Archive for April, 2014

April 29, 2014

The Tough Questions

Have you tried…? Have you heard about…? Did you know…? Thank goodness people everywhere are talking more about health and wellness. It’s becoming “cool” to shop at the Farmer’s Market and to add greens to your meal. At happy hours, I see organic drink specials and skinny versions of some traditional favorites. I appreciate that there’s a serious focus on self-care reform. With healthcare costs rising, and people having less time to get sick, a laser focus on self-care is inevitable.


Two books by Rusty Gregory, I’d take a look at for a holistic health perspective.


I love the discussions I have with my girlfriends about health and wellness strategies. Building each other up is one of my favorite past times.

I had the opportunity to read: Self Care Reform, by Rusty Gregory. This author, out of Austin, Texas, asks the questions that go a step further from, “have you tried…?” I relate to his perspective that traditional medicine and strategies aren’t reaping the long-standing benefit of improved health. Too often, Americans are losing weight and inches, only to gain it back or expose new medical issues. Product A may help you lose inches and sustain your energy, but your liver is over-taxed or your colon is toxic. Too often, we attack a surface issue only to unveil a chronic issue limiting absorption of our fuel. As Rusty mentions in his book, even after decades of scientific research and study, Americans are getting bigger and sicker. Why? And, even more, why don’t more people ask this question of medical doctors? If you do, please let me know what they say. I am genuinely interested. (Email:


With more Americans choosing natural remedies over prescription drugs for healing, I’m excited to see people doing what they can from where they are today. Resources are popping up everywhere, and you only have to go to your neighborhood bookstore to find reputable resources of instruction and encouragement. As a Holistic Wellness Coach, I am happy to be a resource to my detoxification clients, and I proudly suggest reading Rusty’s book, Self-Care Reform.

Within the book, you’ll ask yourself questions like the following:

  • What has derailed your past health goals, resolutions?
  • Which areas of wellness are most important to you?
  • How can you pull yourself out of a negative (un-motivated) slump?
  • What strengths do you have to draw upon during your workouts?
  • What would it take to change some negative habits you have?

Throughout the book, the reader has the opportunity to dig inward and identify some areas of strength and some challenging areas. With Rusty’s help, you’ll identify your wellness story; whether or not you’re alive and well and what exactly that means; identify enemies and goals, and you’ll build routines and strategies for lifelong change. What a gift! Check out Self-Care Reform today and start asking yourself the tough questions; the questions that matter most. Doing so, will take your wellness to another level. –Lacey Pruett


Asking myself thought-provoking questions is therapeutic exercise for me. It’s healthy to check in with your mind and spirit from time-to-time.

Learn more about Rusty Gregory at: or Tweet him @MaximumWellness


April 22, 2014

Move. Sweat. Hydrate. Nourish.

Someone, somewhere, spread a vicious rumor that being fit and healthy was difficult. In order to be considered fit, you have to eat clean always, never taste a pastry again, wake up ready to “train mean” every day, and, oh yes, you must have a favorite protein shake. We’re not robots, nor are we consistent. Our lives become uncontrollable in an instant, and our schedules are exhaustive. Sometimes, we choose the pizza and wine over the organic chicken, spinach, and blueberry salad.


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“I don’t care what you did last night. I care what you do on a consistent basis.” I mentioned this to a client once, who was kicking herself over making poor food choices at a party. Too often, we degrade ourselves, and our healthy efforts, after a mere slip-up. I’m not sure where we learned this self-destructive behavior, but we’ve gotten really good at it. Life is meant to be lived. Being healthy is a journey… a lifestyle. Be careful you’re not missing out on life’s best memories because you’re too focused on “being healthy.”

I’ve had the opportunity to spend lots of time with family this month, and I am forever grateful. I managed to stick to my healthy lifestyle for the most part, but I also took the cookie my niece handed me (and ate it.) I also shared an egg and bacon taco with my other niece, so she didn’t have to finish it all herself. We celebrated a birthday with chocolate cake (and butter cream icing), and cookie dough ice cream—the real stuff, full dairy. And the wine… yep, between four sisters the wine and stories flowed.


