30 Days. Day thirteen.

by Stacey Jayne


Use your words, I tell my 3 year old daughter.

Today she was frustrated about... everything. It's funny when you find yourself mid-sentence explaining something to a child, realizing that you should be taking your own advice. I told her that talking about how you feel really helps you feel better. I told her that when you feel mad or sad that the people who love you want to help you, but they won't be able to if you don't use your words to explain how you feel. She was finally able to articulate how she was feeling, and after, we both felt better. In my experience, talking about how you feel about your health, body and mind is huge. The problem for some of us, is that we don't know who to talk to. And maybe we also don't know where to start. We carry around questions, worries, regrets, and perceived failures about our health and our bodies for years and years. I have embarrassing memories from my childhood (we all do) that are just as emotional as if they had happened earlier today! Shifting habits as an adult can be so scary, and can seem really overwhelming. If your gut is telling you that you are ready to feel better, ready to make courageous choices that will change the way you live your life, listen to it! There is no right or wrong way to start your journey. 

Dancing to 80s music can be healing. well, for me. 

Dancing to 80s music can be healing. well, for me. 

What is one tiny little thing you can do today to feel better? When I'm feeling overwhelmed I like to take a walk outside. I like to make a list of the things on my mind that I'm having trouble juggling. I like to take a bath. I like take deep breaths. Maybe enjoy a cup of tea. I like to blast 80's music and dance in my kitchen. These are the little things that make me feel better.  

I'm just trying to make a point that good health is about eating well and exercising, but it's about all that other stuff too. The stuff that makes life feel heavy. I believe that there are simple things we can do to lighten up. Connecting to the earth by eating fresh real foods, taking a walk, taking some deep breaths outside.... these are all free! They can can turn a moment from bad to better.  When you practice choosing one simple thing a day to make YOU feel better, those things add up. This is how I live lighter and shine brighter and you can totally do it too. I know because Tiffany told me so. 

Breakfast:  

Ivy's breakfast

Ivy's breakfast

Scrambled eggs, GF english muffins and strawberries. Ivy had the last two buckwheat pancakes too.  

Lunch: 

I told you in a previous post that I throw everything in my salads. I had a few leftovers in the fridge along with the delicious greens from our CSA. I threw it all in there. I actually don't even remember what was in there and it really doesn't matter. I invite you to make a crazy salad this weekend! Go nuts. Throw a cupcake in there. Who knows, maybe you will find your best meal yet.

Dinner: 

Ivy and Scott had a daddy daughter night and had some yummy sushi. I was busy all day fixing snacks for a local cloth diapering service's info workshop. I made two of my favorite snacks. Collard hummus wraps and black bean dip. They are both truly delicious and make me look really cool. 

Collard wrap apps. FUN!

Collard wrap apps. FUN!

The collard wraps are easy peasy because all you need is collard greens and hummus. Done. Omg make these tomorrow, they rock.  

Fabulous bean dip passed along to me by my bestie Annemarie

1/2 CUP OLIVE OIL

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. salt (I use about 1/2 tsp)

1/2 tsp Tabasco or other pepper sauce

2 cans, 16 oz. black beans, drained and rinsed (I find BPA free cans- Eden is a good company) 

1 can, 16 oz. corn, drained

1 large tomato chopped

1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled, and chopped

1/2 cup minced red onion

In large bowl, combine oil, vinegar, salt and tabasco.  Add black beans, corn, tomato, avocado, and red onion.  Toss to mix.  Serve dip with chips.  Makes 5 cups 

Thank you Annemarie! Bean dip deliciousness. 

Thank you Annemarie! Bean dip deliciousness. 

A note about the foods I choose:

I make it a priority to buy local and organic foods as much as I can. I plan for the week, buy in bulk, absolutely use my left overs and I get courageously creative with our meals to save time and money. Since avoiding GMOs and other questionable icky unnatural ingredients is important to me, I give it the attention it deserves. I feel that cheap food (I'll talk more about this later) is an illusion. Over time using quality organic foods has drastically changed our lives for the better. I'm not an expert, I'm just good at experimenting so I've learned a lot. 

My mission as a health coach is to help you live a courageously healthy life that you love. I'm hearing from my clients that they simply want to feel better. They want to feel in control of their health. Not only is this possible, but it can be joyful. Small steps, big results. Lasting change takes time, but luckily life is long.

( I invite you to take a deep breath after reading that last sentence.)

Thanks for taking this 30 day journey with me! Let me know your thoughts along the way. Where are you with your health? What's in your way from having a healthy life?

I want to be a resource for you, so reach out and share your story!

You. Freakin. Rock.

Love,

SJ

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