Happy

This morning I am happy for what I accomplished this past September and the journey this one goal really sent me on. My health and body have NEVER been better. I no longer “need” coffee to function or start my day and my body no longer hurts (unless I’ve had a really good workout 😉). I’m excited to keep going on this journey and look forward to more victories both scale and non-scale👍

I’ll keep you posted!

xoxo, JoyLynn
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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

The New Morning Pick Me Up

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A lovely wheatgrass smoothie with cucumber, lemon, homemade almond milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and carrot. This stuff is better than coffee for sure!

You need to put great things in to get great things back from your body 👍 Energy is key when your are achieving your dreams, so keep going!

xoxo, JoyLynn

Inspiration In Seasons || Cinnamon Rolls

Fall is probably my favorite season followed by winter and spring. Summer can really bum me out sometimes, but fall has always been magical. The leaves, crisp air, the flavors, and cozy cute things all make this time exceptional, especially when you

Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls get to live in a wonderful and stunning place like Portland Oregon.

So because this season is so full of inspiration I have for you Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls! This is the original I found but of course I tweaked some things.

Gluten Free Vegan Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls!

Pre heat oven to 425°

Filling

  • 3/4 c. brown sugar, packedIMG_2818
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  • 2 1/2 tsp. pumpkin spice blend (found at most grocery stores)
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter (I used avocado oil) set aside, do not mix in
  1. Combine together in a bowl and set aside.

Dough

  • 1/2 c. gluten free flour blend (SET ASIDE DON’T MIX IN!)
  • 2 1/2 c.  gluten free flour blend of your choice
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp xanthan gum (if your flour blend already has xanthan gum skip this or only add 1/2 tsp.)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbs vegan butter ( I used avocado oil)
  • 1 1/2 c. “buttermilk” (1 Tb vinegar + 1 1/2 c. room temp non-dairy milk–I used unsweetened coconut milk). Allow to sour for 5-7 minutes.image1

Icing

  • 1 1/3 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c. melted coconut oil
  • 3 Tbs hot water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  1. Combine sugar into melted oil.
  2. Add vanilla and water until thick but thin enough to stir with ease.
  3. Add more water if too thick or more powdered sugar if too thin.

What To Do

  1. Combine the 2 1/2 c. flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and xanthan gum until well blended.
  2. In a smaller bowl, whisk the room temp soured non-dairy milk with 2 Tbs. melted butter. Add the liquid ingredients into the large bowl with flour mixture and stir (with a wooden spoon) until the liquid is absorbed. DO NOT WORRY. Yes, the dough is supposed to look suspect at this point.
  3. Line the counter with a piece of parchment paper or silicone baking pad and place almost all of the 1/2 c. flour you set aside onto the parchment paper.
  4. Transfer the sticky dough onto the highly floured space and begin to work the flour into the dough with your hands.  Once you have gently kneaded the flour in, sprinkle the remaining flour back on to the parchment paper. If you need to kneed in more flour, add just a little bit at a time until it doesn’t feel super wet.
  5. With your hands, shape the dough gently into a 9″x 13″ rectangle. Spread 2 Tbs melted butter onto dough and sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar filling evenly on top, leaving a 1/4″ border on all edges.
  6. Gently but quickly roll the dough. If your dough breaks apart at the seams (and it will) just use your hands and pat the dough to correct the problem. If you have a lot a excess flour on your dough you can use a basting brush to dust it off as you roll.
  7. Gently slice the roll into 8 pieces with a sharp knife.
  8. Grease a round glass pan with spray. Place 7 pieces around the perimeter of the pan and place the remaining piece in the center. With your hands, gently press down on each roll.
  9. Brush the top of the rolls with the remaining 2 Tb of melted vegan butter.
  10. Bake for 18-22minutes or until golden brown.  Allow to cool slightly (5 minutes).
  11. Coat with icing.

Fresh

So I’ve been eating mostly Paleo the past few months and it’s been wonderful! I figured I would give it a try since I am allergic to gluten and both of my parents not only share that but they also have a corn and dairy allergy too. My energy has been so better and my thoughts less muddled.

Anyway all of that to share with you one of my new favorite snacks and meal add-ons. Fresh tomatoes!!

Today they will be added to some lovely scrambled eggs.

xoxo, JoyLynn

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