My inspiration comes from Pinterest pins and photos like these I find on my favorite blogs.


A little spinach, kale, lime, celery and green apple keeps everything sunny-side up.


Spinach salad creations are a favorite past-time of mine!

I enjoyed the time with family, and now I am enjoying being creative with my salads and juicing this week. It’s fun! I created a new spinach, hummus, egg salad combo, and for extra zest one day, I added dried cherries. Yum! I exchanged spinach for arugula for a different spicy taste. If you haven’t smashed macadamia nuts in a baggie and sprinkled them atop your salad greens before, try it immediately. Delish! I stocked up on frozen tropical fruits for a cooler touch to my green drinks. Juice your favorites then blend the juice with several frozen chunks of mango, papaya, pineapple, or watermelon for something cool, crisp, and refreshing.

Being healthy means being alive, and being alive is getting exciting. There’s a lot to do, so be good to yourself, stay committed to your health, and have a little fun with it. Move. Sweat. Hydrate. Nourish. And smile through it all… Cheers! Lacey

April 21, 2014

Share the Love—Earth Day, April 22

i go to nature to be soothed

Earth Day is tomorrow, April 22—what will you do to celebrate? Sometimes I feel like affecting a change in this giant world of ours is such a monumental task. I can be defeated by this, or I can live my life in a way that heals my heart and life around me, doing what I can to the best of my ability. For me, celebrating Earth Day is about sharing my love of animals and nature.

Compassionate Consumption

Me petting a Silkie chicken--heaven!

Me petting a Silkie chicken–heaven!

I love finding healthy, clean ways I can nourish myself while celebrating my animal friends. I truly believe people and animals are linked and that our compassion for them speaks to the deepest part of our nature. Here are some of my favorite ways to live a compassionate life:

  • Pursue a vegetarian/almost vegan lifestyle
  • Search out cruelty-free fashion choices
  • Champion protection for animals
  • Support rescue sanctuaries

Regardless of your choice in lifestyle, you can nevertheless practice compassion in your consumption. You can:

  • Choose to support humane farming practices
  • Buy household and beauty products that do not contribute to the suffering of animals (Check out the Leaping Bunny program when shopping for cruelty-free products:
  • Support the natural world that gives shelter and sustenance to our creatures through recycling, nature clean-ups, and lending your physical or financial support to organizations dedicated to protecting our wild places
  • Live consciously and on purpose

Every little bit helps!

For more ideas on how you can make a difference, check out our Healthy Housewives article in this month’s issue of Natural Muscle Magazine (pp. 52-53):


Earth Day Texas—DFW, April 26-27, 2014

peace love earth day

Looking for a way to enjoy the spring weather and celebrate Earth Day at the same time? Bring your family and even your pets to the annual Earth Day Texas celebration at Fair Park this weekend. There will be all kinds of activities for the whole family—a chance to climb trees with trained arborists; workshops and demonstrations on sustainable living; an Energy Playground; an electric bike test track; music; food; art, dance; and even Tibetan monks from the Crow Collection blessing the gathering! Check out the Earth Day Texas Event Guide ( for everything you need to know, and go enjoy!


Inspiration from Nature


Ok, maybe I just wanted an excuse to post this darling pic!

Ok, maybe I just wanted an excuse to post this darling pic!

“We need the tonic of wildness—to wade sometimes in marshes where the bittern and the meadow-hen lurk, and hear the booming of the snipe; to smell the whispering sedge where only some wilder and more solitary fowl builds her nest, and the mink crawls with its belly close to the ground. At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be infinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”

Henry David Thoreau

 best persons walt whitman

Friends, have a blessed and wonderful week!

XO, Brooke


April 17, 2014


CEO of Muscle Mom Lauren Lopez

CEO of Muscle Mom Lauren Lopez


Meet Lauren Lopez Rocking the baby bump on the April cover of Healthy Housewives!

