6 Holistic Health Stories that Will Totally Inspire You!

Ready to get totally inspired to dip a toe into holistic health? Learn about the unique journeys six different women took to work towards mental and physical well-being. Each of our lives have brought upon a different set of unique circumstances, but the goal is the same: find what helps us and our loved ones feel best. Holistic health is all about acknowledging the mind, body, spirit and interconnectedness of our wellness. Whether you are starting your own wellness journey or looking to up-level the practice you already have in place, these stories will have you motivated to take the next step thats right for you!

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I Got Pregnant without a Period

I got pregnant while experiencing post-hormonal birth control amenorrhea (absence of a period). It still amazes me and I often wonder if I would have without the holistic approach I worked hard to adopt. Years before wanting to have a child, I spoke to my doctors about coming off birth control and having a homozygous copy of the genetic mutation MTHFR. Frustrated with the lack of and misinformation I was given, I took matters into my own hands. Between extensive research, finding the right doctors and holistic practitioners, making dietary changes and incorporating eastern and functional medicine (in addition to western medicine), I was able to take ownership of my fertility and understand how my unique body worked.

-Helene (All The Verdure)

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I'm Not High, I'm on CBD 

I've suffered with a major depressive disorder since 2014. I've been taking medication for it since then and now journeying with weening off of it. As a girlboss with coping mechanisms and self-care strategies, I've found myself talking to my psychiatrist about living my life without my antidepressant. In the midst of it, I've found CBD. I've been in love with a 500mg tincture every day. I've felt calmer, more relaxed, and more prepared to take the leap off of antidepressants. CBD hasn't made me tired or feel high, it's made me feel stronger to go off prescription medication than ever before.

-Shanna (Self Soul Sport)

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How a Plant Focused Diet saved my Dad

A few years ago, the doctor found a concerning growth on my dad's prostate.  It was alarming and stressful for our entire family but I knew that worrying about it would do nothing so I decided to get educated on the matter. Watching the documentary "Forks Over Knives" on Netflix had started it all. The main premise of the doc was how plant focused diets can prevent illness by turning off cancer cells but eating a heavily animal-based diet can actually activate those cells. With that, we placed our dad on a plant focused diet with minimal white meat (only chicken and seafood). A year later, the growth vanished! From that point on, it became my mission to help people realize that holistic nutrition can prevent illness and heal our bodies.

-Christie (Christie at Home)

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    I Discovered the Joy of Eating

    For a long time, I was consumed with the numbers and ingredients on a nutrition label. I stressed about what I ate constantly and it affected not only my digestion but also my mental health and my body image. Learning how to eat intuitively and ultimately get pleasure from food again has transformed me as a person. Once I was able to make the connection about how food can make me feel, I was able to let go of the idea that I had to be perfect all the time. I let go of the obsession and restriction and rediscovered the simple joys of eating.

    -Jaclyn (Holistic Foodie)

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    I Found the Light in Myself and Business

    My first year of entrepreneurship was.. *shudders* nothing like social media makes it seem. Within three months of being on my own, a Kenya that I had never seen before emerged. This Kenya was constantly moody and stuck in a comparison vortex of measuring what she was doing against everyone else. During that first year, I was frantically looking outward into the world to validate my ideas, my passions and what I timidly felt I had to offer, instead of focusing on the Divine Presence within me that was the Source of these unique gifts. Within my second year of business, through daily meditation and one-on-one coaching with a beautiful heartfulness spiritual coach, I was able to see the light. The Light was me - no effort or outer work required. By releasing myself from the effects of the world and connecting with the Truth of the Divine within, I have brought forth new levels in my business and my life - living Peacefully and Purposefully.

