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3 Ways to Simplify Your Life Starting Today

Holy cow, the last 6 months of 2017 has tried to kick my bootay…can I get an amen?

This entire year has taught me a lot about not only myself, but the world, what I want out of it, and especially the direction I’ll be taking in 2018 both in my personal and professional life.

One thing will remain the same as it has since 2013 when Justin and I made a pledge to reduce stress, stuff, and debt.

At the time we didn’t know it had a name. We were becoming “minimalists.”

Since 2013 I knew we were “weird” only having one car, sharing a phone, spending extra money on our debt instead of the flashiest flat screen….but I didn’t realize just how different we were.

Since taking our minimizing seriously, we have worked to pay off over $21,000 worth of debt….while BOTH being entrepreneurs. Whaaaaaaat?!

Today I want to share with you three of the most valuable steps we’ve taken to simplify our lives. These three things have been imperative to our success and I know that with empowering knowledge, a burning desire, and the appropriate action steps, you can do it, too.

Without further ado, let’s begin.

3 Ways to Simplify Your Life Starting Today

1. Reduce Clutter

There is life changing potential in this first step to simplify your life: reduce clutter.

Take a moment and look at the room you’re in. Does everything have a home? The remotes? Your 15 coffee mugs? How about the empty photo album sitting on the shelf, covered in dust, ready to be filled with the photos you have yet to print from your phone?

All this “stuff” we have lying around is actually holding you down. It’s overwhelming and, without you even realizing it, will keep you from reaching your potential.

A clear space creates a clear mind. Having a home for all of your things helps clean up. There is no distress in, “where does this go?”, “I can’t clean up because then I have to shove this somewhere”, ” I really need to clean out that junk drawer.”

Action Step:

One of my favorite ways of reducing clutter is taking 5 minutes to take the things that don’t have a home, or you’re not really in love with keeping, and putting them in an empty tote, out of sight.

Now, with a clearer space, start to organize what is left in front of you. If something doesn’t seem to fit, add it to the tote.

Put the tote out of sight and after 30 days, if you haven’t thought about it consider donating or selling it. If you have thought of something and you’re still not emotionally ready to let go of it, evaluate why you’re not ready to let it go, and if that reason is justified, place it back in the tote until you’re ready to send it on its way.

I’ve found that after a month, I’m generally ready to let things go. Although there have been a few items that have taken me 6 or so months to have peace about giving up. Simplifying your life is a process, be gentle (yet lovingly tough at the same time 😉 ) with yourself.

2. Turn off Your Phone Notifications

Wow, it wasn’t until I did this, did I feel the satisfying freedom of not having the notifications pop up every few seconds.

We live in a “squirrel-y” world; always jumping from thought to thought, short attentions spans, forgetting what we were doing seconds before because our phone lit up so, of course we go straight to it.

One day I was fed up with constant dings from social media apps, emails, and text messages so I went to the notification settings in my phone and took care of business.

Action Step:

Make a list of your notification priorities. For me it was text messages and phone calls.

Go through and turn off notifications to the remaining apps. Now you can check these apps whenever you have time or are mentally ready to (for me, this particularly applies to emails, I have to be in the right state of mind to answer emails.)

You’ll have to resist the tempatation every time an app tries to remind you to turn notifciations on, but once you experience “notification freedom” I think you’ll enjoy it so much, it will be easy to stay strong 😉

3. Cut Up Your Credit Cards

Yulp, you heard me right. A key step in simplifying your life is cutting up your cred it cards.

Credit cards are a way to live outside your means. You’re borrowing someone else’s money and paying them back extra later.

The only credit cards Justin and I have had since we’ve been married were Lowe’s and Best Buy.

Justin had used the Lowe’s card to help build our home, but once we paid it off, we went so long without charging that they cancelled our account! An oddly, awesome feeling! As for Best Buy, we’ve used it for their 12 months same as cash when purchasing my laptop for school, my cell phone outright (to avoid corporate cell phone payment scams…I mean plans 😉 ) and for an investment camera for our business and my blog. We’ve never been hit with extra interest because we are aware of our budget and what we need to pay to pay off our balance in time.

