more than a cupcake

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I posted this on my Instagram (@emvalerioti) a few weeks ago.  It was a huge moment for me, one that I am still proud of.  It also is so prominent because Melissa Hartwig, Whole30 headmistress herself, gave me positive affirmations on my food freedom story, and approved of my selection of cupcake with the “proper cupcake to frosting ratio.”  Love. Love.  Love.  I don’t have celeb crushes really, Robert Downey Jr. aside, but I do have some serious author/blogger crushes.  Melissa being one of them.  Keep reading to read my original post on Instagram, word for word and see a pic of when I met Melissa two months ago, eep! Continue reading

chocolate banana chia pudding

Another recipe video say what?? That’s right!  I got down and dirty (in cacao powder) on snapchat the other night to bring you another video recipe!  This one features my favorite dessert/sweet tooth diet saver: Chocolate Banana Chia Pudding.  Some people do not like the texture of chia seeds in the pudding and to that I say BLEND IT!  That’s right!  Just blend/process the pudding to make a smoother, more pudding-like texture.  Personally, I like the gel texture of the chia seeds.  It is part of the reason I love chia puddings, but to each their own. Continue reading

breaking news: my oats are back

breaking news: my oats are back | Journey for Jessi

My oats are back and I couldn’t be happier!  Exaggeration?  Yeah, right.  Well, first off, I was very indecisive this morning, so I took my dilemma to snapchat {@emvalerioti}, “Oats or Eggs for my b-fast?”  The polls came rolling in and you all said oats!  I probably would have made oats anyway.  Does anyone else do this?  You think you are indecisive on something, then ask around or flip a coin and you are unhappy with the result and go the other direction?  I do this constantly.  Eh, that’s okay because it brings me to a decision doesn’t it?  Anyway… this morning I made an old staple: Apples & Cinnamon Oats. Continue reading

raising my white flag

raising my white flag | Journey for JessiIt’s weird to say this, but I’m surrendering to this war I’ve been fighting in my body.  I’ve mentioned briefly here and there about my symptoms and never ending trips to the doctor’s and laboratories, unless we’ve personally chatted, then I’ve probably ranted your ear off (sorry ’bout that…).  I’ve had viles of blood taken, physical examinations, EKGs, salivary tests and I’ve had to pee in a freaking jug for 24 HOURS.  TMI?  Nah.  Welcome to my personal hell these past few months.  What is worst of all however, is that I am still undiagnosed and the medical system has left me on my own again.  So here I am.  Left to keep on fightin’ until I don’t have fight left in me–and well, that day came this morning… Continue reading

paleo coconut brownies

paleo coconut brownies | Journey for Jessi

Oooohhh baby!  Summer is finally here and for once I am NOT taking summer classes!  It has been a long four years of endless schooling, and although I am not graduating for another year-ish (hello two and a half degrees), this summer is just me, myself and I going on adventures and discovering more about myself.  I am beyond psyched.  I am not gonna lie, despite my awesome class schedule this past semester, my world around me seemed to crumble.  Then I realized I was being a tad too dramatic and letting depression creep back to the surface of my being.  Whoa!  Deep for a post entitled Paleo Coconut Brownies I know, my apologies.  So, let me get back to this bomb recipe because it really does deserve a spotlight.  I will do separate posts about my severe semester slump, including the saga of my pretty much weekly trips to doctor’s offices and all the labs I’m having to do. *Spoiler: still no answers to why my body is flipping out.*  To be continued… BUT read on for delish Paleo Coconut Brownies because chocolate fixes everything, right? Continue reading

cinco de mayo shrimp tacos

cinco de mayo shrimp tacos | Journey for Jessi

In case you missed it last night on my snapchat (@emvalerioti), I made my first video recipe: Shrimp Tacos for Cinco de Mayo!  It’s definitely janky being my first video, and it was recorded on my snap and not a high end camera… BUT it was über fun to make!  I enjoyed it and I got fabulous feedback from everyone, so thanks y’all!  Here are the snips compiled together with the recipe below!   Continue reading

paleo carrot cake

paleo carrot cake | Journey for Jessi

Hey there!  Like carrot cake?  I hope that’s why you’re here, because I love carrot cake!  Want to know my new carrot cake secret??  Whelp, you better keep reading then.  I have to say, I am craving these now, but then again, I am craving everything and anything sweet… someone say sugar?  I just completed day four of a sugar detox.  It was much needed.  Trust me.  I may eat healthier than some people, but when it comes to dessert, seriously look out.  Continue reading