Irritable.  Cranky.  Ill tempered.  Old?

We often hear “crotchety old man or woman.”  Is that the destiny for ALL PEOPLE?  I see it all the time and it is one of my lifetime goals not to ever get that way.  Are they bored?  Is it engrained in the brain?  Are they going with the crowd?

Gossip and negativity and boredom and judgmental behavior can spread like wildfire.  However, the fire can stop with you.  Be the fire extinguisher.  Be the water.  Be something!  We all have bad days, but it’s only a day.  It’s not your life.  Wake up and smile and send out positive vibrations.

Pick up a new hobby.  Find your tribe.  Try a new food.  Try a new workout.  Do yoga.  Dance.  Take a walk in the sunshine.  Volunteer your time.  Smile at a stranger.  Step away from the crowd when something isn’t making you 1000% your best self.  It’s never too late…or too early.  

What is your tool to fight crotchetiness?

Whoopi Goldberg.  I peeped her on Harry Connick, Jr.’s talkshow briefly the other day talking about women.  She was talking about pms and cramps and it made me finish watching the segment.  She was talking about a product that I believe she has created to alleviate cramps…an all-natural topical cream or ointment of some kind.  Harry then asks “Well, can you describe the pain to me?”  She grins and the audience howls.  Picture your balls being pulled to the ground…Then stomped on…AND THEN rolled up into a rolling pin…she says.  He is speechless.

The days of my cramps being exactly like that are far gone, but the other symptoms are still there and it’s just dawned on me that I have more than PMS.  I believe I have PMDD.  I have thoughts of death.  I’m anxious, depressed, sad, angry.  Not fun!

Watching Whoopi gave a face to my feelings.  Women’s health is SO SO SO misunderstood.  Brushed off.  Looked at as dramatic.  Both by men and by women who have never experienced any of these things.  I have met these women and I am often jealous that they don’t have to deal with this.

So on today, INTERnational Women’s Day, I feel appreciated and I send my appreciation and love to ALL women on this planet Earth.  Be you.  All day.  Every day.  Your truth is a beacon of hope for other women.  Even if we all end up in the “period tent.”  I’m down!

Cheers!

SP 🙂

I need help.  I’d love to form a local group among stay-at-home moms to barter our services.  You come hang with my kid and I get stuff done.  I go hang with your kid and you get stuff done.

I feel like my brain is constantly thinking of the million and one things I have to do.  Then I just reheat my coffee, sit down, and eat my hours old toast.  This mom gig is no joke!  I just posted about needing a tribe and now I’m executing a plan (hopefully.). Please share this post with whomever you’d think would be interested.  I thank you.  Phoenix thanks you.  Gabe thanks you.  We need a sane mama over here.

Cheers! 🍻🍻

Seasonseating

Halves.  As in snacks.  You know, half of a meal, half of a serving.

Typical holiday grub includes sugar, among other crap.  Lots of it.  Fruit loaves, sugar cookies, rice crispy treats, etc. The holidays are a time when decadence is seen as ok.  "We'll start our diet after the holidays, we'll get to the gym after the holidays…"  Well, why wait?  There are plenty of healthy (and yummy) alternatives.  Eat good, feel good, right?  So here is a list of healthy "half" alternatives.  Remember, use organic ingredients as much as possible.

Cucumber Christmas TreesCucumber Christmas Trees.  Chop up some cucumbers, arrange them in the shape of a Christmas tree on a cookie sheet.  Use some cherry tomatoes, cut up oranges, or raspberries for ornaments.  Find some colorful produce and create!  Use some brown nuts, like almonds from Nuts.com, to form the trunk.  Slice a banana and shape one piece into the star.  Boom!  Healthy and fun!

Strawberry Stockings. Use fresh strawberries here. Pull off green leaves. Save for later. Cut strawberries in half, length wise. Arrange in the shape of a stocking on a cookie sheet. Use the leaves to write your name or create a design of your own, either on the stocking or on the sides.

Lettuce Boats with Tuna

 

Lettuce Boats with Tuna.  Mix the tuna with avocado and tomato and load up on large red leaf lettuce pieces.  You can again adjust the amounts to your liking.

