Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Friday 5

Hi friends! Happy May to you!

In today’s edition of the Friday 5, I’m sharing 5 things we’ve been loving in our home lately. After all, we’ve been spending ALL of our time at home! From food to activewear, Quinn’s latest favorite thing, and a fun fact about me… here’s this week’s random mix of favorites.

Enjoy your weekend!

1. Daily Harvest

Daily Harvest is coming in clutch right now! Not only does DH make some delicious smoothies from wholesome ingredients, but they now have flatbread pizzas that are all gluten- and dairy-free. I love everything from DH, but I especially love their bites (OMG, little bites of heaven!), their bowls (so great when you want a quick and healthy meal), and lattes (when I need a caffeine boost). Most of the lattes have some sort of adaptogens in them, which are beneficial for stress and hormones. If you’re looking for some easy and super nutritious meal and snack options, DH is it!

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2. Athleta Salutation Stash Pocket 7/8 Tight

Do you need a new pair of leggings to motivate you for all the home workouts? I feel ya. Sometimes the best motivation is a cute, new workout outfit to get me in the mood. These tights from Athleta are buttery smooth, have just the right amount of compression, and can be worn for lifting, running, yoga – however you choose to move! Lovvvve!!

3. Making It (on Hulu)

This show has been fun to watch as a family, and it has inspired Quinn to make all sorts of projects… like this scooter and bike rack, how cool! If you need some projects to keep your kids occupied, we highly recommend this show!

4. Vegetable Chopper

As if I needed another kitchen tool, this vegetable chopper is a major time-saver! It’s amazing for all sorts of delicious veggie creations. You can chop nuts, cheese, cucumbers, carrots, onion, potatoes – you name it.

5. Middleditch & Schwartz Comedy (Netflix)

Comedy duo Thomas Middleditch and Ben Schwartz turn small ideas into epically funny stories in this series of completely improvised comedy specials.

Mal and I saw Middleditch and Schwartz perform live a couple of years ago when they came to Boston, so we were psyched for this 3-episode series on Netflix. It’s absolutely hilarious. We were crying-laughing because the improv got so insane!

Fun fact: I dated Ben Schwartz for about 1.5 years in college, and I may or may not have encouraged him to try out for the improv group. He actually credits me for pushing him to try improv! 😉

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Ask a Health Coach: Dealing with Overwhelm, Naysayers, and Kid-Friendly Fitness

Hi, folks. In this week’s edition of Ask a Health Coach, Erin shares her strategies for staying on track while sheltering in place, navigating toxic relationships online, and how to make fitness fun for the whole family. Remember, you can ask your questions in the MDA Facebook Group or below this post in the comments section.

overwhelmI’m really struggling here. Between my new routine and trying to eat healthy, it’s just too much. How do I avoid losing all of my progress during the quarantine? -Lizzie

I actually hear this a lot. Not just from my clients who are heeding the stay-at-home orders right now either. Feeling overwhelmed by a change 1 in routine or diet or job is normal. That said, choosing to stay overwhelmed is a choice.

Often, I’ll hear my clients say, “I can’t do this.” Sometimes it’s in the week after enrolling them in my health coaching program. But honestly, a lot of times it’s even sooner — like the moment I’m telling them the good news that they can reach their goals with a few tweaks in their diet. You can feel the panic setting in.

“I can’t” has become such a common phrase in our vocabulary. And it’s complete BS. You absolutely can do it. You may not want to, but you certainly can. No doubt in my mind.

You can do anything you set your mind to, even during the quarantine.

Can you load your plate up with protein and veggies instead of the refined, starchy carbs that make you feel all bloated and sleepy? Yep. Can you commit to starting your day with a nutrient-dense breakfast instead of eating grab-and-go snack foods from the pantry? Sure can. Can you dial down your sugar intake? Go for a stroll around the block? Put on a yoga video? Yes, yes, and yes.

Sure, buying groceries is a little more challenging right now. And exercising when your whole family is around may not be ideal. But using the excuse that a change in routine is keeping you from your health goals is nonsense.

It may be more difficult to make these changes, but I know without question, that you can make them. You can do anything if you decide it’s worth it.

My family and close friends are supportive of my Primal journey, but whenever I post about it on Facebook, I get a lot of negative comments. What am I doing wrong? -Annette

First of all, I love hearing that you have a great support system in your family and close friends. But here’s the deal with “online friends,” everyone’s a critic. It might be jealousy or trying to get your attention, or whatever. But the bottom line is that your journey is your journey — and every moment of it is worth celebrating. Every. Single. Moment.

I’ve learned the hard way that the jerks on social media are just show-offs who want to seem like they know more than you do. They’re always scavenging for the newest data and next-level research, and basically diminishing anything anyone else is doing. They want to appear bigger so that you feel smaller. Am I right? And they typically have nothing constructive to add to the conversation. Just know, when I say typically, I mean never.

What someone else has to say about your Primal journey, whether it’s online or in-person, has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.2 Their negativity is a direct reflection of their self-esteem (or lack thereof), so, turn the other cheek, turn off your notifications, or better yet, block those naysayers from your posts.

Keep doing what you’re doing and rely on relationships with your family and real friends for those times you need an extra dose of support.

How do I get my kids onboard with exercise. Without regular PE classes, they’ve become quite sedentary. Tips on getting them to exercise more? -James

This is a great question, James. With school closures and the suspension of team sports, a lot of families are struggling to find ways to get their kids moving. According to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition, only one in three kids 3 is physically active every day. What’s worse is that research shows they’re getting up to 8 hours of screen time daily. And I’m sure that number is even higher now.

A recent study 4 found that teens who didn’t get regular exercise were more likely to develop depression too, so, you’re right to be concerned. But my first rule when it comes to kids and exercise is, don’t force it. You want to paint the picture that fitness is fun. And it can be, you just have to get a little creative given our current circumstances.

While playing at a park or running around with friends is out right now, activities like riding bikes, jumping on a trampoline, dancing, and creating American Ninja Warrior style obstacle courses in the backyard are all awesome forms of exercise.

Also, remember that your kids are always watching you. This is your opportunity to be a positive role model. If you’re lounging on the couch with a bag of chips and a can of pop, how likely are they to drink water and fly through obstacles? Not very. Show them that exercise is important to you as a family — that it’s something you do together — and they’ll follow your lead.


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Doggone It

You may have seen on Instagram that Gussie had knee surgery this week for a torn meniscus. He did great and came home wagging his tail and seeming energetic. This is the same knee he had ACL surgery on last July. Gus will have to do another 6-8 weeks of solitary confinement in the mud...

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