Food Addiction


This lunch represents one step towards freedom. Food addiction is a real thing and I have realised I have a real problem. I posted a month or so ago about trying to find balance and experimenting with where my food boundaries really were. I literally couldn’t find that balance. With Dairy I didn’t notice issues but, once I opened the door to wheat, I lost it. 
For years I have been swinging back and forth between extreme restriction and un-ending binges. I really had to sit down and get honest with myself and realize I was not in control. I was being controlled. My brain was literally telling me I “needed” that cake and that pie and that pizza. 

I think the real moment of realisation for me, was when I told my husband I was only sorta hungry…and the proceeded to eat 2 double cheeseburgers, 1 large fry and a small coke. How is that only sorta hungry?? Truthfully…..I could have and kinda wanted to eat more. That was a catalyst. I realize I need to approach eating the way a drug addict approaches drugs. The problem is… You have to eat. You can’t just avoid eating. I need boundaries and I need help. 

I turned to prayer and brought this issue thoughtfully before the Lord. I knew my answers could only come from him. He led me to my essential oil books. I almost felt silly because I have suggested certain oils for others needing support with various addictions but, forgot to apply them to myself. I began to look for the right oils to support me through my recovery process. To my surprise, many of the oils I had been intending to incorporate into my daily routine already, were on the list of helpful oils for food addiction. I had felt drawn to add these oils in and here they were meant to help exactly the issue I had been avoiding. Sometimes you just have to give it to God and get out of the way haha. I have to continue to use these oils and take each day one day at a time. 
I am writing this early in my discovery process so results are not really in a place for discussion but, I wanted to share this with you all as I move through my journey in the good and the bad. I know I am not the only one struggling with this addiction and I hope this blog will help others who are struggling to speak out and seek help. If you are interested in joining me in using essential oils to support yourself in recovery from food addiction, please reach out to me. I would love to share my knowledge and I would love to have others to share this journey with. 

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Food Addiction


This lunch represents one step towards freedom. Food addiction is a real thing and I have realised I have a real problem. I posted a month or so ago about trying to find balance and experimenting with where my food boundaries really were. I literally couldn’t find that balance. With Dairy I didn’t notice issues but, once I opened the door to wheat, I lost it. 
For years I have been swinging back and forth between extreme restriction and un-ending binges. I really had to sit down and get honest with myself and realize I was not in control. I was being controlled. My brain was literally telling me I “needed” that cake and that pie and that pizza. 

I think the real moment of realisation for me, was when I told my husband I was only sorta hungry…and the proceeded to eat 2 double cheeseburgers, 1 large fry and a small coke. How is that only sorta hungry?? Truthfully…..I could have and kinda wanted to eat more. That was a catalyst. I realize I need to approach eating the way a drug addict approaches drugs. The problem is… You have to eat. You can’t just avoid eating. I need boundaries and I need help. 

I turned to prayer and brought this issue thoughtfully before the Lord. I knew my answers could only come from him. He led me to my essential oil books. I almost felt silly because I have suggested certain oils for others needing support with various addictions but, forgot to apply them to myself. I began to look for the right oils to support me through my recovery process. To my surprise, many of the oils I had been intending to incorporate into my daily routine already, were on the list of helpful oils for food addiction. I had felt drawn to add these oils in and here they were meant to help exactly the issue I had been avoiding. Sometimes you just have to give it to God and get out of the way haha. I have to continue to use these oils and take each day one day at a time. 
I am writing this early in my discovery process so results are not really in a place for discussion but, I wanted to share this with you all as I move through my journey in the good and the bad. I know I am not the only one struggling with this addiction and I hope this blog will help others who are struggling to speak out and seek help. If you are interested in joining me in using essential oils to support yourself in recovery from food addiction, please reach out to me. I would love to share my knowledge and I would love to have others to share this journey with. 

Food Addiction


This lunch represents one step towards freedom. Food addiction is a real thing and I have realised I have a real problem. I posted a month or so ago about trying to find balance and experimenting with where my food boundaries really were. I literally couldn’t find that balance. With Dairy I didn’t notice issues but, once I opened the door to wheat, I lost it. 
For years I have been swinging back and forth between extreme restriction and un-ending binges. I really had to sit down and get honest with myself and realize I was not in control. I was being controlled. My brain was literally telling me I “needed” that cake and that pie and that pizza. 

