Posts tagged with "dairy-free"

Weekend Recap {Aug. 19-22, 2016}

Posted August 22, 2016 in Weekend Recap, weekend, dairy-free and 5 more

Happy Monday! It's a big week! The college course that I'm teaching starts on Tuesday, I have sessions with all of my health coaching clients scheduled this week and I'm scheduled to have a Sweet Success Health Coaching booth Thursday evening. 

I'll be honest, I was crazy stressed going into this week…especially because I got a headache Thursday night and it hung on until 4 a.m. this morning. 

It was the BF's first weekend off all summer, I felt like it was my last weekend of summer and I had a lot I wanted to accomplish to get ready for this week. So being in pain made the weekend stressful.

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Weekend Recap {Aug. 26-28, 2016}

Posted August 29, 2016 in Weekend Recap, kayaking, healthy eating and 8 more

I'm feeling more and more grateful for weekends without plans. My weekends were so full in May, June and July, so these late summer easy weekends are amazing.

I decided to keep Saturday totally open, make no plans, put nothing on my to do list and let the day happen organically. 

I was inspired to do this after last Saturday's day-long date with the BF. He didn't tell me anything about the day. I just went along for adventure after adventure.

I tend to get a little wound up about my to do list. But I've realized that when I spend an entire weekend working on my business, I don't feel rejuvenated or inspired for the new week. 

So I'm working on chilling on the weekends…or at least on Saturday. Luckily, this weekend, my easy going attitude spilled into Sunday ; )

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Yoga Teacher Training - Weekend 5

Posted September 12, 2016 in yoga teacher training, yoga, yogi and 3 more


I woke up this morning and thought it was Saturday….it's Monday. I have a feeling it's going to be a long week.

I'm totally exhausted after being in yoga teacher training over the weekend. I plan to take it easy the next couple of days - keeping my workouts light and not scheduling too many health coaching consultations or client sessions. 

Here's a recap of my yoga weekend….

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You had me at guacamole

Posted September 16, 2016 in National Guacamole Day, avocado, healthy eating and 7 more


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Happy National Guacamole Day!

Since eliminating dairy from my diet nearly a month ago, I've basically replaced cheese with guacamole. The amount of guacamole and avocados that I've eaten in the past four weeks is a little obscene. 

I can't even tell you how many times I've eaten sprouted grain bread toasted and topped with guacamole and eggs. But I have no shame!

Which is why I feel like this is a (internet) holiday worth celebrating.

Here are some amazing guac recipes and fun guac goodies...

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Weekend Recap (Sept. 16-18, 2016}

Posted September 20, 2016 in Weekend Recap, yoga, dairy-free and 7 more

It's Tuesday and I'm finally writing my recap of the weekend! The weekend ended up being full because the BF's family was in town, and my Monday was a bit crazy.

I'm still working on creating a routine and managing my workload with the new class that I'm teaching at the university. I'll be honest, my Sweet Success work is getting harder to manage…which is why I turned down an offer to teach another class next semester. Saying no is so hard! 

But when I thought about my mission - inspiring people create change to live their healthiest and happiest lives - I knew I needed to say yes to myself and my goals. 

I have a full week, and it feels a bit overwhelming. So I'm making self-care a priority. I got a massage yesterday after work, I'm getting back to consistent meditation and I have a few yoga classes scheduled this week. 

Before I get too wrapped up in this week, here's a look at my eats and adventures from the weekend...

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Peach Blueberry Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream {gluten-free + dairy-free}

Posted October 11, 2016 in Peach Blueberry Crumble, Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream, dairy-free and 4 more


Since giving up dairy, one of the things I have missed is the occasional dessert. I have a sweet tooth, and while I don't eat indulgent desserts often, I enjoy them every once in awhile.

Some friends gave the BF and I a bunch of peaches, and I was inspired to do some baking. I found a recipe for a summer fruit crumble, and revamped the dessert so it was dairy-free and gluten-free. 

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Salted Coconut Chocolate Energy Balls

Posted October 13, 2016 in energy balls, chocolate, healthy eating and 5 more

It's been so long since I created a new energy ball recipe! I had a craving for chocolate, so I created this delicious chocolatey recipe with a hint of coconut and sea salt. So good!

