Mindful Eating

I’ve been on the thinner side my whole life (thanks to stress). I’ve never had to go on a diet or meal plan to lose weight. I just had to practice self-control, and voilà.

It always bugged me when someone would decide to go on a diet, they would receive encouragement from everybody. But if I dared say I wanted to start working out or eat better, I was always given the side eye.

We are all made different. God is a God of variety. And I’m allowed to make healthy choices, even if I’m “thin”.

But the reason why I’m doing this is NOT because I want to loose weight. It’s because I want to see a change in my skin. That’s my focus.

I started my journey to healthy eating on April 10th, 2022. Here’s what I’m aiming for:

• Drink water more often

• No cow milk (I’m allowing myself to eat a “healthier” version of cheese, and a few other milk derivatives).

• Whole wheat bread and pasta

• Using vegan recipes (yes, I’m still going to eat eggs and meat)

• Snacks low in fat and sugar

There’s nothing set in stone. There’s actually a lot of leeway, so technically I can’t call this a diet. It’s more of “watching what you eat” but at the same time ENJOYING what you eat (don’t ask me to eat tofu on its own).

Basically, I’m trying my best to stay away from potato chips.

What I Missed In History Class

We’re all shook after hearing and seeing what’s going on in Ukraine.

To be honest, all of this is very confusing to me. I didn’t pay enough attention in my History classes in High School, and I’m ashamed to admit it. What I should know, I don’t.

Here’s what I mostly remember learning about: the native americans, the pyramids, and the “fight” between Upper and Lower Canada… Don’t ask me about Canada’s Coat of Arms – I don’t remember what that’s for…

While I fully agree that learning about your country’s beginnings is important, I find I missed out on a lot of “World History”. So when I hear about China, Russia, or even the USA sometimes, my mind goes blank. The information that goes around overwhelmes me.

I just wish I knew who did what, when, how… You know, to be able to follow along. But I guess it’s up to me to start somewhere! So, I’m probably going to start reading some historical books…

FACT: I never read The Journal Of Anne Frank, can you believe it 😮

What do you remember the most from your History class?

DIY Spa Bath

I never liked taking baths… that is until the hubs bought me a bathtub caddy. And now, these are a few of my favorite things!

Here’s what you will need (hopefully you have most of these items already on hand):

  • Warm/hot bath filled to the brim (or not)
  • Bath pillow
  • Bathtub caddy
  • Your favorite drink (iced, preferably)
  • Book, playlist, or podcast (whichever you feel like in the moment)
  • 1/2 cup Baking soda
  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • Few drops of essential oil
  • Facial mask (optional)
  • Candle (optional)

The hardest part, is finding the time. You’re most likely going to have to “book” it – especially if you have kids or a very busy schedule.

Obviously, the easiest time (for me, anyways) is when the girls are in bed, asleep. But if you’re able to squeeze some time during the day, do it – even if it’s for 30 min.

There you have it! A short & sweet little spa escape, in the comfort of your home, with natural ingredients.

Instagram vs Reality

Dear Journal,

Where to begin, eh?!

It’s been a hot topic for a while. Staged homes, filters, colour coordinated feeds, etc. everything seem so “perfect”. I admit it, I am guilty of all those things (except for the staged home… if you know me, you know my house isn’t very Pinterest-y).

Surely the person’s life is as perfect as their social media. What we see is what we get, right?!

Well, the truth is:

What you see is what you don’t get.

When I come across a “perfect” profile, I cringe at first. Why? I don’t really know. But I’ve come to realize that there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes that we don’t see. Hours of planning, taking loads of pictures only to choose one, writing, editing, etc. It’s even more intense when Instagram is used for business purposes. You can’t judge a book by its cover, so you can’t judge a person by their feed.

But still, we’re so quick to compare ourselves, sometimes unconsciously. Thankfully, people are starting to open up more by showing glimpses of their day-to-day lives. I love coming across someone’s page and getting a “real person” vibe, though. After all, aren’t we all human who have good AND bad days?

That’s why transparency and honesty are very important to me. I want to be the “What you see is what you get” person. I’m choosing the not-so-perfect pictures. I’m choosing the not-so-perfect post. I want to be relatable (to some extent because I’m very conscious that my lifestyle is different than others). I may not inspire many, but if I can at least make one person smile or encourage someone, it’s worth it.

I’ll do my best to show the most of the real me. It’s a promise I’m making myself… and to you.