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Double Chocolate Donuts

You MUST be a rich, deep dark chocolate lover, or know someone who is, to continue reading! via GIPHY If you like treats that satisfy your cravings, perhaps have a little functional nutrition, and leave you still feeling great, than this recipe may be just for you! They can also be made into muffins if you don't have a donut mold. I’ve made these so that they meet my treat desires – grain free, low-carb, paleo-friendly, keto-friendly, and dairy free! This recipe includes organic cacao powder and organic and fair trade dark chocolate, which are rich in antioxidants, such as polyphenols, and prebiotics. Who doesn’t love delicious paired with benefit?! It also has collagen which is amazing for our hair, skin, nails, joints, and gut health, among other things! It has...

13 Ways to Get Out of Your Head & Rejuvenate Your Energy

When I was sick, I often found myself stuck deep inside my head and body. Sure, I would often go within for necessary introspection or appropriate checking in. However, much of the time I was lost in thought about how to fix or solve what was going on with me. It was also frequently a defense mechanism because my energy was so low, that handling external stimuli was quite overwhelming at times. Healing requires a lot of energy and it is important to know our boundaries and be able to protect our energy, but I found that being stuck inside myself too much was a drain on my energy as well. I discovered that there were ways I could get outside my head and rejuvenate...

13 Ways to Reduce Plastic Use & Waste

Hey there! If you're here reading this (which I guess you are, right?!), then we should be friends! Please come follow me on Instagram, if you're not already, so we can hang out there and get to know one another better! It was on Instagram that I first shared some of the ways we reduce plastic in our home, especially when it comes to food and beverages. Currently, on Tuesdays, I share tips for reducing toxins in our lives in my Low-Toxin Tuesday Series in Instagram Stories. I also do a Thought(ful) Thursday Series. If you're currently feeling FOMO and wondering how you could've possibly been missing out all this time-- DON'T! You can go to the highlights section on my Instagram profile and find...

The Day I Cried Over Potatoes: A Story about Eating Disorder Recovery and Surrendering

I collapsed on my parent’s bed because the potatoes weren’t done. I remember that moment so clearly. It was Christmas day 2002. I think someone had forgotten to turn the oven on, or it had accidentally been shut off. Or maybe it was mashed potatoes that were getting made and the burner hadn’t been turned on to boil the potatoes. It doesn’t really matter. I certainly wasn’t going to be eating the potatoes anyway. What mattered was that the potatoes were still freaking hard. I couldn’t imagine myself having to wait an extra 30-60 minutes to eat because the POTATOES weren’t done for Christmas dinner at my grandparents. I was starving, and exhausted from starving, and couldn’t hold it together any longer. I laid on my parent’s bed...

Food Sensitivities? 13 Tips for Coping & Recovering

During my journey healing from Lyme Disease, Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS), and multiple food sensitivities, I tried sooo many healing diets, and often tried combining multiple healing diets at once. Some of these included: GAPS, low FODMAP, Paleo AIP, Paleo, low mold diet, low carb diet, ketogenic diet, low histamine diet, low salicylates, low oxalates, low lectin, etc. After trying all of these diets and numerous healing protocols, you can imagine why we (my multiple practitioners and I) were wondering how it could be I wasn’t progressing the way we would have expected! If you’re in this place, I’m certain you know the struggle. There were a few times along the way where there were about only 3-5 foods I tolerated. Now, I eat a wide variety of foods I both enjoy and...

3 Tips to Regain Your Period: My Experiences with Hypothalamic Amenorrhea

I first started my period just before I turned 11 years old. That’s young!!!  I look at 11 year old girls now and think it seems too early! I remember being embarrassed and incredibly self-conscious about it for at least the first year. I felt like everyone could tell when it was that time of the month and I was always concerned about having an incident in front of others. As time went by, I started to get really uncomfortable cramps, would want to wear whatever clothing I wanted without concern, and wanted to go swimming whenever I wanted…and that was the start of my period feeling like a really annoying inconvenience. It certainly wasn’t something I honored as the sign of optimal health, femininity, and...

6 Ways to Develop More Self-Love & Compassion

For so many years I fought my body. I fought to make it smaller. I fought to make it healthier. I fought for healing. I fought to make it more fit. I fought to make it everything I didn’t think it was already enough of. As I’m sure you understand, I didn’t move from this place of always trying to change my body, never feeling enough, never being happy with my body…to a place of deep love and compassion for it overnight. In fact, it was really an evolution that took years. Early on, the steps I took to achieving more body peace were small and fleeting (they were redirections that lasted only for the moment). The most significant changes came when I started recognizing the power of my thoughts and my mindset and committed...

How to Decide When It’s Best to Say YES or NO

HELLO AGAIN! You may remember in my last post that I spoke of a number of changes going on in the Thriving with Deanna household.  We have since completed the sale of our home and moved into our temporary living situation.  We also broke ground at our new home site and the actual house construction will even start this week (sooo exciting and completely overwhelming at times too).  I won't go into too many details, but this whole process has added so many changes and challenges opportunities that it's taking some major adjusting and adapting.  I honestly feel some days that I'm barely scraping by to keep all the things "balanced" and "flowing."  It actually feels a bit more like some risky juggling at times.  The...

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9 Tips for Minimalism & Decluttering

It’s been a few weeks since my last post…I’ve missed you!    Seriously, though, I have been feeling a bit disconnected.  When I welcomed you here last year to my brand new website, I told you there may be times that I would have to prioritize other things (over the blog) in my life.  And, that's been the case recently.  In February, I had the flu, at the same time we were beginning to ready our home to put it on the market for sale.  It took me a full 3 weeks to truly feel like myself again after being sick.  During that time, less than 3 days after our house went on the market for showings, we were under contract. YAY!!!  That meant I immediately...

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