Keep Pushing!

I still can’t believe at moments that I reached such a big goal. The more I think about it the more I get excited.  This has not always been the case. Back in high school and even college, I would start losing weight and getting healthy only to be derailed by physical set backs and my own mental blocks. I would fall into the old trap of “I’ve been so good lately, it’s OK if I slide for a little bit” or one the biggest lies “It’s the holidays, I can’t say no, their feelings would be hurt” and last but not least “I accomplished something so I deserve a treat!” . That last one in its self is not bad, but it can be a trap when your “treats” are really keeping you from your goals. My treats were always sugary and fatty. I would treat myself with coffee drinks, baked goods, and other not-so-good things. Then a week later I would be thinking “what just happened, I had progress where did it go?!?”. Oddly enough this bad habit didn’t come to light until one day scrolling through Pinterest and found a meme :Do not reward yourself with foodIn that moment I knew I needed to make a change and stop this cycle of 2 steps forward and 1-3 steps back. I was wrecking my body and my heart to the core. So yesterday, after having THE BEST test results from my annual exam, I got a treat. A manicure! I love having my nails done and feeling pampered, PLUS it’s a great healthy alternative to destructive food.

What do you reward yourself with? Is it something you can be proud of a moment from now or something you’ll have to go work off later or feel guilty about?

The truth is you can do this! You can get control over your health and body, but it happens in an instant, in a heart beat. When something says “NO MORE!” and in your heart you know you can’t keep doing this for one more week, “till next Monday”, one more hour, one more minute! That initial change starts in your heart, in an instant. As you start your journey you may fail at times but that in NOT an excuse to keep failing, or to fall back into old habits. Get up. Dust yourself off and feel that resolve in your heart when you made that decision and keep pushing forward! The only person who can stop you is YOU.

xoxo, JoyLynn



Sorry for not posting the past few days I’ve just been really focused on getting over this ick, but I have some fun news to share with you in my next post so stay tuned!

xoxo, JoyLynn

P. S. I’m finally starting to feel better!IMG_3121.JPG

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