Get it together for your family…

Today I am going to talk about the importance of getting your ducks in a row for an, god-forbid, unseen circumstance so your family is taken care of. Yes, this may not have anything to do with health, or does it… Knowing that your family is going to be okay financially is huge peace of mind, so I feel like that IS part of a healthy beings lifestyle.
This all started a few years ago. We nailed down who would take our only child at the time if something were to happen to my husband and I. However, things have changed and we need to make sure this arrangement is still okay with the other couple. We have a will made out but we need to have it notorized to make it legally binding. First, we need to speak with our friends who will take on this responsibility if need be (man it’s one of the hardest things trying to pick a couple for this worst case scenario) and then we just need to get the paperwork signed.
A few months ago, I was invited to a class put on by my chiropractor refarding financial planning, specifically for women. I’ve always been a budgeter, especially since having kids and not working full-time anymore, it’s even more important to know exactly where my money is going and if we are over spending. My husband and I went in and talked with the lady who did the talk a few days after I heard her speak and I knew that I needed to get this lined up as well. I’m so glad that I did, because I felt very overwhelmed prior to, thinking that getting out of my debt I’ve racked up with my business and then not having consistent clients and then cutting my hours even more after our second child. After we talked with her though, I know that our financial goals are attainable as long as we keep on track. We have big goals in life and I want to see them through with no regrets. Life is here to be fun, not to worry or work all the time (unless work is your thing… then have at it!). With that being said, here are my goals for our future to remind me why I need to stay on track.

Goals for my families future:
-Buy land and own a small farm with livestock and a garden
-Travel to Europe with my husband someday, and maybe the kids
-Live in an RV for 6-12 months traveling the USA with my family in about 5 years
-Go on a tropical vacation with my husband for our 10 year anniversary (this is just a little over a year away!)
-Be able to retire in my mid 50s

These are some of my big goals. What are yours? Do you think they are doable? Do you feel like anything is stopping you?

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What I learned about myself on the Keto Diet

For two weeks, I embarked on the Keto journey (well okay… I mostly did except that popcorn night…)

Here are some things I learned:

  1. Recipes were pretty easy when I wanted to make substitutions
  2. I ate a lot more veggies
  3. I felt full faster
  4. I snacked less
  5. I definitely craved less sugar and processed foods during the diet

I am not the type of person that likes to completely cut all food groups out of my diet (unless I know that I have a significant reaction like I get with dairy and gluten). I think this makes me feel more anxious with feelings of depravity, however, when I started reintroducing gluten-free grains and sugars, I was craving foods I wouldn’t typically eat like sugar-laden gross dairy products and fast foods. Not sure why. It could be completely coincidental.

I do notice that I’ve cut back on grains more recently after I went a little crazy shortly after reintroducing them. I think there are great benefits of eating grains on occasion but I think these nutrients are attained at a greater amount when eating fresh produce with a healthy fat (increases absorption). I do think eating a very low sugar diet is beneficial for everyone and I will be following that as well. Yes, this includes eating less fruit! Fruit is awesome but as a society I feel like we do go a bit overboard on them. I do incorporate animal proteins again and I do like eating small amounts of these and lots of healthy fats.

So to recap, my diet will again look something like this:

  • Lots of vegetables
  • Lots of healthy fats (avocado, coconut, olive oil, lard on occasion)
  • Small amounts of meats from very clean, sustainable, humane farms
  • Small amount of fruit
  • Small amounts of gluten-free grains (I’m not ready to give up popcorn and sushi yet)
  • Sugar on occasion

What does your diet look like? How do you feel on it? Is there anything you would like to try or change about it?

Keto: Week 2

Last week, I decided to keep going with the keto diet and here is what it looked like…

Saturday, Day 8: Breakfast: Pancakes with almond butter, berries, and coconut yogurt on top with bacon, Lunch: popcorn (I cheated when we watched a movie), Dinner: zoodle pasta (I sautéed these in bacon grease and my daughter loved it! She hates zucchini) with avocado dressing and veggies.

My skin got a little itchy so I’m thinking it was from the popcorn.

Sunday, Day 9: Breakfast: Overnight “Oats” with coconut yogurt, sunflower seed butter, berries, and walnuts, Lunch: Stir-fry for lunch, Snack: almonds, Dinner: Pizza and salad.

