What Does Your Family Eat?

Does your family enjoy healthy foods?

Does your family enjoy healthy foods or do you have to bribe them to eat their broccoli?

Making the decision to eat healthier is one thing, but getting the family on board can be the toughest part.  I think the most significant turning point for us was realizing we didn’t have to all be on the same page.  We’re all on our different journeys, and it’s okay if we’re on that journey at different paces.

What’s your household like with this?

Combat Seasonal Isolation

The holiday season can really bring out feelings of isolation for many.  It can be hard to walk through this season alone or feeling disconnected.

That leads me to realize how crucial it is to our health to feel connected.  Aside from this season — do you generally feel connected in your everyday life?

Connected to yourself, your friends and family, your spirituality?

If you’re feeling a disconnect in your life, it’s the perfect time to take note of it and put a plan in action to grow your connection.

What makes you feel connected?


How to Have a More Active Thanksgiving With Your Family

Thanksgiving is a busy time for social gatherings and big meals around the table with friends and family. This typically means the holiday revolves around (delicious!) food and not much activity.

There are some fun ways to make your Thanksgiving a little more active, and here are a few favorite family-friendly activities that will keep you all off the sofa.

1. Get your game on
Thanksgiving television is a big thing for families, congregating around the TV to watch the football game or the Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you must watch that big game on TV, get a game going of your own in the yard first. Gather the family and shoot some hoops, toss the football, or throw the frisbee. Anything you choose will be fun and get the blood pumping – so it’s a win-win!

2. Take part in a turkey trot
Take a look on your community page for your city, and you’re bound to see a turkey trot. These are free running and walking events held during the Thanksgiving weekend. Gather the whole family for a day full of active fun. If you live in a more remote setting, you can host your own turkey trot. Why not involve your neighbors and your community by organizing one yourself?

3. Family walk time
Before dessert gets served, get everyone up to go for a walk. A lot of people put up Christmas lights during Thanksgiving weekend, and as the sun goes down, you might just be in for a beautiful treat as you walk around with your family. You could also have everyone find their favorite colorful, fallen leaf to take home and make a craft with. Let that be your new tradition. Then head back and enjoy your slice of pie!

4. Shop it off
Let’s not forget about Thanksgiving’s most popular activity, Black Friday. You  don’t even need to exercise your credit card but all that walking around is good for the family. Try parking farther away to get more walking in and just enjoy the sights and sounds. It’s about spending time together actively, and Black Friday makes for a fun way to do it while getting that holiday shopping done.

Once you get back from any of these activities, you’ll feel great about your active day with loved ones. What are some of your favorite Thanksgiving traditions?

What’s your favorite thing to do outside in the Fall?

Campfires, hiking, leaf peeping, visiting a pumpkin patch, fall festivals… there are so many wonderful things going on in the autumn outdoors.

What do you and your family do outdoors in the fall?

Now’s a perfect time to check out the events calendar where you live -macaronikid.com is excellent if you have children- and check out what’s going on for the next few months, so you don’t miss anything fun.

A connection is something we need as humans.  We have the deeply rooted desire to feel connected to others, connected to ourselves, connected to our surroundings, connected to nature… there’s a deep, deep need to be and feel connected.

Feeling disconnected can impact our mental, physical, and emotional health in drastic ways.  It’s something worth being mindful of and working on getting more connected in different areas of our lives.

How are you doing with this?  Are you feeling connected?

What area do you need to improve feeling connected on most?


Tips and Tricks for Packing a Healthy Picnic

With summer in full swing and the colder months are right around the corner, the weather is perfect for spending as much time outside as possible. A favorite weekend activity is packing up a picnic and finding somewhere beautiful to unpack and enjoy with my family/friends/loved ones (whichever you prefer) — however, typical picnic foods can be quite unhealthy.

That’s exactly why I wanted to share with you some of my favorite tips and tricks for making a healthy picnic so you can enjoy a few more before the cooler weather rolls in!

1. Skip the Chips
Potato chips might sound great for picnic food, but they can pack on the calories very quickly. On top of that, they’re nearly completely devoid of nutrients, so you can eat a whole bag and still be hungry. Instead, pack some produce such as celery, carrots, or apple slices, and have a side of hummus or peanut butter for delicious, nutritious dipping.

