Monthly Archives: June 2012

Joys of Summer


It’s been a while, I know.  I guess I haven’t felt very inspired lately, but it is amazing how changing your life direction can change your whole outlook.  I have applied to go back to school in the Fall.  Very nervous about whether or not I will get in, even more nervous about paying for it, but I do feel a sense of pride today.  Applying is the first step and I may not be able to control what comes next, but I am very happy about actually doing something about it.

So, inspired by today’s events, I have decided to share with you some of the little things that make me happy.  It is so important to remeber the little things.  It is easy to be dragged down by everything in life that isn’t how you want it to be. The secret to happiness is to find love and joy in each day.  Sounds so corny and lame, but the older I get, the more I find it to be true.

1.  Losing enough weight to cross my legs comfortably

2.  Freaking out about finding some sort of growth, just to realize it’s a bone that had been hiding under fat all of that time.

3. Summer vegetables!

4. Peaches, 99 cents a pound!

5.  Going for a run and being drenched with sweat. What could make you feel more accomplished than sweat?

6.  My new favorite recipe. Seriously this is so good, you need to make it tonight.

Michael Symon’s Chicken Amandine

Obviously, I don’t use the butter (just enough olive oil to make a bit of a sauce), but everything else is good to go.  Please make this, I mean it!



A Day in Food


I’m no picture of perfection, that’s for sure.  I just wanted to share with you what I typically eat in a days time.  That is not to say that I don’t have occasional slip-ups, I certainly do, not to mention those days when I have a little too much dark chocolate.  The point is, I am very proud of the way my food has shaped my mind and really my whole life.

All of the food I eat is prepared by me.  I know where my meats come from and that they are fresh and preservative free, I know that my vegetables are organic.  I know that my nuts are roasted with sea salt and nothing else.  I don’t always do everything right, but I do feel good about what I put into my body, even if I have a slip-up.

Before we start, I would like to make mention that in addition to the food I eat, water is an extremely important part of my wellness.  Every day I attempt to drink a minimum of 80 oz.  I rarely have anything else to drink and if I do, it is a cup of coffee with a bit of coconut oil mixed in.  Just remember anything that has caffeine is a diuretic.  Meaning if you have 8 oz of coffee, you need to replenish your body with 8 oz of extra water (above and beyond your normal water intake) to sort of cancel out the caffeine.

Let’s begin!


Who doesn’t love breakfast? If you don’t, start to love breakfast! I eat a lot of my fruit in the mornings, and this breakfast always gives me plenty of energy throughout the day.  Bacon is usually a no no, but no worries, I live in pork country.  This means that I can easily get fresh, preservative free bacon. Makes me very happy.  Oh and the bacon is accompanied by raspberries and sweet potatoes, in case my photography sucks and you can’t tell….it does by the way.


Okay, this has to be my favorite snack.  An apple, cored, and sprinkled with cinnamon (take note: NOT CINNAMON SUGAR…there is a difference.) What is that delicious substance where the core used to be? Almond butter, the best thing ever.  Go easy on the almond butter, but this really makes a lovely post workout snack.


Boneless skinless chicken thighs seasoned with cumin, coriander, paprika, garlic powder, and s and p baked at 425 F for about 30 minutes.  Really simple and delicious served with roasted okra (cut the okra into bite size pieces, place on baking sheet, add olive oil, salt and pepper. bake at 425 F for 20 minutes) and carrots.  I eat a lot of carrots.


More carrots! some pistachios and grapes! very yummy.


I grilled some white fish and served with sauteed kale, tomatoes, garlic, onions, and mushrooms.

Thanks for checking out my food! If you have any questions you are always welcome to contact me @  Or you can like me on facebook and send me a message! Twitter works too!

Health and Happiness,