How to Improve Gut Health to Reduce Stress and Anxiety

July 13th, 2019|2 Comments

As you've probably noticed, I'm emphasizing the importance of gut health on WFN more often. And, the reason is this...with the rise of more and more people struggling with their health through disease, food intolerances, unbearable stress, fatigue, autism, anxiety, depression, etc. I find it pertinent to share the most recent science to give you the advantage in owning your health. I'm not a scientist, but I'm a researcher and love diving deep into what's being discovered now, so that you don't have to wait 15 years for it to become common knowledge.  Paradigm Shift in How We Think About Health Right now, we are sitting at a pivotal time in history and are [...]

The Gut-Brain Axis: What It Is and How It Works

March 4th, 2019|0 Comments

It seems like everyone is learning about the importance of probiotics and balancing out the gut for improved overall health. This is a great step forward! Over the last 5 years, scientists have dug even deeper in learning about the importance of having a healthy microbiome full of good, diverse bacteria. Scientists are also learning about how probiotics not only help with digestion, but with the way we feel mentally on a day-to-day basis. To understand what this means and why a healthy gut matters, we have to understand about the gut-brain axis. What is the Gut-Brain Axis The gut-brain axis is the bidirectional communication pathway between the enteric nervous system (gut) and the central [...]

My Daughter Katie’s Health Update (Gut Health)

March 4th, 2019|4 Comments

I thought I'd do a quick update on my daughter, Katie's, health in hope to inspire, motivate, and encourage anyone who may be suffering with their health or who have children who struggle with feeling well. To catch you up to speed, when Katie was very young, I took the initiative to help her illnesses by focusing more on a healthy diet than medicine for everything. We'd met with specialists and doctors to help with her asthma, food allergies, upset stomach, reoccurring ear infections, etc. It seemed like they wanted to prescribe medicine to temporarily treat the problem when it got bad, rather than ultimately fix the underlying problem. With lots of studying, researching, and [...]

Our Story of How We Overcame Depression and Anxiety

January 21st, 2019|0 Comments

Want to watch my story? You can watch the video of My Story HERE. I hope by sharing our family's story, I'm able to help others who have struggled like us. Our family has struggled for over 12 years with mental illness (severe depression, anxiety, brain fog, moodiness, chronic fatigue, headaches). Not everyone in our family, of course, but as you know, when one struggles in the family, we are all in it together. Most people may not know this about us, because mental illness doesn't always show on the outside. It's been sorely hard. For me personally, it's felt lonely, exhausting, like our life was out of control, and a deep sadness from watching [...]

My Completely Honest Review About Walmart Grocery Pickup

January 2nd, 2019|0 Comments

Have you tried Walmart Grocery Pickup? I've started using this on a weekly basis and I have some things I like and don't like about the experience. I'd like to share with you my completely honest review so you can decide if you'd like to give it a try. Placing an Online Order at Walmart.com Before I place an order at Walmart.com, I figure out what I'll be cooking for the week so I can know what ingredients I'll need to purchase. I also keep a running list on my phone for all the additional things I think of throughout the week. (For common items that I buy at my mainstream grocery store, check out my [...]

My Personal Goals for 2019

January 1st, 2019|2 Comments

I love having a new year at hand. It's like waking up to a new day with a clean slate, but on a much grander scale. It feels fresh, exciting, and invigorating. What amazing things can you make happen? What will bring more joy and happiness to you or to your family? How can you improve to make a big difference in your life or in the lives of others? My 2018 goals overall went well. I didn't achieve every goal, but find that 2018 was a year of much growth for our family and for me personally. I took breaks from social media, took on mountain biking and pickleball to be more active, moved [...]

How to Create Positive Feelings in Any Circumstance

December 17th, 2018|2 Comments

Over the last 10 years, I've come to recognize that many people struggle with their mental health. I want to be very sensitive to the subject of mental health because everyone's situations are unique. And so, I never want to claim to know even a spec of what you or your friend may be experiencing. Everyone feels, processes, and responds differently. What may help one person doesn't help another. We are all so different from our upbringings, surroundings, and influences. Mental Health I also feel strongly that there is one universal action we can all take to help ourselves or help our neighbor or friend. And that is prayer. Prayer helps to lift another's aching [...]

How to Boost Your Mood With Food

December 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Can we really boost our mood with food? Well, there is growing research that is showing us how the quality of our food is just as important to our mental health, as it is with our physical health. It's so cool to think that we can improve our mood, our anxieties, brain fog, etc. by consuming healthy, real food... Nourish Your Emotions Our gut and our emotions are like a two-way street. They each impact each other. If the bacteria in our gut microbiome isn't balanced, our emotions will be off kilter as well. But, when we can improve the state of our gut health, through daily nutrition, it will have a huge impact on [...]

