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A delicious and easy recipe to enjoy grain free, gluten free chocolate banana bread.

Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Low Carb, Paleo

It’s no secret that I LOVE chocolate! Especially dark chocolate.

Since working on my orthorexia recovery, I’ve been allowing myself to enjoy more chocolate. And it feels so good, both mentally and physically.

Plus, let’s not forget all of the amazing health benefits of dark chocolate:

  • Protection from disease-causing free radicals.
  • Potential cancer prevention.
  • Improved heart health.
  • Good for overall cholesterol profile.
  • Better cognitive function.
  • Blood pressure and blood sugar aid.
  • Antioxidant-rich superfood.
(source: Dr. Axe website)

After enjoying my Sugar Free, Grain Free Banana Bread for a while, I wanted to try something more chocolaty.

I chose to make this one with a mix of almond flour and coconut flour because I love the taste of low carb flours. Coconut flour is my favourite, but it can be a bit tricky to bake with if that’s the only flour you’re using. Plus, it requires a LOT more eggs, which I can’t eat a lot of or else my digestion gets upset. Two eggs in a...

Are you wondering what this whole “intuitive eating” thing is all about? You’ve come to the right place! I’m here to help you get started with Intuitive Eating and live a life of peace and freedom.

Have you heard the buzz words, “Intuitive Eating?”

It seems to have made an appearance more recently in the media (or perhaps I’m just noticing it now?)

Anyway, when I first heard the term intuitive eating, I thought it was a bit of a joke. You see, for years, I’ve been following a diet. I’ve been eating what a program told me to eat. So to let go of the diet and suddenly start trusting my “intuition” when it comes to food sounded outrageous.

The first thoughts that ran through my head when I heard “intuitive eating” were:

  • I can’t trust my intuition. That’s what caused me to gain 100 pounds in the first place!
  • What even is intuitive eating?
  • This isn’t for me.
  • Is this a joke?
  • I could never follow this.
  • I’m scared to let go.

Maybe you had these same thoughts when you first heard the term?

Or, maybe you thought, “YES! This is something I want to do because it sounds so easy!”

And then your next thought was, “Wait, where do I even start?”

Or, maybe you thought that intuitive eating is only about listening to your body’s hunger and fullness cues. And...

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved cookies! These days, I love making healthy, delicious cookies for the family. I’m not saying the cookies with sugar and butter are “bad,” in fact, I don’t label foods good or bad anymore.

But, that doesn’t mean I never bake healthy recipes. I still bake healthy cookies because they actually taste delicious and are full of wholesome ingredients. And since my hubby and boys love cookies, I can feel good that they are eating some healthy cookies along with the regular cookies sometimes.

I wanted to give you a list of our favourite healthy cookies. Everything from traditional chocolate chip to flourless cookies. So let’s get started!

Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, Oatmeal Cookies – The Fit Housewife

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookies – Natalie’s Health

Healthy Carrot and Oat Cookies – Kitchen at Hoskins

Chocolate Fudge Zucchini Cookies – The Fit Housewife

No Bake Chocolate Protein Cookies – The Fit Housewife

Peach Pie Oatmeal Cookies – Amy’s...

A simple, filling, and delicious way to enjoy cabbage!

Low Carb, Keto, Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Sugar Free

I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to share this recipe with you. I guess because I figure it’s so simple, that everyone is making it?!

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that I’m not the biggest fan of vegetables. Sure, I’ll eat them, but you won’t find me going into the fridge, pulling out some veggies, and starting to  snack on them.

I like to eat veggies when:

  • they are covered in healthy fats
  • they are dipped in a delicious dip
  • they are fried in or topped with butter
  • they are roasted with tons of coconut oil

So basically, I LOVE veggies when they are smothered in healthy fats!!

Before eating lower carb, I used to not eat a lot of veggies. But since eating a little less carbs, I eat a lot more veggies, including cabbage! We never used to eat cabbage, now I have it every week.

