Joys of Juicing

Cleanse, Food, Juicing, Uncategorized, Whole Eating


Recently, I was encouraged to purchase a juicer which would allow me to get condensed amounts of nutrients and antioxidants from fruits and vegetables in a single glass of home made, freshly pressed, colorful and (usually) tasty juice. (Look on your local craigslist for a lightly used juicer if you don’t want to pay full price.) In order to take it a step further, I was challenged to do a juice fast during the same time as two of my close friends who were both committing to start January 4th for 30 days. A bit leary of the whole thing because of how juice can play so much with your blood sugars, I did some investigating. Two of my favorite health bloggers, Dr. Josh Axe and Dr. Ben Kim, are proponents of cleansing and detoxifying your body by juicing. This was enough encouragement to get me started, at least for doing 10 days of juicing.

In order to keep your blood sugars level fruits, carrots, and red beets should not make up more than one-third of the contents in your glass. Harder said than done, but definitely doable.

If your following a paleo lifestyle, a juice cleanse will probably be much easier to begin and maintain. Coming right off the Holidays and having eased up on my healthy eating routine, I decided to ease myself into the cleanse a day before. I began by cutting all caffeine, dairy products (at that time only cream from grass fed cows used in my coffee) and sugar. Thankful I did as I experienced a slight headache that afternoon into the evening due to cutting the caffeine out, which I knew would happen.

Day One

Having juiced the night before for breakfast and lunch, it was a breeze getting ready for work in the morning. Throwing a couple jars of juice and a bag of herbal tea into your lunch bag is as easy as 1-2-3.

*Breakfast – half a quart of a citrus based juice

* Lunch – quart of greens and beets (I made a bad combination that ended up tasting like dirt)

* Dinner – half a quart of green apple, orange, spinach, celery and ginger

Detox – other than craving actual food, my detox symptoms were mild. I was pretty cold throughout the entire day, partially due to the frigid temperatures outside, but also because when you cleanse your body isn’t working to digest foods which encourages heat production.

Day Two 

Again, I juiced my breakfast and lunch the night before, storing the juice in glass mason jars with the lids tightly screwed on and the jars filled to as close to the top as possible so that it would have less opportunity to oxidize.

*Breakfast – half a quart of  various greens, orange, romaine lettuce, ginger

* Lunch – half a quart of acorn squash, kale, apple, broccoli

* Dinner – half a quart of tomato, onion, cilantro, carrot, celery, kale, garlic + a half glass of apple, orange, celery, spinach

Detox – My body seemed to be warmer this day, which was a nice relief. I experienced a slight headache that evening and throughout the day I felt more hungry. Drinking water helped the hunger cravings go away.

(Because I don’t want to stop living life when I get together with other people, I drank half a bottle of kombucha while hanging out with a friend. You’ve gotta make it fit your lifestyle in order to be successful. Choose healthy *cheat* options)

Throughout the past couple of days I’ve reminded myself of these key thoughts: I’m doing this in order to have a healthier body that will allow me to live life more fully +Hunger isn’t bad, I won’t starve + All I have is from the Lord, I’m being a steward of my body and need to view this as an opportunity to give glory to the Lord by allowing me the resources to do this.




Morning Greens

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Morning greens

Want to know something most people probably wouldn’t guess about me? I love Summer mornings – waking AFTER the sun has already risen + walking outside when the coolness of the night still lingers in the air + the song of birds still rings in the trees waking up the world to a new day + the coolness of grass that hasn’t been heated by the sun on bare feet + gardens who’s produce still wet from the nights watering reminds of new life growth + the days first cup of steaming coffee + the quietness –

Sharing some of my morning favorites, I thought it appropriate timing to reveal my favorite way of getting my morning greens into my diet.  I know eating vegetables for breakfast might not sound appealing, but it’s a great kick starter to your day.