April 16, 2014

Building Healthy Business

ImageLeaving the comforts of Corporate America was probably one of the creepiest decisions I’ve made, alongside walking in a bikini and six-inch high heels, and getting married. Sheer, anxiety-laced panic poured over me followed closely by an equally powerful, peaceful calm, which I can only assume was gifted to me by a higher being. “No regrets!” I’ve had a personal mantra since my teenage years when I second-guessed everything I did. Confidence must have been still building in me, because a mentor at the time reminded me that if I was frozen with fear, just take the next small step. Then I’ll take another small step, and then another… you get the idea.

That advice and subsequent smaller steps got me onto the pageant stage, off of the corporate stage, and also supported my growth as a businesswoman, wife, and step-mom. Breaking apart your big fears into smaller, more manageable steps doesn’t remove all of the anxiety. Nor, is it easy! I learned the art of literally throwing yourself out there and having faith that everything will land just as it should. It doesn’t mean everything will land as you think it should, but perhaps your view isn’t the bigger, gorgeous view it should be. Going into business for yourself is a great way to make your passion your life’s work, but this opportunity comes with some sacrifice.

Friends poke fun at me for not knowing some of the latest pop culture names or television shows. No, I probably don’t watch your favorite show, and yes, I’m sure I am missing out. When I do watch T.V., it’s for research for a job or project. I declined more invitations than I would have liked last year, simply because focus and commitment were necessary to plant the seeds of my coaching and spokesperson work. I’ve never been a big shopper, but going into business for myself made me the most efficient catalog/online shopper around. I can do all of my Christmas shopping within two mugs during coffee time.

ImageI keep first things first, and family time is a priority. It gets an appointment. Everything gets an appointment, and this tip makes the list below. It’s that important! It’s a busy time in our household, and no moment gets wasted. For my fellow female small business owners, here are my top Business Building Tips keeping your holistic health in mind. You can follow these while you’re in your current job, or if you’re a full-time mom wanting to start a business of your own.

#1 – Make Appointments for Everything

Yes, quiet time gets an appointment. If it’s important to you, write it down and set a time. I spent too long thinking this appeared impersonal. It’s not. Rather, you’re telling someone they are worth prioritizing and blocking time for. What an awesome feeling to give someone! My workout, reading time, pup walks and play times, dinner time, and social events all get appointment times in my book. If someone needs you during a blocked time (even if it’s your hair-primping time), you say, “I’m sorry, I am booked” and propose a new time.

#2 – Make Gradual Changes

I thought I would love having a flexible schedule, starting and stopping work when I wanted to every day, and it really is. The surprise was how difficult it was to break away from the corporate routine. I didn’t give any thought to the fact I was addicted to waking up to an alarm clock and going to sleep after The Late Show. The anxiety took about a year to ease away. I even drove to my old place of employment once, on the way to a client meeting in the same area. What? At the same time, since I did have flexibility, I over-booked clients in the beginning (I was growing my clientele) and working long days. I got burn out quickly, and grew frustrated. “I’m doing what I want to do now, why am I so over-worked and stressed?” Just because you love what you do, doesn’t mean you want to do it all day every day, either. Gradually alter your routine, your client appointments, and your schedule. Like starting a new health routine, subtle changes can reap huge benefits. Use this tactic with your new business venture.  

Image#3 – Wake Up, Dress Up, Show Up!

Starting your own business doesn’t mean professionalism is out the window. If anything, you need to step it up a notch to win your clients. As a professional spokesperson, I’m used to getting dressed up and ready for show time; however, my role as a Holistic Wellness Coach allowed for a more granola, yoga pants-wearing, big bun hair attire. I will sport this look on a day booked with detoxification or nutritional coaching; however, even on these days, I may dress up to promote my work and business with polish and poise. When you go into business for yourself, you’re a walking business card. Keep this in mind as you prep for the day.

#4 – Vision Boards

Remember mind mapping from school (or maybe from your last staff meeting?) As a business owner, you get to make your own vision board with crayons, paint, glitter, or photos, and post it in your home office. Having a visual reminder of where you want to go will right-set your vision for the day. Self-motivation is imperative as a business owner. You can’t rely on someone else, or a team, to generate motivation for you. It’s all you, girl! (guys too!) A really cool thing is that you can switch stuff around too—goals and visions change all the time. (Like life!) 

