Help! What Type of Content Would You Like to See Me Post More Of?

Hey guys! As you may have noticed, I haven’t been posting quite as often these days as I used to. There are a few reasons for this, but the main one is that I’m struggling with choosing a direction for this blog. There are so many fabulous paleo and health blogs out there that offer all types of recipes, tips, and great content. With that said, I’d like to choose just one or two categories to write about regarding health. What kind of content do you enjoy reading on my blog, and wish to see more of?

 

 

If you have any specific requests for me to write about, please let me know in the comments below 🙂

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Hey guys! Did you know the average American spends on average 3 hours per day on social networking sites? Crazy!

Well…surprise! You can find Pink and Paleo on many of these sites, and I am constantly updating them with bits of motivation, inspiration, and tips for living a healthy lifestyle. Go check it out and follow, like, subscribe…whatever! Your support means so much to me…thanks for helping me spread the word on eating a whole-foods diet 🙂

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Check out some of my latest posts!

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Watermelon Cake I made for Easter! So yummy…frosting was made with whipped coconut cream, sweetened with a bit of honey!

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Handstands, anyone?

So many veggies...delicious!

So many veggies…delicious!

Easter-inspired Dinner

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With Easter around the corner, I decided to pick up a fresh ham from my local farmers market. I made it tonight with some roasted butternut squash, bell pepper, onion, tomatoes and broccoli. So tasty! All enjoyed with a nice refreshing glass of white wine. I’m in heaven!

One of my favorite sides is roasted veggies, and they are so easy to make. For this, I diced up my veggies, tossed them with some melted coconut oil, salt, pepper, garlic and onion powder, and paprika. Baked them all at 375 degrees (F) for 25 minutes (I threw the halved cherry tomatoes in with 8 minutes left on the timer), an voila! A super simple yet delicious side that will be sure to impress your family.

Baked Sweet Potato Recipe

Sweet potatoes are pretty much the only “starchy carb” I eat. But, I eat them nearly every day. They are delicious and satisfying, and crazy easy to make. They are high in vitamin C and vitamin B6, and can last in your fridge (cooked) for up to a week. I like to cook 7 at a time, and eat one per day for a week before making up a new batch.

Baked Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • Sweet Potatoes (as many as desired)
  • Olive Oil
  • Cinnamon (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Wash and scrub sweet potatoes with a vegetable brush to knock off dirt. Dry thoroughly.
  3. Prick sweet potatoes with a fork all over. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil, rubbing oil into potatoes with hands to ensure even coating. (I highly recommend NOT wrapping the sweet potatoes in foil)
  4. Place baking sheets with sweet potatoes in oven and bake for 55 minutes – 1 hour, depending on size of sweet potatoes (they are done when fork-tender).
  5. You can eat the sweet potatoes “as-is” (simple and yummy!), or you can split open the skin and sprinkle cinnamon on top. If adding cinnamon, I suggest using a fork to mash sweet potatoes within the skin so the cinnamon is distributed throughout.

I hope you enjoy this simple recipe!  The skin turns out to be caramelized and delicious…don’t forget to eat that part for extra nutrients! I never knew I liked sweet potatoes until I went paleo, and I’m so glad I discovered my love for them. They are great for pre or post-workout, or just an excellent side dish with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Enjoy!

 

Inspired.

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It’s no surprise that receiving positive feedback can be one of the best sources of motivation. With that said, I can honestly say that I’m on cloud nine at this moment.

When I started this blog in January, my goals were to document my journey and to inspire and motivate others to live a healthy lifestyle. I really didn’t think many people would read my posts or care at all about what I have to say, but it turns out, I was wrong!

The kind words and encouragement I’ve been receiving is amazing and inspiring for me, so for everyone who has reached out, thank you so much!! I truly appreciate it! It has shown me that I’m accomplishing my goal of inspiring others to make changes in their lives for the better, which is the best thing I could possibly ask for. I promise that you will not regret eating healthier and nourishing your body with the nutrients it craves. Props to you for making this life-changing decision…you inspire ME!

 

Feelin' the love! Thank you!

Feelin’ the love! Thank you! (go follow Taylin…she is an amazing artist!)

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Thanks for all the love and support!! You guys are amazing!

 

How to Survive a Special Event on Paleo – Bridal Shower

In January I attended my best friend’s bridal shower. There were about 40 guests there and tons of junk food. I knew going into this event that there would be plenty of tempting food that was off-limits to me, so I devised a plan to survive the day (this plan would work for almost any special event, too!).

The Paleo Survival Plan: Bridal Shower Edition:

1. I ate a huge lunch before the party started that way I wouldn’t even be slightly hungry enough to want the chips and dip.
2. I offered to bring a veggie tray. Even though I can’t have ranch dip on the paleo diet, I brought some to make any ways that way the other guests could enjoy it.

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Tons of Veggies!

3. I coordinated with another bridesmaid who was bring a fruit platter (yay, now there’s two things I can eat!).

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4. I actually brought extra food for myself to eat in case I got hungry throughout the day (I just kept it in the back of the fridge until I needed it). I figured that since everyone else would be eating, it wouldn’t be too rude to bring a plate of food that I could enjoy while everyone else enjoyed theirs.

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The Gorgeous Bride and Me 🙂

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Friends and Bridesmaids (I’m in the middle)

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The Bridal Party

Sometimes it can be intimidating to go to parties or special events, knowing that your diet won’t allow for most of the food on the menu. I hope these tips help!! If you have any other ideas or tips you’d like to share, I would love to hear! Feel free to share  🙂

As February Comes to an End…

As the month of Love and Romance reaches an end, I’d like to reflect on all the good that this month has brought. I’ve made it through month #2 of my paleo journey, and I’ve never felt better. I’ve fully adjusted to the lifestyle, and I have to say that I love it and feel like I won’t ever go back to eating the way I used to.

February also taught me that I can make tasty Paleo treats that I can enjoy without any guilt (or gluten!), which my sweet tooth really appreciates. Dark chocolate dipped strawberries…um, yum!!

My goals for March are to find a yoga studio that I like near me and to practice more regularly. I think this will really help with stress reduction and overall health.