Small Changes to Help With Weightloss

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Hey there!!! I hope you are having a great week! Today I thought I would write about weight loss 🙄 I have recently began a new eating lifestyle called Trim Healthy Mama. I absolutely am loving how flexible it is and how family friendly the meals can be! I mean how obnoxious is it when you are trying to eat a specific way and end up needing to fix separate meals?? One for your family, and one for yourself! If you haven’t heard of THM (Trim Healthy Mama) I insist you head over and check them out 💗

Everything I will be listing here today is what I have found that works for me and my body. I hope you can find something here today that you are able to implement in your lifestyle and see results from (no matter how small).

EXERCISE

Ok, so first things first…everyone knows that when it comes to weight loss, the #1 focus should be in the kitchen, managing what you are eating. The #2 focus should always be exercising….getting up off of your butt and moving! This is the one I have trouble finding time for! My schedule is ridiculously busy…I mean BUSY!! I absolutely do not have time to focus and hour of my time a day towards exercise. I have tried, and unfortunately when I do, things get neglected. Things that absolutely CANT get neglected.

I know that as the girls get older this will be lot easier to manage. But for now, small increments is what I settle for. I have been doing small “challenges” to help with this. Planks, squats, push ups, jumping jacks, anything that I can randomly break out in for a few minutes at a time during the day helps! As a homeschooling mama with a toddler in tow, and so many extra curricular activities life gets busy. Evening walks are a favorite in our household. This is nice because it helps get EVERYONE moving, not just myself. I also try to implement physical activities in our home school that we can all participate in…for example and afternoon hula hooping contest 💕

WATER INTAKE

Aside from changing your relationship with food and exercising, your water intake is SUPER important!! This helps your body’s organs function at their highest to remove toxins from your body. Also, if your water intake stays steady then your body will not retain as much water 💧

I have learned that I tend to drink more water when I am drinking it from a nice portable cup with a straw. This may sound weird haha. I mean, I don’t know why this is, but hey, if it means my water intake increases without me realizing it, then hey I’ll take it! So if you are having trouble increasing your water intake, maybe try this method out and grab yourself a fun travel bottle with a straw 😊

OOLONG TEA

I am all about this tea for so many reasons!! This tea is so yummy! You can drink it cold or hot, it is good either way. Also, mixing it up with some extra flavorful ingredients is a nice variety.

The list of BENEFITS of this tea is so long. Among the top benefits are prevention of ovarian cancer, improved bone health, helps control diabetes, and of course that it raises your metabolism to help aid in weight loss. There are way too many benefits of this tea to list here today. I am obsessed with this tea and drink at least 2 strong glasses of it a day. Most of the time I drink it plain, but I have been known to mix it up with other flavorful healthy ingredients to change things up a bit ☕

SCHEDULED SLEEP

This is one I cannot give my experience from personally. I suffer from insomnia and typically run on about 3 hours of sleep a night unfortunately. But I have read and read in so many places how getting enough sleep and having a regular sleep a schedule really helps in lowering your body’s stress levels. Which in return, aids in managing your weight loss. Just don’t over due the sleep…too much sleep can hinder your weight loss.

Even though I suffer from insomnia, and can’t force myself to sleep a certain amount of time per night, I have however implemented a routine! I may not get enough sleep physically, but creating this nighttime routine had helped a great deal in calming my mind and relieving some stress😏

COCONUT OIL

There have been studies that swapping out just 2 tablespoon of your other oils and replacing them with coconut oil through out the day aids in shrinking that waist line! Coconut oil differs from those other fats by having medium chain triglycerides. Coconut oil doesn’t seem to raise your cholesterol and is more likely to be burned as energy than stored in your body as fat! Hey and it turns your home into a tropical smelling vacationing spot while cooking with it 😉

Well there it is! Simple changes to add into your life to help aid in your weight loss! There are many choices out there to help with this, but these are my top choices that I have implemented into my lifestyle that have shown noticeable results 👍

Do you have any suggestions to add that has shown you noticeable results? Let me know in the comments. I hope you enjoyed this post! If so be sure to share share share! Thanks 😋

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Our Toddler’s CURRENT Favorite Meals

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Parents, how hard is it to keep up with your toddler’s preferred taste in food? It seems that our little miss’ preferred taste changes constantly. One week she will eat green beans….the next, she refuses. She has always refused to eat eggs…but likes a good quiche. So in an effort to help provide fresh ideas for all you toddler parents on the hunt, here is a list of our toddler’s top current favorite foods.

