Weekly bits of wellness: postpartum meal prepping, oil-free cooking, DIY wellness retreat, citrus season and more !
Happy Friday fellow wellness seekers!
I hope you had a productive and fullfilling week.
Here’s a shortlist of some of the things I tried and enjoyed over the past week, and what I’m looking forward to next week!
Everything I included in this week’s list are things I’ve tried and enjoyed, and would highly recommend to anyone. None of it is sponsored or paid for advertisements. They’re simply new things that I incorporated into my week, that I enjoyed or made me feel good, and I think they would do the same for you.
As always, if there is anything you want to see or hear more about, or experiences you want to share, please leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
What I’m reading - The First 40 Days: The Essential Art of Nourishing the New Mother. This book serves as a practical guide for new mothers, on how to nourish themselves in the first several weeks after child birth. This week, I’ve turned my focus to the 60 recipes included in its pages, as I start to test different nourishing and warming dishes for those first few weeks postpartum.
Something I’m trying - Cooking with less oil. Simply put, oil ( of any kind) just doesn’t agree with me - it gives me intense stomach pains and has for as long as I can remember. While I haven’t eliminated it from my diet entirely, I try to go most days without it. In dressings and sauces when I’m in need of a thickening agent, I’ll sub soaked nuts and seeds for oil and it works like a charm. For sautéing, try using a splash of water or vegetable broth (which winds up being more flavorful).
What I’m looking forward to - My husband and I have a baby moon planned for next week, and instead of getting on a plane and going somewhere exotic (we’re trying to save $ for the baby), I decided it would be fun to create a little wellness retreat in Joshua Tree instead. While we’re there we plan to detox from work and our devices; focus on our favorite self-care activities, like yoga and hiking; indulge in books and board games; and cook cleansing meals at our air bnb. If there’s one thing I want to make the most of before the baby arrives, it’s doing all of my favorite self-care activities.
How I’m moving- Now that it’s finally warming up in LA, I’m making a point of getting outdoors for Low Intensity Steady State Cardio as often as I can. Taking at least 40-60 minutes to get outside, and enjoy the warmth and the sights is one of my favorite ways to exercise.
Food I’m loving - Sumo oranges. Before this year, you couldn’t pay me to pick one of these up at the grocery store…I mean, have you seen what they look like? But this year my husband insisted, because they’re his favorite. And quite honestly, I must admit, they’re the most perfect tasting orange I’ve ever tried. I’ve had about one a day since the start of citrus season and I’ll be sad to see them go once the season is over.
Mantra I’m feeling - Choose to be optimistic, it feels better - Dalai Lama
Wishing you all a weekend filled with wellness!