The Key to an Abundant & Free Life

The Key to an Abundant & Free Life

Hi guys! Today I have the privilege of sharing a post from my friend and the founder of livinglikegolden, Sarah Johannesen. I asked Sarah to share her story with finding food and body freedom in Christ, and guys it’s so good— Enjoy!

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Getting Your Period Back with hypothalamic Amenorrhea

Getting Your Period Back with hypothalamic Amenorrhea

Yep, you read that title right. Today we’re dropping the P bomb, that is, we’re talking about periods.

The glorious part of womanhood we love to hate. But when our reliable monthly guest stops visiting as often, it can cause some concern—and rightly so!

Not getting a period is not normal, sure it may seem convenient at the time, but that doesn’t make it good.

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Pregnancy and body image with baby number 2

Pregnancy and body image with baby number 2

I keep joking with my husband that this baby wants to make sure I experience ALL of the classic pregnancy symptoms I didn’t have with my first. Seriously: nausea, constipation, fatigue, and some other weird features I won’t mention here.

For the most part, my pregnancy with Judah was smooth sailing: hardly any nausea, regular visits to the chiropractor (ahem, my husband) and an overall even energy level. Of course, Judah was born 10 days late— a sanctifying experience that deserves a whole separate post in itself.

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6 Tips for feeding your 2-3 year old

6 Tips for feeding your 2-3 year old

2 and 3 year olds can be difficult (but man are they cute). One minute they’re smiling and hugging you and telling you how much they love you and the next, they’re screaming at the top of their lungs at the public library because you told them it was time to go (after you warned them 8 times).

So many emotions, so little self-control and a whole lot of developmental milestones make this stage of life interesting to say the least. You’ve got your hands full parenting toddlers, feeding your littles doesn’t need to add to the overwhelm.

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5 tips for creating a positive food culture in your home

5 tips for creating a positive food culture in your home

My husband and I love watching food documentaries, particularly the ones where they travel to other countries and explore different cuisines. We recently watched Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and it reminded me of the feeling I used to get every time we’d watch Anthony Bordaine’s show.

Call it nostalgia or whatever you want, but I’ve always felt a little sad that I don’t live in a different country or another time with a distinct food culture.

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Shifting your perspective on rest for better health

Shifting your perspective on rest for better health

Nourish your body with food and water, move joyfully and appropriately, manage stress, and rest. These are the four basic tenets of any preventative health regimen or recovery plan.

Yet the majority of health professionals and mainstream media focus on the first two principles and neglects the last two, with the exception of sleep, of course.

But there’s a reason I didn’t name sleep as the fourth tenet of health and opted for “rest” instead.

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How Gratitude changes our relationship with food and everything else

How Gratitude changes our relationship with food and everything else

I have a somewhat embarrassing story to share. I vacillated back and forth, deciding whether or not to share this portion of my life on the world wide web, but alas, I’m doing it.

At my core, I believe that even painful, awkward and embarrassing situations have redemption in them. And where there is redemption, there is something to share. Some of our most unsavory moments can become a platform for encouraging others. So here goes.

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Satisfying Food

Satisfying Food

Principle number 6 of Intuitive Eating is one of my absolute favorites. Have I said that before? Maybe about every single other principle? Oh well, it’s awesome, and important, and life-changing, and all the things.

The sixth principle of Intuitive Eating is “Discover the Satisfaction Factor,” and the authors sum it up like this:

The Japanese have the wisdom to promote pleasure as one of their goals of healthy living. In our fury to be thin and healthy, we often overlook one of the most basic gifts of existence—the pleasure and satisfaction that can be found in the eating experience. When you eat what you really want, in an environment that is inviting, the pleasure you derive will be a powerful force in helping you feel satisfied and content. By providing this experience for yourself, you will find that it takes much less food to decide you’ve had “enough.”

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A Day in the Life of a Hungry Pregnant lady

A Day in the Life of a Hungry Pregnant lady

I have never done one of these posts, but after asking you guys if you found “what I ate in a day and why” posts helpful, and reading the overwhelming “Yes” responses, I decided to do one: pregnancy edition.

Of course before I go on, here’s my shpeel about these types of posts:

One: what I eat (the foods and amounts) change from day to day based on my hunger, fullness, activity levels, cravings and environment. This day is ONE day only, and as I fully embrace intuitive eating, I have no set meal plan or regimen that I follow every single day.

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