MannaOrganics♥ NEW! NutButters

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I just wanted to drop you guys a note. since I ♥MannaOrganics so much. They have NEW Nut Butters and they are also on SALE! Very short period of time though. They have neat flavors too.
Cashew Butter, which is usually VERY pricey and hard to do yourself. This one runs for $7.99 on sale!

There are also tasty varieties like Cinnamon-Date and Coconut Cashew. OMG YUM!

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Is this the NEW eating disorder?!


Wiki says:
“Orthorexia nervosa (also known as orthorexia) is not mentioned in the DSM[a], but was coined by Steven Bratman[1] to characterize people who develop an obsession with avoiding foods perceived to be unhealthy.[2][3] Orthorexia nervosa is believed to be a mental disorder.[4] Bratman claims that in rare cases, this focus may turn into a fixation so extreme that it can lead to severe malnutrition or even death.[5] Even in less severe cases, the attempt to follow a diet that cannot provide adequate nourishment is said to lower self-esteem as the orthorexics blame themselves rather than their diets for their constant hunger and the resulting cravings for forbidden foods.”

I recently was on a strictly RAW plant based diet. I got so incredibly wrapped up in the no grains, no meat, no diary, no non-organic, no this-that-or-the-other, that my perfect diet was making me perfectly sick. I went from 118 to 111 in about 2 weeks and was extremely anxious, couldn’t sleep, was always on edge and felt “buzzy” a lot.

Now, Don’t get me wrong, a MORE plant based diet is great. We all could stand to incorporate more greens. But is the new “joy of cooking”, the “misery of eating”? I’m starting to think so.

It’s called Orthorexia. Basically it is an eating disorder characterized by your constant striving for perfectionism of your health and health food diet and letting it rule your life. I don’t personally feel that my diet rules my life. Some of my family and friends, sometimes even my Husband think i’m a little overzealous. But I truly enjoy reading about nutrition, blogging about it and eating the best possible, most organic, and sustainably farmed foods I humanly can. I believe it’s our right as Americans. We live in a free and rich country, we can get clean water, antibiotic and pesticide free foods. And we should!

I also believe that we are destroying our beautiful planet and resources with unsustainable farming practices. If we help local and organic farms remain in business by buying local and organic, then we can literally help save the world.
Back to Orthorexia. Now, regardless of how “perfect” my diet was, I was under so much stress about eating the wrong things that it stressed me out a lot. I also started worrying way too much about what my family was eating and friends too. I found myself feeling more judgmental then ever, and less forgiving. This stress, alongside my perfectness, led to my ultimate downfall.

I started having severe muscle cramping, sleeplessness, nightmares, hair shedding, heart palpitations, dehydration issues, and muscle tone loss. I also had a lot of panic attacks, and was always sick to my stomach. I recently saw my Naturopath and he told me I was very malnourished and that a lot of it was from stress.( we know I am not Orthorexic because I had no problem going back to eating cooked foods, etc.).

Stress is a killer. It will suck up all the good stuff in your body, regardless of how perfect and healthy you are. It will wreak havoc on your skin, your mind and the people around you. It makes digestion and sleep harder, which can lead to weight gain and anxiousness, leading to even more stress. The key is to work on meditation, even if it’s repeating a mantra to yourself in the car on your way home, taking a hot bath with relaxing music a few times a week, or doing something you enjoy regularly and making time for YOU.
No one wants to age quickly, pack on pounds, be covered in stress acne or hives and be exhausted from lack of restful sleep. Be sure to make wise choices in your food, but don’t seek for perfection, be kind to yourself and others,try hard not to judge them but offer wisdom. I am going to get into Yoga soon hopefully.

What are some of your favorite ways to decompress?
I love hot tea, snuggled up under my heat blanket. I also like nighttime drives with the windows down with friends and loved ones. Of course baths with soothing music, duh.

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Cron-o-meter: Easily and thoroughly measuring your daily intake of vitamins, calories and more!

cronometer lets you enter in your food item intake for the day and easily shows you an array of valuable information from your calorie count, to fat intake and carbs and shows you a ratio graph of carbs to fats to protein.

This is perfect for anyone on the paleo or raw diet as you have a balance of low or high carb etc.. I never thought of some of the vitamins or minerals that I wasn’t getting daily! This is a good tool to avoid deficiency, or even to treat it!
It also forces you to eat a bigger variety. I found myself low in some areas so I would try to balance it out with different foods I wouldn’t typically eat. I found myself eating an array of veggies and fruits everyday, easily!