I think the real moment of realisation for me, was when I told my husband I was only sorta hungry…and the proceeded to eat 2 double cheeseburgers, 1 large fry and a small coke. How is that only sorta hungry?? Truthfully…..I could have and kinda wanted to eat more. That was a catalyst. I realize I need to approach eating the way a drug addict approaches drugs. The problem is… You have to eat. You can’t just avoid eating. I need boundaries and I need help. 

I turned to prayer and brought this issue thoughtfully before the Lord. I knew my answers could only come from him. He led me to my essential oil books. I almost felt silly because I have suggested certain oils for others needing support with various addictions but, forgot to apply them to myself. I began to look for the right oils to support me through my recovery process. To my surprise, many of the oils I had been intending to incorporate into my daily routine already, were on the list of helpful oils for food addiction. I had felt drawn to add these oils in and here they were meant to help exactly the issue I had been avoiding. Sometimes you just have to give it to God and get out of the way haha. I have to continue to use these oils and take each day one day at a time. 
I am writing this early in my discovery process so results are not really in a place for discussion but, I wanted to share this with you all as I move through my journey in the good and the bad. I know I am not the only one struggling with this addiction and I hope this blog will help others who are struggling to speak out and seek help. If you are interested in joining me in using essential oils to support yourself in recovery from food addiction, please reach out to me. I would love to share my knowledge and I would love to have others to share this journey with. 

Fertility, diet tweaks and finding mental health

We went on vacation! This vacation has actually allowed me some time to catch up on blog posts and enjoy some quiet mornings of writing once again. Part of my blogging has been sharing my journey with you. Its been awhile since I have done any updating with my story. Its always a struggle to find the balance between sharing too much and not sharing enough. 

I have talked before about my PCOS and my struggle to treat it naturally. I have been to several herbalists and naturopathic doctors. Each of them have added a piece of the puzzle but, I still felt like something was missing. I needed some bloodwork done so I could for sure know where my hormone levels were and how to best treat them. Until now it had just been educated guesses by my doctors. At the begining of this year, I was finally provided with health insurance that would allow me to see a OBGYN to begin looking at specific fertility issues. Not only that but, unbeknownst to me they covered my bloodwork 100%! What an amazing blessing. I now have specific blood results that show the levels of hormone in my system. I know that despite my previous thoughts, I am low on estrogen and I have almost zero progesterone. My body makes only the slightest of trace amounts. Now I am being supplemented with progesterone for part of the month in addition to my supplementation routine at home. So far this is working out really well. I am continuing my home supplementation because, even though my practitioner doesn’t believe in herbs, essential oils or natural medicine, when she seen my blood work she was so impressed with my health markers and other results, she was almost speechless. She told me that whatever I was doing at home needed to continue because it was working great. I had amazing liver, kidney and metabolic function. Yay me! Despite the goodnews, my practitioner is not optimistic about my chances of achieving pregnancy without fertility treatments such as IVF or IUI. The progesterone treatment is our first step and I chose this step over birth control pills. She was reccomending the pill due my combination of low estrogen, progesterone and LH hormone. I however, want to try as natural as possible first and see if my body will take its cues from there. Even in the face of my practitioner’s lack of hope, I am hopeful. I am seeing results and beyond that, I trust in Christ who I firmly believe has spoken that he will heal me and that I will have children. With God on my side, nothing can stand against me. 

While all of this was going on though, I was really struggling with food. I love food. My husband loves food. We love to expirence food together. 

(I submit for an example, this amazing breakfast we enjoyed with friends on vacation. If you are ever in vegas, you NEED to go to craft kitchen.)

