Naturally Relieving Stress

Hey My Cinnamon Swirls!

How do you feel about stress? During the past weeks I’ve had the chance to relax a little bit (while still getting things done) and spend time at home with my family and friends. At school I pretty much lived in stress.  That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing, as it kept me on my toes and helped me focus on my classes. But, I also know that not dealing with stress appropriately can have some negative effects on your health.

As a part of my journey towards balance I’ve been endeavoring to implement ways to lessen the stress in my life or at least deal with it appropriately. One thing that’s helped me is to have a good laugh every day. So, here is a video that I’ve been enjoying recently. Every time I watch it I can’t stop laughing since it’s so true! If you’re all into eating natural foods, I know you’ll enjoy this. 😉


with lots of hugs, 


It’s okay not to be perfect.

One thing I have learned from my experience with orthrexia – something that was hard for me to accept at first but have now found true – is that a little unbalance balances out the balance. Having a totally stress-free life isn’t ideal because it doesn’t challenge you and help you grow, but not dealing with stress appropriately and letting it take over can really wear you down too. A part of living healthfully is having the right perspective.

I won’t ever be perfect in this life. I can’t. Without my Savior and Redeemer, I am nothing. But to Him, I am everything. I know that He can work miracles in individuals – He’s done that in me. Without His loving guidance and strength, I don’t know where I would be right now. I know that He lives and that He is aware of each of our circumstances. He knows us each by name. He wants to bless us and He will as we turn to Him in faith and humility.

Living up at college has definitely not been stress-free, but I’ve loved every minute of it. Sometimes it’s hard, but my friends and family have really helped me through it. They were there for me when my friend left to serve a mission for our church to share his testimony of Jesus Christ (it was hard since I wouldn’t see him for over 2 years, but I knew the Lord would watch over him). They were there for me when I passed out a few weeks ago (that’s a story in itself). They were there for me on those days where I didn’t know how I would get everything done. They helped remind me that everything will be okay.

I love interacting with my Nutrition teachers and learning from them. My Nutrition instructor from this last semester has truly helped me realize my potential and helped me find the direction I want to go. I’m grateful to have someone I can go talk with whatever the circumstance. I love talking with her and learning from her more about the chemistry associated with nutrition – probably why I’m excited to take the Nutrient Metabolism class from her in the winter.

This weekend I am volunteering at the Wellness Center, Tutoring for Chemistry and Nutrition (I absolutely LOVE tutoring – it’s not “work” for me; I enjoy it, so it’s just a fun time I get to have sharing the things I’ve learn and helping other succeed in their studies), and a date this afternoon with a young man – I think we’re going to fly kites or do miniature golf. I’m not sure. This next week I have a muscle test; I’ve been doing okay with the cadavers – I say a prayer before I go in to ask the Lord to help me through it. They have given their bodies for science, so I’d better learn everything I can from them to appreciate what they’ve done. In my Nutrition class we just finished up nutrition in the toddler to young child age group. I’m working on my case study presentation right now and hope to organize and establish its foundational framework within the next couple days.

I have 3 more weeks of the semester, and then I’ll be back with some more fun and deliciousness! I have about 2 weeks in between the end of the semester and my trip across the east-coast (which will last about 2 ½ weeks – I don’t know if I’ll have access to the internet during that time), so I’ll be able to get back on, catch up with what’s been going on in your lives, and share with you some of my adventures and recent yumminess. I have Quinoa with Oats, GH-Inspired Honey Whole Wheat Bread (I kneaded it by hand and it turned out beautiful!), Carob Chip Banana Oatmeal Muffins, Oven Baked French Fries, Easy Lentil Soup, and a simple Split Pea Soup (I’ve made countless times now and my roommates ADORE it) to share with you, so expect some deliciousness coming your way soon.

with lots of hugs,



23 and 1/2 Hours + College

Hey my Wonderful Spring Flowers!

I just got home from my classes and I have so much to share about college! These past few weeks have been full of classes, learning, studying, and craziness. I’m having a lot of fun with my classes, even though the volume can seem a little overwhelming at times. I’m adapting to the workload though and it’s getting easier to handle. I ADORE my Nutrition in the Life Cycle class. I always enjoy my nutrition classes — doing the work for them actually stress-relieving for me. I love how we’re digging deeper into each of the life stages and learning why certain things happen the way they do, when certain nutrients need to be particularly stressed at certain times of life, and how to make recommendations for optimal health. My Anatomy class is also a lot of fun. (This last week I learned WHY saturated fats are solids and unsaturated fats of liquid! It absolutely MADE my day I was so excited!) It is the most intense class I’ve ever taken. At least it makes my other classes seem easy. 😉 We’re just finishing up histology (have two exams on it this weekend) and then we’ll dig deep into the skull and start learning bones. In my Developing World class I’ve been “adopted” into the country of Swaziland (in South Africa) and I’m excited that I get to learn more about this country and its people. My Bio-statistics class is also very informative — I love how it talks about how to evaluate data and studies to make sure it’s reliable information. My scripture studies have been amazing recently. (Why is it that the times in my life that are the most hectic, the most crazy, I get the most amazing feelings of comfort and strength?! I can see His hand in my life every single day and I know the only reason I’ve been doing well is because of Him.) My religion teacher is actually in Jerusalem right now; he’s promised to bring us pictures and stories when he comes back in a little over a week. 


As a part of my preparation for my Nutrition class today I watched this video that really impressed me. I’ve linked it right here and would love to hear your thoughts on it. 

What are your thoughts from this video? 

Do you agree with him?

Would you recommend this treatment for health and well-being?

with lots of hugs,


P.S. I’ll be back soon with some deliciousness… since I’ll be an official adult this next Tuesday. 😉