#REVIEW: Journey to Healthy Eating

What better way to kick of Motivational Monday by looking at ways to keep you INSPIRED and ON TRACK!

Thanks to Snacking in Sneakers for the opportunity to review Journey to Healthy Eating – 28 Day Nutrition Challenge, designed by Christie Carroll, Registered Dietician.

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Her challenge is designed to take you through a 4-week program that addresses important steps in making lasting changes to your lifestyle and nutrition.

Each week is designed to “naturally” target key aspects of any lasting health journey: Detoxification, Planning, Preparation, & Healthy Meals, Superfoods and Listening to Your Body & Creating Success.

My favourites parts of the challenge included: 

  • The wealth of “reader friendly” information. It didn’t feel like information overload (you know that stage where you can no longer retain what you are reading?). It was just the right amount of information and details that anyone interested in making healthier lifestyle choices could understand.
  • The overview on Superfoods (week 3), while I eat many of these foods I never realized some of the additional benefits you can get from these foods. For example eating strawberries more regularly (contains folate, a natural form of folic acid). Given that I have cut out many grains and gluten products from my diet I need to find other ways to get folic acid. Also, important for women trying to conceive or are already pregnant (and no, we aren’t there yet but in childbearing years important to consider early on).
  • New information on the importance of balancing the amount of flax and chia in your diet with water intake. Chrissy explains “If you are adding a considerable amount of flax and chia (or any other source of fiber to your diet) – be sure to also increase the amount of water you are drinking. If you increase fiber without increasing fluid intake, it can result in constipation.” All those new mom’s take note.

After completing the challenge, I wanted to learn more about the following (thanks to Chrissy making me more aware of how and why the following is important part of your road to living a healthy lifestyle):

  • I struggle with getting the right balance of Omega 3 because of my seafood allergy. What can-should people with allergies do to ensure they get the right amounts of Omega in their diet?
  • Tips and tricks for eliminating caffeine. I drink at least 2 cups of coffee daily. It isn’t so much that I need the coffee, but rather I like the routine.
  • How many nuts are too much? I would love to add more into my diet versus other snacks but always worry that it might be counterintuitive.
  • Following in the words of Shakespeare, “to take or not to take probiotic”.

I recommend checking out these challenges, you won’t be disappointed!

In many ways, we each do one or more of these challenges on a daily basis without actually realizing the long-term effect or benefit of these small things we are making in our lives. Together, with Chrissy’s information you will understand why these changes are important and how they can help you and your family in the long run.

Listen to your body and keep making those healthy changes! A little guidance, and a wealth of knowledge can help you stay on track and successful.


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I have been following “Snacking in Sneakers” for a few months now and I would say that if you or someone you know is looking to make simple, straight forward changes (or to understand the benefits of the small things you do on a daily basis) in their lives PURCHASE your  copy today Here!  


 

Please note that the review of this document is my own opinion, and am I am not pretending to be a  nutritionist or health practitioner. If you have any concerns or questions feel free to direct these to Christy who is a registered dietician or to your own medical professional. 

A Letter To You – Mom!

Dear Mom,

Happy Mothers Day!

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This letter celebrates you.

Throughout my childhood, you have always been an amazing role model for Bri and I (& B). In fact, strong women run deep in our family (very much a part of our genetics!). So it isn’t surprising that you are the strong woman, who I look up to and admire. We grew up watching our mom pursue a long teaching career, take adventures (and share about your memories from your childhood), and with the help of dad, raise 3 children.

I think what’s important about my childhood memories is really the fact that you were a mother who never once gave us the impression that you weren’t there, that you were tired or feeling frustrated. How many days/evenings were spent driving the three of us to all of our activities, while always ensuring a home cooked meal was ready to go?
How many times, even now, when we are all home that you are the first one up (breakfast ready) and the last one turning off the lights at night, even when we stayed up half the night chatting?

It’s funny, until I became a mother I never really thought about how important it was to be a role model. Or, how your everyday actions as a mother are always being watched and copied by this little person, who even if you don’t realize it sees you as their role model, their best example.

When I think about you as my mom and as the primary example of a strong role model in my life (and even my daughters) what flashes before my eyes are memories of you always managing to balance work and life. Never wavering, and always strong as a rock.  You (&Dad) always by our sides – our biggest cheerleaders and the people who at times kept us in check (even if at times you may not have always felt that way).

You taught me so much.

You taught me to be strong, stay true to my values and to always allow my voice to be heard. You have read endless letters from me, listened to endless conversations and caught 100’s of tears of the years. Today, I want to thank you for teaching me that while life is not always how you expect and when the world isn’t always the place you dreamt it would be, keep looking for the positive side and keep your faith and hope alive.

I love you Mom!

Brittany

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And looking forward to our late night chats and walks in the market soon.