Thursday, October 10, 2019

The Friday 5

Hi and happy Friday!

We’re off to Maine this weekend to see our friends Dave and Marie and their three girls. Remember them? Long-time readers will likely remember how much time we used to spend with Dave and Marie. Even since they moved (and we all had kids), it’s become tougher and tougher to get together, but we do our best and typically see them at least a couple of times per year. We’re definitely looking forward to the weekend! 🙂

This week’s edition of The Friday 5 includes a little something from all of my favorite things: safer beauty, wellness, running, and IBD (well, that’s not my favorite thing, but it’s obviously an important topic to me).

Enjoy your weekend! 🙂

1. CBD from Brandless

I’ve used CBD for awhile now, but I was recently looking for a more affordable option since I’ve been giving it to Murphy (for his back) in addition to taking it myself. This CBD from Brandless is priced right, and it seems to help, which, of course, is the most important part! Murphy’s back is doing better and my anxiety has been much more manageable.

You can save $10 with code PLANT10 and $6 if you use my affiliate link.

2. Teen Titans Go TV Series

Quinn loves this cartoon show, and it’s actually really funny for adults, too. The comedy is very witty! And I always appreciate when a game or show is educational as well! 🙂 Teen Titans Go made avocado seem really cool, so Quinn ended up trying it shortly after watching the episode. Now it’s a staple at dinnertime!

3. IBD Parenthood Project

I’m so excited to partner again with the IBD Parenthood Project. (You can read my past blog posts here.) The IBD Parenthood Project aims to address misperceptions and fears women with IBD and their providers experience throughout all phases of family planning (conception, pregnancy, and after delivery). Patients can find answers to common questions like:

– Can I get pregnant with IBD?
– Does IBD affect my fertility?
– Will I pass IBD on to my baby?
– Can I stay on medicine during pregnancy?
– What if I flare during pregnancy?
– Is it possible to have a vaginal delivery?
– Can I breastfeed while on medicine?
– Does my medicine change how I vaccinate my baby?

This initiative was a group effort – created by gastroenterologists, maternal-fetal medicine (MFM) sub-specialists and patients, and is led by the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) with support from the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, and patient support network, Girls With Guts. The program is funded through support from UCB, a global biopharmaceutical company.

As part of this program, there’s a super helpful downloadable patient toolkit that features all sorts of helpful resources, including a list of key questions to ask your doctor as you’re thinking of becoming pregnant, a flow diagram outlining the various doctors typically involved in care, a guide to postnatal care, and GI and related specialist locators, among other tools. These tools are actually a direct response to survey findings that reported women with IBD want more and better information about managing their disease.

Also, I’m hosting an Instagram Live with the AGA in support of their IBD Parenthood project on Wednesday, October 16 at 2:00 PM EST. If you’re struggling with IBD (or know someone who is) and have questions about topics related to family planning, I hope you decide to tune in!

4. Run Happy Sneakers

I’m totally in love with these Run Happy Sneakers from Brooks. I mean, have you seen a more cheerful sneaker? They seriously get me pumped up for my workouts. I’ve been wearing them for all of my OTF workouts and they’ve been super comfortable for the treadmill, rower, and weight floor.

Brooks Run Happy Launch 6 pink sneakers

5. Beautycounter Pout Perfecter Lip Care Set

Beautycounter’s 2019 Holiday Line launched this past Monday, and OMG, it’s uh-mazing! So many beautiful sets – 19 in fact – to gift (or gift to yourself!). I am obsessed with many of the new sets already (there are several new products and many new shades and scents), but I’m particularly in love with this lip care set that includes a lip conditioner in a tube (finally!), sugar scrub, and clear gloss. Definitely grabbing a few of these as I’m guessing it will sell out.

Flashback Favorites

Around the Internet

Sales of the Week


P.S. I’ve been getting so many questions about what to eat on an anti-candida diet, so I created this meal plan + prep guide (includes recipes and grocery list) to give you some ideas. I hope it helps!