2. Ditch the Bun
A very popular picnic food is sandwiches. They are tasty, versatile, and you do not need a plate to eat it. However, bread can be highly processed and unhealthy. Wrap up your sandwich contents in a lettuce wrap instead for a healthy alternative.

3. Skip the Mayo
Mayo is common to see in picnics. It can be found in tuna salad, slathered on bread, or put in potato or egg salad. Mayo has hundreds of calories in just a few tablespoons and provides almost no nutrition. So instead, consider other healthier options, like salsa, mustard, or even guacamole. You could even trade out mayonnaise for high-quality Greek yogurt and hardly notice a difference.

4. Drink it Up
How can you have a summer picnic without the refreshing cold drinks? Yet, many drinks are loaded with sugar and have tons of empty calories. Great alternatives would be to bring along tea, water, lemonade, or seltzer, and focus on hydrating with water instead. That way you can have nice refreshments without feeling as if you are splurging too much.

Picnics are fun, and the summer makes us all want to go outside. It can be hard to make sure that we do not over-consume unhealthy junk foods when we are out there. Yet, with a couple of tips and tricks, it can be easy to make your picnic healthy and enjoyable so you can continue to enjoy your healthy summer.

Simple Strategies not to Overdo it on the Summer Drinks

There’s no shame in enjoying a fresh cocktail on the patio as you savor the perfect summer night, but sometimes it may be just a little too tempting to have more than one.

This can be especially true during this season, when everyone is gathering outside for social events, birthday parties, pool parties, family reunions, summer vacations — summer is a busy season filled with gatherings. So how can you enjoy the fresh taste of summer drinks, but not load up on the empty calories?

1. Avoid alcohol altogether
If you know that it is going to be hard for you not to overindulge, it might be best not to drink entirely. Avoiding that first glass will make avoiding the second one so much easier. This is important to consider because socialization can quickly create a pressure to drink, which makes it easier to give in. Another thing that you could do would be to create a mocktail or a cocktail that has very little alcohol in it. That way you can enjoy the taste and the socialization without the risk involved.

2. Choose mixed drinks with few calories
If calories are your concern, creating drinks with low-calorie mixers like seltzer can do you a load of good. La Croix is an excellent option for mixed drinks without loads of calories or sugar. A simple cocktail can have 100 calories or more, and beers and ciders can have way more. So being mindful of what mixers you choose saves a load of calories.

3. Practice moderation
Having a drink or two is not going to put you over the edge, but drinking a lot, or drinking often, is a different story. When you are with family members or friends, try to stick to 1 or 2 drinks, and then for the rest of the night drink non-alcoholic beverages. It’s also good practice to alternate your beverages with a glass of water. So, before you drink, enjoy a tall glass of water. After your glass of wine, have another tall glass of water.

However, do note that if drinking can potentially cause you to lose control, it is best to avoid alcohol altogether. If you can stick to one or two drinks, using these simple tips will help keep you from racking up the calories in those summer beverages all summer long.

Have you ever thought of using your lunch break as your sacred time?  I’m confident you’re longing for it by the time your lunch break arrives, so use that hour out of your day as a source of rejuvenation.

Pack yourself a healthy lunch, listen to an uplifting audiobook or podcast, journal, take a walk around your office building, or call a loved one.  Use that hour a day to recharge and come back to work fresh and filled.

What do you currently do on your lunch break?

How do you feel once it’s over and you return back to work?

In our culture, we do most of our connecting via the internet.  Our phones are in our hands more often than not, and it’s become quite a habit that’s hard to break free from.  That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, though — and all it takes is a bit of mindfulness to re-learn in-person connection.

Start by leaving your phone in another room during meal times this week — even if you are eating alone.  See what comes up when you’re left alone with your thoughts, and better yet, feel how great it feels to truly connect with the person sitting in front of you, distraction-free.  Are you up for the challenge?


Have you ever thought of your health as a bank account?

This thought process brought so much insight to me, so I wanted to share it with you.  Think of each decision you make either being a deposit or a withdrawal from your “health bank account.”

Powerful, right?  Of course, don’t obsess over this, but try to incorporate this method of thinking into your life as much as possible.  Our small daily decisions are what adds up to our overall health, so it makes perfect sense to look at each of these decisions we make with a positive or negative effect.

Do you make more deposits or withdrawals?