food allergies

Two Meatballs: Kitchen Cousins!!!

You guyyyyyys, Just call me Julia…Childs over here!!!  Ever since I started this allergy/food elimination plan, I have been cooking up a delicious storm in my neck of the woods. What’s that sound you ask…oh that’s just my smoke detector going off like errrrrrrry 5 minutes #sensitivesally but the ear piercing screeching has all been worth it!   I basically can’t eat out at all for the next 30 days and there are so few things I can eat, I have to get really creative so I don’t lose my mind with the disgusting breakfast porridge I made!  It has also been a really fun way to be with family and have really healthy dates!  Friday night my sister came over and I made a butternut squash stew with chicken, brown rice, zoodles, roasted broccoli and cauliflower!  Sooooooooooooo good and comforting in a healthy way.  We also had sea salt, pepper and turmeric (a natural anti-inflamatory) roasted asparagus and a shredded brussel sprout salad with an avocado basil dressing!  All homemade! I have been educating myself on leaky gut syndrome and with the help of my chiropractor/health guru/nutrition enthusiast, I plan on healing mine!


So healthy and so good!  If you ever want to feel amazing, cook something for Kelly!  She is so appreciative and complimentary.  It feels like 1 million dollars! She likes to say yummmmm over and over and it makes your new to cooking experimentation heart soar!  We spent the rest of the night talking about everything on earth…all the things we’ve been learning, and working on and wanting to change and achieve.  Look at how cute we are!  We are both in a good place with wanting to eat healthy and exercise.  I feel like our time together is so positive when we are both putting healthy things into our bodies and moving more.  Love you did.


I love you Kelly, can’t wait to do it again!  Then Saturday, I went and saw my new zen bff, Nancy at Bliss Body Yoga and got my Warrior  and Chair pose on!


Yoga has me filled with so much gratitude.  I think it is the first thing that I have ever done that isn’t so goal oriented.  Yoga asks only that you be in the moment.  I think that is something that we are all so disconnected with.  We are obsessed with our phones.  I remember one time I was hanging out with my nephew bunnies and they were both like NO MORE PICS!  They just wanted to play and for me to pay attention to them and listen to them.  That is the least I can do.  There is literally nothing on Facebook more interesting than their sweet faces and I need to remember that more.  It was another wonderful class.  This woman I found on instagram is my inspiration with yoga. #oneday


After yoga, I packed up a ton of fresh ingredients and headed to my cousin Kristina’s house to cook her a late birthday dinner!


Kris is a great food experimenter and she loves to cook too so what better way to spend time together and to celebrate than making healthy, delicious food for her family.  What’s cooking good looking?!


On the menu tonight was: Rustic garlic chicken with gravy, zucchini with mint, basil and pine nuts and whipped parsnips!!!  It was pure chaos in this kitchen!  It is so hard to stay organized when you are volleying between three recipes on pinterest! (If any of these dishes sound good to you, they are on Twomeatballsgetfit under the Kristina date board)  But we managed and caught up on life together.  I just adore her and spending time together is the gift.


After an hour of sweating and laughing and playing with the kids,


this was the finished product!


I had the leftovers later than night with the salad from my Kelly date!  Heaven!


Cheers Kristina…lets make this a monthly thing!  I love trying new things with you and I just love you so much!


Even the kids loved it!


Her kids eat so healthy you guys!  It blew me away…talk about setting your kids up for success!  Buddy, I love you so much.  The parsnips won the night!  So f-ing good!  The next morning I went to Pure Barre and it was a Paige class.  She is the cutest and she said, y’all are going to hate this and no you cannot leave!  My new pb pals, Camilla and Melissa were there and it’s so nice to  be able to chat before class.  I even met a new friend, Kristen!  We had a blast and I got my Pure Barre ledge kicked!


Then I heard Jennys voice in my mind.  She always talks about how you feel like being more active when you stay in your workout clothes and it was so true.  I went to Target and Trader Joe’s.  I cooked some more and organized my spice cabinet and ended up cleaning the house!!!  I was also craving something sweet so I made some shredded coconut, nut, apple and cashew butter cereal with unsweetened coconut milk!


Totally hit the spot.  Then I made some crock pot coconut turmeric chicken thighs, shredded them and added brown rice!


I also roasted some asparagus and made my meals for the next two days.  This was super comforting. Then I capped off the beginning of the work week with a lovely family dinner OG Beard style.


We cooked together and laughed the night away.  I think for most families, food will always be the center of the heart.  But this heart will be healthy. #robinS #communisT #sarayourdressistooshort #iloevALLofyou


I have really found that I can still find comfort in food but that it can be healthy and I can feed my body the things that will ultimately heal what ails me.  I can feel a real change.  I haven’t felt this good all year and it really feels like a blessing. I can finally breath and that means so many things.  I feel like my face is less bloated and my skin looks good again.


Jenny has so many amazing non smiling faces and I’m always trying to pull one off, but the truth is I look better when I smile and why not!?


But seriously that skin!?!?!  Why do I ever stray???

It is nice to feel so connected to my body and my mind and everything in between.  Instead of mindlessly shoveling pad thai into my mouth and trying to fill a void that will never be filled with processed food.  I love cooking and thank goodness for that.  More yummy recipes to come. And don’t worry, a total mess was made every.single.time.


Love you all.  Feed your bellies and your minds. XO

More exercising and cooking together tomorrow!


Two Meatballs: Om My Gah Yogaaaaaays!

