Drink up!Β 

Still here! πŸ‘‹πŸΌ Just finding pregnancy harder and harder this time around and I’ve been really tired. So expect as a soon to be Mom of two that my 101 post updates won’t always be weekly, but I’ll still be here so stick around.

31 weeks pregnant as of yesterday. Can’t wait to be at the finish line and hold my little guy already. So nothing much has changed as of my last post. I only have 6 more pounds to gain in this pregnancy to stay within the healthy weight gain…only 6 and I have 9 weeks to go. However, my appetite isn’t as crazy as it was in the beginning I’m actually not that hungry and my meals are smaller. Granted my stomach is being squished right now due to my growing baby.

I’ll post bump pics soon to see how much my belly grows from here on out. My father said I look as big as I did towards the end of my pregnancy with my daughter Amelia. It scares me a little because I felt big then, how much bigger can I get?  Belly progression pictures soon as a final countdown. And as embarrassing as it’ll be for me I will be posting postpartum belly pics 😱. Just want to see for myself how long it takes for my belly to go back to normal.

Anyway, this post! I still find it hard to drink my water especially now that I get full so quickly. Aside from adding lemon in my water, which is great- I’ve been wanting  a flavored herbal tea to help me get my water in. Today I tried celestial seasonings watermelon lime zinger and it is awesome! Adding flavor to your water makes it less of a chore to drink! Hope this tip helps you, because for someone like me who only drinks water this is a treat!

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Earn your Happy πŸ˜

This past week I started searching for podcasts. I was searching so that I would have something to listen to in order to keep my goal of going on the treadmill for 30 minutes. I was also searching, because being with a toddler all day as your buddy is pretty lonely despite how cute and how much you LOVE them.

So the podcast I want to introduce you to, and that I’ve been listening to, is a self help podcast by Lori Harder called “Earn your Happy!” I didn’t think I would enjoy this podcast as much as I have, but she has so many helpful tips and the best part for me is that she incorporates her Christian faith in her self help as well.

She has these podcast titles that are titled quickies, which are short 10 to 15 minute or less lessons that are perfect if you’re doing the dishes or folding the laundry ( in my case: if my toddler is sleeping).

I listened to an awesome one today called “Gratitude is the best way to attract more things to be grateful for.” I encourage you to listen! It’s about teaching yourself to be in the present more rather than the past or future, which can both bring bitterness, regret or worry and anxiety into your life. I battle my own worries, fears, anxieties and being alone with my thoughts can lead to depression. I’ve experienced depression in my life far too often to have it take me down. There comes a point where enough is enough. Gratitude in the past and now has helped me overcome the things that I want or can’t have and this podcast episode helped me realize that every time I am grateful I’m happier and more present! I used the iTunes podcast app. It’s a purple icon if you search for it on the apple app store.

Hope this encourages you all too!

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Goals

It’s so easy to say, “I’m changing my diet, no more this, that and this deliciousness,” but over time you’ll find that it is almost always a recipe for failure. I’m guilty of this. I understand the need to want to break up with a no good for you food, but sometimes our approach is too sudden. We deprive our bodies suddenlyΒ of what we are accustomed to eating. Therefore, after a short time of our new diet we give up too soon from the need to have that deprived food again. We defeat ourselves before we can achieve a true lifestyle change.

My idea of healthy living is feeling the best we can in our day to day lives. So what makes us feel good in the long run? The answer is the foods we eat and yes exercise! Now it’s easy to type these words and you’re probably reading this and thinking, ugh yes I know what I have to do, but let me give you some advice that I’m starting to use.

Before you beat yourself up, before you throw in the towel stop, here it is… set small goals for yourself. I have to type this word again…small. Set a goal for a certain week, where you decide like me, “you know what, I want to make sure I drink more water, or I’m going to have more fruit,” or anything really the choice is yours.

I know when you want to lose weight everything in you wants to do it all at once. I’m in the business of gaining weight right now, but I do want to help those that want to see a change in their life. The outward appearance shows weight loss and that seems to be the main goal for people, but what we’re missing is do we truly feel good! You will lose weight by eating better. It’s just a matter of changing how we eat and not feeling deprived in the process.

This is my journey. This is what my blog is about. I want to eat foods that energize me and make me feel good and I want to document my experience by being more mindful of what I eat and learning about the foods I fuel my body with.

The point is not this though, for this post I want to encourage you and say, don’t beat yourself up. If you’ve decided that you need a change take that step and train your body little by little to want, crave and enjoy healthier foods. There are ways and I’ll be there with you.

So set a goal this week or next and think small, but stick with it. Once you master that goal, add a new one. Some goals might be easier or more challenging than others like exercise for example is tough. Just having the time to go to the gym is a challenge, but guess what, we have the magical world of youtube and setting a goal of 15/30 minutes of any youtube channel of your choice and you’ll feel accomplished.

