Celebrating healthy mamas everywhere

healthy mama and daughterCommitting to raising a healthy family is a HUGE job! Like me, I’m sure you have a long list of actions you’re willing to take to raise a healthy family. For me, it means:

  • Fewer vacations – Allocating less money to vacations and more money to fresh, organic foods and products for my family
  • Less time – Spending extra time preparing fresh, REAL foods and schlepping them everywhere to reduce our consumption of unhealthy options
  • Judgement – Getting judged by others who think my commitment to feed my kiddo clean food (e.g.,organic, free-range, wild) is unnecessary hooplah
  • Strength – Spending many moments educating my family about using food and healthy habits to nourish their minds, bodies and souls

Every single action you take to teach your family about healthy habits should be celebrated! Seriously, as healthy mamas, our families and friends should be screaming from the mountain tops about the amazing work we do to raise healthy families!

This week, in honor of Mother’s Day, I’ll be shouting (from my computer) about all the amazing healthy mamas out there. I’ll be shouting all over Facebook and Twitter to celebrate the efforts and accomplishments that moms in the healthy mamas community are most proud of.

Inspiration & Commitments from Healthy Mamas:

Rachael, Founder Mommybites BostonRachael: I’ve been showing my kids the importance of exercise by sharing my progress in couch to 5k with them and taking then for runs in the stroller.

Brett, Author & Owner, Sheer BalanceBrettI aim to only serve whole foods to our little guy. I try very hard to get every color of the rainbow into his diet. Much work, but totally worth the effort!

NeetikaNeetika: It is very tough to work and raise healthy families! But one accomplishment I’m proud of is that I’ve been able to provide Raina with mostly home cooked meals as opposed to feeding her packaged processed foods. Even though sometimes home cooking has to be easy Mac and cheese made from fresh cheddar block, I feel it’s still better than giving her Kraft Mac and cheese in a box!

Julia Founder JCampbell Social Marketing

Julia: I am committed to including vegetables in every dinner, no matter what!


Marybeth: I am proud of living an active lifestyle with swimming, biking, running and yoga. My kids love to join in and also see how important it is to take care of our bodies.

Family running race

Stacey: Exercise is a very important part if our lives – whether it is Scott coaching the Track and Field clinic, running a race, me hitting the gym or taking lots of walks with the family… Physical activity is part if our life and we also use it as family bonding time!

Katie: I’m teaching my family the value of exercise by training for and running a half marathon! Only a couple of weeks to go!


When it comes to raising a healthy, happy family: what achievement or commitment are you most proud of? Tell us in the comments so we can celebrate you too!  (We’ll be posting these commitments on FB, twitter and more this week!)


5 Simple, Frugal Ways to Pamper Yourself

Busy mom with many tasks

We go and go and go. Make breakfast. Pack lunch. Throw in the laundry. Drop off the kids. Head to the office or back home. Prep dinner. Pick up the kids. Prep snack. Make snacks. Swap laundry. Play with kids. Cook dinner. Bath time. Bedtime routine.Clean kitchen. Pick up toys. Fold laundry. Rinse. Repeat. Sound like you, too?

Though the responsibilities can be tiresome, the joy of having little rascals far outweighs the extra dish duty – most of the time. After a couple of non-stop weeks (plus a few winter illnesses thrown in for good measure) and I’m damn near beat to the ground. It’s usually at this point that I either schedule some pampering or find myself cracking open a bottle of wine a little too close to 5pm.

Whether you have five kids or one little guy like I do, our kiddos always need us to be at our best. The only way to fulfill this 18+ year responsibility without going absolutely bananas is to stop and take a few minutes regularly to love ourselves up a little.

