• 5 Tips to Get You Back on Track After a Long Weekend

    Do you suffer from “I’ll start again on Monday” syndrome? You’re all set up for success during the week and one office birthday cake, movie night, or drive-thru with the kids and you feel like all your good intentions are for naught.  Or maybe you have a busy week of social plans and parties, and it’s all catching up to you. You’re feeling sad, defeated, and like you failed yet again. Mourn not! I have 5 tips to get you back to feeling your best and back on the wagon of healthy eating.   Drink all the water If you’ve been too busy to eat right, you’ve probably been too…

  • My Favourite Fall Comfort Food – Chili!

    What’s your favourite comfort food? alt=”” /> Mine is chili, in all forms. My favourite meal at Panera is Turkey Chili in a bread bowl. I wait for it every fall.  It’s nice and spicy, but not burn-your-face off spicy. Plus eating the bowl it comes in is always fun in a little-kid kind of way.  I’ve been tweaking my turkey chili recipe to taste more like Panera’s and I think I’ve finally got it.  This recipe is healthy, nutritious, and filling.  Serve with cornbread, and top with cheese, sour cream, green onions, bacon, whatever you like! This recipe really could not be easier, especially if you make it in…

  • Is your gut making you sick?

    There has been lots of talk recently about what has become known as gut health. The Johns Hopkins Medical Center website, one of the most well-respected hospitals and medical schools in the United States, states that there is a good reason for this. Hidden within the walls of your digestive system is a system that is sometimes known as your second brain and this “brain in your gut” is changing the way that we look at the link between mood, digestion, health and even the way that you think. NO. Not all diseases start in the gut. For an example, it doesn’t apply to the genetic or inherited diseases. But, there…

  • Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup & Gummies

    I’m new to Elderberry Syrup.  I’ve heard a lot about it in the last few years, and this year I finally tried it. It’s pretty expensive to buy already made, so I decided to make my own.  It was super easy in my Instant Pot, and it makes a LOT, enough for everyone in my house for probably 6 weeks. A bit about Elderberry Syrup Elderberries are higher in antioxidants than blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, AND goji berries. This big boost of antioxidants helps your cells fight against both internal and external damage. You can buy them dried in bulk from Amazon, that’s the cheapest place I found them. They have…

  • Six Sheet Pan Dinners That Are Faster Than Takeout

    Sheet pan dinners are exactly what they sound like.  Complete meals that are cooked in one pan in the oven. They’re quick, delicious, and really easy to clean up. I’m a bit picky about my recipes because I don’t like ones that have white potatoes in them, they never seem to taste quite right to me. Here are my top six sheet pan dinners that are faster than takeout. 1. Rosemary Balsamic Sheet Pan Chicken with Bacon and Apples – Wholesomelicious This one is a family favourite.  The balsamic marinade is amazing on the chicken and drizzled over the veggies before cooking.  Plus, who doesn’t love bacon? This one gets made…

  • The Science of Collagen: How This Protein Can Change Your Life

    What is Collagen? Collagen gives our tissues structure. It is a protein that lives in our cells, and it makes our joints move smoothly and keeps our skin wrinkle-free. Collagen is the most plentiful amino acid in humans, making up approximately 30% of the protein in our body. Found in joints, blood vessels, bones, hair/skin/nails, teeth, and the digestive system, collagen is the ladder upon which our body builds.  Babies and young kids have massive amounts of collagen, this is why they are so flexible and seem to bounce back from injury quickly, and also why they have such perfect beautiful skin.  As we age and are exposed to oxidation…

  • The Ultimate Meal Planning Guide for Busy Families

    I have been a sporadic meal planner for most of my adult life. I started in college when I would try and plan my meals to stretch my budget, and I generally stuck with it. Since then it’s been an uphill struggle. I’ve tried so many different methods, some working better than others. What usually happens is I sit down to plan and fall head first into a Pinterest vortex, pinning more than I actually plan. Or, Husband and I sit and stare at each other for a while as we try to think of something to make for dinner next week. I feel like we’ve finally gotten into a…

  • Stressed out by too many people? Try these 7 tips to recharge and restore your balance

    Wellness For Introverts: 7 Tips To Calm Your Mind & Recharge Your Batteries

    Are you an introvert or an extrovert? These two personality traits are often a spectrum rather than a clear-cut one or the other, but generally, everyone identifies as one or the other. Take this quiz to find out, and come back for some tips on how to manage wellness for introverts. Extroverts coming up in the next post! What is an Introvert? Introverts are often thought of as shy wallflowers, I’ve been told I’m shy all my life. Truthfully though, introversion goes far deeper than that. If you think of yourself as a battery, introverts get drained very quickly by outside stimulus. They give out their energy in social situations.…

  • How to Teach Kids About Nutrition

    Kids need to know how and why we eat what we do, and why they can’t eat all the treats they want all of the time. But telling them that food is ‘bad’ or ‘good’ can create unhealthy habits and expectations around food that can last for years. A kid that thinks the food he loves is ‘bad’ will sneak, hide, or overeat while no one is watching. On the other hand, some kids can become almost hyper-focused on eating only ‘good’ foods. When I teach kids about nutrition we talk about Always foods and Sometimes foods. My food philosophy is that there is no bad food, only too much…