Hug A Fat Month

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One of my favorite bloggers, Chocolate Covered Katie is promoting Hug A Fat Month and I must say that I love it!  Unfortunately I think there are a lot of people out there that still unknowingly think that eating fat will actually make you fat.  Eating good sources of fat is essential in having good health and when eaten in moderation will not affect your weight.  

To be honest though, I actually do not track how much fat I eat a day and I don't worry about my weight anymore.  Since cutting out the processed, low calorie, non fat food from my diet, not only is my health the best it has ever been but my weight is steady too.  That was not always the case.  In my early 20s my weight was definitely climbing and my self confidence and health were at a low.  After a big move I started working out again and switched to a nonfat, restricted calorie diet and while I did lose some weight, it was not consistent and health wise I was still catching bad colds and flu bugs every year.

Fast forward to my mid 20s when I started working at a Chiropractic office.  It has by far served me in more ways than I could have imagined.  It is the only job that has affected my personal life so profoundly.  I cannot even begin to describe what all I have gained through that office, but getting regular chiropractic care, switching to a whole food lifestyle {mostly Paleo/Gluten Free}, taking up a spiritual practice, and reconnecting with the outdoors has transformed my life.

So where does fat fit into this picture?  Adding good sources of fat into my diet like coconut oil, nuts, nut butters, olive oil, avocados, and grass fed butter have been HUGE for my health.  I am the healthiest I have ever been, my cycle is naturally regular, and my skin is clearer than it has been since I was a kid {cutting out dairy helped with this too}.  I know I have to thank the good fats for contributing to this.  As I said before I don't calculate or count anything I eat, I just do everything in moderation.  These fats are part of my daily diet.  In fact, as I type this I am sipping on Ginger Tea with Raw Apple Cider Vinegar and Coconut Oil mixed in.  Amazing!

I love all these fats so much but I could not live without coconut oil.  I not only use it for cooking but for personal care too.  We don't even use lotion on Cash, instead we have a mason jar filled with coconut oil and a little bit of lavender oil.  He loves his after bath massages with this.  As a bonus, coconut oil and lavender are wonderful for diaper rash {although he rarely gets it with his cloth diapers!}.  I also use it as a lotion and for shaving and when I was pregnant I rubbed it on my belly to prevent stretch marks.  I also do oil pulling with coconut oil.  Seriously, we use it for everything!

Be sure to check out Katie's post on the health benefits fats.

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What I Am Loving Right Now

What I Am Loving Right Now l

I do not know what is going on with me this week but I am definitely in vacation mode or maybe holiday/Fall mode.  Work wise I have been so unmotivated.  Cooking sounds terrible, I am feeling uninspired in the kitchen.  I just want to bury my face in Cafe Sol salads and Coconut Bliss Ice Cream.  

I have even been cuddling Cash in the mornings so he will at least take 1 nap a day, otherwise 14 months has proved to be a no napping zone for us.  I have appreciated the extra cuddles and it has allowed me to get some enjoyment reading done.  It is funny, when I was nursing all the time I started to feel like all I did was sit in a rocking chair all day, reading books, and scanning the internet and after a period I kind of got tired of all the sitting and sort of felt like I was so lazy and unproductive.  A part of me could not wait to get up and running around again.  Then this week I am totally okay with sitting, because it means I get to cuddle with Cash and just bum out.  I need to snap out of the bumming out though but those cuddles... oh those cuddles.  He is my squishy, my love bug.  I love it.  Even with 3 teeth coming in this month {2 molars!} and the lack of sleep and one loooonnnnngggg night, 14 months is proving to be pretty awesome.  He is turning into such this little boy.  He loves to cuddle, loves his blanket, is climbing up the the changing table {nothing is safe anymore}, makes truck noises when he drives his trucks around, thinks opening and climbing in the dishwasher is the best thing and eats everything!  I have to make sure I eat when he does otherwise I won't get to touch my food, he wants to eat my food too!  I truly love just hanging out with him.  It is the best.  Truly.

While I may be lacking motivation in some areas of my life in other areas I am excited, thrilled actually to be growing and moving in a direction I have dreamt of.  New things are exciting things.  I can't wait to see what the future holds!