I feel like I’m constantly hungry. Increased fatigue.

Monday, Day 10: Breakfast: Pancakes with coconut yogurt, sunflower seed butter, and walnuts. Lunch: Salad with mashed avocado, fermented veggies, and Dinner:  left over taco with slice of coconut bread and sun butter.

I feel really out of it and usually ready to sleep around 8pm at the latest.

Tuesday, Day 11: Overnight “Oats” with walnut, pumpkin seeds, and almonds. Lunch: Left over salmon with roasted veggies and a few almonds. Dinner: Turkey sandwich with sprouts, avocado, mustard, and greens.

When I’m in the dark I notice little twinkles in my vision! Low blood pressure? Getting adjusted tomorrow!

Wednesday, Day 12: Cinnamon roll in a mug and prosciutto, Lunch: salad with avocado and half a quesadilla, Snack: berry shake (recipe here, I didn’t put the cacao in it. Instead I threw some berries and greens and cinnamon in it), Dinner: roasted cauliflower, mushrooms, asparagus, and kale. (chopped these up and drizzled with melted coconut oil and some Himalayan salt and pepper to taste. Baked at 350 degrees until crispy. When they were almost done, I dusted them with nutritional yeast. YUM!!)

Finally got adjusted today and I definitely needed it! I had methylation testing done and I had a lot of pathways out which attributed me to feeling so weak and tired and increased hunger. As soon as my chiropractor started working on my cervicals, the twinkling in my vision went away! We took a nice family walk after dinner and it felt amazing!

Thursday, day 13: Breakfast: pancakes with coconut yogurt, walnuts, and berries and bacon. Lunch: leftover stir-fry, Dinner: Shrimp Fajitas.

I’m still feeling a bit weak.

Friday, Day 14: Breakfast: Cinnamon Roll in a mug, lunch: shrimp fajitas, Dinner: No-Bean Chili with beef stew meat. I am so used to eating chips and dairy free cheese with my chili so to sub these, I loaded up with nutritional yeast and used pork rinds to achieve that crunchy texture I get with tortilla chips.

By the end of week two I started feeling a little bit more energy. I think this had to do with my chiropractor getting me on the right supplement regimen and being adjusted. Take a look at what I learned about my Keto diet in my next post!

Week 1 on the Keto diet

Starting waist measurement 34 inches, weight 121

Saturday Day 1: Started the day out with two pieces of bacon and sautéed vegetables, fermented veggies and greens. We had a family picnic and I had some left over curried veggies and almonds. For dinner, I made a sandwich- I baked some yummy coconut bread –that had a bunch of sprouts, avocado, mustard, cucumber, and fermented veggies and I mashed up a bit of leftover avocado and dipped some homemade chips  in it. I had a few fat bombs that I made that day too.

I got a headache but I think it was from not drinking enough water (you need to drink a lot of water on this diet). I went kayaking the day before and definitely didn’t have my water handy enough! Plus, being out in the sun and the physical exertion doesn’t help.

Sunday, Day 2: Tired throughout the day and a little cranky. (Sorry my little ones for not being in a good mood). I was ready to go to bed at 6 but silly me decided to stay up and hang with the hubs. In bed by 8:30.

I made up some bacon for the family and ate the left over sautéed veggies from the day before and had a slice of coconut bread with some bacon grease and nutritional yeast on top. I added some fresh garden greens on the side. For lunch I had a big salad with another piece of coconut bread. My husband made up some taco meat and baked the taco shells I prepared earlier. These taco shells are amazing and so easy to make!

Monday, Day 3: I woke up very tired, weak, cranky, and out of it. I slept okay, like usual (I have a 9 month old who co-sleeps with me and still nurses on demand at night). Afternoon, I noticed my morning symptoms had diminished. Hopefully its uphill from here!

I had Overnight “Oats” for breakfast and a few almonds and pistachios, for lunch I ate leftover tacos and for dinner I had a big salad with coconut bread.

Tuesday, Day 4: Woke up feeling less tired today. I have much better mental clarity, however, my fuse has been really short… I hope this is something that goes away soon. My back has been in pain so I’m going to need to get a chiropractic adjustment!

