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[30 Aug 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
Getting it Totally Together

I love fall. And considering how dreadfully awful summer was weather-wise here in the Northwest (yes, I miss the desert), I’m really excited to see the leaves turn, enjoy apples and sweet potatoes, and snuggle up with a big mug of hot chocolate. I’m thinking a round of P90X may be in the fall plans too.
But first, I need to get myself not only organized, but feeling good about my days. I have this horrible habit of spinning my wheels on one thing and not feeling accomplished. So my action …

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[20 Jul 2011 | 3 Comments | ]
It’s Never Too Late

There is one TV program that I look forward to each and every week, Extreme Makeover Weight Loss. It doesn’t come on until 10pm on Monday nights, but we make an extra effort to stay awake for it. Have you seen this show?
The host of the show, Chris O’Donnell, is amazing. Each episode covers an entire year as he helps a morbidly obese client shed 200 or even 300 or more pounds. Yes, some lose over 300lbs through diet and exercise in ONE year!

Truthfully, I don’t have a goal of …

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[19 Jan 2011 | 16 Comments | ]
Breaking the Sugar Spell

My time away from Dairy-Free & Fit was much needed, as this past year I was dedicated to supporting a loved one through health issues and treatment. But now it’s time to focus on my health (and their increasing health), so my husband and I are taking a sugar break. And when I say sugar, that includes agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, sucanat, etc.
I’m not going to be uptight about it, but we are going to give it a go for ten days, to hopefully break the addiction that has taken …

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[7 Jul 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Almond Butter

Unless of course you are allergic to nuts, I consider them and their butter counterparts to be essentials in a dairy-free houshold. Richness, flavor, healthy fats, protein, vitamins and minerals, these little gems have it all. Some, like almonds, even have a fair little dose of calcium and magnesium (famous as a bone-building duo).
I often make my own nut butters with the spice grinder, but I do pick up jars on occasion. For example, this past weekend I found an insane deal on these almond butters …

Guess how much I …

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[5 Jul 2010 | 10 Comments | ]
Healthy Homemade Breakfast Bars

Wow, I have kept up with the Insanity workout program each day, but the real insanity was outside this weekend. I live in a tourist town, and it literally exploded this weekend with people. Our little town of oh, about 2000 or so full-time residents (with three stoplights total and one two-lane “highway” that runs through it) expands to an estimated 30,000+ on busy weekends. We attempted to hibernate, but it was futile … just too much going on.
But, my husband brilliantly found a wide open park with only about …

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[2 Jul 2010 | 11 Comments | ]
What Not to Put in a Green Smoothie

I constantly read blogs telling you that you can throw any greens in a smoothie and you won’t taste it. Lie, flat out lie. Unless your taste buds are dulled to some of the greens, you can taste many of them. For some, it is a matter of finding the right flavor combo, and for others … just. don’t. do it.
Don’t get me wrong, I started tossing spinach in our smoothies about five years ago. Both my husband and I love it and spinach is a truly close to neutral green. Though …

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[30 Jun 2010 | 6 Comments | ]
Cookie (and Chocolate) Cravings

Yesterday, I posted about how proud I was of my self control … like my old ways, I enjoyed mini-meals throughout Monday and was satisfied with one chocolate explosion cookie. Well that was Monday, and I am happy to say that I am human, and completely proud of that too. Yesterday (Tuesday) I had three of these nicely sized babies, and enjoyed every minute …

Fortunately, I am well passed the age of feeling guilty about some awesome cookies! Hmm, perhaps I should type up the recipe to post on One …

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[29 Jun 2010 | 11 Comments | ]
60 Days of Insanity

My husband and I took some vacations in May and June, including a lot of time with family, so I took a blog break to allow me to mentally recharge and get ready to go. Fortunately, I always plan ahead, so you shouldn’t see a blip in the content at Go Dairy Free, even if I am away from the computer for two weeks!
But before we left on our last trip, I spotted Biz’s 101 Days of Summer Challenge and opted to join in … a little late of course (they …

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[26 Apr 2010 | 5 Comments | ]
Amazing Grass Winner and More Scrumptious Sunflower Seed Recipes …

The entries are closed and we had a total of 256 comments and 133 email subscribers. I consulted Random.org and the following winner was chosen …

SallyH is our winner! She commented, “I’m seriously like a teenager here, all OMGs and ROTFing at this giveaway–and I’m a 38 year old mom! Seriously, I love Amazing Grass. I will swear to anyone that it has kept me from getting massively sick this winter since my preschooler brings home so many germs and gets mucho illnesses. Speaking of him, he is allergic to …

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[22 Apr 2010 | 8 Comments | ]
No Waste Beets & Earth Day Green Challenge

Two weeks ago, Katie of Making Food and Other Stuff announced …

I thought this was a great idea and wanted to give it a go. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do a few items on her list, at least not right now, but I did conquer several of the items, and perhaps you will like my beet recipe idea and strawberry almond smoothie … 
Challenge #1 – Wash clothes with cold water – This is something I pretty much always do. I was reading that you should always use a cold …