Kristen’s Friday Favorites

Wow. It’s February! How did that happen? I don’t know about you but it really snuck up on me. Seems like it was just New Years Day. Well, here we are in February and today is #WearRedDay for heart health awareness. Yay! Which brings me to my first of today’s favorites. Favorite Heart Health Awareness…

Not all carbs are bad: whole grains and heart health part 1

Carbs get a bad rap. Many people are eliminating them, assuming they might be intolerant to them or just plain writing them off as evil. Poor carbs, they are so misunderstood. Carbs (short for carbohydrates) come from many sources both natural and processed, such as bread, rice, pasta, potatoes, peas, corn, fruit, sugar, honey, beans, etc, etc. This…

Don’t make it up, make it back

Monday, January 30, 2017 Written by: Cathy Paessun “Motivational Mama” So after making through the holidays without gaining a pound (!) the next 2 weeks proved to be more challenging. I gained a couple pounds – which Lucy told me was actually very normal. But here’s the great part – I knew which of my…

Lucy’s Friday Favorites!

Friday, January 27, 2017 Favorite hiking trail in the triangle: Company Mill Loop at Umstead Park  If you’ve been following, you already know I’m addicted to walking, hiking, and playing in the woods! It’s probably my favorite pastime and often where I get inspired to write these lovely blog posts. About 7 years ago I was introduced…

Create your own yummy healthy treasure box

I love TED talks! Have you discovered these amazing short videos that will inspire, educate, and entertain you for minutes (or hours if you go on a video binge!)? I just got done watching “How to get stuff done when you are depressed” by Jessica Gimeno, which has nothing to do with today’s topic EXCEPT…

Getting rid of perfection and embracing enough

Monday, January 23, 2017 “…if we want freedom from perfectionism, we have to make the long journey from “what will people think” to I am enough.” -Brene Brown I’ve admitted before that I’m a recovering perfectionist and I’ve explained that Well Balanced eating is far from perfect. Today, I share with you why we should…

Kristen’s Friday Favorites

Happy Friday. What a week.  Starting with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and ending in inauguration day it feels like an emotionally charged time for us all. Yes some people may be spreading fear and negativity, but I will personally choose to hold on tight to Barack and Michelle’s message of hope and love, not…

The one thing that got my child to eat broccoli again

Many parents want to know how they can get their children to eat more vegetables. I work with young families every week and I hear their struggles.  They often say, “she loves her fruits and eats them several times a day, but her vegetables…not so much.” I am in the same boat. My two little ones…

How I got brave enough to ask for help

Monday, January 16, 2017 #Struggling  I had not expected that simple cry for a virtual hug on FaceBook would lead to such an outpouring of love and support. Last week, the snowstorm obliterated my work schedule and created a spiral of negativity in my mind. After a particularly rough day, I posted “#Struggling…Prayers welcome” on…

Lucy’s Friday the 13th Favorites!

My favorite kitchen tool: My Microplane. I got this for Christmas a few years ago and love using it to quickly and easily grate garlic and ginger into my stir-fry sauce. It’s easy-to-use and does not take up much space in my limited apartment kitchen drawers.  My favorite mindful eating book: EAT.Q. Seriously, this book changed…