3 Small Healthy Changes That Have BIG Impacts

3 Small Healthy Changes That Have BIG Impacts

Anyone else feeling a little overwhelmed with all their typical parenting duties? …Taking the kids to dance, karate, or school (and getting there on time!) …Prepping meals and packing school lunches (especially ones that are balanced!) …Cleaning up after the little ones…multiple times a day. …Oh, and my personal favourite…trying to rationalize with a tantruming 2 year old. And on top of all this, trying to function at work/home and find time for self-care. Ha!  I struggled with low energy and anxiety too.  But I didn’t want to be a mom who dragged her feet through the day.  I put myself and my health on the back burner, yet my family took the brunt of it.  I was irritable, had little patience, and no motivation to cook or get off my butt. Until I dove into my books and studied what it takes to thrive as a busy and exhausted parent.  What I learned was life-changing.   I consolidated these changes into a step-by-step protocol for busy parents - to boost their health, energy and sanity.  I share 5 of these eye-opening yet simple solutions in the Free Mommy Survival Kit starting soon.  Click below to get on the wait list for 2 minute tips that you can actually stick with! Small healthy changes that have a BIG impact   Thankfully, I’ve been able to strike a balance with healthy habits and feel sane as a busy parent.  It took time to figure out how to make simple changes that had lasting impacts. The key was starting with the basics - small actions that are doable, but still create that ripple...
7 healthy foods I ALWAYS have in my kitchen (and on my grocery list)

7 healthy foods I ALWAYS have in my kitchen (and on my grocery list)

Prepping meals can be a royal pain in the ‘you-know-what’ when you have a family.  So I try to simplify for my own sanity when hunger strikes.  One of my sanity saving strategies is to always have a few key healthy kitchen staples on my grocery list, and in my cupboard or fridge. I can easily throw these foods into some of my favourite recipes when our selection is running slim, and I can’t make it to the grocery store.  It helps that these healthy kitchen staples also have a long shelf-life, so there’s no food waste. A win win! When the food supply is running thin for families, that’s when they are more likely to get convenience foods, like a frozen pizza, french fries, or takeout.  But because these staples are also nutrient-rich, you can throw most of them together and have a healthy meal. Even as a last resort, we are still getting a dose of vitamins, minerals, etc… everything you need to ensure you have the energy to go grocery shopping tomorrow! Without further adieu, meet my must-have family foods… My 6 healthy kitchen staples:   Tahini and sunflower seed butter (other butters) Because we use ‘butters’ almost daily on our rice cakes/crackers, in smoothies as an alternative to protein powder, in energy balls (a perfect grab-and-go snack that can also be school-safe), baked goods (mmm….paleo pumpkin cookies), and even some of my favourite meals (like this noodle-free pad thai)…I try rotate my nuts/seeds to avoid intolerances/gut issues. There are 3 reasons I love sunflower and sesame seed butters (tahini) in particular: Great alternative as I...
One mom. Three birth stories.

One mom. Three birth stories.

Labour. Without a doubt, it is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. Our first year of parenting was a doozy.  You’d think, if I could survive the daily vomiting, growth restrictions, nonexistent sleep, mealtime stresses, picky eating, a month at Sick Kids and two heart surgeries - I could handle a few hours (maybe days) of labour. …Nope! You’d think that after having a natural birth with my second daughter, I would be totally ready and confident about having another. …Wrong! From the moment I found out we were pregnant with a third baby, I went on an emotional rollercoaster for the next 9 months. I was elated...I loved big families and being pregnant.  And we were about to have a family of 3 littles! I was in shock…I didn’t think it would happen so quickly, or at all being someone who had PCOS years ago. And I was freaking right out...another baby meant another labour, which meant another contraction - yikes! What was I afraid of?  Good question. Everything that could or would not happen.  I was full of fear - fear of something happening to the baby, something happening to me, etc.  Plus I continually heard from other parents and specialists that third babies were “wild cards”.  So no matter my history, nor despite being active and taking care of myself throughout the pregnancy (and most of my life)…this birth was going to be unpredictable. I had 3 very different birth experiences - from hospital, to home, to birth centre. It’s through these experiences that I learned the 3 things that make me a better...