I was recently asked where I get ideas for healthier recipes, meals and even what a day in the life of mine actually looks like eats wise for a full time nurse, fitness coach and also full time dork ;) Let me preface by saying although I am an RN I am not specialized in nutrition (besides researching the crap out out it and learning through my own experiences) but am here to just simply share! I truly think that every person is different: with different needs, preferences and it just takes finding what works for you. I don't believe in diets - but for me its about eating and movement to be healthier in mindset and feeling GOOD so that I can live my days with energy for many years to come!
Now that we have that out of the way I'll show you a "typical day" or meals, eats, drinks and snacks (oh and treats too!)
When I was 21 I was applying for a certain type of insurance...which required some lab tests - one of those including a lipid panel...ALSO known as testing your cholesterol. Heart disease and high cholesterol run in my family. My grandpa passed away due to heart disease complications, my dad has had open heart surgery, my sister and niece have both had procedures to correct a heart arrhythmia and I myself was born with a heart defect called a Ventricular Septal Defect. Both of my parents have been on cholesterol medication as long as I can recall. I shouldn't have been surprised that when I got my blood test results that I had high cholesterol too.
But I was TWENTY ONE. I was training for a marathon, my diet consisted of plenty of vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and everything else that qualifies as a "heart healthy diet" as promoted by the American Heart Association. I wasn't by any means overweight either. It just goes to show that family history has a LOT to do with it!
So what did my primary care doctor say when she saw the results? "We will keep our eye on it and recheck yearly. Please ensure you are eating a heart healthy diet and exercise also." Hmm....well I THINK marathon training counts as exercise...and like I said my eating was in check too...
When you think of a health coach what comes to mind? Someone with six pack abs and the perfect body according to society? Someone shoving protein shakes at you? Someone with a super dramatic before and after weightloss transformation picture? Let's just say I probably don't fit any of those descriptions. A health coach can be all of the above or none of the above - you just have to be you.
No one likes to talk about poop. But everyone does it. (or at least I hope so!) Some more than others and some more regular than others. It's definitely something you take for granted UNTIL you run into issues...WIthout getting TOO personal today I just wanted to share a few things I have been incorporating into into healing my gut!
Raise your hand if you like easy meals that are done in less than 30 minutes - taste delish and are actually good for you? OH and you can use up what you have in the fridge? - STIR FRY!
This week was INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE - as they like to say... whoever they are. -
Working in the #nurselife this week was busier than we have been for a long time. More surgical patients then we have had in months and let's just say that many of our patients were "trying" on me... I poured my heart and soul into every shift and it left me feeling very empty and drained by the end of each day. Our patients deserve to have the BEST EXPERIENCE POSSIBLE and I'm proud of what we do on our unit - But still by Friday I was SO READY to just rest and fill my cup. I often feel guilty for not doing it all. I want to be the best nurse, the best girlfriend, the best daughter, the best health and fitness coach, the best business owner - - - I am what I like to refer to as a "recovering perfectionist." -
It's totally my personality to go go go 24/7 and wanting to be "successful" at everything in my life. But what does that even mean anyway? Success has to be defined by ME and not the world around me. I'm currently reading the book Present Over Perfect - and it's so good and the perfect message I need in my life right now.
A good friend texted me Friday night and said "You can't help anyone else if your tank is empty" - So that is EXACTLY what I'm doing this weekend. Focusing on what matters - sticking to a simple list of my priorities and getting just those done. I'm not going to worry about checking it all off either. I'm taking time to do the things that bring me joy and that are what I choose to make a priority this weekend.
wow it's almost been a full week since I have been on the blog so I think it's MORE than time to do a recap and take a look at what I've been up to this week!
Holy cow..HOW is it the weekend already?!?! Just thought I would do a random recap of the week!
A few weeks ago I somehow ran across the term for a recipe called "crackslaw" - I was like WHAT IN THE WORLD is crackslaw? Of course this lead to google...which lead to pinterest...which lead to checking out new blogs...to of course trying it out for myself! Crackslaw is a take on coleslaw that is apparently all the rage - think protein meats coleslaw that is made stirfry style - here we go!
I can't believe it's already Sunday! Where do the weeks go - just a weekly recap of what I'm loving this week, what my thoughts are and of course some fun stuff coming up!
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