A New Type of Birthday – Palooza

Growing up in the middle of siblings made celebrating personal milestones hard because of the lack of recognition. So when I was finally old enough to drive, I gas’d up my car and decided to make a celebration of my own, Birthday-palooza. Instead of celebrating my birthday for one night, why not celebrate it for an entire month? Whether it means traveling somewhere, going out to dinners, bar crawling, trying new things – the options were endless. As long as I was surrounded with my people, I felt special and celebrated.

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Balancing Life with Sarah Baker

After getting my latest HcG blood test results last week and learning that I still have a few more weeks to go until we can start trying again, something inside of me just clicked. Why am I wasting my feelings on something I can’t control within my body? I need to be focusing on something I can control = my lifestyle. Since my surgery, I’ve been researching ways to help my body repair. From reading “go to yoga 3-4 times a week, clean up your diet, eat plenty of fats, take the right kind of prenatals, and stop stressing” – it was all overwhelming. And let’s be honest, stop stressing? Hilarious.

On my usual IG surfing, I came across Sarah’s handle (@balanced_babe) and checked her out. After being an international model in the fashion industry for 13 years, Sarah got into the healthy living realm. Sarah is a certified plant-based nutrition and holistic health coach, wellness media consultant, and holistic business consultant. Totally right up my alley!  Her passion is to help people feel beautiful in their skin and influence them to achieve their wellness and lifestyle goals. Sarah is a  total sweetheart and her site is very inspiring. While my body and mind still recovers, I knew that Sarah’s approach is exactly what I need right now and am so excited to share a behind the scenes look of the girl behind Balanced Babe…

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I’ll Sleep when I’m Dead…

This used to be my motto during college up until I met my hubby on my 25th birthday. However, now that I’ve been suffering some weird ass wave of insomnia, I regret ever letting those words fly out of my mouth. For the past 2.5 weeks, I’ve slept like garbage. Tossing and turning, waking up multiple times in the night, hearing every little sound in our apartment, it’s horrible. I’m SO exhausted yet, I still can’t fall asleep. Instead of blaming the usual scapegoat (stress), I’ve turned to more natural ways to help me fall asleep.

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Healthy Lunching in the Chicago Loop

In a city with so many food options, the selections are endless – except (ironically) when it comes to healthy eating. Sure most lunch spots in the Loop have “healthy” alternatives. But are they really indeed healthy or clean? Most of them, no. With my hectic travel schedule lately, there have been a few times where I’ve come into work needing to buy lunch-from not being able to stock up on groceries. With my recent diet change (AIP) and in need of food, it’s forced me to hunt for clean spots to dine in the loop.

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Healthy Snacks to Pack in your Carry On

Since April, my work-travel schedule has been limited to auditing firms in Chicago. While it’s been extremely nice NOT living out of a suitcase and spending more time with my hubs, It’s time to get back on the road. As I finish up my last week of my AIP/elimination diet, I will admit, I’m extremely nervous about eating in restaurants (such a weird thing to say out loud). For the last three weeks, I’ve only been eating things produced from our kitchen-to eat as pure and clean as possible. Sure, it’s nice to have super clear skin and no stomach problems, however, it’s not really realistic to only eat in your kitchen.

Although I won’t know ALL of the ingredients in the food I’ll encounter in my travels, one thing I’ll know is the contents of the snacks I’ll be arming myself with. Here’s a quick list of 7 healthy grabs to pack in your carry on:

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Leaky Gut Made Easier

When my doctor told me I’d have to go on a super strict elimination diet for my skin issues (see my prior article), disappointment, hesitation, and frustration were the immediate feelings I felt. I mean, food is a giant part of my life. It’s more than just a hobby, it’s a part of who I am as a person. Sure, I have three major food allergies I’m aware of, but for someone to say, “you can’t eat this anymore because of a food insensitivity,” it honestly makes me feel a little empty.

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Reduce that (belly) Pooch

I know that I’m a feminist, but us females truly do have it hard. Not only do we suffer once a month with that lovely “visitor,” but we also sacrifice our bodies to have children (if we choose to). Because hormones are much higher in females, in any given day of the month, it’s possible for something within our bodies to go bizurk out of nowhere. One in particular being that random day/days of bloating.

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