Exciting News! Blog Revamp!

Hello Friends! I’ve got some exciting news. I have revamped GirlGoneCrunchy, and am in the process of consolidating it with my other blog. 

For about a year now, I have been running this blog and another one dedicated to topics of a more spiritual, religious nature. 

Recently, I have realized that health is not limited to the physical. I want this blog to be a resource and community for people on the journey to becoming their healthiest selves: physically, mentally, and spiritually.

I have divided this site into three sections: body, mind, & soul, because I understand that being truly healthy involves so much more than our physical bodies.

In the BODY section of the site, you can expect all of the same wonderful GirlGoneCrunchy content. Delicious healthy recipes, nutrition tips, product reviews etc…

But, I know what you’re thinking. What about the two new portions of the site? Well, you can expect content similar to the following:  MIND: Tips for Managing Stress, Creative Expression, Developing a Healthy Relationship with Food. SOUL: Devotionals, Book Reviews, Bible Summaries.


I’m hoping that this revamp and consolidation will help me, and, more importantly help you, view health in a broader, more holistic way.

And, if you haven’t noticed yet, I took this revamp as an opportunity to “spruce up” the site with a new theme and design aesthetic. 

How do you feel about the additional focuses of the blog? What do you think of the new look?
Let me know in the comments below or connect with me on Instagram: @girlgonecrunchy

I’m excited to start this new journey with all of you lovely people.

-m

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Is the Deck Stacked Against Us?

I played monopoly at my university this afternoon…

“Community Health Monopoly,” was a teaching aid used to parallel life’s trials….to showcase issues such as privelage, the health & wealth gap, and social classification. 

Some players started off the game with debt, no insurance, and low paying jobs (realistic, right?). Others started off with excellent insurance, high paying jobs, good educations, and monetary wealth. My “character” represented the middle class:

This game opened up a great conversation about what it means to be healthy and happy, how a person can become those things, and if there are some people who truly just don’t stand a chance. 

When you have PCOS, it’s easy to get depressed and feel like you have no chance of “winning.” SNAP OUT OF IT!!!!! Yes, the deck may be stacked against you, but with the right tools, you DO stand a chance! You DO have a bright future. You CAN be healthy and happy. PCOS is an obstacle…but not an impossible one! 

Stay Crunchy
-m

Instagram: @girlgonecrunchy

Laugh at Yourself!

I’ve discovered that when people start eating healthy or changing their lifestyle, it can make those around them quite uncomfortable. Sometimes it’s because their jealous…sometimes it’s because they’re insecure…sometimes it’s because they feel judged…sometimes they aren’t even sure why they feel so uncomfortable…But it’s awkward, nonetheless.

How do we minimize “the awkward?” Laughter, of course! 

You may not know this about me, but I LOVE comedy….stand up comedy, sketch comedy, comedy films, and, of course, the situation comedy (sitcom). 

It’s been said that laughter is the best medicine. I wholeheartedly believe that. I am, naturally, a quite goofy person. Picture a female version of…. Don Knotts. Can you imagine it? Well, that’s me! 😉 I’m a weirdo. 

If you sense people are uncomfortable about your eating habits or about your health issues, pop out a joke and lighten the mood. 

If someone is staring awkwardly at your empty plate at a barbecue…Smile, Say, “Yep! I’m one of those weird health nuts,” or “I recently harnessed the power of telekinetic invisibility. There’s actually a HUGE meal on this plate,” and laugh.

If someone simply can’t fathom why you won’t eat sugar…get a very serious look on your face and say, “I’m an addict. The white stuff. It makes me crazy. I have been clean for a month,” 😉

If you have PCOS & a female friend seems uncomfortable, crack a joke about your “workaholic ovaries.”

If you aren’t stressed about a situation, and if you can laugh about it, everything will be alright.


DON’T BE AFRAID TO LAUGH AT YOURSELF!

Stay Crunchy,

-m

Instagram: @girlgonecrunchy

To the Newly Diagnosed Woman…

It’s the first day of PCOS awareness month.

To kick that off, I’m sharing 5 things I wish someone had told me when I first discovered I had PCOS….

1. You are not alone! An estimated 1 in 10 American women have some form of PCOS. That’s a LOT of “popcorn ovaries.” There are some amazing blogs and social media communities filled with women just like you. 

