10 Steps to a Healthy Holiday

The holiday season has arrived! This means turkey, cranberries, stuffing, hot chocolate, candy canes, and lots and lots of PIE!  Well if you’re like me, one of the best part of the holiday seasons is all the delicious food. One of the not so nice parts of the holidays— all the delicious food on my waist line.  Along with the holiday season, for many women, can come the fear of weight gain. Thanksgiving and Christmas are loaded with indulgent treats and it can seem impossible to survive the season without the dreaded 10lb weight increase. I know so many women who actually become fearful of the holiday out of worry that their diets will be ruined. That is NO WAY to celebrate the season of giving, thankfulness, and joy.  So you might be wondering?How do I enjoy the holiday without all the body image stress, while still…

Parmesan Garlic Roasted Mushrooms

Parmesan Garlic Roasted Mushrooms-  delicious and tender these oven roasted mushrooms are a perfect side dish that take under 15 minutes to make! When I was a kid I was definitely afraid of mushrooms. I hear ONE TIME that they were a fungi and I was convinced they would kill me.  So naturally I refused to try them. Despite my father’s insistence ( he is a chef!) that they were in fact delicious, I wasn’t convinced.  I remember when I first tried a mushroom. My whole family had gone out to eat a supper club ( it’s a Wisconsin thing) for a Saturday night steak. Like my father, I had acquired excellent ( and expensive hahah sorry mom )taste in food. So 10 year old me ordered a steak and shrimp meal. Well, my father got steak with this mushroom sauce on top. I stared at his plate. I had…

A Letter to the Girl Who Uses Sex to Feel Wanted

Have you ever felt like if you aren’t sexy than you are nothing? I know that sounds like a harsh analysis of yourself, but I know so many women who struggle with that exact thought. As women we want to know we are good enough, we want to be desired.  Well one of the easiest ways to find that validation is through… sex. Today, I want to be open and talk to any girl who feels the need to use sex as a way to feel wanted, desired, loved, or validated. The age old stereo type is that men say “I love you” for sex, and women have sex for an “I love you”. Well, the problem with stereotypes is sometimes they are based in truth. I can’t speak for the male perspective, but I know a fair share of women who use sex to quench a…

Why You Need To Stop Crash Dieting Today

Raise your hand if you’ve ever gone on a diet? I read a statistic the other day that hurt my heart greatly. The stat said that 90% of teens have “dieted” at one point in their life, 50% of kids have tried a diet before high school. Did your jaw just drop open, because mine did? That is so alarming. People are so obsessed with the idea of being “skinny” and maintaining this perfect weight that dieting has become a part of everyday culture for us women. Just the other day I was at a birthday party for a family friend when this beautiful little girl passed up on a piece of cake because she was on a diet. She was 8.  When I asked her why she was dieting, she said “so the boys don’t think I’m ugly.” How hard is that to swallow? Even to…

World’s Best Rosemary Garlic Roasted Potatoes

Thanksgiving is upon us people! Can you believe it’s November already? I hardly can. Well in the spirit of all the upcoming holidays I thought it would be suiting to begin creating some delicious, healthy, and easy sides that you can enjoy on Thanks giving ( or all year) completely guilt free. First up- the Worlds Best Rosemary Roasted Potatoes. Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that a title like “worlds Best” better live up to its potential eh? Well trust me THESE DO! I’ve been obsessed with potatoes awhile now. I think everyone secretly is. I have yet in my life to meet someone who doesn’t like mashed potatoes, fries, tater tots, etc. Potatoes are all around one of the best foods ever. They can be made into allllll sort of different variations. Well, for today’s recipe we are roasting our potatoes…