This week I hit a wall. Do you ever have that? Where you just keep pushing forward juggling life’s responsibilities (like those on the job, at home, or in the community) until you can’t push any longer? When this happens to me, I usually get sick. Side note: my immune system may also be suffering from the constant exposure to sickness working as a somewhat new dietitian in healthcare — despite the copious amounts of hand sanitizer I’ve applied. (For more on this, read last week’s post on Immune Boosting Foods).
Anyway — when this happens I need a serious recharge. I think we all need this from time to time. For me, this means looking at all my responsibilities and making sure I’ve got my priorities straight. It is far too easy to let my roles as a dietitian and a mom come before my duties as a wife and a follower of Christ. It also means that I need to take more time for self-care, because it’s hard to give of yourself as a wife and mother when your teacup is empty. This is how I am trying to reprioritize my time this week:
As I am writing this, I am on my third cold in the past two months. Unfortunately with the common cold, there’s not much a doctor can give you to get rid of the virus. You just have to wait it out. Rest up. And drink lots of fluids.
Are you like me and have been under the weather lately? There are a few lifestyle choices Harvard Medical School suggests to adopt for a healthy immune system:
While all nutrients play important roles in maintaining health, make sure to get enough of these five nutrients to give your immune system a boost:
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the shopping mall, bakeries and grocery stores are overflowing with flowers, cards, teddy bears, and chocolates. Along with it comes many candies and baked goods made with artificial food dyes. As a parent, I have become increasingly aware of artificial dyes’ presence in foods, and I know many of you are wondering whether these vibrant colours are safe for kids as well.
Here’s a little on what research is saying about artificial dyes. Keep in mind that this is nowhere near a comprehensive list of all the research out there on this subject.
This week, my adventurous, lovable, little boy is turning two. It's hard to believe another year of his life has flown by just like that. In the picture above on his last birthday, Liam was only a few days away from learning how to walk by himself. Now he's racing up and down stairs, counting to ten, and cleaning up his own toys (most of time time)!
One of the reasons why I wanted to start blogging was to spend more time recording and reflecting on life's happenings. I've tried the whole journaling on paper thing several times throughout my life. Growing up, I was a bit jealous of my childhood friend as she would fill notebook upon notebook with interesting quotes and other musings. I, on the other hand, would stop journaling after a week or two, only to start over again a few months later in an entirely new notebook. For me, the hardest part of consistently writing in a physical journal is that my thoughts always run faster than my pencil can write. Conversely, I can use photos to remember and tell a story through a blog post (and hopefully spend less time doing it!).
That being said, I thought I would spend a few moments reflecting on Liam's second year of life and share a few of the highlights!
Saturdays are “family day” at our house. Yes, some weeks my husband has to work (or go golfing…), or I might be working on a blog post — but we usually like to spend at least the morning doing things just the three of us.
The day usually consists of a variation of the following:
Hi! I'm Erin – a follower of Christ, imperfect wife, mama of two, registered dietitian, and independent Beautycounter consultant. Welcome to my blog where I write about intentional motherhood, intuitive eating, inspired discipleship, and whatever else I feel like! I'm so glad you're here.
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