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Christmas Gifts For You

This holiday season I began to take a good hard look at my life and actively began seeking more peace. I began by going away the day after Thanksgiving and re-prioritizing my life goals. You see in the hustle and bustle of working my day job, running my dance company, planning a wedding, and trying to make people happy, I forgot the most important thing in life: self-love. I forgot to love my inner being and allow myself to experience the things I truly value in life. Since Thanksgiving I've actively cut back my schedule to allow myself time and space to work on me. This Christmas morning, I wish to give you the same gift. Here is how you can create and experience the life you deserve.

1.  Make affirmations and mantras a part of your everyday life. I've been reading Louise Hay's book You Can Heal Your Life for a little over a year now. This Thanksgiving I gifted myself the workbook journal that goes a long with it and finally began doing the exercises. WOW is all I can say…

Happy Thanksgiving: An Attitude of Gratitude

Thanksgiving is a time of year when we reflect upon what we're most grateful for. We celebrate with family, friends, and will sometimes find a moment to ourselves to just be one with the holiday spirit filling the air. We think of images like warm fireplaces, mugs of warm tea, and snuggling with those we love. This is all great and nostalgic, but what happens if we don't feel this way?

I am and always have been very sensitive to stress and often while everyone's work schedule is winding down around this time of year, mine is revving up. I dive straight from Thanksgiving into winter recitals, end of semester grading, and then right into a multitude of family events. I have a hard time setting boundaries for myself, my limits, and often feel more burnt out during this holiday season than full of love, joy and gratitude. This year with all it's ups and downs has taught me that I really need to listen to my inner guidance, know when enough is enough, and make time for res…

Autumn Harvests

I am a self-proclaimed summer chic. I much prefer warm sunny days over the cold chilly winter days that accompany the upcoming holiday season. That being said, there is one thing I do love about this time of year and that's the autumn harvest! My favorite squashes are in full bloom and I can't get enough of them. They're warming, a little sweet, and in my opinion nature's own organic comfort food. I mean seriously nature was cool enough to give us a "pasta" plant ready for you to mix up with your favorite sauce! (If you haven't experienced spaghetti squash, I suggest you get your hands on one immediately. No boiling water required and you can even use the "skin" as a bowl!)

So what are the different types? Here's a list of my favorites!
Delicata squash. It almost looks like a multi-colored cucumber (except with a much firmer exterior). I have made both savory and sweet dishes with this deliciously versatile squash! If you haven't cut up …

Angels and Healing

This post was written last Thursday afternoon. I haven't felt comfortable sharing most of this information till now, but now I'm finding it very freeing. Thanks for reading and I hope I can inspire you to keep on with your current journey. 

This has been a frustrating year health-wise for me. After finding the Body Ecology Diet and feeling so good for a while I had a bit of a relapse with my health. (I am not speaking about my diet, I still follow BED religiously.) I have actively chosen not to  write about this experience thus far out of   fear, a little bit of self-pity, and a lot of not wanting to deal with it. However, the universe sent me a very special message and inspired me to write to you all about what's been going on in my life.

I started not feeling well again about a year ago. I got glutened accidentally while out for dinner one night and began feeling extremely fatigued, achy everywhere, getting headaches, and having tummy troubles again. By Christmas I seeme…

Gluten Free Body Ecology Summers at Martell's Tiki Bar Point Pleasant NJ

Hi Readers! I have a few updates to share with you about my blog. I have started a Facebook Page, Twitter account, Instagram account and Pinterest Board so you can get daily updates on my eating and lifestyle adventures. Please take a moment to like, share, and follow me.

Now to our regularly scheduled agenda :)
I really love the summer. It's warm, sunny, and I have weekends off with Anthony! One of the traditions that Anthony and I started early on in our relationship was going down to Point Pleasant Beach as often as possible. In fact the first year we were dating he was in on a summer house down there so we went down every weekend without fail. I love the boardwalk, the live music, and most of the beach. It really is beautiful.



When I was first diagnosed with gluten intolerance it happened to be the middle of summer (July 2012). I was really worried how I would be able to adjust our tradition to meet my new health needs. After all I was used to sharing a basket of fries at lunc…

30, Flirty, and Fun!

So I started writing this post on April 17, the day before my 30th birthday. I'm definitely a little behind on this one, but it's been on my mind a lot. Enjoy :)



Turning 30, it's something I never gave much thought to nor did I anticipate it coming. It's always seemed really far away. In all honesty, I imagined it to be a place I would never get to. It's arrived however and while I thought it would be very strange, I'm feeling rather great about it.

Before I get into the whole story, let me give you some background information. I've never been fond of my birthday. In fact I can even remember dreading it when I was much younger. It always felt ominous, foreboding, and like something terrible was going to happen. There are a multitude of personal reasons for this (saving that topic for a much further time in the future to discuss) why I've felt this way. I also have never dealt well with milestone birthdays. I cried when I turned 20. 25? Well that was my…

Fourth of July Weekend Recap with Recipes!

Summertime celebrations are by far my favorite part of summer. Being by the pool, laughing and talking with loved ones, and just relaxing offer me a chance to recharge and let go. I had the most relaxing and rejuvenating weekend I've had in a long time and feel so recharged for the week. I got to experience my Goddaughter Leah's first big pool experience, spend everyday outside poolside, and really just enjoy some intimate time with Anthony. I also got to have a fantastic breakfast with my other Maid of Honor and BFF Mary. Her, her husband Frank and their son Christopher live in Pittsburgh and happened to be in New York for the holiday. We had a great time catching up and just enjoying some face time together. There was so much love around me this weekend and I feel so blessed to have such amazing people in my life. It was a great way to say Happy Birthday America!

