Whatever things are true…

This morning during my quiet time I was reminded of the scripture (that was learned during my childhood in Sunday school and read many times since)  Phillipians 4:8  Whatsoever things are…true …there are many other atteibutes in this verse, that I will be studying over the next few days, but TRUE stuck out in my mind.  I have been praying for a clear thought life, because what I think is who I am, how I speak, how I treat others as well as myself. So the word true struck me, first…like, well I don’t consider myself to be a story teller, I try to stay away from even little white lies…

If I break it down, starting first with my thought life, what is true?

I am a child of God.  Wow, what an amazing truth to let guide my words and actions.  

If I truly believe and live that truth out, I will respond with words of encouragement, and life to others.

If I truly believe and live that truth out, I will respond with actions that are kind and generous.

If I truly believe and live that truth out, I will consider how I take care of my body, mind and spirit. I will choose healthy foods, healthy people and healthy images that enter my mind.

What a wonderful way to end this beautiful Saturday evening.  

I’ll let you in on a little secret..

I’m going to share a little secret with you. I love sweets. That’s it, I said it. 

Ten years ago when I realized I had celiac disease and needed to cut gluten completely out of my diet, I quickly went to work figuring  out how to get around the system and began filling my pantry with GF cookies and cakes. Nine years later I still suffered with joint pain, fatigue and all the other issues associated with a not so clean eating lifestyle. Nine years. I continued to play with my health. 

One day I woke up and said, no more. So I ventured out to unchartered (for me, but thankfully not others) territory. I consumed books and google searches to find answers. That’s when I discovered the Paleo lifestyle, and I dove in head first and went ? all in. 493 days, and I’m not looking back. I feel so much healthier, so alive and honestly just happy that I took control. 

I still like sweets, but I love feeling healthy. 

Each day I have a choice as to how to meet dietary goals. Protein, veggies and fruit are top priority. BUT I definitely welcome a good muffin on occasion. Let me share one of the best recipes (there are many variations to fruit/nuts that can be used in this recipe).  This paleo recipe stands out because it calls for all natural ingredients which doesn’t result in more cravings or bloat. Now there are calories involved, so be sensible with portions ?

Paleo Banana Nut Muffins

Preheat oven to 350

2 cups almond flour

1/2 cup coconut flour 

1 tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 tsp baking soda 

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 eggs

1/2cup coconut milk

1/2 cup maple syrup 

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar 

2 mashed bananas

1/2 cup pecans 

Mix dry ingredients, then add liquids. Mix well (using mixer makes for fluffier muffins). Add bananas and pecans, stir well. 

Place in 12 lined muffin tins, or two small (greased) loaf pans.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. ENJOY! 

Something new ?

Behold, I will do a new thing..

Isaiah 43: 19

Early Tuesday morning I awoke and just felt this, deep in my soul. He has big things in store. For me, for you. I have been on an amazing journey of discovering who I am and realizing there is so much potential still waiting to be realized. I am not what the scales say, how people react to me or what my current emotion may be. I am His, filled with expectation and excitement as to what the future holds. Today I choose to conquer this day, and love those around me. 

As I leave the house this morning to hit the gym and the yoga studio, I will honor Him by taking care of my body. I will choose the hard thing, using my energy for good. 

Have a great day my friends! Do something good for you and for those around you! ?

I gave up paper towels

I gave up paper towels. Who does this? More importantly, who writes about it? The day I told myself “no more paper towels”  was monumental. See, for me it represented well more than that white roll of tree sitting on my counter, it was about will power. I am a recovering paper towel junkie.

8-10 rolls a week, $70 a month. So I made up my mind and hid the roll along with the cute stand that accompanied it. It was replaced with the most adorable tea towels and cloth napkins. I’ve spent many an hour explaining my reasons, with some side eye judgement by a few. I have survived! Six months later,  now in place of the big white roll, sits the most adorable live green plant, and a gentle reminder that I can make a small difference on this planet. I can work to be a better me, starting with the smallest of changes. What’s next? Who knows! But I am confident I am capable! Happy tea towels to you!