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Yesterday I was in total panic at the thought of our wedding being 115 days away. Oh. My. Gosh. I feel like I constantly have one million things to do, I feel frazzled and super far behind with everything...basically I'm overwhelmed to say the least! In the madness of all that is wedding planning stress, I've been trying to really focus on my overall health. If we're being real here, it has to do 80% with the fact that I have a wedding gown to fit into, and a solid 20% because I want to be healthy. No shame in that, am I right? I've found I stick to healthier habits if they're realistic. I don't have time to go to the gym 2 hours a day, and I definitely can't go on a crazy cleanse because I get hangry when I skip meals! Instead, I've been focusing on making small changes that make a huge impact in my everyday life. Here are a few key components to getting myself wedding gown ready and healthy:
1. Eating real foodI cannot stress this enough...I can't skip meals. I am a nightmare when I'm hungry! I don't have much of a sweet tooth usually, so I tend to reach for savory snacks and meals more often. Daisy Brand Lowfat Cottage Cheese has been the star of many of my snacks these days because it's just so incredibly versatile! It really fits into so many dishes, which is always a plus for me. Not only is it delicious, I feel really great about what I'm putting in my body. With only 4 ingredients and thirteen grams of protein per serving, I know I'm nourishing myself when I have Daisy Brand Lowfat Cottage Cheese.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy Daisy Brand Lowfat Cottage Cheese is spreading some across a rice cake, topping it with 2 avocado slices, cherry tomatoes and a dash of pepper. It's the perfect mix of savory and salty and it is so satisfying!
I've also gotten into the habit of replacing mayo or fattening dressings with Daisy Brand Lowfat Cottage Cheese. My favorite way to do this is using shredded chicken, a scoop of cottage cheese, avocados, tomatoes, lemon salt and pepper and making a healthy chicken salad. SO yummy!!
And of course, I can't nix dessert just because I'm trying to be healthy! Instead of anything too sugary or fattening, I opt for strawberries and a side of Daisy Brand Cottage Cheese. It's super satisfying but still on the healthier side of things!
2. Fun exercises/workout playlist
I signed up for a gym membership a month ago and I've only used it once. I'm kind of kicking myself for committing to that because I really enjoy working out outside a lot more. I obviously need to start making use of my gym, but I also love going out hiking and running. A favorite workout for me is going out on a brisk walk with Andrew and Duke and chasing both of them around at the park. It's both fun and exhausting! I also try to save a playlist specifically for my workouts, that way I have something fun and special to listen to while working out.
I've really been pushing myself to sleep 8 hours a night. As a former night owl, it's been tough but I can really feel a difference in my energy throughout the day. I'm more motivated to workout, and I feel less lethargic and cranky throughout the day. Win win!
Drinking plenty of water has helped me learn the difference between being bored and being hungry. It's also done wonders for my skin, which is such an added bonus!
What are some of your tips for eating and staying healthy during busy periods of time? Don't forget to hop on over to the Daisy Brand site for more healthy recipes!