🍪How to enjoy your favorite cookies in moderation🍪 (aka something I’m trying to do with the 3 batches of cookie dough that @bakeritablog dropped off for my favorite ever paleo chocolate chip cookies from her blog): 1. Make the dough 2. Scoop it out onto a baking sheet 3. Freeze the scooped dough 4. Transfer it to a Tupperware to store 5. When the cookie craving strikes, bake yourself 2 and keep the rest frozen! There have been many times where I’ve made the whole batch at once and they seem to disappear veryyyy quickly. #cookiemonster ☺️Baking just a couple at a time means I get to satisfy my sweet tooth without being tempted to go for 5 in one night 👌🏼 (now just don’t ask me how to refrain from eating the dough straight from the freezer 😉)
A very rare moment where I actually got to eat every bite of my delicious lunch at @loftycoffeeco 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 I was out and about with a very awake but peaceful Noah and figured I’d take the opportunity to go grab something to eat. So often I feed Noah and I feed Penny 🐕 but I can’t seem to get down in the kitchen to feed myself despite being so hungry! Right after I ordered (superfood bowl + 2 eggs, homemade gluten-free toast, and a London Fog latte with almond milk and half the vanilla syrup), I had a loud screaming baby on my hands. I almost raced to tell them to pack everything up to-go, but after some persistent shushing, frantically giving him the paci, and playing baby lullabies on spotify, he was finally out and this spread was ALL MINE. I even got to listen to an entire podcast while finishing every last bite of this deliciousness, such a treat!! 👏🏼 it’s the little things, my friends!
I have a major major sweet tooth. Baking and eating desserts just brings me a lot of happiness. They always have and always will - even after getting into nutrition, I’m a firm believer that we can have our cake and eat it, too, by finding balance and treating ourselves in moderation. But since having Noah, my craving for sweets has been out of control and it started to feel like I was just *living* on cookies - one, they’re delicious, and two, they’re an easy thing to eat when you only have one hand available. 😂👶🏻🙋🏻♀️ My once in a while treat had turned into multiple sweets a day, so it was time for a little hiatus. I took 7 days off and tried to avoid added sugar... that means not just desserts but also any products where sugar has been added to it (even natural sugar like maple syrup or coconut sugar). The first few days were tougher than I expected... headache and all, making me realize how often I have it! It made me notice how many things I typically eat that have added sugar that I don’t count as my treat for the day. Think... matcha lattes, salad dressing, certain almond butters, that bar that I always grab on the go, the skinny margarita that I ordered the other night... the list goes on. We don’t think of these things as desserts necessarily, so it was eye opening to start paying closer attention to it and to find alternatives for it. For example, rather than grab a bar every time I left the house, I’d take a bag of raw nuts or 2 hard boiled eggs. Real food vs. processed. And after 7 (now 8!) days, I feel so much better! Less bloated, less cravings, and more in control. I feel ready to get back to my treats in moderation and don’t feel like they’re something I *need* several times a day. If you’re feeling like you’re hooked on sugar after the holidays and celebrating the new year, a little break is worth a try, even if just for a couple days to reset your cravings. (ps, thanks for the extra push @rachaelsgoodeats #addedsugardetox!) 🍭🧁🍰🍪🍫
8 things I learned in 8 weeks of motherhood: 1. you can survive on way less sleep than you ever thought possible.😴 2. a daily shower (even if it’s 30 seconds) can make you feel (somewhat) human again.🚿 3. you’ve never been thirstier than when you sit down to breastfeed and realize you forgot to bring your water with you.🥤🥵 4. amazon is your best friend. 📦 5. cute new jeans are an instant pick-me-up - it feels amazing to wear non-maternity jeans even if they’re a couple sizes up! Do not (I repeat, *do not*) pressure yourself to squeeze into your old ones.👖 6. don’t rush your recovery or your workouts. Dr. cleared me at 6 weeks and I was nowhere near ready to workout or get back to normal activity. Listen to your body and take it slow.🐌 7. everything will make you cry - commercials, reading books to your baby, random songs, packing away newborn clothes because he’s already grown out of them.😭 8. a day doesn’t go by where you won’t be covered in spit up, milk, or pee, but when he smiles at you, it’s all worth it. (Swipe 👉🏼 for the smile that melts my heart).♥️