Healthy mom

Little Indulgences for the Healthy Mom

Even the healthiest moms like to indulge once in a while. 

I can't say I am the healthiest mom so I will admit that I like to indulge more than once in a while. In fact, I truly think that little indulgences can be a really fun part of life, even a healthy life. 

Something that helped me to not over-indulge in the naughtier things in life was when I expanded what I considered an indulgence. Once upon a time I thought of an indulgence as a banana split after a bacon double cheeseburger. Ok, ok, I still dive into a bacon cheeseburger once in a while but it is a rarity these days thanks to the idea of crowding out. I have added so many other indulgences that there is really no room in my life for some of my old choices. 

The idea of crowding out means that I avoid telling myself, “Never again!” as in “NEVER AGAIN shall we have a banana split!” Or “NEVER AGAIN will we have a glass of wine with dinner on a random Monday evening.”

The term "never again" feels like a very long and sad life sentence. 

So I ditched the idea of "never again" and started ADDING IN! 

I added in more, more, more of the GOOD STUFF! I started expanding what I thought was a treat, what counted as an indulgence. 

Do you want to know what I consider an indulgence these days? 

Take a look! 

 

Avocado Oil

Avocado oil is a great addition to any healthy lifestyle but I consider it an indulgence because it can be a bit more costly than my standard olive oil... although I do find great deals much more often these days. (Psst, like the one I included here! It is worth a peek!) Avocado oil is high in those awesome healthy fats and antioxidants. It is also an excellent addition to your diet if you are hoping to promote skin regeneration and reverse the aging process on a cellular level. And yes, you will hear me say things like, "Mmm, I can't wait to eat my salad. I have avocado oil today." Funny but true.  If you want to read more about Avocado oil you can check out a short but informative article HERE. 

 

 

Mani/Pedi

I can't put my finger on it: is it the alone time? Having someone help pretty you up? The pampering? Who cares!?! Taking the time for a manicure and/or a pedicure is ah-mazing. My personal touch is to go with some home-brewed green tea. A fancy travel cup doesn't hurt either. 

 

 

Chocolate

Yea, nothing is going to beat chocolate.

These days, however, I don't indulge in 28 bite-sized halloween style chocolates. Nope, I have upgraded myself to higher quality and absolutely delicious chocolates and feel pretty decadent myself when enjoying a square or two. (Yes, that is actually enough to be satisfying!) I have a new favorite on my personal chocolate scene, Raaka Chocolate from Brooklyn. Definitely worth checking out. One of my longtime favorites that are local to us here in Central NJ is Mecha Chocolate. Amazing stuff! Lastly, as a matter of convenience, I might add an Endangered Species chocolate to my Amazon order. I mean, you have to have a little chocolate in the fridge at all times, right?

 

 

Epsom Salt Bath

For me, an epsom salt bath takes a little planning. I mean, I have to figure out when everyone will either be asleep or out of the house because that is the only way I am getting an uninterrupted bath. If I can manage all the right calculations, this is a total treat. Not only does it feel like an indulgence but it is so healthy, detoxifying, and relaxing. Worth it every time! 

 

 

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Massage

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When you treat yourself to a massage everything seems right with the world. I will admit this is a treat that I don’t indulge in often enough but even if it is only once in a blue moon that you make this happen for yourself, it is worth it.  

 

 

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Holistic Beauty Products

Treating myself to healthy beauty products that are free from harmful ingredients is one of my favorite indulgences. Bath gels, facial scrubs, firming lotions, BRING IT ON! There are a few that I love but Neal’s Yard Rememdies have products have been my favorite for a long time now. 

 

 

Building a healthier life doesn’t mean that moms like us can’t indulge. With a simple shift in what we consider an indulgence, we can treat ourselves and be spoiled in a way that respects our healthy lifestyle.

 

This list is just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Ready to feel spoiled?  Which one of these indulgences are calling your name?

 

 

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3 Secret Habits of Healthy Moms

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We know they are heading to yoga after school drop off. 

We know they spend most of their time shopping in the produce aisle. 

We know they head to the gym and fit in a quick workout pretty regularly.

 

But what are the habits of healthy moms that aren’t jumping out at us on social media? What are we not seeing?

