100 Days of Healthy: Day 36

Just another super easy and fast recipe idea for you.

lettuce wraps

Lunch…
Bean and tomato lettuce wraps:

Ingredients–

  • 1 can of beans
  • 1 tomato
  • 3 lettuce leaves

Directions–

  • cook beans as directed
  • dice tomato
  • place beans and tomatoes on lettuce leaves
  • roll and eat!

You can also add a tbsp of homemade tomatillo dressing to these, which is delicious, but not as healthy. Here is the recipe I like for tomatillo dressing.

 

For those who haven’t seen my original post on #100DaysOfHealthy, I have a list containing 11 items, and I plan to start each item on a new week and report back the changes I see throughout that week. Once I start an item on the list, I will continue it until the 100 days is over. Hopefully each item will become a lifestyle change if I think it’s worthy.

#100DaysOfHealthy
1. Drink the correct amount of water daily 
2. Cut out sugar
3. Eat 5 servings of vegetables a day
4. Go to the chiropractor bi-weekly
5. Breastfeed
6. Take supplements
7. Oil pulling
8. Bye-bye caffeine
9. Eat only lean meats
10. Light exercise at least 20 minutes a day
11. Make and drink healthy smoothies/juices

100 Days of Healthy: Day 35

Here’s a great morning coffee alternative without the sugar and caffeine that comes with, well, real coffee.

It tastes very close to coffee, it’s filling and seems to trick my body into thinking I might’ve just had a coffee.

coffee

Drink…
Coffee:

Ingredients–

  • Teeccino Coffee comes in a “tea” bag, caffeine free and tastes fairly similar to coffee
  • 1 tbsp real butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut milk
  • a pinch of vanilla

I recently discovered a coffee shop called “Butter It Up” which is Paleo-ish friendly. NOT that I’m promoting the Paleo Diet, but this is definitely a healthy way to make coffee (gluten, sugar, caffeine free) and it doesn’t taste any different from the “unhealthy” way to make coffee, especially if you use actual coffee beans instead of Teeccino. The butter adds healthy fat, and combined with coconut milk and vanilla tastes like adding sugar and creamer to your coffee. SO worth it. Enjoy!

Update: This is a great article as to why putting butter in your coffee is on the up and up, and why it’s healthier as well: 5 Reasons Why Everyone is Suddenly Putting Butter In Their Coffee

For those who haven’t seen my original post on #100DaysOfHealthy, I have a list containing 11 items, and I plan to start each item on a new week and report back the changes I see throughout that week. Once I start an item on the list, I will continue it until the 100 days is over. Hopefully each item will become a lifestyle change if I think it’s worthy.

#100DaysOfHealthy
1. Drink the correct amount of water daily 
2. Cut out sugar
3. Eat 5 servings of vegetables a day
4. Go to the chiropractor bi-weekly
5. Breastfeed
6. Take supplements
7. Oil pulling
8. Bye-bye caffeine
9. Eat only lean meats
10. Light exercise at least 20 minutes a day
11. Make and drink healthy smoothies/juices

 

100 Days of Healthy: Day 34

#100DaysOfHealthy recipe ideas…

food

Just some delicious food to share for breakfast and dinner with no added-sugar, no carbs, no processed food AND easy to make.

For breakfast…
Zucchini, onion, tomato omelete: 

Ingredients–

  • half an zucchini
  • half a onion
  • half a tomato
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 3 eggs
  • salt, pepper

Directions–

  • finely chop zucchini and onion and place in pan with butter
  • while veggies are cooking, break eggs in bowl and season with salt and pepper
  • pour eggs in pan and let cook for 2 minutes
  • fold egg over to make omelette and let cook until you see fit
  • cube tomato and place on top

(makes enough for 1)

For dinner…
Chicken asparagus roll:

Ingredients–

  • one chicken breast
  • 12 pieces asparagus
  • cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • salt, pepper

Directions–

  • turn oven on 350
  • pound chicken breast until flat
  • season with salt, pepper and any other spices you’d like
  • cut into four pieces
  • rub cream cheese onto each piece of chicken
  • place 3 asparagus in the middle and roll the chicken up
  • place toothpick through the middle to hold in place
  • put in oven for 20 minutes, check temp to decide whether to continue cooking or not

(makes enough for 2)

 

For those who haven’t seen my original post on #100DaysOfHealthy, I have a list containing 11 items, and I plan to start each item on a new week and report back the changes I see throughout that week. Once I start an item on the list, I will continue it until the 100 days is over. Hopefully each item will become a lifestyle change if I think it’s worthy.

#100DaysOfHealthy
1. Drink the correct amount of water daily 
2. Cut out sugar
3. Eat 5 servings of vegetables a day
4. Go to the chiropractor bi-weekly
5. Breastfeed
6. Take supplements
7. Oil pulling
8. Bye-bye caffeine
9. Eat only lean meats
10. Light exercise at least 20 minutes a day
11. Make and drink healthy smoothies/juices

100 Days of Healthy: Day 32

This week (Day 28) began breastfeeding, which I’ve already been doing since Oliver was born, June 30. So, instead of talking about its effects, I figured I would do some things to help breast milk supply and offer some helpful articles on breastfeeding.

