I hope everyone had a healthy and productive week.
I worked hard on getting more sleep over the past 7 days. It sounds so simple, but as a busy Mom it is harder to pull off than you might imagine. Staying up to finish the laundry or prep for the next day can be helpful, but when it only leaves me 4 hours of sleep it starts to become counter productive.
The first few days were the toughest. I was still tired in the morning and the housework was piling up. Then I woke up one morning, earlier than usual, feeling well-rested and accomplished more in that one day than I usually do in two.
I still have a lot on my plate, most of you know I prefer to cook from scratch, but it was a great reminder how sleep affects me. I am a 8-9 hour kinda girl. Everyone is different, but getting to bed by 10 pm seems to be the best for me.
This past week I lost 1.6 lbs.!! I would love to post my Mamavation total, but I just know it is around 45lbs.
I love this week's topic about naturally detoxing. This is one of the reasons why I make most of my food from scratch. I know it isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I have the resources to and love the adventure. If you missed it, check out My Favorite Crock Pot Split Pea Soup Recipe, and check out all the other linked up recipes at Friday's Healthy Nosh corner on Mamavation. I posted my favorite Apple Thyme Pork chop recipe.
I am excited to already have my meal plan finished for the week:
Monday- BR - Overnight Peaches & Cream French Toast
L - Tuna Tahini on Flaxseed Whole Wheat Bread
D - Split Pea Soup Leftovers
Tuesday - BR - French Toast leftovers
L - Lemon Pasta with kale, raw veggies
D - Spaghetti & Meatballs
Wednesday - BR - Baked Apple & Cinnamon Oatmeal
L - Spicy Quinoa & Spinach
D - Fish Tacos
Thursday - BR - Baked Oatmeal leftovers
L - leftovers
D - Tuna Casserole
Friday - "Must-Gos" All day (everything must-go!)
Saturday - BR - Omelet, yogurt & fruit parfaits
L - Chicken Noodle Soup
D - Breakfast for dinner
Sunday - BR - Green Monster smoothie
L - Rice & Black Bean bowls
D - Corn Chowder
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BLOGGING CARNIVAL: This week’s blogging carnival is sponsored by Mamavation.
One blogging carnival participant will receive $50 VISA gift card. To be eligible answer the following blogging carnival question in your weekly Mamavation blog post and link back to Mamavation site.
What steps have you made so far this year to improve your quality of life?
This year I dove head into from-scratch cooking. That means I make our bread, tortillas, pasta, mixes, etc. I am trying to fit more whole grains and seeds into the mix like quinoa. And have already found some great recipes. I also switched my facial routine to a healthier, more natural line from Burt's Bees which I am happy with. We were already a fragrance-free home, so I don't deal with many perfumes or fragrant lotions. The theme of 2012 for me has been "Simple is Best". So far I am feeling good and enjoying the savings.
What have you done this year?