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Healing hormonal acne part 2: my skincare routine

Healing hormonal acne part 2: my skincare routine

Welcome to part II of my acne series! In part one, I talked all about what acne is, what causes it, and what hormones have to do with anything. Definitely check it out if you missed it. Today’s post is a little less science-y and a little more fun. In this part I’m going to be talking all about what products I use on my face and why…

Life and Such

Life and Such

Hi! I know I’ve been absent for just a little while… I don’t have a “real” post today in the sense that I don’t have a new recipe or any tips, but I wanted to publish something because it’s been way too long…

Low FODMAP Protein Bars

Low FODMAP Protein Bars

It’s been a minute since I posted a recipe, so I took some quick pics of these protein bars I’ve been making to share with y’all today! This recipe is a long time coming, as I’ve actually been making some variation of these bars for YEARS, and I feel super guilty for not sharing them earlier because they’re a daily staple for me. But, true to Maria fashion…

Guide to Eating low FODMAP in Florence

Guide to Eating low FODMAP in Florence

Welcome to the GMGH guide to eating low FODMAP in Florence! Or should we say, eating FODMAP conscious – there was a lot of gelato consumed by yours truly… I’m going to divide this guide up into two parts — one for things to do, and one for food. Because the food deserves a post all of its own. 😂 I’ll share all the places we ate in Florence this time, as well as some tips for how to eat FODMAP conscious in Italy!

Healing hormonal acne part 1: What are hormones?

Healing hormonal acne part 1: What are hormones?

You probably remember from my Sugar Free January posts that one of my main motivations for cutting out sugar for a month was to see if it helped clear up my acne. At the end of a month though, the jury was still out. I hadn’t had any breakouts the entire month, but I wasn’t convinced…

Sugar Free Oatmeal

Sugar Free Oatmeal

Ok, if you’ve been following for any time at all, you should know by know that I take breakfast seriously. And by seriously, I mean I seriously hate making decisions in the morning! This is why you’ll usually find me eating a bowl full of…

The Four Best Ways to Combat Stomach Pain

The Four Best Ways to Combat Stomach Pain

We’ve all been there, despite the most well-laid plans. You accidentally order something that turns out to have tons of garlic in it. Or maybe that gelato is calling you, but it turns out you’ve been stressed recently and your gut is just not feeling like dealing with that lactose (not that I ever do that.) Or maybe…

Easiest Low FODMAP Guacamole

Easiest Low FODMAP Guacamole

I know, this would have been better served to post BEFORE the Super Bowl… But considering I made it for the super bowl, there were no pictures to post before that. But any day is a good day for guac, amiright? I’m a very visual person when it comes to food — if it doesn’t look appetizing I don’t want it. This is why I don’t like mayo, and why all the beige food at Thanksgiving (turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, bread…) isn’t appealing to me. And also why guac freaked me out for so long. Green slime? No thanks…

Sugar Free January Recap

Sugar Free January Recap

Can you believe January is already OVER?! I don’t know about y’all, but that went by so fast. And the end of January means… I’ve also gone an entire month without refined sugar! Today we’re going to dive into my observations & thoughts on how it went!

Changing our mindset around “healthy” foods

Changing our mindset around “healthy” foods

Ugh. The word “healthy” can mean so many different things that it basically means nothing — you know? I bet if you asked five different people what “healthy” meant, they’d give you five different answers. And that’s not inherently wrong or bad! The thing is, health is a highly individual thing, and what’s healthy for one person isn’t necessarily healthy for another. What becomes harmful then, is when someone tries to force what’s healthy for them onto you…

Sugar Free January Week 1 Recap

Sugar Free January Week 1 Recap

Week 1 of sugar free January is complete! In case you missed it: during the month of January I’m giving up added sugar (inspired by the folks at Pinch of Yum). This is less of a strict diet or a new years’ resolution, and more of an experiment to see how sugar affects my body. Let’s go!

Living a FODMAP Conscious Lifestyle

Living a FODMAP Conscious Lifestyle

Hi and happy new year! I hope the holidays treated you well and you didn’t go too overboard on the food and drinks. If you did, no worries, we’re here with a fresh new start. Feels good, doesn’t it? I’m excited to see what 2018 will be like…

Sugar Free January!

Sugar Free January!

