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And now, let’s just jump right back in from where we left off…
Top 15 Ways to Manage Many- Part 3
Eat Well/ Get Moving/ Create Constants
#7 Eat Well
You know that the truth is the truth whether we like it or not. Here is a bit of truth:
Eating Junk makes You feel like Junk.
It is sooo much more convenient to unwrap a snack cake or grab a small bag of chips than to pull out the blender, fresh or frozen fruit, and the protein mix. I don’t like to admit it because I honestly prefer things to be convenient but there is no denying the truth. Convenience can be a killer, and not only to our physical bodies (diabetes, high-blood pressure, poor circulation, etc.) but it can also kill our self confidence and overall well being.
I will admit it. I am guilty as charged. I have given in to convenience.
Make a change! When I plan, and sometimes prep, my meals/snacks ahead of time I am much more likely to make healthy choices. I am not speaking about dieting or completely stripping away all things yummy and good but I am saying that when I take more careful consideration as to what I am really putting into my mouth to nourish my body, I want to take better care of my temple. And not just for myself, but for my family! They need me to be healthy and well. They need me to have energy (and lots of it 😉 ) They depend on me to prepare them food that will make them healthy also!
It’s the little changes that add up over time. Start out by making subtle substitutions to your eating lifestyle that you can enjoy for the long haul, not just endure.
- Try substituting your typical junk snack with a cup of light Greek yogurt and a fresh peach.
- For the Salt/Crunchy fanatic- a handful of roasted almonds and a slice of cheddar cheese
- For all those Sweet tooth Sweethearts- a chocolate protein shake or Quest protein bar really hit the spot 😉
Also consider what you drink….
When I drink sodas or sugary drinks they leave me feeling heavy and sluggish.
- Reason #1: all those bubbles from the carbonated water= major bloat :/
- Reason #2: the sugar itself peps me up at first, but leaves me dragging the bottom when my insulin is having to work overtime.
For those two reasons alone I try not to over-consume those kind of drinks.This doesn’t mean that I am stuck drinking water only! There are a few other types of drinks that I really look forward to drinking on a daily basis!
My two favorite drinks to alternate between my H2O glasses are
Green Tea and a apple cider vinegar blended drink called
Good Girl Moonshine (a drink designed by the authors of Trim Healthy Mama)
Green Tea is packed to the brim with Catechins (antioxidants) which help your body put up a good defense against cell damage (aka Cancer). It also lowers cholesterol and blood pressure, along with regulating blood sugar.
Apple Cider Vinegar is awesome at keeping your blood sugar in check and if you drink the kind containing the “mother” it is chalked full of probiotics- good bacteria that your body needs to aid in digestion and immune function.
My taste buds cannot handle apple cider vinegar straight- WOW! It really packs a punch 🙂 But the recipe that I use makes it much more enjoyable, but drink with caution…. Its not called Moonshine for nothing 😉
Good Girl Moonshine (with my own personal twist)
What you will need…
- a pint size jar
- 1-2 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar, with the Mother
- 1/2 tsp. Ginger (fresh or powder)
- sugar substitute of your choice: Stevia, Xylitol, Sweet n Low, Splenda, etc.
- fruit flavored extract(s) of your choice
In a clean pint jar add the apple cider vinegar and ginger. Fill jar 3/4 full with ice and then fill with water. This is the backbone of the drink. Next add sweetener to taste and if you like, add fruit extracts. (my favorites are coconut, strawberry, and sometimes I add a dash of BAI pomegranate). Stir well then sip (*pucker*) and drink to your good health! 🙂
*Please note: this drink does not contain alcohol in any form.
#8 Get Moving (even if you have to squeeze)
This particular subject I approach with all good intentions and a lot of compassion. We all know that regular exercise is a key component to keeping our bodies and minds in top shape. I don’t dispute that at all! It feels awesome to have worked up a sweat and pushed myself to the point where I am tired physically but mentally I feel so accomplished!! That kind of feeling only comes with genuine hard work. The problem that I often have (too often sometimes) is deliberately making time in my busy schedule of motherhood to exercise.
The Bible reminds us that bodily exercise profiteth little, which is a relief seeing as how sometimes it falls to the bottom of my to-do list.
Ideally, I would like to get in a full 30 minutes of weight lifting followed by a solid 15 minutes of cardio, but…… with all of life’s sweet, adorable little disruptions, I find it hard to be consistent with an exercise regimen. With that being said, when I successfully squeeze in a solid, focused time to exercise I walk away feeling like I can handle whatever may be around the next corner. In this season of my life I may not have a rigid 45 minute, 3-4 times/week exercise routine but I have managed to get a little creative with exercise when it seems like I won’t get an ideal workout in for that day.
Busy Mama’s Mini HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) Squeeze….
- Squats while folding clothes
- 10 Pushups after unloading/loading the dishwasher
- walking/running the stairs for a set time (2 minutes intervals)
- Lunge walk from one room to the next
- Tricep dips using a dining chair
- Calf Raises while brushing teeth/hair
- High Knees x 25
- Jumping Jacks
- And the list can go on and on!
Taking just a few minutes to squeeze in some exercise throughout the day helps keep my body strong and my mind clear! This is also a time in the day when my kids and I can have a lot of fun together! They all LOVE to workout with me and we like to challenge one another to see who can do the most Irish Jigs or Pushups ;p
The purpose in staying active is not to have a body that is Ideal. The purpose is to have a body that is Able!
#9 Create some Constants in your life
A constant is anything that You develop in Your home that you and your family knows will always be the same. I chose not to say rules because not all areas need to be classified as rules per say. These constants create stability and structure in your home, which is a necessity in keeping a home and managing everyone in it.
- Develop a “Go Home” Rule for you and your little ones (see #5 in Part Two of Top 15 Ways to Manage Many). When its time to start cleaning a particular room it helps when there is minimal or no extra clutter to put away or sort through.
- Plan out a general Menu by the week or the month. Keep this plan close by when You make out your grocery list so you know exactly what you need to purchase for that week’s meals! (example: Wednesday supper is usually always a variety of soup and sandwich combo)
- Establish a bedtime devotion time with your family. Take 15 minutes before lights out (or more if you have older children) to read a passage from the Bible; Quote scripture together; Q&A time; and finish with Prayer and kisses!
- Try applying a “No shoes in the house” policy. (I say try because here in the Hunter House we are still working on this application 😉 )
- If you have multiple children, consider adding a KP (Kitchen Patrol) system. Our household KP is set up like this…
Help cook and prepare the plates
Set the table before the meal
Clear remainder of table, clean table and wipe out all dining chairs. (All children are expected to clear their own dishes and silverware individually)
Rinse all dirty dishes and fill the dishwasher
Wipe down all counter tops
Sweep kitchen and dining areas
We have 5 cubs which divides out nicely. Monday– Anna Grace; Tuesday– Levi; Wednesday– Caroline; Thursday– Wyatt and Mama; Friday– Cody and Mama; Saturday and Sunday– random volunteers. We all love our KP system because everyone has an opportunity to take turns serving others and helping in the kitchen! The cubs like it because they feel like they are playing restaurant and I love it because they are building good character!!
Having a schedule (even if it is at the bare bones level) helps enormously with creating constants for you and your family. Be creative! Be flexible! Make adjustments and improvements! Remember- you are responsible for how your home is kept. So have fun keeping it well!
Check back soon for Part 4 of the Top 15 Ways to Manage Many!!
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