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15 Self-Care Ideas

After having my daughter, I found myself feeling drained and just a little distraught. (Can any other new mamas relate?) I was giving so much attention to caring for my daughter that I was taking very little time to take care of me, and I was just out of steam. As selfish as I felt at the time, I started carving out a few minutes a day to take care of me – working out, reading a book, showering…And I quickly found that if I did take that time for me, I was a better mom and wife and just had more in general to give. Self-care. That’s what it is about. When I take better care of me, I take better care of them.Though self-care can feel selfish, it’s essential for establishing overall good health. Use these tips to improve your general health.

 

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Staying on Track with Your Fitness While Traveling

As I’m gearing up to head to Summit, Beachbody’s largest annual event, I figured now was the perfect time to share a few tips on how to stay on track with your fitness while traveling. Plus, I got some great suggestions from my sister-in-law who literally has it all down to a science! So, the next time your headed on trip for business or leisure, don’t right it off as a complete wash for your health and fitness plan! Follow these tips, and you won’t miss a beat!

1. Plan Ahead

Planning ahead and prepping a few things to take with you is key. Especially if you are traveling by car, you can prep meals to take along with you. A simple cooler with ice packs will work, but if you travel often, a meal management system is worth the investment. Most are designed six pack bags that facilitate both meals and liquids. Having enough space for several large bottles of water/liquid for shakes as well as several meals is awesome for traveling! (Also, keep in mind that you can fly with prepacked meals just no liquids!)Travel plans can make it seem impossible to stay on track with your fitness. Check out these tips for sticking with your healthy lifestyle even on the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tilapia and Veggie Foil Pack Dinner

My philosophy when it comes to meals is the simpler the better, and this tilapia and veggie dish definitely does not disappoint. It seriously doesn’t get any easier than this, and it’s so, so good! So, if you’re looking for a light and tasty weeknight meal or even if you need a meal for entertaining, try this!Tilapia is a perfect light and healthy dinner! Try this super-simple tilapia and veggie foil pack meal for a delicious meal any night of the week! Continue reading

5 Tips for Eating Healthy on a Budget

Lots of people say they can’t eat healthy because it’s too expensive. And, I get it. Your grocery bill is likely one of the biggest recurring bills you have each month. However, you can make anything work if you want it bad enough. So, as I’ve made the transition to a healthier diet for our family, I’ve had to focus on ways that I can buy more nutritious food without maxing out our grocery budget. While I may spend a little more every once in a while, with a few simple strategies, I’ve been able to stick right within our monthly grocery budget. So, I wanted to share my “tips and tricks” with you so that you know that you too can eat healthy without breaking the budget.5-tips-for-eating-healthy-on-a-budget

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How Being Physically Fit Relates to Our Spirituality

I’ve struggled with weight issues for years. When I was a child I was always one of the chubby kids, so in middle school, I went on a self-induced weight loss plan and took it to the other extreme. It wasn’t really until I quit focusing on being skinny and started aiming for being healthy that my whole concept of being “fit” really changed.Being physically fit has implications that go deeper the surface level. Learn how physical fitness relates to our spirituality and apply it to your life.

Like I said, in middle school, my goal was to lose the chub, to get rid of the excess weight so that I could finally feel good about myself. But, why was my self-confidence contingent upon my looks? Well, it’s natural, but I hadn’t found where my worth really came from at that point, and once I did, I was able to get a better concept of being healthy and fit and why it actually matters.

Our health isn’t defined by a pants size or a number on the scale. Rather, health is about being able to be active and having a system that processes effectively. We’re able to achieve that level of wellness by maintaining a regular fitness plan, eating a balanced diet, and incorporating a healthy spiritual life.

So, how can we maintain this level of motivation? I already mentioned that my previous motivation was to be skinny, but after my focus shifted, I was able to look at being fit in a much healthier manner. That shift and focus came from understanding God’s intention about my health.

Ephesians 2:10 reminds us, “For we are God’s masterpiece, he has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” God made us in his image to be able to do the things He desires of us. If I don’t maintain my health, I’m not working toward achieving those things He intends for my life. And, I’m certainly not going to be able to carry out His plan later in my life.

Another verse that comes to mind is 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own…” If I recognize my body as a temple that houses the Holy Spirt, why would I not be motivated to take care of it? I understand that this verse indicates the necessity to take care of more than my physical fitness, but if I’m not able to care for my body physically how can I begin to embody any of the other facets of healthy living?

Our physical fitness is related to our spirituality in that God intricately designed our body’s to function in a specific way – a way that involves caring for our bodies, eating healthful foods, and remaining active. Remaining healthy enables us then to further carry out God’s plan in our lives.

While I am obviously not pursuing any weight loss or extreme fitness goals presently, it is still my goal to maintain a healthy lifestyle to remain true to God’s purpose and intention for my life and to care for my sweet little one. As you pursue health and fitness goals, I hope that you, too, can see them through the eyes of being fit for a spiritual purpose and to achieve God’s intended purpose in your life.