Have You Tried This?

With the Fall in the air and the cold weather approaching, it is the perfect time to start implementing hot lemon water in the mornings (if you aren’t already, of course).  Try starting off your day with warm water and freshly squeezed lemon — you can even add apple cider vinegar, honey, or ginger to the mix to pump even more health properties into it.

This concoction helps jumpstart your digestion for the day, helps keep you regular, and helps boost the immune system.  With those cold and flu months approaching, it’s the ideal time to get into the habit of drinking it every morning and building up an even stronger immune system to protect you through the fall and winter.

Have you ever tried drinking warm lemon water in the mornings?

 

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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.

Grounding Foods To Eat To Get Into the Groove for Fall

Fall is rapidly approaching, and so begins the whirlwind of a busy summer winding down and readjusting for the upcoming slower season. Fall means it’s time to get back to school and for parents, get back to life without the kids underfoot. Believe it or not, eating the right grounding foods will help you make the shift for the next season and keep your healthy goals on track, too.

Since ancient times, the Chinese have believed that all foods have different energies that benefit your body in specific ways. Forget about calories and vitamins for a minute, this goes way deeper. This energy is responsible for affecting things like your mood, your level of energy, your awareness, and your health.

Using this principle of grounding foods, you can get your mind and body into prime health, restore balance and feel like you’re on the right track.

So which foods are good grounding foods for fall?

Root vegetables
Any veggie that has roots that stretch down into the ground is ideal for grounding. Think carrots, beets, radishes, turnips, garlic, and ginger. The
belief here is by adding these to your diet, you’ll feel more rooted in your life and more ready for the fall. Additionally, sweet potatoes and yams are an ideal grounding food for the season. They can really help you kick those sugar cravings to the curb since they naturally satisfy the desire for sweets, as well. All of these vegetables will help your body prepare for cooler temperatures to come.

Go for the proteins
Focusing on protein helps to ground you, as well. Healthy protein-packed foods help keep your blood sugar on an even keel. Plant-based proteins
deserve their own slot because more and more people are turning to them to cleanse and feel more grounded year-round. However, as fall approaches, eating more plant-based proteins will be even more beneficial. Think nuts, seeds, and lentils. In particular, pumpkin seeds
are superb for this season. They help you balance your body and mind and give you healthy energy to get through the day.

Eating well at any time of year is always a good idea, but eating right to serve the season can really help you harness your full potential.

Have you used Essential Oils?

It’s incredible how much you can replace and use essential oils instead.  For instance — bug spray, household cleaner, skincare products, etc.  There really is an oil for everything, including the common discomforts we all face.

What’s your favorite oil?!  If you’ve never tried them before, drop a comment below, and I can suggest something that might help make your life a little easier.

 

Eating outside of the home from time-to-time is inevitable, and it also can be quite healthy and enjoyable.  There are numerous opportunities to meet a friend out for dinner, business lunches, and even eating out when you’re traveling — when a home cooked meal isn’t a possibility, finding something as healthy as possible is next best.

For example, there are several chain restaurants you’re sure to find in most cities you visit that you can count on to have a fresh salad bar.  Jason’s Deli and Ruby Tuesday’s are two options with endless salad bars.

Eating out doesn’t have to mean you’ll feel bloated and groggy the next day, there are loads of healthy options to choose from when you’re not able to eat at home.

What do you usually order when you’re eating at a restaurant?

Are you a smoothie drinker?

Green smoothies are a great way to get greens into your diet in an effortless way, and also the perfect solution for a quick and easy breakfast you can even make the night before!

Sounds like a win-win to me.

It’s important not to overload with fruit due to the natural sugar content.  Try packing your blender with mostly greens and veggies (celery and cucumber are great refreshing options that blend well) … and choose either a handful of berries, half a banana, or a handful of pineapple… but keep it minimal.  You’ll find it doesn’t take much to sweeten it up.

You can also add peanut butter or avocado for extra healthy fats.

So what do you put in your smoothies?

