Whole Food Wednesdays – The Most Important Thing To Remember To Stay Healthy

Welcome to Whole Food Wednesdays! You’re invited to come and share your real food recipes using the Linky below. We’re excited to see what yummy things you’ve been creating and what great informational posts and videos you’ve got for us!

The one thing I learned from my yoga challenge

1 week has passed since my 30 Day Yoga Challenge. It’s not the first time I’ve done a 30 Day Yoga Challenge, but its funny that I keep learning the same thing. Maybe learning is the wrong word. Obviously I haven’t learned it, if I keep learning it…If you get my drift.

So what is this ONE thing? What is this super important thing for me to remember?

Making the time for myself! Crazy but true. And, I know I’m not alone. Many woman struggle with making the time for themselves or putting themselves first amongst the demands of the family or work.

 

Me enjoying my only day off in a 48 day or so stretch! I have a long pattern of this.

 

Kayaking on our honeymoon. Kayaking is a love. I really should make more time for this one little thing!

I have a hard time making time for myself!

Say “I” if this is you.

It’s funny how my little monkey brain can find a million and one more important things to do than exercise, yet its the one crucial thing I NEED to do to give me that vitality to get through my day. After all, I want this body to last me at least a hundred years. If I want a fighting chance of that happening, I better be working out.

So how was the challenge?

Well, it was great. Challenging, but great. I am so glad the 30 day challenge is over, but I’m also so glad I did it. It just solidifies the importance of finding the time to do things that make me feel better, more energized, healthier and stronger. Its good to be reminded of this from time to time. It helps me stay on track.

Lets take a moment for gratitude

So let us raise our glass to a healthy strong body that keeps on giving, day in and day out. A body that gives us the energy to do all that we do everyday, as we relentlessly put it through the gears.

Rock Climbing: Exercise+Fun+Me Time= One Happy Girl….If only I could remember that…

What types of activities do you do that keep you energized, healthy and strong?

Joshua and I are big fans of at home workouts. We love the “no membership fees,” no travel time, and instant access to a shower to get clean and move on with our day. This makes our workouts fast and efficient, which is super important to me since I have a hard time carving time out of my day to workout. For me this makes exercise possible.

Here are some of our tried and true home workout tools we love and continue to use over the years.

Most recently, My Yoga Online, which allows me to stream my workouts. This is great because they are constantly adding new content so there’s always new classes to take.

Insanity with Shaun T. An insane workout for people who want results and like to push themselves to the max.

Brazil Butt Lift with Leandro Carvalho, A surprisingly great workout. My favorite is the all over body sculpt in this 5 dvd set.

Most of The Biggest Loser Series (all except the ones by Jillian, she just makes me angry)

Chalene’s Turbojam, we did this one so much we actually wore out the dvd…

Oh and one of our favorites is Toni Horton’s P90 Master Series

Me in my P90 Master Series phase during my Fire Tower Days.

 

How do you carve out the time for exercise in your busy day?

Whole Food Wednesdays

Welcome to Whole Food Wednesdays!

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  • 3. Be sure to add a link in your post back to this post. Simple linky etiquette. This allows your readers to find other posts that may help them on their journey.
  • 4. If you’re sharing recipes, the only requirement is that the ingredient list be comprised of real food only, that means non-processed food items. That being said, we are all in different places on our real food journey, some more advanced than others. I invite all of you to share, no matter where you are on your journey, but I ask you to stay mindful when sharing your recipes that this is a whole (real) food blog. This means, no ingredient lists that include edible oil products (velveeta, frozen whip topping), protein powders, ketchup, white flour or white and brown sugar.
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  • 6. Don’t have a blog? That’s ok, we’d still love to hear from you. Write your recipes or tips in the comment section so we can get to know you too!
  • 7. Please visit some of the links below. After all, that’s how we’ll get to know each other!

Now it’s your turn to share your whole food recipes and ideas!

I’m sharing this with This Chick Cooks, Allergy Free Wednesday, The Tasty Alternative, Real Food Wednesday, Simple Lives ThursdayPennywise Platter Thursday,  Full Plate Thursday, Friday Food Flicks, Fight Back Friday, and Foodie Friday.

47 Responses to Whole Food Wednesdays – The Most Important Thing To Remember To Stay Healthy

  1. Amanda @ Traditional Foods June 13, 2012 at 3:49 am #

    Thanks for hosting! I shared two methods for freezing greens and also food science information on soaking grains.
     

  2. Amanda @ Traditional Foods June 13, 2012 at 3:50 am #

    I also shared a recipe for a salmon wrap on my calcium site.

  3. Amanda Klenner-Labrow June 13, 2012 at 3:59 am #

    Thanks for hosting! Today I posted about how happy I am to be cooking with herbs again! Herb Stuffed Bacon Pork Chops of Tasty Goodness. Paleo and delicious. 

  4. MJ's Kitchen June 13, 2012 at 4:28 am #

    Thanks for hosting again this week!  I shared one of my summer favorites. It’s easy, tasty and can be thrown on the grill.  Have a great week!

