Raw Vegan Salted Caramel "Cheesecake" Bites

This got the carnivore's vote of approval so I think it is safe to share!! This is another delicious, vegan raw food dessert. It has a few different steps but they are simple, everything is done in the blender or food processor, and there is no actual cooking required. I felt like I was in the kitchen for about 30-minutes and then the rest of the work is done in the freezer. I hate when people ramble on in a recipe so let's get to it!
 

This is a 2-day process purely because you do need to soak cashews for 8 hours so make sure you do that the night before you want to make this. If you want to cheat - pour super hot water on them and let them soak for 15 minutes.

These are very rich so one square is pretty satisfying and two is complete indulgence. This sweet treat lasts in the freezer for about 3 weeks so once you make it, you should be able to indulge for awhile!

INGREDIENTS

Crust:

  • 1 cup pitted dates

  • 1 ½ cup almonds

  • ¼ tsp salt

Cheesecake:

  • 1...

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Your Morning Coffee Routine

I am someone who is always seeking out nutrient dense meal options. I like to get the maximum health benefits I can from everything I put into my body...including coffee.

I am going to share my coffee choices with you in hopes you may learn a thing or two!

First off, the most important choice you make about your coffee is the brand you buy it from. I realize if you have always drank the same kind of coffee and don't seem to have any issues from it, then you may not see the issue but give me an opportunity to explain.

Coffee can commonly contain a mold called Ochratoxin. Ochratoxin is a class of several different chemicals known as mycotoxins. Unlike other fungal toxins, mycotoxins are toxic secondary metabolites produced by mold, and we unknowingly ingest them in food. I have been living an organic lifestyle for about a decade and was shocked last year to find out I have four mycotoxins that have built up in my system and are wreaking havoc. Removing them is not an easy...

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DIY Fitness Assessment

fitness tips Nov 04, 2019

I am a big fan of assessments. I think it provides a lot of information that you can then use to put together a plan to help reach your goals. The assessment will shine a light on your strengths and weaknesses. For example, if you hold the wall sit effortlessly for 2 full minutes but can only do 8 push ups, then you need to begin to focus more on your upper body workouts and less on the lower body ones. If your strength and endurance is pretty decent overall but your balance, mobility, and flexibility are all a challenge then you need to focus more on the movement patterns and stretching sessions. You may not need to cut back on the workouts but instead start integrating balance and flexibility into the exercises.

 

The name of the 10 assessments are listed below along with what it is assessing. You can do them along with me in the video. Just hit pause after each demonstration and test yourself!

 

  • Tandem Balance - How is your balance?

  • Wall Sit - How is your leg...

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Aromatherapy Protocols

aromatherapy my services Oct 28, 2019
I have been trained in two different aromatherapy techniques. One of the most wonderful things about Aromatherapy is that I can teach it to any client to do right in the comfort of their own homes too! I offer my essential oil consultations for free because if you do buy any of the oils, I make a small commission and I would rather help you figure out the right choices for your specific needs than have you go to Whole Foods and buy something that isn't the best quality and may not be the best choice in the expansive world of essential oils!
 
The AromaTouch Technique® is a wonderful technique developed by doTERRA Intl. to create a feeling of overall wellness. It is very relaxing and nurturing so it is wonderful for stress relief and deep relaxation. The Symphony of the Cells™ protocols can also be used to create a feeling of overall wellness, however each protocol supports a specific system of the body with the oils that are most beneficial for that bodily system....
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The Power of a Wellness Journal

 I created this wellness journal over a decade ago and just revised it last month to give it a few upgrades. I find this an incredible way to keep track of what is going on in my body, and my medical team really appreciates me bringing it with me to keep them fully informed. I first created it when I was having a health crisis and there were so many different things going on from day to day that I would forget to tell my acupuncturist certain symptoms and would only remember later in the day after the session was over. I realized I needed to start keeping better track and recording what was happening in order to have more productive doctors and acupuncture appointments.
 

