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My New Favorite Mantra: Be a Warrior, Not a Worrier

“Be a warrior, not a worrier.” 

I came across that quote while on a 5-hour plane delay en route to facilitate and present at a high-pressure business meeting. I was already very nervous, overworked, and exhausted from long weeks of preparation. I’m not a huge fan of public speaking and the travel issues weren’t helping.

My mind was buzzing with worry and I could feel my muscles tensing, my jaw clenching, my stomach rumbling, and a headache coming on.

I decided I had to get a grip and made myself start my go-to stress relief practices. I took a deep breath and started to flip through a magazine when my eyes caught on a quote – be a warrior, not a worrier. Something about that saying, “be a warrior,” resonated with me.

Be a warrior, not a worrier

What a great opportunity to change my thinking and reframe the worrying.

To actually stop the fretting in its tracks. 

Being a warrior, and not a worrier puts the confidence and power back in YOU. Whatever happens, you will be able to deal with it. Super empowering!

Read more about why this has become my favorite new mantra… Click here to see the full post over on Red and Honey. 

A Review & Giveaway of “Lady Bits: Understand Your Body, Elevate Your Health, and Reclaim Your Spark Naturally”

“…Radiant health isn’t a particular weight or size, or a certain look or style; rather, it’s an attitude and a way of living…

…the more you get to know your body and the better you take care of yourself, the more comfortable and secure you’ll be as a lover, mother, partner, and friend.” – page xv from Lady Bits

#Preach! Love it.

Dr. Brianne Grogan has it right, y’all. Her new book, Lady Bits, is a comprehensive resource full of down-to-earth information around women’s health, nutrition, fitness, spirituality, and so much more. She even includes a 14-day action guide to better sex.

I am honored and thrilled to share this empowering new book from my friend, Brianne. You’ve seen her name around here before as I love her work (she created FemFusion Fitness). When she reached out to me about reviewing her book, I was so excited and couldn’t wait to read her latest and greatest. 

Brianne Grogan's Lady Bits Book - An Empowering Resource for Women

Source: FemFusion Fitness

Despite the book’s fun name, it’s not just about sex! I particularly like the sections about womb power, the menstrual cycle, hormone imbalance and adrenal fatigue, what to expect as you age, body image bootcamp, living in the moment, pelvic floor information, and clean eating and bioindividuality. 

All of these topics are super important for us to feel our best, yet they’re not always talked about it openly. Brianne is changing all of that – she’s created a book that celebrates our uniqueness and illustrates what we need to shine.

Here’s what else I love about the book: she includes short relaxation, meditation, core work, and stretching exercises that you can begin using right away, she writes about her own personal experiences and stories from her many years of helping clients, and she educates in a way that’s engaging, friendly, and empowering… like she’s your sister or good friend. 

It’s the perfect resource to have for yourself or gift to other women in your life. 


And lucky for you guys, Brianne is gifting one winner a copy! See below to enter the giveaway. 

Need more info about the book or want to order your copy? Here’s the site

Have questions or want to see some Q&A about the book? Click here

Want a sneak peek of the book?

Get on Brianne’s mailing list to get the first two chapters free.

Bonus Gift:

Even if you don’t win the giveaway, you can still get a freebie! From now through September, when you purchase Lady Bits through any retailer, in digital or print, you can sign up to receive an amazing bonus to amplify your health: the “Shine” Reset! The Reset includes 7 days of clean-eating recipes, a snack guide, a shopping guide, and participation in a private Facebook group in September where you’ll go through the Reset TOGETHER, as a community, with Brianne. 

If you purchase the book and are ready to sign up for the bonus, just go to this page and follow the instructions under the heading “ORDER TODAY AND GET THESE FREE GIFTS.”

Now, it’s Giveaway Time:

Brianne is gifting one Made to Glow reader a copy of Lady Bits! To enter, just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter box below (it may take a minute or two to load).

After logging in using your email address or Facebook account, follow the prompts to gain entries.

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This giveaway is open to everyone in the continental United States and ends 12:00 am ET, August 17, 2015. The winner will be emailed and listed on this post on August 17. Good luck!

