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Over the Christmas break, I was able to do some self-care. This is a rare occasion for me. In the last few months, I had two separate health care providers ask me what I do for self-care. I quickly responded, “Took a shower and went pee without one child screaming, Mommy!” That is about the amount of self-care I get in a week. To say the least, they were not amused. I know I am not in the minority when I say busy moms do not do a good job of taking care of themselves. One of my 2018 goals is to fit more self-care into my weekly routine. I already have some ideas of what I want to do and hope to put my plan into action in the next few weeks.
My first self-care “event” was going to the local bookstore without anyone and spending a gift card I had gotten for Christmas on myself. Yes, you heard me correctly: just me and with the objective of buying something for myself! No strollers, diaper bags, snack cups, sippy cups-you get the point. I contemplated using the bathroom solo when I first arrived but realized time was of the essence. I was immediately overwhelmed when I walked in. I honestly did not know where to begin. Quickly I gravitated toward the cookbook section. I PUFFY HEART cookbooks! It is not often I get to have a live sneak peak of a book before I purchase it. There is nothing like looking through beautiful pictures of delicious looking food. I quickly gathered a pile of books I wanted to preview and found a good spot to check out my finds.
I was sadly disappointed by almost all my choices. Nothing screamed to me, “Please buy me- You must recreate all my recipes at home.” That was until I thumbed through the last book in my pile Natalie Jill’s 7 Day Jump Start: Unprocess your diet with Super Easy Recipies. At first, I almost didn’t even thumb through. When looking at the cover I thought: not another fad diet book that tells me everything I need to know but still won’t follow healthy living book. Something told me this book was different, so I read the back cover and was immediately interested. The book pictured above had some great looking food on the back and it sparked my curiosity. I then read Natalie’s story and was inspired. Despite having many things go wrong in her life all at once she decided to make her own destiny and improve her health (she became a fitness model at age 39!!!). The motto she lives by is, “Excuses or Solutions… YOU decide”, which is so true. In 2018 I was to find solutions and stop making so many excuses. She does this by eating real foods that work for her body. Natalie’s recipes are gluten-free as she has Celiac Disease and follows a very Whole 30 like plan. Although she focuses on her 7 Day Jump Start plan, her recipes are what I focused on. She organizes the recipes into Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Snacks, and Desserts. The pictures alone made me want to go home and get right in the kitchen. One of the recipes I wanted to try immediately was the Pesto and Sun-Dried Tomato Turkey Meatloaf Recipe.
The recipe interested me because I love pesto! I also loved how many vegetables it incorporated into the meatloaf mix. Anything that helps get more vegetables in is a bonus. This recipe did not disappoint in the flavor department. It was full of fresh flavors that the whole family enjoyed. I added butternut squash and roasted brussel sprouts to make a complete meal.
If you are looking to kick-start your healthy eating or just need to add a few more recipes to your weekly menu plan, I highly recommend this book. There are so many great resources both in the book and Natalie’s website. This is exactly why we need to take time to do things for ourselves. You never know what inspiration you might find in the most unexpected places.