Do You Take Your Shoes Off at the Door

Do you take your shoes off at the door?  Having a basket by your front door to slip your shoes in is a great way to keep germs from tracking through your house.  With the pollen out and allergy season in full swing — it’s also a great way to prevent pollen from being placed all around your home to irritate you.

If you don’t have a doormat outside of your front door, investing in a doormat to wipe your shoes on before entering your home can help lower the amount of debris getting into your home.  Using a doormat accompanied by leaving your shoes at the door, and your home should be well protected from all the germs lingering outdoors.

Do you take your shoes off at the front door?

 

 

Your Daily Vitamin D Requirement

Did you know more than 40% of adults have a Vitamin D deficiency? (According to the NIH)

Vitamin D is essential for us in many ways, and sunshine is the best way to get it. Getting outside 10-30 minutes a day with as much skin exposed as you can (tank top and shorts are ideal) should set you up for success on your Vitamin D requirements. This does depend, however, on how far you live from the equator and what season you’re in, so do make sure with your Doctor that your Vitamin D levels are healthy. Your Doctor can help you with supplementation if needed.

How much time do you usually spend outside on a daily basis?

A Simple Way to Save on Groceries

One way to save on food waste is to shop twice a week, instead of one big shopping trip each weekend.

When we only shop once a week, it’s much easier to over-buy to keep from running out of food during the week.  If you switch to shopping twice a week — once during the weekend and then mid-week — you will drastically improve your waste habits.  Not only is wasting food bad, but losing money is something none of us want to do, either!

For me, I usually go to the grocery store  1 x per week.

How many times per week do you typically visit the grocery store?

 

What’s One Food You Can’t Give Up

If you had to choose one food you could NEVER give up, what would it be?

For me, my food I would never give up is ice cream (I eat a dairy free variety now)

Let me know what yours is below.

Mushrooms – Love or Hate Them?

Do you have a love or hate relationship with mushrooms?

I’ve noticed that’s one of the foods people either stick their tongue out at or absolutely love.  What’s your stance?!  I don’t like them.

Mushrooms are packed full of antioxidants, boasting anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties that are beneficial for your health.  They’re so versatile and can be thrown into nearly any recipe, so pick up a carton of mushrooms next time you make a grocery trip.

If you’re a mushroom lover, here’s an excellent recipe for you to try.

1 Carton Mushrooms (any type)

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

3 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter (or vegan spread)

4 Cloves Garlic, Minced

1 Tablespoon Pesto

Generous Amount of Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

Heat butter/vegan spread and oil in a pan until melted. Toss in mushrooms and sauté 5 minutes.  Add pesto and black pepper, stirring to coat mushrooms thoroughly.  Continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes, until cooked through.  Enjoy!

Do the Seasons Affect Your Mood?

I find it fascinating how nature AND people go through seasons of life.  In the Springtime we tend to feel energized and ready for new beginnings (hello Spring Cleaning!)

In the Autumn & Winter months, we naturally begin an inward retreat — physically and emotionally.  We slow down, spend more time indoors, go to sleep earlier with the early sunsets, and use this time as a reconnection time with ourselves.

It’s just so interesting to me that this happens naturally to us.  What do the seasons do to your mood and habits?

What’s your favorite season and what does it “do” to you!?

 

Avocado Bowl

Who doesn’t love avocados?!  They’re a great source of healthy fats our brains desperately need, and they’re such a quick food item to slice open and enjoy without much preparation.

A great way to enjoy avocado is making an avocado egg bowl for breakfast. It’s quick, easy, and keeps me satisfied until lunch.

Here’s how to make it:

Crack one egg into an avocado half, sprinkle with preferred seasonings.

Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes.

That’s it!

 

Focus on What Brings You Joy

We live in a world inundated with social media, and I’ve noticed a habit of comparison going on — with me, too.  Playing the comparison game is stealing so much of our joy and creating unnecessary stress.  We can get caught up in a cloud of jealousy as we scroll and see what everyone else has that we don’t, where they’re traveling that we haven’t, etc.  If social media is going to be a part of our daily lives, we have to combat and squash this before it becomes a bigger problem.

One way I do this in my own life is framing my mindset differently.  One small change can make a huge difference — and this mindset hack is merely focusing on what you have RIGHT NOW that brings you joy.  Forget about what you hope to have next month, what you’re saving up for to finally purchase, that trip you’re planning for the summer — forget all of the future plans, and focus on what you have right this moment that brings you joy.  It can be big or small, the only thing it has to do is bring you joy.  Celebrate your small joys daily (a journal is a great way to make this practice ongoing) and put the spotlight on the things that make you happy in the here and now.

What’s one small joy in your life?

 

The Dirty Dozen & Clean Fifteen

Did you know the EWG (Environmental Working Group) releases a list of the “cleanest” and “dirtiest” produce each year?

This list is called the Dirty Dozen & Clean 15 — and it is absolutely helpful to know when buying your fruits and veggies.  The gist of this list is to let you in on the most important foods to choose on the “organic” aisle, and the ones you can buy without the organic label.

The 2019 “Dirty Dozen” include:

Kale, Spinach, Strawberries, Apples, Peaches, Tomatoes, Celery, Grapes, Nectarines, Pears, Cherries, Potatoes.

This means focus on purchasing these “Dirty Dozen” items organic.

The “Clean 15” this year includes :

Eggplant, Kiwi, Cabbage, Pineapples, Asparagus, Onions, Broccoli, Mushrooms, Sweet Peas, Papaya, Cantaloupe, Avocado, Sweet Corn, Cauliflower, Honeydew Melon.

These items have the lowest amount of pesticides, so if needed, you can skip the organic label on these.

A Quick DIY Workout

When there’s no time to head to the gym, fitting in a short and effective at home workout is a great alternative.

Each move will be done 3x — do your move for 20 seconds, rest for 10 seconds, and repeat 3x.  Move on to next move.

Welcome to Spring HIIT Workout:

– Butt Kicks

– Arm Circles

– Jumping Jacks

– Sit Ups

– Mountain Climbers