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(carob dipped strawberries and bananas, pumpkin pie, avocado-coconut- lime cheesecake with raspberry sauce, fruit roll ups, cheezee kale chips)

Above I have just a few of the pictures I took from my Raw Food journey. I Really enjoyed making these, they weren’t hard at all and if you’re interested in making raw treats or foods, go for it! I am telling you, it’s really not that hard once you accumulate the basics of the raw food diet in your pantry or fridge.

Here’s what I ended up using most often:



virgin, unrefined coconut oil (organic)

nuts (pecans, cashews,walnuts)

maple syrup, agave, raw honey (all of which are very taboo in the Raw Food world about whether they are truly raw)

coconut flakes



Now as you can see from my list, a lot of these fall under the high fat or high sugar category. It’s fine in moderation. The key is to make these things that taste like other bad things, but with whole ingredients. If you were going to eat a candy bar, a RAW version of that is definitely healthier and there will be some benefits nutritionally. So yeah it’s fattening to have a raw chocolate tart with a nut butter in it, but it’s not full of partially-hydrogenated oils, white sugar, animal by products, etc. You can customize this to your liking and that’s what I found so intriguing and down right fun! It’s also VERY CHALLENGING sometimes, which was fun for me but some people just find it frustrating.

Here are a list of some sites I’d visit regularly to spark ideas or grab recipes from. I even started coming up with my own after awhile. These people work very hard and are truly an inspiration in my life:

Be sure to check them out for fun and creative ways to eat well and still have tasty treats 😉   I post recipes and green living tips as well on my Facebook so join me as well!


So as you can see, it’s a little challenging but can give you some really neat results just by having a little patience and the willingness to create.





RAW CHEEZEE KALE CHIPS! Fresh out of the dehydrator

CHEEZEE Kale Chips
2-3 handfuls of raw kale
1 cup cashews (soaked 2-3 hours) 1/2 red bell pepper 1 tbsp lemon juice 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast (I get it at Whole Foods) 1 clove garlic or 1 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp Himalayan salt 1/2 tsp. cayenne
115 degrees in dehydrator, I left mine in for about 5-6 hours until cripsy, be sure to check them! SOOOOOOOoOoOooOOOo tasty! Can be baked in oven too!

Are you still searching for THE ONE??? DIETING: Finding your match made in heaven, NOW!

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Are you still searching for THE ONE??? DIETING: Finding your match made in heaven, right now!

Below are a list of diets that I believe can change one’s life dramatically. I have heard the good, the bad and the ugly about all of them. But hey, you can’t have your Yin without your Yang. There will always be good/bad about EVERYTHING. Obviously, consult your doctor before changing your diet, but I hardly believe they will disagree with you eating better 😉

So here we go. Are you ready? Deep breath. (and a drum roll)…

1) The Mediterranean Diet:

“The Mediterranean diet favors lots of fresh fruit and veggies, legumes, fresh fish, nuts, olive oil as the main source of fat, and a bit of red wine with meals. Turns out, it’s a diet that’s good for the body and for the mind. Following a Mediterranean diet has been shown to lower the risk of illnesses, including heart disease, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, even Alzheimer’s disease.” Check out for recipes for this diet.

2) Paleo Diet:

“When you hear the term Paleo diet, think cavemen in the Paleolithic Era. The diet is essentially about eating whole, natural foods, consisting primarily of meat, fruit, vegetables, and nuts; while avoiding grains, dairy, and processed sugar and fats.The basic idea is that our bodies are most efficient at processing and digesting the same types of foods our ancient ancestors were eating back when our bodies were evolving, during the millions of years before agriculture introduced processed foods into our diet.”

Check out for recipes for this diet.

3) Raw food Diet:

“ “Going raw” refers to eating a plant-based diet in which foods are never heated higher than 118 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees C). Raw-food enthusiasts base their diets around the belief that when food is cooked, it loses nutrients and the enzymes needed for digestion. “Raw foodists” typically eat fresh fruit, veggies, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Some raw dieters also choose to eat animal products, such as raw milk and cheese, fish (if it’s sashimi), and meat (like carpaccio).”

Check out for recipes for this diet.

All of these diets have shown evidence of promoting heart health, weight loss and an array of health benefits. If you have a serious condition, do not throw yourself into a seriously restricting diet without talking to your doctor or nutritionist. This could ultimately cause weight gain, and bring on more serious health risks. Take it slow, introduce things new into your diet little by little. Find some fun and yummy recipes by searching your diet on the internet, there’s so much free stuff out there with little need on going and buying expensive books! If you have questions just email me, or stop by my page!