My Wild Life is in full swing! I have had a lot going on and I have not touched base in awhile about all the new and good things I have in the works! Plus, in this post I will also share how I made toothpaste for the first time AND I have an AWESOME chicken recipe you MUST try!

So last month I took things up a notch and finally joined my local CrossFit affiliate. I have probably never made a better decision in my life. (I have also never been so sore!) CrossFit is truly something that continues to inspire me to conquer my fears and insecurities. Every class I take allows me to prove to myself that I CAN do this, that I am capable, that I am in fact stronger than I think I am.  I leave there with every ounce of me dripping on the floor and go back again with as much excitement as a child on Christmas Eve! It is THAT thrilling to me. I truly wish this feeling on anyone who is looking to get in touch with their physical side and hasn’t quite found the physical activity that gets them fired up yet. Keep trying new things until you find it – it is out there! Exercise is meant to be challenging and fun, not a chore. Once you find what you are looking for, I know you will experience the feelings of which I speak.  I have even decided to take my dedication to my health and fitness even further and have enrolled in The LuRong Living Paleo Challenge. It will be tough, but that is the point, and I am looking forward to it! To all of you Crossfitters out there who have enrolled as well, best of luck to you!

BIG NEWS: On Friday September 6, I graduated from The Institute For Integrative Nutrition and have earned my AADP board certification as a Health and Nutrition Coach. That’s right! This wild lady is certified!

I must mention here how grateful I am for my journey; I can’t even really articulate it. If you are unhappy with your lifestyle, it is so important to make just ONE change in your life, no matter how small, no matter how afraid you may be. Once you face that fear, making other changes becomes easier and easier.  I mean it when I say if I can do it you can too. I am still amazed at the awesome transformation that has already occurred – and is still occurring — once I started believing in myself. I am not writing any of this for ME – I write about My Wild Life for YOU because I am just one example of what IS possible – even at 41 years old. It is never too late to try.

OK. so given all that I have been up to, I have slacked a bit in sharing my quest to live clean. Here is a brief update: In May I made toothpaste. But it was no ordinary homemade toothpaste, it was black! Weird and cool!!!!!!! I got the recipe from The Kitchen Rag.  I was intrigued by what I had read about using activated charcoal as a tooth whitener as well as an absorbent agent for toxins in the mouth, so I decided to whip up a batch for me and my awesome man.  This toothpaste was simple to make and really didn’t taste too bad. It also left my mouth feeling super clean.  Overall, it was really decent toothpaste. I really liked it. However I elected to stop using it for 2 reasons. The first being that the charcoal stained the sink on a regular basis (but not my teeth which was way more important!) which is fine if you want to spend time scrubbing your bathroom sink every time you brush your teeth. (I do not.) The second reason I stopped using it was since the recipe calls for coconut oil, it would clog up my drain.  Spitting in the garbage can was just getting gross (since the spit is black due to the charcoal) so I just stopped using it. I will be tinkering with other toothpaste recipes soon. I may even revisit the activated charcoal without the coconut oil and see if that works out better.

What homemade products have you made lately? If you’ve got a recipe for toothpaste that you love, please post it in the comments so I can try it!

Last but definitely not least, I made some AWESOME chicken the other night. I found this recipe on what I would classify as my favorite fitness website Eat to Perform.  You should definitely check them out!

SWEET & SPICY CHICKEN THIGHS

Ingredients

  • 8 bone-in skin on chicken thighs
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil

Rub

  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

 Glaze

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup pure maple syrup

1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Combine the rub ingredients and apply liberally to the uncooked chicken thighs.  Heat the coconut oil in a frying pan over medium high heat.  Place the chicken thighs into the hot frying pan and brown the skin (about 2-3 minutes each side) Transfer to a pan and place in preheated oven for about 15 minutes.  Combine the glaze ingredients.  Brush the glaze liberally over each chicken thigh and continue baking for about 10 minutes (or internal temp reaches 170 degrees).  Let rest for 5-10 minutes so the internal temperature reaches 180 degrees.

Enjoy!!

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