This year is off to a great start! It’s a new year and it’s a new you! And if you are like me, you have made goals this year to strive for better health. As a mom, having a healthy lifestyle is more than just for me. I want to be healthy for my children, too. But if I expect my children to learn and live a healthy lifestyle, I need to be a role model and show them what it takes to be dedicated, disciplined, and committed to better health.
As a therapist, having a healthy mind is just as important as having a healthy body. They are one in the same from my professional perspective. A healthy body is a healthy mind. And we need have balance between our mental, emotional, and physical self. According to numerous polls, exercising and eating healthy are often among the top New Year’s resolutions for people around the globe. And when you are nutritionally and physically balanced, endorphins start to run through your body, which change the chemistry in your mind, leaving you with healthier emotional and mental health.
A key word I often use in therapy is moderation. If you set your goals and expectations too extremely you will often be setting yourself up for failure. Goals need to be reasonable, achievable, and measurable. Set yourself up for success before you begin setting your goals. Start slow and work your way up to longer workouts, healthier foods, and more meditation. Balance your physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing by being mindful of your goals and expectations.
So how do you get there?
- Write it down
- Grab an Accountability Partner
- Start Slow
- Give Yourself Rewards
- Forgive Yourself If You Fail
- Try Again and Never Give Up
And even though I lead a very busy lifestyle, making time to exercise is vital to my wellbeing. And since my children are often home with me, I invite them join in, too! We walk around the neighborhood, do weights, squats, push ups, and sit ups together. We even do yoga! And even if they don’t do all the moves I do, they watch me and are soaking in how important physical fitness is to our lives!
I also teach my children healthy eating habits by the food I purchase at the store, the meals I cook, and the snacks we eat. I try not to eat anything they can’t have. I can’t expect them to eat healthy if I’m not doing the same. I love that one of our favorite things to make together are smoothies. My daughter often asks for a smoothie each morning and we make enough for her, the baby, and me! Yes, my son will even drink the smoothie, too! And although they are already big fruit eaters, smoothies are such an easy way for them to eat their veggies, too! Scroll down to the bottom of this blog for my favorite smoothie recipe!
So you can only imagine how excited we are to partner with Nutribullet this year! They just released the Nutribullet Balance, which comes with a Bluetooth-Enabled Smart Nutrition Sensor. Your Nutribullet Balance syncs up with an app on your smart device via Bluetooth to provide you with nutritional information. And I’m not kidding when I tell you that the syncing process was so simple and quick. Within seconds I was able to:
-Create custom wellness goals
-Track nutritional goals with the help of a virtual nutritionist. Your personal profile matches the best recipes for your goals and specific needs
-Track daily/weekly intake of calories, protein, fat, carbs, fiber, and sugar
-Create my own recipes
-Browse hundreds of premade step-by-step recipes including smoothies, soups, dips, salad dressing, sauces, and more!
-Track the nutrition of each smoothie I make! This is my favorite feature as I am able to put the ingredients I want into the blender cup, plug in the ingredient I’m adding into the app, and the sensors on the base tracks the nutrition right onto my phone!)
It is honestly so fun to make smoothies now and the blender cups are so big you can fit all the ingredients you want and they won’t spill over! You receive two 32-ounce cups and two flip up lids so you can even take your smoothie on the go! My daughter’s favorite part is when the app on my phone will “talk to me” and tell me when the blender cup is synced or off the base. She also loves that as soon as the smoothie starts blending, we can see the countdown of when it will be done right on my phone! I personally love how you can customize the length of your blend. Each recipe has been calibrated for premium texture output, so you can drink your smoothie thick or thin!
So why is the Nutribullet different than other blenders and juicers? Nutribullet has nutrient extraction, which is a mechanism that breaks down fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds to their most absorbable state so they are easily digestible. Trust me, I’ve tried blenders and juicers before and blenders never could break down foods very well and juicers are way too messy. The Nutribulet is quick, efficient, and can be easily cleaned. Each Nutribullet Balance comes with 1 stainless steel precision extractor blade! And it breaks down anything I put in the cup within seconds and I still have all the nutrients! This is truly the evolution of blending!
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Dr. Kim’s Smoothie Recipe*
½ Cup of Spinach
½ Cup of Carrots
1 cup of frozen or fresh fruit (we often use berries, mangos, peaches, and pineapple)
¼ cup Almonds
¼ cup Walnuts
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 tsp of flax seeds
1 tsp hemp seeds
¼ tsp of cinnamon
1 cup hemp milk
1 cup water
*Keep in mind these are all approximations as we typically eyeball our ingredients and this recipe has slight variations each time we make it! Plus when you have the Nutribullet Balance you don’t need to measure everything out, the app does it for you!