2. You don’t owe anyone an explanation! Don’t live in fear that people are judging you by your size and questioning your dedication to a healthy lifestyle. YOU know how hard you work. YOU know what you eat. YOU know your body. Most people don’t pay enough attention to notice or care what you’re doing. If someone does? They’re probably not a positive influence in your life. 

3. You have a right to privacy. Don’t feel obligated to talk about your condition if you aren’t ready or comfortable. Obviously, you don’t want to be passive aggressive or manipulative, but if you don’t want to share the details of your illness with someone….DON’T. 

4. Remember, PCOS does not define you. You’re more than a diagnosis. Sure, I’m a woman with PCOS, but I’m also a blogger, a singer, a baker, a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a complete goofball…You are so much more than a statistic or a number!

5. YOU CAN DO IT!

Stay Crunchy!

-m

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{Natural Calm} The Magnesium Miracle

{DISCLAIMER: Please remember, that I am NOT a doctor. Do not begin any vitamin or supplement regime without speaking to a qualified medical professional.}

Are you tired, run down, and listless? Do you poop out at parties? Are you unpopular? Well, the answer to all your problems is in this little ol bottle! (name that reference!!!!!) 

It’s MAGNESIUM 🙂 

What’s so great about magnesium? Well, to quote my favorite MD, Doctor Mark Hyman, 

“A DEFICIENCY IN THIS CRITICAL nutrient makes you twice as likely to die as other people, according to a study published in The Journal of Intensive Care Medicine.(i) It also accounts for a long list of symptoms and diseases — which are easily helped and often cured by adding this nutrient. In fact, in my practice, this nutrient is one of my secret weapons against illness. Yet up to half of Americans are deficient in this nutrient and don’t know it.”

Magnesium has been shown, not only, to ease stress and improve sleep, but to lift depression, improve blood sugar, detoxify the body, aid in the building of strong bones and teeth, relieve nerve pains…and the list. goes. on.

Magnesium is an amazing supplement with  something that will benefit anyone and everyone. 

My favorite way to take magnesium is my Raspberry-Lemon Natural Calm from Natural Vitality.

   

It’s quick and easy. Simply, add a 1/2 tsp-2 tsp of the powder to a small glass of warm water. Let fizz, stir, and add cold water or more warm water, depending on your preference. 

The raspberry lemon flavor is light, refreshing, and a great way to start your day off right. 

Natural Calm is, just that, natural. There are no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, and it’s sweetened with stevia! 

It is available in five favors: original, raspberry lemon, lemon, orange, and cherry.

I have been slacking off lately, and not taking it every day, and I can earnestly say that I notice a difference in my mood, energy levels, and overall health. 

I also want to give a BIG shoutout to my friend Summer for introducing me to Natural Calm! 

Natural Calm is available at stores nationwide!

Website: NaturalVitality.com

Have you taken magnesium? If so, how has it impacted your health?

Connect with me on Instagram & Twitter @girlgonecrunchy or let me know in the comments below

Stay Fit & Fresh!!!

*I received this product free of charge, in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and 100% honest. I was not compensated monetarily*

An Open Apology + Where Have I Been?

~It has been 10 weeks since I have posted a photo to Instagram.

~April 20th was the last time I wrote a blog post…that was 84 days ago.

~I have close to a dozen unfinished product reviews on deck

~I have three giveaway prizes that I’ve yet to send

and I feel like a complete failure…….

For all these things, you have my deepest apologies.

To my readers: Without you, I would have no reason to write this blog or post on Instagram. You are my champions, and I disappointed you. For that, I am sorry.

To my corporate companions: You went out on a limb. You took time and money to send me samples of your product. Please do not for one second think that I took anything you have done for granted. I let you down, and for that I am sorry.

To my family: You have supported me in doing my miniscule part in creating a healthier world. You’ve put up with me dirtying your kitchen and using all of your food. You’ve waited patiently to try my new creations while I’ve taken 20 minutes to get the perfect photo. I failed you, and for that I am sorry.

I’m sure you’re wondering WHY I have dropped the ball in such a major way. In short, these past few months have been some of the craziest of my life.

