daily food journal: day 4

Well, today (food & drink-wise) went about as I expected.  Not great but not awful 😉 But that’s okay, every day is a new day!  We had so much fun out on the boat all day though!  I was with two of my best friends, Suzanne and Beka, and a few others for the Poker Run.


You have to boat to at least 5 different bars on the canal and get them to sign a card to get a poker hand and then you win something or other…  ya know, I don’t even know what happens then because we got back too late to qualify! lol.  But yeah, most people were drinking all day long, yet I only had a couple of beers and a couple of jello shots total, so I’ll consider that a slight success. 😉 And shockingly, I even know everything James ate back at home because my wonderful husband actually WROTE IT DOWN FOR ME.  I asked him to try to remember what he eats today for my blog but the fact that he was so thorough really means a lot.  So, THANKS, BABE! You rock! 🙂 ❤


  • James: 2 scrambled eggs, 1 sausage patty, 1 banana, 2 strawberries.
  • Me: 2 eggs scrambled with leftover roasted veggies mixed in, 1 sausage patty.


  • James: 1/2 hamburger patty, roasted carrots, turnips, and parsnips, organic ketchup & mustard.
  • Me: strawberries, grapes, nuts, beef jerky, and I did have a few bites of various fried appetizers the group ordered at one bar (cheese sticks, crab balls, onion rings).


  • James: taco meat, guacamole, tomatoes, refried beans, 2 gluten-free chocolate chip cookies.
  • Me: dill Havarti with rice crackers, amazing spinach salad (red and green onions, bacon, boiled eggs, parmesan, and Italian dressing made by my BFF (she makes the most delicious dressings!!!), and my super cheat (but worth it)… homemade lasagna and a tiny piece of garlic bread!!

So… what did YOU eat today? 🙂


daily food journal: day 3

Today was pretty much a failure for me! I wasn’t feeling well most the morning because I drank the night before (it really effects me) so I ate like crap 😦 Dinner was awesome though! But it was a carb-heavy, no-juice day 😦 Sad. I’ll be on a boat with people all day tomorrow so not sure how great I will be able to eat, but my best friend is hosting and she is amazing and already has made some accommodations to have things I can eat 🙂 I’ve been eating more grain and processed products than I’d like for the past couple of days though. Got to get back on track on Sunday!

[credit to my husband for this awesome shot!]


  • James: 9 oz sippy of almond and coconut milks plus supplements when he woke up, then a sliced banana spread with sunflower seed butter, 1 piece bacon, 1 sausage patty, 1 mandarin orange.
  • Me: 1 piece gluten free toast and 1/2 a regular Coke (I can’t even remember the last time I had a soda but it always is what helped my stomach after drinking)


  • James: Sherie’s homemade hummus and some veggies straws, 10 blackberries.
  • Me: a few veggie straws with a little hummus.


  • James: small grassfed beef burger patty, 1/2 a link of smoked sausage, 1/4 an Udi’s gluten free hamburger bun, 1 small baked sweet potato (cubed and seasoned), sliced tomatoes with pink sea salt and pepper, organic ketchup and mustard, a few shreds of raw cheddar.
  • Me: 1/2 a link of jalapeno sausage, loaded grassfed beef burger (raw cheddar, butter lettuce, raw and grilled red onions, sliced tomato, dill pickles, organic mayo/ketchup/mustard, and Zatarain’s creole mustard) on gluten free bun, with grilled asparagus, broccoli, and red onions brushed with lime & garlic butter.


  • Me: rice chips and more hummus with Sriracha on top. (Ha!)

[we bought a gas grill today!! my husband is a charcoal man, so it’s kind of a big deal :p]

What did YOU eat today? 🙂

daily food journal: day 2

Yes, this is a day late! Sorry! Um, how shall I put this? Mommy got a little tipsy last night 😉 We had a girls night! My sister, mom, and best friends went to a local area wine and art showing night and it was really fun!! Unfortunately, I had a few free glasses of white wine they were giving out and I so rarely drink anymore! That was definitely not cool. My body hated it 😦 I had fun at the time though! But I am definitely not drinking alcohol again anytime soon! So yeah, here is yesterday, day 2.

