The Friday Five: 12/22/17

Good afternoon!  I hope your week went well and that you are gearing up for the holiday weekend. Brad and I are having a nontraditional Christmas this year and going on a little road trip. It will be a little weird to not spend time with our families, but I am looking forward to an adventure. I’ll be sharing updates on Instagram if you want to see what I’m up to 🙂

Here are my GP-friendly faves from this week!

Real-Self Care: 108 Self-Care Ideas for World-Changers:

The holiday season can be stressful for a handful of reasons, but the hustle and bustle doesn’t have to bring you down! This article outlines 108 ways you can focus on self-care. While not every idea will work for you, let this list inspire you to take some time for yourself.

Homemade “Macrobars”:

I am a big fan of Macrobars, especially the sunflower butter and chocolate flavor. In fact, they are usually part of my gastroparesis emergency kit. I pack them every time I travel, just in case my stomach acts up. While browsing Pinterest, I found a blog with a recipe for homemade Macrobars. I decided to give it a whirl this week. Only 5 ingredients are required plus a blender and baking dish. The taste was wonderful but I found them to be a little bit oily. I think the coconut oil could have been left out and the recipe still would have worked great. I plan to experiment to see if I can come up with my own sunflower butter and chocolate flavor! Stay tuned.

Kid-Friendly Mac and Cheese recipe:

Mac and Cheese was a staple in my diet when I was growing up. My sister was only into the spiral noodles but my fave was the wagon wheel shape (which hasn’t been around for years!). I am fairly certain we ate at least one box each week. While it is a dish that is not included in my regular diet, I still think of it as comfort food. I got super excited when I saw this recipe for mac and cheese on Chocolate Covered Katie. The sauce includes pureed cauliflower and carrot making it much more nutrient-dense than the powdered cheese sauce. Each serving has around 3 grams of fiber and 5 grams of fat and would be a yummy treat if you are able to tolerate the veggies.

The Minimalists Podcast:

Last winter I watched a documentary called Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things on Netflix. It’s about two guys, Joshua and Ryan, who have embraced a life of living with less to focus on what is really important. After watching the film, I started listening to their podcast. Most of the episodes focus on answering the questions of their listeners and I find that the conversations always make me think about my own life.

I tend to feel a little anxious when my home is cluttered and unorganized. When we were packing up our house to move, I spent a good chunk of time assessing what could be donated. The benefit of donating items that you no longer need or that don’t bring you joy is that there is less to organize or clean around, saving you time and energy. You also may be helping others with your donations too! If you are looking to simplify your life a bit, I recommend checking out this podcast and/or documentary.

The Worry Trap: 10 Simple Ways to Break Free:

Worrying is common with chronic illness. You worry that you might feel sick after you eat, that you may never get well, that your medications will have side effects, that your doctor won’t understand you. The list goes on and on. I really enjoyed this article by Courtney Carver at Courtney has multiple sclerosis and explains that she was told if she didn’t make changes in her life, that her health would decline rapidly. She decided to do something about her worrying by making those changes and because of this she has been able to live well with MS. Learn her 10 tips for overcoming worrying here!

That’s all for today; I hope you have an amazing Christmas!


Question of the day:

What are you loving this week?

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