Well hello everyone!!!  This is your pal Sara and I have to say, I am feeling better than I have in a really long time.  I’m eating healthy and moving my body again.  My mind feels calmer.  I feel present and inside of my own body instead of my own head.  I feel powerful and calm and excited to moved forward with all the things I’m learning in therapy and all my other endeavors!  In the spirit of change and new beginnings, this weekend started my Yoga Beginners Series at Bliss Body Yoga…you’re not even going to believe this!!!  I loooooooooooooooooved it.  It was everything.  What an enlightening experience.  I had such a calm feeling driving there.  Not many things make me nervous, but doing new group exercise things are usually a nail biter for me.  But the night before I fell right to sleep, woke up on time, got dressed, had a green tea and headed out.  My drive there was so peaceful, windows down and I wasn’t nervous…like at all!!!!  I pulled up, walked in and was greeted by our instructor, Nancy, the cutest cutie. This place is gorgeous.


A tiny voice in my head said , pick a spot in the back.  But I’m a front row girl, so I shook that thought away and sat front and center next to my new friend Jo!


By the time 11:15 rolled around, the room was comfortably full.  Nancy welcomed us, introduced herself and told us a little about her.  Then we went around the room and said our name, what our previous yoga experience was and what we would like to gain from class.  It was so nice to feel a sense of community before we got started and by the end of intros it was clear that everyone was kind of on the same page…wanting to learn the basics so as not to feel so lost, gain strength, flexibility and relief from our stressful lives.  We started with Savasana or corpse pose, which lets you focus on breathing.  It was like a peaceful nap.  Then we slowly progressed into a series called  Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation which included table to cat to cow to childs pose.  We went over lots of body posture points and ways to modify as your body gets used to the stretch.  Then we went over how to distribute weight in your hands and feet for downward dog!


Then we walked to the front of our mat and did a very powerful stance. Hinged at the waist, into downward dog, then into a plank to cobra to downward dog I think, then back to standing and hands to heart.  It was a lot of information but it felt nice and I loved the repetition of it.  To finish up we did Savasana one more time and she came by and misted a lovely smelling mixture over us.   Before you knew it an hour and fifteen minutes had flown by.  I ran into one of Kelsey and Alleys clients before we left…such a small world!!!  I have to say, I absolutely loved this.  I love Nancy, I loved Bliss Body Yoga, I loved our group and most of all I loved the way I felt when I left.  I don’t know if I’ve ever been this relaxed after exercising.


I just cannot wait to go back!!! Thanks Nancy!!!! Xoxo It even made me confident enough to go back to Pure Barre.  I woke up Sunday morning and found myself in Jenny’s cousins class, Ariel!!!  And it was serious.  I was welcomed back literally with open arms.  You really get to know people in this intimate setting!  My pal Brooke was there and then some PB friends, Camille and Karen.


Ariel is the living sweetest, but once that mic went on, it was business time…my butttttttttt!!! It aches in the best way.  This weekend I also went home and health shopping…


I got a tea kettle for my new tea obsession, some mason jars for juicing, a better knife, meat thermometer, some dish towels, yoga blocks, a pill caddy to keep all of my elimination diet supplements organized!!!!  I had a Bed, Bath and Beyond gift card from my lovely client who moved to Ireland, Mary and I finally joyfully spent it!  Thanks Mary!

Since I’ve started the elimination food plan to see if I have food allergies, I’ve already noticed that I have sensitivities to cinnamon and cayenne pepper.  Nothing major, but it was for sure harder to breathe after i ate them!  Imagine how great I’m going to feel getting rid of the things that make me feel bad!?!?  It feels so nice to be cooking again and in charge of my nutrition.  I’m not sure how I get so far from center but now that I’m feeling a little better, it actually is fun to meal plan, grocery shop and cook. I’m trying to think of just two days at a time, so I don’t over plan and get stressed out.  Also, it leaves room for creativity and what I’m actually craving…which lately is MUSHROOMS!!!  Lately I can’t get enough!



I love knowing that I have healthy things in my house to nourish and heal my body.  There are so few things i can eat on this list and brown rice and quinoa are two of the items, so I have embraced the grain for the next 30 days.  This weekend I made a mushroom, onion, garlic, leek gravy with oregano pan roasted chicken and tossed the whole thing with brown rice.


I also roasted zucchini, squash and onions and added it to the mix.  It was so good and satisfying!  I also experimented with some smoothies.  I cant eat bananas which is a smoothie staple for me!  So I mixed spinach,  unsweetened coconut milk, blueberries, mango, pineapple and fresh squeezed lime juice….um delish!  I also made a PBJish type smoothie with spinach, unsweetened coconut milk, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and cashew butter.  Jenny tried it and said it was bland!!!  It so funny when you are so restricted how different things taste…I thought it was decadent! Haha.  You guyyyyyyys.  I Feel so flipping good!!!!  I’ve have learned so much about myself.  I tend to put all my happiness eggs in to my health basket.  I’m trying to change that so it isn’t so devastating when I don’t feel well.  So now I’m just focusing on positivity and celebrating when I feel great.  Thanks to all of you and if you aren’t doing yoga or have some form of peaceful meditation in your life, I can’t say enough wonderful things about it!!!  Love you all like woah!  Namaste. Ps: Y’all, this is our 302nd post!!!  It has been so crazy lately I missed the 300th, but what a ride this has been.  We are so grateful to every single person who reads our story.  Xo time a milly.