This post was written by guest author Cole Millen.
You have been diligent to eat right and exercise well for months in order to establish a healthy lifestyle. You’ve lost weight, gained muscle tone, and lowered your cholesterol. You are headed off to a well-deserved vacation and wonder if you will have to succumb to seemingly inevitable weight gain and exercise setback. The fact is, you do not! You can take your diet on vacation. Here are some helpful ways to retain the important progress you have worked so hard for.
Navigating Your Flight
Avoid the pitfalls of airport food. Eat a healthy, satisfying meal prior to leaving for the airport. While on layovers, walk around to get some brief exercise and fresh air. If you do need to sit, avoid the food court and its dangerous smells! Plan to pack some low calorie, protein rich, healthy snacks in your carry on bag or purse that will tide you over. This could be an organic nutrition bar, dried fruit, nuts, or a controlled sugar protein shake. Drink bottled water rather than a highly caloric coffee creation. If you are forced to eat a meal at the airport, look for a salad with grilled chicken or turkey and ask for the dressing on the side. Continue reading
I often go to bed without winding down first. It seems creating a restful sleep practice is paramount for good quality sleep. Although I’ve implemented some of these practices with my kids, such as lowering the lights, turning off computers, and having low-key discussions, I’m just now creating this for myself.
I’ve decided to start doing the Bandhana Kriya before bed every night for 40 days and chant Kirtan Sohila. I found the words to the chant written phonetically, for people who aren’t fluent in Gurmukhi. If you’re new to Kundalini Yoga, reading the description here about mulabhanda (mentioned at the end of the Bandhana Kriya) is helpful for understanding the end of the meditation.
I’m curious what restful and regenerative practices you have before bed.
Although I like to play outside with my kids each day, it is hard to keep my daughter’s interest on super cold days. I’ve discovered that making a project is a fun way to engage her.
We made winter ice sculptures yesterday with found objects. Leona collected twigs, leaves, pieces of fallen tree branches, icicles, and more. We placed them into baking pans and ice cube trays and poured water on top. We then pushed a piece of ribbon into each section of the ice cube tray, making a mobile once it was frozen. Continue reading
For those readers in the Boston area…
When: Saturday, January 26 from 10:30-11:30 am
Where: First Parish in Brookline- Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 382 Walnut Street, Brookline MA
When: Saturday, January 26 from 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where: Cornerstone CoHousing, 171-195 Harvey Street, Cambridge, MA 02140
“Old-fashioned neighborhoods in a new way,” describes the Danish cohousing movement that started in the early 70′s and has spread throughout the U.S. Of the approximately 120 cohousing communities in the U.S. today, several also have a strong sustainability mission as part of the neighborhood design. Optional shared meals, a variety of activities in the Common House, a pedestrian and child-friendly design, and close proximity to neighbors, can significantly help busy parents in the daily challenge of trying to juggle it all. And when dozens of families agree to collaborate on a few things, it can be both more effective and far more fun to reach toward a more sustainable lifestyle.
For those readers in the New Hampshire/Vermont area…
When: Wednesday, February 6 from 6:30-7:30 pm
Where: Howe Library (in the Murray Room), 13 South Street, Hanover, New Hampshire
“Old-fashioned neighborhoods in a new way,” describes the Danish cohousing movement that started in the early 70′s and has spread throughout the U.S. Of the approximately 120 cohousing communities in the U.S. today, several also have a strong sustainability mission as part of the neighborhood design. Optional shared meals, a variety of activities in the Common House, a pedestrian and child-friendly design, and close proximity to neighbors, can significantly help busy parents in the daily challenge of trying to juggle it all. And when dozens of families agree to collaborate on a few things, it can be both more effective and far more fun to reach toward a more sustainable lifestyle. Continue reading
This is an article I wrote for Mother Earth Living.
Photo compliments of Jeffrey Mabee of Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage
Throughout my life, I have lived in communities where I knew only a handful of my neighbors. I didn’t ever ask to borrow a cup of sugar or flour like they did in the communities depicted in 1950s sitcoms. My mother, however, grew up in such a neighborhood, where there were 42 children living on one block. When kids played outside, all the neighbors looked out for them, not only the parents. In many ways, my husband and I have been seeking out such a community for our two young children.
My family will soon be moving to Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage (BC&E) on the midcoast of Maine. Cohousing is collaborative housing where residents actively and intentionally participate in the design and operation of their own neighborhood.
BC&E is a 36-unit community on 40-plus acres that will soon break ground on the approximately 4,000-square-foot common house with a large dining room, commercial kitchen, guest bedrooms, laundry room and playroom.
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The average baby goes through roughly 6,000 diapers! Thus, deciding on which type of diaper to use is an important decision. I have used cloth diapers for both of my kiddos. My son, almost 2 is now partially potty trained. Although cloth diapers have some drawbacks, I would generally recommend them for new parents.
Cloth diapers are super easy in the beginning, especially if a baby is breast fed. When my son was a newborn, I would go through 10 to 12 diapers a day, so I’m really glad they were reusable. I’m sure we saved a bunch of money and resources. The diapers are super easy to clean in the wash before solid foods are introduced, but things do get somewhat more difficult with age. Continue reading