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  1. These are all such great tips, especially during this holiday season where eating healthy is almost looked upon negatively. Honestly, sometimes I really struggle with feeling like I have to defend my eating habits to others. Like, “no, I don’t want cookies or egg nog, thank you!” It’s not that I want to come across as rude or judgmental because that’s certainly not it, but simply that if I eat a certain way the rest of the year, why should I eat any differently during the holidays? I know that can be looked at both ways (and it’s not me depriving myself of those less healthy food choices, they simply don’t appeal to me) but I find that at the end of the day/holiday party/church function/etc. I feel much better for sticking to the healthy food choices. Sorry for my long comment but I guess your post sparked those thoughts! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. I’m absolutely with you on that! Great thoughts and so true. I may have a few favorite treats over the holidays, but certainly nothing worth overindulging…Just isn’t worth how it makes me feel. Thanks for the comment! XO

  2. I found your blog through the physician family. I was cracking up, as I have 3 little ones and my husband is in fellowship now. My 2 year old always says “daddy at the doctors”. We are considering homeschooling next year and I’m interested in learning more about nutrition so it was really fun to learn about you. Thanks for sharing your experiences with all of us :). God bless

    1. Awesome Katie—So glad to connect with you! Way to go Momma, w/ three little ones during fellowship! Keep in touch with me and if I can encourage you in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out!! aloha!

  3. Monica, I subscribe to a free thing called food babe. She exposes a lot of the unhealthy hidden engriedients that are in brand food names and certain companies. Starbucks is one of them. I to love to treat myself, but after reading what’s really in their drinks, I would not go there. You should google , food babe pumpkin spice latte. Respectfully, Elsa.

    1. uh oh–now I don’t want to look, haha! ๐Ÿ™‚
      (most of the year I drink a plain latte, w/ soy milk, but yes…always good to educate!)

  4. Monica,

    Just wanted to say thank you for these life hacks. Your post some time ago where you talked about being the person you want to be in the future made a huge impact on me and consequently my husband and family. We are working out regularly and eating much healthier now because instead of making it a huge life change and big deal we just got up the next day and did what we knew was best for us! There has been a lot of trial and error in our health journey, but I have been greatly encouraged by your tips! I would echo your tip on planning ahead, that has been a huge help with my full lifestyle. It helps with working out early in the morning if i lay out all my workout clothes (down to my shoes and headphones!) the night before so that I literally jump in them the next morning and get out the door 1st thing!
    Hope you have a great weekend. Kate
    P.S. I hear you can make your own Lara Bars. Ever tried? Recipe?

    1. Kate! So great to hear that, I am thrilled! I love what you’re doing (esp. as a family!) and now I just encourage you to keep it up and make it a lifestyle habit! SO proud of you!!
      Thank you so much for letting me know–and please do keep me posted!

  5. Dana Moore says:

    Hello Monica,

    From a sunny and brisk North Carolina I am writing to let you know that I look forward to your post in the morning, it is a great start for my day. So I will eat healthier, visualize and relax as I focus. (Oh look, something shiney-NO).

    Your writing matters!
    Thank you,

    Dana Moore

    1. Thank you Dana! So nice to hear that. ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy that crisp and sunny day (sounds wonderful!) Aloha!

  6. Love it! Great ideas and motivation packed in here! Brilliant timing too, if I don’t say! Thanks Monica