I also love to cook, but with nursing school my time and energy have been short. Some nights no matter how much I prepared dinner would end up in take out or something from the store. Literally there were nights where my crockpot or the oven failed to cook despite setting it and turning it on. This was more than a little stressful. I was also working out 5 days a week, counting calories and STILL gaining weight. Not the good kind thay comes with building muscle either. This led to nights where I would burn 700 calories at the gym buy come home and freak out because I ate 100 calories over my goal. I was dissatisfied, stressed out and in an unhealthy cycle of restriction followed by binging. I felt so lost and I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to eat healthy, feel good and lose weight but, I had so many restrictions on myself, I couldn’t keep it up. I had to let go.

For several years I have been tryinh to cut gluten and dairy out of my diet. I was doing this for several health reasons not just for fad diets. However, I had a moment where I realized, I have been experiencing fewer symptoms of exposure as of late, and the stress I was causing with restriction counteracted any health benefits I could possibly be receiving. I literally felt like I was having mental breakdowns over FOOD. I was in real trouble and despite my best efforts, I had gained back all the weight I had lost anyways. 1 year of hard work had been destroyed by two years of struggling with food and it was finally all coming to a head. 

I realized I have a great oppertunity here to see how food really effects me. I have blood test results and these blood tests will be repeated in april. So I have changed my way of eating in the following ways. I am having no food off limits but, I am eating to fuel my body. I am eating high quality sources of food. For example unless I am on vacation or at a special occasion, if I eat dairy, it needs to come from grass fed cows. If I eat gluten I want it to be from the highest quality source available. A good example of that would be traditionally fermented sourdough. The fermentation process eats up nearly all of the gluten in the process. In all of this I will continue to work out, and track my food so I can have a good record of what I have been eating and doing. If in mid april I get vastly worse results, I will know it is time to go back to the drawing board. I want to approach this in a way that puts my health first and that includes my mental health. Without happinesss even being skinny is pointless. My weight loss may take a lot longer than it would take someone else but, if the worst thing I am is fat…. I think there are worse things to be. I have struggled to find balance in this new way of eating but, I am determined to find my way in a way that makes me and my husband happy. I have decided to share this with you as I go through it so that when I share my updated blood results, you will have background on what is going on and you can see how I opperate as a human being. Too often on these health blogs the only thing we see is the victories. I say you can’t appreciate my victory, unless you have seen my struggles. 

I hope you understand where I am coming from both in my choice to seek medical treatment and in my decision to eat from a whole food perspective. I also hope that you can enjoy my journey with my and somehow, be encouraged in the process. I share my journey with you in the hopes of making yours a better one.

-Lady Bug 

Carrier oils and safe dilution of essential oils.

Often times when I post recipes for essential oil blends or I am consulting with some one in the proper use of essential oils, I reccomend using a carrier oil. As soon as I say the phrase carrier oil, many people get confused and over the last year, one of the number one questions I get has been about carrier oils. Because of the high volume of questions I get on carrier oils, I realized that a blog post explaining all the ins and outs of carrier oils might be helpful. 

First let me explain what a carrier oil is and why you should be using it. According to wikipedia “A carrier oil, also known as a base oil or vegetable oil, is used to dilute essential oils and absolutes before they are applied to the skin in massage and used in aromatherapy. They are so named because they carry the essential oil onto the skin. Wikipedia“. Essentially a carrier oil is any oil you mix with an essential oil to safely dilute that oil before applying it on the skin or, when making a blend that you will store for multiple uses. 

Now that we know what a carrier oil is and what it does, let’s talk about the different options to use for a carrier oil. There are almost limitless options out there but, some are better than other for various reasons. I am going to talk about my top choices and then give you a few choices I personally avoid. This is where my expirence not only with essential oils but, also as a massage therapist comes in handy. 

1. Jojoba oil

My number one go to oil is and probably always will be jojoba oil. Interestingly enough, this oil isn’t actually an oil. Chemically it is classified as an ester. The chemical make up is unique because, it is the closest thing in nature to your skin’s natural oil. Your skin’s oil is also classified as an ester. The similarity to your skin oil means, jojoba oil is hypoallergenic and when you massage it into your skin, it absorbs right in. It won’t leave you feeling greasy or like you need to shower. Jojoba oil also won’t stain your clothes! Every other carrier oil will to some degree or another stain fabric. 😢 Jojoba oil’s unique chemical make up also makes it the perfect essential oil dilutant/ carrier oil because it is almost entirely odorless and will take on the smell of any oil it is mixed with. This leaves you with a pure scent. The only bummer, is the price. This is a spendy option. You can buy it in almost any health food store but, it runs around $30 for a 16oz bottle. You can also purchase it from a company online called “the jojoba company”. They have a variety of sizes and when I was a massage therapist, this is where I purchased my jojoba oil. Despite the price, the smooth and rapid absorption, its ability to readily take on the scent of essential oils and the fact that it doesn’t stain fabric, makes jojoba oil a clear first choice for a carrier oil. 

