Coconut Banana Muffins

Since going gluten free, and dairy free, and sugar free, and oat free…..you get the picture HAHA! My diet has changed a lot the past few months while learning the best way to deal with my autoimmune disease. And it can be a bit boring! Plus all of yall that like my recipes have been asking when I will have more. The truth is the majority of the stuff I eat, tastes ok, but not great haha. A few items I’ve tried making I thoughts were pretty decent and my husband disagreed greatly. I guess when you are on a very limited diet, your taste buds begin to change and things you wouldn’t like before, you enjoy now!

 

I did finally find a recipe I thought others would enjoy. It has become my staple in the mornings as I greatly need carbohydrates when I wake up, but finding some that fit my unique needs was very hard. Let’s just say these are so good that no one even knows they are healthy, gluten free, and super clean!! And don’t let the name scare you, they don’t taste like coconut to me at all!

 

Coconut Banana Muffins

INGREDIENTS

Ingredients:

  • 4 Bananasc6dbdf42-aefc-492a-be1c-bd64829a7537
  • 1/4 Cup Honey
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/3 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/3 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 3 Tbsp Arrowroot Starch (or cornstarch)
  • 2 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1/2 Cup Raisins
  • OPTIONAL (walnuts, almonds, pistachios, or chocolate chips)

 

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 35o Degrees. Mix the bananas and eggs in a blender until pureed. Pour them into a bowl and add the other ingredients. Spray a muffin pan with coconut oil and fill each 2/3 of the way full. Cook for approximately 25 minutes, unless you like your more crispy.

I store these in the freezer and take one out as I need it. Great breakfast for those busy mornings!!

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Dana

Are You A Good Leader? Or A GREAT Leader?

I get asked all the time “How Do I Create Leaders In My Business?” And the truth is, you have to first be a great leader to create one! Now, I don’t think of myself as a great leader. I think of myself as someone willing to work hard to hit my goals, and someone who will work hard to help others do the same!! I think the keyword is someone willing to work. Many times you find leaders who rely on others to do the work for them, but a GREAT leader has no problem getting down to work.

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I come from a management background before working from home so I think that allows me to give a good opinion on what makes a good leader! But again, these are just my thoughts on what is needed to make a GREAT leader 😉

  1. Be An Example. For me this is one of the most important things! I’ve worked with people before that will ask me to do things they aren’t willing to do. I think great leaders need to set an example for others to follow! If i ask my team to do something, I do it right there with them! A great leader shows them how to become great, and does not just dictate.
  2. Communicate. Many times leaders will sit on the sidelines and watch people work. I believe to be a great leader you need to be involved with those you work with. Say HI to them, make them feel important, and reach out to help them. It’s a great feeling when you are new, and a leader reaches out to you and offers support.
  3. Training. I use this example to my team all the time….if you got a job at a coffee shop, you would have to learn how to make the drinks before stepping up and making a customer a Grande Decaf Skinny Mocha with an extra shot of espresso. The same goes in ANY business! Before you start working, you need to be trained. And a good leader makes sure they have lots of training themselves, but a GREAT leader makes sure you get trained too! ((now keep in mind, they can offer you the training but only you can do it and follow it to have success))
  4. Be Consistent. Many people come and go, but a GREAT leader stays the course no matter what obstacle gets thrown in there way. Trust me, for every excuse you have, a GREAT leader has encountered that too but they chose not to let them stop you. My most successful month working from home we had our house flood, had to buy a new car, got our bank account hacked, and they found a nodule on my thyroid! But I showed up to work each day. Consistency is what builds success.
  5. Be Honest. No great leader is born that way. We all struggle and we all have different problems we face. I am very shy if I don’t know people, I don’t like to be the center of attention, and I hate to receive recognition publicly. But I push past those things….sure with lots of nerves and sweating, but I’m honest about these things! That shows people you are human and we all face obstacles, but a GREAT leader doesn’t let those things stop them.

