Raw Coconut Energy Bites

Yesterday the early sun light found me curled up on the couch under a mint green blanket reading a massive nutrition textbook. After several hours of reviewing materials I promised myself a treat to help me stay focused  so I dragged myself to the kitchen in search of something to feed my brain; something containing glucose paired with some good, stable fats for a slow absorption. After staring at my refrigerator shelf for about ten minutes I moved on to the pantry, scanning all the shelves and grabbing out random little goodies. The results of my little expedition were these amazing treats which gave me plenty of brain power to keep studying and ace my test ;-) Ingredients: 1 cup pitless dried medjool dates, find it here 1 cup of dried cranberry   1/4 cup of cacao, find it here 2 tablespoons of  chia seeds, find it here 1/2 cup of [...]

June 27th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

The 21st Century Athlete: 5 Ways to Fuel for Performance, Recovery and Immunity

I am excited to introduce you all to my friend and classmate, Jules' Fuel, who is also working towards her MS in Holistic Nutrition. Julia and I met online about a year ago after one of our professors mentioned her blog to me. We got in touch right away and struck a friendship. I really enjoy all of Julia's first hand knowledge about the world of athletes and sports nutrition. Today she is going to talk about ways to fuel your body  for an excellent physical performance. I don't know about you, but I want to hear what she has to say since she has to feed a 6' 11'' professional basketball player on a daily basis! Don't forget to like Julia's Facebook page! She has some great resources there! From Jules' Fuel Every night around 11 PM, a large mammal lurks in my kitchen with wide, hazel eyes. He scans the cupboards [...]

June 26th, 2013|Categories: Healthy Lifestyle|0 Comments

Humble Homemade Frittata

I love quiches... the crispy, buttery crust, the creamy filling, the savory aroma...  Then one day I discovered that gluten upsets my digestion, and my love for quiches... continued, except that I stopped eating them. I just longingly watched and smelled them from a distance. For a while, I tried to just scrape the filling out, but somehow that wasn't as satisfying. Then one day I decided to just make a quiche with no crust (in other words, a frittata), and add potatoes as a starch. The results were delicious, and I never went back to craving quiches, except maybe sometimes, when I smell that buttery crust ;-) This is one of our favorite make ahead breakfasts/dinners. It's easy to make, cheap, and nutritious. Today I made it right before I went to work, stuck it in the fridge, and had my husband place it in the oven when he [...]

June 21st, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , |1 Comment

Discovering Beauty and Health

" You could pose like a guy. Try and see how it feels to be ignored." "Sorry girl too short to enjoy." "You look like a man." "So why exactly did you cut your hair?' These are a few of the comments I got from some of my readers after I posted my short pixie cut on   Facebook. Even some of my friends are having a difficult time adjusting to my new look since I have always been the girl with long, wavy hair. "Why would you cut your long, pretty hair Sweetie?" My mama's voice is gentle yet slightly confused and maybe annoyed. She is usually my biggest advocate but not this time. After staring at each other for a couple for minutes I ask her quietly. "Hey Mom how about if I turn the Skype camera off." After we hang up, I take a deep breath and [...]

June 14th, 2013|Categories: Diana|Tags: |22 Comments

What to Eat when You are Flying

"Attention. Flight 9876 will not be taking off at three due to maintenance issues. We will be delayed for another hour.  Thank you for flying with American Airlines. We will keep you updated." After this announcement I texted my husband while munching on an apple that I would most likely spend the night in the Dallas airport. My intuition proved to be correct... The worst part of getting stuck in an airport - besides the fact that you might end up sleeping on the floor - is the the sub-par food. Not only is it extremely expensive but it is for the most part very low quality unless you are ready to throw 30 or 40 bucks at some pseudo-fancy restaurant, and even then don't count on your food coming from conscionable sources... And really, flying is just plain stressful anyways. You have to go through security and be constantly [...]

June 12th, 2013|Categories: Healthy Lifestyle|3 Comments

Homemade Tooth Paste Recipe

  Three years ago I threw away my conventional tooth paste and started my epic search for an effective alternative. Why? You will find the long answer in Nigel Ramiel's book Cure Tooth Decay and Weston Price's Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. I can give you a short answer here. Conventional tooth paste is loaded with sodium flouride, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol, and dye. You can click on the links I included to find out what and how many side effects they have. For example, according to the environmental working group: Propylene glycol can cause a whole host of problems. It is rated a-4, which is categorized as a “moderate” health issue. It has been shown to be linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive issues, allergies/immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and endocrine disruption. It has been found to provoke skin irritation and sensitization in humans as low as 2% concentration, while the industry review panel recommends [...]

June 5th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |37 Comments
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