Action Step:

Cut up your credit cards. That’s really it. Evaluate why  you have the credit card. Are you using it for things and stuff you don’t need? Are you using it to invest in your education i.e. My computer for nutritional therapy school? Or another reason?

I steer clear of all credit cards, and while I’ve heard stories of individuals and families using them to their advantage…absolutely, 100% do not use them as a form of income. And if you do choose to charge something, take a mindful approach to it: would you buy this item if you could hand the cashier cold, hard cash?

Debt weighs you down, especially mentally and emotionally. You owe someone something, and that’s never fun.

I mentioned changing the direction of Naturally Katie in 2018.

I noticed that I’ve been holding back talking about some of the things I’m most passionate about because I “thought” I was supposed to exclusively talk about nutrition, and nutrition only. But since I’ve given myself permission to venture out in discussing the areas of my life less talked about, like minimalism, yoga, and my lifestyle as a whole, ideas and content have been flying through my mind.

That being said, I’m happy to announce that the blog you just read and co-hosting @rebellenutrition ‘s Making A Minimalist Challenge are the first two steps into introducing this new content to my audience and the Naturally Katie community as a whole!

You can still expect nutrition and holistic lifestyle content, because, well, I’m super passionate about those two things, but expect a whole lot more. More content, more fun, and more tools to help you change your perspective and life in 2018.

Stay on the lookout for what’s coming 🙂

As for the Making a Minimalist Challenge, it begins January 1st!

It’s a 5 day challenge hosted by Amie from Rebelle Nutrition and it includes daily emails, prompts, and FB lives from Amie, herself + a slew of co-hosts, including me!

I’ll be going live on Wednesday, January 3rd at 3pm EST talking about how to minimize debt, eliminate credit card use, and how decreasing debt increases freedom.

Sign up by visiting http://www.rebellenutrition.com/mamchallenge. Amie’s first challenge included over 2,000 people who worked together and supported each other in the life changing process of needing less to live more.

I can’t wait to see each of you simplifying your life and alongside all of us!

Let me know you’re coming by commenting below or visiting me on FaceBook or Instagram!

In love and health,



naturally katie hurricane wv

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How To Serve Others (and Yourself) with All Your Heart

My blogging schedule doesn’t normally have Saturday posts, but sometimes I lead with my heart and not my plans.

Since I was able to speak at HOBY yesterday, I can’t stop thinking about how much gratitude I have toward being able to serve you.

People like you who:

  •  are sick and tired of being sick and tired.

  • wrestle autoimmune disease and digestive disorders.

  • follow a plan, not tailored to your specific needs, so nothing ever seems to work.

  • have dreams bigger than the sky, but fear you aren’t capable to live them out.

  • sit on the other side of my desk, one month into Nutritional Therapy, and your life has already changed.

  • People who see my posts and enjoy the fun facts and quick tips.

I enjoy encouraging, educating, and loving each one of you.


There are people out there that have millions, literally millions, of “followers” (I don’t even like that word, really) and readers, but as teeny-tiny as I am in this huge world, serving those who choose me makes my heart pitter-patter. It also keeps me pushing through on my toughest days.

Each and every comment, share, “like”, “keep it up!” doesn’t go unnoticed.

Most of all, thank you. Each of you who are out there rooting me on and appreciate my advice and what I have to say. Who trust my knowledge and experience and allow me to serve you. It’s truly an honor.

Now, on with the show:

1. Don’t give Up

No matter your line of work, serving others can lead you to become discouraged and downhearted. On days you feel like giving up, that you’re not making a difference, and you’re not sure why you even try, stay strong. You are your own worst critic and while it seems you’re helping no one, you’re helping someone (someone you may not even know.)

In regard to your health, don’t give up on it, either. Sometimes, while it’s frustrating and seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel, just keep going and don’t give up on yourself.

