25 Budget Friendly Paleo Meals

25 Budget Friendly Paleo MealsThough it’s true that most people don’t “go Paleo” to save money, that shouldn’t mean you have to throw out your grocery budget! Serving for serving, each of these 25 budget friendly paleo meals is cheaper than a fast food meal. In fact, they average around $3-$4 a serving.

The best part? They’re delicious! I cook some of these meals every week or so.
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3 Signs That You’re Not Eating Enough

3 Signs That You're Not Eating EnoughThis is a preview of a guest post that I wrote for All The Healthy Things! Scroll down to read the full post. 

Tired? Can’t lose weight? Maybe you’re not eating enough!

In the Standard American Diet of calorie-dense, over-stimulating, processed foods, it is really easy to over-eat.

But when we enter the “healthy eating” world, things get trickier. If you aren’t careful, you may find yourself struggling with the opposite problem! Why does this happen?

Well, under-eating is sometimes done with purpose: a restrictive attitude around food (even healthy food) may be at play. But often, it’s accidental: maybe you’re eating a lot of fiber-rich plant foods that fill your stomach without delivering very many calories (like salads and smoothies). Or maybe you’re just SO BUSY that an afternoon flies by and you forget to eat lunch.

Yes, many people find it incredibly easy to under-eat. I’m one of them. Before I started paying attention to nutrient density and calorie consumption, this is what a typical day would look like:
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Stop Using Band-aids: Finding the Root Behind Your Symptoms

Finding the Root Behind Your Symptoms

Fatigue, cravings, constipation, weight gain, skin issues, hormonal dysfunction…all of these symptoms have one thing in common: they all have a root.

That may seem obvious, especially if you’re used to a more holistic and functional view of health. But personally, I find that people still have trouble getting out of “symptom focus”.
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This is Your Brain on “Fitspiration”

This Is Your Brain on Fitspiration

“Nothing tastes as good as being skinny feels”

“It’s hard to get fit, but it’s harder to look in the mirror and dislike what you see”

“Do it for the ‘after’ picture”

“Shock every single one of them”

“Would you rather be covered in sweat at the gym, or covered in clothes at the beach?”

“Think before you eat”

These are all quotes I found from a quick scroll down the “fitspiration” tag on Pinterest.
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10 Tips for Saving Money on Healthy Food

10 Tips for Saving Money on Healthy Food

For those of us who are trying to keep to a budget, buying healthy food without overspending can seem like a daunting task. 

Realistically, paleo meals are usually more expensive than meals that rely on noodles, bread, and other cheap ingredients, but there are still many ways to cut costs and stretch your dollars.

Here are 10 tips I use every month to save money on healthy food! 

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My Top 10 Favorite Natural Home & Beauty Products

Great list of some awesome natural products!

When switching to a more natural, un-processed way of eating, many people also start striving to clean up their makeup, cleaning products, bathroom products, etc.

The thing is, many of the more “natural” products are REALLY expensive, or may not actually be so natural after all. I love learning about new products and DIY recipes that offer quality, convenience, and a chance to save some money!
I decided to list my TOP 10 favorite (and most often used) products and DIY recipes here!

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6 Effective Ways to Kick Sugar Cravings

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In honor of my second 21 Day Sugar Detox, I decided to put together some (hopefully) helpful tips for dealing with strong sugar cravings. I hope you will be able to use them when the craving hits!

Great ideas for dealing with sugar cravings from a Paleo / real food perspective! Image courtesy of marin at freedigitalphotos.net
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6 Things You Can Do About Cravings

 

FOOD CRAVINGS! I’m sure you been there. Going about your day, absorbed in various tasks when, WHAM. "I need a soft pretzel!” ...Learn about where food cravings come from and what to do about them in my newest post! Photo courtesy of artemisphoto at freedigitalphotos.net

I’m sure you been there. Going about your day, absorbed in various tasks when, WHAM.

“I need a soft pretzel!” 

Or maybe you’re flipping through a magazine when you come to a picture of a gooey chocolate brownie. All of the sudden, you’re fantasizing about running to the store to get ingredients. Read more

Why Counting Calories Can’t Fix Your Health

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Ahh, summer. A time for sun, sand, and for many, getting bodies “swimsuit ready” by cutting calories, trying weird body fat wraps, downing expensive shakes or supplements, and making desperate attempts to work out for hours a week.

I’m all too familiar with the obsession surrounding diets and calorie-counting. Not because I have done it myself, but because I have studied it in depth through my nutrition courses. In the study of nutrition, we use different equations to figure out calorie levels. In fact, the answer to almost every weight issue is “decrease calories, increase physical activity”. Seems simple enough, but how far does it really get us?  Read more

The One About Not Falling Off the Wagon

wagonFor most of us, starting a new health venture can be exciting. But making goals and daydreaming about achieving them is much easier than maintaining those changes. I mean, am I the only one who gets REALLY excited about doing a 30-day challenge for, oh, 2 out of the 30 days?

After the excitement wears off, or you feel like you’ve hit a plateau, it can be difficult to sustain a nutrition plan for normal, daily life.

Here are 7 tips for sustainability that I’ve been thinking about this week. I hope you find them helpful! Feel free to comment with any of your own tips – I’m always open to adding to my toolbox! Read more