Be Kind To You


Still resting today but check out this awesome salad that we (Justin) made for lunch today! Followed by me using my new baraka neti pot and feeling better 👍YAY health!IMG_3101.JPG

I also realized today that my mindset this cold is totally different than the last time (back in July) I have not once thought “well this is it for the next while, I hope it doesn’t last too long” OR “forget you body, I’m going to run you in to the ground until you can’t run any longer”. Both are not a good mindset to be in. I’m taking care of my body but I have not “given up” in anyway or felt angry towards myself for getting sick. If you’re feeling that way towards yourself, take a moment with some deep breaths and be thankful for what your body does on a daily basis without you having to even think about it. It’s amazing!

So be kind to yourself today and keep pressing forward towards your dreams!

xoxo, JoyLynn



Unleashed (& Stir-Fry)

IMG_3050.JPGSo last weekend the company my outstanding husband works at gave us a wonderful gift to see Anthony Robins Unleash the Power Within. We had no idea what this seminar was about but everyone in management had gone and wanted to give this to us as a couple. It was a wonderful experience, and we were able to do a lot of fun things like meet new people, gain life changing information, and do a fire walk. If you can make it to any of the Anthony Robins events I whole heartedly recommend it.

Anyway, one of the things that they talk about is health and they invite everyone to do a 10 Day Challenge where you eat high alkaline diet for 10 days and then do 30 if you are really feeling it. This means no processed foods, no canola oil (I had no idea how that stuff was processed), and no meats (which I was fine with). What was most surprising was that my husband wanted to do this!

I have been mostly vegan for about 2 months and fully for a month due to a dairy sensitivity and the recent discovery of being egg and peanut sensitive as well. Since food allergies is something I’ve been dealing with for the past 10 years this was not a big deal for me to cut out a few more things to feel my best. However, food has always been a bonding point in my relationship/ marriage with Justin and this was a hard change for him.

I still made his lunches with meat and would make him animal protein every so often but not as often, and I made sure to let him know I didn’t expect him to eat gluten free vegan as well. He was still sad for me though and had a hard time imagining that I was still truly happy with my food options when we went out. But after this event he was all in for this challenge! When we went out for dinner that night after the seminar he wanted to make sure we could eat alkaline, and when we got home we went shopping right away to stock up on healthy options and cook right for this 10 Day Challenge. It’s been a total 180°. This morning he got up and made almond milk from scratch, and as I type these words for you he is working on making homemade hummus with dried not canned beans and fresh tahini. I can hardly express how lovely it’s been to have the full support of my spouse with my eating, I feel like we are a real team ❤

In honor of this great new food partnership here is the recipe we made last night for dinner.

Alkaline Stir-Fry 

  • 4 cups Cooked organic Brown Rice
  • 1 small Eggplant cubed
  • 1 head of Cauliflower cut into florets
  • 1 head of Broccoli cut into florets
  • 3 stems of kale stems removed and torn into 1″
  • 1 large White Onion loose chop
  • 2 cups Snap Peas
  • 1 Bell Pepper loose chop
  • 1.5″ diced fresh Ginger
  • 2 tsp Chinese Five Spice (if you think it needs more then add it)
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • 1-2 good sprinkles of ground pepper
  • 1-2 tsp course ground Celtic Salt
  • 1/2 cup Braggs Amino Acids ( you can find this at almost any grocery store, we got ours at Fred Meyers)
  • 1-1 1/2 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1/3 fresh squeezed Lemon

What To Do

  1. In a wok or large pot on medium high add a couple of tablespoons of healthy oil (avocado or organic coconut oil because they can take high heat. Olive oil will just smoke) and add all of your veggies. Cook stirring constantly until veggies are as desired.
  2. Mix wet ingredients together and pour over veggies, stir until veggies are coated with mixture.
  3. Serve over your warmed lovely brown rice. If you like you can drizzle a little more Amino Acids if you would like more soy sauce flavor on your plate.

I hope you enjoy this meal like we did.

xoxo, JoyLynn

Grilling Season – It’s On!

So for those that don’t know me and my husband we LOVE to grill! The second the sun shows it’s face here in Oregon we are on it, and since summer has come early the year here are some of our favorites

Grilled veggies! The best part is that grilling just adds so much flavor! Our favorite veggie to grill is romain hearts. That might sound odd but try it, total game changer. Just cut it in half length wise and brush with oil of your choice and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill for about 2-5 minutes on each side depending on how direct or indirect the heat is when you’re grilling.

Another quick favorite is steak. We get ours from Whole Foods because they have great prices on good meat especially if you get the family pack.

When we grill, we usually do a marinade of avocado oil, salt, pepper, and garlic. Easy, and fast enough to do while the coals are heating. Another marinade that we like is Braggs dressings. They are organic and non-gmo.

This is the method my mom thought me and I have shared with my girl friends that works great for testing the doneness of your steak. Don’t forget to let you meat rest after cooking for about 10 minutes, that way your meat is still moist and juicy when you cut into it, if you skip this step all of those great juices will just run out.

Well that’s all for now. Hope you get a chance to enjoy this grilling season!

xoxo, JoyLynn

Long & Busy Days

I know it’s been a while, and in that vein here is a quick and healthy dinner to try as spring turns into summer and our schedules somehow get even busier.

Butternut Squash Soup (with Goats cheese)


  1. Get a box of Imagine Butternut Squash Soup from your local (or healthy) grocery store.
  2. Find a nice goats cheese. The one I used was already crumbled which means I can use the left over on my salads and anything else because it’s super yummy.
  3. Heat soup up in sauce pan or a medium pot.
  4. Serve in bowl and top with the yummy goats cheese

This is really a great option to keep around for those days where even the meal plan seems to much or in this case I forgot to take the meat out to thaw. Its quick and healthy, most of Imagine’s soups (if not all) are certified organic and non-GMO certified as well. This dinner is gluten free dairy free (no cows milk) and almost Paleo with exception of the rice syrup and flower.

If you give this a try let me know!

xoxo, JoyLynn

Paleo Maple Glazes Almonds


I’ve been trying this while Paleo thing for the past week because it’s gluten free and both of my parents are allergic to dairy and corn on top of that, so I figure why not try cutting these allergens from my diet and see how I feel. So far I am really enjoying it, but who wouldn’t when you can have sweet treats like these 😉

I found the recipe on The Food Network’s website, its 2 cups nuts, 1/3 cup Maple syrup, and just a small pinch of salt after you have pan roasted the nuts on medium heat until desired toasty-ness then put on parchment paper or glass plate to cool. Then snack on the deliciousness you have just made and enjoy!

xoxo, JoyLynn