2. Find Your Tribe

It’s key to have a support system around you; those that are going down similar life paths and can understand the ups and downs of serving others. When you find a community that you connect with you’ll find overwhelming rushes of energy, love, and the celebration of joy it provides. Your tribe will help build you up when you’re feeling down and push you to go beyond your own limits and expectations.

Also, find those that support your health and lifestyle goals. On the days you’ll want to throw in the towel and “you’re never going to feel better” they’ll help keep you on the path to pressing on and encouraged that you can do whatever you set your mind to.

3. Believe in Yourself

You’re amazing. You are an individual that possesses special qualities, strengths, and traits. You serve others in a way that has never been done before; therefore, you bring to the table unique service unlike anyone else.

Your work is a masterpiece and you, yourself, are divine as made by the Divine.

Believe in yourself because you are beautifully and wonderfully made.

Like I said above, you can do anything you put your mind to. You’re a rockstar so keep acting like it.

4. Let Love Win

There will be days that others put you down, even the ones that you’re serving with all your might. Someone will disagree with you, they’ll make their harsh opinion known, and they’ll beat you down. Despite their behavior, let love win. Love them and serve them just as you do your biggest fan. Pour words of kindness and grace over them, extinguishing the fire they’ve set ablaze.

Hurting people hurt people. They just need a little more love.

*Side note, love doesn’t mean you’re a pushover. Boundaries are a beautiful thing.

In the case of your health, love yourself and the journey. You’re the only one out there that knows you the way you do. Love the good, embrace the “bad”, and love yourself to the point where you see love in the change and growth.

Consequently, love will win.

5. Take Care of Yourself

You have a servant’s heart. You take care of everyone else, but neglect yourself.

The catch is, you can’t pour from an empty cup. You have to take care of yourself. Nurture your soul.

In order to do this, schedule in and practice some self care. Plant some plants, take a relaxing bath, enjoy a glass of (organic, sulfate-free 😉 ) wine while watching a movie with your spouse. Whatever it is that refills your cup, do that. Serving others is draining, there is no doubt. Whether physically draining, mentally draining, or both; you can’t forget about yourself.

Serve others, but don’t forget to take care of yourself.

And as a result of all these actions, you’ll serve others, and yourself, with all of your heart.

While this blog isn’t my typical post about how to nourish and rebalance your body through nutrition and holistic lifestyle, it was on my heart and I felt led to share.

I hope you enjoyed and if all you get out of this blog is that you’re special and unique and while you serve others with your whole heart, you have to take care of yourself as well, my job is complete.

I, from the bottom of my heart, genuinely enjoy serving each of you.

In love and heath,


naturally katie hurricane wv


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Anxiety and Depression: My Battle, Symptoms, and How to Overcome

In 2014 I was crippled with severe anxiety and mild depression.

Some may see that as a surprise as I am commonly referred to as “happy, bubbly, perky”. That’s the thing, though, anxiety and depression don’t limit who they burden.

First, a little back story.

I grew up a worrier.

A little girl, 6 years old, worrying and fretting. I’ve always, for as long as I can remember, been considered, like I said, happy and bubbly, and quite funny…but on the inside, I was often filling my head with self-doubt, negative talk, and fear.

My senior year of college it all came crashing down.

Here is a brief list of things/feelings/symptoms that happened throughout that year:

  • tremor episodes
  • dizzy spells
  • panic attacks
  • feelings of giving up and worthlessness
  • brain fog
  • wondering where the closest hospital was
  • internal pain
  • random outbreaks of emotions
  • seclusion from my friends
  • missing important events in others lives

I share my struggle so that those of you out there, and I know you are out there, can know:


There were times, in the midst of my panic attacks, I felt like I was in a hole in the ground, desperately grasping for the surface, but the sand continued to poor in on top of me: alone, hurt, and helpless.

But the beauty is, there was always that light pouring down on me from above the hole. The light that I was doing everything I could to reach. And finally, one day, after many, many days, I did.

