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The Healthy Hacks the Spring Brings

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The Healthy Hacks The Spring Brings

Real Moms, Real Health

There are so many things to love about spring.

Especially all of the healthy hacks that come along with this season.

Spring is a time of new life, fresh growth, and cleansing.

If we pay attention we can see it in nature and we can feel feel those same tendencies in ourselves.

It is really not surprising if you think about it, but after a little added sunshine and fresh air we suddenly want to open all the windows, change every bed linen and re-organize “the drawer” in the kitchen. (You know, THAT “catch all” ‘drawer that holds everything from pliers, to matches, to coupons & box tops.)

Come springtime many of us observe a change in our eating habits and a renewed commitment to our healthy habits.

It isn’t by accident either.

What spring is doing in the outside world, we intuitively want to do in our inside world.

But here is the even cooler part.

Mother Nature doesn’t make mistakes. That drive to cleanse, get a little more active, tidy up our healthy habits… well, spring brings along ways to make those things so much easier to embrace than it has been in the winter months.

So not only does nature stir those tendencies in us, she puts all the tools right out there for us! (Love Her!)

3 Healthy Hacks the Spring Brings

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Berries

Spring brings fresh berries at every Farmers’ Market and grocery store. Loaded with antioxidants & other nutrients, they are here for us to enjoy so eat up!

What are some fresh ways to enjoy berries this spring?

  • Toss them in your salad! A strawberry and spinach salad or a fresh green salad with blueberries and walnuts are perfect dishes.

  • Add berries to your water to add flavor and nutrients.

  • Pack berries for a snack on your way to park or your child’s softball game.

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Fresh air & sunshine

The temperatures are warming up and the days are getting longer.

The outside is calling!

Spring makes it so easy to get some vitamin D, some cleansing fresh air, and an extra bit of exercise. How?

  • Leave the car behind and walk to the store, to school, to the park. While you are at it, leave your phone behind too and really take it all in.

  • Open those windows. Air out the house and enjoy the beautiful breeze.

  • Homework can wait, play outside! Kick or toss a ball back and forth, get out your bikes, or the bubbles, anything. Make the most of the lengthening days.

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Greens, greens, and more greens

Greens are sprouting all around us for a reason.

All the fresh green growth makes being healthy easier.

  • Super healthy & cleansing greens are ripe for the picking. Arugula, dandelion greens, lettuces, and watercress are ready in gardens, farmers’ markets and groceries. Dig in!

  • Fresh herbs are sprouting! Thyme, mint, parsley are all waiting for you with their detoxifying qualities and amazing flavors.

  • Green grass is calling. Kick off your shoes and connect to the Earth. Barefoot walks in the yard or a grassy field are awesome. Earthing has many positive effects. Is earthing for you? Take a peek here.

Spring makes it easy to be healthy.

So here is to a happy and HEALTHY springtime! Enjoy!


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3 Morning Rituals That Help Me Slay the Day

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In my 44 years on this sweet Earth I have learned a great many lessons.

I’ve learned that coffee, when it is really good coffee, is pretty enjoyable black with no sugar.

I’ve learned that despite my lowest lows and a variety of slumps I have pushed through, my body is indeed capable of running 26.2 miles if I ask it nicely enough.

I’ve learned that the direction of my day, good, bad, or ugly, is often determined in the first hour I am awake.



I use these lessons everyday.

I skip the weak cups of coffee and wait instead for the opportunity to drink the cups I prefer and I am always glad I did. (Kind of like a “I am just too grown to drink crappy coffee”- type thing.)

I offer gratitude regularly just because I have legs to carry me through the day, a heart that beats without me asking, and lungs that keep me breathing.

And I begin every single day with intention, practicing rituals that improve my mood, energy, and the general tone of the rest of my day.



It is no great mystery to discover that when our days begin with chaos and we rush through the morning, we carry that tone and energy all day long. When we begin in a calm, organized way, things tend to fall into place so much easier.



If given a choice, I go with option B every time.



I have settled into the latter choice with a little resistance at first. (I don’t deal well with change.) but l liked the way the day went when I was mindful about morning rituals and that made being consistent much easier. Whenever I find myself saying, “Oh, I can skip that part for today,” my mind fast forwards the day and I remember how I want to feel at the end of it. I know I am much more likely to end the day with a satisfied and grateful smile if I follow through.



And so I do.



The Morning Rituals That Help Me Slay the Day:

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  • Meditate. Discovering the Calm app has made this the easiest part of my morning to slip into. Without much thought or any preparation at all (In other words, no more searching youtube for a good guided mediation or one that fits my time limitations.) I just wake, brush my teeth, turn on the coffee, and then get comfortable. This one simple ritual has made a huge difference in my life. Now I can’t imagine my mornings without it.

  • Move. During the week this usually means a simple yoga/stretch routine. Just a little something to allow the body to wake up and get the positive vibes flowing. For me, it isn’t anything too intense, just enough to feel ready for the day.

  • Set intentions. I may do this while face-to-face with myself in the bathroom mirror or while I am sipping my morning coffee. I set one, two, or sometimes three simple intentions for the day. And they vary.

    Today I will respond to each situation with loving kindness.

    Today I will send out the invitations to the party.

    Today I will choose my book and my journal instead of the TV.

    Today I will make it yoga no matter what.

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None of this has to take very long at all but the impact is amazing. If you are looking for ways to positively influence the course of your day, you could try any one of these, all of these, or create your own morning rituals.

If you do embrace these or other morning rituals, tell me and other like-minded moms in our online group, The Real Moms Collaborative. It is our free group that makes sharing and connecting so much easier.




Thank you for reading. If you benefited from this post, please feel free to comment below or share it in your inner circle of moms. If you do or if you don’t, all love all the same.


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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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