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You can’t exercise away a bad diet. But you can’t lose weight by dieting. It seems like there’s not way to lose weight, right?

You want to be healthy. You want to drop a few pounds and exercise more and eat the right foods, but no matter what you do, it always seems like something is getting in the way of your progress. I hear you!

If you’re struggling with finding a healthy and happy balance between the foods you eat and losing unhealthy body fat – I’m here to help.

Lose Weight Without Dieting

Hi, my name is Traci and I used to be a chronic dieter. My grocery list had two rules: 1) buy low fat and 2) buy diet soda.

My chronic dieting pushed me into overexercising. I would sit on a piece of cardio for an hour a day (or longer) counting the calories I burned. Despite eating foods that were minimal on fat and exercising my butt off, I couldn’t lose weight. In fact, I gained it.

Then I got sick. You can read more about that here, but it got ugly. Let’s just say, when you’re laying in ICU, you really don’t care about weight anymore. It took a lot for me to see what I was doing wrong. But as soon as I did, I made significant hams that benefit me today – over 15 years later. Now with three kids in tow, I’m fitter than that I’ve ever been. I don’t count calories, eat plenty of healthy fat, and don’t over exercise.

On the Blog

The Best Mashed Potatoes and Cauliflower Side Dish

It's a mash up. I really mean it. I made this side dish last year for Thanksgiving and have since made it multiple times because the cauliflower part of this combo can fly pretty close to under the radar. This really is the best mashed potatoes and cauliflower side...

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Caramelized Maple + Sea Salt

Roasted sweet potatoes are delicious on their own without any help at all. But when you add a little real maple syrup and sea salt, they're amazing. I've been working on a bunch of recipes for the holidays and wanted to come up with something as an alternative to...

Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts

Hot or cold, chopped in a salad or served as a side, roasted Brussels sprouts are probably one of the best "food favors" you can do for your body and taste buds. I made this recipe as basic as possible, but wanted it give an extra boost of nutrition by adding toasted...

Pecan Pie Muffins

When the holidays roll around, I'm usually a pumpkin pie kinda gal. I don't really love fruity pies at all so if you ever see an apple pie, blueberry pie or [fill in the name of your favorite fruit] pie, it's because I love someone a lot. Enter these Pecan Pie...

Homemade Cranberry Sauce | Easy, Healthy & Delicious

There are two types of people in the world: those who like cranberry sauce and those who don't. I will go one step further and say that there is actually a third type of person: those who love cranberry sauce. <<That's the group I fall into.   What is...

Grain Free Dinner Rolls

Warm diner rolls go well with just about anything - soup, salads, chili and of course, a big holiday meal! Since we all avoid gluten in our family, but only one of us avoids dairy, it can be tough to find one dinner roll that pleases everyone. These grain free rolls...

Chocolate Almond Butter Bars (no bake, dairy free, vegan)

It was love at first bite. At least that's what my kids thought. I was relieved that they loved these Chocolate Almond Butter Bars because I really didn't add much sugar. And the sugar that I did add is from maple syrup. There is definitely a sweetness from the dark...

How to Do An Elimination Diet (with free downloadable charts)

An elimination diet is a great tool to have in your toolbox if you're wondering if something you're eating is affecting the way you feel - from feeling bloated to foggy thinking and everything in between. Food is powerful and impacts literally every single one of our...

Intermittent Fasting Benefits (and Pitfalls)

Understanding intermittent fasting benefits, in popular culture, has become increasingly popular over the last ten years as a potential way to lose weight...and keep it off! Advocates of intermittent fasting suggest that humans evolved to eat intermittently, much in...

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