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Meal Prepping for the Week

Good morning!  I hope you had a fantastic weekend!

The weather here was kind of crappy, so I kept things pretty low-key.  There was a lot of Netflix watched this weekend.  Not to mention, I have been having some stomach issues (or intestinal issues?), without getting too personal, and it’s been going on for over two weeks now.  It has NOT been fun and it’s honestly scaring me a bit at this point.  Some tests have been done and food poisoning has been ruled out and it’s been going on too long to be a virus, so the next step is to see a gastroenterologist.  Unfortunately, I’m stuck waiting two months for a gastroenterologist appointment.  Prayers and thoughts that this is just a passing thing and nothing permanent, please!

Anyway, because of this craziness going on I’m really being careful with what I eat right now. I’m staying away from dairy, certain veggies like broccoli and brussel sprouts, fruits with skins and seeds, whole nuts, and beans….sooo yeah.  My diet is pretty freakin’ basic and limited.

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To prep for the week ahead, I made…

Ambitious Kitchen’s Gluten-free and Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread.  This was my second time making this.  I love this bread and I’ve been enjoying it for a treat at night after dinner.
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A big batch of chicken noodle soup…consisting of chicken breasts, Banza elbows, a store-bought minestrone soup veggie mix (zucchini, bok choy, carrots, potatoes, onions, and celery), organic chicken broth, salt and pepper and parsely.IMG_6897

Hard-boiled eggs…pretty basic. Nothing special!IMG_6898

My Gluten-free Blueberry Oat Muffins…I’ve been having one of these muffins and two hard boiled eggs for breakfast everyday recently.  Having a muffin instead of overnight oats for breakfast, prevents me from having to prep overnight oats every night of the week for the next day.  One less thing for me to do on a weeknight…works for me!

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Lastly, I made a batch of my gluten-free and grain-free chicken tenders.  These alongside some sweet potato fries will probably serve as a few dinners throughout the week.

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That’s it for today! Make it a great one :)

Let’s chat!

  • Have you ever had any stomach/gastrointestinal issues for several weeks?
  • What did you meal prep for this week?
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Nightly Routines of Your Favorite Health Bloggers

Hi! I am so excited to share this post with you guys today.  I’m a strong believer in morning and nightly routines.  I think morning routines are a great way to set your intentions and start your day on a positive note.  Nighttime routines are a great way to relax yourself for a great night’s sleep, reflect on your day and get yourself ready for a successful tomorrow.

I surveyed a few fellow health and fitness bloggers to find out their nightly routines.  I know there’s been many, many posts and articles out there on morning routines, so I thought I’d focus on nightly routines.

But first, here’s mine…

Pack my gym bag:  I always pack my gym bag for the next day, the night before.  There is no way I have the brains to do that at 5am.  I pack my towel, wash cloth, sweat towel, outfit for the next day, and all other shower materials I need.  I also sleep in my workout clothes so the next morning when the alarm goes off at 5am, all I have to do is slip socks and shoes on, brush my teeth, fix myself up a bit, and go!  I currently have this morning routine down to 16 minutes, but who’s counting?!

Bubble Bath:  On days where I’ve done a PM workout, I opt for a bath instead of a shower to help me relax.  On days where I’m really sore and achy from a hard workout, I also take a bath.  I always put epsom salts in my bath to help relieve sore muscles.

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Tea:  My nightly routine usually involves a cup of hot peppermint tea with a drop of honey.

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Dessert:  I also must always have some kind of sweet dessert.  Sometimes it’s a bowl of fruit, sometimes its a few pieces of dark chocolate, and other times it’s Halo Top ice cream or a healthy baked good!  Sometimes I eat my dessert and drink my tea on my living room couch; other times, I take it up to bed with me.

Read: Very rarely do I watch TV before going to bed because I’ll just get sucked into it and before I know it, I should have been asleep an hour ago.  I find that doesn’t happen with books.  Reading makes me sleepy.  A few of my go-to reads right now are The Four Agreements and Kate Hudson’s book, Pretty Happy.

Okay, now onto others’ nightly routines…

Brienne from Lean, Clean, and Brie

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Every evening, I try to shut down my computer an hour before bed and drink herbal tea and read until I go to sleep. Every morning when I follow through with this I feel so much more energized and ready to tackle my workout!

Rebecca from Strength and Sunshine

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“I always have a mug of hot Sleepytime or Peppermint tea and read a few pages of my book. I also always go to sleep around the same time every night as well as wake up the same time (and sleep in the clothes I’ll workout in right when I wake up!)”

