Hi, Mom! Do you want to get healthier, but aren’t sure where to start? You’re in the right place!
Maybe you want to eat better and lose weight.
Or have more energy so you can
play more keep up with your children.
Maybe cancer or some other scary illness runs in your family and you’re bound and determined that that’s not going to happen to you.
Or you’re just flat out sick of being sick and tired all the time.
Perhaps your kids have health issues of their own, like depression, ADHD/ADD, autism, allergies, or something else.
But where do you start?
A lot of health blogs and websites give you long list of “rules” you need to follow “if you want to be healthy.” Things like you must only eat organic, non-GMO foods; never eat dairy, gluten, dyes, processed foods, anything in a canned, non-grass-fed meat. You should just make everything from scratch from your own organic homestead. You should be active and fit – do yoga, Zumba, pilates, karate, kickboxing, run for miles, and then some. Don’t forget to get 9 hours of sleep a night and meditate daily too. The list goes on and on and on.
Sometimes it can be so overwhelming, just thinking about it makes you want to give up. Because honestly, do you even want to join the “healthy” folks with the impossible rules? Don’t you want the freedom to *gasp* take your children to McDonalds or Chick-Fil-A after a super busy day when you’re too tired to cook without the guilt?
There seems to be a huge gap between the “healthy” folks and “typical” people.
How do you get from here to there?
The truth is you don’t have to follow a million rules if you want to be healthy.
Do you think all those “healthy moms” got there overnight? No, they had their own journeys too. And each person, each mom, each family does it differently because
Everyone is different.
I want to share something with you that changed my life and I hope it helps you too.
Health is a journey, not a destination.
Being “healthy” is about consciously making choices every day to do things for your body and not feeling guilty when you do things that aren’t as good for your body. The same goes for your children. And yes, your stubborn husband too.
One of the biggest aspects of living healthier is reducing stress and you’re certainly not going to do that by holding yourself to an impossible standard. So let’s just put all those rules aside right now, okay?
Here’s what’s important to remember: Do what’s reasonable and realistic for you and your family.
Welcome to Living Well Mom
That’s why I created Living Well Mom. If you take a few minutes to browse this site, you’ll see a wide variety of posts – everything from boxed-cake-mix Patriotic Cupcakes to Paleo Craving-Buster Fat Bombs.
I’m still working on getting healthy too. I am not perfect.
I’m still about 15-20 pounds overweight. I don’t eat ‘perfectly.’ I eat too much sugar sometimes and don’t feel great later. I stress WAY too much about what others think about me. My house is messy. I don’t do it all because I can’t. But that doesn’t mean I don’t try and then feel guilty when I ‘fail.’
Read more about me here.
Want to see how NOT “Pinterest-Perfect” I am? Here’s a picture of my messy kitchen recently:
Dear Mom, I’m with you.
Let’s stop trying to be perfect and let’s take one step forward today. Just one.
A few ideas for realistic inspiration:
- Peanut Butter Fruit Dip
- Strawberries ‘n Cream Overnight Oats
- Naturally Gluten-Free No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies
- Healthy Homemade Dole Whip
- One-Pot Turkey Enchilada Casserole
- The Secret to Healthy Snacking
- Ideas for a Natural First Aid Kit for Kids (no DIY required)
- Essential Oil Roller for Mosquito Bite Relief
- Natural Tick Repellent
- DIY Essential Oil Roller for Relieving Stress for Kids (and You!)
- How I Cleared My Acne with Coconut Oil & Essential Oils
- Natural Help for UTIs
- Homemade Natural Hand Sanitizer
- Why I Quit Putting My Kids First (and maybe you should too)
- How to Say “No” More & Live a Stress-Free Life
- When You Feel Like a Failure
- The Secret to Making Your To-Do List Work for You
- The Simple Solution for Reducing Everyday Stress
- Because YOU are Enough
I’ll be here to help you along the way. You’re not alone.
Want to connect? Feel free to email me at erika(at)livingwellmom(dot)com.