An Avocado a Day Keeps The Doctor Away

This weekend was exactly what our family needed. No plans. Just us and whatever we felt like doing. For the first time in months, we decided to tackle a few home renovation projects. I can’t wait to show you guys the before and after. It’s been a while since we’ve done a DIY on here, so hopefully we’ll put something together really soon. Besides that, we took the mornings slow together as a family, visiting our favorite local bagel shop and spending some time by the kiddie pool. I’m a little upset that June is already almost over. This summer has been a blast so far and it’s going by way too fast. I am going to let you guys in on a little secret. When I got pregnant with Cove, I was super paranoid about stretch marks. I knew if I got them, I would live and always remember the beautiful fact I got to carry my child, but I also just really didn’t want to have to deal with them or that adjustment. A friend from work told me…

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Quick and Easy Summer Snacks | Chocolate Banana Smoothies & Protein Packed Peanut Butter Cookies

Summer is here and we have a jam packed schedule with all kinds of fun activities. The zoo, aquarium, pool and lots of family road trips. When it comes to food and eating, I really try hard to make sure we have a balanced diet that doesn’t include the drive-thru for every meal. I struggle with low iron and as much as I would love to only eat croissants and fries all day, I would have zero energy and strength to do much of anything. I recently started using Bob’s Red Mill Nutritional Boosters to help me get the protein, fiber and iron I need in some easy-to-make snacks. They contain 20 grams of protein per serving plus fiber and are sweetened with Monk fruit, making them a delicious addition to my meals and snacks, like the below Chocolate Banana Smoothies and Protein Packed Peanut Butter Cookies. Cove and Ian love munching on the cookies and they are both super easy to whip up and take with us when we are on the go. Chocolate Covered Banana Smoothies Ingredients 3 scoops of Bob’s…

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The Oily Life | Be Well Do Well

There is real estate in your brain just like there is real estate in a city. Think of your brain as a city. When a city’s community is wrought with discord, crime, and a lack of care, that community becomes difficult to live in and its population suffers. When your brain is anxious, dwells on the negative, and is not taken care of, it will become a difficult place to live in. The brain is the unsung hero of the body. We are so familiar with our limbs, our faces, our hair, our skin, and how they are doing, but are we familiar with the beauty of our brains? Maybe your next thought is why should I think about the beauty of my brain? Because it is where you are living. The brain is the seat for our mind. Last week we said our mind is our very soul. Our brain captures what our mind dictates. Why is that a big deal? It is because our brain is constantly changing according to what we think on.

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Brain Architecture | Be Well, Do Well

Training the mind is vague to me. Training the body is a concept I learned and understood in elementary school. Initially I think most people understand training the body in terms of the activity you pursue. Dance, track, tennis, lacrosse, baseball, horseback riding, football, cheerleading, swimming, ballet, golf, flying planes, wakeboarding, water-skiing, singing, musical instruments, soccer, basketball, softball, gymnastics, cross-country, and a host of other activities require training the body to do these well. The correlation between a healthy body ready to perform, and what you do with your day-to-day life is easy to make. You train your body, and you improve. As you move into adulthood, often times the primary goal of training your body is to be healthy. You would be hard-pressed to drive down most streets in the cities of this country and not see either a gym or studio of some sort. We have so much available to us to train our physical body, but we are created to work as a triune being with a spirit, soul, and body. I understand our soul to be our mind.…

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Be Well, Do Well | Yoga

This week I am super excited to introduce Rachel Hébert as a guest writer for The Southern Trunk. A dear friend, a talented writer and someone who has inspired me from the moment I met her. Rachel has a gift for teaching others about how to improve their lives through health and wellness. I hope you enjoy hearing her heart and the simple ways you can change your life for the better.  Wow. I find myself with jittery fingers running across the keyboard as I start this post. I’ve been journaling since I was 10, and learned what happened at Columbine high school in 1999. For some reason, my 10-year-old heart heard about the students who died and I started crying. Until very recently, I hated my emotional nature. Why did I cry when Miss Piggy rejected Kermit the Frog in one of the Muppets episodes? Seriously, what is wrong with me? Actually, nothing is. I was made to help people heal in some way, some how, through my tear-filled life. I think we are all made to help our fellow human…

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