Top 3 fave healthy items in my shopping cart

Top 3 fave healthy items in my shopping cart

Last weekend each of my daughters had a sleepover on the same night. This meant that there were 6 kids in our home! The brood was comprised of two 4 year olds, two 7 year olds, and Shawn's two, aged 10 and 12. 

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Kitchen Staples

Kitchen Staples

Transitioning your family to healthier eating patterns can be a challenge especially if it involves giving up some of your favorite foods and old routines. Emotional attachments to food can run deeper than nutritional needs and those attachments often follow a pattern.

Think about it - making the same thing for breakfast every morning is comforting and gets you and your household out the door on time. The best way to guarantee success with your new nutrition goals is to develop new routines, habits and favorite foods.

If you can identify a short list of healthy must-have foods that satisfy your nutritional needs and your appetite, stock your kitchen with these foods so you can avoid feeling deprived.  Include a variety of protein sources, fruits and vegetables (that you can eat raw or cooked), and an array of high-quality fats for cooking and eating.

Here are my top 10 favorite staples to have on hand. Use these items to make meals and snacks to leave you feeling energized and satisfied, emotionally and physically!

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Tips for running postpartum (and for first time runners)

Tips for running postpartum (and for first time runners)

After my babies, I slowly reintroduced myself to running. It is not only a great way to burn calories but you can do it with or without baby, anywhere, anytime, and without having to brush your hair or change your stained t-shirt. Sounds great already! Celebrities like Reese Witherspoon, Jada Pinkett Smith and Halle Berry have all been reported to shed their baby weight with the help of running. Granted, not all of us have the luxury of a personal trainer and tons of time and energy to train for a marathon to get us back into shape. The good news is that you don’t have to. 
 
We asked personal trainer and fitness expert Megan Tank how to start (or get back into) running after having a baby and these are the tips she gave us: 

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Exercising postpartum

Exercising postpartum

Feeling tired, overwhelmed, insecure or downright exhausted after pregnancy are all valid reasons to avoid getting (back) on the exercise train. After all, the thought of punishing ourselves with copious amounts of crunches in hopes of regaining some assemblance of a waistline sounds like the opposite of fun, right?   
 
While it may seem like the last thing on your mind, there are far too many benefits from exercising postpartum to ignore. Aside from getting back into your skinny jeans, getting active promotes cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and toning, can boost your energy level, improve your mood, relieve stress and help combat postpartum depression.

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