Anti-Candida Meal Plan + Prep Guide


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What I’ve Been Eating on the Anti-Candida Diet

I love that you guys are so interested in my anti-candida journey and what I’ve been eating lately. I’ve received A TON of questions and hundreds of you have already signed up for my Anti-Candida Meal Plan + Prep Guide. These were created by a Registered Dietitian and include a bunch of recipes and a grocery shopping list to get you started, but I also wanted to share some of the “real life” meals on the anti-candida diet that I’ve been eating lately, including a few of the ones I ate while dining out.

Below is a quick summary of the foods that I’m trying to avoid while on this diet. It actually hasn’t been too difficult since I generally eat pretty healthy, BUT a lot of my favorite foods are on this list (i.e. peanut butter, wine, cheese, sugar). Wahhh. I miss them, but seeing results so quickly has definitely motivated me to keep at it. Anyway, I hope you guys find these meal ideas helpful!

what not to eat on anti-candida diet

I also wanted to share some candida research via Chris Kresser as well as one of his recent podcast episodes about whether candida overgrowth is a real diagnosis or just a fad. Obviously, this is just one side of the story, but I hope you find this information useful to your own health journey.

A 2017 study found that fungi may play a role in multiple sclerosis (MS).

Other evidence has shown that fungi affect our immune response and can be a risk factor for many immune-mediated diseases.

And several recent studies have investigated the role that fungi play in inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis.


“Real life” meals on the anti-candida diet


I’m loving Unbun rolls with sunflower butter on them for breakfast. The brand sent me some to samples to try, and they arrived at the perfect time. Their vegan Keto bun is gluten-free, egg-free, dairy-free, and yeast-free. Check out the ingredients below – and they’re delicious!!

Water, Blanched Almond Flour, Pumpkin Seed Protein Powder, Coconut Flour,
Psyllium Husk, Olive Oil, Coconut Milk, Flax Meal, Chia Seed Meal, Apple Cider
Vinegar, Paleo Baking Powder (Baking Soda, Cream of Tartar, Salt)

sample anti-candida breakfast made with low-sugar roll from unbind


Lunch and dinner has been pretty basic. I’m mostly sticking to meat and veggies with the occasional starch, but I’m trying to switch things up as much as possible, so I don’t get sick of eating the same things again and again.

This shredded chicken mixed with no-fail chimichurri sauce was so darn delicious! FYI: I left out the vinegar and added extra lemon juice, and it still turned out well!

For the record, this “pizza” tasted absolutely delicious, but… it destroyed my stomach since it was so processed. Blah. The crust had a couple of corn ingredients in it. Whomp whomp.


Dining out on an anti-candida diet definitely isn’t easy, but, as I always say, if there’s a will, there’s a way! I mostly stuck with meat + veggies for my meals.



Sadly, I’m not enjoying too many treats, but these coconut + lemon macaroons from Daily Harvest have saved the day a few times! 🙂 The bites are actually pretty big, so I’ll typically eat half (just 3.5 grams of sugar) when I’m having a sweet craving. Daily Harvest has a bunch of delicious sounding bites on their website! FYI: You can save $25 off your first order from Daily Harvest with code carrotsncake.

That’s all I’ve got for now. I hope you enjoyed this summary of “real life” meals on the anti-candida diet. If you liked it, please let me know because I’ll write another one in the coming weeks. I mean, I have more than 2.5 months to go! 🙂

P.S. I’m hosting a giveaway to win a charcoal deodorant from Primally Pure. Enter here!

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Home Neat Home: PAPER

In my last post about managing clutter, several of you mentioned all the PAPER that comes into a household. Add paper to the list of things that come in under your nose and before you know it you have a large pile that needs sorting. Here are some of my tips for paper management.

