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August 28th, 2014 at 6:06 am
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Welcome back! I’m busy preparing for a few weeks of traveling starting tomorrow, so Food & Fitness Friday is coming a little early to you this week.

I’ve decided to commit myself fully to enjoying my trips over the next few weeks, so this will be the last post for a bit until I return to life as usual. If you have one final end-of-summer trip planned, I’d encourage you to disconnect from the online world as much as possible, too. It’s liberating!

This week’s post is all about some of my favorite things when it comes to food and fitness. Let’s jump right in!

Tessemae's Mayo


When you’re eating lots of vegetables and clean proteins, life in the kitchen can get a little ho-hum after a while, no matter how creative you are. Tessemae’s to the rescue.

Tessemae’s recently sent me a box of delicious goodies to try, including some of their salad dressings and condiments. It has been ages—literally, I can’t remember the last time—since I bought a condiment at the store other than Dijon mustard, olive oil, or apple cider vinegar. Most condiments are laden with low quality oils, sugar, and caramel coloring. I’ll pass.

But Tessemae’s is different. Their products are 100% refined sugar-free, made without canola oil, and they actually taste like REAL ingredients! Finding mayonnaise made without canola, soy, or safflower oil is next to impossible, but Tessemae’s mayo is made with olive oil only.

I’ve already fallen in love with their Zesty Ranch Dressing drizzled over grilled chicken and cucumber salads. And their ketchup? Start singing the hallelujahs, people, because this date-sweetened ketchup is one you can feel A-okay about serving to your ketchup-loving kids.

If you’re looking to jazz up your eats in a healthful way that’s still packed with flavor, give Tessemae’s a try!


Natural Deodorant

I have tried so many brands of natural deodorant over the years in my search for “the one.” I refuse to put toxic chemicals under my arms…but finding a natural alternative that actually works was beginning to feel nearly impossible. That is, until I made a great discovery.

For the past few months, I’ve been using a variety of deodorant pastes instead of traditional stick deodorants. Below are my three favorites right now.

Primal Pit Paste

1. Primal Pit Paste
I seriously love this stuff. Their website proudly claims that Primal Pit Paste is a “a truly organic, all-natural deodorant that ACTUALLY WORKS!” And they’re right! It does. I’ve used the the paste for weeks now and have yet to have a bad day with it. It absorbs effectively, neutralizes odors, and has not stained any of my clothes. The ingredients are pure and simple: organic coconut oil, organic shea butter, non-aluminum baking soda, organic arrowroot powder, and essential oils. (It’s also available in stick form for those that would prefer that option, but I love the paste!)

2. Soapwalla Deodorant Cream
Coming in at a close second is Soapwalla’s natural deodorant cream, which is more moist and almost lotion-like. It absorbs easily, though, and a little goes a long way. The ingredients are: organic jojoba oil, organic sunflower oil, rosehip seed oil, shea butter, organic corn starch, sodium bicarbonate, kaolin clay, organic (vegan, kosher) glycerin, a custom blend of essential oils (including organic lavender, organic tea tree, sweet orange, organic peppermint, and organic bergamot), organic non-GMO soy lecithin, and organic non-GMO vitamin E. The only drawback to this cream is that it comes in at a rather pricey $14.00 per jar. But like I said, a little goes a long way, so the jar will last a long time.

3. Salubritas Deodorant
Salubritas deodorant paste is very similar to Primal Pit Paste, but I’m placing it in third place because for whatever reason it just doesn’t work quite as well as the pit paste does. It’s also slightly more expensive. The ingredients include organic shea butter, sodium bicarbonate, organic cocoa butter, organic arrowroot powder, organic coconut oil, and organic essential oils. It still works, I just feel like I have to reapply more frequently than the others. (But it’s still far and away more effective for me than a generic brand like Tom’s, which basically does as much good as spritzing my underarms with water.)


Music & Podcasts

I love listening to podcasts while I’m walking or doing something else active. A few of my favorites:

  • The Suze Orman Show—I’ve actually learned a lot of stuff from this woman. She makes it easy for my non-numbers brain to understand financial matters that would otherwise leave my mind in a jumble.
  • The Lively Show—I love learning more about bloggers and internet entrepreneurs around the web.
  • Door of Hope—These sermons from Door of Hope Church in Portland are incredible. One of the pastors used to teach at my church here in Madison. I’ve particularly enjoyed their Spiritual Symmetry series.


When it comes to music, I’m pretty boring. Usually I just stream some Pandora or pop in a CD. (Yes, I still have a few of those. Permission granted to call me ancient.)


