How to Create a Healthy Sleep Routine

A healthy and balanced lifestyle doesn’t only comprise of daily workouts and diet plans, but a lot more. And sleep is more important than we think! A healthy sleep routine paves the way for becoming the woman and mother we want to be, each and every single day (and night!).

Having a great sleep is not only necessary for me to be able to successfully handle my busy days, but it’s an important time for your body to rest and recuperate. Our bodies can’t keep going without stopping and recovering – we need to sleep, allow our body to recover, and start each day feeling refreshed! And there would be no way I’d be able to juggle everything on my to-do list without giving myself a break each night!

We always hear about how important having a morning routine is, but what about having a healthy sleep routine?

 

Never an Early Bird Type

Do you wake up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed each morning? Or do you hit the snooze button on your phone three times, then finally succumb to flipping through IG or FB in the morning before dragging your ass out of bed and rushing through your mornings to make sure everyone gets to school and work on time?

I’ve never been called an early bird – I was the big-time snoozer! Never did I think that I could be a morning person! Instead of getting up each day at 6 am (like I wanted to!) I would typically start my day somewhere between 6:45 – 7:00 am, feeling exhausted, rushed, and struggling to get everyone out the door on time.

I thought that my lack of morning routine was the problem.

I read a book called ‘The Miracle Morning for Parents & Families’ by Hal Elrod, Lindsay McCarthy and Mike McCarthy, which inspired me to create a morning routine and start my day off right. The idea of a “morning routine” is to establish a healthy start to your day, and to prioritize things to do and motivate you to complete them. But each day when that alarm rang at 6:00 am, I reached over and hit the snooze button. Then I moved my phone across the room to encourage myself to wake up and get going. And still, the rebel in me went over to the phone, turned off the alarm, and went back to bed.

It might seem silly, but I felt like a failure. I couldn’t understand why I wasn’t excited to wake up each day (was I depressed? did I have a health issue? is it something I ate?) even though I created a morning routine full of things to do each day – gratitude, yoga, lemon water, tea, reading a few pages of a book – and yet I just wanted to get back to sleep until I absolutely HAD to wake up.

That’s when it finally clicked in that perhaps it wasn’t my lack of intention each morning that was keeping me bedridden, it was likely my sleeping habits. I didn’t have a regular bedtime or sleep routine – some nights I went to bed before 10:00 pm, other nights I was still awake at midnight, and some nights I would stay awake all. night. long. for no good reason, despite my tiredness.

It took some time to realise that getting a better night’s sleep was the key in helping me reach my goals for a morning routine. My sleep was paving the way for a better tomorrow (cheese alert!), and so for the past 6 months I tried every trick in the book until I finally figured out what works for me!

Here are some tips and tricks that may help you get a better night’s sleep so that you can start each day with energy and the ability to function all day long – no matter what life throws at you!

 

TIPS FOR A HEALTHY SLEEP ROUTINE

CREATING A NIGHTTIME ROUTINE

I keep reading about morning routines and how important they are for setting yourself up for the day – but if you don’t get a good night’s sleep, chances are your morning routine will suffer. Creating a nighttime routine is so imperative to getting a good night’s sleep and waking up feeling refreshed and ready to charge! Part of your nighttime routine should focus on shutting down that brain of yours – here’s some ways how:

  • Turn off your laptop and TV at least 30-60 mins before bed
  • Stay off your cellphone – no matter how tempting it is to check email or Facebook
  • Brain dump – write out everything you can think of so it’s out of your head and you’re ready to accomplish tomorrow
  • Do something relaxing to physically tell your body that it’s time to unwind – like a bath or applying lotion
  • Diffuse essential oils (I use Aroma Siez, Peace and Calming, and Rutavala from Young Living)
  • Drink bedtime tea (I am loving the Pukka Night Time Tea)
  • Meditation
  • Bedtime Yoga or simple stretching
  • Then jump right into bed feeling relaxed…!

Some things might work better for your nighttime routine than others – I’m still not that great at meditation (yes, even with the apps!) but doing a brain dump of tasks I have to do tomorrow and stretching it out helps me relax and get me ready for bed.

 

CONSISTENCY IS KEY

Like anything in life, consistency is key here, and getting to bed at the same time each night helps your body get used to the cycle and will create a natural rhythm that your body is keen to follow. Stick to your bed time and honour it – even if it means that you have to read the rest of that book or complete work tasks tomorrow! Play around with it – I know that getting to bed around 9:30pm means I’ll be asleep before 10:00pm and that’s the sweet spot for me!

