Favourite Self Care Practices

I think every single person should practice some type of self care each day. but especially mothers who, from when they wake up to when they go to sleep, are taking care of someone else. It's such a blessing, but it is mentally, physically, and emotionally draining. 

Yes, working out is a form of self care (which is 99% of the reason I make it a priority). Yes, going to get a massage, facial, pedicure, etc. are all forms of self care...but they aren't always realistic. I like keeping it simple, and sticking to small, quick ways I can show myself some love DAILY. Below are a my favourites, and ones that make all the difference to me:

DRY BRUSH

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I've only talked about dry brushing a million times already, but it's still something I love and look forward to because it feels SO good. It stimulates blood circulation, which instantly energizes you! Seriously. Try it. It stimulates the lymphatic system (aka helps get rid of toxins), exfoliates the skin, and promotes new skin growth. I dry brush every morning before I get ready (or late afternoon if I don't end up getting ready until then ha).

CHARCOAL FACE MASK

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This charcoal mask may scare Piper half to death, but I use it once a week (usually on Sunday night). It's nice to do a little extra something to kickstart the new week, and it just feels good. I got in on Amazon!

HOT BATH

Anyone that knows me knows how much I love taking baths. They're so relaxing, and take one almost every night when the kids go down. I usually take a snack (I'm classy), watch a show, and just decompress for a little bit. It's my favourite form of self care. 

HERBAL TEA

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I love drinking either herbal tea or crio bru everyday. I love crio bru for the health benefits too, but there's just something about having a hot drink that is relaxing and refreshing, and it just feels good. You know? 

JOURNAL

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I used to write in my journal ALL the time, but since having kids I haven't been as good at it. My therapist got me started again while going through the divorce to help me process and deal with things that happened. Every day I write "today was good" or "today was hard", and then explain why. It's such a small practice, but it has really helped me stay mentally healthy, and I think that is something that's incredibly overlooked these days. Every morning I also read scriptures or a religious talk or book to set the tone for the day. Some days I only get in 5 minutes, but it always starts the day on a positive note, and leaves me feeling good. It can be 5 minutes of meditation, or listening to a podcast - anything to get you in a good, healthy headspace!

Full Day Of Eating: Piper Edition

Piper's eating habits have changed drastically over the last couple of months. She used to be an AWESOME eater, and would eat a ton of great food. Lately, she's become a little more opinionated in all areas, but especially with her food. 

Her pediatrician warned me at her 2 year appointment that kids generally stop eating as much between 2-3 years old, and to not be worried about it. It's a little frustrating sometimes when I make her lunch, and she won't touch any of it *eye roll*, but I keep offering, keep providing lots of options on her plate, and I don't ever make her something different if she refuses to eat. If she doesn't eat anything, I just put it in the fridge and give it to her again later. 

She turned 2 in May, and while she definitely doesn't finish everything, here is a day of eating for her that's pretty typical of how she normally eats: 

BREAKFAST

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1 pasture-raised egg, 1 sprouted ezekiel toast with mashed avocado.

SNACK

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Yogurt from Trader Joes. She used to looooove yogurt, but now only takes a few bites. 

LUNCH

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Cucumber slices (her favourite), 1/2 slice of sprouted toast with peanut butter, a few slices of banana, carrots, and turkey slices. 

SNACK

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Chicken sausage, apples, and cheese slices

DINNER

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This wasn't her plate, obviously haha, but this was my dinner, and she had a bowl of sweet potato, black beans, corn, and avocado slices. 

Full Day Of Eating

I'm kicking off this Monday with a full day of eating from last week! Every day isn't perfect, and I try to just eat what feels GOOD. I don't count calories or macros, but I am mindful of them. For example, if I eat a breakfast that's higher in carbs (like a big acai bowl), then I'll try and focus more on proteins and healthy fats for my next meal. I feel the best when I get a good balance of everything at the end of the day, and it's just what works for me!

PRE-BREAKFAST

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I had warm lemon water with apple cider vinegar first thing (read the benefits of that HERE), and then brewed some crio bru (read the benefits HERE) and took it on our morning walk. We live 5 minutes away from a High School track, so we head there and do a few laps every morning. 

BREAKFAST

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This looks incredibly unappetizing haha, but it's what most of my meals look like. I've been eating overnight oats daily lately and I'm still not sick of it. I combine 1/2 cup oats, 3/4 cup liquid (I usually just use water), and 1 scoop of IdealRaw chocolate peanut butter protein (use SWOLE for 10% off) and store in the fridge. When I'm ready to eat it, I add peanut butter, strawberries, and hemp seeds, and it's so filling, good for the milk supply, and tastes so good!

SNACK

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2 rice cakes, nitrate-free turkey, arugula, mustard, and microgreens

LUNCH

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I had leftovers from the sweet potato nachos I made for dinner the night before. I posted the recipe HERE. The leftovers are just as good and I had to have two bowls.

SNACK

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Alright. WHY HAVE I NEVER TRIED DATES BEFORE?? WHY?!? I saw a box at Trader Joes last week, and I always see people using them in recipes, so I figured...sure, why not. I tried one when I got home, and I never got around to using the rest of them in a recipe because they're so good! Holy moly. I had a couple with peanut butter and hemp seeds on top, and it was so tasty. 

DINNER

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I talked my mum and sister into going to Protein Foundry for dinner with me, and we all got acai bowls (Piper and I shared mine). I love this place. 

SNACK

I went to the gym after Jack and Piper went down, and finished with another IdealRaw chocolate protein shake, along with a scoop of Collagen For Her collagen peptides. 

Week Of Workouts

Happy Monday!! I maybe got 3 hours of sleep last night thanks to the lovely Piper and Jack. If I drank coffee, I’d most likely be on my 10th cup already. I have so much to do today, and was planning on getting in a leg workout during nap time, but...well we’ll just see about that. 

I wanted to share last weeks workouts, and start doing it regularly from now on. I log in all of my workouts HERE (I started from when I was 14 weeks pregnant), but I think it's nice to sometimes see specifics and get ideas from how other people workout. 

MONDAY: 

I worked out at home, during nap time, with a set of dumbbells, a kettlebell, and booty bands. It felt like such a good workout, and left me with the ole' noodle legs. 

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TUESDAY: 

Jordan has the kids for a couple of hours, so I headed to the gym and was planning on getting in a long, sweaty workout. A power yoga class was just starting when I got there, so I decided to do that instead since I figured it would be good to help my body deal with stress. 

WEDNESDAY:

Today was a rest day! I went on a long walk with the kids, but Piper was pushing her stroller - so it may have been long, but we didn't get too far. 

THURSDAY:

Jordan had the kids again for a couple of hours, so I headed to the gym and actually did get in a long workout this time. For the sprints, I run as fast as I can. They were killer, but felt so good. 

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FRIDAY:

I did this full body workout at home, during nap time again. I don't like doing HIIT workouts back-to-back, because it doesn't allow your body to properly reap the benefits and adapt, but since yesterday's HIIT wasn't very long, I didn't feel like I was pushing it. Again I used a set of dumbbells, a kettlebell, and booty bands, and it was a good workout!

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SATURDAY:

I did this workout at home at night, once I got the kids down to bed. I wasn't feeling it, and tried talking myself out of working out 100x, but I got changed, turned on Gilmore Girls, and got down to business. The hardest step is always just getting started. Once I begin, it's just a matter of going through the motions. Plus, Gilmore Girls is a great distraction.

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