Free Online Workouts

  • Tara Stiles Yoga—I love her easy approach to yoga (even though some of the poses are quite challenging!). Often I’ll string together 2 or 3 videos to give myself a mini-flow session at home.
  • This Pinterest page. Lindsay (Cotter Crunch) always posts great workouts!
  • Blogilates—At first I thought this brand was kind of corny and that these short routines couldn’t possibly be “workouts,” but whoa was I wrong. These are HARD! (Extreme Abs is no joke.)


That’s it for today. I’m off to take to the skies for a Labor Day weekend trip to Maine, and then I’ll be spending some time with my sister and her two kiddos. Soak up what’s left of summer and enjoy!


Visualization for Reaching Goals

August 22nd, 2014 at 5:05 am · Post a comment · 1 Comment
Lake Michigan

Welcome to Food & Fitness Friday! I’ve been on my 14 Day Wellness Jumpstart plan now for 1 week, and I’m feeling great. Keep on reading for the full update on how things have gone. A little later I’m going to talk about visualization for health/weight goals. It’s something new to me so I thought […]

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Low-Glycemic Breakfast Ideas

August 19th, 2014 at 5:05 am · Post a comment · 6 Comments
Low Sugar Breakfast Ideas from Daily Bites

Before I say a word about breakfast, I first have to tell you how grateful I am for all of your comments on last week’s two posts: Introducing Food & Fitness Fridays and My 14-Day Jumpstart to Wellness. I’m a pretty private person. If you look up “introvert” in the dictionary, it probably says my […]

Filed under: Breakfast & Brunch, Family-Friendly, Grain-Free, Links, Nutrition, Recipes

My 14-Day Wellness Jumpstart Plan

August 15th, 2014 at 6:06 am · Post a comment · 18 Comments
Food & Fitness Fridays at Daily Bites

  Thanks for your kind responses to my post earlier this week when I opened up about my current health struggles. As promised, today we are kicking off Food & Fitness Fridays, the series where I’ll be sharing my weekly updates with you…including the good, the bad, and the ugly! Today is all about goals […]

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Introducing: Food & Fitness Fridays

August 13th, 2014 at 1:01 pm · Post a comment · 32 Comments

(UPDATE: Read the first Food & Fitness Friday post here, where I’m sharing my 14-day wellness jumpstart plan!) Today we’re getting up close and personal. Since this is, after all, a personal blog where I share my personal journey with food and health, I’ve decided (after probably way too much thinking…) to be completely transparent […]

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How to Make Lacto-Fermented Vegetables

August 5th, 2014 at 5:05 am · Post a comment · 7 Comments
How To Make Fermented Vegetables |

Hello and Happy August! I’m back in action after a three week blogging break. I tried not to think about blogging too much while I took some time away from my screen, but why is that when you purposefully tell your mind not to think about something it naturally goes there? I’m glad to be […]

Filed under: Egg-free, Grain-Free, How To's, Nutrition, Recipes, Sides, Snacks, vegan, Vegetables

Taking Time To Be

July 14th, 2014 at 5:05 am · Post a comment · 27 Comments

Yesterday I celebrated my 23rd year as a living, breathing, thinking, praying, doing, watching, hoping, wishing human being. Fresh off of a move into a new apartment, I spent most of the weekend unpacking boxes, cleaning dusty corners, and trying not to panic at the explosion of kitchen stuff scattered far and wide. I’m far […]

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Celery, Fennel & Green Apple Salad

July 8th, 2014 at 8:08 am · Post a comment · 2 Comments

I’d hoped to get this recipe posted yesterday, but the day scrambled away from me as I got lost in preparations for my upcoming move later this week. On a scale of one to huge, this move is about a two. I’m only hopping a few blocks from where I live now, but moves are […]

Filed under: Egg-free, Family-Friendly, Grain-Free, Recipes, Salads, Sides, Vegetables

For Your Summer Weekend

July 4th, 2014 at 5:05 am · Post a comment · 1 Comment

First things first: Happy 4th of July! And second things second: Are these not the most gorgeous peas? They’re from my friends’ organic garden. I polished off the entire bag faster than I’d care to admit, but oh how I relished every sweet and snappy morsel. On this holiday weekend, I hope you’ll have a […]

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Strawberry Orange Ice Cream {Dairy-Free}

July 1st, 2014 at 5:05 am · Post a comment · 4 Comments
Strawberry Orange Ice Cream |

The 4th of July has a way of sneaking up on me every year, but it still always ends up being one of my favorite holidays—perhaps because the very nature of Independence Day is jubilant and celebratory, even though it’s one of the most casual and easy holidays in the U.S. We can throw on […]

Filed under: Desserts, Egg-free, Family-Friendly, Grain-Free, Holidays, Recipes

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