Holiday Oats. Fill half of a pint sized container with uncooked oatmeal, try Gluten Free Rolled Oats. Pour a couple of tablespoons of maple syrup on it. Add chia seeds, organic granola, frozen blueberries, and bananas. Top with coconut milk to fill the container. Let sink into oats. Fill again with milk to top of container. Place in fridge overnight. Greet your holiday mornings while nibbling on your oats. You could also make a larger quantity of small portions by using a muffin baking sheet with compostable muffin cups. Throw a little bit of coconut whipped cream on top. Adjust amounts to as you see fit. I know you can do it.

Nutty Noel. Get your handy dandy cookie sheet once again. Grab some nuts. (Not the ones in your family….) Choose a few different shades to make the letters stand out. Arrange them in a fashion that you are able to spell out the word Noel, snugly so they won't slide around. Small letter-shaped bowls may help here. Provide a scoop or a spoon for guests to grab what they'd like. Nobody likes grubby fingers in their food.

Wassail

 

Wassail.  What?  Just get some (1 gal) apple cider, (2 quarts) orange juice, coconut sugar (whatever you use to sweeten stuff but don't use your basic crap sugar), a few cinnamon sticks, a dash of salt, and (1/2 tsp) whole cloves.  Boil and simmer on low for 3 hours.  Strain and serve.

I used reds and greens and blues and whites. Kwanzaa, Christmas, Hanukkah. Color your holidays! I'd love to hear your snack-spiration! May we all have a merry and light holiday season, both in the food sense and the spiritual sense. Please check out healthy-snacks for more great ideas. Happy halving!

When a woman has a baby and her man criticizes her after birth, it’s like “dude, you had a part in this!”  Every woman has a different story, different genetics, different hormonal changes afterwards, etc.  When a man steps up and appreciates his woman even more for what she went through for all of them, it is refreshing to see.

But when I read comments from women criticizing other women because they didn’t become a blimp, don’t have stretch marks, bounce back quickly, it pisses me off.  Jealous much?  Simma down now.  Lift each other up, don’t cut each other down.

This article was a great piece from a hubby honoring his wifey.  The picture is of a slender woman holding her baby on the beach.  Gee, maybe it’s a PICTURE OF HIS WIFE.  And the slams come:   “Nice. Too bad the photo doesn’t match up with the article, making all this a little hard to believe. Otherwise it would be an image of a woman with wider hips, and less care to her hair.”  “Really? That’s the photo you choose? Sure, I wouldn’t mind my postpartum body either if I looked like a supermodel afterwards. Way to be considerate and compassionate.”  “I agree, great article but why such a perfect (probably airbrushed) photo.”

Thank you for this one:  “Newsflash: All women have different body types. Some are genetically predisposed to being thin, some to larger breasts, some to thicker hair, some not. Also, what a woman chooses to do with her own body and hair (in terms of diet, fitness, and styling) is her choice and she is still as much a mother as the next any day. Use your bitterness to better yourself, instead.”

There’s this concept out there that makes people who take care of themselves feel like that is wrong.  Here’s what I have to say to those folks:  GO FLY A FREAKIN KITE!  Instead of being a boohoo Betty, why don’t you change what you eat, treat yourself to an exercise class, meditate.  WORK ON YOU INSTEAD OF BASHING OTHER WOMEN.

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1 cup red quinoa

2 avocados, cubed

1 hard-boiled egg, cubed

handful of grape tomatoes, chopped

handful of scallions, chopped

one bunch of asparagus

2 tbsp coconut oil

garlic powder to liking

Avocado Oil

Tamari

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Cook quinoa according to package directions.  Sauté asparagus in coconut oil and garlic powder for about 7-9 minutes.  Mix avocados, hard-boiled egg, tomatoes, scallions, and quinoa in medium-sized bowl.  Sprinkle with avocado oil and tamari.  Serve with asparagus on the side.  Pair with some water or a homemade orange/lemon juice.  ¡Buen Provecho!

 

I started taking these about two months into my pregnancy and continue to do so, for breastfeeding purposes.  I like to think, in addition to my trying to eat well most of the time, that they contribute to my girl’s plumpness and great health at 3 1/2 months.

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“Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment.”

