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!

good seasons

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...]

Dairy-Free Clam Chowder


This past Christmas Eve my son asked me to make him clam chowder. We celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes and let’s just say that my kids “don’t participate fully.” That’s a nice way of saying they won’t eat things like: snail salad,baccalà  salad, fried calamari, fried smelts, scallops wrapped in bacon, baked stuffed shrimp, & shrimp cocktail. I can maybe get a bite of a shrimp cocktail and a scallop (ok really the bacon), but that’s about it. I am hopeful that over the years their … [Read more...]

Paleo treats: Review of WB Kitchen cookies & bars.

Chris & Anna

Here at FMFP, Dani & I don’t hide the fact that we like to cook. Give us an afternoon of free time and you’ll find us both in the kitchen trying out a new recipe or bulk cooking for the week ahead. The recipes on our blog are recipes we use to feed our families. Our goal is to not only give you easy & delicious recipes but we want to inspire you to cook for your family. Cooking in bulk and freezing leftovers is kinda what we do…it’s our thing. But we know that not everyone has the time … [Read more...]

An Interview & Review of “Real Life Paleo” by Paleo Parents: Part 2 of a 3 Part Series

FitMomsFullPlates Paleo Parents Interview Part 2

Afterwards, as promised Matt and Stacy sat down with me for about 15-minutes to answer some questions that I had for them. I was certainly nervous at first but they quickly made me feel at ease and after my first question was out there in the ether, felt like I was just talking to friends. It was a really amazing experience. The first question I asked was related to nutrient density. Nutrient density is one of the most basic of principles that the Paleo lifestyle is focused on. … [Read more...]

An Interview & Review of “Real Life Paleo” by Paleo Parents: Part 1 of a 3 Part Series


My transition into a Paleo(esque) lifestyle did not happen overnight. It was a slow, gradual process and if I’m honest and accurate, one that is still happening. It wasn’t something that I sought out, or was even open to at first. After the birth of Mr. Man in December 2011 I knew that I wanted to continue to change my eating habits and overall health. We were eating more organic produce, added more whole grains, included more legumes and vegetarian meals to our diet, and cut out a large amount … [Read more...]

EYWIP week 6 check in: Don’t worry about calcium.

sources of calcium

Week 6 starts total elimination of dairy from your diet. Dairy is a grey area of paleo and for good reason. Some people tolerate it well, others don't, and some are in the middle: meaning they think they tolerate it well until the stop eating it for a while and then try to eat it again. I fall into the last group. I was eating homemade yogurt & string cheese pretty regularly before I started my first paleo challenge. Once I tried to add it back in after the 63 days was up I got very bloated … [Read more...]

My Supplements for Health & Recovery

source: http://www.integrativenutritionaltherapies.com/diy-magnesium-oil-spray/

After I tore my ACL in October of 2014 & had it repaired in December 2014,  I set off to research the best supplements I could add to my diet to promote healing. In addition to eating a clean paleo diet, I wanted to give my body the ability to do its job of healing my injury. I also cut way back on drinking alcohol (read here how alcohol is a toxin) & made getting enough sleep (read here about sleep) a priority. If you’ve been following this blog for any length of time or happen to … [Read more...]