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First, my apologies as I think this blog is all over the place. Probably not written well but written with a bit of fire in my heart....
Have you ever read the children's book Have You Filled A Bucket Today? It's one of our favorites here at FIT4MOM. The concept is that we all have a metaphorical bucket which can hold kindness, appreciation and love. And we have the opportunity each day to fill someone's bucket or dip from it with criticism, judgment or negativity. This is what we teach our kids, but maybe us moms need reminding too.
I have a habit of always giving people the benefit of the doubt and looking at the other side. I think this drives my family and friends crazy because it means that I rarely take your side but always try to point out the possible side of the person you are annoyed with. I have never met a person who was truly bad or truly mean. Never. I think it's safe to say that most people have good hearts. There are two sides to every situation and...more
VEGGIES DON'T BITE
Makes 3 sandwiches
· ½ of my Kale & Lentil Balls recipe
· 2 cups of my Classic Red Red Sauce or Crockpot Red Sauce
· 2 cups chopped kale
· a drizzle of your favorite oil for sauteing veggies (or veggie broth if not using oil)
· 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
· Sprouted wheat or gluten free hot dog buns or sub sandwich rolls
note: You can make the full Kale & Lentil Balls recipe to make more sandwiches or freeze the rest of the balls for later, they freeze great. You can use any marinara sauce you like, but homemade is always delicious. You can also sub another green for kale, such as spinach or chard.
Make Kale & Lentil Balls. Make Classic Red Red Sauce or Crockpot Red Sauce.
Wash and chop kale. Saute kale and garlic in a pan using oil or veggie broth until wilted. Add red sauce and cook until warmed throughout.
Assemble sandwiches by toasting buns and placing 3 beanballs in each bun. Top with red sauce/kale...more
Use your stroller as a prop to get some great glute work in with your kiddo!more
The passing of Labor Day marks a new season – Fall 2014 is here and it’s back to school, back to routine, and back to a full busy schedule. Lisa Druxman, founder of FIT4MOM has joined forces with Mareya Ibrahim, founder of Eat Cleaner to share their tips and tricks with those who struggle to find the health and life balance in work and motherhood.
As entrepreneurs and moms themselves, they created the Mommy Reset Challenge, the first free video and email series of it’s kind that will guide women through a 10-day “reset” program. The challenge launches September 15th. Being a mom has always been a full time job but never before has it been so full.
Our mission is to share and teach moms how to kick off back to school and the fall season feeling focused and recharged.
The series is free and easily downloaded to a laptop, iPad or phone with each video being 3 minutes in length.
Step 1: Press the Reset Button!...more
This post was inspired by one of our new Body Back Instructors, Joelyn Blaskovich. She started class asking us all to put our arms up; you know that victorious position. We always talk in class about how our mind will influence our body. But she reminded us that our body also influences our mind.
How are you holding yourself, right now? Are you slumped over a computer? Are your shoulders rounded? Your head jetted forward? Is your brow furrowed or your jaw clenched? Or are you standing / sitting tall, proud? Head up, shoulders back? If you haven't followed my lead, do it now. Try it both ways and see how you feel. Now, hold your arms up, victorious. Feel it.
Your emotions do influence your physical body, but the reverse is also true. Amy Cuddy's TED Talk shows how power postures such as standing with legs astride and hands on hips can actually increase testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain. Simply put, we can change our own body chemistry just by...more
VEGGIES DON'T BITE
Makes sides for 4
• 2 large red potatoes and 2 large purple potatoes (or 4 of one kind)
• a drizzle of your favorite cooking oil (or veggie broth if you are avoiding
• 2 teaspoons maple syrup
Hemp Almond Parmesan:
• 1 cup hemp seeds
• 1 cup almond meal
• 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
• 1 teaspoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt (or more if prefer)
note: To make this nut free, you can use all hemp seeds. I like to use both purple
and red potatoes to add some color to the dish but feel free to use any potatoes
Preheat oven to 400. Wash and cut potatoes into round chip like pieces. The
thinner they are the crispier they will get. Soak potatoes in a bowl of water for 1-2
hours to remove some of the starchiness (this is optional but will help your chips
become crisper). Dry thoroughly, or let air dry.
Put pieces in a deep bowl and sprinkle with oil (if using) and maple syrup. Mix to
FIT4MOM CHICAGO WEST
Why her instructor nominated her:
Jennie has been an inspiration to me ever since I met her in January. She has such an easy-going way about her, she makes having three kids ranging from 10 months to 8 years old look simple! Jennie's commitment to keeping her family and herself healthy is evident. She is a part of our Body Back program and told me that she'd have her morning smoothies with her 8 year old! I'd say THAT is setting an awesome example. She is truly a model of what it means to be a "supermom". - Becca
Who are the members of your family? My husband is Tom and we have three kids: Harrison (8), Graham (6), and Lily (1)
What is or was your career? I was an auditor/CPA at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 4.5 years and then worked at DePaul University in their Internal Audit group for 2 years. While working at DePaul, I got my certification/masters in education to teach elementary school. I did my student teaching while pregnant with Harrison and finished exactly one week before he was born. Since then, we've moved around a lot and I have not...more
Get some great abdominal work at the "nose" of your stroller with this Reverse Crunch. Watch your kiddos eyes brighten as they see your legs rise and lower in front of them, as well!