The doctor’s office continually looked at me like I was crazy, literally crazy. When I told them about the pain under my ribcage, my racing heart, and the tremors I couldn’t seem to stop, they acted like I was the plague, like my anxiety and depression were contagious. They wrote me a prescription for Xanax. One that I filled, but one that I never took.

anxiety and depression

My anxiety was so debilitating I could barely drive. My husband drove me to my college classes twice a week during my senior year to help me finish my degree. I remember this being a happy day.

Today, I have for you, some of the tactics I’ve used to conquer my anxiety and depression.

1. Therapy Journal

therapy journal

Two of my most-loved therapy journals. My heart written all over the pages.

I’m a writer by talent, gift, and education, so words mean everything to me. A therapy journal allowed me to express all the feelings I was feeling; get them onto the paper, out of my head, and release them. My journal entries also often turned into prayers. I’d read them over and over as tears poured down my face. Sometimes I felt so silly writing it all down, and sometimes they didn’t even make sense (or were barely legible) but the release I experienced after getting things off my chest was immense. My journals also now serve as a reminder to me how strong I am and how far I’ve come. Here’s an excerpt that I’d like to share with you:


I feel like I’m caught in a weight bearing tunnel with no hope of escape.It’s 5’0 clock on a Sunday morning, a morning I was hoping to catch up on some sleep, and instead, I laid in bed unable to shut off the constant stream of worries floating in my mind. When am I going to crank out this Capstone paper? Why do I always feel sick? The house needs cleaned. I hate my job. Does Justin really still care about me? Where’s God? …I’m exhausted. Exhausted mentally, spiritually, emotionally and physically. I just want to lay in bed, sleep, and wish I’d wake up and everything would be peachy keen all over again. …I know He [God] doesn’t give up on me, but I want to be fixed now. I’m in over my head and drowning more every second”

I share that with you, again, so that those of you who feel you are alone can know that you are not. I’m not seeking pity or praise or ” awwwhhh, bless her heart”…I want others to know that what they’re going through is real and they can make it out of the “weight bearing tunnel” alive.

2. Healing the Gut

This is my number one, physical/scientific tip. Heal your gut. Your gut is a deep, underlying root to your mental state. 

There is this amazing concept called “The Gut Brain Axis“. Essentially that means that when your gut is out of whack, so is your “brain”. After realizing some of my worst anxiety moments came after consuming eggs, I started the rabbit hole of internet research. That is when I found the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol. I started my healing protocol a few weeks later.  I believe this healing had a major impact on my anxiety and depression. This is one of the reasons I’m so very passionate about nutrition and the capability it has to change lives. The profound difference healing my gut made in my life is also a reason that digestion is my specialty in my Nutritional Therapy practice.

It seemed the more bone broth I drank and the less sugar and food sensitivities I consumed, the better I became. I also learned how to identify whether a food was irritating my body based on my emotions and anxiety.


3. Anxiocalm

When the doctor wrote me a prescription for Xanax I had no idea what it was but I didn’t feel good about it. I filled the prescription and later learned about the side-effects of Xanax and that addiction was a possibility. I’d already been switching my personal care products and lifestyle to a more natural, holistic approach so I sought out an all-natural alternative to Xanax. That’s when Kim, my boss at HealthSmart Teays Valley, introduced me to Anxiocalm.

Please don’t be confused that Anxiocalm is a direct replacement for Xanax. Xanax can be incredibly beneficial for those that absolutely need it but I chose to make a personal decision to find something else.

Anxiocalm worked for me beautifully when I’d feel a panic attack coming on. I used it consistently for at least 6 months or so and each time it helped me through. I’ve also suggested it to many,many others who have seen success with it. Anxiocalm should not be used as a quick fix, it’s more like a crutch to help you through the overall healing process.

4. Yoga

wheel pose yoga

Yoga.  Sweet, sweet yoga.

It’s incredibly difficult to explain how yoga makes me feel. And I know its an age-old suggestion for depression and anxiety, but it’s so, so true.

There is no way I could articulate the way yoga has impacted my life, but as I continue to go through teacher training, I know God sent me to that first yoga class to help change me and aid in my healing.