  5. Debbie Plaistowe June 13, 2012 at 5:33 am #

    I can relate to this, I’m constantly struggling to make time for myself too :) This week I’m sharing my Shrimp Cake Bites and Quinoa Salad w/ Honey Mustard Dressing. Thanks for hosting!

  6. Laureen @ Fox in the Kitchen June 13, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    Hi France,

    With so much natural beauty around us here in BC, you would think it would be a top priority to get out there kayaking and hiking but I’m like you, I always seem to have too much on the go. Thanks for the reminder to make time for me.

    Have a great week!

  7. Joanne June 13, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    Love this! It’s definitely important to make time for yourself and to remember to do the things you love!

  8. Heather @Gluten-Free Cat June 13, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    Such important advice!  I tried to link up my Raw Strawberry Cocoa Pudding.  I’m not seeing it, but maybe the Linky is a little slow.  Have a great day, and thanks for the advice and fun pictures!!

  9. Tessa@Tessa the Domestic Diva June 13, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    we love to to do some of the same things France!  I have to find time to work out in an effort to keep my weight down, and ore importantly, feel good about myself.  Not taking time for me = head in a bad space, and being a mom is hard enough without adding that to the mix.    I also want to be a good role model for my kids too.  I miss the outdoor activities I used to do every weekend before kids, but  still try little hikes with the kids with hopes at extending those lengths a little at a time and instilling a love of the outdoors in them. 
    For regular workout days, I have a schedule that we stick to so that it is routine and just part of the day.  Now, especially with my part time job as blogger (that pays me nothing!), I have to be very intentional about keeping my priorities straight.  This summer will be expcially challenging with the older two out of school and no real moments to myself until 7 when I am almost ready or bed and want to hang out a bit with my hubby too!  A defnite balancing act, sometimes I don’t do it so well, and other days  I do.

  10. Amber H June 13, 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    Hi France,

    We share a love for Yoga.  It’s my form of exercise and meditation.  It’s a big part of my life.  

    As far as taking time for me…my husband is super great and knows that I need my time.  Being a stay-at-home mommy is very difficult and I NEED time away from my children.  After we eat dinner, I may scoot out and take a walk, or go to yoga, or ride my bike downtown and hang out at a coffee shop or book store.  Anything that allows me to have some quiet.  I need to find my center and balance, and so focusing energy within requires some alone time with my own thoughts and feelings! What a great post.  I always enjoy seeing pictures of your life.  You’re so inspiring.  I love the picture of you doing the pull-ups.  You go girl!!  

    This week I am sharing spicy green beans, vegan double chocolate coffee ice cream, vegan/grain free lasagna, and an information post about gluten in products.  

    Have a beautiful rest of your week! !

    Hugs,
    –Amber 

  11. Rachel June 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm #

    Thanks for hosting! I totally agree with you that every woman needs a little “me” time. I don’t get it nearly as often as I would like, but I’m working on it. I try to be an active person, and I feel lucky that it just comes naturally to me. A lot of people think I’m crazy because in winter I ski 3-4 times a week and in summer, I hike 2 times a week and then walk/run 2 more times. I just like to be outside and active.

    Have a great day!

  12. Steph J. June 13, 2012 at 6:24 pm #

    You’re so right! I pay for a gym membership because we have two young kids, and once you add the cost of childcare and work out programs/equipment, we’re paying a fair price.
    Thanks for hosting this! I shared Thick & Chewy Granola Bars – so far my favorites on my quest for perfect homemade granola bars.

  13. Karen (Back Road Journal) June 13, 2012 at 7:32 pm #

    It really is important to make time for yourself. It definitely has benefits for both the body and mind. 

  14. Shelley Alexander June 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    France, You have to make sure your taking time for yourself.  My favorite exercises are rollerblading, dancing, and working out my elliptical. Today I shared one of my favorite snacks its a smoky and spicy black bean hummus. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week!

  15. Koko June 13, 2012 at 11:55 pm #

    So true. I would love love love to take yoga and do more yoga but it’s “hard to find the time”. I’ve got to give up the excuses and make the time!

  16. Jeanette Chen June 14, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    It is hard to carve out time for myself, I always put my kids first, but it is so important to exercise. I love quiet walks along the water streams close to my home. I linked up a refreshing Indian Watermelon Salad that I brought to a ladies’ lunch.

  17. The Café Sucré Farine June 14, 2012 at 10:58 am #

    I love riding my bike above all other exercise, it always makes me feel “free as a bird as I fly down our local greenway or a country road. I even love riding in London when I”m there visiting my daughter – with cars and buses whizzing by! Also there are lovely bike paths right along the Thames, that’s probably my favorite.

  18. Barb @ Frugal Local Kitchen June 14, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    I make time to run 4 days a week. Since I have 5 kids, I do this early in the morning before the kids get up. I do feel a little guilty about leaving my dh though we have time together after the kids go to bed. Before I started running again, I made time to walk daily by myself and with a friend.

  19. Kristel @ Healthy Frugalista June 15, 2012 at 9:43 pm #

    This is my first time sharing here.  I was given a TON of garlic scapes.  My post is about how I use garlic scapes and how to freeze them

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