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When Life Gives You Lemons Make Coconut Lemon Balls

Recipe Card IconI messed up. Pretty big in fact, and because of it had to face some pretty harsh truths about myself. Did hearing the feedback hurt? Absolutely. But what was worse for me was the prickly, uncomfortable feeling that comes when you push outside of your comfort zone and commit to changing your normal M.O.

No matter what the change, whether eating better, getting in shape, or being called out on your s&*t, change is hard, and can seem a little (or very) overwhelming. After all, you are the only one who can get you to where you want to be.  Once I realized this, it was a very lonely experience. But what’s the alternative? As big as the mountain is that you have to climb, would you really be happier staying at the bottom?

As the old saying goes “Rome wasn’t built in a day”, so lay one brick at a time, take a deep breath and make it happen. You will be a better person for your effort, and the blood, sweat and tears will all be worth it. Just keep focused on your destination, and surround yourself with those who love you. Love as it would have it, makes people good cheerleaders.

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“Back to school” was always like New Year’s to me – a fresh start and chance to hit the reset button, so really it is perfect timing to for a little reflection, and to jot down some goals in my brand new notebook – Breath. Slow down. Speak up.

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Life gets sticky sometimes, that’s part of its charm. But when things get tough, lean on those you love, let go of what is done, keep putting one foot in front of the other, and try your best to remain positive.

Whenever handed lemons, always make coconut lemon balls.



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Coconut Lemon Balls

1 x cup raw cashews

1/2 x cup shredded unsweetened coconut, plus more for rolling

1 x tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

1 x lemon, zest only

12 x medjool dates, pitted


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse cashews, coconut, vanilla and salt until cashews are crumbly.
  2. Add lemon zest and pulse to combine.
  3. With food processor running continuously, add dates one at a time until mixture looks like it is begging to stick together.
  4. Remove from food processor, roll into balls, and toss in coconut to coat.


  1. Lisa Kilgour

    GREAT post!!! I love your attitude and that’s exactly what you need to make a go at this. From this point forward business “difficulties” won’t seem bad at all…the first one is really REALLY hard, but the rest aren’t a big deal. 🙂

    Lisa Kilgour, RHN | Holistic Nutritionist | 250.869.9434 | |

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