I feel pretty fortunate in that Grace is a relatively healthy eater with no big effort on our part (I mean, really, what 2 year old just asks for hummus as a snack). But I say that and realize I have been pretty intentional with our approach to food with her since day one, so I thought I’d share a few of the ways we’ve gotten our toddler to eat healthy in hopes that it helps some of you other mamas who are struggling.
And let me just put this disclaimer out there too (should the universe or my two year old be listening and decide to challenge me)…I know kids are picky, they go through phases, and their tastes change. I remember being told a time or two a story on myself when I refused to eat my veggies because I wasn’t in a “green or orange or yellow mood.” So I’m sharing what’s working for us now in hopes that it keeps working and sheds a little light on the subject of healthy eating for kids.
Over the past 2 years, I’ve undergone a bit of a transformation. Yes, of course it has been a physical one, but even more so it’s been a mental/emotional one. After having my daughter I realized how much I had struggled with self-doubt and poor self-image (outwardly manifested as perfectionism), and I decided something had to change.
It was then that I started my very first fitness program and hesitantly joined the online accountability group my coach recommended. And while those two components were the vehicle for change for me, it was really about so much more than that…
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There is no two ways about it. I’ve always been more of a “get things done” rather than “go with the flow” kind of person. I have a tendency to overfill my plate and stretch myself too thin. But I’m currently in a season where I feel like God is telling me cut the excess, slow down, and just really dig in to intentional living. And you know what? I actually feel like I can breathe.
As we rounded the bend to yet another display and another handful of candy, one of the “treaters” said to me…”It’s your favorite night of the year, right?” As we laughed knowing that she was being sarcastic and making light of the fact that we typically try to keep our candy and namely sugar intake to a minimum, it made me think. I don’t necessarily love the onslaught of candy that the Halloween is known for, but truth be told, because our focus is balance, I don’t mind the occasional treat (or trick) here or there. I do try to do my best to keep it all in moderation, though, so I thought I’d share a few of my tips for enjoying a healthy and Happy Halloween!
Ever since getting home from our leadership retreat (more to come on that later hopefully) last week, I just can’t seem to get this thought of “creating space” out of my mind. I have always loved what I do as a coach and mentor, but for the last couple of months, I just felt like I was going through the motions and in a bit of a funk or brain fog, you might call it. One of our focuses on our retreat, though, was regaining our vision and really fine-tuning our process to be even more effective. And I just came home feeling like I had so much more space and clarity.
I know that I am not the only mama obsessed with doing big things and living my best life, so I decided I needed to share with you what I’ve been doing to make a little more space in my life. Now, I know that all probably sounds a little abstract, so just bear with me…I’m going to get to the practical, but first, how do you know you need a little more space?