Image#5 – Traditional Communication Rocks!

I love thank you notes, coffee dates, and client files/journals. I am grateful for technology, social media, and efficiency tools, but I think traditional communication still has a place in business and relationship building. My business tells a story and it’s cool to sit and reflect on messages communicated and relationships built in one business day. Sometimes, once the day slows down and the sun sets on your hard day of work, you’ll recall moments of appreciation to record and perhaps acknowledge with a note. Don’t under-estimate the appreciation factor with everything you do.

If you have any favorite tips or habits, please share in a comment. Lifting one another up with inspiration and goodness is a great way to make building your own business a little less creepy. Keep up the great work! Lacey


April 14, 2014

Easy Banana-Apple Bars


Morning, Friends! These delicious banana bars are super easy to make, and your family and friends will love them! Even better, you can dress them up or down. If you need a quick kid-friendly snack, serve a couple of the bars with some milk or yogurt. For a simple springtime dessert, you can serve these bars with your favorite healthy frozen yogurt or frozen fruit sorbet on the side. If you want something extra special, drizzle some melted dark chocolate across the bars and the yogurt, and garnish the yogurt with fresh mint. So pretty and easy!


  • 3 bananas, ripe
  • 2 c. rolled oats
  • 1 large red apple, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1/3 c. applesauce
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mash bananas in a large bowl. Stir in rolled oats, chopped apple, applesauce, vanilla, and cinnamon. Stir thoroughly and set aside for 15-20 minutes. Add parchment paper to a baking pan, and spread mixture in the pan.
  3. Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
  4. After removing from oven, allow bars to cool before slicing them.

love fruit

Have a blessed and happy week!


April 10, 2014

Confession Time!

I am fascinated with the art of burlesque. I love the art of the seductive dance, the lace, the corsets, the show and the out and out athleticism and showmanship it requires to perform burlesque.  Last week, I was lucky enough to attend Dita Von Teese’s show Strip! Strip! Hooray! in Dallas at the House of Blues.  The show was amazing! Dita’s dance, costumes and stage props were like nothing I have seen before.

So my confession, I’ve always wanted to learn burlesque! I’ve signed up with a couple of the other HH ladies for Burlesque school with a mini performance at the end of the training.  My strip tease will end with my pasties over my bikini top and shorts for sure! But what a thrill and why not try something new and out of my comfort zone!

And after seeing Dita’s show with women of all shapes and color, I’m thinking why not!?

Link to Dita’s website with stills and video from the show!


Here is a great board on Burlesque!




April 9, 2014

Two Words That Changed My Life

Cellular Detox.


It breaks my heart when I hear someone hurting because they are sick, achy, or waiting in another doctor’s office. I’m sure they’ve completed a round or two of antibiotics or become regular users of a favorite OTC medication. I’ve definitely been there, and I got so frustrated with the cycle of sick, medicine, fuzzy-headed, well-for-a-minute, then sick again. It’s no way to spend your spring. Heads up for the allergy sufferers: toxic body + debris backup + allergies = sinus infection. The “bad stuff” gets stuck in an inflamed body and grows, attacks, and weakens the entire immune system. (There’s just nothing sexy about that sentence.)

Educating myself about the benefits of cellular detox and ioncleansing was life-changing! I know that sounds dramatic, and I mean for it to be. Our lives, our bodies, our health is worth getting a little passionate about. When I learned that while there’s nothing (well, okay, I can do a little) I can do to control the toxicity level of our planet, food quality, or air pollution, I have COMPLETE control over my internal environment. Your body? It’s yours to care for! You can rejuvenate your cells or you can contribute to their demise. Lifestyle choices, food/drink consumption, hygiene products, and stress all contribute to bodily strain. Holistic remedies such as massage, meditation, ion cleanses, laser therapies, and prayer purify your cells. Read: help reverse free-radical damage! Freedom!

