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Simple Smoothie


I’ve never been a big fan of daily smoothies or using shakes or beverages as meal replacement. I like to eat meals with separate food groups, not just slurping down my food like a baby! I like to eat mainly…

How To Flavor Water With Essential Oils

DIY, Food

I’m one of those people who struggles to drink enough water each day. I know staying hydrated is the ultimate way to keep your body systems moving efficiently and contributes to long term health. But I get so bored of…

The Whole 30 Wrap-Up Week IV

Food, Personal

I definitely felt more balanced during the last week of the #Whole30, and most days even managed to prepare three full meals to keep from feeling hungry. I want to reiterate that the plan does not advocate going hungry; I…

The Whole 30 Wrap-Up Week III

Food, Personal

Week three has seen some more positive improvements. Belly bloating has been reduced, and I feel like even some fat has been burned off my tummy (my problem area where weight collects first). I wake up feeling a little less…

The Whole 30 Wrap-Up Week II

Food, Personal

Week two of the Whole 30 is now under my belt…a belt that can be tightened a bit. I didn’t cheat or slip this week. My energy has stopped plummeting and started going back up. I still crave sugar and…

The Whole 30 Wrap-Up Week I

Food, Personal

Week 1 of the Whole 30 has passed, and I’m feeling…tired and a little blah. Tired energy-wise, and a bit tired of eggs. This is a normal feeling, so I’m gritting my teeth and waiting it out. I remember feeling…

Preparing for the #Whole30

Food, Personal

Starting on Thursday September 29, 2016 I’m going for round two of the Whole 30 challenge, or plan, or “diet.” The first time I tried it was also about a year ago. While I experienced amazing health results such as…

Little Owl Italian Kitchen, Aptos

Food, Local Life

A new restaurant has opened up where Kauboi (and before that, Britannia Arms) was on Soquel Drive. It’s called Little Owl Italian Kitchen & Bar, and though they’re just getting started it seems like a promising addition to our local…