Jackie's Journey: Adventure to Wellness

FOLLOW ME ON MY JOURNEY TO IOWA NATURALS BIKINI COMPETITION. 

 After so much inspiration and deliberation I've decided to enter into the 2016 Natural Iowa bikini competition on May 14th, 2016. This choice is a goal for myself as I love meeting goals and working towards something that pushes myself. For me it is not about the looks but about a learning process of myself and helping others learn as well.

My intention is to show that this can be attained by eating a plant-based diet, by using young living products for muscles, aches and pains and more, and the process will greatly aided with regular float tank sessions. 

Foods will be blogged, oils will be listed and explained, and, of course, some awesome vlogs when using the float tank! What is the float tank? Check out www.honestfloating.com


The plant based foods naturally keep a body at lower weights and easier to get into competition mode. Our meals at home are already plant based with the exception of 1 local small chicken every other week and eggs. There is some learning to do with the meal plans, however I do intend to eat more intuitively vs very restricted. The float tank will help me recover while soaking in the Epsom salts in 60 minute sessions and help maintain low stress and excellent focus during this busy time. Finally, by adding essential oils for muscle care, energy, aches and pains and more I can continue to be chemical free and feeling great. 

This journey started September 7th and will be updating social media such as Instagram, Pinterest and this blog! My motivation comes from helping others and any feedback you have is always accepted!! I have amazing coaches and support. Thank you all for being a part of this journey!!


Thank you Dusty Swehla, Lisa Barta and Ernestine Shepherd for this area of inspiration!!! I've made excuses long enough. Time to pony up and just do it!!

Pumpkin sweet potato red lentil chili

This recipe has a new flavor of any chili I've ever had. It has lots of flavor and incredibly good for you. 

yield: 6              prep time: 10 minutes        cook time: 4-8 hours     

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2 15 ounce cans kidney beans, drained & rinsed

2 cups vegetable broth

2 15 ounce cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes, watch for added sugars and excess sodium

1 cup dry red lentils 

1 cup pumpkin puree, recipe below

1 cup chopped yellow onion, I just did 2 small

1 TBS cocao powder, make sure you're using real cacao and cocoa powder

1 TBS chili powder 

1 tsp cinnamon 

2 tsp cumin 

1/2 tsp cloves

1 tsp kosher salt

1-2 sweet potatoes, chopped into inch pieces 

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1- Add ALL ingredients to a 3-quart or larger crock pot. Stir!! 





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2- Cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8. I prefer things a little more fresh vs cooking a looooong time and having them mushy. But in this recipe you want to go long enough that the lentils are soft. I didn't cook mine entirely too long, 3-4 hours and they were still fine. My cooker gets really hot though. 

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Pumpkin Puree

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1-2 small pumpkins

*this made about 2-3 cups or more

Get a metal or glass casserole dish. Heat oven to 350-400 degrees. I chose 350 degrees and just went longer, I like to always under cook then cook more vs cook too much then be stuck with an over cooked item. Place pumpkin in dish, and grease up with olive oil, avocado oil, or coconut oil. Cover with foil and set timer for 25 minutes. Check pumpkin with fork. If you feel the  skin getting soft this is great! Rotate the pumpkins and keep them evenly cooking. 

I eventually cooked for 40 minutes, took out one that was done and finished the other for another 10. Cut it in half to then scoop out the seeds, save them for baking with oil and salt to then have for a snack! 

Put it all into a Vitamix or blender and there you have it! Pumpkin puree! 

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Enjoy these farm fresh goodies and look for more once Iowa produces and provides these goodies! 

Please share and comment, I love to hear what you think of these when you try them. Tag me with #honestlivingrecipes or connect with me via the social media links below!