Author: Ariel Elliott

I’ve Re-branded, Here’s Why…

About a year ago I realized I could make this little health and wellness passion of mine an actual career. So, six months ago I took the plunge and enrolled into the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Ever since then I’ve been told I need to find my niche if I’m going to be a successful health coach. First of all is it “NEE-SH” or “NIT-CH”?! Never mind… it doesn’t really matter. In my journey of finding my ideal client I realized something. There are plenty of amazing health & wellness websites, Instagram pages, and Facebook groups with hundreds or even thousands of participants. However, none of them ever felt like “me” or something that I would ever feel fully confident in promoting. “If you feel you don’t fit in in this world it’s because you are here to help create a new one.”   I don’t want to spend my time with just anyone… I want to be surrounded in individuals who share not only my desire to eat well and feel good physically but, …

Plant-Based All-Purpose Red Sauce

After making one-gazillion things that include a red sauce I have finally developed my own! It’s very simple but very delicious. I make a big batch of this sauce once every couple of weeks, jar it,  then pop it in the fridge to use whenever. I like to use it as a pizza sauce & pasta sauce. But, you can use it wherever red sauce is required! Plant-Based All-Purpose Red Sauce Recipe Makes one, 1 Quart Mason Jar Full 10 minute prep, 40 minutes (passive) cook time Ingredients: 3.5 cups water Roasted red bell pepper (optional) 5 medium tomatoes 2 cup diced red or yellow onion 16oz of tomato paste 4 cloves garlic (or more, garlic is the bomb!) 3 dates 1.5 tablespoon dried oregano 1.5 tablespoon dried basil 1/8 teaspoon black pepper Sea salt to taste Instructions: Optional Pre-Step 1.) Slice bell pepper in half from top to bottom. Remove stem & seeds. Place pepper, insides down, on a tin-foiled baking sheet. Bake at 425°F for about 30 minutes or until skin is starting to …

One Year, No Makeup: 7 Things I Learned

I used to wear a lot of makeup. Like, A LOT. But hey, I had a lot of acne & acne scars to cover. I got really good at it too. Especially when in came to concealer and foundation. Which covers your entire face… However, last year at his birthday party, The Boyfriend casually said to me “You know. I honestly like it better when you don’t wear make-up.”. I thanked him, slightly confused yet mostly relived and just like that I never wore make-up again. (Though, I didn’t even realize it until planning his birthday party for this year.) May 30th, 2017 marks one entire year of my unintentional/intentional no-makeup journey. Here is what I learned in no particular order…   1.) Everyone Thought I Was Sick. For the first month-ish someone would ask me something along the lines of, “Are you sick?” or “Are you okay?” at least once a day. I get how people used to seeing my full-face-of-make-up on the daily would be a little confused. However, absolute strangers were usually …

Fit In by Fitting Out aka The Key to Happiness

We all know the term “fitting in” because, we’ve all tried to do it! Heck, we’re both probably doing it right now! I don’t have enough fingers, toes or hairs on my head to count the times I’ve broken my own heart trying to “fit in”. Well, I’m done with it! If you need me I’ll be over here fitting OUT! Fitting OUT… has she gone completely bananas? No, no, no… well maybe. Just hear read me out! Fitting out doesn’t have to mean being totally different from other people. I find that I personally have a hard time embracing something that is “in” or “cool”. Even when I fully agree with what it is and have the craving to do it myself, I don’t! I am embarrassed to be “one of those people”… When often those people are the stinkin’ cool people fitting-IN! To me, fitting out means to “find what is in your heart and embrace your authentic self” or simply put, be yourself. This idea is so incredibly important, maybe even the …

So, I started a blog…

As my first blog post I figured I would introduce myself a little. This way you might get a better idea of why I started a blog in the first place! (Also, this will probably end up as my about page. Just sayin’) A Little Backstory: For most of my life I’ve struggled with anxiety, depression, low self esteem, a lil’ bit-o-baggage around the middle… and then in my early twenty’s, after having my daughter, my body said “Hey, here is some severe cystic acne!” As the story goes, I tried everything to heal my ailments. Though, I did try several different medications for my anxiety issues, I just couldn’t ever get my head around taking pills for acne. There had to be another way! In 2007, I moved in with a plant-based, vegetarian girl who had glowing skin and lacked all body-fat. She said this was all due to “pure diet, dude”. So, since my lil’ bit-o-baggage around the middle was not so little anymore and my adult skin had decided to forsake me entirely …