    -Kenya (Power in Your Curl)

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    I Overcame Depression and Anxiety 

    I struggled with depression and anxiety for most of my life. I was put on medication at the age of 14, and thought I would have to take it indefinitely. The medication helped a bit, but the side-effects were terrible, and I still struggled with symptoms. After years of feeling frustrated with my health, my research led me to a holistic approach that works for me, and I have been medication free for over a year. The first step was addressing my Automatic Negative Thoughts, which I did through a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness. The second step was addressing dietary irritants, and honestly, I think changing my diet is what made the biggest difference. Through elimination dieting I discovered that grains and beans create an inflammatory response in my body that leaves me with depression and anxiety (along with arthritis, hormonal imbalances, cat allergies, & digestive distress). Following a paleo diet that is relatively low-carb has completely changed my life. I also include herbal adaptogens and supplements in my routine to further support overall health.

    -Cory (Tiny Clean Kitchen)

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    Delicious and Easy Whole 30 Recipes

    I can’t believe I am doing Whole 30 for the first time! I eat super similar to Whole 30 on a regular basis, and have done several 30 day stints of clean eating in the past- but never the official Whole 30 protocol. The biggest difference for me are 1. I typically eat a limited amount of, but some grains and legumes 2. I am a major proponent of finding and creating the healthy, allergen friendly version of treats. The latter is the main reason I’ve questioned it in the past. I didn’t understand what the point was of not being able to make the Whole 30 version of things like pancakes, cookies, etc. I get that. the point in theory is that it will get someone who is used to eating a lot of processed food into the habit of eating more whole foods, but figured that was a moot point for someone with typically healthy habits.

    This year, I am trying my best to SIMPLIFY things in my kitchen. So honestly, the thought of sticking to whole foods seems like it will force me to eat LESS ingredients and more homemade, easy recipes. My goal with the transition into motherhood is to keep up with eating the foods that make me feel good, but know that will be a major challenge. Getting used to and in a routine of cooking more basic now will definitely help!

    This time of year can also come with the pressure of a diet or cleanse, which is not my style. I like to do a clean eating reset times when it fits into my life and I feel excited and good about it. That’s why, rather than starting right away, I am waiting until after I travel to LA this week so that I can enjoy my time there and do it at a time that feels more like it’s on MY schedule, serving me best and not something I am “forcing” myself to do.

    My plan was to choose some of my recipes and products that would be my go-tos while I do Whole 30, and figured it made sense to share so that anyone else doing it now or in the future can have some recipes on hand too. Check out my top 10 All The Verdure Recipes and Whole 30 compliant products!

    My Favorite All The Verdure Whole 30 Compliant Recipes:

    This soup recipe would be a great make ahead Whole 30 compliant lunch option!

    This soup recipe would be a great make ahead Whole 30 compliant lunch option!

    Creamy Pumpkin Artichoke Soup

    I am such a soup lover for so many reasons! They are soup-er (had to) easy to make, always satisfying, and great for prepping for busy weeknight meals or lunches. Being prepared is definitely going to be my priority during Whole 30, so I don’t get stuck without any good options. I love how thick, filling and protein packed this soup is- can totally be a whole meal, unlike many store bought or restaurant soups.

    Coconut yogurt is a delicious swap for the dairy alternative that I actually prefer the taste of!

    Coconut yogurt is a delicious swap for the dairy alternative that I actually prefer the taste of!

    Delicata Squash + Kale Salad with Yogurt Dressing

    Warming salads with a creamy dressing always make me feel so much more satisfied than the raw, crunchy ones with light vinaigrettes. I love how delicata squash tastes in this dish, but feel free to use any squash that is easy for you to find/cook. Dairy yogurt is obviously out of the question during Whole 30, but coconut yogurt is a go (just make sure that it is unsweetened). It will be perfect to have on hand for the dressing in this recipe and as a breakfast/snack option.