I could end it there and leave it at that, but I know that when bloggers are purposefully vague about important issues, it bothers me. I don’t want to bother you, and I think you deserve to know what’s been going on. So, here it is:

As you know, I am a loud and proud California girl. I’m a third (fourth?) generation Californian on both sides of my family. Never in my life did I imagine living anywhere else, but as I write this, I am in my new bedroom….in my new house…in eastern Washington. Yes, you read that correctly. Your “California Girl Living the Crunchy Life,” is now your “California Girl Living the Crunchy Life….in Eastern Washington.”

Before “the big move,” I had lived in three different homes, but all were in a 3-4 mile radius of each other. I’ve lived in the same section of Sacramento County for my entire life…until now. As you can imagine, packing up my entire life, leaving everything I know, and moving two states away was extremely stressful. Along with the obvious stress and anxiety that comes along with beginning a new chapter of your life, there are also the less obvious stressors. These include: incessant cleaning and staging in the hopes that someone will buy your house, living out of boxes and never quite knowing where any of your things are, and the ever lovely….PACKING. I’m not telling you this to gain sympathy, but merely to enlighten you about my situation.

During stressful times, it’s easy to fall into a state of depression. That’s exactly what I allowed to happen to me during my move. I wasn’t sleeping my life away or feeling utterly hopeless, but I had no motivation to do anything, including blog. Every time I would go to write something, I would open my computer and stare at it for an hour, without a single word typed. Sometimes I would look at the free products people had sent me and just cry thinking about how much of a failure I was and how I had let these amazing people down. Because my house in California had to be kept spotless during the moving process, there was no baking allowed. I had no idea how much I used baking as a creative outlet for mood management, until it was taken away from me. So there I was, unable to bake, my whole life changing, and I was stuck.

It wasn’t until we actually drove away and left Sacramento that the cloud lifted off of me. My mind was clear and full of ideas. So, here I am, living in the Northwest, starting my new life. I’m ready to be a great blogger again. I’m ready to post on Instagram daily and my blog (at least) bi-weekly. Before anything, though, I’m ready to post some reviews. So, please expect a massive influx of reviews until they are D-O-N-E, DONE.

To keep up with my upcoming barrage of posts, please subscribe to the site and follow me on Twitter & Instagram @girlgonecrunchy

Much love my little crunchies 🙂

Health Nut or Health Not?

Do you ever feel like people don’t take your healthy lifestyle seriously? I know I do. Because I’m not super skinny, or ripped with muscles from head to toe, I feel like my fellow healthy folks don’t take me seriously. I’m not fat, but I couldn’t be called thin either. When I tell people about my healthy lifestyle, it’s as if they’re simply nodding at me, waiting for me to quit talking, while they secretly wonder if I’m really as healthy as I claim. “I bet she doesn’t really exercise 5 days a week.” “She doesn’t eat sugar? Surrrrre…” “Does she practice what she preaches?” It may seem extreme, and, for all I know, I could be completely off, but it’s something I just can’t shake.

This wouldn’t bother me if I didn’t work so hard. If I were an average person, with a fully functional endocrine system, I’d be ROCKIN fitness model status by now…but I’m not. I have PCOS. I work 4x as hard and see 1/4 of the results. I’m not complaining. I could have it worse…much worse. The difficult thing is, though, PCOS is somewhat personal. It’s not something I talk candidly about with those I’m not close with. If I reference it to an acquaintance or casual friend, I usually say “I have a hormone issue,” and leave it at that. I wish there was a way to let people know that I devoutly practice what I preach regarding health and nutrition.

To my fellow healthy folks:

If you feel like you aren’t taken seriously, stay strong. Understand that you’re not being healthy for your friends, acquaintances, or even you’re family. You’re being healthy for YOU. Take it from me, someone who took a while to catch on to that important truth. And don’t assume everyone</em is judging you…took me a while to catch on to that one too!

If you find yourself judging your healthy friends, and questioning their private choices…DON’T. You never know what a person is going through. Everyone’s body is unique. Every person is unique.

In the end, be confident in how you live your life, don’t judge others for the way they live theirs (or you think they live theirs), and the world will be a much better place!