 

CUT OUT CAFFEINE

You might know that I used to refer to myself as a coffee snob – would it surprise you that I quit drinking coffee almost a year ago? Yes, me. The girl who loved her French Press dark brews, her espresso shots – always black, no sugar. Gone. No more coffee for this girl and I feel great. And while quitting coffee has definitely helped my body regain its’ natural rhythm, the main reason I quit coffee because of its’ effect on hormones.

Now, hold up – I am not telling you to quit coffee – nope, YOU do YOU! If you love your coffee and want to continue drinking it, by all means please do! But keep in mind of how much coffee you’re drinking and what time you stop drinking it. I still drink tea or matcha lattes, which do have caffeine in them, however I usually drink a caffeinated beverage around 9:00 am, or no later than noon, and only one per day. I no longer feel the urge to have that 3:00 pm coffee like I used to, but I believe that was also because I was suffering from adrenal fatigue…

 

RULE OUT ADRENAL FATIGUE (OR HELP SUPPORT THOSE ADRENAL GLANDS!)

Even after I quit coffee, I was having issues with sleep – it turns out that for me, those issues were caused by stress at work and at home. My body’s stress levels were always on hyperdrive, which caused adrenal fatigue – and this could be dangerous to your well-being for many reasons. For myself, not only did it cause a lack of sleep, but it made losing weight extremely difficult, and I was always, ALWAYS dead tired. I became anti-social, moody, I never wanted to have sex (or even if I did my body wouldn’t cooperate) and this all increased my anxiety and made me a pretty crappy person to be around.

My health coach introduced me to Adrenal Assist and educated me on adrenals in general. All the signs pointed to adrenal fatigue. The Adrenal Assist from Vitanica is full of vitamins, minerals, and superfoods designed to promote healthy adrenal gland function and the ability to handle stress in a more balanced manner. A few days after I started taking it, I felt relief. I easily fell asleep, had long deep sleeps, and woke up bright and early feeling recharged and ready to take on the day! HOORAH!

Please keep in mind this may not work for you, and you might need to experiment with what does. If you think you’re suffering from adrenal fatigue, you might want to see your doctor.

 

CREATE A CALM ENVIRONMENT

This might sound like a no-brainer, but creating a calm environment built for relaxing is super important for getting a good night’s sleep. There should be no TV, no cell phones or laptops. Instead, light candles, add art that is soothing, create the bed of your dreams – make sure it’s quiet (or use a sound machine) and dark (with black-out blinds or a sleeping mask).

Creating the ideal environment for sleep will provide no other distractions to getting to bed. I’m pretty lucky that where we live is pretty quiet and dark, but sometimes the moon is shining something fierce and I can’t stress enough how much my sleeping mask has helped me those nights! We also spent a bit of money on perfecting our bed – from choosing the right pillows, having a feather-filled pillow top, and alternating duvets depending on season. It might sound a bit over the top, but once you start sleeping on cloud nine, you’ll thank yourself for prioritizing your sleep!

 

KEEP ENERGY & STRESS LEVELS LOW BEFORE BED

This is also an obvious one, but I’m surprised how many people don’t realise that what they do in the 1-2 hours before bed has a huge effect on sleep! Are you exercising at night? STOP. When you get your heart rate up so close before bedtime, your adrenals are pumping and sending signals to your brain to keep going! Instead of high-energy workouts, try a calming yoga routine and move your high-impact workouts to first thing in the morning.

Also, be careful of what you watch before bed! My favourite thing to do before bed is to watch tv while snuggling with the hubby. But when  you watch tv it stimulates your brain – and if you watch something that’s aggressive, frightening, depressing or intense, it may cause you to have trouble falling asleep. Instead of that heavy documentary before bed, watch something light and fun.

The biggest issues that come up for me before bed are: 1) the kids having trouble falling asleep; 2) work items popping up before bed. These are both things I can’t control and that honestly cause me a lot of issues on some nights (and for some reason, they always occur on the SAME night – double trouble!). Instead of getting angst-y about it, I usually breathe deeply (embrace the zen) and attempt to help the kids fall asleep first before reacting to some work “emergency”, that I’ve learnt can typically be solved early in the morning. Feel free to let your employees or work partners know that you typically don’t check your work phone after a certain time, and that you will respond to their request in the morning – they’ll eventually get it.

