healthy habits

3 Secret Habits of Healthy Moms

secret.jpg

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. 

girlfriends.jpg

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. 

 

veggies in shopping basket .jpg

Bring Your Family Activity Level Up, Up, Up!

IMG_5178.jpg

There is no doubt about it.

One of the essentials to healthy living for you and your family is getting up and getting moving.  

This is true for parents and true for kids. 

But these don't need to be separate events. (Like maybe you go to the gym and your child heads to soccer practice or something like that...)  In fact, one thing I absolutely love is being active together as a family. Whether it is hiking a new trail together or playing catch in the backyard, everything is always better when we are doing it together. 

But....

...thanks to jam-packed schedules, after-school activities, work, work and more work, not to mention the amount of technology working against us, lots of moms find that staying active as a family is a challenge.  

 

I want to help you work right through that. 

 

IMG_3430.jpg

I know you know WHY we should increase our activity level as a family:

  • Active kids will more likely grow into active adults. 
  • Being active together adds to family time and bonding. 
  • Exercise helps us clear our minds, reduces stress, and improves our mood. (Good for us AND good for kids!)
  • The more we move the easier it is to maintain a healthy weight. 
  • Being active as a family is FUN!  

I could go on but you get the point, right?

 

You know WHY! The problem is HOW! 

 

It can be done! 

 

Let's move our families off of the couch and out from behind those tech screens.

Let's get them into the backyard, onto local hiking trail or to the beach for a game of volleyball.

Let's shift from what is our current "normal" into a more active life.

 

Try this!

 

1. Shift Your Thinking.

If you decide that you want to be a more active family, see it, breathe it and then live it.

Accept this as your truth and embrace it!

Before I had children, I envisioned myself as a mom. I saw myself feeding my family healthy food. I saw us meditating. I saw us practicing yoga. I saw myself on runs with my kids. I saw us hiking. I saw us camping.  

I could see it in my mind and I embraced that as my reality...BEFORE IT EVEN HAPPENED.

Even before I had my mini-humans in my life, I saw what I wanted our life to look like and it was almost like I could see the future becasue so much of what I pictured became reality.

Visualizing is an important first step. If you can't see it in your mind you don't know what you are working towards.

Once you envisioning it, it is so much easier to manifest.  

 

2. Clear The Way

If your current lifestyle doesn't include time for family activity, clear the way. The time is there, I promise.

Say no. Postpone. Reschedule. PRIORITIZE. 

IMG_2989.jpg

Say YES to an early morning bike first. Then "ok, fine" to the chores and errands later.

Make plans to visit the beach, a zoo, a museum or a park.  WRITE IT ON THE CALENDAR. (It makes it more real.)

Leave the dishes after dinner and head outside with a frisbee or a ball to toss. (The dishes don't mind waiting.)

Once you decide that you truly want to be more active and decide it will be so, you will find the time if you really, really, really promise to make it a priority. 

 

 

 

3. Get Uncomfortable. 

This step does NOT require that you get active, pull a muscle, then smile through the pain.

No.

All I mean by "get uncomfortable" is this: right now we all have some "comfortable" habits that we might be looking to change. 

Maybe the kids leave the dinner table and grab their tablets.

Maybe you spend Sunday morning catching up on shows. 

Maybe family time includes a game console and limited blinking.  

These things have become comfortable parts of our lives. 

You don't have to have a big plan. Just get up, get moving and see what adventures await! 

You don't have to have a big plan. Just get up, get moving and see what adventures await! 

To get "uncomfortable" means to do something a little unfamiliar, something that isn't yet our norm and to avoid leaning back into our comfortable, not-so-active habits. 

When you feel yourself cozying up to a comfortable old habit that you are trying to change, catch yourself. 

If you catch yourself about to say the usual, "Let's stay in and watch movies," SHAKE IT OFF and remember that you are a more active family now.  Go on family walk after dinner.

You will thank yourself later. 

 

Let's keep this conversation going!

 I want to invite you to join our online community of moms supporting moms called

The Real Moms Collaborative.

We are building healthier lives for ourselves and our families one step at a time! 

See you there! 


Michelle and crew! 

Michelle and crew! 

Hey, Momma! I am Michelle. I am a busy mom of 3, a certified holisitc health coach and owner of Real Moms, Real Health.  I studied at the Institute of Integratvie Nutrition and I am  Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. In addition to giving workshops and lectures, I work with busy moms to find a healthy weight, have more energy and inspire health in their household. I have simple strategies that any mom can use to make healthy living EASY. Learn more about my programs by checking out my website.  And don't forget to follow me on FACEBOOKTWITTER OR INSTAGRAM.

Spring Cleaning for the Mind, Body & Soul

spring cleaning .jpg

 

The birds are singing, the buds are blooming and the days are longer! 

Oh, Spring! I have missed you.

I love when spring returns. I always feel energized and inspired. This time of year, more than any other, I feel pumped up and ready to go. This is when I start a dozen or so projects (I am not saying I finish them all, mind you) because the enthusiasm of this season just takes over. I find it so easy to recommit and refocus on all of the things that are most important to me. Not only that, I feel the powerful urge to PURGE on so many levels. My body craves nutritious green juices, my mind needs to organize and declutter and, on a deeper level, I am driven to simplify my life for the sake of my overburdened soul.

It is not uncommon for busy moms like us to need to stop, take a deep breath, and realign ourselves with the ideas and practices that our most important to us. 

Spring is a perfect time to do that. 

In years past, I can remember wanting to make healthy adjustments to my life with a bit of "spring cleaning" but not knowing where to begin. With that in mind, I put together this useful list for all of us to help get us started. This list should allow us to utilize the inspiration of spring and make the most of it! This is a great starting point for you to spring clean your mind, body and soul. 

Here are my 5 ways to Spring Clean for your Mind, Body and Soul:

1. Clean out the fridge and pantry. Get rid of the expired food and the food you no longer want.  Wipe down all of the shelves and doors. Restock with the healthiest choices! Aim for whole, nourishing foods

2. Sort through your clothes. Have any winter clothes that didn't fit right or you didn't put on at all? Time to donate those items to someone who will use them. Go beyond just winter clothes though. Sort through your spring and summer clothes as well. As you sort, be honest with yourself about whether you should hold onto it or let it go. But always hang on to the clothes that make you feel like a rock star. (just saying)

3. Clean emotional "junk". Ill-feelings for another person or grudges have got to go. Use a strategy to free yourself of those kinds of emotional burdens. Journaling, a heart-to-heart talk or a guided meditation are some of the ways that might help you put that stuff behind you. Freeing yourself from those burdens will help you feel refreshed and light. 

4. Re-commit to fitness. Take advantage of the warmer weather, the longer days and your extra energy. Try a new fitness routine or get back to one that you love. 

5. Clean out the negativity in your life.  Do this simply by crowding it out. Make space for more positivity by consciously inviting more of it into your life. Start your day with a positive mantra, gratitude journal or join this week's healthy challenge in our online community, The Real Moms Collaborative. 

 

Spring is the perfect time to tidy up our life in all essential aspects. This list will give you a quick start to spring cleaning your life: mind, body and soul. 

 

Thank you for reading! 


carrots.jpg