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The Weight Obsession

As a culture, we’re so obsessed with losing weight (especially women) that thinness has become synonymous with health. I want to reframe this conversation and emphasize that there’s a difference between being skinny and being healthy, and sometimes you can’t tell from the number on the scale just how healthy (or unhealthy) you are. 

Admittedly, I’ve had my fair share of struggling with the number on the scale — I won’t pretend that I’m immune to this social conditioning that thinness = beauty — but in recent months, I’ve really begun to feel a shift. And that shift came when I realized that I FEEL better than I’ve ever felt in my life, and feeling great is reflected in how we interface with the world.

Sure, there are some physical indicators: healthy hair, skin, and nails, and the total absence of digestive distress. But there are some beautiful internal markers too: satisfaction with my work and my relationships, and the joy of being fully present and connected when I’m away from the office. All of these things serve to bring me to the place I am today, which is happy with who I am and how I look. 

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A Lifestyle Shift

One of the biggest lifestyle changes I’ve made since recovering from my hand injury has been the introduction of a weight lifting program into my weekly activities. It’s been a slow and modest effort, but I’m lifting more weight than I ever have, and it feels so empowering! Not only am I feeling awesome in my pants, I’m also feeling a LOT stronger while I’m climbing and hiking — which always gives me a confidence boost.

I plan to dedicate a few future posts solely to the topic of weight lifting, but for today, my point is that there’s a lot more to being healthy than the number on the scale — it’s multifaceted, not just in the physical sense, but in the mental/emotional/spiritual sense as well. Where we place our priorities, what we surround ourselves with in our homes, the connection we have to the food on our plates, the people in our lives, and the world in which we exist; all of these things make up a holistic approach to health and wellbeing, and it’s in these finer points that we find true fulfillment.   

Staying Healthy with Whole Foods and Holistic Living

Sometimes making a lifestyle shift is more complicated than just sticking to a list of instructions. Attempting to flatten out the complexity of our lives — our families — onto a sheet of paper can feel stifling. And at the very same time, attempting to stick with what’s prescribed can feel overwhelming. In this digital age, the vastness of information, differing opinions, and conflicting theories can make for a confusing plan of attack. 

But what if you had the best resources on the web for living a healthy lifestyle all in one place and right at your fingertips? What if you had guidance and info from respected nutrition and holistic health experts like Abel James of Fat-Burning Man, George Bryant of Civilized Caveman, and Katie of Wellness Mama on your phone or kindle waiting for you every time you needed them?


Enter the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle

I’m super excited to tell you about this eBook and eCourse bundle this week! I was invited to contribute my eBook, Nine Easy Steps to Delicious Gluten-Free Living, and when I saw the list of authors and contributors, I couldn’t say yes quickly enough! 

This bundle offer is now over. If you’d like to be informed of the next time an offer this good comes around, fill out this super short form and I’ll be sure to let you know! (They happen at least once a year)

This is truly the best value available for a comprehensive resource on holistic, healthy, natural living. I can honestly say that I’m proud to be a part of this and honored to share it with my readers (that’s you!). Not only are Abel, George, and Katie on board with their beautiful books (already worth more than twice the cost of the entire bundle), we’ve also got homesteaders, paleo bloggers, certified aromatherapists, nutritionists, and real foodies on board sharing their very best work, all compiled in this beautiful package. My book is in a lineup of 9 “allergy-friendly” eBooks, and accompanying me on that list is Carol from Ditch the Wheat! Super psyched!

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All together, this package is worth over $1900!

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Plus, it comes with $220 worth of bonus products including:

  • ePantry – FREE hand soap + $8 credit on one shipment, FREE dish soap + $8 credit on the next shipment, AND 60-day VIP access with FREE shipping ($30 value)
  • Plant Therapy – Lemon, lavender and peppermint essential oil set ($22.92 value)
  • NaturOli – FREE travel essentials facial set: deep conditioning facial wash (1 oz.), new radiance facial creme (1 oz.), exfoliating walnut scrub (1 oz.) ($16.95 value)
  • Bloom Naturals – FREE SPOT treatment for acne & eczema OR a $15 gift certificate toward Bloom Naturals products ($15 value)
  • Lexie Naturals –  FREE natural care gift set: lip balm (.15 oz.), lotion tube (1 oz.) and trial-size deodorant (.35 oz.) ($15 value)
  • Perfect Supplements – $15 gift certificate toward any Perfect Brand product ($15 value)
  • Strawesome – $15 gift certificate toward the straws and accessories of your choice ($15 value)
  • TriLight Health – FREE 2-oz liquid herbal formula or $15 off larger bottles ($15 value)
  • Craftsy – 1 FREE online class ($44.99 value)
  • Once a Month Meals – $32 toward OAMM membership + a free mini menu ($35 value)

Besides being so incredibly helpful and inspiring, one of the things I like best about the bundle is the price. By offering the bundle for a short time only, we’re able to give you access to over $1900 worth of amazing products for a whopping 97% off!

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Here’s how it works:

  1. Visit the Ultimate Bundle website, take a quick look at all the goodness that comes in this package, then click “Get my copy now!” to go through their simple 3-step checkout process.
  2. You’ll receive an email with a login to their online access portal, where you’ll begin downloading your eBooks, signing up for your eCourses, and redeeming your free bonus products.
  3. Use their Getting Started Interactive Guides to pick the area you want to tackle first and start making healthy changes!

