a blog in pursuit of health & happiness

When Life Gets in the Way

I don't know if you know this about me, but when I set my mind to something , I'm all in. No excuses, make a plan, and just do it. I know I can do whatever I set my mind to and setting goals and achieving them is extremely satisfying for me. But what happens when something goes wrong? Maybe I've messed up and eaten at the wrong time, or I've eaten the wrong type of food, or (like in yesterday's case) I slept in past 5am. Through this process of challenging myself over and ove

5 Things You Never Knew About Acetaldehyde

What the heck is acetaldehyde? I promise you, this won't be a boring chemistry lesson - a class I barely passed in high school.. Acetaldehyde is an organic chemical compound that is created within our bodies, most often associated with hangover symptoms after a night of drinking. Brain fog, nausea, irritated guts, fever, etc. are all symptoms of acetaldehyde excess in our bodies. This excess negatively effects the body's metabolic, endocrine, neurological and immune systems.

Motivation - What Does True Change Require?

"We know what we like and we like what we know." - Oh boy did Bee Wilson hit the nail on the head with this one simple statement. As people, we are resistant to change and we crave routine and comfort. Changing our habits (especially our food habits!) is incredibly difficult because the urges we feel to satisfy ourselves are a mystery deep within us. But change is possible - we do it all the time! I am one week into The 5am Club, and it has been incredibly challenging. I am e

Three Tips to a Successful Candida Cleanse

It's time my friends. Time to head into phase 2 of this cleanse. I am so excited to say that I will be finally adding in some starchy vegetables (e.g. sweet potato, squash, and beets - oh my!) and some low sugar fruits like berries. While it may seem silly to get excited about such things, I have spent the last 20 days without a lick of sugar of any kind. I have also extra-challenged myself to not have sugar substitutes like stevia or erythritol (note: these sugar substitutes

Growing Into My Spirituality

Spirituality has always been confusing for me. I was raised Catholic, attended a Catholic school, and went to church until I was 14. As a child, I always loved the stories they told, but over time I hated the pretension, the kneeling, the being inside, the gnawing feeling that there was more I still didn't know. I still look back on my childhood and the influence of the church and I am grateful for the moral lessons we were taught on those Sundays. (*This post is not about or

Sugar Free Challenge

I'm not going to sugarcoat it people. *see what I did there?* I think I have a sugar addiction, and this is new territory. I recently had a dream where I was eating cookies and doughnuts (or was this real life? haha) and I pulled up my shirt shocked to see huge red patches of skin that were completely raw and inflamed. They started to spread across my body and I proceeded to freak the F out. When I woke up from the dream I was left with a question - is this what sugar was doi