There are many things to be thankful for that are floating through my head and my heart as I wake this morning of Thanksgiving. I could list all of those things, or share with you ways in which to celebrate your own gratitude. I could tell you the “top 10 ways to not be stressed this holiday season”. I could, but I’m not.
One thing that’s occurred to me recently as these holidays have crept closer is the need to address something super important that often does not get light it deserves. We're talking about vulnerability.
For many, the holidays are a time when you head home for a few days to spend with family. Others enjoy the holiday season with their "chosen" family of friends. It may include travel, high stress with loved ones, or even the financial burden of purchasing gifts upon gifts for those who will be at the gathering. This is also a time of deep reflection, both as we get closer to the end of the year, and also thinking of what your family may think of the new job y...
When I first baked these cookies, I had a mean hankering for something sweet to match the season. So I got out my baking ingredients, dusted off the KitchenAid, and opened a new can of pumpkin because.. well, Fall. After a little mixin' and whiskin' I threw these puppies in the oven, and by some Autumn miracle they turned out perfectly. A little cakey, but not too much, perfectly sweet, and most importantly, a healthy treat!
Enjoy these cookies with a cold glass of almond milk, a large serving of wine, or seasonal overload. 🍂
PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
Makes about 18 cookies.
1 1/3 + 1/4 cups almond flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 cup pumpkin
1/2 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup almond butter
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
pinch of sea salt for topping
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Then, in a separate large bowl, combine all the wet ingredients together and...
I’m a PSL lover (I also enjoy wearing plaid, sipping on green juice, shopping for cauliflower rice at Trader Joe's + trying out new workout classes with my best babes - call me basic... though you'll never find me in a pair of Uggs). But I'm not a huge Starbucks fan to begin with, and will definitely never purchase a Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte again after reading this article from Food Babe a few years ago about what’s actually in the drink. (Yuck.)
I’ve always had a bit of a stomachache after drinking this sweet seasonal concoction, and this article totally confirms why that may be. Besides a ton of sugar (a "grande" size contains over 50 grams!!) and the artificial caramel coloring added to the pumpkin spice sauce, its also made with sweetened condensed milk, which can make those of us who have a dairy intolerance – myself included – feel less than wonderful.
As much as I love the taste of the PSL and the Fall coz...
Well, well, this summer has flown by without much of a peep from me here on the Gathering Table, nor really on social media besides a little sneak peek of life here and there. The truth of the matter is I've not had such a boring summer that I don't have much to share - it's quite the opposite, in fact!
After moving back to Denver in December, I started working with an amazing local skincare studio, dove headfirst into wedding planning for our big day, and also maintained a handful of my private nutrition clients while simultaneously offering monthly women's groups for self care + community andreleasing a podcast with one of my best friends highlighting inspiring women + their journey's through wellness. Taking on a lot in a short period of time, I made it a really important point to elevate my self care, which was reflected in a lot of my life - saying "no" to things I felt didn't serve me or that I simply didn't have the space to say "yes" to; choosing projects intentional...
Have you ever noticed how before a workout you might feel fatigued, stressed out, down, or even angry, then immediately afterwards you feel on top of the world, able to throw those negative thoughts into the garbage, and ready to take on the rest of the day? Most of us are familiar with the energy that we get from moving our bodies, but how often is it that we utilize these positive changes from exercise when we really need it?
After my workout this morning with November Project, I was driving home feeling super invigorated. Lately, with wedding planning, working quite a bit, upcoming travel, and trying to manage a lot of other things going on, I've been trying to do two super important things:
1) Sleep a FULL seven to eight hours, meaning that if I'm waking up at 5:15 AM the next day, I need to be in bed by 9:30 PM so I can fall asleep by 10 PM at the latest. This is something that I also recommend constantly to my clients - sleep is everything! And can set the tone for the enti...
I can't fall asleep. My mind is racing. My body's having a difficult time relaxing.
We all have those nights when we can't really fall asleep, but with stress becoming a mainstay in our culture these days, it can be hard to let go of whatever went on during the daytime and turn our brains on low to we can catch some zzz's.
Maybe not for everyone, but for a lot of people taking magnesium may be a good way to help find some calm in your nightly routine. The issue is, most folks don't actually get enough of this nutrient - in fact, it's one of the top nutrients that is lacking in our diet today. But why, might you ask, does it matter if we're not getting enough magnesium? Well, magnesium, the eighth most abundant mineral on Earth, helps with many functions that allow us to just chill out. This includes calming the energetic activity in your muscles (including a racing heart and an active brain!), regulating blood pressure, promoting restful sleep, and even helping d...
Although nutrition has been a passion of mine for a long time, I'm actually an aesthetician as well and have been for over 10 years! These two worlds of nutrition and skincare have beautifully melded together, especially as I've been working as aesthetician again since we moved back to Denver. Though at first they don't necessarily seem like they'd fit together, having both a healthy diet and skincare routine are huge pieces in taking care of your body well, and the types of products you use can have a major impact on your health, just as the types of foods you eat can, too.
Because of the ingredients that most over-the-counter drugstore products are made of, a lot of them can have negative affects on your endocrine, digestive, and even reproductive systems, and also put your skin's health at risk. Additives in conventional skincare, such as parabens and phthalates, which contribute to the emollient, preservative and antibacterial properties of moisturizers and other skincare prod...
With wedding planning, settling into a new home, creating a routine with a new work sched, and a partner that travels for work, one thing's become crystal clear to me:
The modern world we live in is unforgiving to the burnout state.
We're overstimulated with our constant need to be occupied (social media, Netflix, podcasts in the background); undernourished with our overabundance of sugar, coffee and alcohol; and stressed out with the illusion that if we're not doing something, we're not worth anything.
But what happens when enough is enough and we're too tired (but still wired) and can't even think without feeling exhausted? That's the burnout stage and reaching that point is the danger zone. By the time you're burned out on life, your adrenals are likely fatigued, your gut is probably out of whack, your cravings for anything extra sweet or salty or fatty are undeniably increased, and you may even be seeing some hormonal acne or inflammation appear on your face.