Hi and welcome! Ashley here, aka “Coconut Darling”. I would never have thought I would have a blog based around coconuts. I’ve always hated coconuts!! This girl right here sounds like a poser, huh? Well, let’s just say I was born again. Due to a recent diagnosis of leaky gut along with a crazy gene mutation that reminds me of a wordy dird (MTHFR), I have decided to take the plunge. The clean eating plunge, that is. If you don’t know, now you know that this requires many coconuts. Over the past 7 years I’ve had many sleepless nights of researching food, health, exercise, diys (that never come to fruition). Damn Pinterest. Any who, I am now overwhelmed with a bunch of (useless) information that I am going to share with as many of you suckers as possible. Oh!! I forgot the most important part…I’m creating some pretty amazing recipes in the kitchen on this journey as well. I guess I could share a few of those too 😛
Sooo, I was totally kidding on the useless information bit. It’s so useful, in fact, that I just do have to share it with you guys!! And my family, of course. See my handsome hubby (and those beautiful baby blues) 🙂 ? He has to hear about it all the time. Poor guy. I have to be 2-legit-2-quit with him. Proper resources, the whole 9. He’s quality control. You guys can thank him later… or just let me know and I can thank him for you 🙂 . Once I mentioned blogging to him, he definately came through with a gentle nudge. And, of course, he supports all of my crazy expensive concoctions. It truly is sad that eating healthy can be sooo expensive (or is it?)!! But, it’s totally worth it. I feel like a different person when I am eating according to my dietary restrictions as well as eating quality ingredients (no processed food here!! – I mean, maybe occasionally, but it’s also regretted).
Tha’ boys! I wouldn’t say they are supportive – necessarily. To be honest they are carb-oholics (oh so darn cute carb-oholics). And that’s really hard to control (coming from a former addict). Thank goodness I can get a few green smoothies in them during the week. They do enjoy my meals, they just don’t always prefer them. What kid wouldn’t prefer pizza? This is where I try to live and let live. I’m hoping to instill some healthy living habits for when they get older. My little one has down dog (a yoga pose, for those of you who are confused right now) down pat 🙂 . I’m sure he will be more of a football player as opposed to a yoga enthusiast, but his humble beginnings should take him far. Big brother loves being active, just about as much as he loves his candy. We are working on it. Unfortunately, I wasn’t a good influence in his early years. I have learned how hard it is to have control over what your kids eat. They will definitely not control me in this cause, but I can be lenient so that everyone is happy. I want them to love eating healthy, not hate it and feel forced in to it.
Eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle is hard work. So, there’s normal, everyday life stuff and then you have to squeeze all of the extras in…
My favorite extras to squeeze in:
- Daily scripture reading and prayer time.
- Meditation (with or without Isochronic tones).
- A nice long walk or quick jog.
- Reading other self-help or fun books.
- Stretch time.
Your list may look similar (or very different). Either way, let’s do a reality check. How do you feel, I mean, how do you really feel? ‘Cuz my life before trying to squeeze in most of my “favorite” extras was crap. I had constant body aches and pains, I suffered with major depression and anxiety, I felt worthless, I was socially awkward or unavailable, and I was tired all the time. Like I said, crap.
Of course, I didn’t start doing all of these things over night. I have s l o w l y incorporated them in to my life. Now they seem to naturally have a place in my everyday routine. I have dropped a few things off of my daily habits, such as binging on social media, tv, and food. Free time galore!!
Between eating healthy, living healthy and staying active I was able to cure all of my ailments with no needed prescriptions (despite doctors pushing me to get on some). I was fortunate to find a good doctor that provided a holistic approach to healing. Not a holistic doctor, but a doctor with a holistic approach. She took my insurance. Bam! And she’s open to listening to all of my shenanigans. Bam, Bam! Oh man, I’m sorry I pulled an Emeril Lagasse on you guys.
Feel encouraged!! This may take time to heal but you will actually be healing as opposed to covering it up with a bandaid (prescription meds). Please don’t get me wrong, meds have their place. And thank you Jesus for them and all of the super smart doctors out there. I just prefer to take a natural approach until it’s absolutely necessary for me to put something in my body that has crazy side-effects like these.
Enough about me…what about you? Tell me, what are some of your healthy living rituals? What issues are you trying to get relief from? Any recipe requests? Or shout outs?