Be Creative

I’ve been known to say that I have the mind of an artist, but no hands to follow it out. Or maybe it’s more like the mind of an artist and the hands of Captain Hook? Either way, I’ve never been one to draw or paint. In fact, when I was in the fifth grade and we had to draw/paint a poinsettia, mine was “so bad” that my teacher threw it in the garbage and asked me if she thought my parents would really want it. If you’re reading this, you know you who you are…and not cool! It was such a negative experience that I never tried anything artistic again. A few months ago, my tattoo artist friend came to visit. She’s not only a tattoo artist, but a phenomenal drawer and painter. After some coaxing, I agreed to do some water color work with her. My painting wasn’t perfect, but it was abstract, and I made it, and I enjoyed doing it. It was, really, the first positive art experience I’d ever had. A few weeks ago, I was messing around on the notes from my philosophy class, and I ended up with abstract, mosaic type drawings that I was really proud of. These past few days, I’ve been trying to add in some mixed media and pop out a few more abstracts. I’ve been having an amazing time. This artist that’s been banging on the walls of my brain…and my heart, is finally able to come out in a visual form. I encourage you to find something creative that you love doing and JUST DO IT! Photography, dance, poetry, drawing, painting, graphic design…just unleash your creativity. You won’t be sorry.

10 Things That Make Me Happy

My pal @cecigetsfit2014 requested that I do this tag on Instagram, and I decided it would be better suited for my blog. Anyone that wants to participate is more than welcome. If you decide to do it on Instagram, tag me @girlgonecrunchy. If you write it on your blog, send me a link to the post: mattiethegirlgonecrunchy@yahoo.com Let’s spread the happiness!!!!

Here goes nothing, 10 (of the MANY) Things that Make me Happy:

1. JESUS CHRIST: He truly does make me happy. I’m overwhelmed when I think of all the amazing blessings in my life. I am so thankful that He died for me, and by His LOVE, I am made righteous. I fail daily, and sometimes He is not my focus as much as He deserves to be, but He remains faithful. His LOVE never ceases to amaze me.

2. MY FAMILY: I am extremely close to my family, and have no idea where I would be without them. Even in my darkest hours, they’ve never deserted me. I know that I can count on them without reservations.

3. DISNEY: If you have ever read my blog prior to this post, you know that I’m a huge Disney Nerd. I see a magic in Disney that no other production can ever compare to. Disney has brought joy to children and adults alike for nearly a century. Ask me anything about Disney, I’ll probably know the answer. “How many minutes is Aurora in the film ‘Sleeping Beauty?'” “18” “What Disney movie has the most songs?” “Alice in Wonderland.” “Who did the concept art for Saludos Amigos?” “EASY…my favorite artist, Mary Blair.” I could go on about this for pages, so I’ll stop here! hahaha 😉 I could also go on about why I obsessively love television and movies in general, but that’s for another time…

4. BAKING: There’s just something special about creating an item with your own hands and being able to not only enjoy it yourself, but share it with others. As a child, my mom always encouraged the “little baker” in me.

5. CLASSICAL MUSIC: It never ceases to calm me down. It’s completely soothing. Someone once told me that this is because classical music mimics the sounds of nature. It’s as if every symphony is a beautiful worship song declaring the glory of God’s creation. And don’t even get me started on the cello…

6. TEA: There’s just nothing quite like a warm cup of tea…(with raw honey, am I right???) OR a refreshing glass of iced tea. My grandparents drink iced tea morning, noon, & night. I guess you could say it’s in my blood.

7. BLANKETS: I’m not talking about warm blankets…just, blankets. Not for warmth, but comfort. I find them peaceful and relaxing. As long as it isn’t overly hot in my house, you’ll find me curled up on the couch wearing a blanket. The feeling of being enwrapped in soft fabric makes me feel so safe and protected. My blanket of choice will always be a quilt, but lately I’ve been loving my sherpa.

8. OVERCAST DAYS: This might seem like an odd one, but my favorite weather is in the fifties and overcast. Not rainy or snowy, just grey and cold. To people with seasonal mood disorder, this weather might not be very pleasing…at all, but to me, it’s perfect. San Francisco in the summer is my heaven!

9. ZUMBA: This is something I’ve come to thoroughly enjoy, as of late. I love the music my teachers play, and the general Zumba atmosphere. It’s BY FAR my favorite form of exercise. An hour flies by when I’m dancing to my heart’s content.

10. BEING HEALTHY: Something that makes me very happy is FEELING GREAT! I love that I’m not sluggish and bloated all the time. I love that I have energy to spare. I love that I’m decreasing my chances of major illnesses and disorders. I’m just happy to be healthy!

Those are 10 things that make me happy! Let me know if we have any in common. Comment below or hit me up on Instagram. #letsspreadhappiness