    You won’t miss store-bought nut milks with this homemade Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Milk

    You won’t miss store-bought nut milks with this homemade Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Milk

    Spiced Pumpkin Pecan Milk

    Store-bought nut milks often contain thickening agents, preservatives and sweeteners- lot’s of Whole 30 no-no’s! If you don’t already make your own, this. is the perfect time to get in the habit. It will save you money in the long run and taste better. This recipe is made using an Almond Cow nut milk machine (you can use code ALLTHEVERDURE for $15 off and free shipping!) which makes the process super easy. Note that this recipe calls for vanilla extract, which would have to be eliminated or substituted with vanilla bean powder to be Whole 30 compliant.

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      Once you go back to roasting cauliflower with turmeric, you’ll never want it any other way!

      Once you go back to roasting cauliflower with turmeric, you’ll never want it any other way!

      Turmeric Roasted Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic Tahini

      This is another great warming salad option! You can make the cauliflower and tahini on it’s own as a side dish or make it a meal by serving it on a salad, as the recipe calls for. Tahini is a deliciously creamy and Whole 30 approved condiment. You’ll want to make extra dressing to use on other veggies, salads and even as a dip!

      Processed, bagged snacks are out of the question, so we’e going to need some homemade ones on hand!

      Processed, bagged snacks are out of the question, so we’e going to need some homemade ones on hand!

      Coconut Yogurt Tzatziki

      My typical snacks are almost all no-nos on Whole 30, especially the ones I put together snack boards with (chickpea hummus, store-bought chips, cheese, crackers, etc.). This dip is a tasty snack to have on hand and would make a great addition while entertaining during your Whole 30 stint! I love it paired with roasted veggies and homemade chips! Try thinly slicing potatoes or another root veggie to get your chip and dip fix while avoiding the bagged ones.

      If there’s going to be a Whole 30 smoothie situation- this is it!

      If there’s going to be a Whole 30 smoothie situation- this is it!

      Blueberry Cauliflower Smoothie

      What I thought was a “no smoothie” rule held me back from doing Whole 30 for a while, until I realized what was behind it. The program discourages smoothies for 2 reasons: 1. They can be fruit bombs packed with sugar 2. Drinking food is not the same as eating it. I figured this veggie packed smoothie bowl, eaten with a spoon, is the perfect way to “do a smoothie” if you are going to while on Whole 30! Again, note that this recipe calls for vanilla extract, which would have to be eliminated or substituted with vanilla bean powder to be Whole 30 compliant. You could also try using raw cacao powder instead, since that is also allowed.

      Desserts are out of the question, but this Choco-latte is totally Whole 30 compliant and delicious!

      Desserts are out of the question, but this Choco-latte is totally Whole 30 compliant and delicious!

      Superfood Choco-latte

      I find that often when I am craving dessert, it’s actually a sign that my body needs something in desserts besides sugar. Chocolate, fat, fruit- these are some common ingredients that have important benefits our bodies in fact need. Making a cup of something rich, nutrient dense, chocolatey and a little sweet is the perfect way to end the evening instead of your after dinner dessert while doing Whole 30.

      Why just have tomato sauce, when you can have BEET tomato sauce?!

      Why just have tomato sauce, when you can have BEET tomato sauce?!

      Tomato Beet Everything Sauce

      I know what you’re thinking- tomato sauce on Whole 30? But I can’t eat pasta! Well friend, there is a lot we can do with tomato sauce during this 30 days! One idea pictured at the bottom of the recipe is to put it over meatballs and greens like broccoli rabe. You could also make a chicken parm with a Whole 30 compliant nut cheese, which would be super tasty! For vegetarians, try enjoying it over zucchini noodles by spiralizing a zucchini or finding them in the prepared produce section of the store.

      I die for this dip! You will want to put this on everything or just eat it with a spoon which is okay too!

      I die for this dip! You will want to put this on everything or just eat it with a spoon which is okay too!

      Basil Avocado “Cream”

      This is another Whole 30 compliant dip that is a great snack option with raw veggies or homemade chips! You could also add a scoop to a salad or on top of a piece of chicken- so tasty! Because of the lime juice, it doesn’t brown quickly like a sliced avocado, so you can prep a few days worth and store in an airtight container like a mason jar in the fridge.

