These past few weeks I could be sleeping a little better, drinking more water, exercising more, and eating a little but healthier.
I’ve been slacking a bit.
Doing my best, but when that alarm clock goes off at 5am to get to yoga, and it is freezing out … and something with my kids caused me to get to bed too late (or woke me up in the middle of the night), I am hitting snooze and skipping class.
When I say I am “slacking” with my food, it means that I am relying WAY too much on grabbing RX bars on the go, than actually sitting down to a nutrient-dense meal.
It also means I am eating out more than I would like to because life has gotten crazy and we are running in a million different directions to get million things done before the holidays.
We celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas (and I host both a week apart from one another) so it is also hard to not put too much pressure on myself.
My point in telling you all of this is because I want to show that it is okay if you can relate.
It’s okay if you don’t always have your shit together.
It’s okay if you have to skip a workout now and then to get some extra sleep.
It’s okay if the holidays have caused you to make a few excuses for slacking on your self-care game.
It’s okay to not be “perfect” because perfection doesn’t exist.
What’s not okay is to let unhealthy moments become longterm habits.
We need to recognize it is happening and have a plan to get back on track so we can feel good and have the energy we need to enjoy the holidays!
Here’s my plan:
- If I can’t get on my yoga mat, dedicate at least 10 minutes to a short at-home flow or meditation/breath work (I also catch myself literally holding my breath when I am concentrating on things intently and it is NO BUENO). Headspace is an amazing app to try if you’re a need guided meditation like me.
- Carve out time to get to the gym, even if it is once a week
- Keep healthy food in the house at all times. For instance, we were running around tonight so we ordered a side of brisket from Mission BBQ (no sauce for me). I made up a giant plate of sunflower + kale micro greens with avocado oil + apple cider vinegar and split my order of meat with Jaxon.
- Make cooking a priority/plan ahead. My instant pot is amazing and when I have a meal-plan ahead of time I can toss things in and have a healthy dinner cooking while I get things done.
- DRINK MORE WATER! Ugh. I NEVER have issues with this, but for some reason lately I am just getting more dehydrated. Keeping my hydroflask filled, adding a drop of peppermint EO or some lemon to it, and sipping on lots of herbal teas and broth helps!
In the spirit of cooking more, I wanted to bring back an oldie but goodie.
I actually posted this recipe years ago on my blog, but the photos got lost and the post is buried, so I thought I’d revamp it!
Roasted parsnip fries are one of my favorites for adding some nutrients to a meal, and also some really great flavor! My kids love eating these, they are pretty addictive!
These are SIMPLE to make!
Roasted Parsnip Fries
preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Cut off ends of parsnips and peel with a vegetable peeler.
Cut the parsnip lengthwise 4-5 times evenly, until you have something that looks like thin french fries.
Cover with Chosen Foods avocado oil and Redman’s Real Salt.
Roast for about 12-15 minutes per side. I find that a 27-28 minute total cooking time works for me. I usually do about 15 minutes on the first side, flip them, and finish them off for another 12 minutes. It all depends how thin you slice them, and your oven.
That’s it! Enjoy!
Happy holidays everyone!
I will be taking a break from the Friday 5 until the new year.
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