These energy balls are full of fiber, omega-3's, plant protein, healthy fats and vitamins and minerals.

They're a perfect pre- or post-workout snack or even a healthy snack to satisfy your sweet tooth. I ate a couple of these in the afternoons for a sweet treat and energy boost.

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Blue Apron Review

Posted October 14, 2016 in Blue Apron, healthy eating, home cooking and 4 more


I've been curious about Blue Apron and other healthy recipe delivery services for awhile. When I realized the BF and I had been eating out a lot on the weekends, I decided to try one out. 

I knew it would help us stay in and cook, give us new inspiration in the kitchen, be healthy and allow us to save on food spending on weekends. 

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Yoga Teacher Training - Weekend 6

Posted October 17, 2016 in yoga, yoga teacher training, healthy eating and 6 more


I can't believe that I'm almost finished with yoga teacher training! I only have one weekend left!

This weekend was incredibly physical and intense. Last week was a very emotional week, so I wasn't super excited about being immersed in yoga all weekend. But teacher training ended up being a good distraction. 

All the positive energy through yoga practice, meditation and from everyone in my class was what I needed. 

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Weekend Recap {Oct. 21-23, 2016}

Posted October 25, 2016 in Weekend Recap, Fall, pumpkin patch and 7 more

The weekend flew by and it was packed full of unexpected adventure! 

I really didn't have any plans for the weekend, but adventures presented themselves and I went with it. I'm actually feeling a bit tired this week from such a full weekend, so I'm attempting to take it easy…luckily I had a massage scheduled for Monday evening.

Here's the recap...

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Dairy-Free Vegetarian Dinner Recipes

Posted October 26, 2016 in vegetarian cooking, dairy-free cooking, vegetarian and 6 more


I've been eating dairy-free since August 17!

My functional medicine doctor, Dr. Allison Blessing, recommended that I cut out dairy to balance out my hormones. I also went off my birth control because there's no way I could balance my hormones while on birth control. (read more about it here)

So far, I've felt amazing. Within the first couple of weeks, I noticed that I looked a bit slimmer. I was most likely experiencing some bloating from the inflammation that dairy was causing. Best of all, I haven't had any hormonal migraines! 

I'm feeling really optimistic about my journey so far. Later, I'll share more about how a hormone imbalance can impact your health, but today I wanted to share what I've been eating. 

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Weekend Recap {Dec. 9-11, 2016}

Posted December 12, 2016 in Weekend Recap, weekend, workout and 8 more

I had a three day weekend, and I still feel like the weekend flew by! 

My weekend was filled with holiday festiveness - Christmas shopping, a holiday party, Christmas movies and a drive through town to look at Christmas lights. This time of year is so much fun. 

Here's a look at my weekend..

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Pumpkin French Toast {dairy-free}

Posted December 13, 2016 in Pumpkin French Toast, dairy-free cooking, dairy-free and 4 more


One of my favorite things to do on cold, winter weekends is drinking coffee while I cook a delicious breakfast. 

I like making something that I wouldn't typically make on a weekday, and something that tastes a little decadent. 

Since I gave up eating dairy, I haven't made as many weekend breakfasts. I think I just wasn't feeling super inspired so I stuck to drinking green smoothies, eating scrambled eggs or having oatmeal. 

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How to give up dairy without feeling deprived

Posted January 10, 2017 in How to go dairy-free, dairy-free, vegan and 5 more


I stopped eating dairy last August and, honestly, it hasn't been as hard as I thought it would be.

My functional medicine doctor recommended that I eliminate dairy from my diet to balance my hormones to alleviate my hormonal headaches and because my blood work showed a sensitivity to casein. 

Many people eliminate dairy because of an allergy, to see if they have a food sensitivity or just to see if they feel better without dairy in their diet. 

How could giving up dairy improve your health?

Eliminating dairy may be your solution to clearer skin, it could decrease your risk of developing cancer, it can aid in weight loss and it could help alleviate digestive issues. It may be worth eliminating, even for a short time, to see if you notice a difference in the way you feel and/or look. 

You're probably thinking, 'Umm, no Sara. Cheese is amazing." I get it, cheese is pretty much the best thing on earth, and it's also addictive. Scientists have found that dairy products can trigger the brain's opioid receptors, which are responsible for addiction. 

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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


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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