{Juicing} – kale + spinach + apples + carrots + celery + peppers + plums + strawberries + lettuce + ginger + broccoli + cabbage – easy, delicious and made to order! All these and more can be juiced and enjoyed to your hearts content. Juicing has so many benefits – helps with getting more condensed nutrients into your body, energizing, helps move digestion, healthy meal replacement option. If you can lean heavier to the greens and veggies rather than the fruits, even better! 

Can you guess what I had for breakfast this morning?!?

Eat Well!

It’s About Living Life Fully

Health, Hiking, Photography, Travel

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Hiking, biking, swimming, walking

Activities best done when you mix sunshine, warmth and all things Summer together

Your body will love you

Your mind will be refreshed

Boots that were once craving attention will be shaped sweetly to your feet

When combined with healthy clean eating, your stamina will astound you

Take time to get outdoors this summer and enjoy the world you’ve been placed in to live

Live wild and free!

Packing a Paleo Lunch

Paleo, Uncategorized, Whole Eating

Paleo Lunch

One of the biggest dilemmas I have when working is finding healthy and exciting lunches to pack-and-go. Since sandwiches aren’t and option, and honestly even if they were they get pretty boring pretty fast, so my two go to options are left overs from dinner OR my personal favorite, chicken salad with leafy green salad!

Obviously the left overs are pretty self explanatory. Take what you want from left overs, maybe add in some veggies on the side and sip on a refreshing iced tea.

Chicken salad is simple and easy to make. Personally, I’m not huge on mixing a ton of flavors together – the simpler the better. So, Costco canned chicken and some mayonnaise with sprinkled salt mixed in – delish!

Other personal favorites for packed lunches are :

Veggie strips with slices of grilled chicken

Celery and nut butter for dipping

stir fried vegetables with choice of meat and some coconut aminos to replace soy sauce

juice enough in the morning to pack a Tupperware cup full of vegetable and fruit juice (for a really light lunch)


Eat Well!!


No Room for Excuses – Health Starts Now

Food, Paleo, Primal

Health Starts Now


Stop right now and take an honest look at your lifestyle choices. Healthy or not, it’s never to late to make steps, even baby ones, towards becoming a more healthier version of you. Maybe even the real you. Do you even know what a healthier you feels like?

Has tiredness taken over your day? Are you struggling to sleep get a good nights sleep? Lacking energy to get you through your 2 o’clock slump in the afternoons? Is your skin red and irritated easily? Does your stomach feel bloated? These are all signs your body is giving you to make some changes. Even just following a few simple rules of health can help tip your body back into a more healthy balance. Following are some things I’ve taken into practice that have helped me feel more like a human!


1) Drink More Water – when getting out of bed in the mornings, make your first stop be the kitchen for a glass of water to rehydrate after a long nights sleep. This will also encourage a more healthy digestion and get your body started in the right direction. I’ve found that drinking more water throughout the day also helps keep me satisfied longer between my meals thus helping me cut down my calories throughout the day…always a positive!

2) Cut the Carbs – Going carbless or even low carb can be scary at first. Let me tell you though, you WILL notice a difference. Within the first couple of weeks, I can almost guarantee you will have dropped a few pounds and that your stomach bloat will start to diminish. Replace your sandwich at lunchtime with a salad and some meat or pack nut butter with celery and some dried fruit with a bottle of kombucha on the side. Carbs are found even in vegetables, but the type of carbohydrates I’m talking about are the breads, beans, sugars and pastas, so if you feel like you need a few carbs in your diet, opt for sweet potatoes, apples, plantains, or other healthy fruits and vegetables.

3) Say NO to Sugar – Sugar lowers your immune system, which in turn makes you more susceptible to getting sick with every day viruses AND even more serious illnesses such as cancer and autoimmune diseases. Not only that, but if you are trying to lose weight, cutting out sugars is a sure way to lose a few pounds. As a personal testimony, I have been cutting out 95% of sugars in my diet the last couple of months and my scale is proof – 9LBS gone. You will have more energy, crave healthier foods, and have clearer skin within a week or two. It will be a decision you won’t regret!

