A Year in Review: 2016

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Hey Friends! So I’ve been going back and forth about what I’d like my last post of the year to be and I decided I’d like to reflect back on this year and share with you my 5 favorite posts from the past year.

Now I know we just started December, but I’ll be taking the rest of the year off of blogging. December will be a full month with SIX birthdays to celebrate, the Winter Solstice, Christmas, New Years, school, work, and our trip to Portland, OR. (I’m so excited about Portland!).

So, with all of that going on I chose to give myself a break in regards to the blog. I’ll be back in 2017 with more meditations, self care, recipes, and more. In March I’ll be graduating from school and in June I’ll sit for my licensing exam so I can become a Licensed Massage Therapist! After graduation I’ll also be beginning an introductory herbalism course, which I’ve been wanting to do for years and am so excited to finally get started.

So that’s what’s going on with me. 🙂 If you’d like to keep up with me throughout December and into 2017, you can find me on Instagram where I post a few times a week. I also share cooking tips, recipes, and self care tips on Instagram as well as little tidbits about my life. If you pop over there from here be sure to say hello so we can connect! ♥

Ok, on to the post!


Favorite Savory Recipe: Rosemary Garlic Bread Rosemary Garlic Bread | EJL Blog

I’ll be honest and say I’ve been thinking more about the place gluten has in my life, but for now I’m still enjoying it, mostly in sprouted organic bread form with the occasional homemade bread like this one.

This Rosemary Garlic bread is fragrant, soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside, and delicious with a good olive oil. This is one of my favorite comfort foods and always makes our home smell amazing. Check out the recipe here or click the picture!


In Your Face Lemon Tart | EJL BlogFavorite Sweet Recipe: In-Your-Face Lemon Tart

Oh my word this tart is face-scrunchingly delicious! The recipe does have dairy which I’ve since removed from my diet (about 95% of the time!), and gluten, but the flour in the crust could easily be switched to your favorite GF flour blend to make this recipe gluten free.

This is one of our family’s favorite desserts and next year I’ll be making it again with Kite Hill’s unsweetened almond milk yogurt (fingers crossed I can find it again!). Once I make it again with the almond milk yogurt I’ll update the recipe to let you guys know how it worked out! If you tried this recipe with dairy free yogurt, leave a comment below to let me know how it turned out, I’d love to know!

You can click here to be taken to the recipe or click the picture.  The runner-up for my favorite sweet recipe was my Raw Vegan Valentine’s Day Tart.


Favorite Get Moving! Post: Intermediate Core – Fun with Props

This is my favorite core workout video because it is so FUN! We use a ball and a block to maximize the challenge and the fun in this short 15 minute work out. I think I need to be doing this video myself because I haven’t had anywhere near enough time or energy to exercise nearly as much as I’d like. Come on, March! 😉

Anyway, here’s the video when you’re ready. Remember, the main goal with this one is to have fun, don’t worry about number of reps or even finishing the workout, just have a good time!


Favorite Meditation Recording: A Meditation on Noticing A Meditation on Noticing

This is one of my favorite meditations I’ve recorded because I guide you in noticing how your body is feeling today. We spend every day walking around in our bodies and they’re constantly sending us messages, but we don’t always stop and listen to what they have to say. This is a gentle way to reconnect with your body and open up to what it has to say. Click here to have a listen.

The Magic is in the Noticing. ♥


Favorite Self Care/Healing Post: Mindful Eating for Cravings Mindful Eating for Cravings | EJL Blog

This is such a great one any time of year, but especially powerful & important this time of year when we are all surrounded by foods we don’t eat on a daily basis. In this post I guide you, step by step, on how to enjoy a treat mindfully. This technique is a proven way to enjoy your food more, and will help you eat less.

I know whenever I stress eat or eat while I’m doing other things, I always eat more. Not only that, but I’m disconnected from my body, from the food, and from the whole experience of eating, which I feel should be a time where we slow down, express gratitude, and savor the food we have been blessed with.

Click here, or the picture, to be taken to the post.


Looking Ahead

I already gave you a few hints about what to expect next year on the blog, but I wanted to also share with you my post about Trigger FoodsTrigger Foods | EJL Blog

Finding and removing my trigger foods changed my life. Really and truly it did. Many of you know that I used to be sick all. the. time. Recurrent yeast infections, recurrent UTIs, recurrent laryngitis, overuse of antibiotics and steroids, gas, bloating, abdominal pain & cramps, frequent diarrhea, and food poisoning 4 times a year (four times!!).

When I removed my trigger foods, the biggest being nightshades, I no longer had those recurring issues and (knock on wood!) I can’t remember the last time I’ve had food poisoning. This is huge. This is life changing.

If you’re ready to take one of the biggest steps towards creating the life of your dreams, I’m ready to help you.

When we’re chronically sick and/or in pain, life is not enjoyable. When we’re chronically sick or in pain, we aren’t our best selves.

Getting rid of the chronic inflammation in my body opened up areas of my life I didn’t even know where closed off. It made more space for me to do the things I love to do and then share them with the world. And the most important thing to remember when you think about this is that you can do the same.

Yes, removing trigger foods can be challenging and it is definitely a process, but you don’t have to do it alone. I’ve guided others on their journey towards health and I’d love to walk beside you as well.

You don’t have to spend another year, another day, feeling less than your best. And most importantly, you deserve to feel good in your body.

Make 2017 the year where you take back your health and sit in the driver’s seat of your life.

I’m ready to walk beside you. Are you ready to take that first step?

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, fill out the form below and I’ll be in touch within a week. 


That’s all for this year!! What a year it’s been. 🙂 I wish you all a very festive and joy-filled holiday season and a healthy, abundant 2017!

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