I am still trying to loose that last bit of pregnancy weight. I don’t know if it’s the fact that I had child number two, or if it’s because I finally hit 30, but I am having a harder time losing weight this time around. About 3 months ago, I kicked my Diet Coke and Caffeine habit (yay, me!). Once I got over that hurdle, I decided it was time to start working out again. After seeing my cousin’s success with T25 and the 21 Day Fix, I was sold. So, I purchased T25 and started waking up a little earlier each day to squeeze it in. I’m currently 5 weeks in and loving it! I haven’t dropped a ton of weight yet, but I am more energetic, my clothes are fitting looser, and I feel happier with my body. Side note: I’m only trying to loose 8 pounds, so it’s probably better that I don’t drop a ton of weight all at once. I’m not looking for a quick fad diet, I am looking to create an altogether healthier lifestyle.
Now that I’m 5 weeks into this new workout plan, I decided to step it up another notch and watch my food intake. I haven’t been eating horrible the past 5 weeks, but I know I’ve been eating too many fruits (for example, I could eat 1/2 a watermelon, 2 apples, grapes, strawberries and a nectarine all in one day. EASY.) I had heard great things about the 21 Day Fix diet plan, so I’ve decided to combine this diet and workout plan with my T25 workouts.
In preparing for my 21 Day Fix diet plan, I was having a hard time organizing all of my thoughts into one place. So, I decided to create a 21 Day Fix Meal Planner. I like this meal planner template because it combines the tally sheet (that’s in the back of the 21 Day Fix Eating Plan) with an area where I could directly write in my menu plan.
Now, for the moment you’ve all been waiting for. Drum roll, please! Here are your download links.
- Excel Download (I have an example on one tab in this worksheet, and on another tab in this worksheet I have a menu planner where you can type in your info)
- PDF Download (pg. 1 of this download is an example)
I’ll try to keep posting some of my healthy 21 Day fix recipes and other updates. Stay tuned!
I am OBSESSED with chickpeas. On nights where I feel like our dinner could use an extra side, I like to toss together a chickpea salad. If I am eating a salad for lunch and want something to go on top of it, I throw on the chickpeas. When I want some healthy crunch in my life, roasted chickpeas. Do you see where I’m going with this? Chickpeas, chickpeas, chickpeas!
A couple of weeks ago, I created this quick avocado chickpea salad and I’ve been craving it on the daily since. Besides tasting fantastic, one of the bonuses to this salad is that it only takes 5 minutes to whip up. Sign me up!
Side note: This salad reminds me of a healthy version of Texas Caviar.
- 1 Can of Chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
- 2 Green Onions (chopped)
- 1/4 cup Cilantro (chopped)
- 1 Avocado (diced)
- 1/3 cup Grape Tomatoes (diced)
- 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
- 1 Tablespoon White Wine Vinegar
- 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
- Juice of 1/2 a Lime
- Salt and Pepper (to taste)
Toss the above ingredients together. You can eat it immediately or you can let it chill for 30 minutes. This will serve 3-4 people.
I’m one of those people who is constantly on the go. From the moment I wake up, until 30 minutes before bed, I stay busy. Since I am a working mom, I spend a lot of time outside of the office doing things for my family: cooking, shopping, cleaning, changing bed sheets, laundry… This past Saturday, instead of filling my day with grocery shopping and laundry, I took time to enjoy my children.
Jo had her best friend (Ali) and her cousin (Leo) over for a little bit. So, I pulled out a bucket of soapy water (and rags), a container of bubbles, and popcorn. Then, I stripped them down to their skives and let them go to town outside. I sat in the shade, snapped pictures of them, and laughed. It was magical.
When I look at these pictures years from now, I hope I remember their little screams and laughs (and Gwyn’s chunk).
Josephine has had another ear infection this week.
Over the past 6-8 months, she has had five ear infections. Every time she gets the slightest cold, she comes down with an ear infection the following week. After the first 2 ear infections, I decided there must be a better way to treat ear infections than with antibiotics. In fact, the latest research shows that 1 in 8 ear infections (in children) are caused by viruses so antibiotics isn’t necessary. In the past, I’ve found that most of the pediatricians treating Josephine have been a little prescription happy and passed out antibiotics like they were Pez candy.
So, a few months ago I decided to change pediatricians and take Josephine into a pediatrician that utilizes natural medicine before prescribing antibiotics. When we go to her office, she sits down with me at her desk and asks very detailed questions like: Has Josephine been crying more than usual? What color is the mucus in her nose? What are her bowel movements like? Has Josephine been sleeping well? As she’s asking these questions, she observes Jo while she plays with the toys in her office. During these appointments, she spends anywhere from 30-75 minutes with Josephine and I (For reference, Josephine’s past pediatricians would spend about 5-10 minutes in the room with us).
Here are five things I’ve been doing to treat Josephine’s ear infections naturally:
- ELIMINATE DAIRY AND SUGAR: I’ve been eliminating almost all dairy and sugar from Josephine’s diet as soon she comes down with a cold because they can increase mucus production.
- ALLOW CHILD TO FEVER: When Josephine comes down with a fever, I won’t give her acetaminophen or ibuprofen unless she tells me she’s in pain or if she’s uncomfortable sleeping. Fevers are the body’s natural way of fighting an illness so children need to fever a little bit. Note: I do monitor her temperature to make sure it’s not too high, I make sure she’s not acting lethargic, and I also monitor how much she’s eating/drinking.
- UTILIZE NATURAL MEDICINE: In an effort to build Jo’s immune system, I’ve been giving her elderberry syrup, vitamin C, and probiotics on a daily basis. When she comes down with a cold, I immediately increase her dosage of elderberry and vitamin C to help her little body fight it off.
- ADMINISTER EAR DROPS: When Josephine comes down with an ear infection, I’ve been soothing the pain with natural ear drops. I really like the Wish Garden Ear Oil. Arizona locals, you can find this at Sprout’s grocery store.
- ESSENTIAL OIL MASSAGES: I also help soothe Josephine’s ears by massaging them with essential oils. I dilute the essential oils with coconut oil and rub them on the outside of her ear as well as on her jaw/neck. I like to use Tea Tree, Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme, Eucalyptus and Basil. I rotate through these different oils. Here is a great article that talks about massaging with oils and ear infections.
The worst part of naturally treating a child with an ear infection is waiting it out. I can confirm, with a little patience, treating them naturally works. Josephine has been able to fight off the ear infections with the aide of natural medicine.
Are there any other natural techniques you like to use?
Also, here is a great article about natural remedies for ear infections.