I kept the design simple so if you are printing this out at home you won't use up all your ink! If you want it to be a little prettier, I would just recommend picking a color paper that makes you happy and print it out on that. There are ten main components the Wellness Journal...

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Watch Your Mouth! Body Shaming the Ill

I officially feel like my weight has been all over the spectrum. I have been pretty overweight, I have been toned and lean, and now I am underweight. From my own personal experience, I have never received as much criticism about my body as I do now! It is actually a little unbelievable to me. Nobody ever fat shamed me or teased me for being overweight.

On the other hand, my butt has always been a hot topic of comments since I was a teenager and although I mostly get compliments, they always just make me self conscious that everyone is paying so much attention to my rear end. One boyfriend in my early 20’s told me my thighs were beefy and I will forever think I look like a cow. It's funny how words can stick with you!

But overall, most people have never walked up to me and instantly criticized my body as their opening greeting. Now, that is no longer the case. Most people in my life see me and immediately tell me to eat something. 

I...

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Monthly Reflection Journal Prompts

goal setting Feb 01, 2019

One month of 2019 is completely gone, did you make it count?

I thought this may be the perfect opportunity to reflect on how fast time flies by. If you are working towards any type of goal, it is important to check in with yourself and see how you are progressing. Taking the time to reflect on what you have accomplished and what obstacles have popped up can help guide your future planning and decisions. Try thinking these questions over at the end of each month or even each week:

 

What have you accomplished?

What changed for you?

Did you establish any new habits?

Did you take steps towards any goals?

 

 

Time flies and without assessing things it is much more challenging to make progress. I generally try to use Sunday evenings as a time for reflection on the past week and what I want to accomplish in the upcoming week. I also think it is helpful to assess at the beginning of each month. It can bring a sense of gratitude for what you have accomplished...

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It's ALL About Perspective

 I had one of those "aha moments" last night after sending someone a text. One of my friends sends a few text messages a day to make sure I'm still alive and kicking, and quite honestly I think he is checking to make sure he doesn't need to come pick me up off the floor.  It happens more often than I share so I deeply appreciate him checking up on me.
 
Anyways, when he checked in on how my night was going my exact words were "It's ok, dreaming of a shower for the past hour but I'm pretty weak so still contemplating... I think I've decided it is a great dream to make come true in the morning."
 
It was at that moment when I realized my perspective is one of my biggest blessings.
 
I didn't focus on how frustrating it is that I can't take a shower when I want.
 
I didn't focus on my lack of independence.
 
I didn't focus on how weak I am.
 
I didn't focus on how my body would not get any "hot shower" pain relief all evening.
...
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Transitioning Home from the Hospital

The transition from hospital to home is always an interesting learning experience. I know the longer I am in the hospital the more my mind becomes consumed with how much I want to leave and get home to rest and have my freedom. Then I get home and realize just how weak and incompetent I am, and the true healing journey begins. I guess I know my own learning curve and how challenged I am when I return home, so it is no surprise that most people think leaving the hospital means you are essentially healthy again. I thought I would write this to help people understand what coming home from the hospital can look like and how they could help. They say for every day you are in the hospital, you should expect to need at least one week of recovery. That means a five day stay can cost you at least five weeks of recovery.

 
 

I took this photo to remind myself of the struggles and journey I have been on but I will be a little vulnerable and share it...

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Illness Etiquette

What not to say to people with chronic illness! (Part Three)

This post is going to come from an emotionally charged head space because I am currently in the hospital and fighting my hardest just to get through the day. I am trying my best to stay positive and hopeful but I am also feeling as weak and depleted as can be. I have to say that my spirit is beginning to suffer in addition to my physical body. I am also severely frustrated with doctors not listening and the disconnects that happen. Simple things like it taking five hours to receive migraine medicine which means my migraine is going to go from a 3/10 to a 9/10 on the pain scale. Now that you know a little about what is going on, here is the text that got under my skin.


 
 

I was truly exhausted so when I got this text from my best friend I simply called her out on it. Like many people, she struggles with knowing what to do or say when I am in pain so I tend to have a filter with what I share. Also,...

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