Disclosure: This giveaway is provided to you by Brianne Grogan. The views and opinions expressed on Made to Glow are purely my own and based upon my personal experiences. I was given a copy of Lady Bits free of charge; however, I was not monetarily compensated for this review or giveaway.

Recent Happenings + Friday Favorites & Link Love

Happy Friday, y’all! Can you believe it’s the end of July? This month flew by – from an amazing week of r&r with my family on Lake Keowee in South Carolina, to celebrating my 31st birthday with friends in NYC, to Chicago for a non-stop week of presentations and meetings for work… it’s been a whirlwind.

Oh, and we bought a house.
My hubby and I are buying our first house! We close on it today (Friday), so as you read this, I’m hoping all goes smoothly and we’re owners of a new home. Pictures coming soon.
In all the hubbub, I haven’t had a chance to publish new posts (although I do post on Instagram every day, so keep up with me there in the meantime!). It’s been a struggle to devote the time as my full-time work in health policy has been increasingly demanding — when I’m not on the clock, I’m trying to recover from the grueling pace with lots of rest, walks with my pup, and warm sunny rays.
#Realtalk: This year has been all about healing from SIBO and adrenal/hormonal issues, so I’ve really tried to prioritize rest and recovery… it’s been a looooong process full of ups and downs. It’s been super frustrating when all I want to do is connect with you guys and share the glow! Seriously, everyday I love hearing from you, getting inspired by you, and feeling the energy and love. Sending lots of gratitude to you all for staying with me even through the slower periods. 
I can’t wait to share some exciting posts coming up — part 3 of the smoothie how-to post (everything you need to know about smoothies — did you see part 1 and part 2?), how to make the switch to an ecofriendly beauty routine, my new favorite mantra, a giveaway for an empowering new book, Lady Bits, and… 
An updated website! Keep your eyes out for a fresh, new look for MTG coming early this fall. 
Alright enough rambling, now on to the awesome tips and articles in this week’s Friday Favorites and link love:
Beauty Counter Ecofriendly Makeup
  • BeautyCounter cosmetics – have you tried them? My husband gifted me some for my birthday and I can’t wait to try more!
  • 9 Tips for Constipation Relief – I know, I know, not the most pleasant subject, but everybody poops. Seriously. It’s a HUGE part of our overall wellness that can get ignored as it’s not the most appealing topic to discuss, but it’s super important. I like Magnesium Citrate and a Squatty Potty to help move things along – and now my clients are hooked!
  • This real food 2-day reset is helping me get back on track after a crazy month. The Carrot Cake Smoothie and Skinny Reuben Salad are my fave. 

Gluten-free, Dairy-free Avocado Chocolate Mousse

  • Lady Bits by Dr. Brianne Grogran, DPT. I love this book – it’s stuffed to the brim with valuable info about women’s health… from aging to understanding our cycles to nutrition and yoga. Keep your eyes out for a giveaway coming soon or buy a copy now

Wishing you a wonderful weekend, friends! 


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Dark Chocolate Superfood Brownies