 

WATCH YOUR ALCOHOL & SUGAR INTAKE

So, this may seem obvious (or maybe not…) but the amount of food you put in your body closer to bedtime impacts your sleep habits. Too much sugar, too much food, too much alcohol – it all makes your body work harder to get to sleep. Try having a “cut-off” time for eating – whether it’s 7:00 pm or whatever works for you – do not eat after that time. This allows your body to digest food easily before it’s time for bed. The same for alcohol – if you enjoy a glass of wine with dinner or after dinner, that’s great, but make sure you’re not overdoing or drinking right before you go to bed. A glass of wine just before trying to get to sleep does not go hand in hand – although some people say it helps them get to sleep, it’s the quality of sleep that’s lacking.

 

Once you get your sleep routine under control, creating a morning routine that’s buzzing and full of positive energy will be so much easier! Getting my sleep routine down has helped me manage my life SO much better – I’m less grumpy and frustrated, my anxiety doesn’t seem to spark up as much, my kids and husband are happy that I’M happy, and I just have so much more energy to get things DONE!

 

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How to Go Vegan as a Family – The Easy Way! #90DaystoHealth

How to go Vegan as a Family the Easy Way

42 days ago I said good bye to animal products and said hello to plant-based living. It’s been an adventure in vegan cooking, attempting to meal plan and balancing going out. You see, I realized that as a family, we LOVE to go out – not just for the food, but for the fun experience. It’s different than staying home… and there’s no dishes!

There was a bit of an adjustment period for me to start cooking almost each and every night. Not being able to “just pick something up”, order pizza, or go to the kid’s favourite hamburger joint. There is NO back up plan. If we get home late, there better be something to make and FAST, just to fill up the rumbling tummies at our table.

It’s been 42 days and here are some tips for going vegan as a family, that I’ve learned this past month.

How to go Vegan as a Family the Easy Way

Always have vegan snacks on hand – in case it takes longer than you thought to make dinner!

I have to admit, sometimes I don’t fully read a recipe. Oops. Sometimes a recipe that I thought would take me 20 minutes to make turns into 45 minutes – and the kids are starving and my husband starts looking for snacks.

To subside their hunger, we’ll put out veggie sticks with hummus, or corn chips with a homemade salsa or dip. Sometimes it will be fruit, which I find weird because it’s something sweet before dinner, but the kids don’t seem to mind. The point is to have something nourishing and simple to snack on in case of emergencies!

 

How to go Vegan as a Family the Easy Way

Learn to cook vegan.

Sounds simple, right? Spend some time on Pinterest and you’re ready to cook vegan. Well, after a few recipes that didn’t get my approval, I ordered about 6 cookbooks on amazon, and have fallen in love.

I’ve been cooking my way through The Love and Lemons Cookbook, and I can’t sing its’ praises enough. The kids will eat 90% of what I make without whining, the recipes are all super delicious and relatively easy to make. The cookbook isn’t purely vegan, it’s based on eating vegetables so there are recipes with cheese and eggs, but I simply omit the cheese or don’t make those recipes.

But honestly, I’ve cooked about 15 recipes out of the book so far, and keep going back for more. It’s my go-to – and I feel kinda bad because it’s getting wrecked from spills and food crumbs, but the food I make is delicious!

I encourage you to find your favourite cookbook (it will happen!!) and really learn to cook a few recipes so you feel like you can do it with your eyes closed! It will make you feel so much more confident in the kitchen and providing a delicious and filling meal at dinner.

 

How to go Vegan as a Family the Easy Way

Meal Planning & Prepping

These two go hand in hand…

To meal plan, I flip through my favourite cookbook and put a post-it note on the cover of it. I choose items I will make, write the title on the post-it with the page number beside it. I usually pick up to 5 meals. And then I create a grocery list from the recipes, checking to see what I already have at home.

And then, I prep.

I prep what I can in an hour or so – which essentially means washing, peeling, and chopping things for recipes so that you can just throw a meal together, effortlessly. Now, that doesn’t always work for all food items (hello, avocado!) but it definitely helps bring a meal together faster – and that totally counts.

 

How to go Vegan as a Family the Easy Way

When choosing vegan recipes, start with meals that you like.

I know this sounds obvious, but I feel that as women, we create these expectations and goals for ourselves that are overwhelming at times.