Give it shot!more
Our friends at LUNA
Where has the summer gone? With the school year on the horizon, like most moms, you’re day will be jam-packed with taking the kids to and from school, shuttling them to after school activities, helping them with homework, making lunches, and getting them to bed at a decent hour. It may be hard to find time to eat properly. In order to start your day off right, it’s important to make time for breakfast. Since blueberries are in full abundance this season, you could make this quick, nutrition-dense smoothie – inspired by our Blueberry Bliss LUNA Bar -- before you head out the door.
1 banana, peeled, frozen and cut into four pieces
2/3 cup milk, almond milk, oat milk or soy milk
2 tablespoons peanut butter
2/3 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
Add ingredients to blender and mix until smooth.
If you don’t have time to throw the smoothie together, a delicious...more
Our FIT4MOM theme for September is Back To School, Back To You. It seems like September is like the start of a new year for moms. You will undoubtedly need to create a new schedule for your family. You'll need to set times to get up, get fed, get homework done, etc. And hopefully, you will set time for you. We are all moms of different stages. Many of you don't even have kids in school yet. But no matter. You need to schedule some time for you.
Motivational speaker Tony Robbins once said,
“If you talk about it, it's a dream, if you envision it, it's possible, but if you schedule it, it's real.”
We want you to make mom first a reality by scheduling it. It's not selfish or a luxury. It's not decadent or impossible. Making time for mom is a gift to your family. You will be happier, healthier and less stressed. So, when can it happen?
- Can you wake up just a bit earlier?
- Can you workout when your kids are at school?
- Can you take an hour to yourself on weekends?
- Can you take a mommy time out for just 10 minutes before making...more
Something about motherhood makes us just raw to the world. It makes us see opportunities to be kinder and possibilities to create a safer world. We realize quite quickly upon becoming a mom how many things may be unsafe for our baby and for our world.
I remember opening up the bag of goodies that the hospital gave me (who doesn't like free goodies?) and being astounded at how many products were not safe for my baby. They gave me a popular brand of baby shampoo that had formaldehyde and 1,4-dioxan. They gave me an ample supply of formula samples which I resented as I wanted to nurse. The ingredients included processed sugars and synthetic ingredients. My girlfriend told me to throw out the plastic bottles that I had purchased because they had bpa in them. Sadly, my baby was exposed to hundreds of chemicals before he even left the womb. Isn't being a new mom overwhelming enough?
I realized I needed to take a deep breath. I found some great resources like Drgreene.com and...more
You CAN do more Push Ups and this challenge will get you there! Each day layer on a few more and watch your strength increase!! We start on Monday...Get ready!
(If you have already built up push up strength, feel free to double the reps each day!)more
Every mom wants to feed her baby the very best. Some moms make their own baby foods. However, busy moms like me often need to depend on prepared baby food. When I had my kids thirteen years ago, there were not many choices. Many of the popular brands had fillers, GMO's and were definitely not organic. Some of these brands do not have the appropriate nutrients for your baby. Some have less than a fifth of the recommended daily supply of calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron and other crucial minerals. Babies are far more sensitive than we are so exposing them to pesticides and other allergens is a huge concern. It outrages me that some big companies like Nestle (parent of Gerber) will agree to take GMO's out of baby foods in South Africa, but not in our own country. Clearly, it can be done.
Play it safe! Go with one of our FIT4MOM approved brands and you will know that it is organic, free of GMO's and good for your baby!more
The Fit Foodie’s Veggie Mac n’ Cheese Cupcakes
The perfect lunchbox entree you can eat with your hands, filled with
veggies to boot! Make it dairy and gluten-free with our options in
the recipe. Wash all produce with Eat Cleaner® Fruit & Vegetable Wash
to keep it safer, cleaner and fresher, longer.
Makes: 8 servings
1 lb. bag whole grain or gluten-free pasta shells, fusilli or elbows
(quinoa, brown rice or organic corn)
2 Tbsp. Olive oil or raw coconut oil
1 Cup cooked butternut squash, cauliflower or 2 Cups fresh spinach
1 container Blue Isle Mediterranean Yogurt Spread or 6 oz. non-dairy
1 Cup nonfat milk or unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp sea salt
2 Cups shredded part skim mozzarella cheese or dairy-free alternative
Muffin tin with cupcake liners
Nonstick cooking spray
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Line muffin tin with cupcake
We all know what we should do, but somehow often fail to hit the mark with our healthy life intentions. We know we should eat more vegetables, get more sleep, etc. Maybe you should make a list of the top 10 things that work for YOU to feel healthy and happy. Print them and put them in your kitchen, on your desk and on your bathroom mirror. Check in with yourself daily to make sure you stay on track. Even if you miss the mark a little bit, you will make great strides to your healthy life.
What would be on your list?more