1. EGG MUFFINS

This is not only the little lady’s favorite but our entire family loves them! Also this is THM (Trim Healthy Mama) friendly!! #momwin. So, these are super easy to make and very versatile. She loves to help out in the kitchen ♡

You start with mixing up some eggs with milk and cheese in a bowl, set it aside. Dice up about 5-7 pieces of turkey bacon and fry it up…..add the fried bacon to the egg mixture. Saute up a few handfuls of spinach…..again, add this to the egg mixture. Season it up with your preference, salt&pepper or Mrs dash, or Italian seasoning. Spray your muffin tin with nonstick spray and spoon the egg mixture out. Cook at 375 for 25-30 min.

I am a chef at heart so measuring is always eyeballed by me (unless I am baking). Play around with the measurements and find your preference.

Like I said this is versatile, feel free to add or sub with other ingredients. Sometimes we even change it up and make mini muffins (toddler sized), or double the usual batch and make a big family sized sausage crusted quiche dinner ♡ It’s delish guys!!

2. PANCAKE MUFFIN VARIETIES

This is pretty self explanatory….it is literally pancake batter cooked in a muffin tin. I typically make a big batch of these in the mini muffin tin. After spooning the batter into the pan, I add different ingredients for variety. These are perfect for little miss to grasp with those toddler hands. I always make a big enough batch so the bigger kiddos can have them as pancake poppers and dip in their syrup 🙂 mmm mmm Good!!

3. HOMEMADE LUNCHABLES

Yes buying the prepackaged lunchables are so much more convenient, I know. The bigger girls of the house love lunchables, and the little lady gets so mad if she isnt included. But as of right now the littlest one refuses to eat lunch meat. So to save on her being wasteful, I began creating my OWN version for her,that way she is able to be included with her big sisters, while not wasting a big chunk of her meal.

So in the toddlers lunchable, I always include some form of “crunch” whether it be crackers, veggie straws, or goldfish. She also gets a fruit. Maybe grapes cut into quarters (to prevent choking), bananas cut in slices with the peeling still intact (she enjoys peeling of the outside before eating her slice of banana), sliced strawberries, grapefruit, or mandarin oranges. Cheese, cheese, and more cheese…..Our toddler LOVES cheese…..so of course cheese is included in her toddler lunchable.

4. HOMEMADE PIZZA

As a momma who homeschools, part of our weekly routine includes a cooking activity with multiple recipes. Once a month we make a big batch of pizza dough and separate it to freeze only to be pulled out in small batches for our weekly homemade pizza dinner. We also make our own homemade pizza sauce as well 🙂 We add the toppings we like to each of our pizzas ♡ The littlest miss loves this part!

5. FRUIT SALAD

Who doesn’t love a good fruit salad?? Here is a picture of her peeling her banana slices before eating them– she thinks this is so fun, plus it helps with her motor skills!

Her fruit salad favorites are, grapes (cut into quarters), strawberry slices, kiwi, watermelon, mandarin oranges, and bananas. Yum!!

6. OATMEAL

It has taken a long time to get her to actually like oatmeal. This is actually the most recent change of her tastebuds. I always try to get her to try foods when I make them even if she didn’t like them last time. Their taste buds are constantly changing at this age, so you never know when they might end up liking something soon after refusing it. She prefer hers with a few 65% cocoa dark chocolate chips in it.

7. SANDWICHES

Peanut butter sandwich, grilled cheese sandwich, mac and cheese sandwich, hazelnut spread sanwich, or even a spaghetti sandwich…..she isn’t picky when it comes to her sandwiches. I do find they giving her a sandwich is like an invitation for her to disassemble the whole thing and play with it. I have learned that if I take our miniature cookie cutters, and cut up her sandwiches into fun bite size shapes using those, she is more likely to eat it and not play with it….Haha!!

8. SPAGHETTI

Speaking of spaghetti, I just love this picture of her using her spoon like a master!! She absolutely loves spaghetti!! Who doesn’t?!?

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