Hi and happy new year! I hope the holidays treated you well and you didn’t go too overboard on the food and drinks. If you did, no worries, we’re here with a fresh new start…

Low FODMAP Holiday Reading

Low FODMAP Holiday Reading

As per usual, I can’t believe Christmas is almost upon us! Compounded by the fact that it’s 77 degrees here and I’m writing this with all the windows open… gotta love Texas. We’re headed out to Vegas (!!) with the whole fam to celebrate Christmas there this year. And while I’m super excited to…

Cinnamon Walnut Protein Granola

Cinnamon Walnut Protein Granola

I have a deep and abiding love for granola. This protein granola recipe was the first recipe I ever posted on the blog, and I have continued to make it once a week (well, mostly – there are definitely weeks where I never make it to Trader Joe’s to replenish my oat supply or something of the sort)…

Going through Phases

Going through Phases

I’ve been thinking about the blog recently, and the phases of life I’ve been through with it already. When I first started writing here, I was still fairly new to the low FODMAP diet, and was still discovering new types of flours and doing lots of experimenting. It was an exciting time for me and my kitchen! But since then, I’ve figured out a lot of the important everyday recipes, and sort of settled into this lifestyle…

Perfectly Cooked Salmon

Perfectly Cooked Salmon

This post has been sitting around as a draft for literally a month – and the pictures longer than that – because I’ve apparently been having a bit of writer’s block about it. I just can’t think of anything to say, other than that since I discovered this method of cooking salmon, I use it all the time. Fish is so tricky to get just right…

Cooking as Therapy

Cooking as Therapy

I always tell people cooking is my creative outlet outside work – which is true – but it’s more than that too. I spend a lot of my day wondering what other people are thinking about me, what they’re thinking about each other, trying to get everyone to get along…

Medications for IBS symptoms – what’s worked for me

Medications for IBS symptoms – what’s worked for me

I’ve been meaning to write this post forever, because I sort of feel like I’m lying to y’all otherwise. Being all “yeah the low FODMAP diet cured me!” when that’s only part of it. While I wish I didn’t have to take any medications for my IBS symptoms…

Curry Sauce with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Curry Sauce with Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Continuing our unofficial sauce series, today we’ve got a super easy curry dipping sauce inspired by one of my favorite bars in Austin. Yellow Jacket Social Club is your typical Austin bar – 90% outdoor space, 10% indoor space. The drinks are good and cheap, but the hidden gem there is the food…

Korean Pork Tacos

Korean Pork Tacos

Like I mentioned when we talked about almond sauce, after years of avoiding sauces, I’ve been on a sauce kick lately. Call it desperation, but after essentially “figuring out” what I can & can’t eat on the low FODMAP diet, I’ve basically been sticking to those foods…

Detroit Style Pizza {low FODMAP}

Detroit Style Pizza {low FODMAP}

Someday I’ll do a travel guide for Austin – considering I live here it’s almost embarassing that I haven’t done one yet – but until I get my act together I’ll tell you the one place you MUST go if you’re in Austin: Via 313 Pizza…

Spain Travel Guide

Spain Travel Guide

Alright, brace yourselves for a long post! About a month ago (?!!), Marc and I took a 10-day trip to Spain, and today I’m sharing all things we ate and my tips for traveling in Spain on the low FODMAP diet…

Meatballs with Brava Sauce

Meatballs with Brava Sauce

So, I started a low FODMAP guide to Spain last week, which I’m really excited about, but considering I’m still not done (and may have decided halfway through to re-structure everything)… I figured I’d share a Spain-inspired recipe instead. Otherwise it’ll end up being weeks before I post anything…

Super easy overnight oats + new and improved blog!

Super easy overnight oats + new and improved blog!

You should know already that I’m seriously loyal to my homemade protein granola – I’ve been eating it almost every morning for years now and I’m still not sick of it. But it does take some effort, and some time life happens…

Dealing with sickness on the low FODMAP diet

Dealing with sickness on the low FODMAP diet

It’s that time of year, when colder temperatures and holiday craziness tend to lead to getting sick. How do you deal with sickness while also caring for your digestive system? It’s taken me awhile to figure this out, so I figured I’d share my tips + some things you may not know to keep you feeling at your best!

Pumpkin Pie {gluten free}

Pumpkin Pie {gluten free}

Oh yeah, you read that right. Flaky, delicious, gluten free pumpkin pie. Maybe you’re thinking, ok big deal? All pies are flaky and delicious. Well, let me tell you a little story about a gluten free pumpkin pie…

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Chicken nuggets! We’re going back here people. I almost titled this post “Cornbread Crusted Chicken” or something equally as pretentious, and while the alliteration is nice, I can’t lie to you people. These are chicken nuggets and I made them because I wanted chicken nuggets…

Quick pumpkin soup “recipe”

Quick pumpkin soup “recipe”

Is it soup season where you are? Here in Austin, it’s hit 90 degrees every day for the past week. Which apparently makes some people mad, but I’m loving it. Because it’s cooling off in the mornings and evenings, which is when you want to eat soup anyway…

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