Busyness is a Distraction with Deb Blum

May 24, 2017

When we don’t feel strong within ourselves, we tend to be sort of tumbled about by all of the outside influences of what we should be doing.  

– Deb Blum

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m really excited to talk with transformational coach Deb Blum. She helps moms find more freedom, fun and fulfillment within the lives that they live right now. You know I believe in doable changes, and Deb is about working with the life you already have. Love that!

Deb and I talk about how to help your kids thrive by showing up with confidence and solidity, whether it’s about what you serve for dinner or anything else. We talk about our own paths of getting past all the “shoulds” to do just that—and how to be solid and flexible at the same time.

We talk about busyness related to those shoulds and as a form of distraction. Deb says, “Whenever I decide to do something, I seem to always have time to do what I decide to do.” We talk about making time for by choosing what’s really important to us.

We talk about:

  • How parenting demands shift as our kids change—and how to stay involved as they grow
  • How we bring our own food challenges to the table and still get our kids past them
  • The fact that busyness is a distraction and setting decision parameters to help say no to busy
  • The ripple effects of turning your focus back to yourself
  • Going paperless as a form of freedom
  • How tapping into our own enoughness changes everything

Deb is a coach, consultant and speaker. She is a creative problem solver and freedom catalyst, who helps set moms free from all of the perceived limitations that they have. As a catalyst, she guides people into greater acceptance of of who they are, because that acceptance alone brings so much inner peace and happiness. She believes that we can transform our lives within the life we already lead.

LINKS

Debblum.com

Doable Changes from this episode:

  • Know your goals and let them guide every decision for one week. So if your goal is to be healthy and strong so you can be active with your family, apply that to decisions about what you eat and do. Make your decision and be confident and firm with it. This works wonders with reacting to kids responses to what’s for dinner (and sometimes even helps cut back on negative responses.)
  • Set decision-making criteria for saying no. This can look a lot of different ways. You might say I’ll only volunteer if I’m actually engaging with my kids (no committee work) or we only do activities two nights a week or we spend time as a family on Sunday, so we say no to invitations. Having decision-making guidelines helps you easily weed out things that don’t fit your personal and family values.

  • Go paperless for a week. Deb talked about the freedom of being paperless and the tools she uses to be paperless. Try being paperless for one week—use your phone or your iPad for note taking. Create a digital binder of meal plans and recipes. Experiment with tools to make paperless work for you.

 

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REALLY getting healthy as a family can be a big lifestyle change. But no matter how insurmountable it may feel, focusing on one doable change at a time can help you take small steps toward your big goal.

A healthy lifestyle is really made of lots of little things that when repeated regularly and added together over time make a huge impact on your life.

Choose one Doable Change every Sunday night — one thing that you are willing to play with for the week. The key is to keep it doable and fun! Write that thing on a sticky note or your phone so you remember it. Then put 3 things on your calendar that support it.

Choose from the changes above or download a list of 101 Doable Changes we made for you.

 

 

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Busy is a Choice with Amanda Hinman

May 17, 2017

Are we giving ourselves permission to step back and say “But wait...what do we really want to be doing?”
– Amanda Hinman

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, I’m really excited to talk with Amanda Hinman, who helps moms get in touch with their intuition, improve communication, and finding time for yourself. Amanda’s life looks pretty amazing right now, but a few years back, her oldest daughter was struggling with seizures. Amanda’s husband’s anxiety was through the roof with a stressful job and the family health issues, and Amanda’s autoimmune condition was exacerbated. She felt guilty and helpless as a mom. Things shifted for Amanda when she started working on her own self-care. That had a ripple effect her whole family. She is the momma of four girls. Amanda says, that her life isn’t perfect now, but “It’s an ongoing journey of “let’s have fun together and let’s connect and let’s use our time in ways that we enjoy instead of feeling this obligation to-do list.”

Amanda and I talk about how we, as moms, are experts on our own kids—and we need to tap into our intuition. Amanda talks about listening to her own intuition in dealing with her daughter’s health and tells her clients: I’m not the expert on your child. You are the expert on your child. I’m going help you unpack those layers you need to tap into that intuition.

We agree that busy is a choice. Amanda shows us how to decide the way you want to live your life instead of feeling like you’re a victim of circumstances. If you have kids in lots of activities, you need to ask yourself: Are we giving ourselves permission to step back and say “But wait...what do we really want to be doing?” instead of doing what you feel like you should be doing.

We talk about:

  • the importance of down time
  • how to take baby steps toward the life you want to be living
  • what to do when you are already overscheduled
  • how to help your kids make healthy decisions about activities and downtime
  • how we make food choices that support the life we want and our own individual circumstances
  • how to communicate about all these things by starting from the same place.

Amanda runs the Hinman Holistic Health Institute and knows first hand how getting in touch with your intuition, improving communication, and finding time for yourself create ripples of change throughout your family and life.

