It's a Twinderful Life

Looking For the Silver Lining in All of Life's Clouds

never, ever give up.

Happy 2014! As you’re reviewing your life in 2013 you may be feeling a lot of different things: gratitude, disappointment, hope, motivation to do better, etc. I know that I’ve felt all of these things thinking back on the last year.

No matter what you’re feeling, I hope that you never feel like giving up on trying to live the life that you want to live. I came across this TED talk this morning and it was exactly what I needed to hear to keep my motivation going. I hope you feel inspired as well.

Here’s to a new year filled with endless possibilities!


the autoimmune protocol.

Welcome to Wednesday everyone! I hope that your week is going well so far. I don’t know about you, but I’m already ready for the weekend and have been struggling to get back into the groove of things in my little world since the holiday break.

It’s been FREEZING (literally) here in Utah for what seems like forever (today the temperature hit a balmy 37 degrees – a nice change from the 8 degree weather we’ve been experiencing for the past two weeks). The air in the Salt Lake valley is like pea soup and I’ve thought more than once about driving to the top of a mountain to just breath and reintroduce myself to the sun. And, to top it all off, I’m detoxing from all of the holiday food naughtiness of which I partook. In short, I’m ready for January (my least favorite month) to be over.

On the bright side, I’m back at work at a job that I love and am in the midst of planning my future niece’s awesome baby shower. I can’t believe that I’ll get to kiss her chubby cheeks and squeeze her fat little it-looks-like-there-is-a-rubber-band-squeezed-around-each-joint appendages in 7 weeks! I’ve also been working on some New Year’s resolutions and am feeling pumped about all of the cool stuff that we’ll be doing this year (more in another post).

Which bring me to the title of this post – the autoimmune protocol. Towards the end of the holidays, when I was feeling tired and gross from all of the crap I’d put into my body, I decided to do some planning around hitting the Paleo/Primal-lifestyle-pavement hard come the new year. I came across The Paleo Mom blog (awesomesauce, btw) and, subsequently, an e-book titled The Autoimmune Paleo Plan. Seeing as I’ve been striving to “eat like a caveman” for a year and a half now and due to the fact that I have an autoimmune condition (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis Hypothyroidism), this piqued my interest.

I bought the book (a short but awesome read) and decided that I was going to make it part of my New Year’s resolutions. Instead of jumping in full force after the holiday binge, I decided to ease into it (more opportunity for success). So, here I am. I’ve gone back to my fantastic, strictly Paleo way of eating for the next two weeks (and am detoxing like woah) and my plan is to try the AIP (autoimmune protocol) for at least a month after that. I’m excited to see how my body feels on this protocol and will keep you posted. Heaven knows that I’m ready to ditch this sore, tired, hungover-from-too-many-carbs body and get back to my fantastic, energetic self.

Now it’s your turn…what are some of your New Year’s Resolutions? What are you going to conquer this year? We’d love to hear all about it!


2012 in review.

2012 was the inaugural year for us and we can’t thank all of you readers enough for your love and support. We didn’t accomplish as much as we wanted to in 2012 but that’s why new years are so awesome – they’re a chance to start fresh! We can’t wait to share even more with you in 2013.

If your interested in seeing some stats about our blog (they’re pretty cool) take a look at the report below.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 5,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 9 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

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