The most important detail, though, is that this bundle is available for just 6 days! After Monday night, September 14th, the sale ends and you’d have to buy all of these products individually.

This bundle offer is now over. If you’d like to be informed of the next time an offer this good comes around, fill out this super short form and I’ll be sure to let you know! (They happen at least once a year)

Oh, and one more thing!

I’m giving away two of my own special bonuses exclusively to every CWB reader who purchases this bundle. The first one is a list of my 23 favorite, tried and true, healthy smoothie concoctions — all compiled into a beautiful eBook! Start your morning off with a veggie-packed smoothie and pretty-much guarantee a great day for yourself! 


The second one is a CWB bumper sticker! Yes, I’ll actually MAIL it to you! This is my very first ever CWB swag, and I’m probably more excited about it than I should be, but here it is!!! Eeeeeee!!!!!!

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To get these exclusive CWB bonuses, simply fill out this form after you’ve purchased your bundle and I’ll get your stuff to you as soon as humanly possible!

–> CLICK HERE to learn more or buy the bundle!

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It’s even backed by a full 30-day guarantee, so you can know for sure that it’s right for you. 

If you’re a regular CWB reader, you know I don’t give a lot of real estate to “sales” on this site. This is the exception because it’s worth being an exception — I’m proud to be a part of this, and I want to share it with you!

I’ve already shared how fantastic it feels to finally be my best self, and the resources in this bundle are exactly the type of skills and tools I’ve used to get there. Join me and become your best self today!

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Anniversary Post + NEW eCookbook with 10 Pumpkin Recipes!

Happy Anniversary to Me!

It’s officially been 1 year and 3 days since I started Cultivated Wellbeing, and my, what an amazing year it’s been!! I’ve learned so much in this past year — about blogging, about myself, about the type of work I really want to do, about the community of bloggers I’m so excited to be a part of, and about the wonderful people reading, commenting, sharing, liking, and responding to the work I’ve brought to the blogosphere and social sites.

I am so grateful to everyone who’s been instrumental in the growth of this blog, especially my husband and biggest fan Loren, my friends and family who are always encouraging, and Meghan Ward of Writerland.com, who taught an awesome class for new bloggers last summer at the Grotto in San Francisco, helped me find my voice, and showed me that html is not impossible to figure out and tweak here and there. Her class opened my eyes to the possibilities of what I could accomplish in addition to exposing me to new opportunities and networks like BlogHer. All the wonderful women at the BlogHer14 conference — the speakers, the presenters, the workshop leaders — they were all amazing and inspiring. The sky really is the limit for these women, and I felt lucky to be in the presence of such talented and driven people.

Let’s Celebrate with a New eBook!


In celebration of CWB’s 1 year anniversary, I’m putting out a new eBook! We harvested a whopping 13 pumpkins  from our front yard garden this year (are you sick of me telling you that yet?), and being surrounded by pumpkins inspired an influx of new recipes from my brain. I’ve done some simple roasts, both sweet and savory, desserts, a smoothie, soup, chili, and more. While some of these recipes are new twists on old favorites, I tried to bring as much creativity to the table as possible, both to show you that cooking winter squash can be as simple or as involved as you want it to be, and to give you some fun examples of healthy dishes that will please every palate. Each one is  absolutely fool-proof-delicious and actively good for you, and while you might find something similar on a different site, it won’t have the “Toni touch” that these 10 beauties do. My goal in creating each of these sweet, rich recipes was to combine happiness and health, flavor and phytonutrients, nourishment and nutrition.

Healthy food can be delicious AND filling, and these 10 recipes are proof!

All recipes are gluten-free and vegetarian with very easy adjustments to become vegan if they aren’t already (probably with the exception of the custard). They all include pumpkin or pumpkin seeds, both absolute powerhouses of nutrients. Pumpkins are rich in vitamin A and beta carotene, a full array of antioxidants, and fiber. The seeds are a great source of minerals, especially phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc and iron. They’re also a great source of monounsaturated fat and amino acids, including l-Tryptophan, which promotes a balanced mood and restful sleep. Both the fruit and the seeds are low-glycemic foods rich in antioxidants and vitamins. The other ingredients in these recipes were chosen with nutrition and flavor in mind, each full of herbs and/or spices to enhance the micronutrient content and flavor profile. I used real maple syrup to sweeten when necessary, also rich in micronutrients and minimally processed.


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How do I Get this eBook?

If you have already subscribed to my monthly newsletter, then you likely have the eBook in your mailbox right this very minute. If you haven’t, then it’s time to sign up! You’ll receive a reply email with the eBook inside once you complete the sign up process.

Get excited to access these 10 delectable pumpkin recipes with the click of a button!


The line up:

    • Pumpkin Spice Latte



    • Pumpkin Pie Pancakes



    • Sugar and Spice Smoothie



    • Vegan Creamy Pumpkin Soup with Fried Sage



    • Roasted Pumpkin and Braised Red Cabbage



    • Toasted Zesty Pumpkin Seeds



    • Pumpkin and Black Bean Chili



    • Dessert for Dinner Sweet Roasted Pumpkin



    • Raw Pumpkin Cheezcake Bites



    • Pumpkin Coconut Custard



Sneak Peak Photos of What You’ll Find in this eCookbook:

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