I’m actually attempting to do home workouts. Just arms and a 30 minute 2mph walk on the treadmill. Mainly it’s for my mental health. I don’t need an article to tell me that exercise influences your mental health. I have felt a dramatic influence to my overall well being when I add exercise into my life. That’s why I love the warmer weather, being outside and walking is a stress relievier for me. It’s winter here in New Jersey, so if your goal is exercising pick a home workout that you enjoy or make time for the gym.

So remember…

“Don’t beat yourself up

set small goals

and, Clap for your damn self!”

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Raw Brownies?

Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Β Thank God for healthy bloggers, vloggers and chefs who come up with recipes that won’t kill you a week or few weeks later on the scale!

I made this so good, so sweet recipe last night in honor of my mother in law who is on the Daniel fast this month. I discovered this recipe from a vlog I follow on youtube titled Rawvana. I found her on youtube when I was searching for smoothie recipes and am so happy to have her on my subscriptions. This lady is an inspiration, sometimes I don’t know how she does it!

So I found this recipe on her vlog and I have to share it here, because it’s so good and worth the effort to make it! Although it has few ingredients, the total cost did come out to about 25, but again it’s worth it. The bulk of the expense came from the cacao powder itself, but think about it, you have a whole bag of this heaven to make more raw brownies!

The ingredients I used for the raw brownies were as stated in her youtube videos:

15 dates (presoaked in water before you blend it)

1 cup of almond meal (or you can just buy almonds and ground them up yourself)

and 4 tbsp of cacao powder

Thats what I used, but she adds a little more in her video if your interested to see it below!

I also made the pudding recipe to go over it, mmm so good! This calls for:

5-6 dates

2 tbsp of cacao powder

and avocadoΒ 

That is what I used, but she also added vanilla powder. It is so easy to make and only requires an hour in the freezer before you can give in to your sweet tooth!

And mom, I know your probably going to read this, so yes I will bring some for you to try!

And thats it!

Thank you Rawvana for the recipe!

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Youtube link below:

CHOCOLATE BROWNIES RAW VEGAN | HEALTHY DESSERT NO BAKE RECIPE

HEALTHY DESSERT! RAW VEGAN CHOCOLATE PUDDING/MOUSSE

 

All about the seeds!

Okay so there are chia seeds, flaxseeds, hemp seeds and I’m sure there are other seeds that I have no clue about. A quick google search of these seeds and you’ll find words like superfood, omega 3’s, protein, fiber all these wonderful health benefits. You don’t even think about it, you just take say, “give me, give me, give me, I want that, I need that.” Truly great benefits.

Β  Β  Β  Β  Β  Originally I was going to compare these seeds and see which one is a definite buy, but they all have their own purposes. I’ll give you a quick summary of some of the articles I read and I’ll list the sources below if you wish to read more about the topic. Most of the articles I read were within the past year. I’m bringing you the information based off the research from these articles. My first source comes from Dr. John Day titled flax vs. chia, which should you eat?

Omega 3’s: Both flax seeds and chia seeds came at a tie for this omega 3. However, the downfall is that since flax and chia seeds are a plant based, the omega 3 that it provides is in the form of ALA (Alpha-Linolenic acid) and the body takes just a little of this form and turns it into DHA which is what our brains truly benefit from.

Fiber: Chia seeds is the winner! They both provide fiber, but chia seeds wins by providing 7% more of your daily fiber intake.

I encourage you to read this article. Dr. John’s conclusion on flax and chia seeds is that they are both great for you. If you want more calcium in your diet, because you no longer eat dairy products then chia seeds are what you want. However, if you’re looking to lower your cholesterol then flaxseeds are for you. Again I’ve listed the article below for you! It’s a great read!

Now, here comes the big downfall- phytic acid. Seeds and nuts contain phytic acid, which basically prevents your body from getting all the great nutrients that these seeds provide. I know. Preparation is involved if you want to consume these seeds. Chia seeds are easier to remove phytic acid by simply soaking them. If you already make chia seed pudding then you are already decreasing the phytic acid in them. And here comes the benefit of hemp seeds. Apparently they don’t have phytic acid (sorry for using that word for the millionth time), so there is no special preparation required. If this article is wrong, please let me know, but from this particular source it seems to state that hemp seeds don’t contain phytic acid, therefore it doesn’t interfere with nutrient absorption.

I’ll research hemp seeds more, but with it you have protein (even though there are many sources of protein available-even for vegans) and omega 3’s like chia and flax. I’ll provide a source below for further reading.

The most surprising aspect about reading about these seeds was….here comes the word again, phytic acid! Plan to do more reading on it.

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Source links:


Flax vs. Chia: Which Seed Should You Eat? – Dr. John Day

10 Flax Seed Benefits and Nutrition Facts

The Chia Cheat Sheet – The Raw Food World News

Soaked Chia Seeds Recipe & Video | Martha Stewart

The Benefits of Soaking Nuts and Seeds | Wellness Mama

What Happens to Chia Seeds Soaked in Water? – SuperLifeβ„’

Does Hemp Seed Contain Phytic Acid?

6 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Hemp Seeds