Wild Orange & Cran Coconut Muffins

by Elisa Rodriguez, RD, LDN

muffinI’ve always enjoyed a good hearty muffin, especially considering the versatility they provide as a satisfying way to start the day, a tasty snack paired with tea, or a wholesome dessert.

Since I’ve been avoiding most grains for quite some time now, I’ve been using coconut flour because it provides a grain-free option and allows me to enjoy baked goodies.

As a new doTERRA affiliate, I’ve also been experimenting with essential oils in my DIY home and beauty products, as well as a few food recipes. You’ll see how I’ve done that in today’s recipe. [click to continue…]

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Comforting Chicken Crock-Pot Stew

by Elisa Rodriguez, RD, LDN

photoI grew up in what’s known as ‘the amish country’ surrounded by flat fields, fresh farm scents and hearty fare.

One of my favorite dishes as a child was chicken pot pie, a meal that my mother and grandmother mastered.

This is the perfect time of year for pot pie, so I decided to create my own version free from ingredients that don’t agree with me.

These days I’m cooking more in the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean my meals are fancy. Rather they are made up of simple, whole ingredients that I tolerate and taste good together. This means you’ll be seeing many repeat ingredients in my recipes, and some of them might even surprise you. It also means that I have to keep dishes simple because I tire quickly after cooking nearly everything from scratch. [click to continue…]

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Golden Anti-Inflammatory Beet Soup

by Elisa Rodriguez, RD, LDN

photoI’m currently working with a couple clients who suffered from severe Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and both are reaping wonderful results by blending their produce: no more loose stools, bloating, gas, abdominal pain and discomfort.

Each arrived telling me that they can’t eat produce. I told them they CAN eat, enjoy and benefit from fruits and veggies – they simply have to alter the texture.

Meanwhile, I’ve dealt with my own digestive challenges and decided I need to take my own advice and get reacquainted with my blender based on the incredible outcomes my clients have reported.

I was hungry for beets and in the mood for fall, so I came up with this golden anti-inflammatory beet soup. It has a beautiful autumn shade, and a more subtle beet taste than the red variety.

Beets are a source of phytonutrients called betalains, which provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support.  [click to continue…]


Untitled-1Everything went black.

Within (what I’m guessing was) a few seconds, I’d been flipped onto my back and was beginning to regain my senses.

I heard panic, beeps and hustle. Lots of hustle.

I blinked and squinted until I saw a circle of blurry heads peering down at me. Embarrassed, realizing that even though I fought hard to resist fainting – I’d been unsuccessful. I grinned crookedly the way that I do when I’m uncomfortable and said, “I’m okay,” as I tried to push up to my elbows but the staff ignored my efforts and worked diligently. [click to continue…]


Rainbow womanLast time I wrote, I laid a whole lotta heaviness on you.

Even though I try not to do that too often, those times that I have opened up honestly and completely I’ve felt graciously fulfilled from your empathetic responses.

Not only do I believe that you understand what it’s like to live with chronic pain and disease, but I also feel like my transparency brings a sense of reality you might need to hear.  [click to continue…]