Brunch (we slept in!)–

  • James: 9oz sippy of almond and coconut milks plus supplements when he woke up, then 2 grassfed breakfast sausage patties, scrambled (pastured) eggs in pastured butter with a little goat cheese mixed in, a banana, and a little organic apple juice mixed into his water
  • Me: 1 sausage patty, scrambled eggs in butter with leftover roasted veggies and goat cheese mixed in, 1 mandarin orange.


  • James: blackberries, strawberries, a mandarin orange, a chocolate chip coconut treat.
  • Me: a plain coconut treat.

Linner– :p

  • Me: Delicious veggie green curry that my sister and I made while James napped! (green onion, bell pepper, crimini mushrooms, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, cauliflower, green beans, cabbage.)


  • James: He went out to eat at a local Mexican restaurant with my husband and inlaws. He had lots of guacamole, a few chips and salsa, taco meat, refried beans, and Mexican rice.
  • Me, late night: Girls night! This is where the several glasses of white wine come in :p And we nibbled on all sorts of things: cheese and gluten free crackers, shrimp Pad Thai, cabbage wraps, spring rolls, etc.

What did YOU eat yesterday? 🙂

daily food journal: day one

My friend Katy asked me to do a week diary of meals, so here we go! For better or worse, these will be accurate accounts of what my two year old son and I eat. Some days will be better than others, I’m sure 😉 I don’t know why I decided to randomly start this on a Wednesday, but I figure today is as good as any! lol. If there is anything you want the brand name of or recipe for, let me know!


  • James: 9 oz sippy of “milk” (almond and coconut milks plus supplements, which are in tomorrow’s entry) when he wakes up, then later he had 1 gluten-free waffle (kid was begging for waffles!) spread with sunflower seed butter, 2 pieces nitrate-free bacon, 1 mandarin orange, peeled and in sections. 🙂
  • Me: 1 glass water with lemon juice when I woke up, then one pint green juice (refer to previous entry for recipe), later followed by 4 pieces (whoopsie! lol) of bacon and 2 pastured eggs scrambled with pastured butter, green onions, spinach, crimini mushrooms, squash, and herbs from the garden.


  • James: 3/4 of a small baked sweet potato mashed with butter, cinnamon, ginger, clove, all spice, nutmeg, and a pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt, and about 10 blackberries.
  • Me: another piece of bacon, the remaining 1/4 of his sweet potato, and a few rice chips with locally made hummus by my friend Sherie.


  • James: 5 honey BBQ chicken wings, a few roasted turnips, parsnips, and carrots (dipped in ketchup and mustard! lol), and 1 whole tomato, sliced up with vinaigrette dressing.
  • Me: 5 honey BBQ chicken wings, 5 buffalo chicken wings, roasted turnips, parsnips, beets, carrots, and onions tossed with goat cheese and balsamic vinegar, salad of butter lettuce, green onion, sliced tomatoes, pepperoncini, sesame seeds, vinaigrette dressing, and cracked black pepper.

Thanks for reading! Hopefully I’ll be able to keep this updated for the next 7 days faithfully! 😉 What did you eat today? Reply below! 🙂

juice of the day! summery goodness

Our juice today was so good that I had to share!

  • 4 kale leaves
  • 1 handful parsley
  • 1 small cucumber or 3-4 stalks celery (or a combo of both)
  • 1 apple
  • 1-2 mandarin oranges, peeled
  • 4-5 strawberries
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon, added into glass after juicing


This was so yummy and refreshing!!! Reminded me of summer. I made it for myself with cucumber and with celery for my husband. Enjoy!! 🙂

my first (colorful) 5K!