It’s my first day back from a week-long vacation and these babies are my saving grace. Talk about comfort food, yum. 
Dark Chocolate Superfood Brownies - gluten free and dairy free
Just editing the pictures had my mouth watering! 
But seriously, make these today. They’re a delicious, healthy take on a classic brownie. And they’re made of pecans and sweetened with medjool dates, y’all! No flour, no processed sugar. 
I know, I know, you’re probably thinking: pecans can be made into a brownie batter? Yes. We have the amazing Detoxinista to thank for that – her Healthy Double Chocolate Cookies inspired these superfood brownies. And you guys know I’m a huge fan of using medjool dates as sweeteners as well (see my Chocolate Avocado Mousse, Decadent Sweet Potato Chocolate Mousse, Apple Pie Ice Pops, and more). Add in the cinnamon, coconut oil, goji berries, and cacao nibs, and you’ve got yourself a superfood brownie. 
Superfood brownies > regular brownies. #truth.
And, they’re naturally gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, paleo, grain-free, and soy-free. Vegans, try using a flax or chia egg and let us know how it goes!
Dark Chocolate Superfood Brownies - gluten free and dairy free
I add in the goji berries and cacao nibs at the end and only pulse the processor a few times – it leaves little chunks that add some crunch as well as beautiful pops of pink from the gojis. Not a fan of cacao nibs? Try chocolate chips! 
I’ve made these countless times and usually make a batch or two then slice and freeze so I have an ‘anytime’ dessert – simply heat and eat. I top them with frozen sweet cherries (the hot brownie and frozen cherries are incredible together!) and peanut butter, or frosted with Chocolate Avocado Mousse. They hit the spot, for sure.
And, I’ve been known to eat them for breakfast, drizzled with cashew butter and topped with fresh berries. They’re subtly sweet and rich, and power me up for the day. 
These are a hit in my house, and I couldn’t wait to share them with you! Enjoy. 
Dark Chocolate Superfood Brownies - gluten free and dairy free
Dark Chocolate Superfood Brownies
Inspired by The Detoxinista's Healthy Double Chocolate Cookies
  • 1.5 cups raw pecan pieces
  • 14 pitted, soft, plump medjool dates - soak in water to soften if needed
  • 6 TB cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 TB vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup goji berries
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Grind the dates and pecans in your food processor until a crumbly consistency.
  3. Add all of the other ingredients except for the cacao nibs and goji berries.
  4. Pulse a few times to get all of the ingredients incorporated and then run your processor until the ingredients start to form one big ball of 'dough' on the side of the food processor.
  5. Add ¼ cup of goji berries and a ¼ cup of cacao nibs and pulse a few times to incorporate (I like to leave small pieces of gojis throughout for crunch and pops of color, so I only pulse a few times - if you'd like a smooth batter, incorporate until smooth)
  6. The batter will be in a big ball.
  7. Transfer it to a parchment paper-lined 8X8 pan and use your fingers to spread the batter into an even layer - the batter may not reach all of the sides, which is no problem. (And, the parchment paper simply helps to avoid sticking to the pan). Put a sprinkle of water on your hands to help the batter not stick to your hands.
  8. Bake for about 20 - 25 minutes or until a fork/toothpick comes out clean. Let cool for at least 20 - 25 minutes so the brownies stay together. Serve warm and enjoy!
Store in an air-tight container for 3-4 days or freeze.
Dark Chocolate Superfood Brownies - gluten free and dairy free

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Strawberry Coconut Chia Popsicles with Cashew Butter Drizzle

It’s officially summer. Wahoo! Today, I’m sharing some scrumptious ice pops that are the perfect 4th of July dessert – and also double as a snack, or even breakfast.

Strawberry Coconut Chia Popsicles with Cashew Butter Drizzle Gluten-free and Dairy-free

Strawberries. Chia seeds. Coconut. Cashew butter. 

These babies are full of tasty real food nutrition and besides the freeze-time, they’re super easy and quick to make (and kid-friendly).

Strawberry Coconut Chia Popsicles with Cashew Butter Drizzle Gluten-free and Dairy-free

And, here’s the thing – if you’ve seen my other recipes, you know I share recipes that are easily customizable to various dietary restrictions and flavor preferences. We’re all different so do what works for you! #truth.

  • Nut-free or not a fan of cashew butter? Omit or use your favorite nut/seed butter.
  • Don’t have any coconut nectar? Try subbing honey or maple syrup – add a little bit at a time, taste, and add more if needed. Both of those are sweeter than coconut nectar, so you may not need a lot.
  • Like using full-fat coconut milk better? Go for it! You may need to adjust the ratio of sweetener and strawberries as the coconut flavor from the thicker coconut milk may overpower a bit.

Head on over to Red and Honey where I’m sharing the full post and recipe.

Looking for more popsicle recipes?

This lovely Purely Pops Cookbook is full of easy no-bake ice pop recipes – check it out here. These Apple Pie Ice Pops are from Purely Pops and are a crowd-pleaser!