30 Days Into My “Plant-Forward” Transitional Lifestyle

Happy July, my friends! I am so proud of us all for surviving the first half of 2020. Wow. Has it been a year or what?! As the fresh produce season in Michigan is in full bloom, I thought now was a good time to write about the last thirty-or-so days of my transition into […]

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Vegan Egg Rolls

Servings: 12 egg rolls Time: 25 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 pkg Vegan egg roll wraps (I use Nasoya) 1 tsp minced ginger 2 cups cabbage slaw 2 Tbsp tamari sauce OR coconut amino acids Non-stick cooking spray Sweet chili sauce, for dipping Chives OR green onions, for garnish Cooking oil as needed (I stick with EVOO) […]

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Coping With COVID, Murder Hornets, and Closed Wineries

Coronavirus, murder hornets, economic instability — oh my! What an odd time in which we are living. 2020 has not been the start to a new decade that anyone expected. In the United States, the majority of the country has entered into some sort of “quarantine mode” with many businesses closing their doors/offices and forcing […]

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[Super Simple] Overnight Oats

Servings: 1 Time: 5 min (prep), 8+ hours (refrigerate) INGREDIENTS 1 Chobani Greek yogurt cup (any flavor) 1/2 cup rolled oats 1 Tbsp chia seeds DIRECTIONS Mix all ingredients in a seal-able bowl. Mix well so oats and seeds are covered in yogurt. Seal and refrigerate overnight. Enjoy a quick, nutritious meal! Keeps in the […]

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My “Why” For Walking Up To The Starting Line

Everyone has a starting point. They are different for everyone, but we all have one. My current “starting point” began in December 2019 and took several months to inch my way to that actual starting line. After attending several get-togethers where my sole focus should have been the festivities of the holiday, I was having […]

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Strawberry Salsa

Servings: Depends… Time: 5 minutes INGREDIENTS 1 Tbsp honey 2 Tbsp lime juice 4 cups strawberries, diced 1/4 cup red onion, diced 2 Tbsp cilantro 1 jalapeno, diced DIRECTIONS Mix strawberries, onions, cilantro, and jalapeno in a seal-able bowl. Pour honey and lime juice over the mixture. Seal with cover and shake to combine. Serve […]

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Caprese-Stuffed Mushrooms

Servings: 4 Time: 30 minutes INGREDIENTS 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 cloves garlic, crushed 1 tablespoon freshly chopped parsley 4 large Portobello Mushrooms, stem removed, washed and dried with a paper towel 1 cup crumbled goat cheese 1 cup grape (or cherry) tomatoes, halfed garlic salt, to taste fresh basil, shredded to garnish ¼ cup […]

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My First Virtual 5k

The COVID-19 virus has had an impact on everyone and everything it seems. We’re reminded how uncertain and fragile life can be, yet at the same time each day is a gift. I am continuing to look at my ability to run as another gift in life. Running exercises not only my body, but also […]

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Back to Basics from a Once-Upon-A-Time Runner

It happens to many runners: you start running, you push your body faster, you go farther, you dream about PRs and distance goals, you watch your intake meticulously, and suddenly you see possibilities you never had the courage to dream before. Then BOOM! Something stops you in your tracks. Perhaps you get hurt. Or you […]

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The Quest for a Running Watch

Two years ago my husband talked me into a terrible decision: to switch from iOS to Android. I had been the proud owner of an iPhone since Gen 1, and the change was difficult for the simple reason of shifting perspective on how the interfaces worked. The change was also hard because the vast majority […]

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Shin Splints, Treadmills, & Prevention Measures

I attempted to get in a morning walk this morning. This Michigan mid-April weather has been strange with freezing temperatures and snow flurries, so I took to my treadmill. Yet by 0.59 miles into the walk, I was literally in tears as I held myself up by the treadmill’s armrests and stretched my calves. I […]

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Yes, I Know How I Got To This Point.

This past winter I heard an acquaintance whisper, “Wow, she really let herself go,” as she walked away from me after a friendly exchange near the plus-size clothing section at Kohl’s. Our quick exchange was filled with hugs, smiles, and an introduction to her boyfriend. It was a turning point for me. Only moments before […]

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