The Healthy Mom's Guide to Being Summer Ready

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Summer is one of my favorite times of the year. 

  • More time with the kids.
  • Longer days
  • Being outdoors like ALL the time.
  • BBQs
  • Summer fruits
  • Beach time
  • Hiking
  • Gardening

Where does it end? There is just so much to love about summer. 

Like the beginning of all of the seasons, this is a natural time for me to rethink and refocus, sort of making a plan in my head of how to approach the next few months. Often I set new goals and intentions. I rethink meal prep since I rely less on my crockpot and more on tossing things on the grill. And there is more. 

No doubt you are thinking about some of the same things. 

Because I am all about making HEALTHY so much EASIER for the busy mom, I thought putting a few ideas and strategies in one place would be useful for us all.

So, here are somethings you might be thinking about as summer approaches and some ideas and strategies for making them work for you. (With a healthy twist, of course!) 

 

Food.

One thing I adore about summer is how EASY it is to eat healthy! In the colder months I rely heavily on my crockpot and do a lot of meal prep on Sundays. In the summer I still do my planning and meal prep on Sundays but it consists of a lot more make-ahead salads that we can eat all week after we toss something on the grill as well as the planning of what is going on the grill and when. (So much simpler.) 

I love these ideas for salads you can make on Sunday but eat all week. 

These idea pair so nicely with a piece of fish that you can broil up quickly or some chicken tossed on the grill. It all keeps healthy meals SIMPLE.

Another healthy and easy salad idea is having "Salad Bar Sundays" (or Saturdays.... or Mondays. It really doesn't matter!) where you can just lay out all of the ingredients and, if your kiddos are old enough, everyone can make their own salads for lunch or dinner. We usually have a few rules like "You must have one of every color + a spoonful of whatever protein", but basically everyone is in control of their own plate. And you can make up whatever rules work for you. 

Oh! Here is one more idea I have to share! With the warmer weather I love having breakfast picnics are a fun idea as well. It is an easy way to give your kids lots of healthy choices and enjoy the fresh air early! Take a look at how we put together a simple outdoor breakfast picnic, this is just my favorites. 

If you are looking for even more ideas on healthy summer food ideas, consider joining us in our free online mom community, The Real Moms Collaborative. It is a one-stop spot for healthy ideas, recipes and motivation that will supply lots of healthy inspiration all summer long. 

 

Fitness.

Here is another part of my life I think just gets easier in the summer. The warmer weather means the family and I are outside so much more. And there are TONS of ways to stay fit and active. We take walks and hikes, play catch or tag, ride our bikes to the playground and more!

The ideas are endless.

In fact, here are 15 more ways you and the family can stay active this summer. 

And truthfully, with many of us on a more relaxed schedule throughout the summer, this is a great time to find yourself an accountability partner. Your girlfriend/neighbor/bff is more likely to say YES to an evening run, Saturday morning tennis, or weeknight laps at the high school track. All you have to do it ASK! 

 

Kids. 

Setting intentions around our children is usually something that happens right about now as well, Whether those intentions are about maintaining academic accomplishments from the last school year or maintaining some healthy habits throughout the next few months, there is usually something we are thinking about moving forward. 

For academics, there are a few things on my personal plate, one of which is maintaining my children's reading stamina. So they will all get reading logs and reading first thing in the morning will remain a part of our morning routines. 

Mom, if you need some inspiration for your own summer reading list, here it is. 

There are also so many inspiring summer bucket lists for kids that I love. This is just one that I that I wanted to share with you. A quick google search might reveal more that suit your family even better. 

 

 

As you are gearing up for an amazing summer, I hope this guide helps you get ready. There will be so many more updates so make sure that you stay connected by joining our email community. (Of course there is a free gift if you do!) 

Talk soon! 

3 Ways To Embrace & Love Your Momma Bod

Throughout my life I have spent a lot of time creating unrealistic body goals for myself. For a long time I was focused on dieting and felt that if I could just fit into a certain size or see a particular number on the scale then most of my problems would be solved. 

It is safe to say I have done some growing since those days.

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However it would feel like an eternity until I got to the point in my life, THIS point, where I feel absolutely grateful for the body I live in. 

 

Let's face it, having a healthy body image in our younger years can be a challenge, but it doesn't necessarily get easier once we enter motherhood unless we put in the effort it takes to change it.

 

I have gone through a shift in thinking that has led to me embracing this momma bod of mine, along with all the quirks and changes that come along with it. 