2. Fractionated coconut oil (FCO)

This carrier oil is a coconut oil that has been altered so that it stays in a liquid state at room temperature. FCO is a popular carrier oil because of its low price and high quality fats. Over all it mixes well with any essential oil and is relatively odorless. You can find it in health food stores or online for a great price. I usually have this carrier oil on hand and use it for the majority of the time because of its low price. There are however two main drawbacks. FCO is slighty greaser than jojoba oil and will stain fabric.

3. Olive oil

This carrier oil is special. I don’t use it for topical applications because it doesn’t absorb into the skin very well and will most assuredly stain fabric. I actually use this oil for internal dilution. First let me say, DO NOT ingest essential oils you buy from the store. I use a very specific brand of essential oils that are purifed above and beyond all other oils on the market. This allows me the safety to ingest certian oils for specific benefits. For example I will take a few drops of lavender in a gel cap when I am getting on a plane. This helps me calm down and overcome my fear of flying (AKA fear of falling out of the sky and to my ultimate doom). If you would like to know what brand of oils I use, please message me. I would be more than happy to point you in the right direction and explain why I only use one brand of essential oils. Anyways, back to the olive oil. When taking oils internally some people still like to dilute the essential oil. I find this can best be done with a high quality olive oil. Simply add a few drops of essential oil and a few drops of olive oil to a gel cap and you are good to go.
Now that I have given you my top carrier oils, let me share three I avoid.

Apricot oil and almond oil 

These oils are greasy, have what I consider an unpleasent odor and can cause some serious allergic recations in some who are allergic to nuts. These oils can also go rancid. The happens when they are exposed to heat or are not used quickly enough. Their chemical structure actually changes and instead of helping the essential oils, they can actually damage the structure of the essential oil. This renders the oil useless and wastes your precious resources. 

Grapeseed oil has simlar disadvantages however, it will not cause the same allergic reactions as apricot and almond oil.
Ok so, you now know what carrier oils are and which ones I consider to be the best. Now let’s talk about how to use them. We are typically using carrier oils to dilute essential oils before putting them on the skin. Dilution ratios however, can be confusing. The important thing to keep in mind, is that essential oils are potent. This means while you may pay $30 for a bottle, you can use that bottle one drop at a time and still see amazing results. When you do that, your bottles will last you for months. 

Dilution ratios

For adults- 1 tsp of carrier oil to 5 drops of essential oil

For children or individuals with sensitive skin- 1 tsp of carrier oil to 2 drops of essential oil 

A real world example would be a relief blend I use any time my body is feeling a little rough or my joints feel overused. 

  • 15 drops arborvitae
  • 10 drops frankincense
  • 20 drops massage blend
  • 15 drops muscle blend
  • 3 tablespoons (12 tsp) of carrier oil 

Store in a dark colored glass bottle and use as needed. 
I hope this post answers your questions about carrier oils and gives you a guide for safe dilution. Essential oils are powerful tools when used properly and I want you to be able to get the most out of your precious oil. If you have any questions feel free to comment. If you are interested in using essential oils and you want to know what oils I use on a daily basis, please send me a message using the contact form on my page. I would be happy to fill you in on the amazing source I am using. 

