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My Morning Smoothie

I am on my third week of being gluten, corn, and peanut  free.

Amazing so far!

I have really “depuffed” myself.  Since eliminating the gluten and corn, my body is not all inflamed and bloated like before.

I thought that puffiness was normal!

And the results are clear; people comment on how I look like I’ve lost ten pounds.  However the best part is the difference in how I feel, which is more clear-headed, energetic, and strong.

I must say, I was quite the peanut butter addict.  Even though I knew I had a peanut allergy, I would still eat it and then feel flu symptoms after.  I DO miss peanut butter.  But luckily, I love cashew and almond butters!

And bye-bye cornchips. cornmeal. cornbread. corndogs. cornsalsa. polenta. corncakes. You will be sorely missed.

But there are so many healthy wonderful foods …more veggies and fruits and grains and nuts…bring ’em on!

Here is my current morning smoothie recipe.  My smoothies change often, and that is what’s so great about smoothies…you can switch ’em up and add different fruits and veggies.

drink me!

Morning smoothie=lots of energy, fiber, omega-3 love and goodness!

1 banana

1 tbsp chia seed

2 tbsp flax meal

5 strawberries

1 C coconut milk

1 tsp coconut oil

sometimes a handful of spinach


To the forest!


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Expose Yourself….to Green Environments

Research conducted by environment and behavior researcher Frances Kuo from the University of Illinois  confirms what many people have known anecdotally for years:

Exposure to green environments are essential to human social, mental, and physical health.

Hell yes!

Take a look at the full report at Science Daily here.

And then, go walk in a park!

Here is a picture of me hiking the Snow Lake trail in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.  The trail is full of mountain views, gorgeous lakes, waterfalls, and old growth trees.   There was still snow on parts of the trail down by the lake in July.

Notice my BIG smile….happiness on the trail breathing in all that clean air!

To the forest!

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