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There is no exact script on what makes a GREAT leader. I think at the end of the day what truly matters is that you care about seeing other people succeed, and you try as hard as you can. That is my goal when being a leader, to keep trying and learning and be the best I can to help others!

Dana

Courage To Leave The Comfort Zone

I’m one of those people who likes my comfort zone. I don’t like change or new things. I like what I know and doing the same things each day. But over the last few months I’ve pushed myself out of my comfort zone in many big ways and It reminds me over and over how important it is not to settle!

 

Last week I flew on a plane for the first time. Crazy right?!?! But living on the east coast, anywhere I’ve gone we have always just driven! Flying on a plane was a new thing. I also went to Salt Lake City, for 4 nights without my family. Another very new thing!! The only time I’ve been away from my kids, was when I was having another kid haha. I was also going to meet people I’ve never seen in person, and get an award on stage. More new things that are GREAT, but still made me nervous!!

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To start it all out, my health hasn’t been great the past few weeks. I get exhausted very easily, my stomach is super sensitive, and I catch any cold/bug that is within a mile of me! To make it even better, I got poison ivy 3 days before my trip!!! So of course there went a good night sleep when my neck was itching like crazy. In fact, I’m pretty sure the night before I left I only got maybe 2 hours of sleep. I was so nervous about all these new things, I worked myself up!! I was a hot mess….but I pushed through it!!!

 

Of course my first flight ever had to be the Atlanta Airport….that place is insane!!! We were running late and my husband dropped me at the wrong spot so I had to walk ages to find where to go. And then the self check in spot, I could not for the life of me figure out how to scan the email they sent me from my phone lol. I still couldn’t returning home either haha. Finally I gave up and asked for help. That airport might be crazy busy, but people were so kind in offering to help and direct me where to go. And luckily they have lots of signs! I’m a big fan of knowing exactly what I need to do so all those signs helped a ton.

 

13239090_10154142604075890_5169848301867984778_nFriends help too! My best friend knows how I am so she sent me a detailed list of what to do, where to go, and in what order haha. That really helped my nerves to feel more prepared. In fact, I was able to help someone else in the security line….they were surprised when I said it was my first flight haha. Once I was on the plane and we were in the air, I felt much better! It’s so crazy how the unknown can make you feel so sick! I discovered I am not a big fan of flying, especially the rocking parts, but I did it!!!

 

Of course me being me, I ended up super sick that night from all the nerves and lack of food, but 12 hours of sleep and some awesome friends checking and helping me made for a MUCH better next day!!! I struggled the whole time with stomach issues, exhaustion, and just going all day long…but it was worth it! My heart about beat out of my chest when it was time for my award, but it was worth it!!! I’m still exhausted three days after being back…but it was worth it!!!

 

Sometimes we get so stuck in our comfort zone, we avoid at all costs trying something new. This was a wonderful opportunity and I got THREE awards but I almost didn’t go because I was so nervous!! For many years I have just been a “mom” and use to putting everyone else before me, that I forget sometimes I do pretty great things and need to be celebrated haha. And I need to set an example for my kids by getting out of my comfort zone and remembering a few minutes of courage can change your life!

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I know my job has changed my life, and made things a lot better for my family. But now I have the honor of turning around and helping other people do the same!! To me, that is truly amazing to know one small doze of courage is now helping so many other people. Years ago I was in drama class, chorus, on the school news…I actually enjoyed being the center of attention!! As an adult, I prefer my comfort zone and not having attention drawn to me. Getting awards made me nervous!!! But after, the emails/texts/messages of people who saw ME, just a normal Mom of 3 busy kids, reminded me that showing them I did this, encouraged them to know they could do the same.

 

Get out of your comfort zone…if not for yourself, then for those watching and looking for someone to inspire them!

