I love finding swaps for naughty foods! It leaves me being able to enjoy "treats" but without the guilt, making it that much easier to stay on track. After doing a low-carb, non-dairy cleanse to support a friend, I picked up a few more. Here is my current list of favorites:
--roasted, sliced carrots for sweet potato fries
--lettuce for tortillas
--roasted, cubed butternut for potatoes
--Greek yogurt for sour cream
--ground buffalo for ground beef and/or turkey
--pizza with half the cheese
--roasted kale or cabbage for rice with Asian-style dishes
--quinoa for rice
--roasted spaghetti squash for half or all of pasta
--build up your spaghetti sauce with extra veggies like mushrooms and spinach
--make your own sauces with fresher ingredients like tartar sauce and salsas
Try to find a small swap here or there in your weekly menu. A small change here or there can start to add up BIG in your calorie-count!
As far back as the pharoahs, essential oils were highly valued commodities, so much so that often they were stolen from graves and tombs right along with other treasures like precious stones and minerals. They were held in such high regard for their healing and therapeutic powers that the three wise men came baring them as gifts to the baby Jesus (frankincense, myrrh).
In my quest for good health, I've begun using essential oils as a resource for cold prevention (citrus blend), healing the endless stream of cuts, scrapes, and bruises (maleleuca), and deeper relaxation for stress points and during massages and baths (lavendar). While I haven't found them to a be an instant cure-all, they do seem to have an impact without leaving me feeling like we're left with nothing but popping pain pills or taking dose after dose of cold medicine...a more natural weapon to have in the arsenal of family health!
There is a great site (and an app, too!) that lists oil "recipes" for whatever your ailment or need from acne to cellulite (lemon) to stuffy noses (peppermint):
Hello, fellow Supermoms! I am a woman that wears many capes: wife, mother, daughter, friend, business professional, athlete, wine enthusiast and aspiring writer! Balancing these roles while finding happiness and fulfillment for myself does seem to require superhuman skill sometimes. Project Supermom was born as an outlet for me to share my story and to encourage other moms to take personal responsibilty in getting the best out of life for themselves and their families!