Pamper yourself. Do whatever it takes to avoid the burnout. This can be different for all of us. For me, it needs to be two things: simple and inexpensive. Starting a business (or two!) and getting another Master’s degree has put us on a tight budget in terms of both money and time. For a little inspiration, I thought I’d share a few simple, cost-effective ways that I “love myself up”:

  1. Soak in a hot bath laced with lavender oil, lighted only by tea lights
  2. Spend an extra 10 minutes slathering on delicious, organic body butter
  3. Invite girlfriends over for a glass of wine after the kids’ bedtime
  4. Ask your partner to brush your hair (note: remove snarls first)
  5. Swap 1-2 hours of childcare with a friend so you can hit yoga, get a cup of tea or read the latest People magazine

What simple habit have you adopted that keeps you feeling pampered? Share your ideas in the comments so we can all benefit!

5 Simple Tips to Avoid Post Vacation Exhaustion

6508724Sand? Trees? Snow? Whatever you fancy, vacations are supposed to be fabulous. When I have a vacation to look forward to, I just have much more pep in my step. Don’t you? The only problem is all too often, I hear my clients say “I need a vacation from my vacation.” What?! That doesn’t make any sense. Or does it? “Post vacation exhaustion” happens so frequently, maybe we ought to prepare for it and just start scheduling two vacations at a time. (Ha! That’s a joke.) Alternatively, we could do some simple pre-planning to ensure our vacation is in fact rejuvenating & relaxing. Which is exactly what I’ve been doing this week in advance of a short family weekend away for work & play to Asheville, North Carolina (we’re headed to the Gluten Free Expo!).
I’m looking forward to a weekend of no cleaning. And, as much as I LOOOVVE cooking, no cooking as well. But, I don’t want it to be at the expense of feeling junky when I return. Travel can definitely wreak havoc on our systems. But, it doesn’t have to. There are simple things we can do to limit the negative impact of traveling on our families & ourselves. After being a consultant for 10+ years and living on the road 4 out of 5 days a week, I could literally provide days worth of guidance on how to travel healthfully. (I’ll spare you the long guide.) Today, I’ll focus on 5 simple things that I’ve done this week to ensure our work/play weekend away to Asheville is rejuvenating.
1.  Bring healthy food for the air, train or car. Airport & train food is nasty. Yes, there are a few exceptions to this rule. But, overall, the food is junk. It’s laden with sodium, unhealthy & usually not so fresh ingredients. Start your trip with something yummy & healthy so you can be energized for the moments ahead.  (My favorite is veggie sushi w/ brown rice.
13714807022.  Pack healthy, shelf-stable snacks. This is key because these can double as breakfast or even appetizers, if needed. With healthy snacks on hand, you’re sure to avoid any moody blood sugar drops. So, instead of acting like a crazy lady when your spouse is chit chatting with the concierge about who the hell knows what, you can just eat a snack to hold you over before dinner. (Okay so maybe this has happened to me before…)3.  Find at least one healthy restaurant near your hotel. Our family loves food & we always have big plans to enjoy the local cuisine. Like many people, we tend to indulge a wee bit more when on vacation. That’s why, I’ll seek out one healthy restaurant in advance to frequent for breakfasts or a couple of lunches. This balance to indulgence makes a huge difference in your energy during & after your trip.

4.  Pack your walking gear. If you don’t have comfortable shoes to walk or exercise in, then you’re limited to sitting on your ass to enjoy the sites. It took my husband awhile to get this, but now he consistently makes room for sneakers!

5.  Schedule quiet time. This is the tip that I neglected on our last vacation (which is exactly why I need this weekend’s trip, silly mama.) To rejuvenate, our minds & bodies need space to do so. On vacations, we always schedule the fun, but we typically don’t schedule the quiet time. Do it. Do it. It will make your trip soooo much better.

Oh, one more thing (I told you I could just keep going on this subject!). Bring a water bottle that has a filter. Drinking a new water source throws off our systems, but using a filter can minimize this issue. It also makes grabbing water in the hotel or airport bathroom less icky.

What are you favorite tips for having a healthy family vacation? I know you’ve got em’ so please share in the comments section!