Here’s an amazing recipe for Lactation Cookies by The Humbled Homemaker! They contain ingredients that are supposed to be healthy for you and help with your milk production. The timing is perfect for me, because Oliver is going through a growth spurt right now. I’ll have to make some adjustments for the “Cut out sugar” element of #100DaysOfHealthy and will leave that recipe in an update.

More breastfeeding helpfulness to come throughout the week.

Oli

#100DaysOfHealthy
1. Drink the correct amount of water daily 
2. Cut out sugar
3. Eat 5 servings of vegetables a day
4. Go to the chiropractor bi-weekly
5. Breastfeed
6. Take supplements
7. Oil pulling
8. Bye-bye caffeine
9. Eat only lean meats
10. Light exercise at least 20 minutes a day
11. Make and drink healthy smoothies/juices

Motherhood, Somedays

“Somedays, the only thing I accomplish is taking care of my children, and that often means forgoing my duties as a cook, maid, dishwasher, friend, wife, chauffeur, playmate and individual.”

100 Days of Healthy: Day 21

Saying

For those who haven’t seen my original post on #100DaysOfHealthy, I have a list containing 11 items, and I plan to start each item on a new week and report back the changes I see throughout that week. Once I start an item on the list, I will continue it until the 100 days is over. Hopefully each item will become a lifestyle change if I think it’s worthy.

This past week I was to eat at least 5 servings of veggies a day. To be honest, I haven’t noticed much of a change, but then again, I was already eating my fair share of veggies since cutting out most sugars (added, starches and natural) a couple weeks ago. I also probably haven’t noticed much of a change because it seems like each day this week I’ve eaten something that I definitely shouldn’t have. Which has made me feel like I’m starting from square one again. It seems everything I detoxed out of my body is back, and I’m not really reaping any benefits anymore, and that’s extremely discouraging. On top of that, once I screw up, my thought for the rest of the day is basically “Well, I already messed up, might as well do what I want the rest of the day…”

That’s why my main focus for today is “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” Although it is discouraging, slipping back into bad habits has also made it obvious how much they were bogging me down in the first place. It’s really brought to light just how much the things I eat affect me. So, while discouraging, it can also be encouraging to know what I’m doing with #100DaysOfHealthy is truly making a difference in my health. I may have fallen down a few times this week, but it’s time to stand up again and keep moving forward.  Mind over body.

I can’t report back any positive results from this week, but I can report back that yes, eating even a couple processed or sugary items the majority of the days out of a week will make you feel like crap. So, if the majority of what you eat is processed foods, restaurant meals, added-sugar items and/or carbs, you probably feel like crap and are just used to it. Crazy and S.A.D. (Standard American Diet). I will however list off some of the ways slipping back into old habits (consuming sugar) has negatively affected me:

  1. I’m much more tired, not energetic or motivated
  2. I’ve started craving sweets and processed foods again
  3. When I get hot or sweat, my skin becomes red, blotchy and itchy (which had almost completely subsided when I cut out sugar but now is back with a vengeance)
  4. For lack of a better way to explain it, my body just overall kind of feels like crap (achy, anxious)

This week starts item #4 on the list: “Go to the chiropractor bi-weekly.” I may even change it to weekly, because my out-of-pocket is met so, I can, for free. And my first appointment during this #100DaysOfHealthy is today! It will also, hopefully, be a week of getting myself back on track with no sugar. Drinking the correct amount of water daily is still going strong, no wavering there.

#100DaysOfHealthy
1. Drink the correct amount of water daily 
2. Cut out sugar
3. Eat 5 servings of vegetables a day
4. Go to the chiropractor bi-weekly
5. Breastfeed
6. Take supplements
7. Oil pulling
8. Bye-bye caffeine
9. Eat only lean meats
10. Light exercise at least 20 minutes a day
11. Make and drink healthy smoothies/juices

What “Dragging the Kid(s) Along” Really Means

When people say “drag the kid(s) along” the picture that used to show up in my mind was simply of a mother with child’s hand in her hand, pulling them along through a store. GROCERYStore

It never occurred to me everything that was including in bringing your children with you wherever you go.

Now that I have a toddler, let me actually explain to you what the all-encompassing phrase really means and why we use it instead of saying what we really mean.

Actual meaning: (multiple by amount of children)

  • Dress child, possibly while they kick around, happy or ornery
  • Find child’s shoes, sit down on floor, hassle shoes on
  • Restock diaper bag with full bottles/sippy cups, diapers, wipes and a snack. Double check to make sure the toy(s), extra clothing items are still present
  • Find your own shoes
  • Haul everything out to vehicle
  • Pick child up and spend way too much time hassling with the straps in the car seat
  • Finally, drive to destination
  • Unstrap and pick up child out of car seat
  • Either carry them to or chase them around until there’s a cart in front of you or the stroller’s out
  • Once inside destination, do business as fast as possible (you’ve got an hour tops) before there’s whining and the toddler begins repeating “down, down, down, down…” or “eat, eat, eat, eat…”
  • Go back out to vehicle, pick child up and get them back into carseat
  • Unload items into trunk as fast as possible
  • Get back into vehicle and onto the next place or home
  • The child might now be agitated and grumpy the whole drive home
  • Get home, unload the little one (hopefully ready for a nap but probably not)
  • After getting them inside and playing, napping or eating, go back out to vehicle and unload items to put up

And that’s what we, mamas mean by “drag the kid(s) along.”

Why we use it: Because doing it is exhausting enough without explaining it too.