I couldn’t be more excited for the New Year! Although KISS in the Kitchen will always be a food and nutrition blog, I’m excited to expand it a bit to include more components of healthy living. I’m also excited that these days there is more and more focus on non-diet philosophies and other important factors that contribute to our health. I would argue our physical, spiritual and mental well-being are just as important (and sometimes more) than the food we put in our bodies. I can eat “healthy” food all day long, but if I’m underslept, overworked, not moving my body and being over-exposured to toxins/chemicals through my environment, that food can’t possible compensate for all those other negative lifestyle factors. That’s actually good news though- it means there are more ways to work on being healthful than just food and I’m excited to share my favorite ways to boost your health that aren’t food or exercise related!
1.) Ditch the plastic. Use less plastic and store your food in less plastic. There's a few ways to do this, but I'm finding the easiest way to transition is by slowly replacing your plastic storage containers with glass ones. There are also silicone storage bags that are great for keeping snacks fresh!
2.) Choose safer skincare/beauty products. This has become a huge passion project for me. After having Joy, I began doing more research into what is actually in my skincare and makeup and needless to say, I no longer felt comfortable using those products- especially with her licking on me! Once you know better, you do better. I started with simple switches like a natural deodorant and natural chapstick. Primally Pure is my favorite brand for both of those things, as well as body butter and dry shampoo. If you're interested in trying out any of their products, you can use the code "KISS" at checkout for 10% off your first order!
I'm also in the process to converting all my skincare and makeup to Beautycounter. Beautycounter bans more than 1500 ingredients from their products and is truly on a mission to get safer skincare in the hands of everyone. I couldn't be more excited to be a party of a company that is making a difference in the skincare and beauty industry and has such honorable practices. Plus, their safer skincare and makeup performs really well. If safer beauty is an interest or passion for you, shoot me an email- I'd love to chat with you more!
3. Put the phone down. I understand how hard this one can be. I'm sure some of you reading this are thinking you can tackle less plastic and safer beauty, but less screentime is going to be a bit too hard. It's hard, but oh so worth it. For the sake of being present, resting your mind and having meaningful connections, reduce the time you spend on your phone. Start by not having it at the dinner table or in the bed at night or utilize the screentime limit feature you can now find on your Iphone!
4. Read more. When's the last time you cracked open a book or magazine? Personally, I have magazines piling up on my coffee table and several books on a shelf that I purchased pre-baby and just haven't had a chance to read. Whether you're reading something educational, Your Bible or a fiction book, consider committing to daily or at least weekly reading this year!
5. Focus on your breath. We tend to rush around so much and pay very little attention to our breathing. Focusing on our breath or doing deep breathing exercises is an excellent way to reduce stress. Whether you actually stop to complete some deep breathing exercises or you just pause to pay attention to your breath, both are beneficial. When feeling stressed, an excellent first response is to take a deep breath.
I'm wishing y'all a blessed and prosperous New Year that is full of health! I'm looking forward to sharing more simple, healthy and delicious recipes with y'all in 2019! <3 Shannon
Thank you to everyone who is following along in this series! Although I do it every year, I still love the timing of the different fruits- especially how kindness and goodness fall right before Christmas. The recipes for kindness are exactly what you might be thinking- different recipes that are great for gifting. These are literally the perfect last minute gift since you don't have to worry about online shipping deadlines ;). Goodness recipes are your ultimate comfort food recipes. Of course, comfort food means something different to everyone, but my dietitian friends have contributed their favorites and I'm sure you'll find one or two or five that you'll love!
"Oh how abundant is your GOODNESS which you have stored up for those who fear you and worked for those who take refuge in you..." -Psalms 31:19
Stay tuned for the 4th and final post after Christmas that will feature the final fruits, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Wishing you the merriest and most blessed Christmas! <3 Shannon
This special series on the Fruits of the Spirit is continuing on with a focus on peace and patience! I'll be quick to admit that patience is not my strong suit, and that's probably become more obvious since becoming a mama. My peaceful moments have also become fewer and farther between, but I'm learning to have peace about less peace.. if that makes any sense (insert monkey emoji that's covering their face here). This holiday season is the perfect opportunity to practice being patient and to resolve to find peace even in the hustle and bustle.
Below you will find some amazing recipes that embody peace and patience. Peaceful recipes are soothing beverages or anything with calming ingredients, like lavender. Patience recipes are ones that require a little patience, such as slower cookers or overnight oats/bakes. Thank you so much to all the amazing dietitian bloggers who kindly submitted their recipes for this special series. Make sure to check out the love and joy recipes if you haven't already!
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." -Galatians 5:22-23
Thank y'all so much for checking out this special recipe series! Since I do this Fruits of the Spirit Recipe Series every December, you can find all the previous year's posts here. Wishing you and your family a Christmas season full of peace and blessings!
Welcome to KISS in the Kitchen! I'm Shannon, and my dad always told me "Keep it simple, Shannon". And that's what you'll find here- simple recipes and simple ideas to help you get healthier and happier.