Bosch Featured My Recipe in Their Favorite Holiday Baking Post! <3

December 1st, 2018|0 Comments

What a fun opportunity to be featured on Bosch's website with my Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins! Below is a preview of the post. You can find the post on their site HERE.   Add Fresh Treats To Your Holiday Baking With Bosch Mixers Bosch Mixers reached out to several foodie fanatics, including Laura Clark from Whole Food Nanny, to bring you new treats to add to your next holiday menu. Laura brought a more nutritious twist to the project with her healthier pumpkin chocolate chip muffins recipe. These muffins fill your belly with guilt-free goodness using whole grains and very little sugar! You can make these delicious treats with a Bosch mixer as Laura does. [...]

10 Tips for Making Quick, Healthy Meals

November 15th, 2018|0 Comments

Our family has entered a different stage of life as our kids begin to enter teenage years. We seem to be busy with the needs of our two older kids, while trying to meet the demands of a baby and toddler. Stretched thin and short on time is an understatement most of the time. But, we wouldn't have it any other way! We recognize that this is just a phase of life, it won't last forever, and once it's gone, it's gone. So we may as well buckle up and enjoy the ride! One of the adjustments we've had to make in order to fit in what matters most, is finding ways to cut off [...]

#1 Way to Recognize Processed Foods

September 1st, 2018|0 Comments

I want to tell you my best tip for identifying highly processed food so you can recognize it quickly without being a nutritionist or researching food for hours. But first, I can’t tell you how often I am told the foods people feed their kids. Without me bringing up my blog, the foods my kids eat, or discussing health, people seem to want to tell me the foods they give their kids to eat. It almost feels like confession or justification time for them. I just sit and listen, because I am not one to tell people how to feed themselves or their kids (unless they ask...). What I’ve learned through listening, is how often parents [...]

Healthy No-Bake Peanut Butter Protein Bites

August 18th, 2018|0 Comments

  Need a real-food dessert to bring to a party? These are ALWAYS a hit at parties because because they are just THAT GOOD! They're a staple dessert in our home and both of my older kids can make them all by themselves because it's a no-bake, no fuss (I didn't say no mess 😉 ) recipe. This recipe is also a perfect way to get kids in the kitchen...kids are much more compliant to cook when it's something they can't wait to get their mouths on! I love how these are made with all clean, unprocessed ingredients...and have I told you how much our family LOVES peanut butter? We love it to the point of weakness, [...]

5 Low Sugar, Whole Grain Cereal Ideas

June 16th, 2017|2 Comments

The health claims on cereal boxes can make us feel like they are healthy, nutritious, and "help us start the day off right". However, these highly processed cereals have a lot of concerning ingredients, one of which is added sugar. One of the secrets behind boxed cereals is the excessive amounts of hidden and added sugars. What's the big deal about sugar? I actually wrote up a blog post just about sugar: 5 Thing I Wish I'd Known About Sugar. It isn't unusual for 6-9 teaspoons of sugar to be consumed in only a couple bowls of cereal. For kids, this exceeds their recommended daily allowance of added sugars for the entire day! Many people, [...]

How to Cook Beans in the Instant Pot (No Soaking Required!)

April 30th, 2017|0 Comments

  We have been eating more and more beans in our diet over the last few years, and it is taking a toll on our grocery bill buying them canned! They are at least $1/can for 15 oz (roughly under 2 cups)! This adds up quickly. After getting an Instant Pot for Christmas in 2016, I've decided it's time to start saving money on beans by cooking them myself instead of buying canned. (This will also reduce the sodium amounts and take away any BPA concern.) An Instant Pot is a pressure cooker with bells and whistles. It's able to create what the slow cooker/crock pot does in a fraction of the time. In addition, it [...]

5 Things I Wish I’d Known About Sugar

April 24th, 2017|0 Comments

While visiting family, I shared a delicious pancake syrup recipe that contains maple syrup. Upon placing the syrup on the table, it was said that the syrup was "sugar-free". Totally perplexed, I responded that it wasn't because it contained maple syrup and I didn't want to lead others into thinking it was sugar-free. Sure enough, this led to a conversation about how it was a sugar-free syrup because maple syrup comes from trees and is 100% natural. Surprised at the certainty of this idea by everyone in the conversation except me, I'm hear to clear the air on what is considered sugar, sugar-free, and natural sugars. There is major confusion on this topic so I'd like to share [...]

My Favorite Healthier Fast Food Restaurant Items

March 28th, 2017|2 Comments

Do you have a favorite fast food restaurant that you could eat at any time?! Let's be honest and say, we all do! Their food has been designed to do just that! I used to LOVE Taco Bell and could eat their soft tacos at any time of the day. They also used to have what's called, chilito: chili beans and cheese wrapped together in a flour tortilla. De-lish. Since we've been eating mostly unprocessed foods, these just don't taste the same and make me feel dissatisfied after eating them. I've also since  learned that the food served here isn't real, contains harmful ingredients, and is highly processed. However, stopping at fast food restaurants is inevitable.... And anyone [...]

Healthier Chocolate Cake Recipe (Best Ever!!!)