LINKS

Get in touch with Amanda or to get her free Vibrant Child Starter Kit

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Doable Changes from this episode:

  • Lean into your intuition. It may feel hard when you are in the doctor’s office, but the saying “mother knows best” is wise.

  • Prioritize dinner. This may mean saying no to a few things, but feel what shifts at home.

  • Look at your calendar with a lens of “Is this serving me?” Don’t quit everything today, but feel into where you can fit in more family downtime (hint: it could be dinner!).

REALLY getting healthy as a family can be a big lifestyle change. But no matter how insurmountable it may feel, focusing on one doable change at a time can help you take small steps toward your big goal.

A healthy lifestyle is really made of lots of little things that when repeated regularly and added together over time make a huge impact on your life.

Choose one Doable Change every Sunday night — one thing that you are willing to play with for the week. The key is to keep it doable and fun! Write that thing on a sticky note or your phone so you remember it. Then put 3 things on your calendar that support it.

Choose from the changes above or download a list of 101 Doable Changes we made for you.

http://plansimplemeals.com/101-doable-changes/

If you are as psyched as I am to grow veggies on a patio this summer and indoors all winter, you are going to want to check this out! I have watched friends have these for years, and am so excited to have my own! (Psssst… There are amazing curriculums that have been created by the company, to make these a no brainer for schools too!) Read more here, or contact, tower@plansimplemeals.com to learn more, and set up a free 20 minute phone Q and A.

 

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Homesteading and Knives with RB Fast

May 11, 2017

On this episode of the Plan Simple Meals Podcast, Mia talks with RB Fast. They dive into the very exciting topic of Urban Homesteading. Wait until you hear how and where RB sources her food. It is quite inspirational!

RB shares her strategies for balancing her garden with her work and parenting. She also describes her family ritual for visiting a farm to harvest tons of veggies, along with her system for freezing and preserving.

RB shares an overview of the Montessori philosophy, how she practices it at home, and how our kids can embrace the philosophy at home to be more self-reliant in the kitchen. RB finally shares what her day looks like from school pick-up to dinner. For anyone questioning family dinner, this is a must listen!

RB Fast is a coach and mentor for school leaders and the CEO of MontessoriMatch.com, a hiring website for Montessori schools. She believes that education is a powerful tool for social justice and that school leaders are key to making major change in our society. When her family gets home, she shuts down her computer to focus on spending together growing and preparing food while laughing a lot. She lives in Denver, CO but escapes to see the world as much as possible, usually in pursuit of cappuccino and cheese. Follow her journey on social media @VegucationMama or keep up with her thoughts on school leadership at https://beelineconsulting.net/the-latest-from-rb/

And don't forget to join a growing group of mamas trying to make great choices in their families at www.healthymomsmeetup.com.

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Detoxing the Body and Soul with Linda Rothey

May 4, 2017

On this episode, Linda Rothey and Mia dive into Linda’s journey of getting healthy, and look at how Linda went from a junk food fanatic to her most amazing healthy self. She talks about her journey when a friend asked her to do a detox and she decided to go all in. She explains how hard it was at the beginning, but how a few weeks in her daughter acknowledged that her mom was happy.

Mia and Linda talk about diving into life and motherhood post detox. Linda shares how she got her three kids involved too. They have a fun tangent about all the things that end up on our to-do lists that we simply don’t need to do. Linda talks about how the answer can just be “no” to all those things that get in the way of our food, and she shares a few specific stories of how she has said “no” lately to make time for family hikes.

Linda Rothey is dedicated to helping moms rediscover their whole selves through healthy eating and mindful thinking. She is a mom of three, professional educator, entrepreneur, and the founder of detox4moms.com, where she’s building a community of moms who are living intentionally, establishing healthy boundaries, and opening themselves up to receive the life of health, happiness, and love they’ve always wanted. Above all, Linda is as real as they come: no frills, no lace, nothing fake—just a mom with a little bit of attitude, a love of corny jokes, and an immeasurable admiration for moms just like you.

And don't forget to join a growing group of mamas trying to make great choices in their families at www.healthymomsmeetup.com.

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Seasonal Dumps with Sara Bradford

April 14, 2017

On this episode Mia chats with Sara Bradford. This is a long episode filled will lots of nuggets. They dive into her upbringing which is filled with nuggets for moms wanting to raise kids who grow up loving food and how she kept it real as she studied nutrition. Sara makes mouths water with her description of food being beautiful. She talks kitchen prep mindfulness — music, flowers, kids, essential oils, gratitude. She talks about stepping off the scale and how to really care about the journey. Sara shares her viewpoint on sugar which we can all learn from, including birthday cakes and treats, so love moves away from sugar and towards what actually matters in a moment. She talks about balance as compared to an extreme diet, and how she uses “dumps” to get ladies to move into balance and simplicity. She talks a lot about how to eat with the seasons, and even touches on how possibly green smoothies do not make sense all year long.