Follow These General Steps

  1. Go paperless – if at all possible! The first step to organizing anything is always to minimize.
  2. Attempt to digitize – If you can take a picture, save to your phone notes or computer folder, do it.
  3. Have an inbox/outbox spot – for those papers that will be leaving your house within the next day or so.
  4. Have a storage spot for those papers you do need to save – from kids’ art to taxes, everything needs a spot.

That’s the general, so what about the specific?


I sort mail as soon as it enters my house. I make two piles: recycle (80% of mail) and read. I immediately recycle everything I can, noting anything that might need to be unsubscribed from. Even in my read pile, I remove extra pages and just keep the ones that need attending.

Bills that need paying go in a special slot next to my computer. Because online bill pay is so fast, I knock these out in one minute the next time I open computer. (Since the bill is basically ON my computer I see it and remember.) I have all of my one-time, irregular bills (doctors, dentist, annual insurance payments, etc) set up in bill pay. All of my recurring monthly bills are paid through autopay and paperless billing.

Magazines + Catalogs

Most catalogs I give myself the afternoon to browse and if I haven’t looked at it by the end of the evening, it gets recycled. If I really need something in a catalog I can just go to the website!

I have dramatically decreased the amount of magazine subscriptions I get. I used to get over a dozen, and now I get two (HGTV and Cottages and Bungalows). Thomas gets 3-4 subscriptions. Both of us have a magazine spot. Mine is on a shelf in the living room and his is in a basket next to his nightstand. I chose each spot based on where we both tend to read magazines the most (me on the couch and him in bed.) I try to implement the FIFO method of first in, first out and read them in order that they came.


When an invite comes in the mail, let’s say a wedding invite, I tack it to my bulletin board and buy the gift that week. Once the wedding details have been digitized into my calendar and the gift has been ordered, I recycle the invite. (Sorry if that sounds harsh – I give them lots of love before I do!) This method ensures I never miss a gift, and I like to think I’m sometimes one of the first gifts to arrive (which is exciting for the couple!)

School Papers

This could probably be its own separate blog post, but here’s my short version!

Art work that is especially sweet or impressive gets displayed. (See above – “things that make my heart happy” = my bruther!) Other art and school papers (less impressive drawings or worksheets) go into a special basket I have for incoming art. I empty this basket about once every two months. If Mazen hasn’t asked about a particular project by then it’s probably not that important. Anything I deem especially nice goes into a keepsake area in our downstairs closet and everything else gets recycled.

School communication gets either digitized, immediately returned to his backpack folder, or recycled. For example, this past week his picture day paperwork came home. As I was unpacking his backpack right after school I filled out the sheet, wrote a check and put it right back in. I try to deal with papers right on the spot so I can cross them off my mental list and not have any paper clutter to move around the kitchen.

We do have our lunch menu posted on the bulletin board since I do reference that daily. I am subscribed to his school calendar online = digitize.

Coupons + Tickets

Same principles apply here – digitize it and recycle. I keep little coupons that don’t have bar codes right in my wallet, and I try to use them as quickly as I can. Coupons with bar codes or tickets to events I save in the Notes app on my phone, either just the code or as a photo. Then when I’m at an event or need to use the coupon, I just pull it up on my phone and they can scan. If you don’t have it with you, you’ll never use it!


The last category of paper I could think of was important documents, like taxes or insurance papers. We do have two filing drawers in our desk where I keep important papers. Honestly these could be thinned out significantly, and that’s a task on my to-do list! Just try to keep a FIFO system going here too. For example, when I get the new year’s insurance papers I can recycle the previous year’s.

What have I missed?! I hope the whole world is slowly moving paperless, because nothing is more satisfying than having things organized digitally and not wasting a single tree.

Please share your paper methods!

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Seitan Mix Recipe For Your Pantry

This seitan mix is perfect to keep on hand in your pantry!

Some of you may have purchased a Seitan product at some point in the past. It seems like it would be a super complicated thing to make. But… Read more →

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