Like heading over to Pinterest, creating a vegan recipe board, and pinning 100 extraordinary recipes and shouting “This is me now!” And then not cooking 90% on that board because you have no idea where to find bulgur or everyone hate eggplants.

SO… start with what you know and like. Our family loves tacos, pizza, pasta, burgers, and burritos. So that’s where I started – making vegan tacos, vegan pizza, vegan pasta, vegan burgers, and vegan burritos. It made the switch to plant-based eating a lot easier and less stressful.

Somehow, in our minds, we are eating the same foods we’ve always loved, just enjoying them with new flavours, spices, and ingredients. It honestly made going vegan a lot more approachable to us as a family.

 

How to go Vegan as a Family the Easy Way

Sometimes we cheat, and that’s okay.

Hold on, what? Cheating on veganism? Let me explain.

There are times when our schedules don’t align or meal prep didn’t happen, and we’re left an hour away from home at dinner time. We go out to a restaurant to eat, and we will eat mostly vegan, unfortunately it can be difficult when most menus have veganish food items or one or two options for vegans.

Sometimes we cheat with cheese. But we have noticed that our tummies don’t love it so much, so if we have to go out, we’ll order veggie pizzas with NO cheese or cream-based sauces.

Sometimes we go to sushi restaurants. We love sushi, and have learnt that many dishes, although completely vegetarian, will be made with katsobushi or fish sauce – which is not technically vegetarian or vegan, but presented as so. (Not at all places, but we inquire when we go.)

The thing is, these situations have become rare, because we’ve learnt that a) I can make vegan food at home that tastes amazing and better than at the restaurants, and b) we don’t go out for dinner as often. So when we’re in a situation where we have to go out to eat, and the kids eat cheese or I have miso soup – I’m not giving myself a guilt trip over it!

I would go insane if I worried about every last thing – the kid’s school snacks are not 100% certified vegan, but based on ingredients and googling, they’re vegan, but made in a facility that processes milk products. And that’s OKAY.

At the end of the day, I my diet over the last 42 days has been 90% plant-based, other than some cheese and sushi seasonings. It’s OKAY. Tomorrow’s a new day.

 

Do you have any tips for going plant-based with your family?

 

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How I Made The Switch to Safe Beauty Products with BeautyCounter

How I Made The Switch To Safe Beauty Products A few months ago, I made a call out to the world and asked you guys (and everyone I knew!) about SAFE skincare and makeup products. I wanted to do a beauty detox, and that meant going through my bathroom treasure drawer and ridding it of products that were full of harsh chemicals and making the switch to safe beauty products. Why was I doing this?

This whole year has been very reflective, and I’ve struggled with happiness, depression, anxiety, my fitness and my health. Health has been a big change for me this year. I’ve been ignoring my health for years, and it shows. I was overweight, unhappy, and I needed to make a change.

I have an incredible life coach who has helped me on my journey. Our whole family has become healthier and more active, and I’ve even started eating a plant-based diet! I cared so much about what I was putting into my body and how active I was being with my body, and I started to care more and more about what I was putting on my body.

How I Switched to Safe Beauty Products

I am 32 years old with sensitive skin, my cheeks and nose are usually red, and I have dry areas on my skin, but my skin also has the tendency to get oily, especially with the wrong products. Confused? Yeah, me too.

I have always struggled with finding that perfect product. You know THE one that is going to solve all my skin problems AND make me look younger and make my skin feeling like a baby’s squishy butt. I struggled my whole life, and I’ve tried EVERYTHING. In my bathroom stash I had ridiculously overpriced creams from La Mer and drug store brands like Nivea and L’Oreal, and I was still struggling to find the perfect combination of skincare.

Beyond finding products that worked perfectly all the time, I never really took a good look at what was in those products. Have you read the label on a moisturizer or cleanser? Have you researched the ingredients that go into your products? Neither did I.

But I started to do more and more research on the ingredients going into my skincare and beauty products, and I was more than alarmed. There are so many toxic ingredients, so many cancer-causing ingredients, so many ingredients that are banned in Europe but NOT banned in North America. So, why are we using these products? Why aren’t we all making the switch to safe beauty products?

And did you know that many ingredients in beauty and skincare products aren’t even listed on the label? Sometimes when you see “Fragrance” on a beauty product, it means a bunch of toxic ingredients that they don’t want you to know about. The conspiracy theorist in me loved discovering and researching more and more about skincare products and beauty products.

