Time to pivot for a healthier me

This picture was taken almost two months ago. The blouse, thank goodness, is very forgiving! Reality though is that I need to lose at least 35 pounds to be at a healthy weight. | SavvyMujer.comEver since I can remember my family have always associated being happy or celebratory mood with food. This has been a tradition that I have pretty much implemented with my own family.

Well, these past two years have been full of celebratory and happy moments… read: I have found every excuse to eat too much and well, it shows.

Now, it’s time to embrace the goals I had set at the beginning of the year and get going with my running.

This picture was taken almost two months ago. The blouse, thank goodness, is very forgiving! Reality though is that I need to lose at least 35 pounds to be at a healthy weight.

The plan is to journal here about what steps I’m doing that can help you as well to reclaim our healthy bodies. From healthy recipes, guilty pleasure cocktails and testing apps and products while making this lifestyle change to Friday Confessionals!

There’s nothing better than public accountability to get to work… so, here we go:

Let’s do this!

Save $$ On Your Paleo Diet

So you've hopped on the paleo diet bandwagon, without realizing how expensive it can be? Have no fear: I'm the queen of paleo on a budget! Follow these tips and you'll be saving big in no time!So you’ve hopped on the paleo diet bandwagon, without realizing how expensive it can be? Have no fear: I’m the queen of paleo on a budget! Follow these tips and you’ll be saving big in no time!

Plan your meals. Meal planning is a wonderful way to save time and money on your paleo diet. There are so many helpful paleo websites out there! Just do a simple Google search for “paleo meal plan ideas” or “paleo menu plan” and you’ll see that there’s no shortage of ideas!

Buy in bulk. Buy oils (like olive oil, coconut oil, etc) in large quantities. Buy a whole chicken, cook it in your crock pot, and use the bones to make chicken stock.

You can also buy 1/4 or even 1/2 of a grass-fed cow. According to The Paleo Mama, their 1/4th grass-fed cow yielded 64 pounds of ground meat, 8 rib eyes, 9 T-Bones, 3 Liver, 7 Sirloin, 4 Roasts, and 7 Cube Steaks. It cost about $4.50 a pound. That’s a huge savings!

Get used to eating organs. This one might sound kind of skeevy at first, but organs are seriously the cheapest sources of meat around. Often, they’re also the most nutritious. Think: liver, kidneys, and heart. To get over the ickiness of eating organs, try awesome recipes like this easy chicken liver pate.

Grow your own vegetables. If you can’t grow your own, consider finding a local co-op or farmer’s market to get your own organic produce at a fraction of the cost that supermarkets charge. Picking your own produce is fun and educational for the kids, plus it’s generally more affordable than shopping a big name store… not to mention how much better it is when it’s fresh!

DIY when possible. Make your own food when possible, instead of buying into convenience. Make your own paleo granola, trail mix, and other nutritious snacks to save big. Instead of eating out, pack your own lunches.

Eat eggs! Some folks that follow a paleo diet only eat a few eggs a week (the “recommended” is six), but if you’re not able to afford much meat, eggs are an inexpensive way to get quick protein and add variety to your meals. Whether it’s fried eggs, scrambled eggs, or some type of quiche, eggs are super versatile!

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How have you been able to save money while eating paleo? Leave your tips in the comments!

Love Is Taking Care Of Hubby’s Skin #RespectYourFace

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I love him, I really do but when it comes to skincare I wish he listened to me more.

That pretty much summarizes how I feel about talking to my husband about taking care of his sensitive skin. My husband is a manly man and just the thought of spending extra time (if even just an extra minute) is a no-go for him. Now, since I’ve started nagging telling him about how now more than ever we need to start taking care of our skin he has begun to listen… some.

Enter the new Neutrogena Men Sensitive Skin line. Score!

I was looking for products that would not disrupt his morning routine. The Neutrogena Men products are great because they are:

  • Specially formulated for men’s sensitive skin
  • Skin is left feeling soothed, calm and comfortable
  • Oil-free + Hypoallergenic + Non-comedogenic

Not only that, they have been developed with the exclusive Pro-Soothe™ Technology, which means that with their proprietary combination of calming ingredients, including soy and glycerin, these products help prevent irritation that is often caused by a close shave.

This line includes:

  • NEUTROGENA MEN® Sensitive Skin Shave Cream $4.99
  • NEUTROGENA MEN® Razor Defense® Daily Face Scrub $5.99
  • NEUTROGENA MEN® Invigorating Face Wash $5.99
  • NEUTROGENA MEN® Triple Protect Face Lotion SPF 20 $6.99

Now, don’t tell him but my favorite product that he’s using is the Neutrogena Men Triple Protect Face Lotion SPF 20. This has been my concern #1 because he won’t listen when I recommend him to use any type of sunblock. We were chit-chatting the first time he used this lotion and the first thing out of his mouth was, “It smells really good! This might be a keeper.” I really wanted to burst into an “I told you so” victory dance, instead, I just smiled and said, “Good!”

Doing a caress test, his skin felt so smooth and alive. He has struggled with dry skin and that will be a thing of the past when he keeps consistently using this face lotion. Plus, it contains Acvitve Soy to help fight the signs of fine lines and wrinkles! Later that day, I was organizing the sink area and noticed he had packed the lotion in his travel baggie. I did my victory dance!

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