F21 top (similar); Old Navy jeans; gifted GlassesUSA.com glasses; gifted Musana necklace; Hunter boots.
A couple of weeks ago I posted this about how my kids and I have been sick since, oh, August? It’s ridiculous! Brady started preschool this year and he has a nose that is always runny and Molly (who rarely gets sick after two and a half years of school) had pneumonia over Christmas. Yikes. Then they so nicely pass it over to me, and everyone else in close contact with me.
I’ve been working on taking more preventative measures over here and after a couple of weeks on probiotics, Vitamin C, fish oil and such we are moving on to diet. I’d like to think that we eat pretty healthy over here, with lots of fruits and veggies, but we also eat a good amount of not so good for us stuff, too. McDonald’s happens about once a week and the high sugar/dairy/ bad ingredients occasionally makes it into our pantry. I’m pretty good about not having a lot of sweets or snacks in the house because if it’s here I’ll eat it. It just seems like there are always reasons to have bad stuff in the house and I need to break the cycle of having it.
For me, bad stuff is food that has ingredients I can’t pronounce. Simple things like honey nut cheerios, regular bread, maple syrup, etc just has a ton of bad stuff I don’t want to feed my family. I wanted to outline a couple of things I’ve changed up (some recently, some awhile back) that I hope will make us a little healthier:
1) Dairy. I’ve been reading up about how dairy affects us in bad ways (allergies, skin issues) and I’ve recently switched to almond milk. My kids eat it with their cereal and it works fine in smoothies, pancake mix and other recipes. I’m still looking for a cheese alternative, so all suggestions would be welcomed!
2) Smoothies! I like to make a smoothie in the morning because it helps me eat more fruit (I’m really good at making my kids eat balanced and not so good with myself!) I will sometimes eat this around 8am or after I get back from the gym. I mix 1 cup of fruit, 1 cup of almond milk, 1 scoop of protein powder and sometimes some plain greek yogurt to sweeten it up. It’s pretty good!
3) Apple cider vinegar. I bought the raw kind that has the “mother” in it and mix 2 teaspoons into my water bottle and drink throughout the day. Also, I drink a cup of warm water with lemon first thing In the morning (before coffee) and take my vitamins.
I add the vinegar into Molly and Brady’s water bottles, too and they don’t even notice. Sneaky, sneaky.
4) I’m trying to reduce our flour intake so I buy Ezekial bread (it’s cheaper in the grocery store) and have been experimenting with gluten free products as well. Target has a really great gluten free pasta that tastes the same as the real thing. We are a pasta/pizza eating family and this helps us balance that out with eating (more) healthy. I buy this for my Mac and Cheese loving kids, too.
5) I found a really great cereal that tastes really good and has about four ingredients (unheard of in cereal!) It is from Kashi and is called “Cinnamon Harvest.”
6) The biggest changes are the reduction of flour, sugar and dairy and the increase of fruits and vegetables in their natural form. I read ingredients and keep an eye out for sugar and other things I can’t pronounce. We haven’t been eating awful, but not great either. It is so easy to slack off and go the easier route, but I know I feel better when I eat healthier and the same goes for my children. When I do splurge (and I do!) I can feel it almost right away. I enjoy sweets, ice cream and wine (ohhhhh, wine) a lot, but have to portion it out or I feel like garbage.
That being said, do you have any tips for me about something I’ve missed? What do you do to stay healthy and feel your best?