You see how carmalized the cabbage gets?! That’s how you want it! Nice and golden brown.

The bacon is optional, and if...

It’s almost allergy season! Did you know you can relieve your allergy symptoms naturally with essential oils? Here’s how!

It’s hard to believe that allergy season is almost upon us! I mean, we did just have about 15 inches of snow dumped on us. UGH.

But before we know it, spring will be here, and so will those pesky allergy symptoms.

I’m pretty lucky myself because I don’t suffer from allergy symptoms. However, every spring, my oldest son and my husband start sneezing, wiping their noses, and scratching their eyes.

At first I thought my son had a cold. But when it kept going on and on and on all spring, I knew it had to be allergies.

We used to turn to over the counter allergy medications to treat my family’s allergies. However, many of the medications are:

  1. Expensive.
  2. Make you drowsy.
  3. Take a long time to work.

Last year, when I started using my essential oils again, I found out that essential oils are actually wonderful for allergy relief! It’s amazing that we can use mother nature’s gifts to help heal us.

Essential Oil Blend for Allergy Relief Peppermint, Lavender, and Lemon
  • Peppermint oil is probably the most widely known relief for congestion. Peppermint acts as an expectorant and provides relief for allergies, as well as colds, coughs, sinusitis, asthma and bronchitis.
  • Lavender essential...

Enjoy these super simple, super delicious chocolate coconut butter cups anytime of day!

Low Carb, Keto, Paleo, Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Nut Free, Soy Free

I talk a lot on this blog about eating low carb but I also talk a lot about dropping the diets and eating what feels good to you.

Eating low carb isn’t necessary! You don’t HAVE TO eat low carb if you don’t want to. I don’t eat low carb because someone said I should. I eat low carb because it feels the best for my body.

  • I’m more satisfied after meals
  • Fat fills me up and keeps me full
  • I love the way healthy fats taste
  • I don’t get any crazy cravings
  • I love the foods I get to eat
  • My hormones are balanced
  • I have more energy

When I was “dieting,” I didn’t eat foods like these Chocolate Coconut Butter Cups. These kinds of foods were off limits on any diet I ever did, because any diet I ever did said I couldn’t eat much fat! It was all protein, veg, and carb. Pretty boring if you ask me.

I’m...

Have you done the Whole30? Here are my thoughts about the popular Whole30 diet and why I’ll never do or promote the Whole30.

I’m taking a deep breath before writing this blog post.

It’s not an easy thing to go against the diet industry and speak up for what I believe in, but at the same time, I feel it’s necessary.

When I first discussed my feelings about the 21 Day Fix and why I don’t think it’s a good idea, I had a lot of mixed responses. However, most of the responses where overwhelmingly in agreement with what I had to say.

You see, I get so many messages from women who have tried every diet under the sun (not just the 21 Day Fix or Whole30) who are struggling and end up gaining more weight or else developing an unhealthy relationship with food and their body.

This is why I feel the need to speak up about these popular diets. I don’t want you to go down the same path I did where I was constantly worried about my weight, the food I ate, being in social situations, etc. I ruined my trust with food and my body, and now, I’m paying for that, and slowly working my way back to recovery and creating a “normal” relationship with food again.

Today, I wanted...

A delicious and simple way to enjoy plantains!

Paleo, Vegan, Grain Free, Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Nut Free

You’ve probably seen plantains in your grocery store. But maybe, like me, you walked right by them as you were unsure how to eat them!

Yes, it’s true, they look just like a banana, but in fact, they are quite different in texture. While a banana is usually easy to peel and quite soft, a plantain is much harder to peel and is more dense.

Plantains are now a regular item on my grocery list. They are full of vitamins, especially vitamins A and C. They’re also loaded with potassium and are high in fiber, keeping your digestion system running, ahem, smoothly.

While I prefer to fry up the greener plantains, you can also pan fry the yellow/brown ripe ones. I like the green plantains because they are a little firmer and easy to work with. I’m the same with my bananas, the greener, the better. I know, I’m weird.

