Clean Eating

5 Amazing Fruit Desserts

Hey Friends!  With it being Memorial Day Weekend, it seemed like a good time to pull together some of my faves for you.  I thought you would like these creative works of art that others have made.  Desserts don’t always have to be loaded with calories and fat.  We all know that we eat with our eyes first, so check out these pictures and I’ve also provided the links for you.  Most of them also provide the recipe or show you how to make them.  Enjoy!

A Cupcake Love Affair ~ Fruit Cake for Summer Birthday

Edible Perspective ~ Watermelon, Strawberry, and Basil Salad

Cookie Cutter Fruit Salad

Wit and Whistle Cookie Cutter Fruit Salad

Fruit kabobs

Babble ~ Kids Help Make Fruit Kabobs

3 Tier Watermelon Cake Made by Judy Louangsaysonkham

Vegetable Fruit Carving ~ Watermelon Cakes Beginners

Well, I don’t know about you, but I am buying a watermelon tomorrow.  LOL!  These pictures make me hungry for one.  I’m going to try to be creative and make a few of these myself this summer.  The kabobs and the cookie cutters are simple enough and I can do those with my grandbabies.  But, I really want to try the cakes, too.

Let me know what you think and if you make come creative clean recipes, by all means, please share with me.  I love to hear from you.  You can email me at

Yours in health ~



Clean Eating Beginner’s Guide

Beginners Guide to Clean Eating

So, what is Clean Eating?  Trust me, when I started I had no idea what it meant.  Essentially, the way I’ve learned to look at it is the following:

  1. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Rather than keeping junk food in the house, keep fresh fruit and veggies as snacks.  I try to set us up for success and keep our favorites available all of the time.  So, instead of grabbing cookies and chips, we grab a banana, apple, or grapes.  We’re much more satisfied and don’t feel guilty afterwards. Organic is best.  If you can grow your own garden (even if it’s a little one) that’s great!  Farmer’s Markets are also a great option.
  2. Eat lean cuts of meat.  Of course, chicken, fish, turkey, and lean-grass fed beef are great options.  I’ll provide a shopping list option a little later.
  3. Learn to read nutrition labels and ingredients.  What’s amazing to me is that so many of the items in the grocery stores are “food-like” items and are not actually real food.  It’s pretty scary when you start reading what’s in the food you’ve been eating and feeding your family.  If the ingredients are not food items, avoid it.
  4. Breads and such….Ezekiel Bread, whole grain bread, Quinoa, brown rice, etc. are great options to use sparingly, if weight loss is your goal.
  5. Learn to be more creative in the kitchen and prep your meals ahead.  It actually makes food so much more enjoyable, you feel better, and you can make many meals faster than you can get a pizza delivered. Ha!

I’ll be adding Clean Eating Recipes over time, but I encourage you to be adventurous in the kitchen and play around with some of your favorite foods that I provide on the “Clean Eating Shopping List”. Speaking of which….here’s one of my go to lists.  I actually keep a lot of these items on “List Master” a google play app on my Galaxy Note 3 Android phone and I check off the items I don’t need.

The Gracious Pantry ~ Clean Eating Shopping List for Beginners

What we don’t realize is that food can either work for our body or against it and the choice is ours.  And, it is so much more than managing our weight.  Over time, our food choices really begin to impact our health. And, that certainly was the case for me.

Everytime you eat or drink

One of my favorite resources that I’ve learned so much from in terms of Clean Eating is “The Gracious Pantry”. Here’s the link to Tiffany’s website and she is a tremendous wealth of knowledge and has so many recipes available. Enjoy!

The Gracious Pantry ~ What Is Eating Clean?

Hope this is helpful! Please feel free to reach out to me at, if you have any questions.

Yours in health ~



Clean Eating, Shopping, and Prepping!


