And in the blink of an eye the holidays are upon us. Where does the time go? I really love this time of year- but it can definitely get a little hectic and overwhelming! Shopping for gifts, attending social events, planning your holiday menu, fitting in exercise, fitting in sleep, the list goes on and on…HELP!
What they say is true: exercise truly is a great way to reduce stress and improve sleep...but how to squeeze it in???
LOL. Wouldn’t it be nice if it was this easy?!
A girl can dream…
But for the majority of the world, it’s not that easy. So a little effort is usually required…
Some tips for the winter:
And I know we all hate to do it, but tracking your food really helps. With all the social events and unhealthy eating that is unavoidable (and of course delicious), it helps to stay on track. These are my two favorite websites to track my calories and exercise: My Fitness Pal and Lose It.
They both have free apps that you can use on your phone. Try it out for one day. You’re probably not eating as bad as you think!!
But let’s be realistic, socializing and enjoying food and drink with family and friends is a very real and important part of life. As long as it’s not every day ;)
I saw this on the Today Show the other day, and I think Joy Bauer shares some great tips, including advice for a one-day detox after a day of overindulging. Definitely worth the read. In short, DON’T stress, wake up the following morning and go for a walk, and hit the RESET button ;) You’re only human.
And who doesn’t love fresh baked goods? This is a great chart to look at if you’re trying to cut back on animal fats.
(I also like to use unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana to replace butter or oil in baking)
Onto the food! Some new favorite recipes. Enjoy…
Creamy Tomato Soup, from Oh She Glows (Vegan, Gluten free)
My family’s new favorite soup. We would eat it every night if we could. DELICIOUS.
5 Ingredient Black Bean Soup, from Making Thyme for Health (Vegan, Gluten free)
Not only is this delicious, but it might be the easiest soup I’ve ever made. Perfect for a busy weeknight dinner or a quick and easy lunch.
Baked Salmon Cakes, from Skinnytaste (Gluten free if using GF breadcrumbs)
Perfect for a holiday appetizer! Or make them larger and serve over a salad for dinner.
Bean and Corn Enchiladas, from Forks Over Knives (Vegan)
These are a definite staple in our house. I usually make a double batch of the sauce and freeze half for a quick meal on another night (but I use a little less chili powder than it calls for…A lot less, lol). And change up the vegetables to whatever you have on hand.
Healthy Pumpkin Bread, from Making Thyme for Health (Gluten free)
SO good! And completely easy to make. Perfect for the holidays. The only changes I made were: I swapped oat flour for rice flour, and I used less maple syrup to keep it healthier. And unless it’s for a social event, skip the icing ;)
Bon Appetit and Happy Holidays!!!
This was passed on to me by a friend. I love the message and wanted to share. Enjoy :-)
What I wish I knew when I was in my 2O's
Written by Jane Wyker for Self Love Beauty
Now 80 years old, I decided to write a letter to myself to explore “What I wish I knew when I was in my 20’s.” I hope it will encourage you to look within and take exquisite care of yourself.
Fortunately I have excellent health and vitality, able to do whatever I please. I have recently published my first book, a memoir titled ‘Soul Selfish: The Awakening of a ‘Good Girl.’ In writing my book I recounted the decades and stages of my life, the lessons I learned, and what was most important to me. When I finished, I paused to think about what my life would have been had I begun my inner journey earlier. I actually started it when I was 34 and it continues to this day.
First of all, never look back with remorse. Every step has brought you to where you are today. The only point of power is NOW! If you choose to look back, do it to release your pain, to free yourself, and for younger women whom you might inspire.
When I was in my 20’s
I wish I knew that I play the leading role in my life.
I wish I knew that life is an inside out process and that everything I create and feel starts with what I believe.
I wish I knew that my first and most important relationship is with myself. That if I loved myself, acknowledged myself and appreciated myself more, I would attract people who respond and return that love, people who would encourage me to dream and to fulfill my dreams.
I wish I knew that I had a soul connected to a benevolent Universe that supports me and guides me, and to listen for it deeply and daily.
I wish I knew that my spirituality and love for myself would fill me, and that I don’t need to look to others to validate my worth.
I wish I knew more that I was beautiful, inside and out.
I wish I knew that I was safe and that I know how to keep myself safe.
I wish I knew that my emotions are a real and powerful guidance system that tells me from minute to minute what I like and don’t, who is being kind and supportive to me and who isn’t, what I enjoy, in which environments I flourish, what abilities and talents are natural to me — who and what to move towards and to move away from.
I wish I knew that when my desires source in my soul, they are important for me to respect, as important as others’ desires. They are intended to be good for all, for the soul does not separate people — unlike ego desires which commonly source in competition, acquisitiveness, aggression and revenge.
I wish I knew that I am able to take care of myself, and that my relationships are there to give and receive love, support, beauty, expansion and pleasure, enriching the lives we share.
I wish I knew the power of my sensuality and sexuality — that they ignite my life force.
I wish I knew that it is OK to put my needs, desires and feelings first some of the time, to stand more for myself.
I wish I knew to give more respect to my wisdom and talents.
I wish I knew about unconditional love — that I might aim to see goodness in, or have compassion for others regardless of their behavior
I wish I knew how to comfortably ask for help and support.
I wish I knew more about the value of fun.
I wish I knew to play more, dance more, sing more, laugh more, trust myself more, make love more and rest more.
I wish I knew that my love of beauty and the wonder of nature connect me to my soul.
I wish I knew that forgiveness is freedom.
I wish I knew how good it feels to choose gratitude.
I wish I knew more about the lives of great creators, their passions and the qualities that supported them to make awesome contributions.
I wish I knew how precious each day is.
I wish I remembered that love is the most important thing in life.
Dear Jane, relax and allow these thoughts to grow in you each day.