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Prep for health

So Sunday  was my prep day for the week. What’s prep day? I know I am not the only one who does it, if you are a busy woman like I am who wants her family, (my  hubby and I) to eat healthy, a prep day is invaluable. If I do not take the time to fill my fridge with healthy, fresh, nutritious food, then what happens most of the time is unhealthy, processed eating! Many nights I don’t get home until 6pm and often too tired to create a healthy homemade meal, and if I do, we don’t eat until 730, even with the hubbys help. So a prep day is necessary, and thank goodness I love cooking as I must admit, a few hours spent in the kitchen is therapeutic for me.

Anyway, it starts with Pinterest, searching yummy healthy meals, salads, marinades and my new discovery…..Buddha bowls. Love the idea, of lots of yummy wholesome goodness in a bowl. Check out some great ideas here. Can’t wait to try some this week. So last week I had prepped a whole bunch of chicken, three different marinades, an Asian, a smoky chipotle one and a seasoned one to go with anything. I grilled them on the BBQ, then portioned them out into the freezer together with some turkey meatballs. Having the protein ready to go is half the battle for me, next I will be doing some marinated pork on the grill. Now I am not a vegetarian at all, but  I am not a really big meat eater, usually a little chicken, and I love fish and when it comes to pasta, rice and potatoes, almost never! But healthier stuff takes more prep….processed convenience food is….well, convenient, so I need to have some stuff prepped ahead of time to ensure we eat healthy and just as important, if I devote one day a week to prepping, then every day I spend less  time in the kitchen which means I can squeeze in some yoga! I need to do this on this journey of mine.

So what did I do on my prep day? Roasted some beets, sweet potatoes and chick peas for bowls or side dishes. Made a veggie egg strata for breakfasts and lunch, assembled a healthy fruit salad for the week, cooked a pot of quinoa, and baked a healthy chocolate banana bread for my hubby, no sugar or oil….apple sauce, vanilla yogurt and a little honey is all it needs. So a few hours spent in the kitchen is so worth it, and I already have my next day planned out. Make some cauliflower rice, Roast  some more veggies, some fennel, zucchini and more beets this time, I also have been craving this spiralized carrot salad so that too is on the menu.

Once again, having a food prep day is invaluable to healthy eating so turn on your favourite music station, (mine is 80s or jazz), don on your apron,sharpen your knives and do it!  It’s so worth it!  No excuses! 😀😀

 

 

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Love yourself…..Be Beloved…

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Are you beloved?  Do you feel beloved? Hopefully you do. I am hopeful thinking that we all have people in our lives that dearly love us, that make us feel beloved. A spouse, parent, child….friends! But are you beloved by yourself? Do you love yourself greatly and dearly?  Hardest thing to do it seems….but why?  I think for some of us, especially women, we are programmed to put others first. Wether it is our spouses, our children or whatever your particular  life situation dictates, I think that many of us just do not have any love left to give to ourselves.  Unfortunately the other reason is sometimes not that we have no love or energy left but that we simply do NOT love ourselves as we should. Sometimes if you love yourself or God Forbid….make yourself a priority then you are seen as selfish or even conceited or worse…a narcissist!..when really it is not that at all.

But so many of us are not raised to love ourselves, meaning, our parents may have loved us but were we really taught self love?   Actually I think self love is not always something taught to us…it can be tough to teach. Rather I believe it is something we observe while growing up, something we digest, something we absorb….through our parents, our friends, tv, social media, magazines. But unfortunately the tv, social media and magazines can crush any chance of you loving yourself. The body image that is showcased, praised and revered is not a realistic one and when that image is not reflected in your mirror, body hate reels it’s ugly head. This has to stop! But the reality is that self love is hard, self body worship is hard and how do we change it?

Well, I think each person’s journey is unique and their own. We each have to figure it out, but since I am on a journey already, I am adding a steep hill to mine. It will be a tough climb and it may be slow going but I am doing it. And this is how…..well first off, I don’t care much about celebrities and celebrities like the K sisters make my toes curl…agh!  So I don’t buy into the thought that I have to look like them, dress like them and countour my damn face like them!  Please! If I am going to be inspired by famous women and follow them and admire them…it will be because of what they stand behind, what they honor and how they own their body. Adele, Ashley Graham, Mariska Hargitay, and lately I have embraced following many women mastering yoga regardless of size and damn if they don’t rock it! I will saturate my feed with realistic heroines,  wellness gurus, and  genuine divas whose messages are  one of self love, peace, soul searching, and magic! Danielle Laporte, Kris Carr, Emma Mildon and my dear friend at HappinessLight. I will surround myself with people who are happy, real, supportive and love unconditionally. I will see myself through their eyes and I will love and embrace all the things that make us. Personality, attitude, inner beauty, strength, laughter! I will be the type of woman who does not hesitate to support, praise and love other women. I will never look upon other women with jealousy, or intimidation. And finally I will embrace ME and who I am, who I was, what ignites me, what I believe and what I love. I will be open to new discoveries and embrace change. I will rock my own style and not give time or value to critics, negative people and bitter individuals who call themselves “friend”. I will continue to surround myself with positivity, happiness and foster that in my work environment. Yup…that hill to Beloved is there, ahead, calling me and I am climbing it.

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