You ever have one of those moments where you're maybe not feeling so great and then you realize something awesome? For example, you're all snugly in bed and you do NOT wanna get up for work/school/life in general and then you realize it's Sunday (and it's raining!). Yeah, that just happened to me except it's 11 pm and
I'm stressing out about life should be asleep but I just remembered tomorrow is Friday the 13th! Ok before you start thinking I'm a total weirdo (which I am, btw) let me explain...
I was born on (February) Friday the 13th so my family and I consider it to be a very special/lucky day! I love that it only happens a few times a year and I love any excuse to celebrate an otherwise overwhelming, crazy ass busy, why the F do I have 3 jobs ohemgeeanxietyyyyy normal day.
I guess my point is this: find something to celebrate/get excited about each and every day because life's too short to get caught up in all the "real life" details all the time. Mental health peeps. Get your Feel Good on.
Some more things that are making me😁:
•Ballet classes started back up this week.
•Roar by Katy Perry. Sorry I'm not sorry.
•I met quite possibly the coolest 2nd grader ever today.
•W and I have a wedding on Saturday and I (think I) already know what I'm wearing. Regardless, it'll be fun. He's the guy every girl wishes was her date (or at least the guy I'd wish was my date if he wasn't). He dances, he's well dressed, and he's always a good sport about taking pics.
•A lil cucumber, lemon, and mint cocktail I came up with this evening. Recipe to come. (Hint: add vodka🍸)
•This guy :
who decided to hang with me during my run this morning.
•I did TWO couch25K workouts this morning (because I got lost during the first and ended up a half hour away from my car...seriously you guys, I'm so spacey sometimes it's scary).
•I take my Comp Exam (it's my schools version of a thesis) for my Masters degree in November. I can see the light at the end of the (very daunting) tunnel!
•Only 102 days til Christmas 🎅😜
Alright, it's officially Friday the 13th now and I officially need some zzz's! I hope you all have a fantastic Friday! What's something that's making you super happy today? Leave it in the comments below!
Raising Healthy Eaters from Preschool to High School
- Serve regular, balanced meals and snacks with a variety of nutrient-rich foods
- Involve them in their nutrition, take them to the store or plant a garden together. Let them help cook.
- Provide calm, pleasant meal times where adults and children can talk together
- Allow children to use their internal signals to decide how much and what to eat
- Explore a variety of flavors and foods from different cultures and cuisines
- Share an appreciation for healthful food, lovingly prepared and shared with others
- Find credible food and nutrition resources when you don’t know the answer.
Make Fitness Part of Your Child’s Day
- If your children can walk or bike to and from school, they will get all the physical and mental benefits of being active, while you save on gas fill-ups.
- Walk or bike with your kids when you can; organize a neighborhood walking- or bike-pool for days when you are not able to go with them.
Talking to Kids about Weight
- Don’t Talk, Do Something: In general, if your child is elementary age or younger and you’re concerned about his or her weight, don’t talk about it; just start making lifestyle changes as a family. The best thing you can do is make it easy for kids to eat smart and move often. Serve regular, balanced family meals and snacks. Turn off televisions, video games and computers. Look for ways to spend fun, active time together.
- Don’t Play the Blame Game: Never yell, scream, bribe, threaten or punish children about weight, food or physical activity. If you turn these issues into parent-child battlegrounds, the results can be disastrous. Shame, blame and anger are setups for failure. The worse children feel about their weight, the more likely they are to overeat or develop an eating disorder.
- A United Front: As with any other important issue, make sure both parents and other important relatives are on the same page. Mixed messages about weight can have unhealthy consequences.
- Talk with Your Health-Care Provider: If a health professional mentions a concern about your child’s weight, speak with him or her privately. Discuss specific concerns about your child’s growth pattern. Ask for ideas on making positive changes in your family eating habits and activity levels.
- Seek Advice: For kids and teens, check out local programs and professionals who specialize in youth. Look for a registered dietitian with a specialty in pediatric weight management. Many hospitals and clinics have comprehensive programs with education and activities for both kids and adult family members. Some of these options may be covered by your health insurance plan.