Practicing mindfulness is imperative for our society.  Everyone is constantly on the go.  Work.  Kids’ activities.  More work.  More kids’ activities.  It’s easy to let time slip by and not check in to ourselves.

Checking-in will help to reduce stress by recognizing it and finding a solution.  The constant adrenaline rush will no doubt lead to a body crash.  To get out of that hole will require more than a “check-in.”

Meditation and yoga are good ways to practice mindfulness.  These can be 5 minutes to 105 minutes.  That’s the beauty of it.  It is easily adaptable to everyone’s situation.  Shoot.  Meditate on the toilet.  In the shower.  Those things are not easily avoided…. I hope.

Checking in means to ask yourself what it is you are feeling…good, bad, happy, sad, angry, anxious…you name it.  Then asking yourself if you know the cause.  You got a promising job, your cat died last night, you won the lotto (ahhhh… i know we all wish…), your sibling is clueless to her nasty behavior, you’re a new mom (ohemgeeee…hello anxiety).  The key now is to come to a calm place.

Stay in the now.  Realize you can only control YOUR behavior, no one else’s.  If needed, keep yourself away from certain people when they are acting up.  Don’t go crazy with your lottery winnings…. 😉               Set up a nice goodbye ceremony for your pet and keep a memento for you to have good memories.  Being sad is ok.  Love your child.  That’s really all you need to do.  BREATHE.

Yoga also gets your body moving, which gets the feel good serotonin flowing.  Why not kill two birds with one stone?  Stretch/tone your body and practice breathing, both which will make you feel at ease.  If you want to double the benefit…do it outside.  Nature is a wonderful natural mood booster.

Yoga teaches you how to delve into poses that may put a (healthy) strain on certain parts of the body, holding those poses, breathing through them, then letting go.  This transfers into your daily life right?  Learning how to hold yourself in a certain situation then letting it go.

It blows my mind that this “trend” of mindfulness is only recently gaining steam.  However, I guess it should be no surprise in a country where people “live to work” rather than “work to live.”  I’ve always known that if you aren’t ok emotionally, how in the hell are you suppose to produce quality work?  But, I guess I have always been an old soul too.

So I want you to take a break today.  Relax.  Recharge.  Even if it is on your only 30 minute break that you get within your 8 hour shift.  (Which is totally wrong and can be another post altogether).

Cheers to a productive week!  Make it count and if something has weighed on you for a while now…it’s time to shit or get off the pot.

 

I haven’t gotten a cavity filled in years.  But the sounds and smells and feels are something you never forget.

“Close your eyes and lean to the right”, the dentist says as his hand is behind his back.  I know he’s holding the gigantic needle that will numb my mouth.  Smart move, doc, smart move.  If I saw that thing, I might have run for the hills.

Thank heavens for the numbing gel that is applied prior to the needle.  I felt a bit of the pressure of the needle and I seriously thought the thing was going to go into my stomach.  Damn!

The drill sounds like the drill used to hack into cement.  And it’s just as loud.  Holy hell!  What are you digging?

The air sucker and the mounds of cotton he puts in the mouth make dry mouth as dry as you’ve ever felt.  Worse than after you smoke pot.  Worse than running miles without water.  It gives me the same shivery feeling that finger nails on a chalkboard give me.

I lay there, eyes closed, feet twitching, hands on the sides of my body, thinking “It’ll be over soon, It’ll be over soon.”  Moving my feet and hands as a way to bide my time and distract me.  He says “Are you ok?”  Yes.  Yes I am.  Thank you.

Yoga again working in my favor here.  Yoga teaches you to breathe through any pose that puts a (healthy) strain on your body.  Here I was breathing through the pain of dry mouth, drilling, and enormous needles.

I was in and out within 30 minutes…with a generous gift of a numb face.  Who says dentists have to be frightening?  Enter any situation with peace and stillness and you will more than likely get through it smoothly.

 

 

We had soda in my house at all times growing up.  I rarely have soda in my house now….except when I order pizza.  Duh.

Click here to see a story about the effects of soda and weight loss.

This includes diet and zero and all the bullshit ones that claim they are better for you.  Soda is crap period.  Try a water and add some freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice.