Being More

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I had the real pleasure to meet Julia many years ago when I would often visit her at a local small business. She was always warm and friendly, and it didn’t take long for us to become friends and realize we share many common interest in health and fitness. As moms we share the desire to not only teach our little ones and families the importance of nurturing yourself from the inside-out, but also helping to educate all those around us. 

Welcome Julia! 

Each morning I wake up before the sun and hop out of bed with limitless energy. I lace up my running shoes and head out into the darkness for my run. I get in a good 10 k and watch the sun come up while my feet hit the earth and I draw fresh air into my lungs. When I step into my silent house I unroll my yoga mat and ease into a 30 minute hatha practice. I let my breath guide the movement, always adapting my practice to my needs. Then I jump into the shower before gently waking my kids up and moving forward into the rest of the day.

Oh, wait. That was just a dream. This is how my morning really goes: My alarm goes off at 5:15 and I hit snooze a few times while sandwiched between two sweaty children. Why are they both in my bed again?!! I creep off the end of the bed doing my best not to wake either of them so that I can shower alone. I throw on work clothes, do two minutes of makeup and then rouse my kids for breakfast. My spouse packs the diaper bag and dresses the children while I put together my lunch and make a coffee and smoothie to go. I sneak in a quick Facebook post on my nutrition page before I change my pants because my son wiped peanut butter hands all over them.  I glance longingly at my running shoes and yoga mat as I dash out the door.

A very different picture indeed. One day I will have the time and space for runs and yoga practice. (And when that happens I will probably miss the business of mornings with two small children.) But, for now, I am deep in the trenches with sticky hands and peanut butter kisses. It is a bitter sweet reality that only parents of young children understand. At this stage in my life, unless I hire a babysitter, devoting myself to a long run or full yoga practice is nearly impossible. However, I will not let perfection be the enemy of good. Just because I can’t do an entire exercise regime all at once doesn’t mean I cannot fit activity into my day. It may not be for long, and it may not be alone, but I can fit fitness and movement into my life. Sometimes I walk on my lunch break, sometimes I do two sun salutations, sometimes I run around the block with my daughter laughing in the stroller and my son beside me shouting “our hearts are beating!” It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Every step, every downward dog, and every moment I look up to see my children watching me practice, brings more health and happiness into my life. Besides, plank pose with a toddler on your back is amazing for core strength.

Recently I have been asked by friend and fantastic fitness instructor, Brittany of
My Mama Journey, to pool our talents and create a 6 week boot camp and wellness program that features daily fitness or yoga practice, healthy meal plans and nutrition challenges, and all round amazing energy. Whether you have lots of time, or very little. Whether you are just starting your journey, or are a seasoned wellness warrior, this program is for you! This online program allows you to customize our suggestions to your schedule, whatever it may be! Even if it IS five minutes at a time and you DO have a toddler on your back. And the best part about it? You will be part of an online community of women to support you during this transformational process.

I hope you will join us. Click the picture below for more information.

Brittany Hameed Fitness

#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.