This Product is the Reason I Have Not Been Sick in 7 YEARS.

Hey girl hey!

You know when you just begin to feel like you are getting sick? On the verge as they say. You might have a tinge in your throat or feel a little sluggish. Maybe you feel congested or have a heaviness in your chest when you cough?

You know the feeling.

It sucks knowing that there is a good chance you are going to wake up tomorrow and feel even worse. I hate that.

But what if I told you that in the last 7 years I have never moved passed being on the verge to getting full blown sick…, would you believe me?

(Also ignore my crappy manicure. I know I am due)

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15 Minute Marinara Sauce

Hi Franzzz!

Today I have a super quick and fun recipe for you.

Its a 15 minute marinara sauce for a lazy fancy meal and it is right up this girls alley. I just don’t always have the time or desire to spend all day in the kitchen whipping up something or letting a sauce simmer.

Not only has it been really warm in LA the past two weeks and leaving the stove on makes the house hotter, I have been consciously aware of the utlities bills. Letting a sauce simmer on the stove all afternoon would just rack up a higher gas bill and well I am just not made of money. So this quick sauce saves time and dollar dollar bills ya’ll.

I can get down with that.

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Emotionally Full vs Physcially Full From Food

 

As you know, I lived in a diet mentality and dealt with an eating disorder for 10 years and it was a real fucking ordeal.

Every day for a decade my mind was consumed by the thought of food, calories, weight and the way I looked. The insecurity, self-doubt, depression, shame, loneliness, the hunger; physical and emotional.

It screws with you.

When your first and last thought of the day is what you ate, what you didn’t eat or should you eat at all for that extended period of time, it’s damn near impossible to know peace, joy, freedom, love or happiness.

It’s a self-inflicted food prison with no window to the outside. 

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The Best 10 Minute Lentil Salad. Like Ever.

Lentils are kind of underrated, no?

They sort of get a bad rap for not being delicious. I don’t know many people that are like, I looooove lentils, but I am starting to really get a soft spot for them.

I mean, that curried lentil soup I made last week on Instagram Live was so good I seriously made it 5 times in about 8 days and I made it for the dinner I co-hosted with Kitchen Table App, too. 

High in magnesium and folate, these guys are heart healthy supporting blood flow, moving oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Folate is super important for pregnant ladies because it supports brain development in babies. And they are really high in protien for a plant based food and high in fiber so they are great for digestion, energy, balanced blood sugar and support a healthy weight. They help keep cravings for sugar low as well.

Plus they are freaking cheap. Like dirt cheap.

If you are on a budget skip the pasta and opt for the immensely healthier option of lentils. Just an idea.

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Microgreens Are More Than a Garnish. Here are 3 Recipes to Prove it! Featuring Arizona Microgreens

About two years ago in January of 2016 I moved from Los Angeles to Phoenix. To this day quitting my big girl corporate job to open a cute little cafe was one of the riskiest and scariest things I have ever done.

Before the move I had a lot of preconcieved notions that the restaurants were all going to suck, there wasn’t going to be organic food anywhere and the farmers markets would surely be sub-par.

I was mostly wrong about everything.

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What I Learned From Going 30 days (almost) Alcohol Free

Alcohol.

It’s responsible for some of the best and some of the worst memories in my life. It’s brought me immense joy and created life altering pain. Sometimes I use it to help me celebrate some of lifes most important moments and sometimes it has helped me forget the worst.

Some of my best ideas come to me while drunk. Well, they seemed great at the time.

Alcohol can bring people together and can rip families apart. Its a part of culture, of religious ceremony, a rite of passage, and a coming of age.

It can be used for both good and evil. It can be beneficial for health and a toxic poison.

Alcohol has given me courage and has made me feel massive shamed.

Alcohol. Moderation really is key.

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5 Tips to Overcome Binge Eating Behavior

Most of us have at one point or another eaten too much, especially at a party or around the holidays (I’m looking at you Thanksgiving) but that is different from having binge eating disorder or being a binge eater.

Binger eating is characterized by consuming lots of food, in a short period of time and often past the point of being comfortably full. If you are overweight people might overlook the disordered eating and advise you to diet and exercise which could exacerbate the problem.

Not all individuals with the disorder are overweight but no matter your size living with this disorder is emotionally exhausting and very depressing.

People suffering in silence see their health decline and their hope of normal eating fade. But I say to hell with fading. I want you to know that there is hope and I have been there before and you can overcome it.

As you may or may not know I was a binge eater and bullimic for 10 years of my life. The behavior was so shameful for me and I felt very depressed but the truth is I wasn’t alone. And you are not either. Binge eating effects millions of people in the United States, prodominetly women.

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Life Changing Butternut Squash Pasta

INSERT Life changing bowl of comforting pasta. That might seem like an overstatement but this really was life changing and comfort food on crack.

Believe it or not, I had never had butternut squash pasta before even though I have seen it over the blogsphere many times. I was genuinely blown away with the complexity of flavor but simplicity of the cooking process. No matter your skill level you can make this pasta dish and WOW your dinner guests. I promise.

Think sweet butternut squash, creamy coconut milk/cream, herbecious basil, red pepper for some bite, kale for some texture all over gluten free pasta noods. I mean….

Another bonus is that it kept really well in the fridge over night so it would be a great potluck item for any fall dinner parties or friendsgivings you got coming up this holiday season. I made it for #nationalboyfriendsday for my man and my roomie. Both of them agreed it was really really good.

Make this seasonal gem, it is 100% a party in your mouth.

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What is CBD and Should You Be Using It?

CANNA WHAT?  

You’ve likely heard of cannabinoid oil over the last couple of years as Maraijuana and CBD specifically have been acknowledged for its medical applications by mainstream sources. If you aren’t familiar then I am so excited for you to read this but first let me start out by saying it is not the same thing as pot or weed and this post isn’t about getting high. That’s not really my thing.

Much of the scientific and clinical research that is sponsored by the US government downplays CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritisdiabetesalcoholismMSchronic painschizophreniaPTSDdepressionantibiotic-resistant infectionsepilepsy, and other neurological disorders. This is part of the corruption and control by large pharmaceutical companies in this country that want to keep us sick and on their drugs

So why am I so into it?

Each day we are exposed to hundreds of toxins, known as free radicals.

Exposure comes from the polluted air we breath, the food and beverages we consume, and the products we use on our body or around the house. No matter how healthy you are these toxins contribute to aging, both mentally and physically, by constantly damaging your cells and neurons.

This increases your susceptability to premature aging, stress, and disease.

Cannabinoids, like CBD, are naturally occuring antioxidants and nueroprotectants found in industrial hemp aka pot. Yes- there are antioxidants in that stuff and they are very beneficial for our bodies.

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The Best (and easiest) Kale and White Bean Soup

Its finally fall, at least according to my calendar. Its still like 90 in LA but whatever SOUP is on my MIND. This is one of my favorite and I’ve been making it for years. Its easy, healthy and delicious. Basically everything we want in soups, right?

The star of the show, at least in my opinion, is the kale. Its a hearty green packed with nutrition. Our bodies LOVE leafy green carbohydrates like kale. They feed our gut bacteria, fight oxidative stress, provide phytonutrients and antioxidants that our body needs to thrive.

Kale also has been scientifically shown to help prevent cancer, protect from free radical damage, support cardiovascular health, is great for pregnant women, our brain and blood pressure.

So you excited to make this soup or what? All you need is 10 main ingredients and 30 minutes. You got this.

 

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