We Did It! Our Whole30 with a Toddler

+J.M.J.+ I can't believe it, but we did it! We did the Whole30! I went into a full explanation in this post here, but in case you're new to this, the Whole30 is a 30 day elimination of the most common inflammatory foods from your diet and then slowly adding them back in one at [...]

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100 Days of Real Food: On A Budget {New Recipe Included!}

100 Days of Real Food: On A Budget {New Recipe Included!}

+J.M.J.+ It's here! Lisa Leake has done it again; developing a mouthwatering collection of real food recipes for us to enjoy, this time focusing on clean eating with a budget in mind. Disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Bulletproof “Coffee” Milk Drink {Toddler Approved}

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

One Week Eating Only From Wellness Mama

One Week Eating Only From Wellness Mama

+J.M.J.+ Disclosure: We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites Ethan's parents asked what I would like for my birthday last month, and without much deliberation I said I'd love to [...]

My Body Isn’t That Great and Neither is Yours

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 [...]

Real Food Weight Loss – Month 1 Results

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 [...]