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Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

19 May

So I basically dropped off the blog-sphere about a month ago, you may have wondered where I’ve been.  Well the fact is that I hit a rut… it’s been bad.

I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue after several months of not feeling like myself. While I should have been happy that there was a reason I was feeling so run down and unable to reach my fitness goals I fell into a dark place full of self-loathing, self-pity, and a serious lack of motivation. To top it all off, I hadn’t found a new fitness routine since I stopped attending Boot Camp. Although 4:30am is an ugly time to wake up every morning I loved sweating with my friends and having time to myself during the commute.

Since my last post I passed my Certified Personal Trainer test and started working out with CrossFit. I should be feeling accomplished and on top of the world but instead I am feeling weak. A personal trainer should eat right, exercise regularly, and be a role model to individuals interested in fitness…. I certainly have fallen off the wagon in that regard. As for CrossFit, I thought I would walk in there and impress the pants off the coaches, in reality, I cannot keep up.

What’s a girl to do? I certainly do not want to spiral out of control… I want my life back, I want to increase my strength and continue on the path of consistent healthy eating.

So I plan to utilize Wheatgrass and Sassafras as a venue to hold myself accountable and hopefully inspire my followers to get back on track if they have fallen off the wagon. I will continue with my current fitness routine (Power Yoga 2x week and CrossFit 2x week) and for the next week I will post a photo of every meal I eat. My hope is that by putting my meals out there I will more likely be able to eat only healthy meals and get back on track once and for all.

So that’s it… stay tuned and I will start posting my meals tomorrow 🙂

I’m interested to hear from you, what do you do when you fall off the wagon and how do you keep yourself on track?

Remember, it’s about progress not perfection!

~Happy & Healthy Eating


Weekly Menu April 7

7 Apr

I’ve been cooking out of Chloe’s Kitchen by Chloe Coscarelli for a couple of weeks now but sadly I’ll need to return the book to the library early next week, but, that isn’t going to stop me from making a few more of her recipes for dinner this week.

  • Southern Skillet Black-Eyed Peas with Quick Buttery Biscuits
  • Portobello Pesto Panini with Easy Peasy Pasta Salad
  • Mandarin Peanut-Crunch Salad with Crispy Wontons
  • Enchilada Casserole from Oh She Glows

~Happy & Healthy Eating

Weekly Menu

17 Mar

This week’s menu is all about comfort food


  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Mushroom Soup & Caesar Salad
  • Tuna Sandwiches
  • Seitan Piccata with Asparagus and Quinoa
  • Cajun Cornbread Casserole

I love that I can make all of these “meaty” sounding dishes without an ounce of meat 🙂

~ Happy & Healthy Eating




Weekly Menu March 3

3 Mar

This weekend my friend is celebrating her birthday!

YAY! I get to bake!!!

Cookies & Cream Cupcakes photo courtesy of

Chocolate Eclair Cupcakes

Chocolate Snickerdoodles

I doubt there will be any leftover snacks so I better plan on making dinner for the rest of the week.

  • Hawaiian Chickpea Teriyaki
  • Mushroom Burgers with Onion Rings
  • Engine 2 Meatloaf
  • Taco Salad
  • Broccoli & Red Pepper Stir Fry

Weekly Menu Feb 11

11 Feb

I came into some birthday money and decided to put it to good use

Another cookbook!

I think I am going to like this one even better than the original.

This weeks menu is almost entirely comprised of EHH recipes.

  • Cauliflower Manchurian with Chickpea Tikka Masala and Saag
  • Portobello Mushroom Steak with Asparagus and Maple Roasted Root Vegetables
  • White Enchiladas with Avocado Salad
  • NOLA Gumbo
  • Cuban Black Beans and Rice with Kale and Pico de Gallo
  • Dijon Rice and Broccoli with Chickpea Tenders

Leftovers have been had to come by lately so I have some bonus recipes in my back pocket just in case.

  • Grilled Cheese with Minestrone Soup
  • Mock Tuna Salad
  • Balsamic Strawberry Salad

~ Happy & Healthy Eating

Anti Vegan Thoughts

2 Feb

To help me get through the day I need a to remind myself of why I gave up some of my favorite foods and to purge all impure thoughts.

  • Tuna Salad Sandwich @ Venda Ravioli
  • Chicken Marsala
  • Sushi

  • Chicken Parmigiano @ Marchetti’s
  • Baked Stuffed Shrimp, Shrimp Cocktail, and Shrimp Scampi
  • Burger with Grilled Onions and Mushrooms

  • Chocolate Cake @ Gregg’s Restaurant
  • Beef Tips with Mushroom Gravy & Egg Noodles
  • Ice Cream
  • Sweet & Sour Chicken

  • Fire On The Mountain (Thai chicken) @ Rim Nahm
  • Omlettes, Scrambled Eggs, Egg Sandwiches
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (with American Cheese)

  • Chicken Tikka Masala @ Kabob and Curry
  • Mussels
  • Pepperoni
  • Medicine Soup @ Angkor

  • Greek Yogurt with Blueberries
  • Lobster
  • Bacon, BLT Sandwiches
  • Chicken & Chips @ Stadium Fish & Chips

  • Olive & Gus would like me to add Rawhide to the list
  • Lola would like me to add Canned Tuna
  • And Cleo would like to see Dairy Milk on the list


I feel much better now 🙂
~ Happy and Healthy Eating


Photos courtesy of Farm Sanctuary