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

 

Packing Healthy School Lunches for Middle Schoolers, High Schoolers and Adults

PACKING HEALTHY SCHOOL LUNCHES FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLERS, HIGH SCHOOLERS AND ADULTS

We’re back with more lunch tips! In episode 10, we continue with our lunch-packing tips for pre-teens, teenagers, and adults (check out episode 9 for tips for preschoolers and elementary school kids). You’ll hear more about building on our 5 food group lunch packing formula, but with extra servings of veggies and proteins and also pull in tips for athletic kids, working parents and stay-at-home parents. 

Easy Lunch Boxes 3-compartment lunch container: https://amzn.to/2MpFUzj

KIND bars for additional snacks and before sports practices: https://amzn.to/2PvsFvR

Larabar variety pack for filling and easy nutrition: https://amzn.to/2N7pusA

Share your lunch tips in the comments below. Happy packing!

Jen & Corinne