These make the best side dish or snack, and my kids love them too.

AND, they are SO easy to make, it’s ridiculous.

This recipe serves 1...

I want to start off by saying that I have a love-hate relationship with social media.

What do I love about it?

  • I love that I can be in touch with family and friends who may not live near me.
  • I love that a positive message can spread and bring help and happiness to so many people.
  • I love that I can share my message across the world.
  • I love getting an inside look into other people’s lives.
  • I love that I can use it for growing my business.

What do I hate about it?

  • I hate that social media can bring out the worst in people.
  • I hate that it’s so easy for people to say whatever they want without being held accountable.
  • I hate that it’s so easy for predators to prey on innocent people.
  • I hate that words and messages get construed and misunderstood so easily.
  • I hate that it evolves so quickly and I’m constantly having to learn a new app or the “latest and greatest.”
  • I hate that I have to rely on it so much to help grow my business.

But I think the reason I hate social media the most is that it allows us to compare ourselves to others so easily.

I can open up Instagram and immediately see pictures of “perfect” bodies, half naked bodies, ripped bodies, model bodies, staged bodies…

And believe...

Here is a roundup of our favourite low-carb pizza recipes!

Just because you are enjoying a low carb lifestyle, doesn’t mean you have to give up pizza!

I’ve rounded up some of our favourite low carb pizza recipes, everything from the best thin crust pizzas to excellent deep dish pizzas. Let’s get started!

Low Carb Pizza Crusts

Paleo Pizza Crust – Wholesome Yum

Coconut Flour Pizza Crust – The Fit Housewife

Cream Cheese Pizza Crust – Genius Kitchen

Chicken Pizza Crust – Surf and Sunshine

Cauliflower Deep Dish Pizza Crust – Sugar Free Mom

Zucchini Pizza Crust – The Fit Housewife

Fat Head Pizza Crust – Wholesome Yum

Pizza Recipes

Easy Low Carb Pan Pizza – All Day I Dream About Food

Low Carb Tortilla Pizza – Sugar Free Like Me

BBQ Chicken Pizza – Closet Cooking

Egg White Pizza – Chocolate...

Should you or should you not use essential oils on your children? That is the question! Find out all the facts here about using essential oils on children.

As a new mom 12 years ago, I wish I had known then what I know now about essential oils. I used to turn to store-bought methods of helping my children feel better: cough syrup, Children’s Gravol, Bendryl, etc.

But over the past year, I have learned that essential oils are such a safe and natural way to support our children’s health. Since using essential oils in our home, I have never felt more empowered with supporting the health of my family naturally.

There is a lot if confusing information out there when it comes to using essential oils on our children. Some people say to always use them, some people say to never use them. So what’s the right answer?

It is true that caution is required due to the potency of essential oils, however, it doesn’t need to be complicated and is often intuitive, but most of all its a safe and natural way to support your family’s health.

Essential Oil Guidelines for Children

Here are some guidelines that I use to ensure the safe use of essential oils with my children:

  • Always use pure certified therapeutic grade essential oils. I personally choose doTERRA.
  • Young children should NOT...

This low carb, Paleo Flax bread is so easy to make, you’ll have it all the time!

Low Carb, Keto, Paleo, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Soy Free, Sugar Free

One of the things I was concerned about when starting to eat lower carb was decreased fibre intake.

It’s easy to get in enough fibre when you’re eating whole grains, but when you take out whole grains and opt for eating lower carb, sometimes fibre can be lacking.

However, I have found easy ways to add more fibre into my diet, and sometimes that involves flax!

Flaxseed is a wonderful source of fibre, not to mention it’s other benefits:

  • High in fibre but low in carbs
  • High in Omega-3 fatty acids
  • Helps make skin and hair healthy
  • Helps lower cholesterol
  • High in antioxidants
  • Supports digestive health
  • Helps decrease menopausal and hormonal imbalance symptoms

I use this flax bread for anything…

  1. Toast
  2. Sandwiches
  3. Croutons

You can also top it with anything, my favourite being butter, smashed avocado, or sunflower...