Yoga, even if only practicing breath and asana, is a game changer. Do yourself a favor and find a class near you. I don’t think you’ll regret it.

5. My Faith

Praise the good Lord that He is always, always faithful.

Some will tell you to “Just give it to God” or  “You’re a Christian, you need to find your Joy in God”…but to a person with anxiety and depression, that only makes you feel worse. As a Christian it made me feel like I’d failed God, too.

My faith reminded me, even in the moments of loneliness and despair, that the mere mention of Jesus’ name was enough to remember that He would never leave me or forsake me. That, one day, this pain and suffering would be for my good and His glory.

That the struggle would be worth it. That this world was not my Home.

My faith gave me something to stand on and be grounded in. Even when, like in the excerpt of my journal entry above, I questioned where He was, I knew deep down that He’d always be there.

My faith in Jesus Christ as my Savior continues to be the reason I am able to conquer any struggle to this day. Especially when an acute day filled with anxiety and depression comes to rear its ugly head.

Praise be to God, that even on the nights when I’d gone back and forth in my head if this life was worth living another day, that I sit here able to share a story of strength, perseverance, and grace with you because I remembered that this life was one lived for Him, and not my own.

I hope this blog post resonates with you and gives you some tips on how to start the journey of overcoming anxiety and depression.

Always remember that you are not alone.

Reach out to someone around you, reach up in prayer, and/or reach for your journal.

Please know that you are an overcomer and there are Great, Great, glorious plans for your life.

Also, please remember that anxiety and depression are serious and that you may need professional help to aid your in your healing journey. Reach out to these professionals as they could be key to your recovery. There are also amazing programs like Celebrate Recovery that will aid you in finding the light at the top of the tunnel. The point is, you do not, and should not, have to battle alone.

If you find yourself in need of immediate help, please call 1-800-273-8255.

As always, I thank each of you for reading. This wasn’t the easiest blog to write, but wow, it feels good to share my struggle and hopefully instill hope and love into each of you.

You can do this. You got this. Go forth and conquer <3


In love and health,

holistic nutritionist hurricane wv


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Explaining Your Healthy Lifestyle to Those Who Don’t Understand

I could make this blog short and sweet and end it right here, one sentence, with this:


You don’t have to explain or defend your healthy choices to anyone, especially the critic.

First off, congratulations!

You’re doing something that millions upon millions of Americans aren’t strong enough or motivated enough to do….(yet).

You’re drinking bone broth, trying to prep your meals, cutting out sugar. You’re bringing your own meals to communal gatherings and tracking your water intake.

You’re doing your best to hit the gym and make your workouts count. You’re choosing to spend your money on organic produce instead of cable or the latest fashion trends.

You’re making decisions, many that are much different from the others around you.

Be proud of that.

Many don’t understand you and many never will, and that’s okay. Be proud because you are taking charge of your health. 

It’s easy to pick up fast food and it’s easy to skip the gym to watch your favorite show on Netflix, but it takes discipline to do what you’re doing.

Discipline determines destiny. *Not my quote, but wish it was!*

And you’re rewriting your destiny with each healthy decision you make. Again, congratulations.

There are going to be people who criticize you, make fun of you, and talk behind your back.

“They think they’re better than us”, they whisper.

“They are making this lifestyle change too dramatic, they’ll give up soon”, they say as you turn your back from the free cake someone brought into the office.

“They’re obsessed”, your family scoffs as you return to the gym for another evening working out or stop by the store for ingredients instead of hitting up a drive-thru.

They’ll have a 1,000 things to say about you to make themselves feel better and to put you down.

But don’t listen. Let it roll off your back. You’re doing this for you, your health, and the others in your life who depend on you.

Keep. Moving. Forward.

To the critic:

You may not understand right now, you may be laughing at me and us and angry at the words I’ve written, but know, you can do it, too.

You have the power and the strength to change your life as well. There are obstacles and excuses and we’ve all used them. But work through those obstacles, evaluate your priorities, and think about what you’d rather enjoy; sugar and conveince today or health for a multitude of years to come.

