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.
It's been awhile. Sorry. I'm hoping and planning to change that, getting back to at least one post a week. There's been a lot going on at home with little Miss and, honestly, I just haven't been feeling as inspired or able to find the energy to do much other than the day to day things of motherhood.
I've really started getting back into cooking, not that I'd ever really stopped, but I'd definitely been relying on more "quick", not so innovative, nothing new, dishes for months. Now, my meal planning each week focuses on at least one brand new recipe to try. This past week, that included a pineapple/chorizo rice bowl with an avocado cream. The original recipe called for actual rice. Not wanting to have to add anything additional to make this feel like a complete meal, I opted to make cauliflower rice so that there was a huge dose of veggies instead of grains. Additionally, two different "creams" were recommended, one avocado and one chipotle, both of which would be added on top before serving. While I love flavorful dishes and don't fear complexity, I also value simplicity when the end result is the same. So...I combined the two sauces, reducing prep time, and got a delicious avocado chipotle cream.
If you've never tried out the cauliflower rice thing, I highly recommend it here. The bold flavors of the pineapple, chorizo, and avocado cream make the cauliflower base literally undetectable. The texture works great, and the leftovers store and re-heat wonderfully. I saved the stems and scraps of cauliflower I wasn't able to grate to the rice-size and froze them, adding them to a smoothie this morning! (I was super skeptical, but I totally couldn't taste it AT ALL!)
Caramelized Pineapple Chorizo "Rice" Bowls
1 head cauliflower
drizzle of olive oil
½ sweet onion, diced
1 tsp minced garlic
½+ lbs chorizo
1 Tbsp butter
1 cup pineapple, chopped into ½ inch chunks
1 red bell pepper, diced
3 green onions, thinly sliced
Avocado Chipotle Cream
½ cup plain yogurt
1 chipotle from chipotle canned with adobo
juice from 1 lime
“Rice” your cauliflower. Quarter the cauliflower head; remove the stem, and process in a food processor or grate on a large hole cheese grater. Press gently with a paper towel to remove excess moisture and set aside.
Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, onion, and garlic. Sauté until onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Add chorizo. Cook until browned. Pour into a bowl and set aside.
Add butter to pan (no need to clean it!) and then add the pineapple. Cook from about five minutes, until browned and caramelized. Add peppers and cook a couple more minutes. Pour chorizo mx back into the skillet with the pineapple and peppers and add the cauliflower rice. Season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Stir to blend ingredients, adding green onions, and cooking until cauliflower rice is just beginning to soften.
Add avocado, yogurt, chipotle, and lime juice to your blender or food processor. Blend until smooth, adding a bit of water if desired to thin.
Portion rice mixture into serving bowls and drizzle with chipotle avocado cream. Devour.