 

What are the SECRET HABITS of HEALTHY MOMS?  

 

Today I am sharing 3 of the secret habits of healthy moms. These are the habits that are less obvious. This is the stuff that makes a huge difference but perhaps you wouldn't guess are happening. 

Adding these secret habits can help you further embrace a healthier and happier lifestyle, making it a permanent change for you and your family.  

 

1. Healthy moms learn and grow. They read, they take classes, they learn new skills. They listen to new ideas and find exciting ways to adventure outside of their comfort zone. They know that learning new things makes life fun and keeps their healthy life interesting. Healthy moms find local workshops, cooking classes, and more ways to keep healthy living at the center of life. 

Take action: Find a reliable source of local events and classes that you can refer to. Grab a girlfriend and try something new. If you need some local ideas, I recommend our Mason Jar Salad Workshop that is coming up SOON! 

 

2. Healthy moms know when to say NO. These ladies are not trying to take on every single task to the point of overwhelm and exhaustion. Nope. They know their limits and they say no. If their plate is currently full, they avoid volunteering for something they know they can't squeeze in. If they day is jammed with chores and errands, they don't feel badly taking a back up pizza out of the freezer and calling it dinner. 

Take action: Consider having a few back ups on hand in your own freezer for when you need to say no to a home-cooked meal. Get in the habit of checking in with yourself and assessing when you are at maximum capacity. It is ok to say no, ask for help, or let someone else step up. 

 

3. Healthy moms find community. I, personally, found motherhood itself a little isolating at first. Then, the more and more I left the “norm” and embraced healthier living, the more isolated I felt. I knew I couldn’t stay that way though. Not if I wanted to make this a lifelong journey. I had to find like-minded mamas and build a community. Via social media, local events, and more I was able to build an amazing community of like-minded moms to share support, ideas, recipes and laughs. 

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Take action: Join groups on social media that are welcoming and full of moms with ideas and goals like yourself. The Real Moms Collaborative is one but there are many! Local events will give you the opportunity to meet moms face-to-face and grow your community that way as well. Check out the Moms Together, a weekly meet up for moms on a healthy mission starting soon in Mercer County New Jersey! If you are interested, be sure to sign up for more information. 

 

These are 3 healthy habits that might not be the most obvious practices of a holistically healthy mom but they are tremendously effective. Choose the one that you can connect to the most and commit to taking action as soon as possible. 

 

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Homemade Laundry Detergent

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Every once in a while I take a step back and ask myself what new and small change can I make that will make our home a little greener.  

A while back I significantly reduced the amount of plastics we use in our home and invested in lots and lots of glass storage.  (Now I can’t imagine my life without my mason jars!)

I replaced aluminum and plastic wraps with bees wrap.  

After the summer, I stopped using our dryer and we now air dry all of our laundry.  

The latest way I have “greened up” our home is by making my own homemade laundry detergent. This has been on my list of things to do for a while but for some reason I was intimidated to try it.   

I am so glad that I got over myself and went for it because nothing will be the same again. Not only does the laundry smell amazing, I can feel a lot better about the ingredients I am currently using (and NOT using).

I referenced Wellness Mama and her awesomely simple recipe for homemade laundry detergent and a bunch of other great ideas. I make a “powdered” detergent. I have a feeling that when you look at the steps I take to make this, you are going to ask yourself, “Why am I not doing this?”

Really, it is that simple! 

 

Ingredients:  

1 cup Borax

1 cup Washing Soda

1 bar of Dr. Bronner’s Castile soap with essential oils (I like citrus!)  

 

Directions: 

1. Grate the bar of soap over the smallest holes you can on a metal grater. (I purchased an inexpensive one and use it only for detergent making.)  

2. In the blender, combine grated soap, Borax, and washing soda.  

3. Blend until you have a consistent powder.  

4. Store in a glass jar.  

5. Add 1-2 Tablespoons to your washing machine for each load of laundry.  

 

Uh, huh, I know. How unbelievably SIMPLE!  

It is worth giving it a shot yourself. It is inexpensive compared to purchasing factory-made detergents and you control the ingredients. (I like that!)  You have got to give it a try. 


Below I have listed the ingredients I have used should you want to have a go at it! If you do, please tell me what you think!  

 


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