Soooooooooooo. Have you watched this lovely documentary on Netflix called “What The Health”? No? Good. Don’t. Unless, you’re ok with making lifestyle changes. And if you have watched it, and didn’t get remotely spooked, then you’ll have no idea where I’m coming from. It’s been relatively controversial, and I’m not one to fall into a fad or anything, but substantial data and decent logic, will make me question things for sure. I won’t go into deets, but this documentary basically conveys the message that meat isn’t good for you. Now, I’m a pretty big omnivore. I love my leafy greens and veggies, but am a huge fan of a good steak/fish/goat/lamb/mussels/etc. I love it all…. But the data was a little too convincing. So convincing, that I’m trying that vegan life for a little while to see if I can actually see a difference in my health. 

These past few days, all my meals have been vegan. I specifically even bought condiments and switched out lots of dairy products to make sure I was sticking to being vegan. It hasn’t been easy, but I don’t miss the meat and everything tastes amazing! So, I can’t really complain….yet. And yes, the hubs is on board for the most part. If he’s eating at home, he’ll eat whatever I make because his theory is “if you’re (me) doing something that is benefitting our bodies, I can’t really complain!”. I love him for that btw!

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It’s summer. I know it..you know it, and it can be dreadful some days. It basically means that we need quick meals and snacks to last these long days because after watching yet another episode of Dora the Explorer, doing 80 crafts, hitting the splash pads, and lots of “mama play with me!!”, I’m basically drained and can’t even think of making a giant meal for everyone! So I had to think of things I could whip up super fast to get something in those grumbling tummies!

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It’s Sunday, which normally means a lot of meal prepping for the week ahead, and making sure we have a smooth one! Hectic weeks are always the norm around here anyway with lots of activities, work, and the craziness that ensues with having a 2 and a 3 year old! So I like to stay ahead of the game and plan my meals and healthy snacks before that #manicmonday rolls around! 

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These past five months have been educational as I move towards eating a lot healthier, and fully understand what we are putting in our bodies. It all started in December when my mother landed in ICU because of a diabetes crash for over 3 days. I can’t even put into words what I was feeling, and what our entire family went through. It was life altering for all of us to really make strides in eating the right stuff, and cutting out the crap, like sugar. 

Sugar is just awful and it’s practically in EVERYTHING. As I was doing the whole 30 a couple of weeks ago, it taught me so much about reading labels and really understanding the ingredients. You guys. Learn to read those labels. You’ll know how much you’re consuming immediately…

Now don’t get me wrong. I haven’t cut it completely out, but I definitely make a serious effort in watching how much sugar I take. Enter Zevia! Products like Zevia have definitely helped with finding balance! Sugar free and no artificial sweeteners! So I took it and ran with it! Decided to take this yummy ginger ale and put a spin on a regular moscow mule, to turn it into a sugar free spicy mango moscow mule! 

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Easter is just around the corner which means a giant feast is in the near future!! My kids love ham so when CUREMASTER RESERVE reached out to try one of their amazing hams, I was game!! =)

We loved this ham quite a bit and it was truly amazing! It’s not everyday that you get to eat a ham that is hand-crafted and hardwood smoked with pecan chips, like this Vermont Maple Ham! YUM!!

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