|January 31, 2014||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Health, Sponsored|
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute.
Thank goodness it’s Friday! This week has been a doozy. I have a big laboratory diagnostics test this afternoon and then I am home free for the weekend. I’ve come to the realization though that PA school is one big sprint. There really isn’t time to relax and smell the roses except between quarters. With that kind of hectic schedule I have been putting some thought into how I can still make 2014 one of my healthiest years yet.
Luckily fitness mogul Valerie Waters is helping in that department. This awesome pinnable image has some great tips for getting healthy in 2014:
Baby Got Snack: Choose a healthy snack that tastes good and makes you feel good.
Pistachios have been a snack of choice for me lately. With pistachios you get a little more bang for your buck with more of the nuts per serving. In fact, you get 49 kernels of pistachios versus 23 almonds, 14 walnut halves, or 18 cashews. Plus, in a single serving of pistachios you get 12% of the recommended amount of fiber keeping you satisfied into the afternoon. Emmalyne has developed a new love for pistachios too so we have been snacking together
2. You’re Only One Workout Away from a Good Mood: the key to looking and feeling amazing is working out first thing in the morning so the rest of the day you feel virtuous.
Amen! With school being crazy my stress levels have been higher than usual. Working out is not only helping my stay physically healthy in 2014 it is also helping me stay mentally healthy. I shared yesterday in my “body after baby” post how I have taken to waking up early some days of the week to get my workout in first thing and I can tell you I feel a difference!
The Pistachio Health Institute is also trying to help everyone stay fit and healthy in 2014. They are currently holding a “Shine Like the Stars’ sweepstakes where one lucky winner can win the following:
- (1) Valslides autographed by celebrity fitness trainer, Valerie Waters
- (1) Valerie Waters workout DVD
- (1) Valerie Waters workout instructions
- (1) Pistachio Health tote bag
- (1) Pistachio Health nut container
- (3) 8 oz. bags of pistachios
- (1) $100 VISA Gift Card
You can enter on The Pistachio Health Institute’s Facebook page by clicking HERE. The sweepstakes will run until 3PM PDT on February 14.
I am off for the day to A&P lab and then to hopefully nail lab diagnostics. I am looking forward to spending some relaxing time with the family tonight
How are you staying healthy in 2014? What’s your #1 Fit Tip?
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of the Pistachio Health Institute.
|October 31, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Health, Pregnancy|
I have always been a little scared of the chiropractor. Something about hearing my back crack totally freaks me out. I have multiple friends who swear that regular adjustments have changed their life but up until now I passed. In my efforts to flip a breeched baby though I decided that my fear of the chiropractor is less than my fear of a c-section. After copious amounts of Googling I found that working with a chiropractor who uses the Webster technique has been found to have pretty good success in helping babies settle into the head down position but that the best success was found between 34-36 weeks gestation. Being 35 weeks pregnant this week put me directly in the middle of that window and so I figure it’s now or never.
On Tuesday I had my first appointment and adjustment. I was SUPER nervous going into the appointment but my hopes for success were greater. He and his wife immediately made me feel at ease in their office and I could tell that he was incredibly knowledgeable not only about his practice but on working with pregnant women as well.
The Webster technique was founded by Dr. Larry Webster after one his daughter’s went through a breeched delivery. He figured there had to be a way to help babies settle into a better birthing position. He basically found that if you’re sacral joint isn’t properly aligned it can effect the tightness of your round ligaments and therefore make it more difficult for a baby to turn.
My chiropractor found that my right sacral-illeal joint was all out of wack and explained that we would probably find that my left round ligament would be tight and tender. After adjusting my back (and me almost dying when he adjusted my neck and I heard the cracking) I flipped over and he worked on the ligament. Sure enough, it was TIGHT. Imagine the worst foam rolling experience ever and apply that to the ligament of your uterus. Let’s just say I had some time to practice my labor breathing techniques
The good news is is that he was able to loosen up the ligament quite a bit and I left the office feeling different. I have another adjustment today and Saturday and then we will see how my OB appointment goes on Tuesday to figure out our next step. I don’t know 100% but I am feeling Baby B move in a different way than before and I kind of think she may be settling in head down. I am not going to get my hopes up though until it’s proven to be so on the ultrasound
Either way, I am glad I got over my fear of the chiropractor. Chris is wanting to go now too haha. I am not sure if it will become a regular part of my routine but if Baby B flips I will forever be grateful and have a new respect for chiropractic care.
Do you go to the chiropractor?
|October 14, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Health, Sponsored, Tips|
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Life gets crazy busy at different points for all of us. We all have different challenges when it comes to staying on track with healthy eating habits. For me, right now that is balancing life as a mom, getting ready for grad school, moving, AND getting ready for a new baby. It’s easy to order pizza more nights than normal or grab something through a dive-thru at lunch. Not going to lie – we did that quite a bit this weekend during the move. However, I am ready to get back on track and eat healthy so I am sharing some of my “go to” tips today.
1. Prep for the week
I am a BIG fan of prepping your food for the week and have posted about my food prep routine before. Yesterday I headed to the grocery store to stock our new fridge with healthy fruits and veggies and will be spending some time getting them ready for the week. I already have cantaloupe and strawberries ready to go.
2. Plan your meals
I also spent some time yesterday planning out our meals for the week. I made sure our plan required very little prep work since I know we will be spending a lot of our evenings unpacking and settling into the house. When making your meal plan make sure to compare it to your schedule for the week so you can make adjustments as needed. For example, on Thursdays I have prenatal yoga from 5-6PM so I always have a crockpot dinner for that night.
