Well goooood morning, sunshine! I’m feeling amazing today because I actually slept in past 5:30am for once. Well, it was only until 6:30am, after staying up 2 hours later than usual to watch fireworks, but still! It feels so good to stay in bed a little longer after a full day off yesterday for the 4th of July! I didn’t work on the blog, I didn’t do much on social media, I didn’t look at emails. All I did was wake surf in Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins and seriously LOVED every minute of it. We never go to that lake because it’s about an hour and a half drive but it was so worth it. We are use to going to TINY lakes and this one is about 7 miles long, which is a big deal for us. I seriously can’t get enough of wake surfing. I had to stop at some point yesterday because I was simply running out of steam. It is so damn fun!! You can see a video of what wake surfing is here!

Yesterday was seriously so much fun. We were on the road by 6am, on the lake by 8am, surfed until 5pm and then went straight to the Rockies game by 8pm. The Rockies have THE BEST fireworks show in town and we were able to watch them from the amazing seats that our friend got through her work. The fireworks were seriously out of control cool, which is saying something since I don’t really care whatsoever about fireworks…or crowds…or being up late. But the whole time I just kept thinking about the dogs in the apartments near by and how bad they must be freaking out. I’m so lucky because our dog doesn’t even notice them, but I know so many people who have animals that absolutely lose it during fireworks shows. It’s so heartbreaking. Our dog just slept through all of it.

Yesterday on the blog, I talked about having anxiety about being on the lake. Luckily that anxiety passed pretty quickly as soon as I was wake surfing and having an absolute blast. I’ve really never considered myself to have much anxiety but as I get older, those feelings continue to amplify. When I got to the Rockies Game last night, the crowds made me feel so overwhelmed. I don’t like sports, I don’t like large groups of people, and I don’t like adults acting like children, which is what sports are all about. At the game, they tossed t-shirts into the crowd and the adults behind me hit me three times in the head trying to catch a free shirt. An ugly f*cking shirt, for that matter. And afterward the game, the streets are always filled with hundreds of super drunk, really messy people screaming and pushing each other. To me, I would rather not have that experience at all so I could bypass the anxiety. Problem is, my husband loves doing things and being social. So it’s definitely a balancing act. He was so damn happy that I went to the game with him, which made it worth it, but I can only do that so many times a year. Does anyone else out there feel anxiety with crowds? And if so, how do you deal with it?!

This post got so seriously. But for real, this skewers are WAY tastier than they look. They are seriously the best side dish!

PaleOMG Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Skewers

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Grilled Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus Skewers

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  • Yield: 3-4 1x




  1. Wash and dry asparagus. Wrap a piece of prosciutto around every piece of asparagus. Then push 4-5 asparagus spears onto 3-4 metal skewers (depending on how many pieces of asparagus).
  2. Place coconut aminos and balsamic vinegar in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Let come to a low boil and reduce down by half, until mixture is thick and coats the back of a spoon.
  3. Heat up a grill or grill pan and use a basting brush to brush olive oil on both sides of the prosciutto wrapped asparagus. Place skewers on hot grill and cook on both sides 5 minutes, until asparagus is slightly charred and soft.
  4. Drizzle reduced coconut aminos mixture over asparagus skewers then sprinkle with sliced almonds.

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  1. Beth says:

    Hi Juli, so I’m just catching up on your podcasts, and I have to echo your thoughts about acupuncture. I recently did acupuncture for the first time and I have never been so anxious in my life. Holy hell. I felt like I was crawling out of my skin and was just laying there hoping it was over soon. My husband thought I was an absolute freakshow, so at least I can tell him I’m not the only one!

    1. juli says:

      i hate is so damn much. especially the dry needling. but it really does work and help!

  2. Brittany says:

    My whole life, I’ve LOVED going to sporting events and being in the crowds. Until recently. My anxiety leading up to Red Rocks concerts and baseball games (and even when I ran Colfax) has been off the CHARTS the last year or so and I have no idea why. I freak out about parking and how everything is going to work and then once I actually get there, I freak out because I’m surrounded by so many people. We went to the Rockies game on Monday for the fireworks and unintentionally got there really early, and it actually eased my anxiety unexpectedly. We were able to grab drinks without waiting in massive lines and enjoy our food without elbows in our faces. Once it got crowded and there was a really sloppy kid sitting next to me, it didn’t set off my anxiety because the night had started off so low key. I’m still working on managing it myself, but I do think being in the space before it gets overrun with idiots is a good start!

    1. juli says:

      i’m the same way! my husband doesn’t think about that stuff at all and i consider all the moving parts. the parking or uber rides stress me out the most (especially since it cost us $55 to go 7 miles back home – such bullshit). i’m usually good at most games but that one had SO many people, you could barely walk through the crowds near the food and drink at one point. and the bathroom lines – UGH. it’s definitely a continuous work on.

