Do you have an herb garden? My home is full of green – I have windowsills covered in plants. And amongst all of those green goodies are a few herbs. But I have a confession – I rarely harvest them. I feel like a jerk for hurting my plants. Fruits and veggies we grow outside are fair game; those suckers had to die! But I have a soft spot for my potted plants and those herbs have inherited that gentle love and affection.
Our basil plant all but exploded in leaves. And after months of marveling at it’s insane growth (it practically took over), I finally caved and harvested some leaves. Did I feel like a jerk during? Yes. Was it worth it? Abso-freaking-lutely! It means I got to enjoy an incredible Kale Basil Pesto Pasta! Now I’m staring hungrily at the remaining leaves…
Welcome autumn! Here come the vast arrays of gorgeous colours, pumpkins, crisp, cool air, snugly sweaters, thanksgiving, Halloween, apple picking… did I mention pumpkins (I’m excited!) This beautiful season graces us for a short time and eases us into the colder weather. It’s a time of change.
But that change can also be hard on our health, as we spend less time outdoors in the sun and move our bodies less. But it doesn’t have to be that way! We can make this season change incredibly positive, especially if you take the right steps to support your marvelous health.
Here are 5 Health Tips to Stay Well this Fall:
Any health-esteemie worth their salt knows that chocolate has some pretty potent health supporting potential. But it can also lead you down a sugary path that no wellness warrior wishes to trudge. Thankfully there are some good options out there. Even cooler? You can totally make your own homemade chocolate! Let me show you how.
I’m so incredibly happy to have the opportunity to introduce you to Kelli Magrath, creator of Nutrition Not Restriction. She is a marvelous wellness warrior and lives a true health-esteemie lifestyle. She is living proof that you have the power to make incredible, health fostering changes when you choose to love and cherish your beautiful self.
Once a heavy smoker, drinker and processed food junkie living with low self-esteem, Kelli was inspired to pursue the healthy, happy lifestyle she had always desired and truly deserves after a health scare. Severe, acute pancreatitis kept her in intensive care for 6 weeks and nearly took her life. The experience awakened a deep desire to revamp her life and cherish her wellness like never before. 3 years later she is healthier and happier than she’s ever experienced and eager to share her inspiring journey.
Meet the beautiful Health-Esteem Queen Kelli:
What if I told you that one simple habit could foster incredible changes? That it could positively alter you outlook, your mood and your overall happiness with one tiny addition to your daily routine? What if this little activity could also improve your health and help you to achieve a more restful night sleep? Would you be in? Find out how Gratitude Journaling can do just that!
If you want to be healthy, you have to eat your veggies. It’s not rocket science, but getting your daily serving of delicious, plant goodness isn’t necessarily easy… especially if you’re on the veggie hate train. It can be hard to find the right vegetables for your personal preferences, and, picky creatures that we can be, many of us are hesitant to keep trying after a few bad experiences.
The trick to finding the best fit for your health and your taste buds is to know your preferences. You can honestly taste the rainbow; veggies come in all shapes, sizes, colours and flavours (I have a handy break down of veggies by flavour waiting for you here).
If you have a sweet tooth like me, Butternut Squash might be the sweet hearted veggie for you. And there is not better way to enjoy it, than slow cooker butternut squash soup!
We’ve all heard it and we’ve all been that kid rolling our eyes when our mothers said it – “eat your vegetables”. At least, that was totally me. I used to hate them. But things have changed. And I realized just how much recently when a friends statement all but horrified me.
Have you ever been there? Horrified by someone’s innocent words? The words find your ears and you pause, flabbergasted, and go through an entire dialogue in your mind, on hyper speed… all the while smiling politely, knowing now is neither the time nor the place for a retort?
Yea, that was me when I heard my friend say these horrible words: “I hate vegetables”.
Okay, okay… I may be being over-dramatic here. But honestly, I was aghast!
It’s like – Uhm, excuse me? You hate vegetables? All vegetables? That rainbow of plant matter, more various in texture, aroma and flavour than any other food group? You hate all of them?
After an internal back and forth, and some personal reflection, I realized that this used to be me. I used to be on the veggie hate train too. But dude… you seriously do need to eat your vegetables (don’t you roll your eyes at me! :P) So let’s talk about how to make it a lot more enjoyable for ya.