I'm not usually home on July 4th so as my last post discusses, I usually carry my food with me. This weekend w…

Top 5 Body Ecology Diet Questions

I received this beautiful message on Friday morning. To whoever anonymous is, I would love to connect with you more and offer you a spot at an upcoming food tasting I'm planning. If you are reading this, please message me directly at catbaggs@gmail.com. I am so grateful to all those who read my blog and find inspiration. More importantly your messages inspire me to keep going on my own journey and keep writing. Friday was a particularly tough day for me personally and this message helped keep me grounded and calm. So Anonymous, thank you for sharing your kind words and for making my Friday a beautiful day.

My Body Ecology Diet 1 year Anniversary was May 4 (yes I'm a little behind on the blogging). I haven't had much time to reflect on my success with it over the past year and today I want to share some of what I've learned and hopefully inspire you to keep going. Here are the top 5 questions I get asked all the time.
1. Is BED hard? I can't lie about this one, the…

What on Earth is there for you to eat? A Recipe Roundup

As I mentioned in my last post, I've recently discovered I have more food allergies. So now in addition to being gluten free and dairy free, I am also egg free, fennel free, and coconut free (however coconut oil tested fine with no reaction whatsoever). I also had a reaction to powdered stevia; the liquid one was fine and I will be reworking all my baked goods recipes using just liquid stevia (a future blog post). The reaction I get when friends and family find out is, "What do you eat? It must be so terrible!" If I were in their shoes and had no personal experience with food allergies and sensitivities I might have the same reaction. However, I actually feel calmer and less stressed. Honestly there's so much good food I can eat safely.  I feel so relieved to know what has been making me feel sick and covered in itchy eczema lately. It's no fun dealing with digestive system issues, headaches, and feeling self conscious about your skin.

So what exactly do I eat? L…

A Perfect Day

About 2 weeks ago I received an offer from Goldstar for discounted tickets to ABT's season at Lincoln Center. I started having Wednesdays off (a change I am planning on keeping) and decided I should treat myself to a day at the ballet. I love the Metroploitan Opera House with all it's elegance and beauty; it's truly a captivating space. With all the stress I've been dealing with I was ready for a mental health day. All I can say is that Wednesday was the PERFECT day.

I woke up early and made a green smoothie to start the day (see recipe below). Nothing gets me going better in the morning and it really makes me feel good. I quickly ran to the store to pick up a few items I needed for my allergy testing the next day (results coming in the next post) and came home to take a nice hot shower. 
After packing my bag for the day with some essential snacks and a good book to read, I was off on the express bus to make my way to Lincoln Center to pick up my tickets. While the sho…

A New Beginning

It's been a long month since I last blogged. While many good things have happened I've been struggling a lot personally. I wasn't sure I wanted to write about this but after doing some soul searching and knowing I always have my readers support, I decided I needed to do this.

Turning 30 is scary. On a subconscious level I think I never thought I would reach this age. I know it sounds silly but 30 always seemed so far away. I thought I would be in a different place, maybe a better one and I feel disappointed that I haven't taken off on my life's purpose completely yet. I think these feelings are pretty normal. However these ideas coupled with some upsets in my health and upcoming wedding have really sent me into a funk this past month. I feel frustrated I let myself sit on these worries and feelings of being not good enough for so long. I now feel guilty and disappointed that I'm behind on some life goals. I've let my demons get the best of me and I just fee…

Spring Cleaning: Coming out of the Dark and Into The Light

Awareness. Agitation. A million tiny thoughts. Buzzing around. I don't feel good enough. I want to do more but I'm feeling stuck, as if my as are chained by people wanting to silence me.

I imagine many of us feel these thoughts at some point in our life. The ability to overcome them and just recognize what they are, just thoughts, is what sets our minds and lives free once more. 
When I was performing and auditioning full time I used to get these thoughts a lot right around this time of year. No matter how many call backs I got or gigs I booked I would always feel that someone else in the room was holding me back from doing more, getting the lead, or performing the way I truly wanted to. I strived to be what these "others" wanted me to be, not what I truly wanted to be. 
Life and experience has taught me that we take many journeys to learn what our true self is. I now have a clearer view of what my purpose is and know exactly I want to do. I know that I want to creat…

A Week of Wellness and Fun: Savory Zucchini Muffins Recipe! (Gluten Free and Body Ecology)

This past week I wanted to get back on track mentally and physically so I decided there was no time like the present to start making my favorite green drinks. Maybe it's the spring air but honestly there is no better taste than fresh greens; its clean, refreshing, and tastes so cheerful! I have made smoothies at home before but have never juiced. This week I decided to try out the organic juice bars by my work and was blown away by how good they made me feel. Seriously, the energy rush I got from these bright green glass fulls of deliciousness doesn't even compare to a caffeine jolt!



This week I also read a great article on Tiny Buddha about stress and perfectionism. I realized while reading it that I've been so stressed out lately and I believe a lot of it has to do with trying to be the perfect daughter/fiance/dance teacher/student/sister/friend.  This article was eye opening and really made me realize that something has to give. So Thursday at dance class I gave up tryi…