Wednesday, Day 5: Woke up more energized and lasted most of the day. Mood is a bit better.

Breakfast: Toast with sun butter and coconut oil, Lunch: Chocolate Shake (soooooo delicious! tastes like fudgsicles) Sandwich with avocado, sprouts, mustard, and greens. Roasted chicken and veggies for dinner.

Thursday, Day 6: Lots of energy at night so I stayed up until 930/10pm and got some time to spend with my husband!

Breakfast: Overnight Oats with coconut yogurt and seeds, Lunch: roasted chicken and veggies, Dinner: Veggie Stir-fry

Friday, Day 7: Eggs and bacon and veggies for breakfast, sandwich and salad for lunch. Salmon and shrimp and grilled veggies.

I lost one pound, still feeling a little tired. I broke out with three little pimples (not bad, but I think it’s from detoxing from the sugar and high carb foods). I also felt some flank pain which I think is from detoxing as well. I started getting more energy and then I ate chocolate shakes for a few days because they were so yummy and I think this may have been too much for my adrenals. I decided to cut this out for now. Week one was a lot easier than I thought it would be! We will see how next week goes!

Let’s do some experimentin’

I’m an experimental type of person. I like trying new things, especially when it comes to my diet regimen if it claims to be beneficial and healthy. I am no Morgan Spurlock. I have no desire to go on a fast food diet for 30 days (or the like) because I can tell you how I would feel day 1. The last time I ate at MD was probably 7 years ago and I still remember how shitty I felt almost immediately after. However, when I research a little on a new diet trend and it speaks to me in some way, why not?

Recently, I was eating a mostly vegan diet (I ate some honey here and there and when I really felt a meat craving, I would listen to my body and eat the cleanest meat possible). I’ve always loved the idea of the vegan diet because we aren’t killing animals to satisfy our dietary needs. On the other hand, I believe that our intelligent body is always giving us signs that we need to listen to. I have started feeling more tired than normal and irritable and I feel like this is because of the high carb diet I was used to eating. I felt like I was constantly hungry all the time and craving sugar. Then, last week I watched a documentary called “The Magic Pill” which discussed the ketogenic diet and showcased three different people’s health transform after changing their diet. I figured I’d give it a try. There are a ton of recipes that are attainable through Pinterest or you may just google some. I like this website to look for resources to help through this transition. Unfortunately, there are a few things I don’t like about this site. It has some unhealthy recommendations like fast food eating guides and they also state that sucralose is fine… this is not fine! It’s a neurotoxin and has been shown to cause cancer, so I wouldn’t follow their plan on these recommendations.

  1. Here’s the bottom line: You want to eat a high fat diet with healthy fats (coconut oil, pasture raised and non-GMO animal fats, avocado oil, olive oil, ghee), lots of low carb vegetables- lots of greens (no grains, root vegetables- potatoes, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes/yams, etc.), some protein (not a lot) from pasture raised and fed non-GMO food, and low fruits (berries and lemons and limes are fine at small amounts because of their sugar content).

I’m planning on documenting my journey here every week for the next 2-3 weeks with how I’m feeling and also some foods and recipes that I’ve been using. My goal is to get rid of eczema that I have on my right middle finger, increase energy and mood, and help with my little mama pouch (honestly, I’m not too worried about the last one…just curious to see if it will help decrease this).

Here’s to the Keto diet!

Let me know if you found this post helpful? If so, let me know! I’d love to hear from you! See ya next week!

Resources on sucralose:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/262475.php
https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10937404.2013.842523
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2009/02/10/New-Study-of-Splenda-Reveals-Shocking-Information-About-Potential-Harmful-Effects.aspx

 

 

“That’s not okay” Set your boundary

During the last 5 months I’ve been healing more and more hurts from my past. It’s been incredible and although it hasn’t been the easiest road it’s worth it! One of the things I’ve been working on lately is setting boundaries. I’ve hated conflict ever since I can remember. I know there was a point in my life when I was able to speak out against any injustices I felt toward me or others, however, I feel like that was squashed at a young age when kids were supposed to be seen and not heard.