How I Switched to Safe Beauty Products

I discovered skincare and beauty lines that were all natural. I discovered that some of these brands weren’t really all that natural. I discovered some really well known brands that actually were natural (take a look at Safe & Chic and The Detox Market for a large selection), but many of them just weren’t for me. I experimented with so many natural beauty brands to find the right products!

I spent a ton of time and money going through different beauty brands to see what would work. I purchased super expensive natural moisturizers, non-toxic mascaras, and foundations all in the name of green beauty! And for the most part? I was disappointed.

Here I was, making a stand for green beauty and finding safe and non-toxic products for my family, and I was disappointed at the results. Foundation that dried my skin, concealers that didn’t work, mascaras that flaked, eyeshadows that didn’t provide enough colour – I became so frustrated with some products that I actually went back to my favourite toxic products.

I felt super guilty about going back to my favourite mascara and tinted moisturizers, because I was knowingly using products with ingredients that were bad for me, bad for the environment, and just bad all around. But they worked. And so I found myself in a conundrum. I found some safe and non-toxic products that worked great, and many that didn’t. I had spent so much time and money on my green beauty adventure, and in the end I was disappointed with the results.

And then I discovered BeautyCounter.

How I Switched to Safe Beauty Products

I was watching beauty videos on Youtube, and I saw a video for a 5-Minute Face in 6 Easy Steps – and here I am a mother of two, I run multiple businesses, and my life is so hectic, so I’m all for quick and easy makeup. And one night, in a quick impulse purchase before bed, I ordered the customized 5-Minute Face Set. Online shopping is so easy. (Poor credit cards!)

Now, you have to know that I didn’t know really know much about the BeautyCounter brand before I made my purchase, but I was stoked to discover that BeautyCounter is a green beauty brand. BeautyCounter actually bans 1,500 ingredients from their products. The Never List contains 1,500 harmful and questionable ingredients that they never use, here’s a shortened version below:

But the best part of my impulse purchase with BeautyCounter? The products actually worked!

The 5-Minute Face Set includes a foundation, concealer, brow pencil, mascara, blush, and lipgloss. And I loved each and every product that was part of the set! I was amazed at how well these products performed. The foundation is lightweight and hydrating, and the concealer had great coverage but didn’t get crease-ey.

I didn’t have high hopes for the brow pencil or mascara, to be honest, because those are two products that I’m very particular about. I was surprised that I loved the brow pencil and it actually trumped my previous favourite, and the volumizing mascara is AH-MAZING. It thickened my lashes and kept the curl all day long – no flaking or making my sensitive eyes irritated.

When it came to the blush, it stays all day and isn’t streaky or hard to put on – it blends so nicely. It’s become my everyday favourite! But the lipgloss? Hands down my favourite product. It goes on super smooth, it’s moisturizing, and it’s not sticky. And it has a subtle vanilla fragrance that’s actually naturally vanilla.

How I Switched to Safe Beauty Products

So then I dug a little deeper into the BeautyCounter site and started checking out their skincare line. I few days later my order arrived and I started trying out their cleanser, mist, oils, and moisturizers. And BAM, just like that, I fell in love with BeautyCounter.

You see, I’m a true believer in taking care of your skin. While I love makeup, I feel it’s there to accentuate your nature beauty, and if your skin isn’t in great condition and you aren’t taking care of it – well, no makeup will truly help. Unless you wear a mask of makeup. And ain’t nobody got time for that in this house.

It literally felt like this massive A-HA moment. The clouds had parted, the light shone down on me, and the angels sang. Here were products that were SAFE TO USE, with NO toxic chemicals, NO harsh ingredients, AND THEY WORKED. My skin felt incredible – there was no irritation, dryness, or weird reactions on my sensitive skin. And I could feel GOOD about using BeautyCounter.

I love BeautyCounter so much that I decided to join up with them.

How I Switched to Safe Beauty Products

You know that feeling when you LOVE a company so much that you want to help them. You want to join their movement. You believe in it and want to get involved. That’s why I joined BeautyCounter. Because my treasure drawer in the bathroom is full of safe and non-toxic products that WORK. That I can feel good about.

You know when your kids get into your beauty stash? You don’t have to worry about how much lipstick they’ve eaten and how much eyeshadow actually got into their eye – I mean, clean them up and make sure they’re okay! But you don’t have to worry about what cancer-causing ingredients they’ve ingested or applied to themselves.