Kristy from Southern-In-Law

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“My nightly ritual probably isn’t what most people think of when they think of as a “healthy habit”, however, I think it is! 

Every night after dinner I have some sort of sweet treat and a mug of peppermint tea. Whether it’s a couple of pieces of dark chocolate, a bowl of ice-cream or a homemade treat, I almost always have dessert as I think balance is ESSENTIAL in a healthy lifestyle. I love my veggies, but I love my chocolate too! 

By treating myself to something in moderation, I don’t find the need to have cheat days or eat myself silly when on vacation because I know I can always eat what I feel like! It’s all about balance and living a healthy lifestyle – not following a diet mentality.”

Kaila from Healthy Helper

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“Every night I do ten minutes of stretching and foam rolling before I hop into bed. It relaxes my muscles and my mind! I also ALWAYS have a huge snack around 9pm. Can’t go to bed on an empty stomach!”

Kayla from Kayla in the City

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“I actually set a bedtime alarm. If I’m sitting around aimlessly on Facebook or watching mindless TV, the alarm is a great reminder to get up and start getting ready for bed. My boyfriend makes fun of it, but it’s seriously been a game changer and I’ve been going to bed earlier because of it.”

Emma from Emma’s Little Kitchen

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“I put all of my smoothie ingredients in the blender so all I have to do is press blend in the morning. Super simple, but it’s funny how difficult smoothie making is before coffee…!”

Jill from Jill Conyers

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“Every night I unplug at least 2 hours before bed, enjoy a warm cup of Natural Vitality’s Natural Calm and end the day with a laugh watching Modern Family or Big Bang (usually with my husband and daughter).”

Liz from Pumpkin and Peanut Butter

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“I turn off all electronic by 8:30, then I like to do 15-20 minutes of yoga. Once I’m in bed, I usually read for 20 minutes and that basically puts me to sleep!”

Cayenne fromm Healthyezsweet Life

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“This is a bit of a different ritual, but every night without fail I talk to my mom before bed whether it’s on the phone or in person, I find that saying goodnight to a loved one or having a quick conversation puts my mind at ease and reminds me that I’m capable of anything. I think it sets me up to sleep in peace and wake up with positive intentions / faith that I can crush whatever workout or project I put my mind to!”

So there you have it, from yoga, to talking to a loved one, to healthy snacking…these are the nightly routines of my fellow health bloggers.  Try one at a time or try a little of of each, but find what works for you and leads you to a good night’s rest and a successful tomorrow!

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The Mental Struggle of Taking a Break From Your Workouts

Hey friends!  I hope you had a great weekend.

I have been sick since last Thursday with sinus-y stuff, but it’s been BAD.  Ear ache, sore throat, SUPER congested, swollen glands, super tired…the whole bit.  It’s been pretty awful.  So I couched it for most of the weekend, and am still off of work today.

I have now gone four days without working out, and let me tell you how hard that has been on me mentally.  I’m the type of person that struggles with taking more than one rest day per week.  If I’m finding my body is really tired and sore, I might take two rest days that week, but even that is very hard for me to do.

To be honest, when I skip the gym more than my one planned rest day…a part of me feels lazy, a part of me thinks I have no self-discipline, and a part of me thinks I’m just looking for an excuse for a way out of a workout.  After I skip that workout, I always second guess myself…”Could I have done it?  I probably could have pushed through.”

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So what do I do to get myself out of this whirlwind of negative thoughts in my head?  I know being that obsessive about getting workouts in is not healthy, so I guess that’s something I struggle with – knowing when I need to back it off and more importantly, being content with that.

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Things I need to do to get myself out of this mindset…

  • I have to tune into what my body is telling me, and trust that my body knows what it needs.
  • Understand that working out while sick and worn out can just break me down even more, causing a more serious problem that could keep me from working out for even longer.
  • Not resting keeps my body from recovering, which could sabotage results.
  • Four days of not working out is not going to make me gain 10 pounds.
  • Remind myself I’m not quite as hungry when I haven’t worked out for two days or more, so I’m eating less to compensate for the calories that I am not burning during workouts.
  • Remind myself that when I’m ready, I’m going to get back to it and I’m going to hit it hard.
  • Put things in perspective…this is just one little blip out of a long life I have.  In five years will this matter?  Will I even remember this?  In a year will this matter? In a month will this matter?  Probably not!

Have you ever dealt with a similar scenario?  Do you find it hard to really back it off and take your rest days when your sore, fatigued, or sick?

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