 

Today I pay much more attention to myself, how I feel, and all the ways this body has blessed me. I embrace and love this body.

 

And I am much happier for it.

 

If you are on a path to strengthening your self love and embracing your amazing momma bod, consider these three ideas:

 

1. Ditch the scale. If you want to feel rebellious liberation and take a huge step toward the loving embrace of your gorgeous momma bod, ditch the scale. Your body is a miraculous thing. Your heart beats without prompting, breathe moves through you without fail, and you move through everyday thanks to that body of yours. Release yourself from the burden of being defined by what is on a scale. It isn't telling you much. You already know what you need to know: your body is a blessing, not a number.

2. Replace negative self talk with positive thoughts. When you catch yourself saying, "Man, I could lose 5 pounds," or "Ugh, not looking forward to being in a bathing suit," exchange those thoughts for, "I am so proud of myself for fitting in that 2-mile walk after work," or, "I can not wait for all the fun we are going to have at the beach today!" We deserve better than to beat ourselves up with negative self talk. It is time to cut that out of our lives. make the effort to add more loving, positive self talk to your day.

3. Make choices that feel like you are honoring your body. Forget about thinking of healthy food choices with restriction and deprivation. That whole mindset can feel torturous and doesn't do much for making us feel embraced and loved. Instead, approach food choices with an end goal of feeling nourished and fueled. Go after foods that help you feel amazing. That is a mindset that comes from a place of self love and makes healthy eating so much easier.

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This idea doesn't have to stop at food choices. Go ahead and make fitness choices, clothing choices, girls night out choices that feel like you are honoring your body when you make them. There is no limit to how you can apply this to your life. And no limit to how positive the impact can be.

 

 

Here is the point: your body is beautiful, strong, wondrous, and worth celebrating. If you were waiting for someone to come along and tell you so, consider yourself told. Now it is time for you to strengthen that belief for yourself. 

 


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5 Ways to Feed Your Family Organic on a Budget

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Moms like us are always looking for ways to keep our families happy and healthy. Homemade meals, fresh snacks, and lunches packed with love are just the start. 

If you are a mom on a healthy mission like me, you might prioritize eating organic as well. Organic foods are produced with less pesticides and other toxins and can often have more beneficial nutrients than conventionally grown foods.

Personally, I wanted to reduce the amount of toxins my family was consuming for many reasons but doing so without a plan has the potential to break bank! 

But it doesn't have to! 

You can absolutley include organic food in your family meal plan without breaking your weekly food budget. I want to share with you some simple ways to do just that.

 

Here are 5 ways to

feed your family organic on a budget:

 

1. Know the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15.

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You don't have to buy EVERYTHING organic. If you know which produce is the dirtiest (contains the most pesticides and other toxins), you know which produce to prioritize. The dirtiest produce is a great list to start buying organic. If you know which produce is the cleanest (contains the least amount of pesticides and other toxins), then you know which produce you don't necessarily need to buy organic. 

If it is a choice between one of the other, your Dirty Dozen list should go organic first.

Here is the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen list to get you started.

 

2. Shop Your local Farmers' Market.

Your local Farmers' Market can be a treasure trove of less expensive organic foods. Without having the expenses of packaging, shipping, and marketing products to different stores over long distances, local markets usually feature area farmers who are just trying to sell their latest harvest, including organic farmers. Most of the time, this is much less expensive than organic foods in your supermarket.

Want to find your local Farmers' Markets? Click here. 

 

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3. Plant a Garden.

You really can't get less expensive than growing your own! Besides saving money on organics, you get the added satisfaction of cultivating your own food. One of our personal favorite sources of seeds is Seed Saver Exchange. Definitely worth checking out. 

 

4. Reverse Meal Plan.

Instead of selecting recipes and then shopping for all of your ingredients, first see what is on sale. Shop for discounts and sale items first and then get creative with your bounty! This is a great way to save money. 

This can be a little scary at first but did you know there are websites like this one where you can search recipes by ingredients? That might help! (This is one too!

 

5. Coupons! 

I know what you are thinking, healthy, organic foods rarely have coupons in the Sunday paper. However, coupons for organic foods are out there. Companies like Organic Girl, Earthbound Farm, and others will send you coupons upon request! Check them out! 

 

Saving money on organic is possible. Try these 5 tips will help you feed your family organic on a budget. Which one of these strategies is first on your list to try?

 


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