Haaaappy Monday! Whatcha got going on this week? For me, I have a whole lot planned. It’s a running to-do list and I am excited to see how much I can get done! I have BIG things coming up that I have been working on, including a secret project! I am so excited to share it with you all soon!
I hope you are taking this Monday as a chance to set an intention for the week and that you’re able to do something today that counts as self love. Something that fills you up rather than something that leaves you feeling empty. For example you could:
- read a book you enjoy (Harry Potter anyone?!)
- take a relaxing bath – with or without fancy candles
- buy yourself flowers for no reason
- cook a healthy meal that nourishes your body
- take time to reconnect with an old friend or family member
- apply a face or hair mask!
- stay in bed an extra 5 minutes
- diffuse some essential oils
- call in sick to work (yes, you can totally use me as the scapegoat)
- give blood
- take a walk (preferably in nature and in the sunshine!)
See? Self care is pretty dang easy once you start to look for it! Anything that makes you happy counts, and it doesn’t have to cost money! Sometimes, I think, it’s better if it doesn’t have monetary value attached.
#1 Cacao Nibs
Not sure where I would be without these little gems from Navitas Organics in my life! During this round of Whole30, one of my main goals was to reduce and find out the root of my sugar cravings. I crave chocolate like no other and want to reduce my consumption moving forward. Not that chocolate is necessarily bad, but my relationship with it just doesn’t have a stop button! I’m not much of a moderator (read: I either DO something or I DON’T do something, not much middle ground) so having “just one” piece doesn’t really happen. It’s usually 1/2 a bar or sometimes the whole thing!
In my experience, I usually see sugar cravings as a cry for more nutrients in the diet. Since chocolate is so high in magnesium, I have also been playing around with adding in more magnesium to my diet. By cutting out sugar from my diet I have been able to examine my relationship to sugar and really pay attention to when I crave it. Sugar cravings can also be caused by emotional triggers – like feeling lonely, sad or anxious. Though I suspect if the right nutrients are already in place and balanced, that when the emotional moments hit, the sugar cravings would be lower than if nutrients are left unbalanced.
Cacao nibs are 100% cacao, this means no sweetener added! Though they smell like chocolate, their taste is bitter and usually a small handful does the trick for me. I am being careful to not directly substitute cacao nibs every time I crave chocolate but am really happy to have them in a pinch when I want something “sweet.” My goal is to not replace my habit with a “healthier” food but to really dig deep and explore my relationship with certain foods.
#2 Ginger Chamomile Tea
It’s getting colder every day here in Spokane! That officially means it is tea season. And what better way to wind down the day than a nice, warm mug of tea! I have been LOOOVING the ginger chamomile flavor from Traditional Medicinals.
This has become my “nightcap” of choice – chamomile to help me wind down and prepare for bed and ginger to warm and soothe! I have really been enjoying it with a scoop of collagen peptides and a little coconut milk. Super heavenly.
#3 The Inspiralizer
What in the heck is that, you might be wondering. The Inspiralizer is a fantastic kitchen gadget that creates perfect veggie spirals! Created by Ali Maffucci of Inspiralized, this handy little tool has been SO fun to play with! I have spiralized carrots, zucchini, sweet potato and parsnips so far.
The Inspiralizer makes getting your veggies in super easy and fun! Who doesn’t want to eat cute little veggie spirals? They are just downright fun. You can spiralize all sorts of vegetables like bell peppers, broccoli (the stems!), apples, pears, turnips, celeriac, cucumbers and more! The possibilities are endless. If it doesn’t have a hard pit and isn’t super soft, chances are you can spiralize it!
I especially love the fact that you can change between 4 different noodle thicknesses. This creates different textures for different dishes and is really fun to play around with. I love using the thinnest setting for zucchini noodles (zoodles) and a thicker setting for sweet potato noodles (swoodles)! I had so much fun playing around with spiralizing, that I had to use some of my veggies and created this super (souper, ha!) simple soup.
Turkey Veggie Noodle Soup
(PALEO, WHOLE30, 21DSD, GRAIN FREE, GLUTEN-FREE, DAIRY-FREE,)
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES COOK TIME: 20 MINUTES
1 lb. ground turkey (chicken would also work)
2 c. bone broth (homemade or store bought)
1 zucchini, spiralized
2 carrots, spiralized
1 parsnip, spiralized
1 c. mushrooms, sliced
1 tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. thyme
- Start by browning the ground turkey, heat a large skillet on medium high heat and use a tbs. of olive oil when the pan is hot
- Add the ground turkey in and use a spatula to break up the meat.
- Meanwhile, using a spiralizer to spiralize the veggies into noodles.
- Once the meat is browned, add in broth, veggies and spices.
- Cook until noodles are just tender ~5-10 minutes.
- Add more seasoning to taste and enjoy!