My car is now a cafe

So busy. So so so busy. That is life nowadays. We rush from place to place and grab food wherever we can. I know now that nursing school for me, is in full swing, I spend so much time on campus and then rushing around trying to get errands done. This has lead to a resurgence in fast food in my world. I can tell you, that does not feel good. While I am on fire in my workouts, I can’t out excersize bad nutrition. Not to mention I can’t afford the hit to my wallet haha. So I came up with a solution. My car is now a cafe. Before you as no, I am not open to the public, and no, I have not lost my mind
I have designed an on the go healthy eating resivour that will travel with me. I gathered snacks, utensils, hand wipes, condiment packets, and even a mini cooler that keeps things cold for 24hrs. All of this in my car will ensure that when I am out and about I have no shortage of healthy options. I have heard of others keeping food with them on the go but until now, I didn’t have a clue what to put in it. I felt blocked. Thankfully I found some inspiration and now I will share a few ideas with you. I gathered up a fun mix of carbs, protein, and fat, to make my box a well rounded source of nutrition. Some of these items are not perfectly paleo but, I still feel they count as whole food.


Indivudually wrapped dill pickles (these take care of my potato chip cravings)

Single serve hummus packs

Single serving guacamole packs 

Mama chia squeeze packs

Grass fed jerky

Single servings of nuts 

Healthy kettle corn 

Individual nut butter packs

Single serving carrot packs

Salad mix in serving sized containers

Grapes

Oranges

Apples 

Grass fed/ raw cheese

Lunch meat 

Cooked bacon slices 

Paleo wraps

doTERRA slim and sassy gum/ capsules (crush cravings and boost metabolism

Condiment packages of mustard and mayo, hot sauce, and barbeque sauce

Apple slicer, mini cutting board, Knives, forks, hand wipes and a cooler that lasts 24hrs.


These are just some ideas and inspiration for you all to use. It us born out of my personal struggle to fuel my body and leave fast food out of everyday life. When I have this in my car now, I have my own personal cafe. I can grab a snack for class, take a moment to make a crazy good salad or wrap, or refuel after a hard workout. With a cooler on hand, the possibilities are endless I can pack a soup, steak bites or other leftovers from dinner for a completely prepped lunch with no hassle. All of this in my car, on the go. 
I hope you find this helpful! If you do something similar I would love to hear what you keep on hand. I also want to see pictures of your on the go car systems. Head over to instagram and post them, just make sure to tag me in them so I can see or use the hashtag #mycarisacafe 

-Ladybug 

Metabolism

Six weeks in to 2017 and I am feeling great! I posted in January about my game plan to make this year, a year full of health. To read my thoughts on new years resolutions and see how I am approaching this year differently you can read here. Of course there have been struggles along the way and I wanted to share some thoughts with you before I get into today’s topic on metabolism.

I noticed a few weeks into my game plan that something was missing. I felt like I needed an extra something to boost my motivation. I looked around to those who I see as successful in their health pursuits and I noticed one thing. They had created a community around them. So, I began to brainstorm on how I could insert myself into a community or build one around me. I came up with two ideas.

First, I reached out and found an awesome personal accountability partner. We text every day and hold each other accountable when we fall. I love that I can reach out when I have a difficult day. I also love that when I start to get off track she is right there to be like “no”. I really recommend finding a partner in your health journey, if you have not found one already.

Second, I started attending the free group fitness classes my college offers. Yes, seriously they are free and I never took advantage of them before. Better late than never though! I love having these people around me. We recognize when someone is missing and we are so happy to see each other in class. This group is amazing and judgment free. I have been so blessed by this free resource. Now I don’t want to skip a workout because I love seeing their sweaty smiling faces haha!

Both of these things combined with my home workouts and eating plan, have helped me tremendously in 2017. I am seeing progress for the first time in over a year! Stay tuned for updates on my 2017 “game” 😉

Now, onto the metabolism! Contrary to our typical belief that metabolism is fat  burning, metabolism is a term that actually encompasses all of the chemical reactions that take place in our body. This of course includes fat burning but, I wanted to dig down to the base definition to demonstrate a point. Everything is connected. If you notice your “metabolism” slowing, you are actually seeing the result of a breakdown in your body’s basic chemical functions. This is a big deal. We need our bodies to thrive all the way down to a chemical layer. If one piece breaks down, we see the effects everywhere else. Because of this interconnected relationship, we need to approach the body as a whole. Metabolism has many different facets that need to be addressed. Here are a few ideas to help you nourish your body as well as boost your fat burning potential.

