Author: Deanna Wilcox

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The TRUTH about Exercise and Weight Loss – Part 1

Everywhere we look these days, there are health and weight loss do’s and don’ts. Am I right? How do we sort out which ones are safe, effective, meaningful, true to us…? It can be downright challenging! It’s hard to know who to trust even when we try to do the “research” on these things. Let me just say this: stop and ask yourself how you REALLY feel about a certain piece of information. Does it sit right with you? Does it resonate with you? Does it sound sustainable? You may remember a quote I shared with you a while back, “Not all change feels positive at first.” Change can be hard! Questioning our current thoughts and...


3 Extraordinary Veggie Groups to Emphasize

On Instagram and Facebook I recently ran a poll to see what my readers and followers were interested in learning more about. In case you missed it, the options I presented were: Beginner level detox tips for home and self-care products, Making real food choices, Healthy lifestyle choices, Mindset regarding health & lifestyle, Homeschooling info, Basic day in the life of Deanna and her family, or a Mix of all. Every single topic was requested at least a few times, though many were interested in more beginner level home and self-care product detox tips, so I'll definitely be adding more of that. If...


Sunflower Seed Butter Fat Bombs (and what the heck are fat bombs?)

I'm going to share something different this week.  I've had a lot of requests for recipes for some of my fat bombs (I have shared some pics on Instagram)!  So I'm going to share one with all of you this week.  If you like it, perhaps I'll share a few others in the weeks to come.   Now you may be wondering, what the heck is a fat bomb?!?! Well, there are really lots of possible definitions or uses of the term, but I'll share with you what I think a fat bomb is.  It's going to take more than one concise sentence at first, though...


Why am I struggling…?

As I was tucking my son into bed the other night we were having a discussion about behavior. I said something like, "When we work against, there is struggle; when we work together, it's easier." I didn't want to send the message that it's a good idea to simply be passive, though (he's far from that, but I don't want to break his spirit, either), so, I also reminded him, "When you have ideas you'd like to share, it's wonderful for you to respectfully do that." I want him to understand that his strong will can work in his favor. He can function in opposition (struggle) or use his passion for creativity, making positive changes, and/or promoting cohesiveness and a coming together...


Intuitive Approach- Part 2

Last week, in part 1 of this post, we talked about intuition, "should's", and using an intuitive eating approach.   This intuitive approach can be applied in the health and fitness realm as well.  I am super passionate about this. I feel like movement/exercise has a bit less emotion attached to it compared to food for most people (though not all), and can be a great place to experiment with this approach . I’m zealous about it because NOT being intuitive with my exercise and activity really helped push me over the edge with my health and kept me there for quite some time when I was at my sickest. I find there are so many people who are like I used to be, pushing so far past...


Intuitive Approach- Part 1.

The following definition and discussion of intuition was taken from Wikipedia:   "Intuition is the ability to acquire knowledge without proof, evidence, or conscious reasoning, or without understanding how the knowledge was acquired. Different writers give the word "intuition" a great variety of different meanings, ranging from direct access to unconscious knowledge, unconscious cognition, inner sensing, inner insight to unconscious pattern-recognition and the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning."   You’ve undoubtedly heard of following your intuition. We can get a sense of knowing without necessarily understanding why, what, or how. I think we can all probably also look back at a time in our lives when we didn’t follow our intuition and later regretted it. It’s that deep feeling that something is or...