7 Things + September Meal Plan
5-minute read | Most loved snack, changing the perspective of confidence, a few of my favorite things, plus a full month meal plan! Get it all inside this post!
Your Monthly Fill: September
01: Health Tip: Eat For Fall
One of the best things I did for my health (not only to feel better but to prevent boredom) was to learn the power of living seasonally. Traditionally, this comes from Ayurvedic medicine, but there has been a significant amount of research that proves our bodies change with the seasons. This change requires changes in your diet and lifestyle to support the body.
02: Most Loved Snack: Cottage Cheese
Six months ago, I re-incorporated dairy into my diet. It’s been one of the better health decisions I’ve made. Of course, that came after years of working to heal my gut, a prerequisite for adequately digesting foods labeled as high-inflammatory (like dairy, which is mostly from conventional, not organic or raw).
I’m currently obsessed with Good Culture Cottage Cheese.
It’s high in protein and adds a savory element that I crave.
I’ve been pairing it with sliced garden-fresh tomatoes sprinkled with sea salt or sliced peaches. Occasionally, I’ll heap it on top of a slice of sourdough (although I’m still debating how gluten works for me).
Today, I slathered the sourdough in my homemade pesto, topped with cottage cheese, tomatoes, and flaky salt. SERIOUSLY! So good!
2 cups fresh basil
2 cups spinach leaves
2 cups kale leaves
½ cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves
⅔ cup pine nuts (pistachios or almonds work as well)
⅓ cup Parmesan cheese (optional)
salt & pepper
Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor and puree until smooth.
03: Current Struggle: Overwhelm
Every August, I find myself in this slump of analysis paralysis. It’s partially knowing a massive overhaul to our life and schedule (school) is upon us. But it’s me recounting the things I thought I would get done that I didn’t and then questioning how I can move forward.
Really, it’s a pity party I have for myself.
I’m not saying it’s healthy or progress, but it happens. But this year, instead of checking August off in productivity entirely, I went back and made a list of two things to do daily. Nothing more.
It feels almost too small to be beneficial, but sometimes, that’s what it takes.
Instead of putting everything you need to get done on your to-do list, break it up into just a few things each day. You’ll be surprised at what you can accomplish in a week.
I also picked up a 90-Day Nourished Planner to help me finish the year strong!
04: Therapy Tip: It’s Okay Not To Be Okay. It’s Just Not Okay To Stay That Way.
I've had plenty of moments this summer where things didn't feel okay. My marriage felt hard. I was asking big questions about my life. Overall, it felt like deep water I didn't want to be in. I wanted to run away but knew I needed to feel it.
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