4)Replace Pop with Kombucha – need a fizzy sweet drink? Kombucha is healthy AND flavorful AND promotes cleansing!

5) START NOW – waiting till tomorrow or after the next Holiday will only postpone you finding a more healthier version of you. If you absolutely have to, make one splurge on the upcoming holiday or event and make the rest of your choices healthy ones. Eventually, even the splurges wont seem worth it when you realize how nasty processed sugary foods are compared to the deliciousness of REAL food!

Eating Out Paleo :: Pacific Northwest

Eating Out, Food, Food Reviews, Grain Free, Paleo, Paleo Treats, Portland, Primal, Seattle, Spokane, Travel, Tri-Cities, Whole Eating

Eating Out PNWAll those who follow the paleo lifestyle will admit to the fact that finding restaurant options that serve paleo inspired dishes is quite hard, if not impossible. Lots of “no ____” or “Can you substitute _____ for _____’s” is the name of the game when choosing options off of a regular menu.

I’m hoping to find eateries in the Pacific Northwest that have options on their menu specifically inspired for those who eat paleo. Below are a list of restaurants I will be researching and sharing about on future blog posts (other than dicks kitchen, which I have already eaten at twice and previously blogged about).

Caveman Convenience in Spokane, WA

Dicks Kitchen in Portland, OR

Eat Outside the Box – Seattle, WA

Lola in Seattle, WA

Great Harvest Bread Company in Kennewick, WA


I am so excited to explore these restaurant options, and hopefully in the near future have the privilege to eat at their storefronts. Not only would I like to try these places, but I know there are online start-ups of paleo making foodies that I want to find. Please pass along any names of businesses you think I should explore and I’ll do my best to report back my findings!


Paleo Backpacking

Grain Free, Hiking, Paleo, Portland, Primal, Travel, Whole Eating

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Summer is upon us and for many who live in the Pacific Northwest, that means backpacking season is here! I have always struggled to find amazing food options for the trail that fit into the paleo lifestyle. Unless you want to be eating dehydrated meat all the time, it’s been one of the hardest tasks! Not to mention the cost. So this summer I am taking it upon myself to stick to paleo eating even when hiking and backpacking.

From experience, dehydrating your own meat is really not that hard and the same goes with fruits and vegetables…easy easy easy. I wanted to give some practical ideas that you can run with when thinking about preparing food for backpacking – following is a list of things I will be trying!

Portland woods

– Beef stew {dehydrated beef, dehyd. broccoli, dehyd. carrots, dehyd. peas, dehyd. yam, beef bullion}

– Nut granola bars

– Muesli (nuts, seeds, ground flax seed, dates, dried apple/fruit}

– Dehyd. Chicken and cheese sauce {{*For those who eat dairy}}

–   Salami slices, jerky, cheese and coconutter squares


These are just ideas I’m tossing around. I know there will be a lot more planning when the time comes to actually put it together, but the day hikes I know I want to go on will be good trial runs.

What kind of meals do you take on the trail with you? Any recipes you’d like to share?



Zucchini brownies


Will be making these soon!!

Eat up and lift heavy


Ooooh, brownies. We all love them. Unfortunately they are often high in sugar, high in fat and calories. Not these ones! These brownies are just as moist and fudgy as the original but they are clean, flourless, eggless and healthy! They are so soft they melt in your mouth and I promise: you won’t taste the zucchini.

1 1/2 cups finely grated zucchini
1 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup honey or maple syrup
1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
dark chocolate chip (as many or as little as you like)

Peel and grate the zucchini – set aside. Combine all other ingredients in a mixing bowl. Add the zucchini and then the chocolate chips (I used about 3/4 of a cup of chocolate chips to mix in with the batter and the remaining 1/4 of a cup to…

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