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I’m so excited to be working with Idealust, ya’ll! Jesse and Becky have created an awesome space for creative entrepreneurs to come for mega-doses of inspiration. It’s a bold place for gusty go-getters that desire freedom, happiness and purpose for their own lives. I’m totally obsessed, and so very grateful to be asked to contribute to this online space. Their beliefs and ideas totally line up with mine. I’ll be sharing my tips on health, fitness, nutrition for entrepreneurs and busy-bees over there regularly. Here’s my first piece, head over to Idealust to read the entire article…


There are a few ways to look at eating healthy. Most see it as a necessary evil, others like to pretend it’s an idea that doesn’t exist (YOLO?), and some of us, though not the majority, totally dig it. Yay for us!

I’m here to convince you to eat healthy, totally dig it and go back for seconds.

As a multi-passionate health coach and entrepreneur who is infamous for biting off more than she can chew (pun intended), I have to admit that eating healthy hasn’t always been something I’ve enjoyed. It used to be daunting and I would worry incessantly about what I “shouldn’t” eat. Plus, I felt like it took up an enormous amount of time that I didn’t have. This makes me sad looking back because choosing to have a healthy life should not feel like this at all. It should be a celebration of your body, your unique, incredible, intelligent self. You can’t trade your body in like a car. You only have one. So we must give the machine the fuel that it needs to function properly so that we can make creative magic happen in our respective fields. Now, I cherish the privilege I have to choose from an abundance of beautiful, nutrient-rich foods.

I challenge you to lean in, listen up and make the decision to change the way you think about eating well. It is not a chore; now it’s an expression of self-love. In my health coaching practice I challenge my clients to ask themselves the uncomfortable questions: If you don’t take care of yourself, who will? Your body is the only place you have to live, where will you go if it gives out? Be empowered and choose health.

Here are 5 go-to healthy meals for you go-getters…

Read the rest of the article over here!

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This post originally appeared in my weekly newsletter, but it received a lot of positive feedback so I wanted to share it here with you all! If you want more of this kind of real-life honesty and inspiration sent directly to your inbox every Tuesday, you can sign up for my newsletter here


 

“You’re only given one little spark of madness, you mustn’t lose it.”
-Robin Williams

Do you have spark?

When I heard of Robin William’s passing, my heart became ever so heavy. Depression is a widely misunderstood dis-ease that I wish to shed some light on.

I have a secret: I struggled with depression.

On the outside, there were no red flags in my life. No one abused me. I never tried drugs. My parents are still married. I never went a day without three meals. We always had a roof over our heads. We had nice things, went on vacation. We were as normal as normal could be.

But inside me, within the walls of my own head, a war was waging. And I did not love myself, or see any value in the person who looked back at me in my reflection.

By the way, I don’t want this letter to depress you, it will empower you! This story has a happy ending… stay with me :)

Depression forms in many different ways. We all have our demons, but how we handle them is exactly how we allow them to manifest their ugly heads.

Do you believe that you have spark? What do you see when you look in the mirror? Do you see value? Potential?

Right when I enrolled at IIN to become a health coach, I was in a deep, dark depression. I visited a naturopathic doctor in my area for what was going on months of painful bloating, acne and numerous digestive issues. He tested me in all sorts of weird ways, mumbled words I did not understand, and scribbled on his sad, bendy pad of yellow paper. Feeling anxious and curious, I finally blurted out “So, are you going to tell me what’s wrong or is this a big waste of time?” I’ve since worked on my elegance… ;). His ice blue eyes fluttered, and then he raised his chin. The doctor looked me square in the eyes, took a step forward and gently took hold of both of my hands. He said, “Erika, do you believe that you deserve love?” Tears streamed down my face, I fumbled and though I opened my mouth, no words came out.

He sent me on my way with some words to repeat to myself 3x daily. The instruction was clear that I needed to look at myself in the mirror while doing so, and place my right hand on my heart. “I deserve to be loved, I deserve to be loved, I deserve to be loved…”

At the time I did not understand it, any of it. This was years ago… but now I know full well that if you do not love yourself, if you do not practice fervent self-love amidst the chaos of this hurting world, anyone can fall victim to depression.

YOU have spark, so much spark. There is absolutely no one on this planet like you. No one with your same characteristics, or with that same giggle. No one with the same eyes or toes. You cannot be replaced and you have incredible life and love to breathe into the lives of countless others. Do you believe that?

Moreover, there is a direct correlation from the food we eat to the way our colon works to the function of our pineal gland, and brain. Fact: did you know that your colon produces MORE seratonin than your brain does? Seratonin is the primary contributor to feelings of happiness. Did you hear that? Your COLON makes you either happy or sad. What you EAT determines your happiness! Amazing.

I talk a lot about this with my clients in my health coaching practice, but here is what I want you to know: health is all-inclusive, all-encompassing. When you fix one thing, you cannot help but fix everything. Everything is connected.

So the words that you speak to yourself should hold as much value as the food that you put in your mouth.