Now that Fall is in full force and the holidays are fast approaching {what?!} there are so many things I am loving that scream Fall.  :)

1. Chrysoprase and Hammered Chain Bracelet - I recently made this bracelet and am totally in love with it.  Chrysoprase is quickly becoming one of my favorite stones.  It is the perfect piece moving into Fall.

2.  Coconut Pumpkin Spice Latte - Tieghan hit it out of the park with this version of the coveted PSL.  It is amazing.  Enough said.

3. The Girl on the Train - Have you read this?  If not, you must.  I started and finished this book within a few days.  See, those cuddles with Cash allowed me to get some reading done!  I loved this book, so so good!

4. TOMS Taupe Suede Women's Desert Wedge - These wedges are adorable!  I love this color too, I have been on the hunt for some wedges in this color.  I need to go somewhere to try them on though.  I have gotten so picky about shoes.  I would rather have a few good quality shoes that are super comfortable then a lot of shoes that kill my feet.  That is what staring down 30 does to you, you get picky about your feet being comfortable.  I still want cute though!

5. This quote.  I recently ran across it on Instagram and it instantly resinated with me.  I can get really bad about getting stuck into a routine, especially with having a toddler.  Routine is great for kids.  The downside of routine is that I find myself doing the same thing day in and day out which does not allow for growth.  To grow you have to do something different.  This was the perfect reminder.

What are you loving right now?  What must I try?  I love hearing what other people are into or what they have discovered.

Egg, Bacon & Arugula Flatbreads {GF}

Egg, Bacon & Arugula Flatbreads {GF} l

A few years ago I picked up Giada's Weeknights with Giada cookbook at Target which features a recipe similar to this.  It quickly became a favorite in our house and it is one of my husband's "request" meals. 

Since picking up this book our eating style has changed to a more Paleo/Gluten Free way of eating.  We are not strict but follow it pretty consistently, so I have had to come up with ways to enjoy the recipes in this book by making some modifications.  I have finally come up with a gluten free version that is amazing.  We actually love these gluten free flatbreads much more than the pitas we originally used.  They cook up super quick too and for me having warm, chewy bread is pretty darn amazing, especially when paired with creamy pasture cream cheese, peppery arugula, lemon dressing, and salty bacon.  It has so many flavors going on!  It is hearty from the bacon, light from the lemon, and comforting from the flatbread and cream cheese.  It is perfection.  

Egg, Bacon & Arugula Flatbreads {GF} l
Egg, Bacon & Arugula Flatbreads {GF} l


Egg, Bacon & Arugula Flatbreads {GF}

adapted from Weeknights with Giada

Serves: 3


  • 3 eggs
  • 3 slices bacon split in half & cooked
  • 2 oz. pasture cream cheese
  • 2 c packed arugula
  • juice from 1/2 lemon
  • 1 Tbsp EVOO
  • sea salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • coconut oil


  • 6 Tbsp warm water
  • 1 cup GF Flour {I used Pamela's} + extra for kneading and rolling out


  1. For the flatbreads: add the water to a large bowl.  Add the flour a little at a time, stirring between each addition of flour.  When the water has absorbed the flour and you can form a ball with your hands then place the ball on your counter on some more flour.  Knead the dough, adding flour if it becomes too sticky.  Once the ball is slightly tacky but no longer sticky, divide it into 3 equal pieces and roll them out into 6" circles.  In a cast-iron skillet over medium heat, add enough coconut oil to fully coat the bottom of the pan {about 3 tsp}.  When a piece of water sizzles when flicked on the pan it is hot enough.  Add one dough circle, cook for about 1 minute, turn over and cook for 30-60 seconds {until the dough is cooked through and is still flexible}.  Set aside, cover with a towel to keep warm and continue with the other 2 dough rounds.
  2. In a small bowl add the arugula, drizzle with the lemon juice, EVOO, and season with sea salt and pepper.  Toss to fully coat the arugula.
  3. In the cast-iron skillet, turn your heat to medium-low and fry the 3 eggs.
  4. While the eggs are cooking you can prep the flatbreads.  Spread cream cheese on each one, top with the arugula, add a fried egg to each, then top with 2 half pieces of bacon.  Enjoy!
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