Road to Wellness – Month 2 Update & Month 3 Plan

Being back at work means my days are flying by.  I cannot believe that it’s been another month on my road to wellness!

Since my monthly appointment with my Naturopath should have been this past holiday weekend, we met a week earlier than planned.

Not a huge change in my plan for Month 3, but a few changes to report for Month 2.

I FEEL MOVEMENT! <—-not poop movement, because you ALL know how regular I am.

But lady parts movement.  It’s hard to describe, but I am sure that 99% of women reading this can testify that right around “that time of the month” your body starts feeling different.  For the 1st time in almost FOREVER my body is feeling that way on its own!

My Month 3 plan is similar to Month 2, but this month I will finally try to add back goat cheese.  I was supposed to do that in Month 2, but I had so many other things going on & I want to add food back the proper way. I’ll share how to add food back to your diet on Friday.

Until then, here’s to feeling like things are getting better!

Play It Again Thursday

I love music.  If you have read this blog for a bit, you already know this. If you know me in real life, you totally know this.

At work, the radio, Pandora or Spotify are on. In my car, I am rocking out and having my own personal concert. At home, in the shower, cooking, blogging, relaxing…I almost always have music on.

When I learned you can share music playlists through Spotify, I knew I wanted to start a segment on the blog where I share my love of music with you guys!

Since I am a California Girl, I decided my first playlist would be all songs California related. I’m calling this playlist California Cool.

I’m thinking this will be a twice a month segment if you all seem to like it {even if you don’t I’ll still over share my love of music}!  MUAH HA HA

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Any other lovers of music out there?

Ideas for playlists you’d like to see on OM.

Tuesday Thoughts – Back to School

Let’s talk about going back to school.  NOT kids going back to school, but adults going back to school.

Allow me to back up a few months.

Remember in June I was looking forward to 4 weeks away from work & stress?? Well, on the FIRST day of vacation, I decided to sit down & figure out just how far I had to go to get my AA degree.

After about 4 hours of figuring my shit credits out, I was dumbfounded by the fact that I only need 5 classes to get an AA in Sociology.

So I made a plan – one class a semester until Spring of 2016….then I hit it hard with 2 Sociology classes and, BOOM, I’ll have my AA with an option to transfer to continue my education.

I spent all summer excited/nervous.  It’s been over 10 years since I stopped pursuing education.  Gary going back to school was a huge inspiration for me to go back as well.  Plus, as much as I LOVE my job, I realize that the position I am in now is not a sure thing for the next 20-30 years.

What do I plan to use my degree for?  I am not sure.  But in my heart I know that Gary will eventually work in the Tech industry and I want to have a degree so that when we leave the area, I can follow Gary and get hired in a career and not just a job.

So yesterday was my first day back to school.  Luckily, this is an online History class.  I love History and online is much easier than an in person class while I work full-time.

But I have to admit that I am scared shitless.  I am 34 years old. I work full-time. By the time I get home & have dinner ready, take a walk, shower, etc., I am down to an hour or so a night to decompress.  I already wake up between 4:30 & 5am in order to get a lot of blog work done.

These aren’t excuses or me complaining.  I knew this was coming and that I would have to adjust to new things.

My plan for now {it will probably change as the semester progresses} is to spend every lunch hour at work studying & doing homework.  This should help a little.  Gary has class on Monday night, so this is a perfect time for me to get some more schoolwork done. The weekends will be dedicated to drinking wine schoolwork.

This is a new, exciting, long overdue chapter in my life & I am excited to share it with you guys!

Let’s Chat

Did any of you go back to school in your 30′s {or even later in life}?

I will survive…right?!?!

How to Wash and Store Kale

I am a kale lover. I can find ways to use it in breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.

My local Sprouts has been fueling my kale addiction by selling organic kale almost all summer for 98¢ a bunch. That’s a tremendous deal!

We are averaging about 4 bunches a week, and it would be a chore to wash each bunch individually on the night it needs to be cooked.  So I started washing 2 bunches on the weekend to have on hand whenever I needed it.

Here’s how I wash and store 2 bunches of kale -

1. You will need both sides of your sink, so make sure they are CLEAN.

2. With the plug is one side of the sink start filling it up with cold water while you undo your kale bunches and lay them in the water.

3. Swish your kale in the bath, while giving it a massage.  You really want to rub the dirt and critters off of it.

4. Leave it in the bath for about 10 minutes. Go do laundry, check social media, read a magazine.

5. Put the draining plug in the other side of the sink. Move your kale from the bath to this side and start rinsing while you let the other side drain.

6. Fill the bath side of the sink with water again and repeat, except this time before your kale goes into the bath, tear the leaves into bite size pieces. Swish, massage, swish, massage.

7. Rinse on the other side of the sink. If there is still dirt {or worse…bugs} repeat bath & rinse until water is clear.

8. Lay out 2 lint-free towels {you’ll need 6 of these in total}, place half of the kale onto one of the towels and squeeze dry over the empty side of the sink.

9. Empty the kale onto the next towel, cover with one more towel and roll to get out excess water.

10. Unroll towels and let kale sit for about 10-20 minutes.

11. Repeat steps 8-10 with the other half.

12. Fold a paper towel and place inside a large freezer bag. Add as much kale as you can without over stuffing. While closing bag, make sure there is no extra air in the bag.

13. Repeat with the rest of the kale.

14. Store in the refrigerator up to 5-7 days.

TIPS:

  • Sometimes you will spend an hour just washing kale.  A few weeks ago, it took me EIGHT washes to get one bunch of kale clean. This week {and the 2 bunches I used for this tutorial} I only had to wash them twice. It’s always a crap shoot with kale.
  • Make sure those freezer bags have NO extra air in there.  It will help to keep the kale fresh.

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Do you wash & store kale to make it easier during the week?

Favorite way to eat kale

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

Who out there is ready for Fall?  With this ridiculous heat wave the Central Valley has been experiencing, I am craving cool breezes, all things pumpkin and comfy sweaters.

But while I suffer in the heat a little longer, I am making sure to enjoy tasty, filling salads.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing via OrganicallyMo

This Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing is the perfect addition to any summer salad.

Pumpkin will be here soon enough…let’s enjoy summer before it’s just another wonderful memory.

Strawberry Poppy Seed Dressing

by Maureen McCann

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: Chill at least 30 minutes

Keywords: blender salad

Ingredients

  • 1 cup strawberries {cut in half}
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1TB coconut oil
  • 1TB honey
  • 1tsp poppy seeds
  • 1TB water

Instructions

Add strawberries, EVOO, coconut oil and honey to high speed blender.

Blend for about 90 seconds.

Add blended mixture to a salad dressing bottle or container that has the poppy seeds and water mixed at the bottom.

ENJOY!

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Are you ready for fall or still enjoying summer?

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