Why I Always Start My Day with a Mug of Hot Water

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In many ways, finding good health and a sense of connections to ourselves is really a matter of developing good habits; slowly and steadily replacing non-health-promoting habits with new patterns that ultimately help us feel freer and more relaxed.

A bit over 15 years ago, when I first encountered Ayurveda (the healing system from India) I made my first conscious choice to incorporate a new habit into my daily life, and I have never looked back since.

Each morning, upon waking, I drink a tall glass or mug of warm water before I do anything else.  It may sound strange, but this habit changed my life when I adopted it, and it is one of the first things I recommend to any student or client that I work with.

Here are four reasons a glass of warm water can change your life:

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Amazing Pumpkin and White Beans Hummus to Astonish Your Guests and Yourself

Amazing Pumpkin and White Beans Hummus to Astonish Your Guests and Yourself

I love pumpkin. It is like a lady of many faces, elegant and crazy, fulfilling and leaving you hungry for more, sweet and spicy, delicate… So, whenever the pumpkin season opens, I am as excited as only a woman in love can be. And this year I made it my priority to discover even more recipes with this orange heaven. This year, I also went for gluten-free so I had an extra motivation to incorporate even more veggies into my diet. And to make people around me follow my passion.

And so the amazing pumpkin and white beans hummus was born. When I first tried it, oh yes, I was astonished. And so was everyone who shared this dish with me!

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Low Carb Cream Cheese Pancakes (Sugar-Free & Gluten-Free)

This recipe for Low Carb Cream Cheese Pancakes will rock your socks off. Not only is it gluten-free, it is also sugar-free and totally delicious. You won’t even know it’s healthy!

Low Carb Cream Cheese Pancakes (sugar-free and gluten-free) #TimetoBelieve #CleverGirls #ad

Gotta love breakfast :)

But first, I also love great products. I recently got this fabulous package in the mail from I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and I was thrilled.

Photography by Kamila Gornia Photography by Kamila Gornia

Last time I made something with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter, it was a hit – but because it had all the deliciousness inside of it, melty cheese, eggs, and the spread that made it all come together beautifully. Go check out the recipe for the Grilled Cheese Recipe with Battered Egg Whites. Totally worth it.

So I am totally obsessed with these pancakes.

They are totally sugar-free and gluten-free AND they are low carb, at least enough for me. I don’t care so much about whether something is low carb or not but this is pretty low carb for me… I added some delicious berries to top it off too and make it a true delight. Yum.

Low Carb Cream Cheese Pancakes (sugar-free and gluten-free) #TimetoBelieve #CleverGirls #ad

But let’s get down to it.. you can actually make these into crepes if you wanted. You’ve just gotta add a little bit less cream cheese and add more egg whites (I tried it that way too) and there ya go. So this recipe is pretty adaptable and versatile. I dig that.

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Paleo Shredded Salsa Chicken Boats with Caramelized Onions

Paleo Shredded Salsa Chicken Boats with Caramelized Onions #joydelivered

This is a sponsored post with Door To Door Organics. All opinions are my own.

I love that I’ve been eating more and more real whole foods and fresh veggies. I’ve been making actual dinner and lunch almost every day and it’s been great. I feel wonderful. My sugar intake is way lower than it’s ever been and I’m super happy for this :) Yay.

So I’ve been getting a bit creative in the kitchen. The cool thing is that I just kind of come up with stuff randomly – I don’t really browse the internet for recipes for dinner, not usually anyway. I just throw stuff together that I think would taste good and I hope for the best.

I’ve been eating a lot of chicken for the lean protein and when it’s frozen, I only know how to use the Slow Cooker to make it faster. I don’t wanna deal with defrosting it and then cooking it… takes so much time. So I just use frozen chicken breasts and put them in the Crock Pot right away and it’s done in 10 hours. Simple. So that’s why I’ve been doing plenty of Shredded Chicken lately, since you obviously can’t cut up frozen chicken. I should probably do that ahead of time next time. Good thought.

Paleo Shredded Salsa Chicken Boats with Caramelized Onions (Door to Door Organics)

Anyway, this dinner and/or lunch recipe rocks. It’s Paleo, gluten free (obviously), dairy free, and low carb! So yay! I basically wanted to combine the two recipes I’ve made in the past – Caramelized Onions in the Slow Cooker but also Shredded Salsa Chicken in the Slow Cooker… so I just put the two together and hoped for the best. It worked out.

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