Journal Entry No. 8

I know I need to be more accepting of myself. Like I wrote in Journal Entry no. 1 about being a critical person, I tend to be critical of myself. I’ve read many books and articles that say to “just accept yourself.” Why is it so hard for me to just accept myself? I’ve come to see I need to set my mind, daily, on being grateful and happy about things unique to myself, that make me truly me. I like when I did a yoga video from Yoga with Adriene, and she had me place my hands on my abdomen and say a word of thanks for all it does for me, day to day. It is one area of my body, in particular, that I’m unhappy about. But, in doing that exercise, I see I’ve been very ungrateful to this body part. It has done, is doing, and will do so much for me. My abdomen area has helped carry four babies, helps hold in numerous, vital organs, helps me stand tall, helps me with breathing, so, so many functions in which I seem to take for granted.

I accept myself. I love myself just the way I am(even if those statements sound cheesy­čśŐ). xoxo tummy

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Why you need a food journal(free pdf!)

Have you ever wondered if a food journal might help you with your health and wellness journey? Do you have unexplained symptoms such as headaches, bloating, fatigue, or nausea? Do you feel like you have been dieting and watching what you eat, but still are not losing the weight? If any of these apply to you, a food journal will most definitely help you! By writing down what you eat and drink everyday for a couple weeks, along with how you feel after eating, you will many times, pinpoint where you are struggling diet-wise or find foods that cause those unexplained symptoms. When I was practicing midwifery, I would always give my clients a handout to chart their food and water intake for the first month and bring it back to me at their next prenatal visit. Many times, the women would be amazed at what they ate, what their diet was lacking, or even discover they were not eating enough. It is also a great way to make sure you are drinking enough water. Many of us go about each day dehydrated. It’s amazing how much better our bodies work when hydrated properly.

I have a free printable Food Journal page for you to give it a try. This is just one easy method. If you like this printable, you may print multiples and hole punch them to put in a 3 ring binder to keep it all together so as to see your progress. Or, you could get a notepad, small notebook, jot it into the notes section on your device as well, whatever is easiest for you!

I will write more in another blog post about using your food journal to help you reach or maintain your health and wellness goals. Happy food journal-ling!

 

The best blueberry smoothie to get your daily dose of resistant starch

The week is almost over! Here’s a great recipe to add in that good ┬áresistant starch I blogged about earlier this week(Why you need more starch in your life).

Ingredients:

1 cup frozen blueberries

1 green banana*

1/4 cup gluten-free oat bran

1 cup nut milk

1/4 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon

1 tablespoon of honey, agave, or maple syrup to taste

Blend all in a blender. May add in more or less milk to make it to the consistency you prefer.

 

*make sure it’s a green banana to get the most resistant starch

 

Why you need more starch in your life

Many of you in the health circles have most likely heard of prebiotics by now. If you haven’t heard of them, that’s okay!

Prebiotics are food for probiotics. It comes in the form of what’s called resistant starch. Resistant starch does just what the name implies, resists digestion until it hits the large intestine where it feeds those good gut bacterias hanging out there and promoting the making of butyrate. Many balk when they hear the word “starch” and “carb.” But, the good resistant starches naturally occurring in foods are extremely healthy and will not cause weight gain. In many instances, it might even cause weight loss! Certain prebiotic foods contain specific types of fiber, consisting of inulin, oligiofructose, and trans-galactooligosaccharasides. Inulin, in particular, while stimulating healthy gastrointestinal tract, it also aids in constipation, stimulates bone health by assisting in calcium absorption, and may lower the risk of atherosclerosis by decreasing blood triglyceride levels.

Now, many processed foods contain resistant starches, but these are not the ones that are the healthy startches. RS1 is one of the good ones that is found in whole foods, seeds, legumes, and unprocessed whole grains. RS2 is another found in some starchy foods, like green bananas, plantains, and raw potatoes. There are five different types total. To keep it simple, just remember that RS1 and RS2 are the good starches.

How do you incorporate RS into your daily diet? Easy! Try eating plantain chips, adding a green banana to smoothies, and adding onions and/or garlic to your dishes. Jicama, Jerusalem artichokes, legumes, and cold potatoes are more options. Some like to use banana starch to make into gluten-free pasta or adding a couple tablespoons to a smoothie. I highly recommend to get your daily dose of RS through Whole Foods, but I know some days its easiest to use a shelf-stable item. Stay tuned for a couple tasty recipes high in resistant starch!

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Moisturize your Body

If you live in a colder climate, during the winter months it can be extremely harsh on your skin. I know my skin suffers during these cold months. I have a few favorite moisturizers that I stock up on for the winter months. I also make sure to drink plenty of water, eat healthy fats and oils. My threee favorite moisturizers are Jason aloe lotion, Plexus body cream, and Trader Joe’s moisturizing cream.

The Jason aloe one is nice with the aloe in it to help seal in moisture and its unscented.

The Plexus body cream has spirulina and activated charcoal in it. The activated charcoal helps work against age-advancing toxins and impurities. The spirulina aids in detoxing. It has a light feel and I will use it on my face.

The Trader Joe’s moisturizing cream is very emmolient and keeps my hands soft for quite some time. I like to use it on very dry areas of my body and my hands are one that needs the extra moisture! With all the hand washing from taking the toddler to the potty, to washing dishes, to cleaning up messes all day, my hands are in water all day long it seems.

Drinking half your body weight in water is vital, especially in the winter when the heat is blowing dry air constantly and when the skin is exposed to the harsh, cold air outside.

I try to make sure to consume good quality olive oil(don’t cook with it, only use it in salads or to drizzle some over foods!), avocados, unsalted nuts, and salmon are all great to help keep the skin healthy.

What are your favorite ways to stay moisterized in the winter?

 

 

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Welcome!

I’m so happy to be here by letting you learn a little about me, my path to healthy eating, healthy lifestyle and of course, to get to know you! I love the online community feel that we are able to have now a days. It’s such a wonderful way to connect and share little bits of our lives.

On this blog I’ll be writing about food, posting recipes, exercise, bits of my daily life, and musings. I also am hoping to start traveling in an RV with my husband, three daughters, dog, and cat. So, I’ll be sharing about this soon! Please bear with me as I am new to blogging and website workings!

I grew up with a large family and I was the oldest daughter. I have always loved babies, food, the outdoors, traveling, and learning. My mother was a hippie at heart and I grew up eating lots of vegetables, smoothies, tofu, and sprouts. She used essential oils before they became popular, homeopathic medicine, and other healing herbs. I learned a lot from her and continue to learn to this day. I fell off the healthy band wagon for awhile when I went off on my own, but soon found my way back. I feel so much better eating clean and exercising than when I’m not.

I was a massage therapist for twelve years and loved helping people feel better. From there  I decided to become a labor doula and then I became a home birth midwife and RN. Currently, I am staying at home with my three precious daughters and loving the little things in life, taking it day by day. I now have time to do some creative activities like blogging and cooking.