Getting Ready for the Holidays: Staying Healthy in the Chaos (Podcast #18!)

Getting Ready for the Holidays: Staying Healthy in the Chaos

Hey friends! How’s that holiday shopping going? Jen here. I’m determined to get all my shopping done by Halloween, but there are only 12 days left and I only have 1 stocking stuffer! Send help. 

Well, on another note, take a listen to podcast 18 where Corinne and I share our tips for keeping up with your healthy habits and avoiding sabotage this holiday season. We chat about how important it is to keep exercise in your day with yoga workouts (don’t forget your mat when you travel!) and walks, batch cooking healthy soups for quick veggie-ness when you’re buried in takeout leftovers and holiday cookies, staying hydrated and never slowing down your smoothie blender.

Take a listen and take our tips to heart. We can do this together!

Jen & Corinne

 

Getting Ready for the Holidays (Already!): Detoxing (Podcast #16)

Getting Ready for the Holidays: Detoxing

Welcome back, and congrats if you challenged yourself with No Spend September because… woohoo!… it’s October! Jen here. Now that we’ve got our spending, household duties for kids and adults, and allowance systems under control, it’s a great time to start thinking about the holidays. Because, if you start now, it may actually be fun!

In episode 16, we embark on our “Getting Ready for the Holidays” journey and discuss getting your mind, health and body ready for the holiday season by considering a quick 7-day detox or simply adopting healthier habits. Listen below or on iTunes to why Corinne and I believe detoxing before Thanksgiving can really set you up for a healthy mind and body going into the fruit cake chaos. And if you can’t listen, I’ve listed out our big why’s below. 

Why Do a Detox Anyway?

First of all, it’s important for us to define “Detox”… this is not a juice fast, a torturous deprivation situation, or something you should dread. If you just eat healthy food (read: lots of plants and very few processed foods and sugary garbage), move your body a little more, and focus on hydration (half your body weight in ounces daily) for 7 days, your amazing liver will do a great job at mobilizing and ejecting toxins. This will help you:

  • Minimize cravings (how handy right after Halloween?)
  • Boost your metabolism (burn that fruit cake faster!)
  • Increase your energy (more fuel in the tank for getting creative with holiday gifts!)
  • Feel better and feel more confident that you are doing the right thing for your body

For Corinne, detoxing, or simply focusing on scrapping the sugary stuff benefits her body and mind in ways she can’t even explain. She considers it a necessity. She also finds that waking up an hour before her kids to exercise and have “me” time benefits her outlook and energy, and it helps her feel more in control of her day. For me, simply focusing on whole foods and being hyper aware of what goes into my body grounds me as the stressful holidays approach. Rather than accepting the fact that you’re going to eat poorly and try and fix it in January, how awesome would it be going into January feeling like you’re already a few steps ahead?

So, consider checking out our free 7-Day Detox and then joining us the last week of October as we prepare to do the detox together starting on Monday, November 5th. Right now, we’re taking some extra time to understand and execute the detox with our new recipe plugin (check out how gorgeous and user-friendly the Fully Loaded Kale Salad looks for the new detox!).

Let us know how you plan on getting your body and mind ready for the holidays in the comments. We love ideas and are always learning from you!

xo,
Jen & Corinne

 

No Spend September: Division of Labor (Podcast #15!)

Division of Household Labor

Hello again! Jen here and we’re still no-spending, but getting really close to “overdoing it October” (ha!). In episode 15 of the podcast and our last one in #NoSpendSeptember2018, we bring up the importance of having a conversation between you and your partner about the division of labor in the house.

We encourage you to sit down and:

        1.  List out the adult chores in the house and to-dos in your family life. These include homework, making lunches, keeping track of school activities, taking kids to the doctor, taking out the trash and paying the bills, to name a few. Name all the things that need to get done. This also includes keeping the kids on track with THEIR chores that we talked about in this post. If you’re a single parent, MAJOR props!!!
        2. Figure out what you’re both willing to do (who likes that chore the least?!). A biggie here for couples is dishes, and another one is the kids’ bedtime routine. Who likes scrubbing spaghetti off the pot AGAIN and chasing the kids around with a toothbrush? Not fun! Draw straws or pick days. If your kids are helping with dishes as part of their chores, then who is the ‘enforcer’? I guess try to make it fun. My kids are really into the army right now, so we hear a lot of “Sir, yes sirs!” during dish time and table cleanup, and that definitely keeps us all laughing.
        3. Determine what is REALLY important to your partner and fit it into the week. Does your partner want to go to the gym, make music or meet up with friends? See how you can make those fun and healthy diversions happen for both of you. Tag-team parenting and chore-doing aren’t rocket science, they’re survival science!
        4. Pick a time to look at the week ahead together. Perhaps it’s a Sunday “date” on the living room couch where you look at the next 7 days and figure out who is doing what and where you might need to reach out for help. Sharing a calendar can also be really helpful. This prevents scrambling at the last minute when one kid needs to get to basketball, one kid needs to get to lacrosse and you need to attend back-to-school night. Time to enlist that carpool or call on a sitter.

     

  1. Share your family and partner responsibility systems in the comments below. We are always upgrading our methods and want to hear from you! xo, Jen & Corinne