Write down everything you’re going to ask of our body today. I’ll share mine: I’m going to workout, eat a good breakfast, be on my iPhone way too much, breathe in toxic air, stress about work stuff a bit, let a negative person get to me… I’m probably grabbing a second cup of coffee at some point because it’s a busy afternoon, using toxic beauty products (because they work), eat a nourishing lunch and dinner, but I’ll be entertaining tonight and will have 2.5 alcoholic beverages. Oh! And an Andes mint on the way out of the restaurant. I’ll get to sleep way too late. (Brutal honesty here.)

IMG_3286That’s just one day. Over time, your body says DONE! Don’t let it get to that point. I manage my crazy life with regular ion cleanses, sweating, chiropractic adjustments and massage. If I get injured, I get a low-level laser treatment, to help my cells repair, and I drink juice made from whole green leafy stuff.

By giving yourself a little love from time to time, you can reduce your sick time because your cells will stay strong and capable of fighting off adverse elements.


The “right” food, drinks, and supplements are relative to your beliefs and decisions. Sometimes your intentions may be to eat/drink clean and then life happens. (Your niece wants you to sit down and eat her pancakes and side of muffin with her.) 😊 I live for moments like that!

Our bodies can handle a lot, but sadly, we are asking more from our bodies every day with little rejuvenation time. Don’t conform to the world’s sickness/medication/sickness cycle. Talk to your favorite holistic wellness coach and get started on your personal wellness program today. It looks different for everyone depending on what’s important to you. For me, it’s staying energized and strong, so I can do life well. Life is way to short to be sick. –Lacey Pruett

April 8, 2014

Living Wheat-Free for Dummies

ImageThink about the last time you felt fatigued, bloated, irritated, or sick. Did someone (maybe even yourself) give you medicine to help the symptoms? Did you ever find out the source of the pain or discomfort? As a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach, I help individuals find the source of their pain, provide solutions to heal, and share lifestyle tips that will nurture healthier living. Until recently, my dietary restrictions were few. I eat healthfully, and I watched my portions, but I didn’t restrict a certain food group. That changed as I learned more about how our food is processed in America (where I live) and what is allowed into our food sources. I don’t feel that any food source is bad, with respect for exceptions like specific allergies or personal medical conditions. Rather, I fear that the way certain food sources are processed and utilized restricts us from consuming and enjoying our food. Further, our food sources, processed under current guidelines (or lack there of) could be slowly killing us.

Until recently, I didn’t buy into the gluten-free, wheat-free lifestyles. I didn’t think it pertained to me since I enjoy meals with gluten and wheat (two different ingredients) without any serious, adverse health concerns. I know people with Celiac and similar diseases have to steer clear of all gluten and wheat. This isn’t me. Then I started noticing a change in how I felt after a bigger meal. Let me clarify that even a bigger meal didn’t mean over-eating for me. I’m pretty good at watching my portions, but when those portions were filled with more wheat or gluten (I didn’t know the difference at first), I noticed a sluggish, tiredness about an hour after I ate. This wasn’t a good thing for the social life. Still, I didn’t correlate wheat or gluten with the feeling. I simply resolved that “something didn’t agree with me” at that meal. After recording a month of meals, I noticed a pattern of adverse feelings associated with particular foods. I have to give dairy some credit here too, as I noticed cheese becoming a culprit to my good health. (It’s always that which you love most, isn’t it?)

When Rusty’s book, Living Wheat Free for Dummies, arrived, I thought, perfect timing! Let’s get to the bottom of this nonsense once and for all. After reading his book, I feel dumb for suffering so long. Was I bent over in pain after eating wheat and gluten? No, but the discomfort I felt wasn’t necessary either. Thank goodness the no-nonsense approach of his book cut-to-the-chase, so to speak. I wasn’t in the mood to learn the origin of wheat (which is available in the book for those of you who care) or who is to blame for it’s demise (which is also discussed, if desired.) I wanted to know why living wheat-free was all-of-the-sudden on every newsstand, book stand, and news show. It seemed to be a social topic that appeared out of nowhere, which up to now, I ignored. If you’re looking for a great starting point or if you’re curiosity is building, I recommend grabbing a copy of Living Wheat-Free for Dummies. Here’s a snap-shot list of why:

