If there was ONE thing we could all do to make our lives healthier, more sane, and create less work, it would be meal planning! Getting back in the kitchen is key… especially in these times of COVID-19, where health truly matters!!
Meal planning and prepping is an important part of creating healthy meals, saving money, and minimizing food waste… but it can also be overwhelming. Trust me, I get it!
However, spending a little extra time to plan and prep meals can actually help you feel less overwhelmed throughout your entire week. Let’s explore some of the benefits to meal planning…
Some benefits to meal planning are:
All of these benefits are AMAZING! Many of us were never taught to meal plan or even how to cook our own meals! This is why I...
Does cooking help anyone else relieve stress? For me, being in my kitchen, creating nourishing foods, listening to soft jazz or meditative music helps me get into the flow and out of my head.
Last night I was decompressing from day 2 at home in isolation with 2 wild and extremely independent boys.
I started craving cabbage (weird, I know) and decided to make a huge batch of my cabbage slaw. Did you know, stress can deplete nutrients in the body.
It’s simple and so yummy served with any clean meat like wild-caught salmon or chicken… sometimes I’ll make breaded cod fried in beef tallow or ghee (recipe coming soon) and serve it up with this slaw… my mouth is watering. It’s also a great dish to bring to a BBQ, when we can attend those again
Cabbage is so good for us! It’s packed with so many nutrients, fiber, and is so good for your digestive tract! This salad is full of antioxidants, healthy fats, and tons of nutrients!
If you need a simple and...
Digestion is EVERYTHING! If we can’t break down foods into the very building blocks that help us regenerate and rebuild, how can we absorb what we need to live?
With an estimated 74% of Americans living with digestive symptoms like diarrhea, gas, bloating, acid reflux, and abdominal pain, it’s become normal to live in digestive discomfort. (Source) This is SO sad and completely unnecessary. This is primarily due to a high consumption of processed foods and high levels of stress.
Breaking down, assimilating, and utilizing nutrients is a vital process that keeps us alive! If our digestion is working perfectly, we are healthy! If our digestion is slow, or troubled, we may suffer from countless symptoms or chronic illnesses.
In this post I offer you a deeper understanding of how digestion works. This is KEY to grasp so that you can advocate for your gut health!
Check out this diagram of the digestive process:
“Silence isn’t empty, it’s full of answers.” – unknown
The world glorifies busyness.
For a long time, I did too.
I based my worth on how busy and productive I was. it wasn’t until motherhood that I realized that the manifestations of this false belief was extremely toxic.
The mind can be addictive. It’s always looking to keep us safe and thrives on fear-based information. It can keep us in negative thought loops, which unconsciously creates a life that is not in alignment with what we truly want.
For so long I “was going to meditate when _” happened. I put it off, as sitting still seemed boring and almost a waste of time. I eventually had no choice to face the endless thoughts that dictated my life as I had to get control of me! I was literally out of control and my health was spiraling downward. The stress of motherhood was making me physically sick.
It took a few weeks until I found space between my thoughts and...
When I started out on my clean living journey, I realized that:
This post is all about number 4. Simple switches to slowly guide you to a healthier way of nourishing your body. It’s all about taking baby steps and discovering a new way of sourcing the very food that becomes you!
Every cell in our body requires fat. If we are eating low quality and rancid oils, how do you think our cells feel? Our brain NEEDS healthy fats to function!!
Unhealthy Fats (All processed vegetable oils...
Mothers know the impact that lack of sleep can have in our lives. Feeling fatigued, confused, and irritable, we know how imperative it is to get a good night’s sleep.
However, with our overly stimulated and technology focused lives, our sleep suffers. Stress steps in and wreaks havoc on our body, relationships, and sleep habits.
Sleep allows our body to heal, fight illness, strengthens the immune system, repairs damaged tissues, detoxifies, balances hormones and maintains cognitive health. IT IS VITAL TO OUR WELL-BEING!!!!
1 in 5 people are estimated to have some type of chronic sleep disorder. Sleep deprivation also leads to weight gain by negatively affecting the hormones that tell us when we are hungry (Ghrelin) and the one that tells us we are full (Leptin).
In a recent study, it was shown that a single night of sleep deprivation leads to an unintentional ingestion of an extra 400 – 500 calories the following day!! AND those additional calories were almost always...
Nature deficit disorder.
This term was coined by Richard Louv, and although not a formal diagnosis, it’s a way to describe the mental, physical, and emotional costs of human alienation from nature.
As humans are spending less and less time outdoors, I truly believe this disconnection from Mother Nature is the cause of countless illnesses.
It is estimated that kids between the ages of 8 and 18 spend more than 7 hours a day looking at screens where American adults spend 11 hours tied to media!!! We work long days, under fake light, and hunched over at a desk! No wonder humans are getting sicker and sicker year after year.
I recently went 5 days without being immersed in nature…. I can’t begin to describe how much I felt this lack of soul-nourishment.
WE ARE NATURE, thus we need to get back to our connection to the earth to help reduce stress, blood pressure, tension, and increase joy!
Here are some simple ways to bring nature back to your life!
Eating seasonally simply means choosing only those fruits and vegetables that are in season, typically grown locally. Of course, this depends on where you reside and the climate you live in.
The best way to eat seasonally is to source the bulk of your food from your local farms and farmers markets. Maybe this isn’t practical depending on where you live so sourcing from your local grocer may be the only option. If this is the case then reference the following chart to have a better idea of what is in season!
Benefits of eating seasonally are:
This is proof that eating clean and nourishing food is HEAVENLY!!! Smoothies just make me happy. They are super easy to throw together, can be super nutrient-dense, and can replace a meal.
In my detox program we consume one nutrient-dense smoothie every day. What I love is that many of my clients that do the program, continue making smoothies!
This is by far one of my favorite recipes. It’s full of healthy fats, protein, fiber, and greens… everything that makes a smoothie satiating, full of nutrients, and SO yummy!
Let’s do this…
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