It’s Never A Straight Line

I’m going to guess we’ve all seen this or heard this somewhere before: It's Never a Straight Line | Life Healthfully Lived

I think I’m starting to realize that the path to any goal, success or otherwise, is NEVER a straight line.  For me, that goal is body acceptance and my path has been all over the map.  Continue reading

New Health Feature Post: Maggie Rimnac

It’s been a lonnnggggg time since I did a health feature post and I figured it was time to get back on track with that.  These are some of my favorite posts together because they feature regular people doing some pretty awesome things!

This month we’ve got Maggie.  I went to high school with Maggie and we were both in marching band together.  Even though I was a freshman and she was a junior, she was always nice to me and I have to say I was a little bit in awe of her.  Her bubbly personality shone through and I don’t think I ever saw her without a smile on her face.  She was always willing to help and was a great leader/role model in band. Health Feature: Maggie Rimnac | Life Healthfully Lived Continue reading

Things I’m Loving Lately

I haven’t shared one of these posts with you in awhile so I thought I would let you in on what I’ve been liking in my kitchen, in my belly, and in fitness!

Yuca RootThings I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

For our very first Christmas, Adam got me this cookbook called Roots.  It’s all about root vegetables and I was thrilled because 1. I like food 2. I love root vegetables 3. This book had gotten amazing reviews.  I dove in and started learning more about root vegetables and where they come from and traditional ways to prepare them. It’s as much a history book as it is a cookbook.  I love that!  Well, I got to the yuca chapter and kind of skimmed over it but didn’t pay much attention.

Fast forward to a few weeks ago and I’m grocery shopping.  I see a yuca root at Jewel and on a whim I decide to get one.  I had no clue what to do with it but I knew I had a whole book about it at home.  I made chips with it and they were awesome and I’m obsessed.  I’ve been playing around with it so expect to see some recipes soon….

Maca PowderThings I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

See? I told you I’m all about the root vegetables.  Maca powder comes from the maca root which is typically grown and consumed in the Peruvian region.  It has this nice malty-caramel-y flavor and I’ve been adding it to baked goods and my smoothie bowl.  It also has a pretty impressive health profile.  I got this brand from Amazon and I’m pretty happy with it.

My Homemade Coconut MilkThings I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

I’m still amazed at how easy it is to make coconut milk and have been making a batch of it every week for smoothies, coffee, baking, and cooking.  It’s pretty impressive and you don’t need a fancy blender to get a good result!

ParsleyThings I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

I know this isn’t that exciting but for some reason lately I’ve been obsessed with parsley.  I buy at least 2 or 3 bunches and put it in everything.  I blend it into my scrambled eggs, top all my vegetables with it, gnaw it raw like a rabbit… ok I don’t do that last one but you get the idea.  I think I’m just ready for farmer’s market season and all the fresh herbs.  Once I can get my hands on some fresh basil that isn’t $2 for half an ounce, all the pesto shall be made.

All-Clad Fry PanThings I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

For Christmas this year, Adam got me a double-handled all-clad saute pan and then this fancy fry pan that claimed to be the non-stick of all non-sticks.  Yeah. It sucked.  I took care of it exactly how the instructions said and everything stuck to this pan.  I’m not a happy camper when half of my dinner is left in the pan.  My all-clad saute pan, on the other hand, was a dream.  So last weekend I got an all-clad fry pan and all is right with the world again.

Strength TrainingThings I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

I know I’ve talked about Fitness Blender before and told you that we’ve been doing their workout programs but I’m going to say it again.  I seriously love them and these programs.  Their strength training programs, in particular, are awesome and I’ve gotten stronger and am surprising myself with what my body can do.  That’s always a good feeling.  Plus, Kelli and Daniel are motivating, positive, and funny.  All good things when it comes to working out.

Things I'm Loving Lately | Life Healthfully Lived

I think Daniel nailed it…


So that’s what I’ve been enjoying lately, how about you?  Any new things that you’ve fallen in love with?  Let me know in the comments and have an awesome Monday friends!


This Is Hard

One of the messages that I hope to convey on this blog is that health doesn’t have to be hard.  You don’t have to be a world class chef, capable of complicated cooking techniques.  You don’t need to live at the gym or buy into crazy gimmicks or expensive equipment.  There are so many simple things that you can do to be healthier and enhance your life.  But make no mistake, healthy can be hard.


Yes, there are ways to make the decision to be healthier much easier than might think.  I try to do my best to share those tips and advice with you.  What I mean is that there are days that you are going to struggle.  There are times that you are going to wonder why you’re even doing this and if it’s really worth it.  There will be moments that you want to quite and you may very well give into those feelings.  Believe it or not, this happens to everyone.  Even the healthiest person you can think of will have moments of doubt and question their choices.  Maybe their moments of doubt last only a minute, but they are still there.

I have gone through periods of time where I really wonder why I am doing this.  It’s hard, it takes a lot of self motivation and willpower, and to be honest I get tired.  I get tired of constantly choosing to take the healthier route.  Some days it would be SO much easier to just get take out food for dinner.  It would be heaven to just sleep in and skip my morning workout.  Sometimes I long to just spend my whole Saturday on the couch watching TV and downing huge bowls of cereal like I did when I was in high school.  I don’t want to prep my meals for the week, I want to sit on my butt and look at pictures of cats on the internet.  I don’t want to drink another glass of water, I want to have a huge glass of store bought, sugar-laden juice.  This is hard, it drains me, why do I keep on doing this?


I have had every one of these thoughts and many others that are less than stellar.  It might seem like I am totally unmotivated to be healthy anymore.  It might seem like I just want to give up and that I should stop complaining.  You’re right.  The thing is, these gripes and struggles are what makes me human.  They are also what makes me stronger and even more motivated to continue as well as try to help others.  Overcoming obstacles and challenges are part of what makes you unique.  They add to your character and make you stronger.  If you never had to face any adversity and were able to breeze through life, you wouldn’t be the person you are today.  Health is like any other part of your life.  It takes strength, some days more than others, to constantly commit to being better than yesterday.  It’s ok to feel all the feelings that you do about being healthier.

What do you do though when you feel like there are more bad days than good ones on your journey?  For me, I try to think of all the things I can do now that I couldn’t do before.  It helps me to see the progress I have made over the years.  It also helps to think about how I felt about myself before I started to make changes in my life.  I wasn’t very happy, I was very insecure, and I didn’t feel healthy or strong like I do now.  I know I don’t want to feel like that again, so that helps motivate me to stay the course when I’m having a rough day.  Sometimes you’ll even find help when you least expect it.  Maybe a family member will comment on all the hard work you’ve done and how it looks like it’s really paying off.  Maybe a friend will start to make healthier choices because you are.  Maybe, like me, you’ll realize your story and experiences can help others feel the way you do now and you want to do what you can to help them get there.


It’s ok to feel doubt and want to give up.  You aren’t superhero (or maybe you are, don’t worry I won’t reveal your true identity) and even superheroes have their down days.  Use those doubts and fears to make you stronger and shape your personality.  Don’t let them tear you down to the point where you don’t want to try.  Learn from them and adjust your journey from what you learn.  I know that you can do this and it’s time for you to believe that you can too.