When you start to lose energy and feel like you need a nap, don’t reach for a sugary treat. Try a complex carb with protein instead. This could be whole grain crackers with cheese or a slice of lean protein, hummus with crackers or vegetables, or peanut butter with celery.
Do you tend to spread yourself thin and then it causes more stress than necessary? Learn to say no! If you don’t want to do something, and know that it isn’t some thing you HAVE to do, it’s okay to say no.
A funny story: My grandpa was a movie critic in the 1990’s and appeared on shows like Dennis Miller. He received an invitation to the Oscars. However the dress code for men requires them to wear a tux. He decided not to go because he didn’t want to wear a tux, and he said, “I’m too old to compromise.” I loved that he didn’t want to wear a tuxedo, so he didn’t go!
It’s okay to say no!
- Focus on whole grains, rather than refined grains like white rice and white pasta.
- Add in new vegetables when possible
- Eat your fruit! It’s full of fiber and helps keep your digestive system happy.
- Focus on lean proteins. Chicken, fish, turkey, raw nuts, beans, etc. are great sources of protein!
One website that I really enjoy visiting regularly is www.mindbodygreen.com. It’s a one stop shop of health & wellness. They have guest bloggers who submit articles so you get a variety of information, writing styles, and more! I’ve even been featured on there 🙂
Try aromatherapy. I have an essential oil candle infuser in a few different rooms in my house. If I’m feeling a little stressed, I’ll put some lavender essential oil in it and let the scent fill up the entire room. Then just sit and relax, focus on your breathing. Do this for 5-10 minutes and you’ll feel relaxed and ready to tackle anything.
Here are a few of mine:
MyFitnessPal – an easy to use food journal. It contains over 1,000,000 food items including foods from your favorite restaurants. If you are counting calories, this may be the way to go.
NikePlus Running – This is a great app to help you map out any runs that you want to make, it narrows down the mileage for you. Also it helps you stay on pace, giving you encouragement through your entire run.
ChallengeLoop – Offers tons of health & wellness challenges, not just fitness, and gives you the possibility of winning prizes for participating too!
Nike Training – This is a free app with TONS of free workouts. The workouts include videos to keep you on track and also breakdowns of each exercise. This is one of the best apps out there in my opinion, especially if you prefer to work out at home rather than at a gym or in a class.
SLOW COOKER CHICKEN BURRITOS
1 c. dried black beans (can also use pinto beans)
1 1/2 c. white rice
1 lb chicken (can be frozen)
6oz green chiles
2 c. chicken broth (my husband made this for me from a left over chicken I made)
4 c. water
1 TBSP dried cilantro
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
Mix it all in the crockpot and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the rice and beans are tender and all water is absorbed. Once the chicken is cooked, I shredded it in the crockpot, put it in the middle of a large tortilla, added cheese, and rolled it up. Then we put more cheese on top along with some salsa and cooked at 350 until the cheese was melted. Top with shredded cabbage and tomatoes if you’d like.