Wondering what rebounding is? Or maybe you know what it is but are wondering why it’s good for you. Find out all the health benefits of rebounding here.

I’ve always loved jumping on a trampoline, even as an adult. But lately, I had been hearing of all these health benefits you can experience from rebounding. Who knew that the activity I used to do as a kid was so beneficial to my health!

We have a large trampoline in our backyard that the kids play on, but there is no way I’m going to head out there in the winter and jump and that thing! So last summer, I took the plunge and bought my own rebounding mini trampoline.

What is Rebounding?

Rebounding is a type of elastically leveraged low-impact exercise usually performed on a device known as a rebounder—sometimes called a “mini-trampoline.” Rebounding is done on a good quality small circular trampoline called a rebounder.  The best rebounders are extremely low impact and designed to absorb the shock of impact through specially  made high quality springs to protect your joints.

Some of the basic movements and actions of rebound exercise include bouncing in place (sometimes also called “jumping”), jumping jacks, twists, side-to-side motions, running in place, dance movements, and a wide variety of other movements, patterned or un-patterned, with or without the use of hand-weights...

A delicious and low carb recipe for Shepard’s Pie.

Low Carb, Keto, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Soy Free, Sugar Free

Ever since making my Easy Low Carb Pie Crust, I’ve been experimenting with a bunch of new recipes!

This crust is great for savoury recipes like this one or my Low Carb Taco Pie, as well as sweet recipes like my Low Carb Pumpkin Pie.

I love Shepard’s Pie because 1) it’s so easy to make, and 2) you get all your protein and veggies in one dish! It’s the perfect weeknight dinner for the family.

We all loved the buttery cauliflower topping on the pie, however, I think next time I’m going to experiment with sweet potato as a topping for something different. It will add more carbs, but it will add some nice flavour too.

Just because I tend to eat lower carb, doesn’t meant I don’t eat ZERO carb!! Carbs are very important for women and our hormones, so please don’t be afraid of them.

Are you always thinking about food? Do you wonder how many calories or fat grams or sugar grams food has? Are you constantly tracking your food? If you answered YES to any of these questions, then please know it is possible to make peace with food and never diet again!

For the past few years, I’ve been learning a lot about nutrition.

It began when I first started “dieting” 12 years ago. I learned about what foods were “good” and which foods were “bad.” I tried to get more of the “good” foods; vegetables, fruits, whole grains, basically anything unprocessed. I also tried really hard to eat less of the “bad” foods; sugar, fat, everything processed.

Then two years ago, I got more into low carb eating. I learned that fat was actually good for me. I also learned how certain grains can affect our body, so I eliminated most of them.

For a while, I felt really good! My cravings were gone, I had more energy between meals, my blood sugar was stable, my hormones were beginning to come back into balance.

But then I went farther and farther down the low carb rabbit hole and started cutting out foods like fruit, sweet potatoes, and rice. I thought, the less carbs I ate, the better. That’s when...

A delicious and healthy mocha shake you can make at home!

Low Carb, Keto, Paleo, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free, Sugar Free

I LOVE a good shake! Which is weird, because I hate being cold, and shakes make me cold!!

However, there is just something about sipping on a delicious and healthy drink that makes me feel good and fills me up.

I’m not a huge coffee drinker, I only have it once a week on lazy Sunday mornings. I’m not against putting coffee in a shake though, especially when mixed with chocolate. Mocha is one of my favourite flavours.

My husband hates mocha flavour, which is such a drag when I want to make a mocha-flavoured dessert. So, I’m left to enjoy it on my own, which is why I created this Low Carb Chocolate Mocha Shake.

As you can see, I topped mine off with a generous amount of coconut whip and some dark chocolate chips! I mean, why not make it fancy and extra delicious?!

