Posts tagged with "eating"

Grocery Haul {Feb. 22, 2015} + Weekly Meal Plan

Posted February 24, 2015 in meal planning, grocery haul, healthy cooking and 6 more

How do you find healthy recipe inspiration?

I find recipe inspiration in a few ways - I watch The Chew, I flip through my cookbooks, I read health magazines and I read health and fitness blogs. I keep track of the online recipes I want to try on my Pinterest boards.

Before the days of Pinterest, I would tear recipes out of magazines and put them in a 3-ring binder. I still have a few binders full of recipes! (I should probably go through those!) I still tear recipes out of magazines, but I'm not as good about organizing them.

I also keep a list on my phone of all of our favorite recipes. Whenever the BF and I try something new and we love it, it goes on the list. Whenever I'm struggling to figure out what to add to our weekly meal plan, I often go back to our favorites list.

I always try to include one or two new recipes each week. I love trying new recipes, and it helps keep things interesting! This week we tried a rice and mushroom soup that went right onto our favorites list!

Here's this week's grocery haul from HyVee and our meal plan for the week...

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Easy and Delicious Gluten-Free Dinners

Posted April 22, 2015 in meal planning, dinner, healthy eating and 6 more


The BF and I have been experimenting with our diets recently, and we haven't been eating gluten. No, we haven't been diagnosed with a gluten allergy and no we're not hopping on the gluten-free diet fad.

The BF has some digestive issues that he would like to remedy, and he decided to see if eliminating gluten would make him feel better. I joined him to be a supportive girlfriend and so he wouldn't have to watch me eat bagels.

What is gluten? Gluten is the name for proteins found in wheat. It acts as a glue to hold foods together. Someone with Celiac Disease is allergic to gluten and has pretty severe reactions when they eat gluten. But someone with a sensitivity to gluten might experience foggy mind, depression, abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, headaches, bone or joint pain or chronic fatigue (source).

The Celiac Disease Foundation actually says you should not self-diagnose, and that you should reach out to a doctor for testing. But the BF simply wanted to see if he felt a little better not eating gluten, which is the reason for our experiment.

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Your Last Minute Half-Marathon To Do List

Posted April 28, 2015 in half-marathon, running, run and 8 more


I'm running a half-marathon this weekend, and I started thinking about the last minute things I need to do to prepare. Getting ready for a race can be a bit stressful, especially if it's your first half-marathon!

Since this will be my eighth (what?!?!) half-marathon, I wanted to share some things that I've learned over the years.

Here's your pre-race to do list:

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