*Disclaimer, PLEASE DO NOT use just any essential oils internally. this is dangerous if you are just buying oils from your local health food store. I have carefully researched and found oils I trust 1000%. I am happy to share these oils with you. If you would like to know what oils I use and how to incorporate them into your health regimen, please contact me and I will do everything I can to help you safely enjoy the benefits of essential oils.*

 

  • For over all cellular health I recommend adding frankincense to your daily routine. Frankincense gets a lot of press in the essential oil world but, for a good reason. This oil packs a serious punch. From cellular health to skin health Frankincense is an amazing oil to have in your cabinet. To make sure it doesn’t just stay in your cabinet, here are a few ideas on how to use it on the daily

– Take 1 drop under your tongue in the morning and one in the evening.

– Add 2 drops to your favorite face wash or moisturizer.

-Take three drops in a gel cap in the morning.

-Massage 3 drops combined with carrier oil into your feet before bed at  night or upon rising in the morning

  • Life Long Vitality supplements from doTERRA. These supplements made a huge difference in my overall energy, mood and function. It nourishes your body from the inside out with essential oils, vitamins, minerals and more. If you had to choose one thing to boost your cellular metabolism, I recommend this as your first choice.
  • For fat burning, grapefruit is a must. Grapefruit is a wonderful citrus oil that has a bright invigorating scent. Not only will the aroma energize you, the oil when taken internally, will boost your metabolism. I personally take this oil internally in gel caps every morning.

– If you want a citrus flavored water, feel free to add 1-2 drops to your waterbottle in the morning.

-Take 2-3 drops in a gel cap with your breakfast.

  • Slim and Sassy metabolic blend. This blend is specifically aimed to boost your metabolism. This blend comes in capsules or as an oil AND AN ALL NEW SUGAR FREE GUM!!. It includes grapefruit, lemon, ginger, cinnamon and more. All of these wonderful oils combine to supercharge your metabolism and bust sugar cravings.

– Take one to three capsules in between meals to boost metabolism and help fight your mid day cravings.

– Add 1-2 drops of the essential oil to your drinking water and sip throughout the day.

– Pop in a piece of gum on the fly when cravings strike.

 

I hope these metabolism ideas help you as much as they have helped me. I love how I can use my essential oils to nourish my metabolism from every angle. I use frankincense and  lifelong vitality to enrich my cells, grapefruit to boost my morning, and slim and sassy to crush cravings all day long. If you want to know what oils I am using and how to get some samples of these amazing products, feel free to drop me a line. I love to hear from all of you, comment on this post and share your tips and tricks for metabolism.

-Lady Bug

The game plan for 2017

The new year starts tomorrow! Many of us take this time to reflect on the year we have had and what we want to change in the year to come. “Resolutions” are a big thing, but this year I am approaching them differently. I wanted to share my thoughts with you in hopes, that it may help you as well.

Ok, hands up if you have ever made a new years resolution. Hands up if you have perfectly kept that resolution all year long….. Not as many hands this time I am sure.

Do your resolutions often sound like this- lose 40lbs by february, eat only healthy food and workout every day.
The problem can be two things get in the way. 1) you let the scale define success. The scale can’t tell you if you passed on that tempting treat, meditated more instead of losing your cool, loved your family fiercely etc. The scale can’t show you the important things in life. So why let it define your success for the year?
2) you expect perfection and when you fail, its all over. No one is perfect. We will all fail this year. The problem with black and white resolutions is, once you fail it feels like your off track and will never be able to begin again.
This year instead of resolutions, I am doing what I loosely term as “game plans”. Before you ask, no, they are not the same thing. I do have goals, I would love to lose weight, I would love to be fit, I would love to save money and develop better eating habits. These are all what I would term a “score” in the game I am playing. As we discussed however, all of these have the pitfalls of failure built in.

So here is what I am doing, to get to each of these goals, there are pretty clear steps. I need to drink more water, remember to take my pills, workout, meal prep, relax more etc.