Sara Bradford is as passionate about red wine as she is about green smoothies. When she's not writing about menstruation in her nutrition blog, she is a mama, a no-b.s. nutrition resource for awesome women tired of nutrition b.s., and fearlessly leading women with her signature program The Community Dump -- a series of seasonal cleanses designed to get women as passionate about food and cooking and living as she is. Find her at nourishrealfood.com OR communitydump.teachable.com

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Clarity and a Scale with Dolores Hirschmann

April 10, 2017

Dolores starts by talking about how she can call herself a fulltime mom and a fulltime professional and how that has helped her find balance. Dolores shares her story from a large size 12 to a size 6, and how she got there by getting rid of her scale. She also serves up some really cool facts about how our brain works and sometimes tricks us into keeping on weight. She also shares why the weight was really important for her to conquer. Dolores shares her experience with sugar, and then Mia and Dolores talk about how that also affects their kids.

Dolores shares how being from Argentina might give her an advantage in terms of what she simply does not sweat, and how delegating is so powerful. Dolores and Mia touch on business and how to find your purpose so you feel fulfilled — and why moms really need to tap into their purpose. It is about remembering who you are as a human being with dreams, and hopes, and goals, and how to honor that and give our kids permission to do the same. Dolores leads Mastermind Groups, Workshops and Speaks Internationally about the behind-the-scenes aspect of reaching your goals. Through both Private Coaching and her 5 STEPS TO CLARITY PROGRAM, Dolores helps her clients set the foundation from where they will design their strategies.

As a Speaker Coach and TEDxOrganizer, she brings the TED Speaker model to all levels of communication in business. Through her program 18 Minutes of Impact: Moving Your Audience to Action the TED Way, Dolores helps her clients infuse a bigger story, a bigger vision into sales presentations, VC investment pitches, and overall B2B marketing communications, clients achieve a higher level of engagement and resonance with their audiences. You can find her online at http://www.mastersinclarity.com/.

And don't forget to join a growing group of mamas trying to make great choices in their families at www.healthymomsmeetup.com.

 

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Food is a Core Value with Parrish Wilson

April 6, 2017

Parrish shares how she started to look into a holistic lifestyle in her 20s when she needed to improve her mood. She shares how healthy choices became a really important family value when she had kids. She talks about how her standard operating procedure is all food is home cooked, and then goes onto elaborate how she is passing that onto her kids and what that looks like in a day.

Mia and Parrish talk about how they are each teaching their kids to bake — and the power of that skill. They dive into scheduling, and how to really stick to a schedule that allows us the time we need to cook. Parrish shares a really great strategy for unplugging from social media and how it has gained her some extra time.

Parrish Wilson is a Writing Coach for female entrepreneurs who want to make an impact on the world and change the lives of their clients through the written word. She can be found at http://www.parrishwilson.com/.

And don't forget to join a growing group of mamas trying to make great choices in their families at www.healthymomsmeetup.com.

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Lead by Example with Christie Kennedy Manuel

March 17, 2017

Mia and Christie dive into what it means to get results with fitness and grabbing “me” time as a busy mom. She talks about how powerful it is to come home and “be fit” even when your kids don’t see it happening. They talk about the gym vs. the bootcamp model, and Christie shares how the bootcamp model was just the amount of accountability she needed when her kids were young. “No guilt, no blame , no shame, just figure out what’s going to work for you and make it happen,” says Christie. Christie has some great tips for how to get kids involved in fitness. They dive into why it is so important for moms to take time, and how you can make time for yourself and your body. You can sign up for Dai and Christie’s Whole Life Fitness Challenge at http://wholelifefitnessmanifesto.com/. And don't forget to join a growing group of mamas trying to make great choices in their families at www.healthymomsmeetup.com.

 

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7 Doable Changes of the 2.0 Variety

March 11, 2017

Mia is spending 7 days in a row going through 49 of her 101 Doable Changes. The idea behind a "doable change" is that you choose one to focus on each week and fully lean into it, fitting it into your busy schedule. By focusing on just one thing you can have fun with it, and watch how all the little things add up over time in your family. Day 7 of the Doable Changes Podcast Series cover 7 "ninja" changes for after you have down the basics — from growing your own veggies to using new cleaning supplies. If you have not gotten the full list yet, you can grab it at www.plansimplemeals.com/101changes. Also, join Mia for a free class at www.plansimplemeals.com/learn.

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7 Doable Food Changes

March 10, 2017

Mia is spending 7 days in a row going through 49 of her 101 Doable Changes. The idea behind a "doable change" is that you choose one to focus on each week and fully lean into it, fitting it into your busy schedule. By focusing on just one thing you can have fun with it, and watch how all the little things add up over time. Day 6 of the Doable Changes Podcast Series focuses on food changes. If you have not gotten the full list yet, you can grab it at www.plansimplemeals.com/101changes.

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