3. Drink Up
Make sure you’re drinking a lot of water! After a weekend of bad food choices I definitely need to flush out my system a little bit. I have been chug-a-lugging water for the last couple of days.
4. Have a Back Up Plan
There aren’t a lot of healthy options available in the freezer section of the grocery store. Many products are loaded with less than ideal ingredients and sodium. So when I had the chance to try out the new Lean Cuisine Honestly Good freezer meals I was intrigued! The Honestly Good line is 100% natural and available in 6 different flavors. I headed to my local Target and picked up some to try. The first on my list? The lemongrass salmon.
I was pretty impressed with the ingredient list (hello wild caught salmon!) and the nutritional stats. While the sodium content is still a little high for me, it is much better that many other options available. Plus, there are 18g of protein and 23g of whole grains. I also really like that you can add the sauce yourself and control how much goes onto the dish.
Next up … the taste test:
Can you believe that’s a freezer meal?! I sure couldn’t! It tasted even better than it looks. All the flavors were fresh tasting and the sauce added a nice touch to the salmon and brown rice with wheat berries. This is definitely a viable option for days when life gets crazy or when I am on my clinical rotations for school.
Bonus? Together with their farmers, Lean Cuisine is donating a portion of the vegetables grown for LEAN CUISINE HONESTLY GOOD meals to local communities! I love companies that try to give back The other flavors of Honestly Good meals are: Honey Citrus Chicken, Pineapple Black Pepper Beef, Plum Ginger Grain-Crusted Fish, Pomegranate Chicken, and Roasted Red Pepper Chicken. You can find them at your local Target.
What is your #1 tip for eating healthy when your life gets busy?
|February 22, 2013||Posted by Madeline @ Food, Fitness, and Family under Health, Wellness|
Today I am joining up with other bloggers to blog our heart out and raise awareness of heart disease prevention.
Heart disease is currently the #1 killer of both men and women in the United States. It is also a topic that particularly hits home to me this year. If you’re a relatively new reader, my dad had a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery last fall. Luckily he has fully recovered but for so many others that is not the case. My dad didn’t have any of the risk factors for heart disease except stress which goes to show it can happen to anyone. There are steps you can take now, no matter how old or young you are, to help prevent heart disease in your own life.
1. Eat a healthy diet. Focus on getting tons of fruits and veggies each day. Choose lean meats like fish, turkey, or chicken. Skip the white bread and opt for whole grains instead. Basically eat real food and ditch the processed junk.
2. Get moving. The American Heart Association recommends that you do at least 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. Find something that you love to do because you’ll be more likely to stick with it. Whether that be walking your dog, shaking it in Zumba, or killing it in CrossFit, find your workout niche and get after it.
3. Drink water. Staying properly hydrated is so important. I posted my tips for staying hydrated on Tuesday.
4. Reduce your stress. Stress can be a huge factor when assessing risk for heart disease. Daily meditation or a yoga practice can help lower your stress levels.
5. Get with your doctor or other primary care provider. Have your cholesterol and blood pressure checked frequently. Know your family medical history and make sure your provider knows it too. Even children are starting to show elevated cholesterol levels so it’s never too early to be vigilant.
Heart disease kills 1 woman every single minute. If that isn’t a frightening statistic I don’t know what is. Let’s do our best to GO RED and help prevent heart disease in ourselves, our mothers, our friends, and our daughters. You can learn more about the GO RED movement HERE.
It’s that time of year …. the time where we start slipping on our New Year’s resolutions. In fact, in a study by the University of Scranton only 8% of Americans were consistent in keeping their resolutions. EEK! One goal among many of my friends and the blogging community was to drink more water in 2013. Staying properly hydrated is essential for overall health and many people aren’t drinking enough each day. When I was breastfeeding Em drinking enough water was even more important. In order to stay hydrated I followed a few simple tips that I am going to share with you too
1. Set a Daily Goal.
A simple way to set a goal is to aim to drink half your body weight in ounces. So if you weight 140 lbs = 70 ounces of water. If you live in a very cold or hot climate, exercise a lot, or are breastfeeding you will have to up your goal. When I was breastfeeding and working out I aimed for 120 ounces a day. I still shoot for 100 ounces.
2. Keep a Water Bottle on Hand
I have mentioned my love for my Camelback Eddy. I always have it with me and fill it up throughout the day at home, the gym, or out running errands. Em loves hers too!
3. Track Your Intake
There are multiple ways to do this. I used the paid version of the Water Your Body app because it set a goal based on a variety of circumstances (IE: breastfeeding, etc). You can also put rubber bands around your water bottle. 1 band = 8 oz. Remove one throughout the day. Set an alarm on your phone on regular intervals. When the alarm sounds, drink up. Find a method that works for you.
4. Try Flavored Water
Sometimes plain water is just that – plain. Sometimes we need to spice it up! I like to naturally flavor water at home using fruit. This gets pretty tricky on the go. Luckily, DASANI has come up with a solution. Their new DASANI DROPS are a zero calorie flavor enhancer that you can totally customize to your sweetness preference. Plus they come in these handy containers making them a great on-the-go option.
DASANI DROPS come in four awesome flavors: strawberry kiwi, pink lemonade, pineapple coconut, and mixed berry. You can totally customize the flavor to your liking by adding as many (or few) drops as you want. Easy peasy. You can check out DASANI on Facebook and Twitter.
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What is your #1 tip for staying hydrated? How are you doing on your resolutions?
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