Simple ways to have a healthy diet

Having a healthy diet doesn’t have to be difficultI go through spurts where I’m on a menu-planning roll and feeding my family healthy, RA friendly foods is simple. And then there’s life. Things get busy, and I get lazy in this department. Dave’s been gone on business for a few weeks and Hana & I had high hopes of cooking lots of those delicious foods that he doesn’t like (squash,...

Orange Chicken anyone?

Orange Chicken in a flashI have fallen in love with my Instant Pot. This Orange Chicken was done so fast – even with zoodling the zucchinis. I love that it’s super healthy, much more so than the deep fried Orange Chicken you often find at restaurants. The Wild Orange oil gives this such amazing orange flavor without begin overpowering. We tossed our zoodles with a little sesame oil and heated them up for just a few minutes. It doesn’t take much for zoodles to get overdone and mushy – I like to keep them as close to raw as possible.We try to stick to a paleo-ish diet most of the time. I say -ish because there are things we eat that are decidedly not paleo, but we do avoid processed foods ...

3 Self Care Hacks you HAVE to add to your life

Where is self care on your to do list?How many of us can say that we are not a priority to ourselves? Do you attempt to carve out time for yourself based on what is left at the end of the day? And then we wonder why we're ragged, stress out, and ineffective with our time. There's a reason why the flight attendants tell you to put your oxygen mask on first and then help others. If you don't take care of yourself, you are no good to others. Self care is essential to being healthy - to kicking the autoimmune beast's ass. So put yourself first for a change and you'll reap the benefits of dealing with stress better, resting better at night, having m...

Hasselback Pork Tenderloin? Yes, YUM!

Ever feel like you are in a recipe rut? Hasselback Pork anyone?For awhile I was doing a great job of researching new recipes. When we made the switch to a mostly paleo diet, I had to learn a new way of cooking and planning. Now that we've eaten that way for awhile, I got lazy. With the change in temperature now however, I'm a bit more motivated to look up some new recipes. When I saw this Hasselback Pork Tenderloin recipe from 12 Tomatoes (image above from their site), I knew I needed to try it. I had to make a few adaptatio...

Whole 30 Tips for Success

Why would anyone want to do a Whole 30? THIRTY DAYS? Really??It isn't easy, especially not in the world we live in, but it's totally worth it. Whole 30 brings us back to a more natural diet. "Certain food groups (like sugar, grains, dairy and legumes) could be having a negative impact on your health and fitness without you even realizing it. Are your energy levels inconsistent or non-existent? Do you have aches and pains that can’t be explained by over-use or injury? Are you having a hard time losing weight no matter how hard you try? Do you have some sort of condition (like skin issues, digestive a...

Memorable Memorial Menu Ideas

Memorial weekend means meals with family & friendsI have had a good time looking up tasty, simple, and healthy foods for this week's Memorial weekend menus. The recipes I'm finding are so delicious - anyone who thinks eating a predominately paleo diet is hard/expensive/boring/weird will change their thinking! And I'm finding more and more ways to incorporate essential oils into my cooking. I love using fresh herbs, but it's hard to keep a lot on hand. I love that the oils are good basically forever, so I always have them around. Wednesday's are ...

Eating good ~ Healthy Menu for May 15-22

Healthy menu options that will keep your budget on trackWhen we did last week's dinner plans, we thought Haley-poo was going to be at house THIS weekend. Well, because we are horrible at keeping track of dates, we were mistaken - she's staying with us this coming weekend. So we saved some of our vegan cooking plans to use while she's at our house. I ended up making a really yummy grilled chicken salad last night. We shopped at Aldi's on Friday. I hadn't been there in years. I had a few really bad produce experiences there and had steered clear, but we scored some great organic produce ...

Dinner time for week of May 9 - 15

This week’s menu was planned in a quick brainstorming session with my Hanapoo. She’s 14 and LOVES to cook – and she loves her oils too! We have a great time planning food together. Her best friend Haley will be staying with us over the weekend. Haley is vegan, so it gives us a great opportunity to try some different things. With our almost-paleo diet though, we had to be creative! Make sure that you buy good meat – I was super happy when a Fresh Market opened near us because we didn’t have much option around us for good stuff.. They have a great deal on Tuesdays $2.99/lb boneless chicken and ground chuck. Plus we watch for sales at others...