What’s Your Biggest Struggle?

What’s the hardest part of eating healthy for you?

There’s always that hang up that veers us off track from our sincerest efforts at a healthy lifestyle. For many, it’s sugar cravings, junk food, or even the inability to cook well. We all have at least one little pesky reason we veer off-road and back on often — what is yours?

What’s Your Go-To Snack?

Are you a snacker?

I’ve found that some people are snackers, and some are not.  With different levels of metabolism, some may not feel hungry in between meals, and some may need that snack to hold them over.

So, I’m so interested – are you a snacker or do you wait?

I am a snacker 🙂

What’s your favorite snack to keep on hand for when the hunger strikes?

How Often Do You Eat Out?

How many days per week do you eat out?

Eating out is usually looked at as a break from the kitchen and a treat to be enjoyed with friends or loved ones.  Celebrations typically take place around a table at your favorite local restaurant— but some nights, you simply don’t have it in you to whip dinner up yourself. I get it, we all get it.

I’m curious, how many nights per week do you eat out?  Do you hit the same spots over and over, or branch out each time to keep a variety?

What Veggie Can You Not Live Without

What’s that one veggie you absolutely love?

I’m so eager to hear what your FAVORITE veggie is.  That one you’d pick if someone gave you one of those ultimatums like you’re moving to a deserted island, and you can only take one veggie to harvest there.

What is it?

Mine is asparagus and my favorite way to cook it is roasted with a bit of salt and pepper.

Let me know below what your favorite veggie is and your favorite way to cook it.  Always looking for new ideas!

 

Favorite Breakfast

Everybody loves breakfast, but so few make the time to enjoy it — wouldn’t you agree?  Mornings can be a blur of scrambling to get out the door, leaving little time for those delectable breakfast items we long for. There are plenty of quick breakfast ideas that are healthy and portable, and even ones you can make ahead, so there’s no extra time out of your morning.

Of course, I absolutely suggest pulling as many strings as possible to make a healthy breakfast a priority in the mornings, but I fully understand that’s not always possible.  If this is a problem you’re struggling with, I suggest you take a small chunk of time out of your day today to search for quick, easy, and healthy breakfast ideas.  Try one or two out this week and see how it works for you.

Need some ideas to get you started – check out these resources: Breakfast Recipes and Breakfast in a Pinch.

What’s your favorite breakfast?

Walk Without Your Phone

When’s the last time you disconnected from your phone for a bit?

It can feel like an impossibility — what if someone needs you? What if you get an important phone call? They’re all valid questions, but the answer is — life will go on, and you’ll find out soon enough. You likely don’t even know what it feels like to not have your phone within reach if you’re anything like me.  It’s become such an integrated part of our lives that we don’t even consider going without it.

Starting to break the invisible chain between you and your phone can feel awkward, uneasy and uncomfortable at first… but the rewards are amazing.

Start small today by taking a walk outside without your phone. Notice how you feel, how you notice things differently, and what your mind is thinking about.

Come back and let me know how it went, I want to know!

 

Golden Milk

Have you ever heard of golden milk? It’s a concoction of turmeric, ginger, nut milk, cinnamon, and honey. It can be enjoyed any time of day, but its calming properties are great for your bedtime routine. The turmeric, which gives it the gold color, has incredible anti-inflammatory properties and helps to boost your immune system.

If you’ve never tried golden milk, now is the perfect time to start.  Search “golden milk recipes” and find a simple one that you can easily make, so you can learn to perfect your process before the colder months arrive.  Having this powerhouse during the autumn and winter will help keep your immune system fighting off those flu germs, and will help you relax throughout the busy holiday months.

 

Infused Water

Now that the temperature is warm outside, a tall glass of water may sound even more appealing than usual. Staying hydrated throughout the day is of utmost importance this season to avoid any of the harmful effects of dehydration. It also just makes us feel better overall, so it’s a win-win!

Infusing your water is a special treat I love to have during the warm summer months. Including some cucumber and fresh mint sprigs in your water bottle not only tastes like a day at the spa, but it also adds nourishment to your water.

A few favorite water infusion combinations are Strawberry & Basil, Lemon & Lavender, Cucumber & Mint, Watermelon & Basil, and Cherry Lime.  Enjoy!

Small Steps to Big Changes

A lot of small footsteps makes up a long walk.

Think about if you were to sprint instead.

You’d zoom right past everything, missing the details.

You’d end up there out of breath, covered in sweat and ready to collapse.

That’s precisely what happens when we try to marathon our new healthy habits.  We excitedly jump in head first and end up overwhelmed and frozen.  The next time you make promises to yourself for change, I want you to take the stroll route.  Choose one small step you can change and master before you add another small step to your plate.  Before long, you will have integrated each small step into your life in such a natural and effective way, and you’ll reach the finish line happy, healthy and ready for more.