I have been quiet for a while, and the reason for that is that I was focusing on me. You see, after we got back from vacation I became a little relaxed about, well, everything. I’ve been on this journey for a while now and I thought I didn’t really need to pay too close of attention to the little things. I got lazy, and my body paid the price.
I started depending on store bought gluten free products to get us through the long summer days of swimming, BBQ’s, park visits, etc. My social calendar started to fill up with an overwhelming amount of invitations to birthday parties and summer cookouts. Our days would end late because the sun didn’t set until 9 pm, and then suddenly I was rushing to get the kids bathed, dressed, and put to bed so I could get prepared for work the next day. Yes, my kids were on summer vacation, but I was not, even though it felt like I had all the time in the world.
About three weeks ago, I went back to see Dr. Rosario because I was not feeling well at all. A lot of the old symptoms had crept back in and I knew I was in trouble. Sure enough my blood work showed that all that “relaxed” attitude had led to some health issues. Now, I am not saying that I can’t relax or enjoy life, but I know I need to be truly present with my choices.
As much as I loved spending time with friends and family this summer, I forgot to spend time with myself. To nurture my body so that it would be strong and healthy to really enjoy my family and friend time. I forgot to nurture my body by taking the time to make healthy treats I could take with me, instead of relying on store bought stuff. I forgot to keep a routine that would allow me to spend time with my kids but still allow myself enough time to get ready for work the next day.
So this is where I am now. Kids are back in school, our routine is back to “normal,” and I’m back to focusing on me so that I can be healthy mama for my kiddos. I now have the energy to go watch them in gymnastics class or soccer matches, and to make healthy food that we can all eat as a family. Speaking of healthy food, I do want to leave you with two recipes that were a staple in our home this summer. It’s still not too late for you to enjoy these two recipes:
- The Lemon Basil Sauce from the Taste with the Eyes website goes with pretty much anything. We would add it on top of grilled chicken or over baked halibut or some scallops as this recipe suggest. It is truly a very versatile sauce that just screams summer to me.
- This isn’t necessarily a recipe but rather a form of enjoying the bounty of zucchinis and squash that is available during the summer. We make zoodles and then I toss them in a pan with a bit of avocado oil, garlic, salt and pepper to just heat them up a little bit. I like them still crunchy so I don’t let it go too long. I then top them with some leftover pulled pork or shrimp or chicken. My husband likes spicy dishes so I usually add chili pepper flakes to his plate to give it a kick.
If you would like a recipe to follow, the Zucchini Noodle Shrimp Pasta from the Whole Life Full Soul website is wonderful. I also follow her on Instagram and back in April she posted a concoction made up of roasted garlic, Thai basil, fresh parsley, olive oil and sea salt that gets tossed with zoodles. And let me tell you, that recipe is what made me go out and get a Thai basil plant, which was so worth it.
So there you have it. The second half of my summer in a nutshell was not as exciting as the first part, but it was eye opening and helped me in my healing journey.
Next time I will discuss how I incorporate my children into my relaxation time.
Till next time,