I belive in you, too, critic. I believe that you can better your health and live life that encompasses health, as defined by you.

Instead of critiquing, how about asking? Ask why the person changing their habits is doing what they’re doing. Ask why they gave up cable to spend the money on a gym membership. Ask why they decided to bring their own meal to the family or company dinner. Ask them how they made it and why it’s good for them.

I’ve written this blog from personal experience, practitioner experience, and personal training experience.

The pain from others remarks and jokes is one that isn’t easily forgotten.

There are many things that make us, those who choose health, different; one of the biggest being that we don’t give up.

We push forward, through the plateaus, through the unanswered questions, through the tears.

We are different and a difference that doesn’t need explaining or defending. We are who we are and that’s a beautiful, wonderful choice. To those who don’t understand, one day you will, and you’ll wonder why it took you so long to decide to put your health as a priority in your life.

I encourage you to think about taking that step today.

For more information on nutritional therapy, questions, or further discussion, please feel free to contact me at katie@naturallykatie.com or find me on Instagram and FaceBook.


Mountain Top Views

With the full moon approaching, you might be feeling

energetic, gutsy, or ready for a fresh start.

This combined with the essence of fall, ahhhh perfection.


Sometimes in life you need to take a leap of faith.

Sometimes in life you have to listen to your heart.

Sometimes in life you have to climb mountains with utter anticipation of the view.


Life, like the Earth, has seasons. Ecclesiastes 3 reads:

1There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

4a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

6a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.”


There is a time for everything.

Over the course of my life, I have been through an array of different times; all leading to the present.

There have been many

times of tears, times of wanting to give up, times of surrender, and times of hope.

There were times I also thought I’d never reach a mountain top. Never get to revel in the beauty and joy that is life.


Have you been there?

Do you understand the depths of the soul that yearn for more? Not just more monetarily or in regard to possessions, but more joy and peace and love?

Maybe our view isn’t yet of the mountain top, but of the hillside and the valley. Where do you go from there?



How do we get there?

So often we become caught up in the woes of life and fail to embrace the fighter within.

You are a fighter, or moreso, a climber.

Begin to see life as a journey, one that may not always be a flat plain, but one filled with steep hills, low valleys, and beautiful, scenic overlooks.


Replace Negative with Positivity:

It’s incredibly difficult to see the joy in life when we are wallowing in the sorrow.

The best way I’ve found to enjoy even the toughest seasons of life is by acknowledging the gray clouds while focusing on the silver lining.

The best way to break the habit of negativity is to acknowledge the thought and replace it. It’s easy to snowball one negative thought with another and another, but with all your might try, even though sometimes it is so, so hard, to replace it with something positive.


Keep Climbing:

Even when you think you have nothing left, reach down in the depths of your warrior heart, believe in yourself, and KEEP CLIMBING.

If you don’t climb, the mountain top will never come.

Don’t give up. Do whatever it takes to keep going. Remind yourself that nothing is permanent; no circumstance is permanent, no road block is permanent. You have the power of change. Take responsibility of your life and keep moving forward with it.

You got this! Whatever it is, you got it.


Have Faith:

Because I place my faith, hope, and joy in the return of Jesus Christ, I keep the faith that in the end, the things of this world will not matter.

My student loans won’t matter. My “success” won’t matter. My temporal home will not matter.

This reminds me that I can and will strive for all that I can do under the sun, having faith that all will become a mountain top view, even if it seems like I can’t get over the smallest log in the way of the path.

Have faith that your life has a purpose and it matters. Your circumstances have purpose and matter.

You will reach the mountain top, at some point and in some way.

With all your energy and courage and might, go for it.

Maybe you have a few backslides, or have to camp overnight (or for what seems like a few months) in a valley, but remain positive, keep climbing, and have faith.

I can’t wait for you to soak in the beauty and life that is in the season of the mountain top.

Love life, live it, and give it all you got.

What’s holding you back? Today is a great day to start.




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Have a beautiful day, friends.