Category: Life

Weekly Bytes 1.28.18 + A Healthier Super Bowl Dip Recipe!

Another week is in the books! Scrolling through my camera roll, I realize that I didn’t really do the greatest job of planning (or documenting) my meals this week. Most days, I just kind of flew by the seat of my pants, throwing together a bunch of leftovers and/or whatever I could find in the fridge until I ended up with something that slightly resembled a meal. Hey, whatever works, right?

As an added bonus, I’m also sharing a healthier Super Bowl dip that I created on the fly last week. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post to check out the recipe!


Weekly Bytes 1.14.18: Back-to-School Edition

Aaaand just like that it’s Sunday, which means it’s time to share another round of weekly bytes!!

You’ll notice my meals this week weren’t quite as *exciting* or *adventurous* as last week, but that’s okay. Between starting my last semester of grad school (!!!) and unexpectedly having to replace my laptop (booo) I wasn’t left with a whole lot of free time for cooking or experimenting in the kitchen. But, fortunately a little weekend prep work and some freezer meals came to my rescue and made for some easy and delicious eats.


Five Things To Eliminate From Your Diet in 2018 (That Aren’t Food!)

It’s January, which means that health and wellness are back at the forefront of many peoples’ minds. Everywhere you turn, people are talking about their New Years’ resolutions to “get in shape”, “eat healthy” and “lose xx amount of pounds”.

I don’t know about you, but we’re only about one-third of the way through January and I already want to cover my ears and scream “enough already!”

Don’t get me wrong, I love that people are feeling motivated to make positive lifestyle changes to better their health. I fully support that. But the way in which many people go about pursuing these goals (especially this time of year) is disheartening – not to mention concerning. Strict elimination diets, detoxes, cleanses… these may seem like great ways to jump start your health goals at the start of the new year, but what happens come February? Or better yet, March?

The problem with most resolutions – and diets in general – is that they’re built for the short term. Sure, they may “work” for a few weeks (maybe even a few months) and you may even see some “results”. But eventually, life happens. Things come up, life gets busy… and, before you know it, you’re part of the 80% of Americans who have “given up” on their resolutions less than two months into the new year.

But, despite what you may have been led to believe, your resolutions don’t fail because you are weak or have no willpower – your resolutions fail because, simply put, they’re not sustainable. (more…)

Weekly Bytes 1.7.18: New Year, Same Me

Hey there and happy 2018!

I hope your new year is off to a great start. It’s crazy how quickly the holidays go by, isn’t it?

In the past week or so, I’ve come across a LOT of articles and social media posts on the topics of resolutions and self-improvement. And while I’ve never really been one to embrace the whole “new year, new me” mentality (more thoughts on this in an upcoming post), I do believe that the new year is a great time to reflect on the past and set some goals and intentions for the future.

One of my intentions for 2018 is to be a little more REAL on the blog. I’ve mentioned before that one of my primary reasons for starting this blog in the first place was to share my passion for food and nutrition and (hopefully) provide some inspiration and guidance to others who are looking to adopt a “healthier” lifestyle (whatever that word means to them). But, over time, this space has turned into more of a food blog than anything else. And while I love creating and photographing recipes, there is so much more to me (and to this blog) than meticulously curated food photos.

I want this space to be a place where I can chat nutrition. Or not chat about nutrition if that’s not what I’m feeling that day. I want to be able to talk to you about life. And things I’m loving. And tell you about the amazing meal I had the other day without feeling like I can’t share that information with you because the lighting in the photo wasn’t quite right.

I want to be a little more candid. A little more vulnerable. A little more open. A little less of a perfectionist.

Sooo today I’m trying something new. I’m kicking off 2018 with the debut of my first ever edition of Weekly Bytes – aka a recap of some of my eats over the past week. No step-by-step recipes. No carefully staged food photos. Just real eats by a real person. (more…)

Why IBS is Not Just Something You Should “Learn to Live With”

“Thirty days hath September, April, June and November…”

This childhood rhyme played over and over again in my head this morning as I stared at the date on my phone and tried to piece together how on earth it came to be the last day of April.

I had big plans for April… plans to write up a series of blog posts about my struggle with IBS and dive full-force into my experience with the low FODMAP diet. But alas life does not always go according to plan…

Turns out, finding the words to sum up 7 years of pain (both physical and emotional), frustration, and confusion is easier said than done.

So instead, I’m sitting here on the last day of April, scrambling to form semi-cohesive sentences from years of built-up thoughts and feelings. Again, easier said than done.

Why April, you ask? Well if you haven’t heard by now, April is IBS Awareness Month. And while I wholeheartedly believe that Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a topic that deserves year-round recognition, I couldn’t sit back and watch this month come and go without letting my voice be heard. After all, this condition has affected my life in more ways than I ever could have imagined, and I know that I’m not alone in feeling that way. (more…)