Meatless Mondays: Starting a Food Journal 📖

Happy New Year my Friends!

It’s time to get our lives together and get back into a healthier lifestyle. Many of us were on a roll with eating properly in the beginning of 2020. Then suddenly the world changed and unfortunately so did our healthy eating habits. We pretty much were limited on foods we could eat. The restaurants were closed and purchasing healthy food items were scarce.

And let’s not mention that most of the foods we consumed were not friendly on our bodies. Many of us gained weight that we normally would not have.

Now that we are starting to get back a good source of food supplies, it’s time to reset the button and get back into the swing of things.

I personally like to keep a food journal/diary. Why keep a diary you might ask…

First, it keeps you accountable. When you see a visual log of what you’re putting into your body, it can definitely do something to your mind. When you see how much sugar or sodium you’re actually consuming, it will give you a new perspective. You definitely don’t want to see your nutrient levels in the red.

You can log your foods two ways: a food journal or an app on your phone. I use and recommend MyFitnessPal. This is without a doubt the best app to log your foods (and no this is not sponsored).

This is from my phone. Bases on my goal, I should only consume 1220 calories per day.

You get to see your nutrient, macro and caloric levels.

As you can see from my homepage, I’ve been using MyFitnessPal for a very long time and it works for me.

It truly is a great app to use when you’re trying to eat healthier.  It’s not for just losing weight, it’s also used to maintain your current weight.  Each time you set a goal it, resets the amount of weight you lost from the last goal of the homepage.  As you can see above, my weight lost has been reset to 0lbs lost until I start shedding lbs based on my new goal weight.  However, it does keep a history of the weight you’ve previously lost. 

If you are part of MyFitnessPal or join after reading this, feel free to follow me and we can go on this healthier lifestyle journey together.

Until next time my friends 💋

Blogmas Day 18: History of Christmas Cards 🎄

Hey my friends!

Do you still buy those boxes of Christmas cards and send them to friends and colleagues? I don’t know the last time I actually did that. I usually just send a cute text to my friends. The only cards I buy are for my immediate family members.

Do you know the history behind the Christmas cards?

A printer by the name of Louis Prang created the first official Christmas card in the United States in 1875. Prior to this, in the 1840s, the US had what they called Christmas cards created by Cole and Horsley. These cards were created as an easy way to respond to the many Christmas letters he would receive. In those times, it was disrespectful to not respond to letters. So Cole found this to be an easy way to respond to everyone. These cards were extremely expensive. Of course because these cards were expensive, only the very rich could send cards.

Years later, Louis Prang decided to create and print Christmas cards that would be affordable to the masses. These cards did not have any images of Christmas. They depicted flowers or animals with the simple saying of “Merry Christmas”. People loved the simplicity, yet vibrancy of these cards.

And as they say…the rest is history.

To read more about the history of Christmas cards, click on the link below

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-christmas-card-180957487/

Blogmas Day 13: Christmas Traditions 🎄

Hey my friends!

I cannot believe we are two weeks away from Christmas. Are you ready? I’m not. Christmas is my absolute favorite holiday. When I think about this time of the year, I think about certain traditions that I don’t necessarily follow, but I know people that follow just about every one of them.

Of course it’s a tradition to have a Christmas tree in your home. Are you a fake tree or real tree lover? I personally love a fake tree. I grew up with a fake tree and as an adult I favor a fake tree as well. I just cannot get into the maintainance of a real tree, but we can talk about in another blogmas post.

Eggnog

Eggnog is a definite must have for Christmas. It screams tradition for me.

Mistletoe

Ok, so I don’t follow this tradition, but I definitely think it is a cute one.

Gingerbread House

I love the whole tradition of making a gingerbread house with your children. God willing, I will be blessed to have a child to start this tradition with.

Christmas Carols

Ok so I don’t know about you, but I love singing Christmas songs right after Thanksgiving all the way through Christmas day. My radio station in my car is set to the Christmas station.

What are some of the traditions that are a must for your Christmas season?