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Healing through Grief

It's been a long time since I've written. A lot of that had to do with a very busy work schedule and some new business ventures. I am so grateful for all the positive feedback I've gotten recently about this blog and I was reminded how much this blog helped me when I was struggling with my health. 4 years later I am finding myself in a place where I feel like I need to go back to my roots and start over.

2016 was a whirlwind of a year. January brought the unexpected surprise of a full-time teaching position at Monmouth University. I was so excited about getting to teach dance full-time at the college level but because it was such an unexpected surprise I was still teaching for 2 private studios 10 hours a week and I was in the process of launching a new lifestyle program for dancers. Talk about  a lot going on! While I stayed true to the BED principles, I had let some sugar creep back into my life and honestly all the stress I was feeling made me crave it more. Once summer…
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Creating Peace in a World of Chaos

It's been a while since I've written here but I'm happy to see that so many people still find my recipes and story helpful for their own health journey. I always wanted this blog to help people find their truth and show them that they have the power to create a positive, healthy life.

I've come a long way in the past 3 1/2 years since I started on the Body Ecology Diet. I've expanded my diet to include some items on phase 2 including raw honey, apples, tomatoes, and the occasional eggplant. I've also become a bit less strict this past year; I started a new full time job very unexpectedly this past January and while I love my work, it can be very stressful at times. I'm currently the only dance faculty member and am responsible for creating all the dance program at Monmouth University. I have very long days and I haven't quite adjusted to not commuting to 3+ locations a week. Sometimes I miss all the walking I used to do around Manhattan but I do enjoy b…
I started this blog as an accountability tool when I began the Body Ecology Diet almost 4 years ago. There have been a lot of life changes this year from marriage to new jobs. When I started my journey it was because I wanted to be healthy and glowing for my wedding day. After the wedding, I can honestly say I felt  a bit lost on my health journey because my motivation was gone. I have a wealth of knowledge about healthy eating, meditation, self-care, and exercise at my fingertips but I became very unsure of my motivations. This morning I'm writing to tell how I've re-discovered my motivation.

My husband recently read Louise Hay's book You Can Heal Your Life and has been sharing her mantras and guidance with me. I read the book myself a few years back but have found his discussions re-igniting the fire inside me. You see the only way we can make healthy lifestyle changes and truly find happiness is to love ourselves. Last night I went to dinner with some of the most inspir…

The Truth About My Journey With The Body Ecology Diet

It's been a really long time since I've posted here. Some of it was because life's been very busy. A lot of it has been because I've been afraid. I'm afraid of disappointing you, my tried and true readers. I've received so many wonderful messages over the last 3 years since starting the Body Ecology Diet that I'm an inspiration and that my blog has helped you to stay on track and commit to your health. I was afraid that if I wrote that I've been struggling lately that you would be disappointed. I haven't abandoned my beliefs about the wonders of this lifestyle at all. In fact I believe in it 100%. After my wedding 2 1/2 months ago, I had a lot of emotional baggage come up. I'm so happy in my marriage and have the best husband in the world but I no longer have the distraction of wedding planning to keep me distracted from really dealing with my issues; issues that go beyond food. You see Body Ecology taught me that this whole adventure is a mind/…

Spring Cleaning and Key Lime Pie!

It's been quite a while since I've had a moment to sit down and blog. I'm happy to say it's all good things keeping me busy. My dance company Aries In Flight has had 3 performances in the last month and I'm busy making connections and working on a coaching program for dancers as well. I will say at the end of the day I love having this space to share my thoughts, recipes, and stories with you all so thank you for your constant feedback and support.

I've had a lot to contemplate and think about both health-wise and professionally speaking this winter. I rearranged my work schedule in January and began really pushing full force with my dance company. In so many ways this all so thrilling, exciting, and wonderful; in others ways it is utterly frightening. What I mean is that taking your dream and really making it a reality brings up some crazy thoughts. Will people like me? Am I crazy for thinking this way? Am I making the biggest mistake of my life? I've had…

A Gluten Free Valentine's Day Recap

Valentine's Day. A day full of love, dinner, and lots of chocolate. Before I was diagnosed with severe Gluten Sensitivity and a host of food allergies this holiday was an easy no brainer and my fiance would surprise me with chocolate galore and dinner at a nice restaurant, often with a prix fixe menu. While it require a bit more planning and preparation, I have to say this Valentine's Day was a sweet sweet success.

About 2 weeks before Valentine's Day Anthony and I realized that for the first time in about 3 years we were both off from work on Valentine's night so we decided to make dinner reservations. Most of my former go to places were only offering a prix fixe menu that did not allow for substitutions of any kind. Enter Portobello Cafe and my dilemma was solved. When I called to inquire about reservations the hostess was happy to answer all my food related questions and told me that they would be happy to accommodate my dietary needs. (Side note: I've eaten at…

People Tolerance

When people hear about my food allergies and severe gluten intolerance I often get looked at like I'm some kind of alien. It often provokes questions about my lifestyle and I'm happy to oblige in their education on the seriousness of these issues. Sometimes it leads them to say, "Wow I had no idea. I admire you for having to deal with all that." Other times it has the opposite effect. "So you SERIOUSLY can't even touch it? I think you're overreacting." "No wonder you're so thin, you can't eat anything." "Oh I try to avoid gluten too, but it doesn't really bother me. I mean it doesn't really hurt you."

As an adult I can be confident in knowing my condition is real no matter what anyone else thinks. (I also have an amazing fiancee who will vouch for that from personal expereince.) I'm very much ok with bringing my own food places, having to carefully select a restaurant when dining out, and not eating if I don&…