As a mother, it’s important to me that my daughter is made aware of the dangers of these ‘normal’ products we’ve been using for years. The deodorants that are full of harmful chemicals. The lipsticks that contain gluten. I want her to know that there is a safe alternative to beauty products. And I want to feel that I’m providing my daughter with the right products as she grows up.

If this speaks to you on any level, get involved. Spread the world. It’s important to work together to get safer products into everyone’s hands. Here are three different ways you can join the movement:

  1. SWITCH to SAFE products. Make the changes in your own home, and get rid of products that are full of harmful chemicals and choose ones that are made safe and non-toxic. Safe beauty products are just the beginning!
  2. Shop BeautyCounter and even become a Band of Beauty Member! It costs $29, and you get free shipping on orders over $125, a free gift with purchase, 15% product credit with every order (free money! save the credit cards!), and other exclusive member offers.
  3. Love BeautyCounter’s mission as much as I do? Become a Consultant and create change in the world. Becoming a Consultant can mean growing a full-on business or just a side-hustle, and it’s super rewarding knowing that you’re part of a greater movement.

 

I would love to know what your experience has been when it comes to using products with safer ingredients! Let me know in the comments below!

 

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The Best Abs, Core, and Pelvic Floor Workout for Moms #90DaysToHealth

The Best Postpartum Abs Workout: A full review of Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor 30-Day Program by Natalie Hudson

Motherhood can make you feel stronger than you’ve ever felt before.

It’s true! Not only have you grown a little human being inside of you, you then gave birth, you’ve raised this little being with your whole heart, body and mind – and it takes strength to do so!

Yet no matter how strong we may feel, sometimes our physical strength just doesn’t match up. At least, that’s how I feel when it comes to my abdomen muscles and pelvic floor.

The Best Postpartum Abs Workout: A full review of Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor 30-Day Program by Natalie Hudson

Do I pee a little if I sneeze?

Sometimes.

Am I racing to the bathroom if I’ve waited too long for a tinkle?

Oh yeah.

Can I jump on a trampoline with my kids without peeing myself?

Nope.

And it sucks when you discuss these somewhat embarrassing details with your doctor, who then tells you to work on your kegels or recommends incontinence pads.

This is why I was super stoked to discover the Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor 30-Day Program, which is made for women 6 weeks postpartum to any age postpartum! The program addresses issues with the loving ‘mommy pooch’, as well as Diastasis Recti, pelvic floor, and incontinence issues. The program was created by Natalie Hodson, a personal trainer, and Dr. Monique Middlekauff, a specialist in pelvic floor disfunction.

The Best Postpartum Abs Workout: A full review of Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor 30-Day Program by Natalie Hudson

The 30-day program comes with an informative PDF booklet that completely educates you on the reasons behind Diastasis Recti and pelvic floor dysfunction, and is full of workouts and tips to help heal and improve those problem areas. Weekly videos accompany the PDF (which you can print out or read on your phone/laptop/tablet) which provide step-by-step instructions on how to do each move and engage the appropriate muscles.

The most awesome part of the Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor program? It can be done ANYWHERE and ANYTIME thanks to the program being accessible on my phone, tablet, and laptop. I can do it after yoga in the morning, I can do it in my office between answering emails, or I can do it while travelling because there are no weights or accessories necessary.

The Best Postpartum Abs Workout: A full review of Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor 30-Day Program by Natalie Hudson

I’m right in the middle of the program and I can already feel my abdomen and pelvic floor getting stronger. The videos are easy to understand and really help me isolate the right muscles, which is so important to seeing results faster.

I’ve incorporated this program into my daily routine, on my #90DaysToHealth Journey! I love that this program is super informative, relatively simple, and I look forward to doing it each day and getting my workout in. I can feel myself getting stronger, I can feel it in my core and even my lower back, and that strength is helping me gain confidence in my everyday life.

I feel strong as a mother!

Have you tried Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor? Learn more about this life-changing program by clicking on the link! I’m going to update again once I finish the program and provide my thoughts!

The Best Postpartum Abs Workout: A full review of Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor 30-Day Program by Natalie Hudson

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How to Go Vegan As a Family #90DaysToHealth

How to Go Vegan As a Family | Want to become a vegan with kids? It's easier than you think! Here are step by step ways to become vegan with your family.

Becoming a vegan is not as hard as you think it might be, but going vegan as a family can be a bit tricky! I’ve quickly discovered that going vegan is easy when you make an abundance of delicious vegan meals – crowding out whatever meat and dairy may have been in your diet before with an abundance of veggies, whole grains, and plant-based proteins.

