Monthly Archives: October 2013

Staying Healthy When Life Happens

I’ve had a tough week.  We all have those weeks, when life just happens.  We all know that routines are comforting, they help you stay on track and stick to the plan, which ultimately is the first step to a healthy lifestyle.  Unfortunately, life throws you some curveballs every once in a while.

Maybe you got some bad news at work, your child is sick, you had a fight with your loved one, or you lost someone close to you.  Whatever it is, things happen that can affect our state of mind, which in turn will affect our physical state.

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Here are some tips on staying healthy when life happens:

Control the controllables.  If you’re taken away from your gym or yoga studio or regular place of exercise, use your two legs and get up and move.  Even if it’s just for 15 minutes.  That’s why I love running and yoga.  You can do it anywhere!  Any type of physical activity releases endorphins which naturally makes you feel better.

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Snack often.  Don’t starve yourself if healthy foods are not around.  You will end up pigging out on all the bad stuff that is available.  Try to grab some on the go healthy snacks that will fuel your body.

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Wake up early.  Early mornings are the best time to get some physical activity in when you don’t have the time.  Get up 30 minutes before everyone else and go for a jog, take a walk, or do some sit ups in your bedroom.  I found a great website that emails you an exercise every day that requires only YOU.  No props, gyms, or machines are needed.  It’s called Bodeefit.

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Stay hydrated.  I literally never leave the house without my Camelbak water bottle.  I call it my “adult bottle.”  People might think it’s weird but I don’t mind.  Staying hydrated is huge when your body is run down emotionally or physically.  If you don’t drink enough water your mind will trick you into thinking you need something else when in reality you just need some H2o!

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Realize no one is perfect.  There is not a human being out there who eats perfectly all the time or exercises consistently 365 days a year.  It’s okay to let go, get off track, or indulge.  It might seem like you are being unhealthy, but you know what…sometimes it’s healthy for the soul. The best thing about straying off your routine is you can turn around and get right back on track in the blink of an eye because it’s something YOU control.

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Crock Pot Beef Stew

It isn’t officially fall until you bring out the crock pot.  At least that’s my belief.  Have I mentioned I love fall?  I do…a lot.  And I really love the idea of throwing a bunch of ingredients into a pot, letting it sit all day, and wah lah! Dinner is served.

This crock pot beef stew came out dee-licious.  Since it was the weekend, I decided to throw in some potatoes.  This means it’s not technically primal or paleo, but on Saturdays and Sundays I let myself eat some potatoes!  If you want to make a primal version just remove the potatoes or sub in sweet potatoes…I bet that would be yummy!

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Crock Pot Beef Stew

  • 2 lbs Grass Fed Stew Meat
  • 2.5 cups Beef Broth (low sodium)
  • 6 ounce can Organic Tomato Paste
  • .5 cup Red Wine
  • 2 cups Organic Baby Carrots
  • 1 Yellow Onion Chopped
  • 2 Parsnips Chopped
  • 8-10 Baby Potatoes
  • 2 sprigs Rosemary
  • 3 Garlic Gloves
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 Bay Leaf

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After you chop the onions and parsnips, throw everything in the crock pot.  Cook on high for 7-8 hours.  The perfect fall beef stew!  We also dunked some Paleo Pumpkin Cornbread from Brittany at RealSustenance.com in the stew which was perfect.

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Five Primal Snacks

A lot of people who start eating a primal or paleo diet will complain that they don’t know what to snack on during the day.  I’m guilty of it myself, especially when I first started eating primal.  Working a 9 to 5 job doesn’t always make it easy either but the key is (as always) to plan your lunches every week and have your snacks prepared.  This prevents running to the office snack closet and grabbing a bag of chips or cookies!

A rule I’ve followed over the past couple of years is pretty simple…snack on real foods or products.  Ones that you can actually read the entire ingredient list.  Here are five primal snacks that keep me going through the day!

Cottage Cheese with Fruit and Nuts

I promise I don’t eat the whole container. Just one serving 🙂

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Kind Bars

They have a ton of different ones but my recent favorite is this Cashew & Ginger Spice flavor.  I love Kind Bars because if you look at the ingredient list you will recognize each one.  It’s one of the best bars I’ve found with nothing processed.

 

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Dark Chocolate & Blueberries

I think I am officially addicted to dark chocolate.  Even if it’s just the tiniest piece I usually have a bite every night.  I usually stick to at least 80% cacao.

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Avocado

If you get one just the perfect ripeness, avocados are an awesome snack just on their own!

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Justin’s Honey Almond Butter with an Apple or Banana

I just recently discovered Justin’s brand and absolutely love it.  It is so tasty but yet so good for you.  Here are the ingredients: Dry Roasted Almonds, Honey Powder (Sugar, Honey), Organic Palm Fruit Oil, Sea Salt.  Honey is my favorite flavor so far and it only has 3 grams of sugar!  Throw a tablespoon of this on an apple of banana and you have yourself a tasty, healthy, and real snack.

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What are your go-to favorite snacks?