3 fresh flavors you’ll love this spring

If you are like me, you are mind boggled by how quickly this year is going! It seems like yesterday I was bundled up in sweatshirts and hoodies and now it is shorts and tank top weather.

Maybe I’m just fortunate I’m no longer in the cold spring weather Ohio typically shows. Atlanta has blessed us with a wonderful spring so far. Beside the normal working and training, I have gotten outside more to play some pick up soccer, explore some parks and enjoy nature. Additionally, I open up the windows and start baking and experimenting with some new recipes.

What am I cooking up lately? A lot of meals for Meals Beyond Athletes, but more importantly, I’ve made more time to experiment new healthy recipes and baked goods.

Have you ever noticed how easy it is to lose track of your daily enjoyments when you are caught up in the daily whirlwind?

I know that if I am not intentional about every priority, every action I take, I can get swept up by other people and their needs over mine. It can be difficult but setting boundaries can be one of the most beneficial ways to overcome this. I even have to do this to read and write each day. BUT, I LOVE IT and it COMPLETES ME!

So, why wouldn’t you?

To make this spring even better as you allot time for you and your daily enjoyments, I have three flavors I’ve been LOVING this spring. Whether it is for specific recipes, daily health or personal indulgence, check out these three and let me know what you think.

3 fresh flavors to try this spring by Strong Sweet Caroline

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Healthy Foods Creating Healthy Relationships #10: create flexibility for fun

This is the tenth article of the series, Healthy Foods Creating Healthy Relationships. See the ninth article now.


 

If you’ve read through the past nine articles, it might seem like eating healthy and living a more simple lifestyle can be stressful, complicated or boring. This is not the case, nor should it ever be! What is life if we are not enjoying it?

This last installment of my series is focused on the most important part of learning new foods, creating healthy habits and experiences with loved ones.

Make it FUN.

I am turning 25-years-old in about two weeks. For about three quarters of my life, I have lived pretty seriously. I never drank until going to college. I never really disobeyed rules (besides speed limits here and there). I never placed an emphasis on having fun.

That has been one of my biggest learning curves up to now. We must make time and create flexibility for fun.

Whether or not you are in a relationship, creating this balance is a necessary priority. If not, the following negative results can happen:

  • Increased stress
  • Decreased motivation
  • Loneliness
  • Narrowed mindset
  • Depression
  • Binge eating or undereating
  • Inconsistent sleep habits
  • All work and no play

Do you believe the point of life is to enjoy it? I’m finally making that a priority. I just went with my boyfriend to a boat party to celebrate someone’s birthday. The gentleman happens to be in his mid-50s. And he loves life! He works hard but balances time for fun and health also.


You can do this too. David and I knew we would be attending this party and planned most of our meals that day and both enjoyed a few drinks. We have since gotten back on track with healthy, nutrient-dense, macro-friendly foods. It can be done. And I want you to feel confident that you and your loved ones can do it too!

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Leadership, Contribution and the 8-Week Challenge

Spring is a lot of doing. First quarter sales targets, holidays, weddings, sporting events, farming, graduations, seminars and a whole lot more. Most of these things are obligations or requirements. We are expected to be the leaders. We often expect a return on those investments, anticipate a “thank you” or “pat on the back” for our efforts. What about the things you do from the goodness of your heart, because you care? Are there additional things you do because it also makes you happy?
What if we approached our “to-do list” differently? Could we have more of a giver and contributor mindset? That’s servant leadership. Servant leadership removes the need for power, recognition or reward and is action based on care, commitment and love. This week, I was reminded the importance of servant leadership.

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