After a very difficult first pregnancy that included 3-months of strict bed rest, I was exhausted, overwhelmed and up 57 lbs. Once I got the OK from my doctor, I was excited to get back to my active lifestyle. Problem was, I had never gained so much weight before, my balance was totally off and I couldn’t walk around the block without my knees aching.
Life with a small human is wild! The day to day: cooking, cleaning, feeding, playing, mommy meet-ups, shopping, laundry (omg the laundry) is never ending. And when you’re on a health and wellness journey where things like daily workouts and walks, eating healthy and getting proper sleep are non-negotiable, there leaves very little time for anything else.
I adore everything about coffee: the daily ritual, the taste, the aromatics, and admittedly, the caffeine high. Coffee is so much a part of my day-to-day that I recently carved out a small spot in my home for a coffee bar. This coveted corner is where I store my espresso machine and grinder, various French presses, pour-overs, coffee mugs, and of course, a stockpile of various beans to try out. But one thing I always have on hand is mushroom coffee.
Here’s 5 fun things to read, shop and listen to this weekend.
- This article on body positivity got me thinking.
- Bathroom yogis! (I laughed out loud… but love hot yoga so much I can relate.)
- I just finished listening to this book and can’t stop talking about it. Have you read it?
- I have a zucchini in my fridge and I’m tempted to make this.
- Are you back at the gym yet? If so, check out The 20 Best, Breathable Face Masks To Wear While Working Out. (I have #1 and can confidently say that I absolutely love it)
It’s been especially cold here in D.C. that it’s made going for walks and family hikes difficult with a small baby in tow. Baby aside, I always find February a tough month to trudge through. It’s near the end of the wintry months when you’re so very over the frigid temperatures, snow and short days! To beat the winter blues, I’m sharing with you 3 healthy and hearty veg friendly meals that are sure to warm you from the inside out.
Years ago, I made a conscious decision to stop watching the news each day. I found that daily consumption of the news, more often than not, made me feel sluggish, angry or sometimes, just downright afraid. I came to the realization that there was a major difference between being informed on what’s happening in the world and becoming so entangled in the messiness that it consumes your thoughts hours or even days later.
Up until recently, meal planning was a serious stressor in my life. Most weeks I would scramble to come up with dinner dishes moments before running to do my grocery shop for the week. Or I would become so inspired that I would overcommit to making a handful of dishes, buy all the ingredients, and then life would get in the way. I could not seem to get into a proper rhythm of planning and executing meals and it left me in a major rut. It wasn’t until I piggybacked on to an existing habit that I’m now able to meal plan with efficiency and ease.
The other day I was strolling on Instagram when a photo caught my attention. A woman I follow posted a photo of herself showing off a fresh outfit to fit her new postpartum body. The caption read something along the lines of, “when I dress to feel good about myself, it motivates me to want to work harder to take care of my body”, which was a lovely sentiment and it got me thinking…
As you can see from the title there’s a new baby in the mix. I’ve been away for some time because, well, I had the absolute worst pregnancy (more on that later) which left me depressed, bed bound and zero desire to write about health and wellness — because my personal experience was anything but. Now that my daughter is here and I’m feeling a bit more like myself, I’m excited to jump back in and explore health and wellness postpartum (because I’m living it and it’s wild).
I don’t know about you, but when I’m highly focused on not eating something, it just makes me want it more (give me all the wine and cheese, please!). Years ago I came across a brilliant concept on dieting that has stuck with me and forever changed the way I think about food.