If there are times that you feel worthless after finding yourself in a dark hole of instagram-comparison, know that there is someone here who believes in you. I believe in you even when you do not believe in yourself. We are rooting for you.

Your spark is glowing so bright; it’s mad, it’s wild, if only you will recognize it.

TAKE ACTION NOW:
No matter the mood, the day or circumstance, repeat these words aloud to yourself every morning after you wake and at night before bed, while looking at yourself in the mirror with your hand over your heart. This is going to feel funny if you’ve never done something like this before, do it anyway:

  • “I can achieve greatness.”
  • “My body is beautiful; brimming with energy, overflowing with joy, love and brilliance.”
  • “I forgive those who have harmed me in my past and peacefully detach from them.”*
  • “My ability to conquer challenges is limitless; my potential to succeed is infinite.”*
  • “Today, I abandon my old habits and take up new, more positive ones.”*

Now I am free, alive and refreshed! I feel so lucky to be able to share my story with you. I hope you can benefit from it in some way.

Choose health today, the all-inclusive kind. Love your body, your soul, your mind and your spirit. There’s only one you.

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This isn’t what it looks like, guys. I am definitely not trying to make junk food healthier. See the kale salad included? I’ve got my priorities straight, I swear.

Ok, but seriously, the weekend is here and you want your health food to be a little more interesting, right? I’m all about living a little. Did someone say nachos? Oh yes.

Plantain Chip Nachos from Against All Grain. Change nothing. Make extra because this will go quick.

Kale Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette  from Damn Delicious. Change nothing except swap the agave for local honey or organic maple syrup. Not a fan of agave and it’s processed BS. Also, I would probably go for organic dried cranberries instead of pomegranates, just thinking about the crunch is making my teeth hurt. I’m a sissy.

Cauliflower Bread Sticks from ifoodreal. Use Organic Valley cheese, it’s my grocery story pick. Or visit your local farmer for grassfed cheese, a chedder/pepperjack combo would be delish. And I usually go for Amy’s marinara.

Salted Banana Almond Ice Cream from Comfy Belly. Do you even have to ask? That’s what I thought.

 

Happy weekend! xo

 

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I have a serious obsession with Etsy. Not only am I obsessed with the unique one-of-a-kind items found in this treasure land, but I love supporting small businesses, true artistry and handmade craftsmanship. Not to mention there are some killer deals that are hard to pass up! Here are some recent finds that I’m loving…

Rosemary, Thyme, and Mint Bath Oil | Pour le latte drinking bowl
Turquoise Wrap Rings | Dead Sea Soap

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I’m so excited to share my favorite cookie recipe for Christmas with Glitter Guide today! I’ve been a fan since day 1, so I was completely giddy when they asked me! It’s cookie time, people…

Making Christmas cookies is hands down one of the things I look forward to the most when it comes to the holiday season. I basically want to bake EVERYTHING for Christmas. It’s like a sickness. I can’t stop. And what’s even better it giving cookies away to friends and family and seeing the smile on their face when they take the first bite. The best. I stumbled upon this recipe but made some adjustments to make it healthier and paleo-friendly. These cookies are just perfect: chewy, caramel-y, and honestly the perfect ice cream sandwich cookie. I plan on trying this candy cane ice cream recipe to make some festive ice cream sandwiches ASAP. A batch of these don’t really last long enough for them to cool in our house, but I plan on making everyone suffer so I can make it happen for Christmas. The reward will be great, I’m sure of it. OH I just love Christmas!!

Anyway, you need to make these cookies immediately. This recipe is so easy, you really cannot mess it up.

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Paleo Almond Butter Cookies with Chocolate Chips
Yields 16 cookies

1 cup organic creamy almond butter
2/3 cup coconut sugar
1 large farm fresh egg
1 tsp madagascar vanilla extract
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup Enjoy Life Mini Semisweet Chocolate Chips or any mini semisweet chips (optional but highly recommended).

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

In mixing bowl, combine almond butter and coconut sugar until smooth. Mix in egg, baking soda, vanilla, salt until combined thoroughly. Fold in chocolate chips.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Use 1 tbsp ice cream scooper and drop cookies on baking sheet, about 2 inches apart – they will spread out to be large cookies, no need to smash them down.

Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on baking sheet for at least 5 minutes, then transfer to cooling rack to cool completely. These cookies will easily fall apart if you move them too soon.

This recipe makes an irresistible chewy, rich cookie.

Recipe is paleo-friendly, gluten-free and dairy-free.

Recipe adapted from Pastry Affair.

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These cookies would be a wonderful gift for someone you really love! I wrapped mine up with a little rustic twine, and put them in stainless steel cookie tins lined with white wax paper. Twine and pine stems are a really classic touch for the outside of the tins, too. Either way, everyone will luuuhhhhve this cookie!

Are you as excited as I am to bake away for the holidays? Below are some kitchen goodies to make holiday baking fun!

 

 

 

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