Healthy Eating, Natural Living, Real Food, Uncategorized

The Whole30: What It Is and Why We Are Doing It

+J.M.J.+ The Whole30. It wouldn't surprise me if you've heard of it before, and you'll even see their logo on a few pre-packaged products these days. Some people think it's a radical diet for weight loss, and while many people lose weight on the Whole30, it's designed for a totally different purpose. (In fact, to… Continue reading The Whole30: What It Is and Why We Are Doing It

Healthy Eating, Homemaking, Natural Living, Real Food, Uncategorized

I Spend A Lot On Groceries

+J.M.J.+ Lately I have had several people ask me to write about ways to save money on groceries or more on budgeting for food. This is something I want to do, because there are some legitimate ways to save money on healthy food that works for my family, but it did get me thinking about… Continue reading I Spend A Lot On Groceries

Healthy Eating, Natural Living, Real Food, Recipes, Uncategorized

Bulletproof “Coffee” Milk Drink {Toddler Approved}

+J.M.J.+ I am a huge fan of bulletproof coffee ever since we spent our week eating only from the new Wellness Mama cookbook! The coffee blended with coconut oil and grass-fed butter is so smooth, loaded with healthy fats and just plain delicious. This process of blending the fats with the coffee also allows for… Continue reading Bulletproof “Coffee” Milk Drink {Toddler Approved}

Healthy Eating, Natural Living, Real Food, Uncategorized

I’m Not Buying Easter Candy – When Treats Become Punishment

+J.M.J.+ Treats to celebrate a holiday or milestone are special and often become tasty traditions we look forward to. When it comes to various Church feasts, birthdays, and the like I usually make the desserts, but there are still a few times in the year I throw caution to the window and "splurge." Easter has… Continue reading I’m Not Buying Easter Candy – When Treats Become Punishment

Healthy Eating, Real Food, Recipes, Uncategorized

Kombucha: Grow Your Own Scoby and Brew at Home

+J.M.J.+ Kombucha. Surely you've heard of the healthy, soda-like bubbly drink of hipsters and crunchy people alike, right? Kombucha is a fermented, probiotic tea that has amazing health benefits, plus it tastes fantastic. At $3.50+ on average for a bottle of raw, organic kombucha, it can quickly become an expensive drink to enjoy. However, it… Continue reading Kombucha: Grow Your Own Scoby and Brew at Home

Grocery Haul, Healthy Eating, Real Food, Uncategorized, Weekly Menu

One Week Eating Only From Wellness Mama

+J.M.J.+ Ethan's parents asked what I would like for my birthday last month, and without much deliberation I said I'd love to have the new Wellness Mama Cookbook by Katie Wells. I'm sure this comes as a shock, given my unwavering devotion to the 100 Days of Real Food cookbooks, but this new one from Wellness… Continue reading One Week Eating Only From Wellness Mama

Healthy Eating, Natural Living, Recipes, Uncategorized

My Favorite Smoothie {Toddler Approved Real-Food Recipe}

+J.M.J.+ Most afternoons I workout, and Philomena can't wait for me to finish, because she knows it will be "moothie time!" This smoothie is our favorite afternoon pick-me-up, a great way to get in a bunch of greens without even realizing it, (seriously, you don't taste them!) and it has an amazing fruity flavor. I… Continue reading My Favorite Smoothie {Toddler Approved Real-Food Recipe}

Healthy Eating, Natural Living, Real Food, Uncategorized

My Body Isn’t That Great and Neither is Yours

+J.M.J.+ It may be hard to believe this, but for years I lived off of frozen diet dinners, fat-free everything, disgusting loaves of 45 calorie bread, and I cringe at the thought of the calorie-free salad dressing I used to consume. I wanted to deny reality and believe I could eat sweets and drink soda… Continue reading My Body Isn’t That Great and Neither is Yours

Healthy Eating, Natural Living, Real Food, Recipes, Uncategorized

Real Food Weight Loss – Month 1 Results

+J.M.J.+ When I posted about needing accountability last month, I meant it. That late night sugary snacking lead me to gain 20 pounds and has affected my health. I'm more tired. I feel sluggish. My knees hurt. I get out of breath way too easily. Despite a good, real food diet all day, those huge… Continue reading Real Food Weight Loss – Month 1 Results