  3. Ash says:

    I’ve always wondered why ppl lose their sh*t over crappy free t-shirts that are 99.9% of the time hideous, made from the worst fabric and probably sewn by a child in the worst labor conditions. But, yeah, act a fool and plow over as many ppl as possible for that tee… you’ll look gross in it. Karma.

    1. juli says:

      FOR REAL!! you paid for the game, you obviously don’t NEED a sh*tty free t-shirt.

  4. Patti says:

    I also have noticed my anxiety level increase over the past few years. I’m 32 (even if I act like I’m still 12… ha) and feel increasingly anxious in crowds and traveling. I’ll be at events that I have been SUPER excited for and end up feeling claustrophobic and weirdly nauseous which makes me totally not enjoy the event. I hate feeling that way, BUT I still force myself into situations that make me feel anxious because I am a person that does NOT like to feel limited.

    Chewing on some gum helps me about 90% of the time. I think it distracts my brain just enough during those times of heightened anxiety. I will also use Sun Breeze essential oil on the back of my neck, right under my ears, and sometimes on my temples. That stuff is amaze-balls and SO calming. A little bit goes a freaking long way. As a teacher, I keep some in my purse for when I’m at work. A teeny tiny little bottle will usually last me more than a school year. It’s also good for tension/stress headaches.

    1. juli says:

      ooooh good tip, i’ll have to check that out!

  5. Kelly says:

    Ditto what Brittany said about getting places early. That is seriously the only way I can deal. Parking especially makes me anxious. And getting someplace late. And doing something stupid like going in the wrong door/line/entry area. If I can get there early enough to head off the main rush into a place, I’m way less stressed. Strange but true.

    1. juli says:

      parking and getting an uber after a game then sitting in traffic afterwards makes me so damn stressed!

  6. Brittany A. says:

    I feel like the older i get the more anxious I get about random things. It sucks because my boyfriend is just like yours-loves social gatherings, drinks, and fun. Never stresses. It makes me feel like something is wrong with me sometimes. Last night, I could tell he was slightly annoyed with me about freaking out about fireworks the family was setting off in the front yard for the fourth. I felt like i was the only one who was stressing. Sorry, i like having ten fingers. No, i don’t want to sit on the curb while you guys blow sh** up. Ugh, maybe I’m just a debbie downer these days-at the age of 29. Sad day.

    1. juli says:

      i’m totally the same way!

  7. Lisa says:

    Juli-I have a little story to tell. I live in an area where deer hunting is huge, school is closed every year. My husband is one of THOSE people. So one year I decide I will hunt. I tell my husband and he practically jumps out of his skin in excitement. Within the week, he had bought me a rifle and all the gear. So I go out with a book, snacks and freeze my ass off and am bored out of my mind. On a side note, my dad has been going for years with my husband. This year, my dad shot his one and only buck. So I was there for that , but the rest was bs. It was stupid waste of time. All I could think of is what I could be cooking and doing in a warm house. My husband was like oh this isn’t your thing…next year you should skip. Yep I did and have the rest of the years. There is this fine line of making our spouses happy and doing it at a cost of our own happiness. Now I am much older than you, so listen to me girlie. As we age, we have less estrogen and more testosterone so we don’t mess around with crap that gives us stress. We are so over it! You don’t like sports…so what ? That will be Brian’s thing, it’s not like you don’t have other things in common with your man. BTW-football season is right around the corner, go to the lake every Sunday until then. Enjoy the fun stuff you like doing with Brian! Screw guilt my friend!

    1. juli says:

      ughhhhhh i already feel the anger from football season growing lol

  8. jessie says:

    Yep, the crowded event anxiety is real! The older I get, the more I value my increasingly rare downtime, and large events like that are stressful instead of relaxing and fun, especially since I’m not into sports anyways. So I don’t feel bad sending my husband off to go to Chiefs games, etc. without me while I stay home to chill with a good book or go to a yoga class. Sounds lame, but it’s divine for me! We’ve only got so much time, so we should choose wisely!

    1. juli says:

      i’m the same was when football season starts, i get to do so much by myself and it’s magical lol

  9. Neill says:

    Thanks for the recipe Juli! I’ll give this a try next time I go to the store. Quick question, have you tried this recipe after blanching the asparagus? My girlfriend and I have been blanching just about any vegetable we can get our hands on, and it’s amazing (especially while meal prepping and especially with asparagus!!) Not sure if it would work with this recipe, so I thought I’d ask:). Regardless, we’ll give this one a try. Thank you!

    1. juli says:

      not for this recipe but i’m sure it would be great!

  10. Jen O'Neill says:

    These look amazing! I always have trouble getting the prosciutto to stay wrapped around the asparagus though! I wonder if I just need a bit thicker of pieces. The brand I typically pick up seems to be a little on the thin side.