HEALTHY LIVING HACKS FOR BUSY MOMS

HEALTHY LIVING HACKS FOR BUSY MOMS

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Being a mom is freaking hard! I love my daughter SO MUCH, but sometimes I miss my old life.

 

If I could send a message to the pre-mom version of myself, I would tell myself to enjoy the quiet moments.

 

Being a mom means we wear many hats! We run our family, our home, work (whether that’s in the home or not) and more. The stress is real and we often put our own health (and sanity) last.

 

In the long run, not taking care of yourself will have a huge negative impact on your health, your happiness and your family.

 

Creating healthy habits doesn’t have to be difficult, expensive or overwhelming. It’s important to make one change/improvement at a time.

 

To help you make some quick improvements, I’m sharing some of my favorite healthy living hacks.

 

Stop counting calories

 

Please! I’m seriously begging you. Counting calories is one of the worst things you can do for your health. This usually leads to eating chemical filled synthetic ‘franken-foods’ that are void of any nutrients just because they’re low calorie.

 

Always go for quality over quantity. Make it easy and just eat real food.

 

Eating real food will help you lose weight, have more energy, balance your hormones, sleep better, reduce inflammation….there is no end to the benefits of eating real food.

 

Create a meal plan

 

I know this can sound like something else that you need to add to your never ending ‘to-do list’.

 

The good news is it doesn’t have to take too much time to create a meal plan that will then last you for months.

 

‘How?’ you say. I created a blank six week calendar that I fill in with pre-planned meals. I then rotate through those six weeks a couple of times.

 

I have two of these plans, one for cold months (with soups and chilis) and the other for warm months (salads and grilling). You can get a copy of my blank six week meal plan here.

Remember to allow days for socializing, going out to dinner and leftovers.

 

If creating a meal plan still sounds overwhelming, this is the amazing meal planning service that I recommend to my clients.

 

Exercise

 

I heard that sigh. I know exercising may not be the funnest thing in the world, but it is a MUST if you want to be healthy.

 

There are seriously so many options out there now…gyms, YouTube videos, at home paid programs (DVDs, websites, etc), mom groups…the list goes on.

 

These programs include all types of exercise, from 10 minutes to an hour, any price range for any skill level.

 

Which means there is literally no excuse!

 

Healthy apps

 

Use your smart phone to your advantage with healthy apps. Some awesome healthy living apps are:

 

Healthy Living by EWG.org. This app rates food, skin care products, cleaning products and more based on their level of toxicity, breaks down each ingredient, lets you know if it’s a possible allergen or carcinogen (and everything in between), and recommends clean products.

 

Fooducate is an amazing app that helps you track your food intake, exercise, macros, sleep, hunger and more. You can scan packaged foods and Fooducate gives it a letter grade based on sugar content, artificial ingredients, GMO’s, etc. Fooducate will also make recommendations for a better product. You can personalize it with your info like age, health conditions, goals, etc.

 

Calm has been my favorite guided meditation website/app for years. If you want to meditate but have a hard time quieting your mind, Calm is for you. They have free programs as well as paid.

 

Thankful for – Gratitude Diary. This is a new app for me and I totally love it! I love practicing gratitude but need reminders because I’m a busy mom/entrepreneur. This app has hundreds of small gratitude statements like “I am thankful for friendships”, “I am thankful for oxygen”, and many more. You can also create reminders that the app will you on your phone. It’s so awesome to get a couple “I am thankful for…” reminders every day. Practicing gratitude is so much easier now!

 

Please don’t attempt to begin using all of these at the same time. That can lead to overwhelm really fast! Baby steps are best when making transformations. Start to use one of these suggestions, make it a set habit and then move on to another one.

 

Which of these 4 tips will you commit to implementing?

 

As we know better, we do better ~

Bri

 

Bri is a wife, mom, Registered Nurse and Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. After winning the battle with her own brain fog, Bri became passionate about guiding mom’s through the journey of busting their brain fog so that they can be the energetic, happy mama they crave to be. www.hippiedippiemom.com

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie (recipe)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie (recipe)

Eating healthier doesn’t mean we need to give up snacks and treats. In fact, I wholeheartedly encourage healthier substitutes because otherwise you’ll feel deprived—which is typically what diets do—and no one wants to feel left out or like they “can’t have” something. When this happens, our natural tendency is to rebel.

Therefore, I’ve come up with ways to still eat chocolate and satisfy cravings using better ingredients.

Today I’ll share with you one of my all-time favorite smoothie recipes and where you can get a healthy chocolate “milkshake” recipe that is AMAZING!  

So, who else loves the combination of peanut peanut and chocolate?  

When I gave up processed sugary chocolate, I searched high and low for a healthy chocolate substitute and discovered that cacao powder in a smoothie, along with other ingredients, would do the trick.

For clarification, the chocolate is CACAO powder, not COCOA powder.

To simplify the production of making a smoothie, I use a Magic Bullet. You can, however, use a blender, but the Magic Bullet helps keep it simple because you make a smoothie and can drink it from the same cup. Less clean up!

I found a great peanut butter option at Trader Joe’s that contains Flax & Chia seeds, so you get omega-3s too! But you can use Almond Butter or other types of natural peanut butter, which doesn’t include brands like Jiffy and Skippy, not even the ones labeled “natural”!

Here are the ingredients:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 1/2 cups of Coconut Water (can substitute Water, Coconut Milk or Almond Milk)
  • 2 tablespoons of Peanut Butter
  • 1 tablespoon of cacao powder

Use less Coconut Water and add a handful of ice cubes if you like a cold, icy-like drink!

