The Basics of Juicing

We are a fan of juicing! If you are new to the idea of juicing, I want to tell you that if this mom of three small boys can juice in the morning on a school day AND get her boys to drink said juice, it’s simple enough for you to do, too!

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The Waiting: When It’s Not Happening

While complete healing hasn’t happened for me just yet, I’m better than I would be had I not cleaned up my diet, worked on stress management, added supplements to my routine and educated myself on how my digestion, hormones and neurotransmitters really work. I’m better. And that’s what brings hope right into the middle of the waiting.

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Holy Guacamole! (or How Taste Buds Can Change)

I never really liked avocado. But somewhere in my teenage years I heard that taste buds change every three years, so I kept on trying avocado despite it being a “thumbs down” for me each time. And while the research I’ve done recently on taste buds and taste development does not support this theory of the three year turn over, I am happy to say that somewhere in my twenties, because of my commitment to continue trying foods I wasn’t fond of, I began to love avocado! It all changed with this amazing guacamole dip that I tried deep in the heart of Texas. I have three small children — 7, 5 and about to be 2. What I’ve learned about taste from them is that it is possible train a child’s palate. Many parenting books tell you that kids may need to try foods anywhere from 10-15 times before they will accept the taste and texture as good to them. It may have something to do with the sensitivity of these new “taste radars” they’ve been equipped with. My kids eat pretty much everything under the sun. I credit this not only to consistently trying all different kinds of foods with them during their toddler years, but also to having a dinner table rule that says they must try at least one bite of everything on their plates. Even if the last time they ate it they didn’t like it. Like magic, salad has become acceptable on the dinner plate! And, remarkably, things like broccoli and spicy foods and coconut curry have always been on the menu for them. As we go through pregnancy and menopause (ladies) and as we age our taste... read more

The Story Behind Beacon Coaching

And so that’s the story behind Beacon Coaching . . . and my mission: To be a beacon — a signal and a guide — to your best financial management, health, relationships and overall life through the inspired sharing of principles and a proven process.

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Tasty Rubs for Steak, Chicken or Fish

Over the years I’ve collected and perfected a number of different rubs that we use on steak, chicken or fish. Since we’ve gone Whole30(ish) this past month, these rub recipes have become super important! Here are our favorites . . . Blackening Rub (covers 2 lbs. steak, chicken or fish) 1 tsp. paprika 1/4 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp. ground cumin 1/2 tsp. thyme 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper 1/4 tsp. onion powder Chili Rub (makes about 12 Tbl of rub) 2 Tbl. chili powder 2 Tbl. ground cumin 2 Tbl. paprika 1 Tbl. oregano 1 Tbl. dried coriander 1 Tbl. garlic powder 1 Tbl. onion powder 1 Tbl. sea salt 1 tsp. cayenne (adjusted for heat) 1 tsp. crushed red pepper (adjusted for heat) 1 tsp. ground black pepper Outback Rub (covers 2 lbs. steak, chicken or fish) 4 tsp. sea salt 4 tsp. paprika 2 tsp. ground black pepper 1 tsp. onion powder 1 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. cayenne pepper (adjusted for heat) 1/2 tsp. ground coriander 1/2 tsp. ground turmeric Ribeye Rub (covers 2 lbs. steak) 2 Tbl. chili powder 1 tsp. cayenne pepper 1/2 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper London Broil Rub (covers 3lbs. steak) 2 Tbl. chili powder 1 Tbl. oregano 1 Tbl. paprika 2 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. sea salt 1/2 tsp. ground black... read more

Black Bean Soup

  We’ve been on a bit of a diet journey these past two weeks as we endeavor to keep Jacob off prednisone during this allergy season. We started on the Whole30 about ten days ago and saw an almost immediate impact. We were able to cut down some of his medication and we also saw his symptoms — watery eyes, runny nose, swelling, and cough — lessen. But there were a couple of symptoms – like a rash he generally develops – that weren’t abating. So when we visited our doctor a few days into the program, we were sure to ask about dietary adjustments. It was then that I was reminded that both Jacob and I do not do well on nuts. In fact, Jacob is allergic to a number of different types of nuts. I have been on this health journey for quite some time and am just a few months away from finishing my health coaching certificate and yet, somehow, I overlooked the fact that my son and I weren’t going to do well on a diet that used nuts so much! We immediately made some changes. We gave up on the nuts – and our kids’ favorite Larabars – in favor of adding back beans to our diet. We also brought in certified gluten free oats so Jacob would have some options for breakfast (he can’t stand eggs). With these changes we seem to be doing okay. Jacob’s symptoms have stabilized into a certain zone we are comfortable with for now. We’ll just have to see if staying consistent with the diet for a week... read more

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