Well, despite my best intentions, I have clearly been behind on keeping up with the blog. It's actually a good thing. I've had several new clients, started to partner with a really unique and awesome supplement company, and been asked to do some extra contract work. Anyway, I recently posted a picture to my Instagram account of a lovely sticky crab fried rice dish that we’ve been adoring recently. I’ll be posting the recipe soon, but I posted the picture not just because we love the dish, but because it was one of many recipes that I’ve put my own spin on to make them even more nutritious.
We live in a strange time. There’s a seemingly constant push from the media and society to be thin, to get skinny, to be a certain size, a certain physique. But, simultaneously, there’s a huge campaign for self-love, loving your body at any and every size, and general body acceptance. It’s hard to not feel like it’s an “either/or” proposition. How can you love yourself, love your body, and still be looking to lose weight, or add muscle, or change shape? And conversely, how can you possibly say you won’t “love” yourself until you are a certain size, certain weight, can lift a particular amount? This is especially true for new mommas. It's hard not to feel immense pressure to "bounce back", to make your now "made and grew a human" body into a "you'd never guess I had a baby!" body. To tighten up and tone up, to nurture a new life while being your "best" self.
I was frustrated this morning. Like many mornings, I had already been up for several hours and felt like I was just running in circles. My mom was coming, as she does a couple times a week, which meant I had a whole list of things running through my head that needed to get done, that I wanted to get done, with a few hours “kid-free”. And yet, here I was, not showered yet, not having eaten yet, house a mess, trying to make baby boy happy with breakfast, juggling dirty dishes overwhelming the already measly counter space, thinking of all I still had to do and how far “behind” I was for my imagined productive day. And I thought about writing a post on how chaotic and crazy our days are as mommas. I thought about writing all the battles that are fought and won, all the daily, mundane tasks that must be done day in and day out, how you feel like you’re a hamster spinning on an ever speedier wheel. Not to complain so much as to empathize, to let you know you’re not alone and that so many days feel like they are lost to the non-stop to-do list. But then, then, for whatever reason, I stopped mid-frustrated thought and the words in my head changed.
If the 3 exclamation marks didn’t give it away, I’m super excited about this post! Why? Well, because I’ve made some BIG updates and changes to my site! Specifically, to my SERVICES page/s. Not only have I added some new services, but I’ve also tried to streamline my options and help make each service more clear. While they are separated into “Fitness” and “Nutrition”, any session can certainly be a combination of the two. I’m so excited to keep growing my business and helping more mommas, mommas-to-be, and little ones feel healthy, balanced, and happy through each and every stage of life.
So, I drastically over-estimated how many avocados I would require for E’s birthday party chocolate pudding. And while I love a good guacamole, I just wasn’t really in the mood. We used some in smoothies, but I wanted a new way to use them. And N requests we make muffins literally every night when I put him to bed, so….Chocolate Chip Avocado Muffins it was!
This past weekend, we celebrated E’s first birthday. That’s right, a year ago our sweet baby girl entered this world unexpectedly, filling us with both joy and fear as we waited to see what the world outside my womb would have in store. It’s been an incredibly difficult year, full of hospitals, weight checks, therapy sessions, feeding issues, tears, fears, desperation, and anxiety, but also smiles, giggles, blowing of raspberries, sibling hugs, screeches, cuddles, snuggles, joy, and love.
I don't know about you, but around my house, lunch is the worst meal for a mom. Between trying to get N fed, handling dirty dishes, taking a much needed breather from the littles (husband is usually available to eat lunch at the same time and keep an eye on the crazies for a few minutes), finally pee in peace for the first time all day, toss in a load of laundry, clean up after E's previous feed, and get ready for her next one and nap time, finding an extra moment to make my own lunch, let alone eat it, is next to impossible.
As some of my posts have been over this past year, today’s is a little different from the usual nutrition talk or recipe share. I’ve always believed that we have to treat the entire person, all the fundamentals of health, in order to restore or maintain balance and wellness. I focus primarily on nutrition and exercise/movement, but I’m very much aware of and take seriously the other areas of my clients’ health and challenges. For me, movement, breath, nutrition, and rest are the cornerstones of good health. Each one of these must be addressed in order to truly reach wellness. Rest encompasses not only your quality and quantity of sleep, but your “down-time”, your self-care time, your work/play balance. Breath, likewise, is not just about simply breathing, but breathing well, breathing effectively to communicate to your body that you are ok, you are getting what you need. Proper breath is not only essential to proper movement, but also to managing stress and balancing hormones like cortisol. I work to treat the entire person, not just the number on the scale, the weight on the squat bar, or the amount of veggies your kid eats.
They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions...Here's hoping that's not true! Despite my pledge to start blogging regularly again, life got in the way, and here we are nearly a month later. The good news is, I'm bringing you another stellar recipe and it's PIZZA to boot. Not only that, it's really 3 recipes in one! So, maybe that makes up for my absence? I want to write more about just what has been keeping me away, beyond simply the craziness of 2 little ones, but today is not the day for that...hopefully, soon? In any case, please have some pizza.