How to Create a Stress-Free Environment in Your Home

As the old saying goes — home is where the heart is, but that doesn’t mean your home environment isn’t causing you stress. It should be a sanctuary where you feel at peace. However, many things can add a tinge of tension in your home. It’s important to take a good look within your walls and see what is heaping unnecessary stress upon your life and take control of it.

Here’s how to make your home environment as stress-free as possible so when you come home, you’re met with a peaceful, safe feeling that helps you rejuvenate and relax.

1. Make a happy place
Your home doesn’t need to be big to have an area of happiness in it just for you. If you have a whole room you can use, great! If not, create a cozy nook for reading or unwinding that’s your own space to decompress in.

2. Always make your bed
It might seem silly to make your bed. After all, you’re just going to mess it up later. But even if all else in your life is pure chaos, coming into your home after a long day and seeing a nicely-made bed will leave you feeling more put together than not. Plus, it really only takes a minute to do, so why not?

3. Let in more natural light
Dark rooms make us more brooding. If possible, let those windows open up your home to more light. If you have a room that doesn’t get much sunlight, choose lighter colors and reflective pieces to make it appear more extensive and more open instead of more constricting.

4. Cut the clutter
If you have too much stuff oozing out of every corner, gather it up and get rid of it. Hold a garage sale or donate things you don’t use anymore. It’s liberating and cleansing for the soul to remove the material things that you really don’t need.

5. Create a bedtime ritual
Bedtime rituals aren’t just for kids. Adults need them too. Create a nightly routine that in part contains something that ties up loose ends. This can be something like washing your dishes — and can also include activities that allow you to relax like a hot bath or shower, or reading a good book. It helps signal to your body that bedtime is coming and it’s time to get ready for it.

6. Add more plants
Having plants indoors is good for your mood and your health. Indoor plants can help purify your air, plus they add pops of fresh color around. Got a brown thumb? Many indoor plants are incredibly low-maintenance, so they can still thrive even with little care.

7. Time your tasks
We all make time for what we want in life. And no one wants to make time for folding that mountain of laundry. So set a timer for tasks you hate and tackle them with a “beat the clock” method. You might not finish it all, but you’ll make a dent it in, and you’ll feel much less stressed.

When you take the stress out of your home life, you’ll find it’s much easier to come home and enjoy being there. Try these 7 tips out and let the stress melt away!

Have you ever tried stretching before bed?   It might sound (and look) silly, but it yields the most restful night of sleep I’ve felt in a long time.  Before you hop in bed for the night, sit on your floor, or even your bed, and do a few minutes of stretching.  Slowly stretch your legs, arms, neck… and see what a difference it makes.

Do you struggle with sleep? Let me know below what you’ve tried that hasn’t worked.

 

The most popular struggle I hear from people when it comes to their health is that sweet tooth that’s so hard to kick.  It swoops in and de-rails any efforts you’ve made at healthy eating, and you’re left feeling disappointed and like you’re failing at this healthy lifestyle game.

A shocking statistic I heard is that the World Health Organization estimates the average person consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar PER DAY.  Did your jaw hit the floor, too?  It’s hiding in everything, and we’re consuming far more than we know.  It’s a big problem that’s affecting our society in vital ways, and we need to be more mindful of controlling our sugar intake on a daily basis.

So what does your sweet tooth crave?

Are you a water fan, or do you have to choke it down?

Water is an essential element of life that we cannot live without.  Dehydration can cause severe issues, ranging from uncomfortable to dangerous, so staying on top of our water intake is an everyday task.

Water is non-negotiable, although I know some people don’t love the taste of it.  Luckily there are loads of ways you can flavor your water to amp up the taste a bit.  You can simply squeeze a citrus rind of choice in it, or you can get fancy and add other fruits and herbs even.  There are some delicious mixtures such as watermelon & mint, strawberry & basil, lemon & lavender.  The options are endless, and it makes water anything but boring tasting once you start playing with flavors.

Personally, I usually drink it plain but sometimes add lemon or lime.

So are you a fan of plain water, or do you need to dress it up to enjoy it?  What’s your favorite way to drink it?