Bonus Post: Vegan Mashed Potato Recipe

I’m currently participating in the Daniel Fast, and I’ve had such a strong craving for mashed potatoes that I HAD to find a Daniel-Fast friendly recipe, AND I DID!

I found this recipe over at The Vegan 8, and it is AMAZEBALLS!

I recommend using unsweetened/unflavored cashew milk instead of the coconut milk if you don’t like the taste of coconut. She says that you can’t taste it, but you really can. It’s a very subtle hint of coconut that I found delightful, but I could see it bothering some. Additionally, I liked it better when I omitted the apple cider vinegar, but maybe that’s just me.

Happy mashing!

Daniel Fast Update #1

Daniel Fast Update #1!

(For my Daniel Fast Kickoff post, click here)

I’m two and a half weeks into the Daniel Fast, and I’m not hating it! It’s definitely been a challenge, but it has been a very positive one. I think having Sundays off and having wonderfully supportive friends and family have made this experience far more palatable than I could ever have imagined.

Since the start of the fast, I have chosen a different scripture each day to meditate on. Of the ones I have done so far, this one has stuck out to me the most, and I think it’s because it’s such a challenge for me to follow it:

“Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, 5 for each one should carry their own load.

– Galatians 6:4-5 (NIV)

I have a problem. I think it’s been a problem for a while, but I am just really admitting it to myself. I don’t really take pride in anything I do unless it is better in comparison to someone else. For example, in yoga, I find it hard to rejoice in my own small victory (handstand against the wall! woo!) because someone next to me can hold one without support. The theme repeats itself everywhere for me: fitness, work, at home. Add to that the intense FOMO (that’s fear of missing out, mom!) that I deal with on the regular, and I’m living a life of discontent, even though I have a heck of a lot to be happy about!

I think that’s why this scripture has hit home for me. I wish I could say I fasted and prayed and Jesus was like “Poof! You’re now the happiest person in the world!” I can’t say that, but I can say that I’ve memorized this scripture, and tucked it in my heart, and I’ve found myself repeating it whenever I start to compare myself with others. I think I’m getting somewhere.

Stay strong!

Updates & Changes!

Hey everybody!
For the past week or so, I have been going back and forth debating whether or not I should continue with the blog, and if so, how much time I could spare to spend on it, and what kind of challenges I should be doing. I decided that I definitely want to keep up with it (yay!) and I made some changes to the calendar. I removed a couple of challenges that I was planning on doing, and added in some that I thought people may find more interesting. As always, if something sounds cool or interesting to you, but you want to find a guinea pig to try it first, just submit it to me on this page and maybe I’ll add it to my calendar!

Happy humpday!

Bonus Post: Sweet Tooth Recipe

As some of you may know, I am currently participating in the Daniel Fast with my church. One of the things you are not allowed to eat on the fast is added sugar. No honey, no sugar cane, no brown sugar, no sugar substitutes. Well, this was a bit of a problem for me because I LOVE sugar. I don’t have a sweet tooth. I have several sweet teeth (and the cavities to prove it).

Thankfully, one of my co-workers came to my rescue! He told me about a caramel-like dip you can make from dates, and it is absolutely fantastic tasting and deliciously simple to make.


  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 20-25 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon to taste

To make:

  1. Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.

That’s all there is to it! I’ve eaten it with apples, used it to sweeten oatmeal, and spread it on a piece of whole-grain flatbread, all with great results! Try it, and let me know how you like it!

Fresh Body Fit Mind Week 4 (Part 2)!

(For all of my Fresh Body Fit Mind Posts, click here)

I think I really needed this extension on week 4. Otherwise, there was no way I’d be able to get everything done! I feel great. Unfortunately, though, there were no changes physically (literally none).


I didn’t do a progress pic for this week because there was no progress. But I do have a quote for you guys!

“The hardest lift of all is lifting your butt off the couch.”

Ain’t that the truth!

I apologize for the late post. One of my New Year’s Resolutions is to post on time! I guess I’m not off to a great start… I’ll see you guys Friday for my Week 5 post!

Daniel Fast Kickoff

Hey Everybody!

For the next 4 weeks, I will be participating in the Daniel Fast with my church. For those unfamiliar with the Daniel fast, it is based on this passage of scripture:

But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.” Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.”  So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.

Daniel 1:8-14 (NIV)

Spoiler alert! Daniel and his buddies won. They looked great after the 10 days!

At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.

Daniel 1:15-16(NIV)

The fast involves drinking only water, and eating only foods that come from the earth. Additionally, no sweeteners, natural, artificial, or naturally artificial are allowed. There are many variations of the fast (yes bread! no bread! pasta? maybe!) and the variation my church is following is below. It’s taken from our newsletter.


Now, maybe you’re asking the same question I had. If Daniel did it for 10 days, why are we doing it for 4 WEEKS?! I have no idea. But thankfully, we are only fasting Monday – Saturday, so every Sunday, I can eat a huge burger and drink a margarita. I gotta re-tox before I re-detox!

I’m hoping to get both spiritual and physical benefits from this fast. With my Fresh Body Fit Mind workouts and this eating plan, I should hopefully see some real results over the next 4 weeks. And, the only way I will make it through these 4 weeks is by depending on God to get me through. I believe 4 weeks of fasting and praying is a great way to kick off the year.

You can expect my Daniel Fast weekly posts on Sundays, and if I come across any particularly tasty recipes, I will be sure to pass them on!

Until next time!

Fresh Body Fit Mind Week 4 (Part 1)!

Hey everybody!

Due to Jesus being born this week and my trip to go see my Baylor Bears win the Russell Athletic Bowl in Orlando next week, there was no way I could fit in 5 days of double workouts in either of those weeks. So, I decided to spread week 4 over 2 weeks! Expect a full progress post at the end of next week!

I’ll leave you guys with this:

No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch.

Happy Holidays!