The course I’m taking with Dr. Shefali has been healing things left and right with me and it showed a few weeks ago. I was hanging out with family when we all decided to watch a movie, which is a rarity with my daughter. (we watch family movies on occasion) Well my 4 year old was being loud on the couch and I reminded her, gently, that if she wasn’t able to stay quiet, we wouldn’t be able to watch the movie since we need to be able to hear it. She continued to be loud, so I told her, “okay, well we can all play a game instead.” One of the adults at my house got upset (their inner child came out) and said, “That isn’t fair! Just because she’s being a brat shouldn’t mean none of us get to watch a movie.” I was not happy! I responded, “She’s not a brat! That’s not okay!” This continued for a bit and finally I said, “If you have a problem with how I parent, talk to me. Don’t call my children names, that’s not okay!” I started the movie and left the room and processed the whole scenario. Instead of running to my husband and talking to him about it, I sat with my feelings and processed them. I realized that these were the kinds of things that I heard personally when I grew up and I knew that had an effect on my personality. Telling a child that they are a brat or stupid or to be nice is not an uplifting and supportive thing to say to anyone. If you need help learning how to parent children who grow up confident and ultimately thrive I really urge you to check out The Parenting Junkie.

My daughter watched the whole thing go down so later I reminded her that she isn’t a brat and some people feel like it’s okay to talk to others in this way, when it’s not. I reminded my daughter that some people have very strong emotions and opinions and that doesn’t mean that anything they say is true. Instead, these people are really hurting inside and are unsure of how to process these feelings and do or say things that are hurtful. Deep down know that it doesn’t matter what others really think of you, it matters how you feel about yourself. I’m grateful when I have the opportunity to teach my kids about real world scenarios like this.

I’m not telling you this story to get arise out of anyone. My intention for this story is to inspire you to stick up for what you believe and stick up for others who don’t feel like they have a voice. I’ve been around this person and there are no hard feelings (that I know of) and now they know that this is a boundary that I have set. It’s a boundary I will continue to set and has inspired me to set more healthy boundaries for myself and others who need help.

Do you have boundary setting issues? If so, what are the hardest ones for you to set?

It may not make sense at this moment… embrace trust

Today I want to talk about gratitude. Sometimes I feel like I am not the greatest at showing my gratitude toward my loved ones. It’s something that I have been working on after my more recent realization. I’ve always thought of myself as grateful, however, after my husband asked what I wanted for mothers day I was irritated that I felt like he didn’t listen. Now I know he did more than I imagined.

When he asked what I wanted, I told him my usual response, “I don’t need anything. Just maybe a massage and some alone time.” Typicallhy he still buys me things that I really don’t need (I’m the practical kind of gift receiver and buyer).

Now, I’m sitting in my gift enjoying the alone time that I asked for and embracing the serenity and taking in nature listening to the gentle waves of the lake and jumping fish. The light breeze is making the sunny day even more incredible. My husband gave me the gift of escaping with a hobby I love to do! So, look into your life and see what you can be grateful for. Is there something that you have misinterpreted and able to embrace the message? This happens a lot more than we think. We get mad or irritated when something doesn’t “work out” when really, it’s what was really needed, even if it doesn’t make sense at this moment.

 

 

Schedule the flow

I have and probably always will be a planner. I love to plan trips, plan meals, and yet for some reason, planning out my day always seemed silly to me. I wanted to be able to live life in flow. I didn’t want to be tied down to time constraints. Then, I signed up for this AMAZING membership for parenting. (If you missed your chance to get in, that’s okay… the creator has sooooooooooo much KILLER content for free and she has other courses. She will also be opening up the membership in about six months so you can get on her email list so that you can be notified when it reopens.)

So in the membership, one of the modules is called Busy Slayer. I kind of avoided that one right off the bat, but then last week I decided to check it out. Some of the stuff I was already doing (meal planning) but she recommended making a weekly schedule. I decided to try it out and OMG I’m so glad that I did! No, I don’t follow it to the T, however, it’s an amazing baseline for things that I would like to accomplish through the week each day AND it’s been so helpful with my spirited daughter. I don’t know why I threw the spirited part in there. I really think no matter the kids temperament, every child would love this consistency. For example, every day I pick up my daughter from preschool we get home and we eat lunch. Then after, we have quiet time, then we play outside and go for a walk, then we come home and I let her watch one episode of educational TV (Wild Kratts is her favorite right now. We also like Dinosaur Train, Daniel Tiger, and Sid the Science Kid). While she is watching her show, I prepare dinner. Then we eat together and then do yoga and or play a family game together (after TV time it’s calming time to prepare for bedtime). Then we get her ready for bed, three books and lights out. She loves knowing what is coming up next. She even likes quiet time now!!! Our days run so much more smooth and has way more flow and fun and I’m so grateful for being open to trying out a weekly schedule.

