Monthly Archives: December 2015

Peanut Butter

December 18, 2015

Peanut Butter

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What can I do? Where do I start? I often get asked these questions when families are starting their journeys towards a healthier, active lifestyle. I GET IT…it can be so overwhelming. Where do you start? What do you do?

Cut out processed foods!

Wait, wait, wait….there is no need to empty your kitchen and pantry into the trash; unless you are going full speed ahead and in that case, GO FOR IT! But for the rest of us, start small. And let your new habits develop as you go, which can make all the difference.

 

What I suggest is picking an item or two each week and finding a better alternative. I will try and help you out with this, by posting items that aren’t so good and a better alternative. I have found for me, the less work I have to do, the greater the chances I will actually do it. (:

 

One of the first items we changed in our house was Peanut Butter. We eat a ridiculous amount of peanut butter. From peanut butter and apples or bananas to power balls, even peanut butter and honey sandwiches. And these are just a few of the simple things….so needless to say, I wanted to make sure we were making a good choice with our peanut butter. As it turns out, we weren’t.  I mean, come on, peanut butter, it’s just peanuts, right? WRONG! Wow, I was so surprised at the amount of sugar in most peanut butter (among other things).
While the transition can take some time – after eating real peanut butter for an extended period of time, you really can taste the difference or is that just the chemicals?!?

 

  1. Choose an item your family uses fairly regularly.
  2. Check the ingredients – I use the 5 ingredient limit – if there are more than 5 ingredients, it’s very likely a processed food.
  3. Compare to other options.

 

It’s not hard to start eating better, but it can be time consuming, I get it. So that’s why we are here. Let us help.

 

Your mission, should you accept it – is to check the ingredients on your peanut butter.

 

It should contain = peanuts! and maybe sea salt. Remember, peanuts have all that good for us fat and oil…so yes it will separate. If is doesn’t…that’s because they have added chemicals to keep it from separating. Just stir up your peanut butter and leave the chemicals out.
I found this brand of peanut butter and we really like it.

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http://www.oldhomefoods.com/all-natural-peanut-butter/peanut-butter-creamy/

 

 

You can also find fresh, made that day, peanut butter (actual ground peanuts) at most health food stores.

 

What’s your favorite peanut butter brand?

 

 

 

Got my Brooks on I’m ready to go…

December 9, 2015

Got my Brooks on I’m ready to go…

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Something I haven’t done for a few days or so and constantly for way too long is RUN!

Life happens! There are times when life gets ahold of us and all we can do is get through it. Well, this has been me these last few months. And then with the cooler temps it’s not as easy to take my kiddos running with me so that limits my availability- excuses, excuses… I know.

Well this past Sunday the weather was warm enough, mid 50’s, so I got outside with 2 of my 3 kiddos. My 18 month old enjoyed a nice stroll (in the stroller) 😀 while I ran and my 6 year old rode her bike. What made the day so much fun was Kailee started saying, “hey mom, let’s race”. So we did! She would pick out a spot ahead of us and yell, “Ready,Set ,Go”! Surprisingly, I had to sprint to keep up with her on her bike. Then we would walk for a few minutes. And then with a huge smile she would pick out another spot…over and over, for about 3 miles this continued. 

My run turned into interval training which is perfect because I need to start working on my speed. My goal for my next half marathon, which is Hospital Hill 2016, is to be under 1:50. I will be incorporating speed work into my training workouts. So this was great!

Life always surprises me! When I thought I would take my kids last Sunday afternoon and get an easy run at best what I got was a great speed workout and an awesome afternoon with my daughter, Kash too! All three of us were laughing way too much and smiling the entire time. 😆 This was definitely one of my favorite runs! 

It reminded me that life is a journey. Our family is constantly growing and changing. We are not in the same spot for very long. So while some parts of your life can be overwhelming at times, don’t overlook the things that change too fast. Enjoy the journey…enjoy your family!

 

Happy Speed Training!!!