Put all ingredients in a Magic Bullet cup or blender and blend on high for 45 seconds to a minute.

Drink and enjoy!

If you use regular peanut butter, you can also add chia seeds, flax seeds, camu powder, or a teaspoon of honey. Experiment with the tastes and textures to find exactly what precise combinations work for you. As with diets, not everyONE works for everyBODY.

Also, you can find some more smoothie and healthy recipes on my Fitness & Nutrition board on Pinterest. And for more healthy, nutritious filled chocolate recipes, get The Earth Diet recipe book!

Here’s a pic of the Chocolate Shake on page 87.

Stacey Crew is “The Kitchen Health Coach” based in Charleston, South Carolina. She is a Certified Wellness Coach & published Author, and owner of Stacey Crew Wellness. She helps individuals achieve their health goals through a 4-prong approach of understanding the individual’s wellness needs, educating on specific topics, empowering the individual to make informed decisions, and providing accountability—all in a supportive environment. Stacey is an Amazon best-selling author of The Organized Mom: Simplify Life for You & Baby One Step at a Time and author of the soon-to-be-released Nourish You! Transform You & Your Kitchen for Healthier Eating.
Connect with Stacey @staceycrew on Facebook and Twitter and @staceycrewwellness on Instagram

 

Three Simple Steps to Eating Healthier During the Holidays

Three Simple Steps to Eating Healthier During the Holidays

The holidays are a great time for relaxing with family & friends and attending parties, tree decorating, and annual outings.

All of these activities typically include lots of food and drink that we don’t normally consume, which can wreak havoc on our body! 

How to Reduce Sugar

Sugar is the number one offender! But staying away from sweets at this time of year isn’t easy. We usually consume more sugar than normal, which means our bodies become more acidic than usual.

Did you know that studies show sugar is actually more addictive than cocaine? That means the more we eat, the more we want.

I could make simple recommendations like, “just say no” or “track your weight,” but I actually don’t believe in that type of guidance at the holidays or in everyday life.

When I was addicted to sugar, walking away from cookies and cake was near impossible! Over the years, I’ve found that to reduce the sugar cravings and make the holidays easier to navigate, there’s one thing we can all do: Bulk up on the healthier options at the beginning of the day so the body doesn’t crave the “bad” stuff nearly as much.

This strategy is called “crowding out.” It’s a term I learned when I trained for my health coaching certification. It means that instead of focusing on what you “can’t have,” focus on adding more nutritious foods—which will naturally “crowd out” the non-nutritious options.

Tweetable Waive off cravings for non-nutritious options by bulking up on healthy options early in the day. @staceycrew #healthyholidays

Planning Ahead

Whichever type of party or holiday activity you attend, be sure to plan ahead in terms of what you eat, especially on the day of the party.

Begin by cutting back or eliminating the carbonated drinks and drink more water .

Tweetable Pre-game for holiday parties by eating healthy and drinking lots of water to stay hydrated. @staceycrew #healthyholidays

Pre-gaming with healthier options allows you to indulge guilt-free once you’re at the party.  Pre-gaming will also help you avoid the holiday food hangover and actually reduce temptations to overindulge.

Alcohol contains a lot of sugar. So drinking a cocktail is often-times the equivalent to eating a donut. Have one cocktail, glass of wine, or beer followed by a water to rehydrate.

Party Day Strategy

Here are your three strategies for allowing yourself to enjoy the holiday season:

  1. Pre-game with healthy options — On party day, skip the breakfast donuts, eat something hearty like a hard-boiled egg and some oatmeal instead. For lunch, eat a clean salad (add some meat or beans for protein) with an olive oil-based dressing (bottled ones contain a lot of sugar – read the label) and some healthy snacks in between. Go-to healthy snacks include an apple, carrots and hummus, and strawberries. If you’ll be heading to a party directly after work or in the early evening, consider stopping for a juice or a made-from-scratch-smoothie.
  2. Cut-back on carbonated drinks especially diet ones (yes!), are loaded with chemicals that create inflammation in the body and wreak havoc on our digestive tract. One 12-ounce can of diet coke contains 39 grams of sugar. The daily recommended maximum of added sugars per day for women is 25 grams and for men it’s 37.5 grams. So, one 12-ounce can (and most people are drinking 16-oz or 32-oz drinks) of diet coke and you’re already blown your daily sugar intake. Carbonated drinks are one of the main reasons people have trouble losing weight and can’t get rid of the spare tire.
  3. Increase your water intake Again, this is a go-to health booster. Most people are walking around dehydrated and don’t even know it. Better yet, start a warm lemon water routine each morning to lubricate your body’s internal systems. You’ll be amazed at the results by incorporating this one change into your morning routine.

So, choose one of the above and you’ll be way ahead of the game. Now go and enjoy the holiday season!

To get a jumpstart on the New Year, download my FREE 3-Day Jumpstart to eliminate sugar, gain more energy, and eat clean.

 

Stacey Crew is “The Kitchen Health Coach” based in Charleston, South Carolina. She is a Certified Wellness Coach & published Author, and owner of Stacey Crew Wellness. She helps individuals achieve their health goals through a 4-prong approach of understanding the individual’s wellness needs, educating on specific topics, empowering the individual to make informed decisions, and providing accountability—all in a supportive environment. Stacey is an Amazon best-selling author of The Organized Mom: Simplify Life for You & Baby One Step at a Time and author of the soon-to-be-released Nourish You! Transform You & Your Kitchen for Healthier Eating.

Connect with Stacey @staceycrew on Facebook and Twitter and @staceycrewwellness on Instagram.

 

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