I stopped eating dairy a year ago. Here's what changed.

Posted July 27, 2017 in dairy-free, giving up dairy, vegan and 2 more

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It's been nearly a year since I stopped eating dairy! 

Honestly, when I first gave up dairy products, I didn't think it would be a longterm lifestyle change. 

I stopped eating dairy products after consulting with a functional medicine doctor about my frequent headaches and hormonal migraines. A full blood panel showed that I had a sensitivity to casein, a protein in milk. 

In addition to giving up dairy, I also went off of synthetic birth control. My functional medicine doctor and I have been working together to balance my hormones over the past year. While I do have a food sensitivity to casein, dairy products also contain hormones. 

Before I tell you about what's changed since I stopped eating dairy, I want to be totally transparent...I've eaten dairy probably 10 times over the past year. 

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Weekend Recap {July 21-23, 2017} Lake McConaughy

Posted July 25, 2017 in Weekend Recap, Lake McConaughy, camping and 3 more

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I can't believe it's the end of July and the fiancé and I just went on our first camping trip of the summer! 

We spent the weekend at Lake McConaughy, the largest reservoir in Nebraska. There are about 76 miles of shoreline, and absolutely beautiful views. Lake McConaughy has white sand beaches, and you can camp right on the beach or really close to the beach. 

We met up with some friends from Colorado for our camping weekend. Because we camped near the beach and not at one of the campgrounds, our campsite was primitive...meaning no bathrooms. This is not my favorite way to camp, and was my only complaint about the trip ; )

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Healthy Beach Day Essentials

Posted July 20, 2017 in Healthy Beach Day essentials, hydration, antioxidants and 5 more

Beach days are the best days! Here's what I pack in my beach bag to stay healthy and happy!

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Let's be clear, when I say beach, I mean the swimming beach at a lake. I'm from Nebraska, and there are no oceans nearby, so we're stuck with heading to nearby lakes to get our beach fix. 

My parents have always had a pool in their backyard, so that's usually my go to swimming destination in the summer. But my parents recently moved, and they don't have a pool yet. 

So the fiancé and I have been exploring the swimming beaches at lakes near our town. 

It's been fun to go on mini adventures on the weekends to check out new places, soak up the sun and relax in the water. 

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Weekend Recap {July 14-16, 2017}

Posted July 18, 2017 in Weekend Recap, self-care, shingles and 6 more

After almost two weeks of being in a lot of pain because of shingles, I went into the weekend ready to rest and recuperate. 

The fiancé and I didn't have any plans, which was exactly the kind of weekend I needed. We ended up going on a few low-key adventures, spending time in the kitchen and watching Netflix, of course.

Here's a recap of the weekend...

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24-Hours in San Francisco

Posted July 14, 2017 in San Francisco, healthy travel, California travel and 3 more

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The fiancé and I recently returned from an epic trip to California to hike in Yosemite National Park. 

We flew in and out of San Francisco, and while we didn't spend a lot of time there, we did spend enough time to explore the city a tiny bit.

We were in San Francisco for a little over 24 hours split between two days with Yosemite in the middle. 

It was our first time in San Francisco, so we had a long list of things we wanted to do there. We didn't try to cram everything in because we didn't want the trip to feel too hectic. 

We may have only seen a small part of the city, but we definitely fell in love with the hilly streets, colorful row houses, views of the Golden Gate Bridge and afternoon fog. 

Here's a recap of our short trip to San Francisco...

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Creating White Space

Posted July 14, 2017 in creating white space, self-care, relaxing and 4 more

How often do you have nothing on your schedule? Creating white space can help you stress less, stay healthy and be more inspired.

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This week has been incredibly challenging.

After about a week of not feeling well, I finally went to the doctor and learned that I have shingles.

Shingles is caused by the same virus that causes chicken pox. If you had chicken pox as a child, the virus is dormant in your body. The virus can resurface as a rash and is often brought on by the perfect combination of stress and a weakened immune system.

I've been going nonstop for the past couple of years working full-time, building my health coaching business, teaching fitness classes, going through yoga teacher training, B-School and Nutrition School, and more. I've never taken time for retraction or white space.

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