I’ve been super busy the past couple of days, so I probably won’t get a chance to write another actual post until after the weekend.  But I did want to let everyone know y’all should like my facebook page (link should be on the left side of this page), as I share more frequent things on there than I do here. This blog is mainly for longer, more informative entries 🙂

Also, I ran (well, mostly walked, haha!) my first 5K today!!!  Exercise/fitness is definitely something I am just beginning and I have a long way to go, so this was pretty exciting for me 🙂  Healthy diet and natural living come much more easily to me than exercise, but I am determined to make the effort because I know they should go hand-in-hand in order for me to be the best I can be.


My fit and beautiful momma and me after The Color Run today. So much fun!

“coconut treats”

I’ve seen various recipes for “fat bombs” around the Internet and I’ve taken ideas from them and experimented. These are the ones my son and I love best! He calls them “coconut treats.” 🙂 They are a great, tasty way together your daily dose of virgin coconut oil, which has many, many health benefits.


  • 1/2 cup coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup virgin coconut oil
  • 1 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut
  • 1-2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of pink Himalayan sea salt
  • Enjoy Life mini chips or chopped very dark chocolate (optional)

Mix all ingredients except shredded coconut. Once combined well, then stir in the coconut. Add chocolate chips/pieces if you want (I roll half the batch plain then add chips to other half). Use spoon and fingers to gently form into balls and put on cookie sheet in freezer for 30 minutes to set. Remove and store in a sealed container in the fridge (they start melting if they get warm at all). So delicious!! 🙂



Tonight, the hubs and I actually had just juice for dinner. (I know, who ARE we now?!)  Well, plus a little fruit and veg we nibbled on while washing and prepping 🙂  We use a Hamilton Beach Big Mouth juicer (only $59 on Amazon!), which has been working well for us so far.  My juicing tips for y’all:

  • Use organic fruits and vegetables if possible. But conventional is better than nothing! The Dirty Dozen/Clean 15 rules can be a big help as well.
  • Feel free to experiment! My recipes are just what I do but you can substitute (or leave out) whatever you prefer. For example, the juice recipe below is mine, but my husband doesn’t like cucumber so I sub other things in for him.
  • Juice is best consumed immediately after making (nutrient and taste-wise) but you can store in the fridge in a mason jar as full to the top as possible with the lid on tightly. Consume within 24 hours.
  • Use a produce bag or grocery bag to line the pulp container.  It will make clean up much easier!
  • Always wash your juicer immediately! No matter how tired or lazy you are feeling, I promise that you will never regret washing that thing immediately.

…And onto the Juice of the Day! (which looked a little funky tonight due to the mix of veg)


  • 3 kales leaves
  • 3 beet green leaves
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 small or 1/2 large cucumber
  • 1 very small beet
  • 1 apple
  • handful parsley
  • couple of springs of fresh mint
  • 1 tsp Super Green Power powder
  • juice of 1 lemon (squeezed into the juice after)

Makes about a 16oz mason jar full, give or take, depending on your juicer and the juiciness of your vegetables 😉 If you are just beginning green juices and want it a bit sweeter you can always subtract some of the greens/celery and add an extra apple. Enjoy! 🙂

raspberry melon green smoothie

Green smoothie of the day!

Raspberry Melon Green Smoothie
2 cups fresh spinach
1 sprig fresh mint
2 handfuls frozen cantaloupe
1 handful frozen raspberries
1.5 cups almond milk
1 teaspoon bee pollen/spirulina/wheatgrass
1 tablespoon coconut oil
Raw honey (preferably local) to taste

This is enough for only one smoothie. The fruit was fresh that I froze myself. Not necessary to use it frozen but it makes it nice and cold 🙂 I personally did not think it needed honey but you can if you’d like it sweeter. Raw honey, virgin coconut oil, and the bee pollen mix have lots of nutritional benefits but are not essential to the smoothie. Put everything in the blender and blend it up! Enjoy! It was delish 🙂