FIVE TIPS FOR GOING DAIRY FREE

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We love starting off the new year with planned resolutions and goals. Some of our goals revolve around our finances, or mental health, time with our children, spiritual goals, and health related goals. One of our goals this year is to cut dairy out of your diet for 30 days.
This is not a complete life change, because eventually we are going to want cheese. However, we are hoping to adopt a healthier and lighter way of eating through this challenge.  So far, we have been doing a great job at being dairy free and I wanted to share with you a few tips that have helped keep us On track.

 Here are our five simple tips that can help you with a 30 day dairy free challenge.

  • Set a clear start and end date. Having a set date, keeps us focused and reminds us that this is not a deprivation diet. When I want a piece of cheese, it’s easier for me to put it down knowing that I can have it in a couple weeks.
  • Clean out your fridge. If the ice cream is in the refrigerator, we are going to eat it. For that reason, we do not keep any dairy in a refrigerator. Out of sight out of mind.

 

  • Stock up on the good stuff. There are a lot of dairy free alternatives. We keep our favorite Silk Almond Unsweet Vanilla Half Gallon and Silk Almond Unsweet Original Half Gallon handy.  I use almondmilk in my coffee, in my kids cereal and in my favorite recipes. Silk Almondmilk is simple, great tasting and made from natural ingredients. It’s low in calories, and it’s dairy-FREE and lactose free. Silk’s Progress is Perfection campaign fights the notion that “extreme” is the only path to being healthier, small victories are still victories and every sip is a step towards a dairy free life.  I also use almondmilk as a creamer to my cafe con leche and cortaditos.
  • Accountability. It’s much easier to stick with your goals when you have people to hold you accountable. Alex and I text each other throughout the day to see how we’re doing and I also text my mom. She’s really good about encouraging me. There’s a sense of camaraderie that comes with achieving a goal together.

 

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END OF SUMMER BURPEE GOAL

 

This has been a fun and busy summer for us.  We met up with our friends in Vail, CO., drove twenty six hours to get to Florida and Alex and I checked into a beach resort for a couple of days.  We have had a blast this summer traveling and taking in all of the warm weather.  Along with our fun, Alex and I had a workout goal that we wanted to meet before the summer was over.  We wanted to improve our cardiovascular and muscular strength, so we set out to do some burpees and called it our

end of summer workout goal: 30 days, 10 minutes, burpees AMRAP (as many reps as possible)

It may not sound like much, but it was more about being consistent and trying to push ourselves to improve a little more each day, even if it’s by just one burpee.  This was a bit of a relaxed goal because only we really know how much we can push ourselves and it allows for us to listen to our body and make the necessary adjustments (like a longer break or a harder push)

I started off with 100 half burpees to work on building my upper body strength and little by little added full burpees (with the pushup).  I was winded and it took me some time to get back on my feet. However, I believe in celebrating every little win, and being able to feel and witness my body getting stronger was definitely a win for me.  There’s nothing like leaping as high as you can and then going straight into a pushup to get you all kinds of tired and worn out.

Here’s how to do the perfect burpee (follow the pictures below)

1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, squat down

2. Place hands on the floor and jump your feet back into a plank

3. Drop your body to the floor (with control)  for a pushup

4. Push your body back up to a plank position

5. Jump your feet back to a squat

6. Jump up, reaching your hands as high as you can. Make sure you land back softly to protect your knees.

 

Burpees are the ultimate exercise.  They workout your arms, legs, abs and that mama pooch that is so hard to tighten back up after having kids. This is not a long workout.  We made it a 10 minute goal, because life with three small kids is busy and most of the time all I have are 10 minutes.

 

I think planks are one of the best full body workouts.  They are killer on my arms, legs and leave me feeling so strong.


It’s not everyday that I get a chance to do burpees beside a cornfield, with hot air balloons in the background. This is Nebraska for you!


 

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FOUR TIPS TO KEEPING YOUR ENERGY LEVELS UP

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Energy is a elusive concept.  One day, you’re ontop of the world, ready to run for hours and the other you are flat on your face lying on your living room floor. There are ebbs and flows and finding a good balance between the two sides can be a difficult and daunting task.  Throw in homeschooling, keeping your home tidy and attempting to blog during the wee hours of the night, and you have yourself a recipe for the inevitable crash.
I have found that there are a few things that help me balance out my energy levels throughout  the day and I am sharing those with you today!
Here are my four tips to keeping your energy levels up:
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