This can be a loaded question in some ways. It can be asking what is a healthy option that I have the energy to put together? What will my kids eat without much of a battle or complaining? What will taste good right now? I want something I will enjoy.
My relationship with exercise used to be very much a love/hate relationship. And if I'm honest, most of the time it was hate. It was yet another thing in my overwhelmed life that I was supposed to be doing. There were times I would recommit to it and get to the gym nice and early and do the elliptical for 40-60 minutes. I would stick with it and then see some weight loss but it never gave me the energy all the experts promised. I would go back home (I was a stay-at-home mom.) and it would take everything in me not to fall back asleep at 10 am. Something else in life always seemed to happen and I wouldn't be able to get to the gym for awhile and the weight I had lost would find me again. It was a horrible, joyless cycle.
You made your commitment to start a new way of eating or exercise routine. You have the best intentions and your heart is in it. You really do want this! Then the excitement wears off. The day to day decision making hits. Will I do this? Can I do this? Is it even working? What if all this effort doesn't work and you begin to talk yourself out of it. You find your motivation quickly disappearing. I hear you! Oh the struggle is real!
We've all experienced this. We set out to make new habits. Maybe it's making healthy food choices. Maybe it's starting a new exercise routine. It could even be wanting to implement a new morning routine of meditation. We are doing well for the first week or so and then bam! we are sidelined with either getting sick, getting injured or life throws us a curve ball.
Don't you just love a good success story? I know I've spent a lot of time in the Success Stories on Mark Sisson's (author of The Primal Blueprint) website. What am I looking for? Hope. I am looking for someone's story that might be close to mine to find encouragement that maybe doing what they did will work for me too. We all need hope.
You know it's coming. You know you've recently made a commitment to yourself to nourish your body with healthy foods. Foods that serve you well. Yet, you know it's coming. The parties. The offerings. The friends. The family. The temptations. The explanations. The choices. How will you navigate through this so that when you reflect on the memories the focus is on the actual holidays and not the shame of over-indulgence?
Zucchini Pizza Boats
These are simple to make, tasty, and filling. All-in-one meal too! Here's what I did:
7-9 small Zucchini
1 pkg cream cheese, softened
1tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp Basil
4 cups Mozzarella
Small Pkg. of Pepperoni
Preheat oven to 425*F.
Slice zucchini in half lengthwise. Place on lined baking sheet. (I used a silicone liner.)
With spoon, slightly scrape out some of the zucchini to create a well for the cream cheese mixture.
Mix cream cheese and spices to spread on slightly hallowed out zucchini halves.
Top with marinara, shredded mozzarella and pepperoni. Bake at 425* for 18 min. Serves 8
Varieties of Protein
It is well established that protein is an essential macronutrient that we need and it is even argued that it is the most essential nutrient because we can’t make it on our own. We need to eat protein. While it is nice to keep things simple, I want to expand a little on the benefit of eating a variety of protein sources.
Growing in my health and fitness has been a lifelong journey. I spent most of my years fairly sick and did not consider myself athletic at all. When I was younger I was active, but by the time I was in high school my health had taken a big hit. In my early 20’s I had accumulated a number of diagnoses.
I use this fudge for intermittent fasting. I like to have one piece of fudge and a cup of tea in the morning. It helps prolong the fasting period. The recipe and process is simple. Read about my experiment with fasting to learn more.