As promised, here’s a post about cooking in real life, with a picture to match. They don’t look pretty, but these Mexican-inspired Vegetarian Enchiladas were super yummy.
Way back when, I was a poor, broke, indebted university student. I was barely making ends meet while working two jobs and pursuing a dual degree. More often than not, when I was asked to do something or go somewhere, my answer was “I can’t afford it.” It didn’t quite feel embarrassing (I was used to being broke), but it did feel like a downer – and like I didn’t have a lot of control over my situation. Truth be told, at the time, I really couldn’t afford much more than tuition, books, and rent (I got some help with the food situation – but that’s a story for another day).
Fast forward to a few years later—all my debt was paid off, and I was in a good financial situation. But I often still said “I can’t afford it” when I was asked to do something. Then I stopped to think, and I figured out that in reality, I could indeed afford it, if I moved some money around. The truth was, though, I didn’t want to do that – I had different financial priorities.
Now, when I’m asked if I want to go somewhere or do something, I never say “I can’t afford it.” Instead, I proudly say, “it’s not in my budget.” These simple words don’t mean that I’m broke. They mean that I have full control of where my money is going, and I have the confidence to stand by my priorities. You should try this – stop saying that you’re broke, and start saying that it’s not in the budget.
What’s that now?
You don’t have a budget?
Last year, I decided to go on a journey to the best health of my life. Looking back at 2016, I didn’t do a very good job. As a homeschooling mom of three kids six and under, plus trying to run a business on the side, I ignored my health a little too readily and a little too often. The problem is, while nothing bad happened this year, I know that I can’t continue on this downward spiral.
I wasn’t nearly as active as I should or could have been last year, and that’s both ironic and sad, considering I’m a former personal trainer and Registered Kinesiologist (inactive)*. I know that I need to exercise more, and I need to put that knowledge into action. I’m hoping that I can inspire you with the action I’m going to be taking this year. My goal is to move every single day, and to accumulate 150 minutes of exercise each week, as recommended by the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology. And I’m doing it for my health, not for looks.
Unlike many New Year’s “resolutionists,” I’m not committing to exercise so I can lose weight. Firstly, I don’t make New year’s resolutions, as I believe they’re the most ineffective way to reach a goal. Secondly, as cheesy and cliché as it sounds, I really do believe that beauty is on the inside, and that it comes in all shapes and sizes. Sure, I could stand to lose a few pounds. But I’m more concerned about the arthritis pain the extra weight is causing than by the size of my pants.
Here’s why exercise should be your top priority this year, and it has nothing to do with fitting into any unrealistic ideal of beauty.
Although I’m not a fan of New Year’s resolutions, there’s no denying that come the last week of December 2016, #resolutions will be everywhere on social media. “Losing weight” and “staying fit” top the charts for the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Yet, very few people who make resolutions of any kind actually see them through to the end of the year. If one of your resolutions is getting fit or exercising more, here are some ways to stay motivated to keep that goal going all year-round. Continue reading
Get Fit in 2017!
A lot of people make New Year’s Resolutions to get fit. Unfortunately, a lot of these resolutions end up in a drawer and don’t actually happen. Some folks exercise all through January, a few times in February, and lose steam by March. Others don’t even get started at all.
To make your fittest year ever happen, you need to choose exercises that you actually enjoy. Remember – the most effective exercise is the one you’ll actually do. If you choose exercises that you can do anywhere, you’re even more likely to stick to getting active. If you need some ideas, here they are 🙂
Kale is the poster vegetable for healthy eating these days, and no wonder – a mere 100 grams provides nearly 200% of your daily recommended intake of Vitamin A, 100% of your daily intake of Vitamin C, 15% calcium, 8% iron, 15% Vitamin B-6, and 11% magnesium. Oh, it happens to be delicious, too, if you prepare it right. What’s not to like?
Here’s a great kale salad recipe that has become a staple in our household. Pretty much any time we want salad, this comes out. My kids even eat it!
Everybody asks you where you get your protein if you’re a vegetarian. It’s a really silly question, since protein is in everything, and if you eat a varied enough diet, even without meat, you’ll be just fine. It’s also a silly question because what most vegetarians might be lacking, if they’re lacking anything, is iron – not protein.
I was a vegetarian for 4 years, without any issue. But during my last two pregnancies, I was anemic. Since my last pregnancy, it’s been very difficult to raise my iron. To try to avoid supplements, I’m trying to raise the iron in my blood by tweaking my diet. For now, I still have to take iron tablets, but the hope is that if I’m good with planning what I eat, I’ll be able to go off them eventually.
This breakfast is one of the ways you can wake up to an iron boost (and it’s a high protein breakfast, too!)
Pasta Primavera (Vegan)
Adapted from The Simple Little Vegan Slow Cooker by Michelle A. Rivera
This delicious dish is full of vegetables and whole wheat deliciousness. If you add cauliflower to the mix, you get an extra boost of iron (the vitamin C in the cauliflower allows your body to absorb the non-heme iron in the whole wheat pasta.
Meal Planning is one of the best things you can do to stay healthy and eat nutritiously. It does take a bit of time, but you do it once, and then it will save you hours each week.
Lucky you, though, you don’t even have to come up with your own meal plans. Follow these ones instead (adapting as needed, or course)!