Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance, order, rhythm and harmony.Thomas Merton I went to an elementary/middle school called Thomas Merton Academy. When I got old enough to start really studying Thomas Merton, learning about his life, and more importantly reading his works, I fell in love with an intelligent, funny, and… Continue reading Finding Balance in Life
Photo by Patrick Fore on Unsplash Maybe I should have titled this "The Continuation of My Health Journey," because really, I've been at this on-and-off for awhile. I started a little over 10 years ago when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer and we found out that we carry the BRCA2 gene mutation. Since… Continue reading Another Health Journey
So, if you have IBS, IBD, Crohn's, Fructose Malabsorption or other digestive issues and are confined to the Low-Fodmap diet for some time, hopefully some of these recipes and food ideas will help you find a little happiness in what can seem like a daunting diet at times.
My pickiness has definitely gotten better over the years, and I've learned more about how to eat a balanced diet and live a healthy lifestyle, but it can still be hard to know what is good for my body and what isn't, especially with Fructose Malobsorption and IBS/IBD/Crohn's or whatever it is that is wrong with my intestines -- we are still working on figuring that out.
I'm not going to lie, it's been so hard. I'm getting tired of having to cook everything from scratch every night after getting home from work. I'm tired of not being able to freely eat out with family and friends. I've missed some good meals because of it. But I've stuck to it, and I'm determined to stick to it until I can go back to the doctor in March for an upper scope and -hopefully- get some more answers.
I recently cut gluten and dairy out of my diet. This may be a very controversial decision and there are a lot of loaded opinions for and against it, but it was a decision I made for myself, based on my own body. I am not a nutritionist or dietician or certified in anything, so… Continue reading Going Gluten and Dairy Free
I've been dealing with acne for just about as long as I can remember. At least since 5th or 6th grade, for sure. Just about everyone can identify with the embarrassment and discomfort acne brings, but when you have had it for your entire life, it really drags on your self-esteem as well. I've tried… Continue reading A Little SoulCandy (Skincare)
So, I did it. I signed up for the Louisville Sports Commission Half Marathon which will be on November 10!! That means I REALLY need to start training hard. This past Friday, I ran 5 miles in about 50 minutes, so I'm doing around 10 minutes per mile. I'd like to get it closer to… Continue reading Half Marathon Training
As someone who works out at least 5 times a week, I am often looking for something healthy and clean that will give me good energy to get through my workouts. Some days I'm just pumped and ready to go, but other days, I need a little boost. I talked to some of my good… Continue reading Kick Up the Energy!
As everyone knows by now, I have been participating in the Summer Shred and Extreme Summer Shred through Bobbi McCormick's blog NHerShoes. This has been an incredible and life-changing experience for me! I have lost 7 pounds so far and will be measuring my inches in about a week, but I can definitely tell my… Continue reading Join in the Shred!