      Bone broth is a staple I always keep in the freezer and will definitely be using a lot during Whole 30!

      Bone broth is a staple I always keep in the freezer and will definitely be using a lot during Whole 30!

      Sweet Potato + Parsnip Bone Broth Soup

      This soup is one of my favorites for winter! Bone broth is super nourishing and great for building immunity. I love adding a crunch and some greens to make it a meal by topping it with some roasted Brussel sprout leaves. Other Whole 30 approved soup topper ideas are: avocado, Whole 30 compliant nut milk cheese, hemp seeds and coconut yogurt.

      My Favorite Whole 30 Compliant Products:

      Do you have a favorite Whole 30 compliant recipe or product? Share it in the comments!

      Feel-Good Holiday Gifts for Under $50

      The best gift you can give yourself or those you love is to FEEL good! While there are certainly big ways of doing this without material items, these are a few of my favorites that can most definitely help. From adaptogens and collagen sticks to CBD cream- I’m sharing a collection of ideas that will hopefully help you find the perfect item for friends, family and even yourself.

      1. Wellness Travel Kit ($35 for kit)

      Taking wellness on the go has never been easier with this kit of must-haves! From clean beauty products to keep you refreshed to travel matcha and essential oil- it’s everything you need for a feel-good trip or on the go stash of essentials.

      2. Shilajit ($24.65 with code: ‘ALLTHEVERDURE’)

      Shilajit is one of my favorite adaptogens! It is perfect for active friends or family who are looking for a natural way to improve endurance/stamina and workout recovery. It can also help with immunity, cognition and anti-aging. I tend to think of it as the “fountain of youth”!

      3. Vital Proteins Holiday Sampler ($16 for 5 sticks)

      This sampler is the perfect way to try out some different flavors of collagen. The Vital Proteins collagen creamers (3 flavors included), matcha collagen and collagen peptides make yummy tonics on the go or while traveling. My personal favorite is to combine the coconut creamer + matcha to make an even creamier Matcha Latte on the fly!

      4. Primal Kitchen Cookbook ($23.76 for hardcover)

      This is the perfect gift for someone who wants to start or continue eating healthy without compromising ingredients, taste and flavor. Recipes like 10 minute Pad Thai Noodles and Spinach and Parmesan Stuffed Chicken will make them excited to get in the kitchen in 2019. I am obsessed with Primal Kitchen products and think it would be a super fun gift to pair the book with some of their products like a custom dressing set!

      5. Hemp Infused Cream ($40 with code: ‘CWFAMILY’)

      I actually first heard about CBD cream from my mother and grandmother in law swearing by it for their back/muscle issues. I’ve been using it on my tight and sore shoulders and think it would make the perfect gift for a loved one who is athletic and complains about sore muscles or anyone who experiences any sort of chronic muscular pain or skin issues. I also this this is a great price point for a nice, generous gift that isn’t an insane splurge.

      6. Raw Sugar Products (16.99 for Lip Balm + Scrub)

      One of my favorite kinds of gifts to give is one where they donate to someone in need with every purchase. I think it adds a personal and special touch, making the gift more about the spirit of giving, while also giving a physical token of appreciation to your loved one. Raw Sugar donates a bar of soap to a person in need with every purchase of their (certified organic) paraben, aluminum, sulfate and phthalate free products.

      7. Wellness Focused Gift Card “Duo” (price varies)

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      I love the idea of combining a small item with a gift card. For example, a mug with a gift card to your loved one’s favorite coffee or tea shop, a yoga towel with a gift card to their favorite yoga studio or an insulated bag with a gift card to their favorite juice bar where they stock up on weekly juice. It adds a nice personal touch to a gift card while taking too much thinking and pressure off on your end and allowing them to get something they really like and use.