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How to Save Money While Eating Clean

Here are a few tips to watch your wallet while sticking to a clean eating nutrition plan for your waistline: 1. Start slow and within your budget. Don't worry about drastic changes or being "perfect." No need to do an overhaul of your entire kitchen. Slow and steady wins the race. 2. Organic foods are preferred but if you can’t afford them, just do the best you can. Teach yourself to thoroughly read labels. Focus on the ingredient list. Select foods with fewer ingredients—and ingredients that you recognize as real food. Chances are if you can't pronounce it, it's probably not a good ingredient! 3. Change your mindset. Looking at your health as an INVESTMENT can keep you in check. Yes, maybe

How to Travel & Stick to Your Diet

Do any of you ladies find yourself traveling for work but not sure what to eat on the road? We’ve talked about how to plan ahead at home, but now I’m going to give you some tips for planning ahead when you’re traveling. 1. Oatmeal: Oatmeal is super easy to pre pack and put in your suitcase. I portioned out 1/2 cup oatmeal into 3 baggies (because we were gone for 3 days) with 1/2 cup raisins, 1 tbsp flaxseed and wheat germ. Every hotel has hot water or a continental breakfast that you can get hot water from!! 2. Nuts: Before you leave, spend some time measuring out a small handful of nuts into bags such as unsalted almonds, cashews and peanuts. You can pair them with a few apples and o

9 Rules for Dining Out

According to Prevention Magazine, "No one stays home anymore. Where are we? We’re sitting in restaurants. On average, Americans dine out four times a week, according to the National Restaurant Association. As we eat out more and more, the percentage of obese people increases, while their wallets decrease. We spend $1 billion a day dining out. The Census Bureau’s population clock has the U.S. at 310,751,194 people, so if we spend some $365 billion a year eating out, that averages out to $1,117 per person per year, a large portion of which could be savings if you ate at home instead." This type of eating out is the perfect recipe for obesity and disease down the road. But we’ve trained ourselv

Prepping Healthy Snacks

We all struggle with finding the time to pack our healthy snacks everyday especially when you are a busy mom or have a full time job. I understand that it can be one extra step that you have to make - but anything worth having is worth putting in an effort! You (and your kids) will be healthier, happier and you actually save a TON of money when you pack healthy food vs take the kids through the drive-thru. It just takes a little planning. I have outlined some healthy snacks for you so that you can see exactly how I prep my weeks. I spend a few hours each week baking chicken for wraps and salads, cutting up fruits and veggies and portioning it into baggies along with sunflower seeds (or nu

A Mental Approach to Eating Well

SO many people are trying to eat better lately. Whether it's more awareness to be healthier or to get beach-ready for the summer months, eating well is on everyone's mind and it can be HARD. Many people get frustrated, fall short or give up. Here are my best mental approaches to starting a clean eating way of life: 1. Set Goals: It starts by having clear and realistic goals. Write a list of things you want to change about your diet. What do you want to eliminate from your diet? What foods do you want to incorporate more of? Also, think about how you want your body to feel and look. I recommend setting daily goals, weekly goals, and long term goals. If you try and do everything all at o

A Healthy Hot Mess by Jennifer Stawarz

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