Do you have a weekly schedule? If not, what is holding you back? Do you feel inspired to try one? Let me know! I’d love to help! Until next time… Take care of yourself because you deserve health, happiness, and abundance!!

Are you a happy parent? DON’T miss out!!

Hi there! I had to write about something that I’m really excited about! As you may have read throughout my blogging history, I have a wonderfully determined four year old. She is so confident and spunky and I adore her to pieces, however, it has been a tough road for me as a parent for her. I’ve done a lot of personal growth and still find myself struggling. I am so calm and peaceful and then my toddler continues to push and push and push and then I lose it! I make her feel sad and then I start feeling guilty and then I question the whole parenting thing all together and fantasize about running away and living off the grid in my eco friendly egg house.

Then, I sat through an exciting and transformational webinar and yes, it was free! The content was amazing and I was so nervous to listen to the end because I knew this was something I had to sign up for, yet, money is tight right now and I wasn’t sure I would be able to dive right in. Guess what!? It’s less than a dollar a day!! There was no hesitation- I signed up right then. If you want to transform your parenting, or your life to flow better, this is such an amazing way to give you the tools to be able to do it and price you can’t beat! I still can’t believe how low priced this is! Please, check it out! You won’t regret it! I am not getting any affiliate kickbacks, I don’t earn anything from this other than knowing that parents and kids are able to thrive and have excitement rather than walking on eggshells or dreading certain parts of your day!

The way Avital has this course set up is so easy and simple and there is SOOOO much content! I just signed up two days ago and it’s already been so helpful!! I’ve been able to organize and de-clutter my daughters room and throughout the house. I’ve been able to allow for more flow throughout our home and I’m so excited to learn more! If you’re interested in taking advantage of this incredible experience for you and your family, click here, for Present Play. It only opens 1 or 2 times a year so don’t miss out!

It’s okay to say goodbye

Continued from Accepting the As-Is

When I talked with my sweet friend, I asked her how she was doing and I wanted to know how the process was going, as it seemed like soon they would have one or more kiddos! My friend is so good about being completely authentic. There’s no bullshit with her. She calls it how it is and she was able to gain some clarity through my process, which I’m glad that we did go through that process in order to help my friend (everything happens for a reason- thank you Universe!!) One thing I could help her with was by helping her deal with the reactions from the people in her life. Unfortunately, even when we are super excited about a new venture in our lives and we hope that others will support us on a new journey, it doesn’t always happen. She was having a hard time with some negative feedback from people she is very close with regarding their adoption. I knew how she was feeling! I remember talking to another person who adopted and she went through the same thing! How disheartening it is that when you want to help someone (or people) that others bring you down?

I told her, I know it’s hard, however, try to see it as a blessing. If these people aren’t lifting you up in this time of need, then are they really worth it? Not only that, but the ones that do lift you up and are there for you, those might be ones that you want to keep around (not really trying to toot my own horn). Really it’s all about learning and growing from others. If you are constantly helping a friend in crisis mode, is this person really needing you or are they bringing you down? We have to make a decision in our lives who we choose to spend our time with and if this means cutting off a relationship that isn’t worth it, thank them for what you’ve learned from them and graciously bow out of it. There’s nothing wrong with you honoring yourself by picking who you want to be around. For me, I don’t want to be in the drama anymore. I don’t want to talk crap anymore. I don’t want to tip-toe around others because I might offend them. If I do, then either tell me so we can build our relationship or decide whether I’m a person you want in your life. We are all here on this earth because we have a purpose for being here. Being around negativity and low frequency people won’t allow us to live this purpose. It’s okay to be here every once in a while to learn a few things, but get out as soon as possible to allow your life to flourish!