 

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Dana

Calm Mom Who Can Juggle Life

Recently I had a lot of company over and they were making me blush with the compliments on how I balance life! They laughed that I’m always juggling multiple things while talking to my kids, and keeping track of the household. The truth is, it just comes with being a Mom!!! But I also think having the right outlook on life can make for a better, and more peaceful, day! Here are a few of my tips to be the “Calm Mom Who Can Juggle Life”.

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  1. Have YOU Time! I know that sounds crazy since I’m a Mom of 3, but it is so important and enables you to keep your cool. For me, I get up an hour before my kids and I get a workout in and do my devotional at that time too. Sure I hate getting up, but I know I’m a much better, and happier Mom, when I have a little time for me each day.
  2. Focus On What Matters! I do NOT clean my house every day. I do NOT stress about the toys on the floor. I do NOT worry about looking my best every moment. I enjoy having fun with my kids! Sure they are getting older so we work on chores and THEM picking up, but some days I would rather get an extra cuddle and read a book and that is ok! The mess doesn’t matter, we are busy making memories!
  3. Be You! I am not a master chef, and I don’t try to be! I know tons of Moms who make these amazing meals, but I learned not to compare myself! I do the best I can, and I don’t worry about the rest! My kids are happy and healthy and sure we might have PB&J for dinner but it’s all good!!
  4. Prioritize Your Relationships! When I became a Mom, I lost some friends. We were just at different places in our lives and that’s ok! My kids are my WHOLE world and my number 1 priority, and thus its hard to be friends with someone who ignores them. I learned long ago not to force it, to say goodbye and focus on the good! As a Mom, you want the best for your kids and if someone is toxic to you or them, its time to say BYE!
  5. Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff! My kids are running around my house screaming as loud as they can and throwing pillows at them. Yet I’m writing a blog and don’t care because they are having fun! Sure a pillow might break, but its raining outside and they are indoors having fun! I learned to pick my battles and noise and chaos is just part of it!

 

The truth is, we all parent differently and what works for me, might not work for you! At the end of the day, find what works for you! And just embrace the crazy, it’s part of thei beautiful messy life!

Dana

Toxin Free Is The Way To Be

Last year I began the journey to a toxin free home. For many people, they think that is “extreme” and don’t understand my choice. That is totally fine as it’s not for everyone….but for me, health is EXTREMELY important. I feel that is one of the BEST gifts I can give my children!

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My obsession with health and fitness started young as I had always battled my weight.  But after having my first child, I learned that losing weight the healthy way, was best and sometimes being fit was way more important that the number on the scale! Slow and steady I dropped over 80 lbs and fell in love with being strong! I became a personal trainer and nutritionist and my focus became on helping others find their love for health!!!

 

But I began to struggle. My oldest two kids are 16 months apart, and I noticed I started getting sick easier, my weight became a struggle, I had headaches and fatigue. But I pushed on! After my 3rd child was born I had non stop issues. Finally last year the words “autoimmune disease” started being thrown around by my doctors.  That was hard to hear because for those…there are NO cure and once you get one, more come along to play…..

 

“Simply put, autoimmune diseases are conditions where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues rather than a foreign molecule like bacteria. This happens when something confuses the immune system. Increasingly, that “something” appears to be the enormous load of environmental toxins to which we are all exposed.”

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When I began to research, I found that YES I lived a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating fruits and veggies, but I had a very toxic home! I cleaned with dangerous chemicals, I used the cheap, toxic shampoo and personal care products, and I never read labels or ingredients on products I put on my skin!!!! I began to learn that every single product we use can effect our health, not just the items we eat! I also learned that we may be healthy NOW, but those toxins can build up in our bodies and cause damage in the years to come. All that research led me to the decision to convert our home to toxin free.

 

Knowledge is power. Health is important. And we have to educate ourselves and KNOW that many diseases can be prevented. More and more people have health issues now than they did 50 years ago. The reason??? The toxins and chemicals in our products!  People may laugh at my toxin free lifestyle, but for me, full body health needs to be a priority!

 

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