What’s In Your Way?
If you have tried to change your lifestyle in the past, you know there are many internal and external influences creating a barrier between you and your goal. No matter your health goal, it’s a journey – a journey you recommit to each day. . Identifying common barriers and creating strategies around them will help you in this day-to-day ride.
What’s In Your Way?
You spend your entire day managing other things and people. Sometimes it just feels good to have someone tell you exactly what to do for a change. Here is a meal plan that will do just that. Designed by Stephanie, our Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist this plan is balanced and provides an average of 1900 calories. If you need fewer calories, either decrease the portion sizes of a meal or eliminate on of the snacks. If you need more calories, add a snack or side dish in the form of a fruit or veggie. Click below to download your meal plan.
I am a big fan of aesthetics. I believe things should not only taste delicious but look delicious. Which is why I'm surprised I threw this one together. This meal does not look delicious. I think maybe I could pull it off as rustic (maybe) or authentic (IDK), but it is not going on the cover of Bon Appetit magazine. Which I'm cool with because when you taste it you will get past how it looks.
This dinner came out of desperation. We were out of groceries and all we had was some chicken (for the husband), a can of black beans and some frozen corn and sweet potatoes. I wish I could pretend this was some genius idea I dreamed of but it wasn't. It was desperation people. But shockingly it turned out fabulous. Everyone loved it, seriously.
What you will need:
Chop sweet potatoes into bite size sections and bake on 375 for about 20 minutes. Throw them in a pan with a can of black beans and let simmer. Add garlic, salt and pepper to taste. Serve in warm tortillas and add any toppings that you want (or if you don't have any they taste great alone...I promise). If you did have it, I would suggest adding avocado, shredded cheese, lettuce and salsa! We served ours with some yummy corn on the cob and fruit.
Since the holidays have been over my house has been bombarded with new toys! We are grateful (and yes this is definitely a first world problem) for the many gifts from lots of loved ones. However the clutter had to go. I am a highly organized person and it drives me nuts to have stuff everywhere. Plus we live in a very open 2 bedroom loft- things can get out of place easily and make the whole house feel tiny. So here are my five go to ways to de-clutter my house.
I am officially 30 weeks along. It is very exciting stuff and I am so happy to say we have had a very healthy and for the most part easy go around. When people ask me if I am ready to be done my immediate answer is “NO- I want this baby to bake for much, much longer.” Besides the fact that we have no clue what we are naming him (seriously, no clue), I am not even going to say the words done with this one until I’m at least 37 weeks. Our first go around our daughter decided to literally pop out 6 weeks early. Everything turned out just fine (seriously, I felt nothing. I didn’t know I was in labor, literally the doctor had to tell me when to push…it was fabulous) but our baby girl spent 12 long days in the NICU and I have no intentions of having any repeat offenders in there.
The great thing about this recipe is that it is inexpensive, quick and healthy. As a bonus, you can make it in advance and freeze the leftovers.
When pregnant you take on the daunting task of eating for two. While this may spark something in the brain that says "Woohoo! I'm going to eat for myself and an NFL linebacker!" you will be very sad when you have that baby and now have to lose the weight.
Nevertheless, when you are eating for two there are some foods that are a must. Next time you go shopping make sure these foods make it in your cart:
One thing I have struggled to balance with my 3 year old lies within the world of snacking, If allowed, he would snack throughout the day - and to be honest, I am a grazer myself. However, for a while I found myself frustrated because these snacks would turn into a lesson in hard-core negotiation!
There are really two ways to go about snacking. One is to allow kids free reign over their own snacking. The second is to only offer kids one snack and if they don't like it... tough luck. Well, the method I settled on is somewhere in between the two.
I come from the belief it is the parent's responsibility to provide healthy foods, while it is the child's choice to eat those foods. So here's how I integrate this philosophy into our real life...
INTRODUCING..... THE SNACK BIN!
We love Mexican in our house- who doesn't? Seriously I want to know who doesn't love Mexican food. No one that's who. Spending the first few years of my life in CA some of my favorite dishes are Mexican. I fondly recall my Mom making enchiladas, chili rellenos, empanadas, tacos and burritos. I love spending hours making warm tortillas or enchilada sauce but sometimes I don't have time for all that. This is an easy and delicious option that can be done in under 20 minutes that will fill the whole family up.
We have traveled with our daughter about a half dozen times. I have done a few trips with and without my husband and every one is a new and exciting (or terrifying idk) experience. Let's face it- toddlers are not meant to be confined to a small space for a long time. She has done surprisingly well on almost every trip but I'm still having nightmares from my last trip alone with her. So it is good to be prepared for anything!
Here are some lessons we have learned along the way: