Healing From Trauma – Why You Shouldn’t Leave the Body Behind

It’s time we STOP believing that all trauma healing work happens in our minds, we must reconnect the body, and it’s rightful place on our healing journey. ~Michelle Steinke-Baumgard, One Fit Widow   When I got a phone call that would forever shape my world, I instinctively turned to fitness to handle my stress, trauma, and grief. I was called …

Amazing, Delicious, Soft, Chewy and HEALTHY – My Favorite Avocado Cookies

Who doesn’t love cookies? I mean, my kiddos could LIVE on them…literally. What’s not to love? They are so soft, yummy, and if you are like me, just the right amount of sweet. Even though we love cookies they aren’t the pinnacle of health food so here is my favorite recipe that takes a twist on an old favorite and …

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Toxic Tits: My Story of How an FDA Approved Product was Slowly Killing Me

Sometimes you just know something isn’t right. I’ve learned to listen to my inner voice since becoming a widow in October of 2009. Life has taught me that my inner voice is there for a reason and I should heed what it’s telling me. In 2017 and 2018, I just didn’t feel good. Truth be told, I hadn’t felt right …

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The Health Food Trap. How to Spot Lies In Marketing to Eat Well.

Don’t be fooled! Next time you’re out shopping, watch for the words “Healthy”, “Low fat”, “Reduced Sugar”, and “Natural” on your food packaging. They are all buzzwords geared to sell products to those wanting to make better choices for themselves and their family. Sadly, they can be quite misleading.  Healthy is subjective and can be used to meet a very vague …

For The Woman At War With Her Body

I spent years at war with my body. At the time, I believed the war was external, caught up within numbers on scales, clothing brands and measurements. My value, my worth, and my life seemed to fluctuate with the rise and fall of numbers that nobody knew, or honestly cared about, except for me. As it turns out my war …

The Path to Self-Forgiveness

A few years ago I read an article about forgiveness and there was a piece of it that resonated with me: “Anger, bitterness, resentment and vengeance can rob our very existence of any semblance of contentment” It made me reflect on my personal ability to forgive. I must admit, I tend to hold onto resentment a bit too long sometimes. I …

Food Allergies and Intolerances

For years, I was upset that I couldn’t eat what everyone else ate. The thought of a grilled cheese sandwich, teriyaki chicken or pastries was preoccupying, to say the least, and the cause of more than a few pity parties. The list goes on. I couldn’t drink iced drinks because my teeth were too sensitive. I couldn’t eat an excess …

Healing Grief Through the Power of Endorphins

(An excerpt from my best-selling book, Healthy Healing) Sitting on a beautiful beach in Los Cabos, Mexico, I hit my personal rock bottom. I remember sitting there, looking out at the beautiful turquoise sea, and thinking that all I wanted to do was curl up and cry. For the first time in my entire life, I hated myself, and the …