I’ve got some surprising news – I’ve quit being a Beachbody Coach! Here are my reasons why.

You may be reading this post and thinking “why is she quitting coaching?”

Maybe it comes as a surprise, or maybe it doesn’t.

You may have noticed my blog taking a different direction lately. A direction towards self care, body love, and intuitive eating.

In order for you to understand why, let me start from the beginning.

The Beginnings of My Coaching Career

After having my third child, I was extremely overweight. I was tired, depressed, stayed out of family photos, and just felt very unhealthy. I used pregnancy as an excuse to stop exercising and eat everything under the sun!

I grew up in a health-conscious home, so I knew what being healthy meant. However, being a mom to 3 boys under the age of 2-1/2 meant I couldn’t go to a gym to exercise. Instead, I bought my first at-home workout through Beachbody and started exercising in the comfort of my home.

Things went really well. I had tremendous success. I lost all the weight using ChaLEAN Extreme and fell in love with weight training and what it could do for my body. The program didn’t come with a...

Love a good muffin for breakfast or for a quick snack? I’ve rounded up 25 of our favourite low carb, grain free, gluten free muffin recipes!

Flourless Chocolate Muffins – The Fit Housewife

Keto Snickerdoodle Muffins – Healthful Pursuit

Coffee Protein Muffins – Southern In Law

Bakery Style Blueberry Muffins – A Sweet Life

Cranberry, Orange, Pecan Muffins – Every Last Bite

Double Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Spice Muffins – Peace, Love, and Low Carb

Black and White Muffins – All Day I Dream About Food

Grain Free Apple Cinnamon Muffins – The Fit Housewife

Grain Free, Sugar Free Cinnamon Roll Muffins – Sugar Free Mom

Zucchini Spice Cake Cupcakes – Low Carb Yum

Whole30 Banana Muffins – The Fit Housewife

Lemon Poppyseed Muffins – A Sweet Life

Here are my TOP 5 essential oils that we use daily in our household.

I get asked all the time, “which oils should I use?”

My answer is always…”it depends.”

I’ve come to learn that everyone has a different relationship with their oils. For example, not everyone is going to love the same oils. There are some people who love the smell of lavender and some people who can’t stand it. Also, we all have different uses for our oils depending on what is going on in our life at the moment. Sometimes you want to use one based on your current mood, or sometimes you want to use an oil based on something you need help with, like stress, anxiety, or a medical condition.

But I can tell you that there are some common oils that I use every single day in my household.

The ones I’ve pictured above are all in roller bottles. This means they are pre-diluted with fractionated coconut oil which make them really easy to apply to myself and my kids (ALWAYS use an essential oil diluted with children.) I also use some of these oils “neat” (full potency) depending on what I’m using it for.

**Please note: avoid purchasing poor quality essential oils (i.e. from your local super market.) Avoid oils that say “fragrance oil” or...

This Apple Crisp recipe doesn’t contain any flour or oats but is just as delicious!

Paleo, Low Carb, Vegan, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Dairy Free

I was asked recently what my favourite dessert was.

My first answer is always, carrot cake! But my next favourite is actually apple crisp! I love warm apple crisp with cool coconut ice cream (or coconut whipped cream will do!) It’s so comforting, especially in the cooler months.

A few months ago, I had cut out fruit completely from my diet. For some reason, I thought the less carbs I ate, the better, and since fruit is higher in carbs, I avoided it. This led to some pretty funky symptoms: hair falling out, lack of energy, mood swings. That’s when I knew I needed to add more carbs back into my diet.

Since adding in fruit (apples, berries, bananas, etc.) I feel so much better! I’ve also added in sweet potatoes, regular potatoes, and plantains. Yes, I still eat lower carb, higher fat, but a life without any fruit or potatoes is a boring life to me I’m focusing on what makes ME feel good, not what someone tells me I “should” be eating.

Anyway…

I...