Fuel For Families Event w/ Whitness Nutrition & Unleavened Fresh Kitchen

I got the amazing opportunity this week to partner up with two of my favorites, Whitney Stuart RDN and Unleavened Fresh Kitchen for an amazing and informative event here in Dallas!

First lets talk about the food! Y’all if you live in Dallas and are looking for affordable, quick, healthy, and OH so delicious meal for any time of day (yes! They serve breakfast, lunch AND dinner) you need to get yourself to Unleavened. Healthy fresh meals for any type of diet. They are getting ready to bust our their new spring menu adding new Warm Bowls and I’ve already picked out my favorite one. Perfectly balanced and ready to eat, but even if you aren’t they also have to go! Best and favorite part is kid (up to 12!) eat *FREE* 7 nights a week from 4-9pm. Your welcome! If you stop in make sure you tell them Selfish Mom Project sent you!

Not only did we get amazing food at this event but I got to finally meet the amazing Whitney Stuart with Whitness Nutrition. I could honestly write a months worth of blog posts about this amazing lady and you can definitely expect to hear more from her on here. I LOVE HER! She is so knowledgeable and takes something that is incredibly daunting – NUTRITION- and turns in to something so simple and easy – literally everyone can do this! Some of my favorite tips she gave us…

1. You can still have cupcakes – Just don’t keep them in the house! Save for social settings! Keep tempting foods out of the house.

2. Find other ways to provide self – care that doesn’t involve food or wine. Currently loving this and I swear I’m going to write an entire series of blog post about this topic because its so darn good!

3. Avoid carb based snacks and make the easy swaps with a little meal prepping each week and provide nutritional snacks as your only option.

4. The word snack is the devil in my house. How can my kid possibly be hungry for a snack or dessert right after he finished dinner? He can’t if the options are maybe something that doesn’t intrigue him as much. Whitney spoke about providing after dinner snacks that realistically WILL trick the brain that its full. Picture of some of her favs below and I’ve already loaded up my online cart with most of these and throwing OUT the goldfish, pirate booty, and pretzels we seem to consume nightly.

5. Swap out your words – I love love love this tip! Use words like: fuel, energy, fit, powerful, and brainpower to your kiddos and avoid words like: diet, calories, weight, and fat. I’m finding this especially important as a mom to a little girl. Our ability to show our children how to see their body in a positive image rather than negative is essential.

You can definitely expect more work with these two people as I’m taking my wellness journey to new heights and doing everything possible to keep myself healthy so that I’m around to bug and embarrass my kids forever.

Best way to get in touch with Whitney:

IG: @Whitnessnutrition

Email: whitney@whitnessnutrition.com

Have an amazing food experience at Unleavened Fresh Kitchens two amazing locations here in Dallas!

Xoxo

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Releasing My Crutch: Sober Curious

If you have been following my instagram stories or Social media you’ve seen I’ve recently talked about going ‘dry.’ You know giving alcohol a bit of a break in my life.

I feel the need right away to apologize to every mom who I’ve ever worked with or has ever followed me over the years in being a member of society that has helped create a stigma around drinking. Open any social media outlet or Pinterest and every mom meme is something related to drinking.

“Kids were crazy today –Mom pours a glass of wine.”

“Husband is gone for the week or working late —moms we are allowed to pour a glass of wine.”

“I survived bedtime —moms pour a glass of wine.”

There’s a million and I’m thinking back to my last five years as a health & life coach showing my following of moms that when times get stressful the best answer is a glass of Pinot Noir.

That a glass of wine is the BEST way to be a Selfish Mom. I cringe literally thinking that I have some how contributed to this epidemic of society.

Before you think I am sitting on some high horse shaking my finger at everyone with a glass of wine in my hand – I promise you I am not. I love wine, but I need a break. Since Max has been born I’ve been loving it way to much. I started to let my wine become my afternoon crutch because that was the moment in my day where I felt the most alone and overwhelmed. Three kids is hard for me, not to mention homework from my fourth-grader that most days I myself don’t understand, a middle child that wants to wear my like last years Versace and a baby that wants to be much older than he actually is. I was straight up overwhelmed and exhausted. My overwhelmed had reached a serious max last week when I walked into my seventh weekend of yoga teacher training, holding back my tears and emotions.

That morning before I went to yoga I had opened up a new book called Sober Curious. I decided I would read the book, see how I felt about it, and maybe MAYBE (a big maybe!) decide if it was for me. Walking into yoga that weekend we worked with a licensed therapist on all things Chakras. This was in no way what I thought it was going to be. Imagine 15 hours (plus the deep heaviness that awaited when you came home with your thoughts) of therapy. In my heart I feel really knew then that this book and this wonderful woman came into my life on the exact weekend from the big guy upstairs. It was time to make a change.

Rounding up my first week with absolutely no alcohol I can tell you honestly has not been easy. When society presents everything emotion you can possibly have with a reason to drink you’re left to really sit back and feel those emotions instead of pushing them under the rug.

Overwhelm is a HUGE emotion that I think most if not all mom’s struggle with. As a health and life coach of MOMS I should know this! If I’m masking this emotion with wine how many other moms out there are as well?!

If you have read this far you might be wondering if I’ll ever have a drink again. Right now I think my answer is yes. My main goal is to release this crutch I’ve created and change my relationship for me right now I do not believe that means never having a drink again. Who knows though! I’ve never felt physically better than I do right now, and my mental clarity feels pretty darn good too.

WHAT I do know is a couple things…

1. I’m putting no rules on myself. I already know what it feels like to try and attempt my own way at ‘curing’ overwhelm with a couple glasses of wine, what I don’t know is actually going through the motions and feeling through it and maybe even changing up that after noon stress a bit. But no I can’t give you any number of days. I’m simply working on changing a stigma-reward-stress releasier-relationship I’ve placed up on myself.

2. This is an opportunity for growth and y’all know me, I love a good self care project. I’ve been reading and journaling like its my full time job and its amazing what ideas and work can come to your mind when you head is completely clear ready for spirit to come and do its work.

3. I’m not scared for change, I’m excited. I’ve been doing so much prayer work the last couple years for God to bring amazing people in my life that made me feel good, authentic and lift me up and this year I have really noticed that happening. I’m at total peace with a shift in friendships.

4. I’m even more excited to dive into my work of helping moms BUT this time with a different, fresh, clear, perspective for where my clients really need to go. I’m already in the process of writing TWO new courses that I hope to have out to the public by the end of this month and next and some other goodies up my sleeve.

As always thanks for reading, or maybe today thanks for listening to my heart getting the opportunity to share its truth. We all have a crutch to work on or release. Like always my heart, home, ear, inbox is always open for you.

XOXO,