Links to Love

Things have been a bit crazy around this part of town. I’m hoping to start regular blogging soon, but until then you can check out some of these link I’ve enjoyed recently!

What should you be eating? This is a good way to look at it – by color.

So let’s be real…I’ve never been a fan of soda. But this study about caramel color in drinks is pretty crazy!

We all know we live in a “selfie” taking world. But this short video will help you look at it in a different way. A way that can help us with our body image instead of hurt it.

Do you do any of these 8 things during your day? I think we could all do a little bit better.

Friday’s Letters

Dear First Full Week of January, It was a weird one to have Mr. Parry back to work with no days off and back in school….and me not. Time to get used to the new normal I guess. Dear New Years Resolutions, It’s taken me a few days into January to really decide what I want out of this year. And I’m not sure it is totally decided…but one thing is more yoga! Yes, I say it every year. Dear Crockpot, Thank you for helping me make this delicious chicken. I have a thing for lemon and garlic goodness. Dear Roasted Chickpeas, just take the sugar out of this recipe and you are allll mine.

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Can-Do Cardio

Did you make a resolution to get a little healthier or exercise a little more? Try out this cardio workout that is perfect for home, a hotel or the gym. There are 3 levels – the idea is to start wherever you are comfortable and after doing that level a couple times you can add on the next until you do all 3.

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Step-Ups: You’ll just need a chair or a step for this one. Step up with on leg and bring the other up, then step down. The faster you move (without losing good form) the greater the burn!
Lunge w/ kick: Lunge forward with your right leg, bring it back and then kick toward the back. Then lunge forward with your left leg, bring it back and then kick backwards. Repeat!
Fast Feet: Run in place as fast as you can!

Wide Leg Hops: Get into a deep wide squat and hop forward and backward for a minute. Don’t let yourself get to high so you can stay in the squat.
Squat Jumps: Do a body weight squat and jump up out of it then back into it.
Plank Row: Get in plank position on your hands, then pull one arm back like you are doing a row with a weight, bring it back down and do the other arm. You can add 5 lb weights to this if you’d like.

Alternating Froggers: You will start in plank position with your legs wide. One leg at a time you will jump your foot up as close as you can to your hand, jump it back and then jump the other foot up. Start slow to get your form correct!
Bridges: Lay on your back with your knees bent and your hands down at your side. Push up through your heels and raise your lower back and behind to target hamstrings. Hold at the top for a couple counts and then come back down.
Scissor Jumps: Get in lunge position with your hands on your hips. Do a small jump to switch which leg is forward and land in another lunge. Repeat.

Let me know if you try it!

How to Combat the Picky Eater

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So here is the thing – I don’t claim to be an expert. I don’t have years of experience under my belt as to how to get a kid or adult to eat more vegetables. But I was recently married (well, almost a year ago) and I have had the chance to learn how to get a husband to eat more veggies.

I will say that I have a husband that does like vegetables, he just would rather eat something else. So if it is his choice there wouldn’t be vegetables on his plate. Good thing he isn’t the meal planner around here :)

So here are some ideas from my kitchen to yours on how to help those you love eat a few more greens this year!

1. Ask them – This might seem funny, but really, it helps. After we had been married a few months I finally went to Mr. Parry and said “Okay, how can I make it easier for you to eat vegetables?” and surprisingly he gave me an answer with no fuss (see #2) and that was that. So maybe ask your kids or spouse or whoever. They have a better idea of what they want than you do!

2. Incorporate, Incorporate, Incorporate! – So Mr. Parry’s answer to my question was that he likes eating vegetables when they are a part of the main dish or meal as opposed to a side dish. So he likes a good stir fry or stew with veggies, or a veggie dish he can add to his rice and beans we are eating. This doesn’t happen every meal…but if you think and look hard enough, finding ways to add vegetables to every day dishes isn’t as hard as you may think.

3. Do it all day – The best way to make sure anyone is getting their 3 servings of vegetables in a day is to spread it out over the day. Make a green smoothie, have carrots and hummus as a snack and add some sliced red peppers to your tacos at dinner. There you have it. No one likes eating 3 cups of broccoli at dinner (other than me).

4. Remember, 3rd time isn’t the charm – Studies have shown that it can take people 10-15 times of trying a certain food to actually want to eat it. Don’t give up! Ask them to try a couple bites each time and stand strong.

5. Involve them – Take your picky eater to the store with you or have them help prepare a meal in the kitchen. Better yet, have them help GROW the vegetables in a garden! When they are involved in the vegetable choosing and preparing, they are more likely to eat it.

I don’t think there is a fail-safe way to increasing vegetable intake in everyone. We can all use improvement so don’t get disappointed when it doesn’t work the first time. Be patient and remember, “Superman ate his vegetables, so you should too!”