- Focus On the Big Picture: The key is health, not weight. If your family starts eating better and moving more, your children may “grow into” their weight as their height increases. Compliment your children on lifestyle behaviors (“Great snack choice,” or “You really run fast”) rather than on the loss of a pound or two.
- Be Active by Playing Together. For a healthy weight, kids and adults need 30 to 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Play with your kids every day. It’s fun for them and fun for you too.
- Make Family Mealtimes a Special Time Together. Eating more meals together can make a big difference in your family’s health, happiness and finances. Dinners made at home are cheaper than eating out and easier to prepare than you might think.
- Enjoy Fruits and Vegetables Together. Serve a rainbow of produce every day. Serve juicy, crunchy, delicious fruits and vegetables at every meal and snack. Fresh, frozen, dried, canned and 100 percent juice…all types of produce contribute to good health.
- Drink Milk with Meals and Water with Snacks. Low-fat dairy products can help kids maintain a healthy weight, build strong bodies and lower blood pressure. Water is always a refreshing and calorie-free choice too.
- Take Televisions and Video Games Out of Bedrooms. Kids who get enough sleep are more likely to maintain a healthy weight. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no television in children’s rooms to reduce screen time and promote healthy sleep habits.
Active Alternatives to TV
- Get off the phone. Walk and talk with friends in person.
- Turn off the TV. Play tennis, go in-line skating, hiking or dancing.
- Turn off the computer. Sign up for a community summer sports team.
- Volunteer for community service—for example at a community garden, home-building project, community clean-up or summer camp.
- Baby-sit and take the kids to a park or on a bike ride.
**Being active now helps reduces kids risk of chronic health problems later in life. Encourage your children to engage in at least 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.
Hi guys! I woke up early this morning, got a soy latte from Starbucks and now I’m spending the day doing laundry, experimenting in the kitchen, and getting ready for the week ahead. Here’s an awesome infographic for healthy recipe substitutions from Greatist in case you feel like playing in the kitchen today as well!
A lot of people think smoothies and juices are healthy and while some of them can be a lot of the time they’re just sugary drinks in a misleading package. For example
It’s so important to educate yourself on what is actually in the foods you eat! Ignorance might be bliss but it could also hurt your health!
So after a crazy busy week of coming home from Texas Tuesday, starting a new job Wednesday, and giving a nerve-wracking presentation yesterday there was no way I wanted to grocery shop or spend 4 hours in the kitchen making dinner. I just wanted something warm, delicious, and nutritious. Enter this lil recipe I made up on my way to the BFs house:
4 boneless, skinless chicken tenders
Skim milk (enough to cover chicken)
1 Tbl lemon juice
1 cup whole ground flaxseed meal
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Whatever seasonings you like/have I used some black pepper, red pepper, onion and parsley.
1. Preheat oven to 375
2. Combine milk and lemon juice, let sit a few minutes (this makes a quick “buttermilk”)
3. Add chicken to milk and let it hang out covered in the fridge while you get everything else together
4. Crack egg into a bowl and whisk
5. Grab a big ziplock bag and throw your flaxseed meal, seasonings and cheese into it
6. Drain chicken and dip into egg. Let all the excess egg drip off before tossing chicken into bag. Repeat until all chicken is coated
7. Bake chicken for 15 minutes, flip each piece halfway through so you get a nice crunchy crust.
Note: I’m using the baking time from another recipe because I didn’t keep track last night. Please make sure your chicken reaches an internal temp of at least 165.
I served these on a bed of baby kale with some roasted cauliflower and a honey Dijon sauce (I just mixed some Dijon mustard with a little local honey) it was deeeelicious! Give em a try the next time you want a healthy, tasty, quick meal.
Hi guys! Still in Texas and it has been go go go, eat eat eat, drink drink drink non stop since I got off the plane! Not gonna lie, I need a break! I’m planning on relaxing by the pool with a good book and a big bottle of water all afternoon. If you need a break from Labor Day festivities try some of these poses!
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