Yes, going vegan can be easy. But throw in an 11 year old that won’t eat onions or peppers, and a 5 year old whose dream diet consists of pizza and cheeseburgers, and suddenly going vegan as a family becomes a little more difficult. Here are some tips and tricks I’ve learned this past week on how to go vegan as a family without losing your mind!

 

How to Go Vegan As A Family? Make Sure Everyone’s On Board!

Making sure everyone in the family is on board with switching to a vegan lifestyle makes the transition much smoother. Our daughter is 11 and is totally loving this vegan diet! Our 5 year old? He can’t quite grasp the concept of veganism, although he is coming around to the idea that we don’t eat animals anymore.

But how did I get my meat-loving husband to go vegan? We watched What The Health on Netflix one day. That was enough to get him to want to try going vegan to see how it might make a difference in our lives. Because really, what’s the worst that could happen? Ask yourself. Ask your family.

What’s the worst thing that could happen if we go vegan for a month?

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Get Rid of Non-Vegan Temptation

You know when you go on a diet and  you clean your fridge and pantry out of any temptations? This is the same thing, you’re just clearing your house out of anything made from animal and dairy products. Now, I admit, if something might have a “trace of milk”, I know it means that it’s made in the same facility as something made with milk ingredients, and I don’t mind if we eat that.

But it’s important to remove temptation, clear your house of non-vegan items, and go grocery shopping for vegan items. Don’t go all crazy buying vegan cheese and faux meat substitutes or vegan desserts – yes, all of those exist, but that’s not why you’re going vegan. A plant-based diet should be based on healthy, nutritious, seasonal foods, with those extra things as a once-in-a-while thing!

Make Family Favourite Recipes with a Vegan Spin

One of the biggest fears people have is missing out on cheese and meat – and not getting enough protein! Don’t fret – there are a ton of delicious vegan recipes out there! Lentil loaf instead of meat loaf, vegan burritos and tacos made with squash and black beans, and there’s so many vegan burger recipes – you  just have to find one you like!

If you’re looking for quick vegan dishes, you can make a yummy pasta, grill veggies, and make large buddha bowls with quinoa or brown rice as a base, and just add a ton of veg that are roasted and fresh for variety, add some hummus and light dressing and you’re done! Find some smoothie recipes the kids will love, and try to discover new favourites!

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Eating Out as a Vegan Family

We’ve gone out to a couple of restaurants as a ‘vegan family’, and each time we learned new things and discovered delicious food that we would have never tried if we weren’t vegan. Our family loves having sushi once every few weeks – and we were happy to discover that it’s totally possible, but it’s a little different, obviously! Luckily our server was super knowledgeable and quickly let us know what we could eat and what wasn’t vegan (no miso soup or tempura batter!).

I would research restaurants in your area before going, to take a look at their menu and see what vegan or vegetarian options they have available. FYI many vegetarian options can become vegan if you take off the cheese or mayo. There are so many restaurants that have veggie burgers, delicious pastas, flatbreads, salads, and other vegan options that you probably don’t even realize because you’re not eating like a vegan!

Involve Your Family in Vegan Grocery Shopping

I purchased a few vegan cookbooks so the whole family can take a look at different recipes and we make our meal plan together. While our 5-year old points at pictures of vegan burgers and vegan nachos, my daughter picks out interesting meals we would never have tried before – like vegan bahn mi sandwiches or vegan paella.

Going Vegan as a Family is Not as Hard as You Think!

I was really expecting this vegan diet to be a lot more difficult that it is! I admit my 5-year old has me stumped sometimes, but one look in our pantry and I realize there’s so many things he can eat, even if it’s covered in vegan cheese or ketchup. (Quesadilla, Pizza Flatbreads, Pastas, Vegan Burgers, French Fries, and Cucumbers – this is his diet.)

Check out the cookbooks above for some awesome vegan recipe ideas for your whole family – we are loving these options so far, and I’m slowly cooking my way through these books.

How do we feel?

Honestly, we feel amazing.

We’ve noticed that we have more energy. We’re not as tired at the end of the day. We don’t feel bloated or weighed down by the food we’re eating.

Have you ever thought of starting a plant-based diet with your family? Would you try a vegan diet as a family?

How to Go Vegan As a Family | Want to become a vegan with kids? It's easier than you think! Here are step by step ways to become vegan with your family.

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