July Meal Plan!

For the past year and a half I’ve been meal planning for ONE. ¬†That single life, right?! Now, I’m planning for three. ūüôā That family life, right?! To be honest, FOOD¬†was THE THING I was most nervous about when I moved back home. Our family culture is built on food. When I went through lifestyle changes due to the various stages of my IBS, all of a sudden that changed for me. I couldn’t partake in apple sausage stuffing at thanksgiving, hors d’oevures during football season, crab legs at the beach, or ice cream sundaes. The list titled “What Jasmine Can Eat” seemed to be a lot shorter than the list of “What Jasmine Can’t Eat” to my family, because of the typical American diet that we had growing up. I’m incredibly blessed to have my parents though. In some way they were inspired to get on board with this…

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That time I worked 4 jobs. At once.

Detroit. Spring 2015. A little over a year ago, I was working 4 jobs. Yep. FOUR. Just take a wild guess what my energy level was like. Whomp. What were they? ONE. TEACHING. If you know my story, then you know I never really choose easy paths. I choose what I feel makes the biggest difference at the time – the greatest impact. So, upon graduation I applied for and was accepted to Teach For America – Detroit. I was placed in a first grade classroom of what I’ve been told was the lowest school in Detroit at the time. Our school was¬†part of the turnaround effort of 2012. Teaching in this kind of environment is still something I struggle to put into words, but I did my best in a recent post. It’s just kind of one of those things — unless you do it, you don’t get it.…

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How to Meal PREP like a Pro!

Extra √úber Important Note : I’m so stoked that you’re here to learn about Meal Prepping! For real. It warms by soul. ūüôā BUT – Be sure to read ‘Part I : How to Meal Plan like a PRO‘¬†FIRST! Or else, this post won’t make a lot of sense to you. Mad love, j It’s no secret that, in the grand scheme of my life, I haven’t been meal prepping like a PRO for long. But, really, you’re probably already part-way there to your ‘PRO’ status. You probably already do things like take dinner for lunch the next day, make freezer meals ahead, cook all the week’s veggies at one time, or baggie out chips for lunch each day of the week. So, you’re already doing it, you tupperware afficionado! With some intentional planning, food prepping for the week becomes a breeze! Now that I work from home, meal prepping…

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How to Meal Plan like a Pro!

Ok, so that title is just a smidgen false. I’m not a pro. When it comes to planning and prepping food – I’ve failed forward. Just this weekend I tried to make a carrot and zucchini fritter recipe. #bigfatflop But now, rather than getting super frustrated and down on myself, I stick with the mantra live and learn. In this instance – don’t use coconut flour in fritters! ūüôā Why? All jokes aside planning and prepping my food has totally changed so much about my life. ¬†¬†¬†¬† my time Before I started this system, I¬†thought that planning and prepping would take some exorbitant amount of time… but it really doesn’t. You see, it IS more work on the front end, meaning that there is one larger chunk of time that I spend getting my food in order, BUT it means that there is SO much more time in my¬†week –…

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What’s the Scoop on “Nutrition” Bars?

I did it. I subjected myself to ALL the best nutrition bars I could find locally just for you. ūüėČ It wasn’t actually THAT hard, because truth be told (though they’re delightfully tasty) usually nutrition bars aren’t that nutritious. It’s a game — the food industry¬†definitely has some¬†for trickery up their sleeve. It’s SO difficult to be informed with all of the ¬†abundant misconceptions spiraling around us – and they use labels like gluten-free, all-natural, vegan, organic, and about a gazillion others that make us BELIEVE something is ‘healthy.’ And shoot, y’all. They got me. There were many, many days of my life, especially while teaching, that I would eat a couple LUNA bars and thing I was doing a damn fine job. #not Here are the questions I asked while¬†choosing¬†“nutrition” bars to try, but really you can apply these to ANYTHING you pick up in a grocery store! Are…

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