Hey there!  For those who don’t know me, my name is Rene and I am a wife, mother of three and “Nana” of 6 precious grandbabies. With our kids grown and all married, we’ve been blessed with three more kids.  I also work full time in assisted living management and absolutely love working with seniors and their families and couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

I’m originally from the South and have lived in Ohio for over 30 years.  I’ve been on my own health, fitness and weight loss journey for about a year now and have lost 60 pounds so far.  I still want to lose another 30-40 pounds to get back to my ideal body weight.  My hope with this blog is that it inspires you in some way whether by providing you with tips, resources, and ideas.  Or, helps you to believe in yourself just a little bit more.  I believe we have to “Clear our mind of can’t”.  So often we think we don’t have time to take care of ourselves, too!  That’s simply not true.  HONEST.  We have to make the time to do it.  If not, we can’t be who we need to be for everyone and everything else in our lives.

If It Doesn't Challenge You

I wanted to get back to blogging as I really enjoyed it when I attempted it last fall. I’m struggling a bit to figure out what you may be interested in, but I know what I’m always dabbling in on a personal level.  So, I thought that’s where I’d start.

I’m thinking more of a “Lifestyle” blog.  So, with that said, I guess it will be a little eclectic. Here’s my little list of ideas of potential topics over time.  Please let me know what you think.

  • Nutrition ~ clean eating along with shopping ideas, meal planning and prep, recipes
  • Fitness tips
  • Health related topics
  • Weight loss tips
  • Home Life
    • Cleaning and organizing
    • Gardening/flower gardening
    • Decorating tips for seasons and holidays
    • Various hobbies

See, I told you it was a bit eclectic. Ha! Well, I’ve come to realize that it’s okay to have hobbies that I personally enjoy. I thought I’d share some of them in this blog as we go along and share my journey with you.  I’d love to hear about yours as well.

In terms of health, fitness, and learning to clean up your diet.  I actually don’t even like the word “diet” because that’s not what I’m on.  Truly.  Me and my husband, Bob have made a “lifestyle” change. In the beginning, it was a bit challenging.  But, once I started learning how to cook without adding a pound of butter to our foods (LOL!) and he was able to get full without a bunch of potatoes and bread at each meal, magic started happening for us!

Here's To A Healthier Us

We’ve lost 105 pounds between the two of us.  Trust me, remember when I said I from the South, our food doesn’t taste like cardboard either.  Our food is delish, it just took me a little time to figure out how to make the switch, but not lose flavor. Bob went South to find a wife and that’s when he found me, 35 years ago, I had to be careful what I did in this area if you know what I mean.  He would’ve been very crabby and we would not have succeeded if I hadn’t been able to figure out meals that work for us.  Because we have so many things we love now, we don’t crave the crap we use to eat anymore.  Yay! Hopefully, I can help you do the same.  One tip I have for you right away is to make sure you are drinking water.

I’d also like to invite you to join me on Facebook at Here’s To A Healthier Us .

In terms of shopping for clean eating, I encourage you to commit to a day of the week when you can go shopping and do your best to stick to it.  Think about what you plan to make for the coming week and what you’ll need for snacks, etc.  I keep an app on my phone with our normal list of groceries and mark off what we don’t need.

Here’s a shopping list to help you get started with ideas and Pinterest is loaded with recipes.  You can follow me on Pinterest as I have a couple of boards with recipes as well.  The links are here on my website.

I refer to Skinny Ms a lot so I thought I’d share one of her links with you that I’ve found helpful on my journey. Skinny Ms. 50 Super Foods Ultimate Shopping List


Sundays are a great day to prep for the coming week and to set yourself up for success.  So, I thought I’d leave you with this blog from “Back to Her Roots” about prepping food for the week….. Back to Her Roots ~ How I Prep Food for the Week

Back to Her Roots Meal Prep

Thanks for being here and reading my first blog post!  I hope you’ll continue to visit and join in this journey to a Healthier Us!

Yours in health ~


Clear Your Mind of Can't


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