better Educate Children on Food Quality and Our Food Supply


A few months ago, I was having a discussion with a co-worker who has a daughter the about the same age as mine. We were talking about health, wellness, and nutrition. Normally I don’t engage in a conversation of this type with co-workers, as I find that my opinions are about as popular as my political opinions and opinions on sports teams. However, I know that while this particular co-worker doesn’t follow the Paleo lifestyle, I know that she follows a clean eating plan and limits her intake of … [Read more...]

Strawberry Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries

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I usually serve Very Berry Cheesecake Blend as a dip with strawberries on the side. This is one of my go-to items to have at my Wildtree Tastings. It’s always a crowd favorite. But I decided to change it up and experiment a bit.  I hosted an AvaHOUR last week and wanted to not only provide good food (because that’s what I do) but I wanted to do something a little more fun for dessert. Everyone loved them and the chocolate drizzle was a perfect finishing touch. I decided to create a … [Read more...]

Part 3: Review of Real Life Paleo by Paleo Parents (and a Giveaway — Paleo-It Forward!)

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If I were forced to sum up Real Life Paleo in a single word (which considering how verbose I am at times, might be a good thing), it would be brilliant. If you have ever thought about Paleo in the slightest, but decided it’s too difficult; if you or a family member have a nagging illness that you believe a nutrient dense diet can help; if you’re already Paleo but you’re trying to figure out how to get the rest of your family on board; or if you and your family are already Paleo and you just want … [Read more...]

Recovery: Turmeric Root Tea


It’s been quite some time since my last post. I was focusing heavily on marathon training (and ran a Boston Qualifying time with a margin of 5:55 BETTER than my goal time at the Shamrock Marathon in VA Beach). After that I began to focus on work and part of work was getting out and doing a lot of after work functions (which was great for me professionally). When I wasn’t doing functions and networking, I was at home enjoying my time with my family and frankly not doing anything. I found that I … [Read more...]

Mocha Fig & Date Balls with Bonus Chocolate Dipped Strawberry recipe


You know you have a good recipe when it’s easy enough to make during the week yet tasty enough to serve when you have company over. This is one of those recipes. I made these for a Memorial Day cookout we had at our house. The kids were content to have ice cream & Italian ices, but these lovely balls of chocolaty goodness were for the adults. I wanted to make something that was good but easy. I remembered my friend bringing similar treats to a get-together we had & I knew I could … [Read more...]

Why You Should be Strength Training


It’s no secret I am a CrossFit junkie. It’s my exercise of choice, my mojo, & my reason to get up at 4:30 each morning. I’ve written plenty of posts describing how awesome it is. But I get that it’s not for everyone. Some of you like going to the gym to do your own thing. Some of you like to workout at home, play sports, do yoga, walk, run or do Zumba. Whatever your exercise of choice is, strength training should be a part of it. What Do I Mean by Strength Training Strength training is a … [Read more...]

We should not outlive our children.


Here at FMFP, Dani & I blog about anything related to healthy living. We generally focus on keeping it simple. We are both busy moms who work full-time jobs and enjoy spending our free time helping others find simple ways to increase their health and the health of their family. There is not a lot that fires me up. In addition to teaching middle school nutrition, I also teach stress management. My professional development this year involved learning how to teach meditation so I can … [Read more...]

I Wildtree, do you?


I’m really excited to let you all know that I have recently become an independent representative with Wildtree! Wildtree is a RI-based direct sales company (yes I am from RI!) that specializes in USDA ORGANIC gourmet culinary spice blends, infused Grapeseed oils, dressings, & sauces. But more than that, Wildtree is about bringing cooking back into the home. Our Simple Healthy Workshops take place in the comfort of your home surrounded by friends & family. You learn how to efficiently … [Read more...]

Restock your pantry: Dry Italian Season Mix with Bonus Tartar Sauce Recipe too!

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Since adopting a whole foods approach to eating I have slowly rid my pantry of processed & chemical laden products. The first thing that had to go was store-bought taco seasoning. I make a 16oz Ball jar with spices I have in my pantry maybe twice a year. Not only does it taste better but it’s easy to make and it saves money. The next on my list of things to make was mayonnaise. Once you make it from scratch & taste the amazing difference between that and store-bought, you will never buy … [Read more...]