  • No time? Good! Rusty gives chapter references for specific topics related to wheat-free living, so no matter your current education on the subject, you can skip through or target specific needs/interests given the day.
  • Not ready? Fine! Use the book as preliminary study, as nobody is forcing you to sign over your rights to eat wheat or gluten after you purchase the book. You are in charge of your own body. Rusty authored an easy-to-read, inclusive tutorial on living a wheat-free lifestyle to serve as a daily coach as you implement new things into your diet.
  • Scared? I was! There’s no need because Rusty shared excellent recipes and how-tos in his book. He also discusses going cold turkey or gradually cutting wheat and gluten out. Again, you have choices—you are in control.
  • I can’t! You’re wrong. I challenge you to open your mind a bit and educate yourself on the evolution of wheat in our country. Even if you don’t change your own lifestyle, you could bless someone with your new-found knowledge of living wheat free and how wheat and gluten both affect our body’s systems, possibly even saving a life or two! Who doesn’t want to be a superhero?

I want to share a favorite recipe from Rusty (found in his book, Living Wheat-Free for Dummies):

Hidden Veggie Smoothie


I put my green drinks into fancy glasses. I makes me feel like I’m celebrating. Toasting my health. Cheers!

1.5 cups almond milk

¼ cup whey protein powder

¼ cup hemp protein powder

1 oz raw almonds

1 medium frozen banana

½ cup frozen blueberries

½ cup frozen kale

½ avocado

Blend milk, protein powders, almonds together well, then blend in other ingredients until smooth. Enjoy!

What else will you find within the pages? Over 40 meal recipes that are free of wheat or gluten, tips and further explanation resources to key concerns, a kitchen checklist, exercise programs, how to dine out on a wheat/gluten-free diet, and ways to track your progress. It’s like you get a mini-coach and accountability partner with the book.  It leaves this skeptical girl with nothing left to question or ask. With Living Wheat-Free for Dummies by your side, you can confidently navigate wheat-free living and still enjoy a fit and fun lifestyle. You can order yours now on Amazon or through the author’s website at  

April 7, 2014

Fuel Your Workout: Green Machine

strong is the new

How do you feed yourself for your workouts? Do you have trouble coming up with small meals that will fill you up but not make you feel bloated? I’ve struggled with my pre-workout meal over the years, but through trial and error, I found several solid options that work for me. Scrambled egg whites and oatmeal are great at filling me up, yet they are neutral enough to digest easily. I also like protein smoothies with fresh fruit added—quick and yummy! Your body may respond differently and therefore may need different fuel. But whatever that fuel is, you must figure it out!

Avoid the Bonk

First and foremost, make sure you get all your meals in throughout the day. If you skip breakfast, get a bite of lunch, and then eat a small snack, you may still hit the wall when it’s go time. To avoid the dreaded “bonk” and for some great pre-workout snack ideas, check out my post “Hitting the Wall” (


Find Your Feel-Good Snack


You will need to experiment with various foods and see how they make you feel. Look for options that make you feel satisfied yet clean.

  • Does a bowl of cereal leave you hungering for more?
  • Does yogurt tear up your system?
  • Are you a little weak, even after devouring the packet of almonds and a green juice?
  • Does bread sometimes puff you up like Winnie the Pooh?


My Favorite Fuel

My favorite protein smoothie du jour is something I call the Green Machine. It’s super simple, tastes amazing (if a little grassy), and fills me up without weighing me down.

Green Machine

Pre-workout meal or afternoon snack–you decide!

  • 1.5 scoops whey or vegan protein powder*
  • 1-1.5 c. almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 serving green phytofoods (Amazing Grass–Green Superfoods, ORAC berry)
  • 1 Tbsp. flax oil blend (Udo’s 3·6·9 Blend)
  • Few cubes of ice (optional)

Blend and enjoy!


*Favorite whey protein: Syntha-6 in Strawberry Milkshake

Favorite vegan protein: Sunwarrior Classic Blend in Vanilla


Good luck and happy fueling!