So instead of focusing on my goals, I am going to focus on my steps. Now like any good game, I have the plays I need to make in order to score a goal. But, how can I play a game, if I don’t have the equipment? That is where the final piece comes in. I don’t have the willpower to pull this off myself and frankly I don’t have the brainpower to remember it all. What I do have, is a day planner and a phone.
I downloaded an app that reminds me to drink water. I set alarms on my calendar for workouts, to take my pills AND DESIGNATED RELAXATION TIME. That is right I scheduled relaxation. Otherwise I know I would never do it. I turned my day planner into a food tracker, menu planner and shopping list. In short, I gave myself the tools/ equipment to play the game. By doing all of this and focusing on the game plan instead of the goals, I set myself up to play a good game. When you play a good game your are guaranteed to score at least once. If I score and hit a goal (say losing some weight) at least once this year, that is a win for me.
Today and this week when you reflect on your goals, I encourage you to approach yourself with love and compassion. Take the “win or lose” mindset out of your resolutions. Look at what you need to do to play the game, give yourself the tools to play the game and above all else give yourself love and grace.
Have a blessed 2017

-Lady Bug

Dynamite salad 

I have never been much for salad. Unless you however, drench every last leaf in ranch dressing. Mmmmm. Ranch dressing however doesn’t really agree with my tummy anymore unless, I make my own using this recipe. I often don’t have time to make my own ranch though, and I still need to get my greens in. Enter my second love. Hot sauce. Oh how I love hot sauce. Pretty much anything spicy really. One of my favorite meals is buffalo wings. Yes, wings can indeed be a meal. This salad was inspired by that love. Instead of using ranch dressing, I top my salad with wing sauce and half an avocado. These combine to create a creamy yet spicy dressing that makes me almost forget I ever used ranch dressing. Almost.

Serves 1

1/2 an avocado

1/4 pound of cooked chicken breast

1 slice of crispy crumbled bacon

1/2 of a cucumber 

1 cup of spinach

2 cups of your prefered lettuce mix 

Frank’s red hot wing sauce to taste.
Directions

Place lettuce in a bowl and top with the crumbled bacon. 

Next, slice the avocado and cucumber. Place on top of salad.

Shred the chicken breast and add to the bowl.

Top salad with wing sauce and mix.

Voila! Simple yet dynamite salad. Trust me on this one. Your taste buds are going to expload. 

Thanks for reading! Connect with me on Facebook and Instagram for more healthy lifestyle info, as well as lots of essential oil tips and tricks.

Chime in below and let me know what you top your salad with in place of ranch dressing. 

Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad

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MMMmmm bacon. Few foods inspire as much love or as much hate as bacon. I personally feel like, bacon that has been sourced from a local farmer or other trusted source, is an ok option. Let my bacon lovers rejoice! One of my other flavor loves, is ranch. If you need a dairy free option, you can check out my recipe here. So lets get down to the goods. Chicken bacon ranch salad. This salad is a full meal, with the addition of potatoes ensuring even the heartiest eaters will be contented. I have written this recipe in a one person serving. If you plan to prepare this for a family, remember to multiply the ingredients.

Serves 1

Cook time: 40 min 

What you will need:

1/3 pound of  chicken

1 large red potato

2 cups of mixed lettuce

1/4 cup mixed chopped veggies of choice

2 slices of bacon

1/4 cup of dressing (see here)

1 Tsp garlic powder

1/2 Tsp chives

 

Directions:

Cut the potato into 6 chunks. Season with garlic powder and chives. Steam until tender. (If you want an extra health punch, steam in bone broth instead of water.)

While the potato bites are steaming, fry the slices of bacon until crispy.

Add your chicken to a pot of boiling water and allow to boil until the chicken is done. (Usually it will be white all the way through.) Remove from water, pat dry and slice into bite sized chunks. Sprinkle with a little salt and garlic powder to taste.

When the potato is done you are ready to assemble your salad. Toss potatoes, chicken, salad and chopped veggies all together. Crumble the bacon on top, drizzle with ranch dressing and serve!
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This recipe blew my family away. The hearty flavors mixed with the light crunch of lettuce, combine to create a full course meal in just one plate. I hope you and your family find room for this meal in your upcoming cooking explorations.