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2017 Top Recipes, Posts, Episodes + What's Next

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2017 Top Recipes, Posts, Episodes + What's Next

As we head into the last few weeks of the year, I want take a few moments to pause and reflect on the past year.

So let's take a look back at 2017, and also dive into what's coming up for next year!

2017 Top Recipes, Posts, Episodes + What's Next

A Look Back at 2017

Feel Good Effect Podcast

Real Food Whole Life experienced a few big changes in 2017, most notably, the launch of the Feel Good Effect podcast

Launching the show has been one of the most terrifying and rewarding things I've done in my professional career. 

Connecting with the amazing guests and incredible community we've grown has been one of the absolute highlights of my year.

Yoga Teacher Training

Behind the scenes, this year I also become a certified yoga teacher

My goal in becoming a yoga teacher is to bring you more movement + mindfulness content here on the blog, plus some in-person teaching and trainings as well!

RFWL Community Facebook Group

This year also brought the launch of the Real Food Whole Life Community Facebook group, a place were we share new recipes and connect about real health in real life.

I love connecting with readers beyond the blog, so come on over and join us in 2018!

Real Food Fix

In January I also launched Real Food Fix, my method for meal planning (made specifically for people who hate meal planning).

The downloadable PDF is a step-by-step guide to eating real food without spending hours planning, and your guys' response has been so amazing.

I love hearing from readers who are having success with the RFF method; spending less time planning and more time doing what they love.

Recipes + Posts

In addition to the podcast and yoga teacher training, I continued to share new recipes and posts here on the blog.

Keep scrolling for the top recipes, posts, and episodes from the year!

A Look Ahead at 2018

So much goodness to come!

I have a feeling 2018 is going to be a year of change and growth, and I can't wait to take this ride together.

As always, can expect more recipes, along with posts diving into what it truly means to be healthy.

I also hope to bring you more movement-based content, though I'm not quite sure what that will look like. Video here on the blog, perhaps? 

I'm also beginning work on an Instat Pot bonus and audio welcome guide for Real Food Fix, which will go out to current Real Food Fixers, plus be available with purchase in early 2018, so be on the lookout for that!

Next year will also bring the first RFWL course!!

Actually Healthy Course

Called Actually Healthy, the online course is a six-week opportunity to get into the mindset of true health, and to live the healthy life you've already wanted.

The course begins January 1st, and enrollment is open now (enter EARLY at checkout for $50 off registration)!

Until next year, I want to thank you, thank you, for being part of this community.

For every recipe you've made, every post you've commented on, every email sent. I thank you.

Cheers to a happy, healthy new year!


Top 5 Real Food Recipes of 2017


Slow Cooker Lemon Herb Pulled Chicken (and 3 Ways to Use It)

I'm not surprised that this super simple, completely versatile recipe landed in the number one recipe spot for the year.

Plus, the Lemon Sauce can be made ahead, so you can throw everything and go when you're ready.

As a bonus I offered three ideas for using the pulled chicken, so you can cook once and enjoy your efforts over multiple meals.

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, nut-free, egg-free, paleo and Whole30 friendly.


Slow Cooker Tropical Pulled Chicken 

In at the second slot, this sweet + tangy pulled chicken is a total crowd pleaser, and you'll won't believe the flavor that results from such a simple recipe.

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, and egg-free.


5-Ingredient Buffalo Pulled Chicken + Sweet Potatoes

The best part of this recipe is that the sweet potatoes cook right alongside the chicken, making it the ultimate one-pot meal.

Add a drizzle of the creamy sauce, and you're good to go! 

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, nut-free, egg-free, paleo and Whole30 friendly.


One-Bowl Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Who doesn't love banana bread? Add some chocolate chips, and you know you have a winner on your hands.

This healthy twist on the classic has become an instant favorite, and works in muffin form, too!

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, naturally sweetened, and vegetarian.


Slow Cooker Turmeric Lentil Chili

Rounding out the top five, this meat-free chili is a family favorite, and particularly popular with kids (who knew?)!

Leftovers are lovely for lunch, too, and the prep couldn't be easier.

This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, vegetarian, and vegan.

Top Five Whole Life Posts of 2017


10 Things I'm Afraid to Tell You

It can be difficult, at times, to share the full story of what's going on behind the scenes. 

Sitting behind a computer screen--writing recipes and how-to posts--well, let's just say things can become a little impersonal.

This post was one way of sharing more of the real stuff, and I plan to write more like this in the coming year.


How to Create a Capsule  Pantry for Simplified Cooking

The concept of a capsule pantry is simple: keep on hand what you need, ditch what you don't.

Creating a capsule pantry has changed the way I shop and cook, and in this post I share exactly how to do it.


How to Create a Wellness Routine (You Can Actually Stick To)

As a mama, living and working in the real world, sometimes the whole concept of "self-care" and wellness routines can seem like just one more thing on my to-do list.

Over time I've developed a wellness routine that's actually doable in real life, and in the post I break down the step-by-step to creating a routine in your own life.


The Autoimmune Disease No One Has Heard Of

After years of struggling with health issues, I finally received an autoimmune diagnosis and started the healing process.

In this post I share the story of symptoms leading up to the diagnosis, as well at the specific treatments I've expolored.


How Looking at My Body Through My Daughter's Eyes Changed Everything

Body image is such a complicated issue, and a topic I'm so passionate about exploring.

The relationship with my 5 year-old daughter has been transformational in the way I think about my own body, and I in this post I share the story behind the transformation.

Top Three Feel Good Effect Podcast POsts of 2017


How to Naturally Balance Hunger Hormones with Kelly LeVeque

Nutritionist to the stars, Kelly LeVeque, breaks down her science-approach to food in this listener-favorite episode.


How to Stop the Weight Loss Struggle & Create a Lifestyle of Wellness with Dankia Brysha

Curve-model and Model Meals CEO, Danika Brysha, talks about putting a stop to the weight loss struggle and instead focusing on living wellness in this refreshing and inpsiring epsidoe.


Melissa Hartwig on Dieting, the Whole30, and the Lesson of the Lamp

Whole30 co-founder and author Melissa Hartwig shares her take on dieting, explains the Whole30 (and how it's changed over time) and walks through the Lesson of the Lamp, or how to be less affected by what others think.

Most Popular 2016 + 2015

Looking for more real food recipe inspiration? Find the most popular recipes from 2015 and 2016, below.

They're all gluten-free, dairy-free, with plenty of paleo, Whole30, and vegetarian options, too!

Most Popular Healthy Slow Cooker Recipes of 2016

Most Popular Healthy Recipes of 2016

Most Popular Slow Cooker Recipes of 2015

Most Popular Healthy Recipes of 2015