Hello there! Welcome to Live Simply Natural,
This is my healing space were eating well and living life naturally is a major focus. For a long time my life was a cycle of depriving and binging. I would constantly obsess over my weigh and tried many forms of dieting and eventually reached a whopping 200 lbs (198lbs to be exact)! I was unhappy, had dull skin and breakouts, my hair was dry; I slept all the time, had horrible migraines and found it hard to concentrate. It wasn’t until I really started to take a look at what I was putting in and on my body that my whole world started to shift.

My Journey

My childhood was anything but a healthy and happy upbringing, but I know that’s the same for many people. So, as much as I could go on and on about it, I’m gonna save you the sob story and just say that the habits I created from my growing up years weren’t very nurturing to my growth. Then, to top it off, I decided to jump into the scariest (but most rewarding) job known to man… parenthood! Yep, I was 16 and pregnant. I can’t say that I was fully ready for the journey that I was about to embark on, but I’m a big believer that everything happens for a reason.
My husband and I met in high school and we both grew up in a typical modern family home. In regards to our diet, we ate the typical Standard American Diet, full of highly processed food, with loads of sugar, dairy, and meat.  The reality of all this is that we both come from families with a history of obesity, depression, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, most of which are all lifestyle related.  We decided that we needed to take serious steps in order to prevent this from becoming the reality of our future and the future of our children.
At age 16, neither of us really had our goals and plans set out, but a healthy and happy life together was one thing we both agreed upon. This began our quest, with each step leading us closer to our truest expression of who we are, individually, as a couple, and as a family. Once we started, there was no going back.
Coming up with healthy dishes that my family enjoyed wasn’t an easy task. At the time, I only knew how to make Hamburger Helper or prepackage food, since that’s how I was raised. Over years of consistent practice and dedication, I began to enjoy my time in the kitchen and slowly began to fall in love with food, life and, most importantly, myself.
My children have been the driving force behind so much of the decision to change our lifestyle.  We want so much for them, in body, mind and spirit, and are structuring our lives in a way to give them the best chance at having their own healthful, joy-filled journey.
This website is our way of capturing our journey, for them, and for you too. Our hope is that you will be inspired to want more health, happiness, love, peace, joy, and wholeness for yourself, your family and friends.
 Hugs,
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My Website

Remembering our own struggle toward becoming healthy, I decided that we could bring an even greater awareness to health and natural living by sharing our knowledge and experiences with the world.

You will notice that a lot of my post focus on nourish the whole body. From using fresh local foods, natural living, motherhood, to practicing mindfulness and feeling present as we move through this world.

So, this is where I am now. Through one desire came a journey that I am excited to share with you.

My hope is that through our experiences, you will gain the tools and resources you need to create your own standard for healthy living.

This blog is for those seeking a more natural and simplistic life for themselves and I hope it brings you a world of health and happiness.

 

Meet The Crew

About | Meet the Crew | Son

 

Meet my son, he’s our environmentalist, always picking up trash and making sure he’s doing his part to clean our Earth.

He’s creative and loves to expressing himself through dance, writing, and story telling.

He also is a BIG advocate for eating healthy. As a child he would often educate people about the importance of eating healthy, telling them that junk food is bad and to eat more fruits and vegetables.

I often turn to him for feedback on flavors because he is my most honest taste tester. He’s open minded but will tell me when something doesn’t taste good, always doing it in a kind and caring manner with recommendation of how to make it better.

He loves to eat fruit except avocado (I know I can’t believe it either), it’s a battle in our house to get him to eat it. It’s a texture thing, which I don’t get but I try to be understanding.

I know I’m a bit bias but this kid has a really BIG heart and he amazes me with how much ambition he has to change the world for the better.

He is my inspiration to change myself for the better and I’m honored to grow and learn from him.

 

 

About | Meet the Crew | Daughter

 

Meet my daughter, she’s is my little side kick, eager to learn and help me anyway she can. Whether it be in the kitchen, an art project, or telling me when her brother is misbehaving.

She is definitely mama bear #2.

She loves gymnastics, music, and cuddling with our cat Eva.

BIG animal lover, she will often bring home dogs that wonder the neighborhood and hang out with them until their owner comes home.

She is also my picky eater, yes that’s right, she is constantly challenging me to accommodate her palette. She doesn’t like eating tomatoes or zucchini and only eats cucumber if they are sliced with a side of hummus.

She loves thai coconuts, avocados (at least one of them does) and green smoothies are finally a favorite!

She has a beautiful energy that radiates of love and it lights up our home with laughter and play.

Having her as my daughter as been such a healing experience. She has taught me so much about self love, owning my feelings and nurturing my inner child.

 Work With Me

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The one thing I hear most from people is… “I want to eat healthy, live naturally, feel good, have more balanced, and be at a healthy weight.”

I’m here to help because I get it.

Our lives are impacted by the choices we make and the food we eat. It takes continual practice and sometimes a support system to create our healthiest self.

Together we will develop a custom plan that fits YOU. Assessing your current diet and lifestyle but also take into consideration the bigger picture of your individual needs.

I don’t expect my you to change your health habits all at once. Instead I’ll meet you where you are and go with the flow of your lifestyle needs and goals.

It can be tough doing it alone, but remember, this is a lifestyle change, not a quick fix and I’m here to help. I know what it feels like to feel sluggish, unhealthy, and uncomfortable in your own skin.

The Live Simply Natural philosophy is all about creating the happiest and healthiest you. It’s about keeping things simple, delicious, and fun so you don’t feel bored or deprived.

YOU deserve it, so start today!