Gain More by Losing the Excess

31
Dec
2013

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I told you that today I was going to talk about taking better care of your body, and like I said yesterday….. it’s not all about losing weight.  Although it seems like that is on almost everyone’s New Years list, I have a real problem with so much focus being on “how much you weigh” and I want to share with you how you might consider changing a few things on how you nurture your body with regard to food choices and having a plan.

A few months ago I shared how I was rather fed up with my body.  I had been struggling with a few extra pounds and just felt out of energy and frustrated.  I know you can relate!  We all experience this at different times.

I was fortunate enough to run across this 30 day PALEO challenge and decided it was time to jump in.  I got a girlfriend of mine onboard to join me, as we both had read how Paleo can really benefit those who struggle to fight different autoimmune conditions, as well as many other benefits.  I did the 30 days, lost 8 pounds and was very happy.   It began a larger journey for me – really thinking more consciously about the food I was putting in my body as well as my family.

If you are looking to make some changes for the New Year, I suggest to make small changes so they can last.  When we try to overhaul in a BIG way, we often fail.  We lose momentum and get discouraged.  I don’t want that for you.

Get a Plan

One of the things that can be hard with changing habits is just developing new habits to take the place of the old ones!  With regard to eating….this is key.  If you know you would like to eat healthier to feel better or to lose some weight, then you have to have a plan.  I hate coming up with my own plans, I can’t wing it.  I just want to be told what to do, what to eat and what exercise to fit into my daily schedule.  One of the things that worked so well for me was following the 30 day Paleo Challenge and then switching to the eMeals Paleo Meal plan – I didn’t have to think about making it all work!

If you are unfamiliar with eMeals they are a site that will give you a weeks menu plan, complete with recipes, grocery shopping list – all done for you.  You can print the information out or have it on their great APP – which is really handy to access anywhere.

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They just released a new 500 calorie meal plan, perfect if you are looking to simply reduce calorie intake.  This meal plan includes a grocery list itemized by section of the store, 7 healthy main dish recipes and sides, and is a simple tool to help you get organized and lose weight in 2014! You can choose to get this meal plan for a family or for 1-2. Each recipe and meal as a whole is broken down with a calorie count to help you track and measure your goals. It’s never been easier – they do all the work for you!  You can join now, and enjoy any plan for 15% off using the code DINNER through January.  You can also change your meal plan too!

Stay Focused

As with any goal you truly have to be focused and committed.  If you are looking to change your eating habits, then make that the focus.  If you can add in some movement each day – do that.  If it is too much to do at the beginning then stick with one area.  If you try to do too much at once, then you will get overwhelmed and quite.  I hear this over and over again from moms…..and I know I struggle with it myself.

So if changing your eating is goal #1, focus there.   If getting your body moving is goal #1, focus there.  Do not stretch yourself thin ladies….have grace with yourself and be realistic.

Each Day is New

This is a biggie – we will fail – every single one of us – we will cheat, eat something we shouldn’t have, but life goes on.  You need to stay committed and realize that each day is new and you do not need to hold onto the mistake you made yesterday.  Begin each day new and feel the power that can come from that.  Give yourself lots of grace, encourage yourself with motivation when you are successful.  Find a buddy who you can share both your success and failures with along the way.  It was such a relief when I could share with my friend that I had cheated and “fell off the wagon” when we were trying to be on the strict 30 day Paleo challenge.

Find Your Weakness

Okay, we all have them – chocolate, salty foods, crunchy things – those items that just call our names when we know we cannot have them!  For me, it is salty chips.  They are my downfall….but you know, if I allow myself to have 4-5 chips when I crave them, I can let the craving go.  It isn’t sitting there haunting me every time I walk into the kitchen.  

What is your weakness?  Maybe this is a bigger issue for you?  If it is, I encourage you to participate in this online book study over at Proverbs 31 ministries where they will be studying Lisa Terkeursts’ ”Made to Crave“.  This might be just the study you need to be set free from issues related to food.

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I pray that whatever your goal is for the New Year that you find encouragement to succeed.  Find a plan, follow a plan and be good to your body.  No one is perfect….so remember that.  Each day is new, so capture the joy in knowing that!

Magical Bean Recipes Rescue the Budget

12
Aug
2013


We’ve been making some changes in our home with regard to the food we eat over the past month.  We’ve gone to drinking raw milk, eating only pastured eggs, grass-feed beef and cutting back on unnecessary snacks.  There are many reasons for this choice and I will share more in the weeks to come as I journey this new frontier for our family.

But, one thing I have discovered is our food budget is being stretched – real food is more expensive.  Instead of paying $2.98 for a gallon of milk, we are paying $9.99 for a gallon of raw milk.  Eggs are no different – $4.69 for a dozen instead of $1.59.  I have had to look for ways to reduce my food budget and one of those ways is to use more beans!  Yep, that magical fruit!

I wanted to share with you two recipes I’ve been using and love.  One is a recipe for Black Beans that I have adapted from eMeals and the other is for homemade refried beans.  I’ve been making batches of these beans in the crock pot and then freezing them so I have a stock pile of ready made food available.  They are easy to make, can be done during the day while I am doing other things and it saves us money, they taste better and are better for us! [Read more...]

Fresh Veggies and More

24
Jun
2013


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Welcome to the 30 Days of Summer – Go-To Guide for Moms!

Day Twenty Four

Summer is fresh fruits and vegetables – plain and simple.  Even if you do not grow your own you can enjoy incredibly fresh produce when you visit your local farmer’s market.  Not sure where to find one near your home, you can go to the USDA directory and find one or this Farmer’s Market directory.

In my neck of the woods, we have a farmer’s market going on nearby almost every day of the week, which makes planning a family outing and an activity of preparing a fun dinner really easy.  Last year I had fun purchasing fresh Kale, lettuce, green beans and berries, it is so fun. [Read more...]

Easy Steps to a Gluten Free Diet

22
May
2013


For over a year now, I have tried to eat a mainly gluten free diet in order to combat Lupus symptoms.  Lupus is a chronic, autoimmune disease that can damage any part of the body (skin, joints, and/or organs inside the body) I have Cutaneous (skin) Lupus Erythematosus as well as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.  One of the symptoms I experienced was pain in my joints due to inflammation.

There are 35 diseases that can be caused by eating gluten listed in a review in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Some of these symptoms are: arthritis, ADHD, depression, anxiety, IBS, lupus, frequent headaches, fatigue, eczema, loss of muscle coordination, osteoporosis, a weakened immune system, fungal overgrowth, organ inflammation, weight loss/weight gain, and malnutrition. Gluten sensitivity also increases your risk for type 1 diabetes, obesity, gastrointestinal cancers, brain disorders, autism and thyroid disease.

Are you running to your pantry yet? [Read more...]

eMeals – It’s What’s For Breakfast!

1
Mar
2013


Do you look forward to weekend breakfasts with your family as much as I do?

Did you have a nice family breakfast this morning?  I am planning some yummy egg/potato muffin bites, easy to make and also easy to put in the freezer for during the week!

I use to only look forward to breakfast together with my family on the weekend, but since I’ve incorporated the eMeals breakfast plan into my weekly shopping, things have changed!

I enjoy warm breakfasts – no cereal for this mama!  I also enjoy trying new things and fortunately so do my kids, so this plan is perfect.  If you are looking for kid-friendly recipes that are far from boring you may want to download this FREE 1 week PDF download of their breakfast meal plan, complete with grocery list they are offering right now!   {How about those Strawberry and Cream Cheese Wafflewiches!} [Read more...]