March 8th, 2017|0 Comments

  Are you as serious about having a delicious chocolate cake recipe as I am? If so, keep reading... Homemade chocolate cake is our family's go-to birthday cake and we all look forward to it! I have been so excited to share this healthier recipe with you! EEEK! The struggle I've had with my traditional chocolate cake recipe, is how terrible it makes me feel. And, cake isn't supposed to be healthy, but it also shouldn't make you feel so crummy after eating it. By crummy, I mean, tired, sluggish, addicted, bloated, etc. A few weekends ago we had friends over for dessert. I'd been wanting to do a side-by-side comparison and decided this was the [...]

How to Pick Healthy Eggs for Your Family

February 27th, 2017|4 Comments

  Over the last couple of years I've learned that not all eggs are equal. I've done some side by side comparisons and research and there are some striking differences...specifically between factory-farmed eggs (mass production of eggs within a warehouse) and pasture-raised eggs (birds that spend their days out in fresh pastures). I'm going to sort through what you should know in order for you to make informed decisions about your eggs. 🙂 How you can tell if the the egg comes from a healthy bird Does the color of the egg shell matter? What some of the egg labels really mean The good, better, and best for picking eggs While there are definitely agricultural [...]

How to Get Toddlers to Eat Real Food (5 important ways)

February 13th, 2017|2 Comments

  You may be thinking, "Is this even possible?" I've had the same question and still do at times. It has been a challenge with each of our kids during different phases of their childhood to get them to eat real food over waiting around for a treat or dessert. Even worse, choosing not to eat because they refuse to eat something that isn't packaged pretty or highly processed. It can make you want to pull your hair out and simply give up. And, I would be unrealistic to say I've never thrown in the towel, especially when we are away from home. And, it's ok!   The inspiration behind this post is because we [...]

7 Healthy Swaps for Unhealthy Food

January 18th, 2017|12 Comments

  When I began learning about healthy eating so I could help my daughter Katie with her upset stomach, it took me awhile to understand that we could still have most of the delicious meals and treats we were currently having. I simply needed to swap out ingredients with healthier ones*. Who wants to say goodbye to chocolate chip cookies and milkshakes? I think you'd agree, life would be so boring without them! 😛 One of the best things you can do to raise a healthy you and a healthy family is to be intentional about the every day food items you purchase at the grocery store. Let me explain, because I mean something very specific here...not [...]

47 Every Day Uses and Benefits of Coconut Oil

January 10th, 2017|4 Comments

I'm so excited to share my love of coconut oil with you! Coconut oil is an item I'd never owned or used prior to making healthy changes in our diet. So, if you don't know much about it, that's ok! We all start somewhere and I hope after your read this, you'll be ready to go pick some up to try for yourself! The first time I read about coconut oil and all of its wonderful health benefits, I was intrigued and went out to buy some. I just couldn't resist having a natural option at hand for so many things! Coconut oil is an edible oil extracted from the meat of a mature coconut [...]

5 Food Myths That Do More Harm Than Good

January 2nd, 2017|2 Comments

Every year around the holidays, I hear people say they must "diet" once the parties are over. I cringe at the word "diet" and dislike using it because it has a negative connotation when it comes to people wanting to lose weight and be healthy. The reality is there's not short term fix as the word "diet" conveys. "I'm going on a diet" says, "I'm going to do something for a short period of time to get the results I want and then go back to my old ways". While it may be effective and most likely will get you results you're hoping for, sadly, the outcome is short-lived. 🙁 Commercial diets are as trendy as fashion. [...]

5 “Healthy” Foods that are Loaded with Sugar

December 5th, 2016|2 Comments

I never want to call people out on what they're eating. I purely love to share what I've learned because it's been so eye opening to me and how food effects the way you feel. I feel confident it will be for you too (if not already) as you learn more about highly processed foods and discover the feelings and long-term health problems that come from consuming them; especially over an extended period of time. I chose this topic because I want to bring awareness to popular food items that are definitely not in the "healthy" category. Most of us eat these foods on a daily basis (including our kids!) without knowing they are loaded [...]

5 Tips to Help You Shop for the Healthy Stuff

November 1st, 2016|0 Comments

I'm a healthy food shopper. It is fun to me to find new awesome products that don't have food colorings, a million additives, processed ingredients, etc. But, it's not always easy to know what is healthy. Adapt these tips when you grocery shop, and you'll find healthy grocery shopping to be not as much a mystery! 5 TIPS TO HELP YOU SHOP FOR THE HEALTHY STUFF: Shop Perimeters: Have you ever noticed how almost all of the real food is placed along the perimeters of your grocery store? This helps when it comes to knowing where real food is located. I like how this keeps me away from the processed food aisles most of the time. An added bonus to shopping [...]

5 Favorite Vegetables to Add to Smoothies

August 17th, 2016|4 Comments

If you ever feel like you or your kids aren’t eating enough vegetables in a day, let me tell you my secret weapon for super-fast nutrient-boosting foods...                                      Fruit and veggie smoothies Some days, it feels like we are in and out of the car going from one activity to another and there isn't even a minute to get a meal ready!  On these days, we eat a lot of finger foods and prepared snacks (not to be confused with treats). These are the days I wonder if my kids had any fruits and vegetables besides some baby carrots! I recognized this early in our journey and realized we needed a quick and simple way [...]