Do you feel sluggish, experience frequent headaches, crave unhealthy foods, have lackluster skin, suffer from poor sleep or find it difficult to lose weight? If you answered “yes” to any of these, you may have fallen into a Junk Food Funk.
At one time, I would have answered “yes” to all of the above questions. Although I was exercising regularly, I didn’t feel healthy. It wasn’t until I realized that the junk I consumed was keeping me from living my best life that I began to search for ways to make a change. I felt held back by excess weight, exhaustion, headaches, brain fog and many other symptoms that I simply couldn’t explain.
At first, I didn’t really know how to describe how I felt. I visited my doctor several times and, although I could list off my symptoms, I couldn’t really explain the overall feeling I was having. After some time I realized that the best way to summarize all the symptoms I was having was to tell the doctor I felt as if I was in a “funk” or “funked up.”
So what is this so-called funk? For me, the funk was tied to being out of balance and teetering on what could easily turn into a full-blown health crisis.
If you feel “funked up” or like you’re in a “funk” maybe its time to take action. Put yourself first and give your body the attention and caring it needs but doing a junk food detox. Even a short 3, 5 or 7-day junk food detox can dramatically change how you feel—allowing for increased energy, more stable moods, deeper sleep, and fewer cravings.
By ditching junk food, you’ll even look better with clearer skin, brighter eyes, and fewer wrinkles, along with countless other benefits. My newest book Junk Food Funk provides you everything you need to succeed with a junk food detox and take back control of your cravings and your life.
This may look like a healthy, power breakfast (which it definitely can be), but I tend to enjoy this Warm Blackberry Yogurt Bowl as an after dinner treat. There’s something so sweet and satisfying about warm blackberries over chilled yogurt. With the addition of bananas and sliced almonds, this is a delicious dessert that you can enjoy without any guilt.
This breakfast (or snack) has 4 ingredients, which makes it SO easy to make any day of the week. The best part about it is that the the avocado and egg have so much yummy flavor on their own that you don’t need much else to make it delicious and satisfying.
Although it seems like a breakfast dish, I think it’s a good snack option for that afternoon lull; and the kids love it as a tasty treat after school.
Here’s another great breakfast bowl to add to your morning meal rotation. Topping the chia pudding with your favorite fruits and seeds makes breakfast exciting again!
Another dessert to satisfy my cravings! This Coconut Vanilla Cake is a nice, quick and easy (healthy) sweet treat. I love that the cake is moist and airy. Topping it with coconut and yogurt gives it that extra something special.
I love breakfast. But I found myself eating the same breakfast over and over again, which was getting tedious. With two young kids (6 and 8) to get out the door in the morning, I need a fast and easy (yet yummy) breakfast to get my day started. Smoothie bowls are just that. Here’s a Green Smoothie Bowl which I hope will inspire you and your breakfast recipes.
What’s your favorite thing to eat for breakfast?
Roasting vegetables is so satisfying. It’s super easy to do and it changes the taste, texture, and look of the veggie to create a completely new version.
Sometimes I roast veggies without knowing what I’m going to do with them. In this case, I had a craving for cauliflower and bought a good looking bunch at the local market. After roasting them for 25 to 30 minutes, I scoured the refrigerator and pantry to see what else I had on hand. I ended up with this delightful spinach salad with carrots, dates, and pine nuts and a simple, homemade dressing.
So satisfying and so healthy.
Homemade granola with coconut, almonds, pumpkin seeds, and flax seeds? What more could you need or want? Pair it with your favorite yogurts or smoothie bowls for a picture perfect breakfast.
This ginger chicken stir-fry recipe with brown rice is a perfect combination of fresh vegetables and protein and provides everything you need for a truly healthy and satisfying meal—not to mention it’s delicious!
I’ve always loved smoothies especially ones that make me feel healthy and energized. But I’m a creature of habit and often would make the same 2 or 3 recipes every morning. I have however recently spiced things up and tried not only some new recipes but I’ve also replaced my cup and straw for a bowl and spoon.
This dark cherry smoothie bowl with homemade cranberry almond granola, strawberries and dates is one of my new favorites!
If you decide to give this one a try (I highly recommend you do), please share your feedback and photos!