I don’t know about you, but about the time I see the first leaf fall (okay, it’s really when everyone heads back to school), I’m ready to don my scarf and boots and start sipping my Pumpkin Spice Latte – the healthy one of course! I seriously love EVERYTHING about fall!!! You’re probably thinking, “So what’s the problem?” Or maybe you guessed it already…
As much as I love all of the scents and flavors and fun of fall, it can all wreak havoc on my nutrition and fall fitness routine! Although delicious, most of the flavors of fall are a bit decadent and less than nutritious. And with the extra busyness of the season (with after school practices and football games and harvest festivals…) who really has a ton of time to or wants to take the time to work out? So what’s a girl to do?!
I always feel like summer is the perfect time to get on track with my health. It’s warm, it’s sunny, it’s nice enough to be outside…But, then I remember that summer is also the time for vacations, weddings, barbecues, and realize how TOUGH it is to stay on track during the summer. Before I really got started with my healthy lifestyle, I’d work really hard to “prepare” for an event and eat really healthy leading up to vacation and then just completely let my guard down while on vacation. The worst part was, though, that this made it even HARDER to get back on track when I got home. This year I’m trying something new!
We’ll be headed to the beach in just a couple of weeks, and while I am committed to really staying on point with my fitness and nutrition over the next few weeks so I can feel strong and confident when we hit the sand, I plan on sticking pretty close to my plan while on vacation as well. Sure, I’ll be enjoying a few splurges here and there that I wouldn’t normally have, but for the most part, I’ll be eating clean and keeping up with my workouts. Here is how I am going to do it, and you can too: Continue reading →
One of the things that I hear most often from people is “I would eat healthier, but it’s just SO expensive!” While I give it to you that eating well can be a bit of a drain on the budget, I am also here to tell you that you can eat very well and very nutritiously without maxing out your budget. I’m sure you’re thinking, “Yeah, right?! How do you figure?” at this point, so I also wanted to share my simplest, easiest tips for eating healthy on a budget.
I’m not saying that you’ll be able to get the largest variety of foods following this kind of plan, but you will be able to avoid processed foods, incorporate more fruits and veggies, and opt for lean proteins, which are some of the basic principles of a nutritious diet. So, here they are – my “best practices” for eating healthy on a budget. Continue reading →
Time and money are both at a premium for us mamas. But, one of the biggest drains on both are our trips to the grocery store. I don’t know about you, but sometimes it seems like a grocery run is one of the biggest time sucks I run into, and if I’m not careful, it can squander away our budget too. Thankfully, I’ve put a few other practices in place to help save our budget, but one of the things that I’ve most recently been able to do is take advantage of a little technology to save me time AND money when I need to make a grocery run! I don’t like to keep money-saving secrets to myself, so here are a few of my favorite apps to save money and time at the grocery store!
One of our most common excuses for avoiding healthy eating is that it’s too expensive, and we don’t have the money. While I’ll agree that healthy eating can be costly, it really doesn’t have to be that much more expensive than any other type of eating if you use some simple strategies to stick to a budget. I’ve been using these tricks for months, and I can honestly say that we’re able to save money each week but still stay on track with our healthy eating goals. Do we always have the widest variety of foods? Nope, not always, but we always enjoy tasty and healthy food without spending too much!