Kick Start Your Eating

Kick Start Your Eating

How’s your summer going so far?  Hopefully by now you’ve done at least a few FUN things and gotten a few good workouts in.  Please keep that up!  Your family and your body will thank you. This week we are going to jump into healthy eating.  Summer is a great time of the year to switch up your diet.  Food tends to be fresher, we often don’t want to eat as much when it’s hot outside and we don’t have to contend with sports practices and homework every evening. For the next few days I want you to concentrate on breakfast.  It’s a super important meal, and one most people don’t take seriously enough.  When you eat in the morning, you are essentially “breaking the fast” from not eating throughout the night.  Breakfast will also set the tone for the rest of your day.  Eat sweets and a coffee and you’re just not going to crave that healthy salad for lunch.  Skip it completely and you’ll be so hungry by noon you’ll probably overeat. So you can see why what you eat first thing each day is critical.  Something I have all my clients do is drink a glass of water as soon as they wake up.  I drink mine while my coffee is brewing as part of my morning routine.  Next be sure to enjoy a breakfast that consists of a healthy fat and a light protein or whole grain.  Fruit and/or vegetables are an ideal compliment.  Some ideas: Avocado toast (1/2 an avocado on a piece of toast – sprinkle sea salt, pepper and a splash of...
Spring Cleansing – Food

Spring Cleansing – Food

With summer coming and school ending soon, it’s a great time to clean out the pantry.  I know I need to be ready for the kids to be home most of the day.  I need a pantry that helps me get quick lunches on the table, and makes it easy for them to grab snacks on their own.  In addition, with a daughter in 4-H I need to be stocked up on baking supplies so she can practice her project easily. After a crazy warm winter, the last few days in Indiana have been cold and rainy.  Without the desire to be outside every minute of the day, I was able to spare some free time getting my pantry cleaned and organized.  And it had become quite the mess after the busyness of the last few weeks! I started by taking everything out on one wall (which was a project), throwing out everything expired (not much luckily) and then reorganizing based on food category.  Ditto for the second wall.  Canned foods are now on one shelf, snacks on another, breakfast food is together, grains are together now and in glass or plastic containers, baking supplies, etc.  I found I have a crazy amount of cereal (we only eat cereal on vacation and I suspect that is from a trip to the store my husband and kids handled for me a while back), so some of that needs to be donated, and I’m a bit low on baking supplies.  I also don’t think I ever need to buy barbeque sauce again.  Good to know. Overall, my pantry isn’t full of a...
Eating to Reduce Stress

Eating to Reduce Stress

If you are a busy working mom, I bet you are often stressed.  If you have kids that are super busy in sports and school like mine are, I KNOW you have stressful days every week.  Am I right? As I mentioned in this week’s Facebook Live Monthly Introduction, in addition to sharing how I use the essential oil Lavender, I will be sharing all kinds of stress relief tips and tricks this month.  Lavender is our oil of the month and so stress relief is the perfect complimentary wellness topic to dive into. When life feels stressful, often the first thing many of reach for is sugar and coffee.  Although they may taste and feel good in the moment, in the long run they aren’t going to help you relieve stress at all,  in fact, they will probably make you feel worse.  Sugar and caffeine release “feel good” chemicals in your brain (serotonin, endorphins and dopamine for you scientific types).  Thanks to this, the positive feelings are real and you do feel better, but unfortunately, that happy high quickly turns to a drop in your moods and you feel tired and perhaps even worse. So what should you eat instead? Leafy greens.  Spinach is an easy source and contains magnesium which can help activate B vitamins – B vitamins give us energy.  Popeye knew what he was talking about! Red peppers.  These slightly sweet veggies can help curb sweet cravings while boosting our Vitamin C levels. Salmon.  Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3’s.  There is research that shows that cultures that eat foods with high levels of Omega-3’s have lower...
Goals 2017:  Health and Wellness

Goals 2017: Health and Wellness

Last week I shared my relationship goals – goals that included others.  This week I’ll be sharing my health and wellness goals – so the goals that really just include me!  I’d be willing to bet the vast majority of you have set health and wellness goals – probably more than once.  When I think of health and wellness I don’t think of just exercise and eating right – there are other aspects of personal wellness that I believe are just as important.  Hopefully a little insight into how I look at them will inspire you to think about your health and wellness goals in a different light. I think the most important aspect of a successful health and wellness goal is that it has to be exciting for you.  Say one of your goals is to get in better shape or to exercise consistently.  If you hate running, then by all means, don’t set yourself a goal of running a 5k.  It’s only going to piss you off every time you get on the treadmill – if you even continue to get on the treadmill!  Instead, think about what types of exercise would be fun for you and set a goal to do THAT consistently.  You are much more likely to succeed if you aren’t dreading the work involved in reaching a goal.  Healthy Living.  Why?  Losing weight or looking a certain way isn’t as important to me as feeling great.  Especially as I’ve struggled with not having the energy I desire in the past.  That means that being at my optimum health is super important to me –...
Thanksgiving Round-Up

Thanksgiving Round-Up

Happy Thanksgiving!  Hope you all have some fun and fulfilling plans for the next few days.  Today I thought I’d share a round-up of my favorite Thanksgiving posts and recipes. Everything Thanksgiving, all in one place! Recipes: Fresh Cranberries – I made these last night for the Thanksgiving I’m hosting Saturday.  Perfect to make ahead and check them off your list! Cranberry Mimosas – I’m totally adding these to my holiday gathering this year – YUM! Green Beans – so much better than the traditional green bean casserole Easy Cheese Plate – people love to snack on this while waiting for the turkey to finish cooking Traditions: Thanksgiving “Awards” – a fun family tradition my daughter created a few years ago – always a hit! Thanksgiving Leaves – this year I’m planning on adding this as a new tradition – simple and meaningful Burn off that dinner! – We’ve had kickball games, walks in the woods and other kinds of fun – I don’t know what it will be this year, but we’ll do something active after we eat. How will you spend your Thanksgiving holiday?  Are there any traditions that must be followed for your family? Ready to kick start a healthier and happier life?  Get your FREE copy of my 3-day Refresh HERE and see how easy it can be to change your...
My Thoughts on Aldi

My Thoughts on Aldi

I’ve shared in the past some great ways to save money on healthy food – and I still do most of those things weekly.  Lately I’d been hearing about how Aldi now has a line of organic food.  Of course I had to check it out. For those of you unfamiliar with Aldi, it is a grocery store chain (owned the same company who owns Trader Joe’s) that carries a small selection of products.  Most of the food Aldi sells is it’s own brand label.  Just like Trader Joe’s, if you want ketchup, you have one choice, not the twenty you’ll find in a typical grocery store.  At Aldi, you also bag your own groceries using your own bags – this helps keep the costs quite low. I’ve often run into Aldi to check out their produce or pick up some staple like dried beans that I know I can purchase inexpensively, but I’ve never done a full out shopping trip there. This week I decided to go in specifically to check out this new organic line.  I have to say, I was quite impressed!  Most categories (dry goods, snacks, dairy, frozen, even meat) carried at least a few organic items.  And at excellent prices!  Check out what I purchased (note the seeds weren’t organic, they were just a really good deal, and I used them for a big batch of trail mix!): A few examples of what I found: Organic Vegetable and Chicken Broth -$1.79 Organic Coconut Oil – $4.99 Organic Spices – $1.99 Gluten Free Bread – $3.99 Based on my experience, I will definitely be adding...

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