Keep This in the Kitchen

Healthy Food Hack.

Keep frozen and canned vegetables on hand.  Yes, of course, fresh vegetables taste better and pack more of a punch when it comes to nutrients.

But when you have these ingredients on hand at all times, you’ll be much more likely to reach for them on that busy night when you’re throwing a quick dinner together.

Having these canned and frozen options on hand alleviates a major reason we reach for the takeout menu — pressed for time, and no ingredients ready at home.

So on your next grocery store run, stock up on a few bags of frozen veggies and several cans of vegetables such as green beans, carrots, etc.  Organic is best, if available.

Happy List

Focusing on what makes you happy can give you the tools you need to turn any bad day around for good.  Bad days will come, but your response to them will determine just how long they stay.

There are undoubtedly many things in your life that make you happy.  It can be as simple as sleeping on freshly cleaned sheets, or as deeply meaningful as a long phone conversation with your beloved grandmother.

I want you to make a list of 10 things that make you happy.  When your list is complete, put it on your refrigerator so you can easily access it when needed.  Try to incorporate at least one thing from your list in your life on a daily basis.

Do You Own It?

Whatever situation you’re in right now — whole and happy, or journeying through a tough time — are you looking at it with a proactive mindset about how to continue?

If you’re struggling, have you brainstormed ways to get yourself out of the quicksand?  Do you know what step to take first, and the subsequent steps that come afterward?  A plan of action takes an immense amount of stress off of your shoulders, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

Evaluate what is and isn’t working in your life and what the next steps are.  Your happiness is important and is a crucial part of your overall health.

Plan Your Meals

Navigating the kitchen without a plan is a recipe for disaster.

There’s an immense level of stress associated with not planning your meals for the week, especially if you’re cooking for more than just yourself.

Planning your meals for the week is an incredible way to take a load of stress off and make sure you’re eating healthy food consistently.  Planning takes the guesswork out of what to cook, what to eat, and what to buy at the grocery store.

An easy way to create a meal schedule for the week is to have a chunk of recipes you switch up weekly to avoid boredom.  You can choose the menu for the week together as a family, even, to include them in the decisions.

 

Slow Down Tonight

How fast do you get ready for bed at night?  Is it a quick routine you have become so accustomed to that you could do it with your eyes closed, or is it more of an experience you choose to be mindful of, using relaxation techniques?

Taking a few extra minutes for yourself at bedtime to pamper your skin, dry brush your body, or use a lotion infused with lavender oil to nourish your skin before you sleep — it can change your sleep patterns for the better.

What could you add to your nightly routine to make all the difference?

Re-Evaluate Your Priorities

What have you noticed lately that may be slipping from your grasp?  Have you been so busy you’ve spent less time with your kids, friends, family than you are comfortable with?  Are you working on a deadline and you’ve been cooped up in your office for weeks, with no free time?

It may not be that extreme, but chances are, there’s something out of line in your priorities that you’ve been hoping to change.  What is that?

Let’s just start with that first thing that popped into your mind.  The very first thing you thought of when you read this post.

How can you begin motion on changing that, starting tomorrow?

It doesn’t have to be some huge overhaul, which can feel very overwhelming.  But what can you start to do to make some changes that will last?

Don’t Wait Until Spring

Somewhere along the way, the need to spring clean was ingrained in us.  After the hibernation of a frigid winter, we start fresh with a deep cleaning of our living space.  Hopefully going deeper than that, also an adjustment of our routines, attitudes, schedule, relationships and more.

But I think to start that now before spring officially arrives has its benefits.  We just started a new year, which inevitably brings new resolutions and new ideas of what you want your life to look like.

How is that going for you so far?  What needs tweaking?  Start with that, and you’ll be on a spree by the time spring arrives, where you can tackle the rest of your list it full force.

If we arrive in the spring with our failed resolutions still in tow, we will likely put off the spring cleaning as well.  It doesn’t have to be that way, though, and your growing to-do list doesn’t have to feel like a failure.  Start with jumpstarting those resolutions you may have neglected from January and start a fresh track with one or two of those.  Your confidence will compound, and you’ll be ready to tackle more in the coming weeks with that momentum.

What’s the first thing you want to change in your life?

Do You Plan For This?

The new year brings resolutions to finally go to the gym regularly and to get your health in order.  It’s no surprise to you to hear that the vast majority of those resolutions are dropped by spring (or even late January, early February!) — but why?

I truly believe it is planning.  It’s the exact reason why my exercise routine goes dormant, and it’s probably why yours does too.  It’s tough to change our habits and routines, and most of all, it’s hard to fit one more thing into our schedule.  Don’t you agree?

That’s the thing.  If it’s not on your schedule, it’s not going to get done.  Do you have your exercise, whether it be walking, jogging, yoga, dance, a workout at the gym — is it on your schedule?  Is there a time for it, where you know that time is carved out?

If not, fit it into your schedule this week.  Make it achievable — if you’re slammed at work this week, write in a 15-minute walk on your lunch break.  Don’t give up altogether because you don’t have an hour and a half to hit the gym.  Good luck!

Have You Ever Asked Yourself This?

It’s not uncommon to be passionate about the Earth we live in, caring about what happens to it and striving our best to protect it.  Earth day comes around once a year and we plant a lot of trees, but what can we do on a daily basis to make an impact?

One of the most powerful things I’ve done for myself is creating a daily habit of being mindful of this.  The way I do this and consider my impact on the environment is to literally look at each thing I come into contact with on a daily basis, and wonder where it will go when I am done with it.

When you go for that bottle of water at the gas station, stop and think about where it’s going when you’re done with it.  Sure, you’ve heard me say how important hydration is, and that still rings true!  But actually visualize the plastic water bottle sitting in a landfill, and you’ll be motivated to not forget your reusable water bottle next time.  Making these changes are simple, but it takes time and practice.  So, how can you practice this today and make a habit of it?

How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Come True This Year

Every year, we raise our glasses and proclaim the things we will change. And we start off with the best of intentions, don’t we? I’ll get in shape! I’ll get back into my skinny jeans! I’ll finally write my novel! We feel so proud making these statements. Then the clock strikes midnight, we hug and kiss, and we carry home a sack of promises to ourselves that we really want to keep. But time marches on and while we start off on the right foot, life seems to get in the way making for an easy out. You CAN stick to the changes you want to see for yourself. Here’s how to finally make your New Year’s resolutions come true!

1. Tell someone you trust about your resolutions
It’s one thing to declare them at your New Years Eve party; It’s quite another to tell your best friend or your parents your plans for resolutions for the upcoming year. They’ll support you too, which can be the difference in making it happen. Write them down and post them on your bathroom mirror. A constant reminder will help you stay focused.

2. Don’t make too many at once
Resolving to get in better health by exercising and eating right is fantastic. But setting a realistic timeline is crucial. For example, start incorporating more and more healthy foods per week. Then begin challenging your exercise routine a little bit more as each week passes. In this way, you’ll look forward to your goals and feel better about accomplishing them.

3. Don’t just stay focused on your end result
Getting there is half the fun. The journey to achieving your goal should be made as fun as possible given the circumstances. Set mini-goals to mark your path to the end goal. Reward yourself when you get there, and remember it’s a learning process.

4. Clear your mind
Even without significant resolutions, you must find time to decompress your mind. Meditate, walk, write, read, or otherwise do something that pulls you away from a blue screen and forces you to connect with your innermost self.

It’s all mind over matter, and what matters is you. You’ve got this! What is your resolution or resolutions for 2018? I’d love to hear what you’re dreaming up for yourself, and see how I can help you accomplish that.