Being healthy with a busy schedule can be very tough. Life is already hectic and with all of its food temptations it can be so easy to eat unhealthy foods. So I have found that meal planning and committing to a plan can really help. Recently I was introduced to Whole30 and started to adapt my meals around their philosophy. This one isn't in their cookbook but its something I've created based on the rules of the Whole30 plan. Hope you enjoy!
Stuffed Acorn Squash (4 Servings)
- 2 large acorn squash
- 1 pound of grass fed ground beef
- 1 onion
- 1 apple
- half a pack of bacon (around 10 pieces)
- 2 tsp fennel seeds
- 2 tsp ground sage
- 1 tsp salt
- Preheat oven to 375 F
- Cut the squash in half and scoop out of the seeds. Than rub the inside of the squash with olive oil and place onto a baking sheet and put it into the oven for 30 minutes.
- Dice the onion, apple and bacon. In a large skillet cook the bacon (before it is fully cooked) than add the onion and apple. Once the onion is translucent and apple is fork tender transfer everything into a large bowl.
- In the same skillet cook the beef and add fennel, sage and salt. Once fully cooked add it to the same large bowl.
- Scoop the mixture into the squash and put it back into the oven for 15 minutes.
TIP: Everything can be cooked a head of time! When you are ready to serve all you have to do is put everything together and pop it in the oven, so its great for a last minute healthy dinner.
- 1 clove of garlic
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 2 handful of spinach or kale
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- salt and pepper
- Blend everything together and serve on top of anything you desire, in this case the zoodles below.
- 3 zucchini
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- If you don't have one of those fancy turning slicer than you can us either a grater or vegetable peeler to cut your zucchini.
- Heat up the olive oil in a large skillet, than cook the zoodles for a couple of minutes. The texture of the zucchini should be al dente- crunchy not mushy.
Finding time to groom yourself while taking care of a new born is extremely hard, so trying to upkeep my hair and find a chance to go see my hair stylist is almost impossible. Instead I surf Pintrest in the middle of the night as baby Mason is on my boob to see how I can stay on trend. This is how my top bun was born :) I look back to when I was pregnant and remembering getting advice from moms telling me to go to the salon before I give birth, I thought it was an exaggeration and never listened...well now I really regret it. I mean I could leave the baby with my mom or the nanny or even both, but then there are other factors like what happens when I'm under the hair dryer and my boobs gets engorged? Plus I just miss the little guy too much after being away from him for more than a couple of hours. So even if I have the time I don't even want it. This is the many struggles of a new mom
Stretch marks!!! Its another thing to look forward to after having a baby. Some women have lots and others are blessed with a little; I landed in between. Of course I was mortified when I first saw signs of stretch marks after I had baby Mason. I don't really know how long these nasty things were on my body, but all I know is that as I started to slowly lose weight the more red these things became. So I started the search for an affordable cream that was easily accessible on the market. And the verdict...
Palmer's Cocoa Butter- I used this the moment I found out that I was pregnant to help me fit the signs of stretch marks. After 8 months of using it I did end up still having stretch marks but there wasn't a lot. I continued using it after I gave birth to baby Mason and it helped reduce the redness. Overall for a $15 product I think it did the job that it should have.
Elabloom Calming Baby Oil- I was introduced to this product first to help with baby Mason's psoriasis and eczema. It was such a light weight and non greasy oil that it really helped Mason's skin get better. I thought to try it on my skin one day as I ran out of the coco butter and it and it kept my stretch mark area moisturized and helped reduce the redness. As a busy new mom I really liked that I was able to use this product to help both me and my baby.
Baby & Eve Mummy Tummy- This product was given to me by one of my friends who swore by it for her stretch marks. Once I used it I fell in love with it because it was thick which kept my stretch marks moisturized all day. After using it twice a day it reduced the redness of my stretch marks and it even worked on old stretch marks that the warden had from his muscle building days.
Overall these three products has become a staple on my bed side table, it may have not removed the stretch marks but it helped reduce the appearances of them. At the end of the day I guess I will have to live with these war marks to show the pain and suffering of a mother's endurance and love for their child.