It really does not matter what you do for exercise, as long as you move your body. I like some variety in my workout routine, so I alternate between running, yoga and barre workouts. I recently discovered barre and I am obsessed. The workouts are fun and the routines I have done have left a good burn the next day. While I would love to join a gym, that just does not make sense in my life right now. I find that I can get an effective workout in the comfort of my own home.
My son’s preschool meditated on a regular basis and I finally started practicing about six months ago. I have written in the past about how crazy my career job can be and I was looking for an effective way to deal with that stress. My family has a history of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Since genes are not on my side, I want to make sure I am doing everything I can to keep my body healthy. Meditation has really been a game changer in my life. At a minimum, I make sure I get in at least a five-minute session in the morning. If I am having “one of those days”, I may also incorporate a breathing session during the day. I like Calm and Simple Habit apps. There are some great guided meditations on YouTube as well.
This is a recent addition to my morning routine, thanks to Rachel Macy Stafford. I was on the launch team of Only Love Today, which is her newest book. The book is broken up into sections that could easily be read in 5-10 minutes. I have really enjoyed reading a passage of the book each morning after meditation and will occasionally spend some time journaling afterward. In the chaos of life, Rachel’s book has helped to keep me grounded and focused on what really matters.
The journaling piece is a work in progress, but I am trying to make it a normal practice. I have found this book to be helpful and it gives me prompts to focus on. I also really enjoyed completing Michelle Livingston’s Four Weeks of Discovery. It was just what I needed to help jump-start my reflection process.
I saved the best for last! Yes, I am one of those girls that cannot officially start my day without a strong cup of coffee. Honestly, I am a bit of a coffee snob. We ditched the single-serve coffee maker about a year ago and went back to a traditional coffee pot. Do you know that there may be harmful bacteria and other toxins lurking in those machines? Yuck!
There is something about grinding your own beans and listening to the coffee brew that makes you enjoy that cup of java even more. I prefer getting a full cup in before the kids wake up, but that does not allows happen. I certainly have my mornings where that cup is put into the microwave one too many times.
Caveman Coffee Company
Recently, Caveman Coffee Co. reached out to be to do a product review. After checking out their website, I was thrilled. I have always wanted to try bulletproof coffee. Being into nutrition, I am aware of the health benefits of putting healthy fats in your morning cup of joe. Bulletproof coffee has been shown to give you an extra boost of energy and provide your brain with a jump-start. Being a working mom, I need all the help I can get!
Caveman Coffee Co. also sent me a sample of their 100% Coconut MCT Oil , so I decided to give bulletproof coffee a try. I always like my beans freshly ground and I use the Capresso Burr Grinder. Since I prefer a dark roast, Caveman Coffee sent me the Sabertooth Roast. While this blend is definitely strong and packs a mean caffeine punch, it was so smooth and not acidic at all. Oftentimes, the stronger brews are too harsh on my stomach. Not this one! I absolutely love it and will definitely be purchasing more. They have a few varieties, so you can find something that strikes your fancy if a strong roast is not your thing.
So, let’s talk about bulletproof coffee. The first day I tried these new beans I wanted to drink my coffee black, since that is how I typically drink it. However, I wanted to give the bulletproof coffee a try. The next day, I brewed my coffee as normal and then added the coffee, 1 Tablespoon of Kerrygold Butter and 1 Tablespoon of the MCT oil to my Vitamix and blended for about 30 seconds. It smelled heavenly, so I was excited to take my first sip. I absolutely hated it! It is tough to explain, but the taste just did not sit right to me. I am sure it is mostly due to the fact that I prefer to drink my coffee straight.
What I did notice is how much energy I had after I finished my cup of coffee. That surge of energy lasted throughout the morning and I did not even eat breakfast that day. I felt amazing and despite my initial experience with bulletproof coffee, I decided to find ways to incorporate the MCT oil into my daily diet. Instead of adding the oil to my morning coffee, I added it to my morning smoothie and I am loving this approach. There are so many health benefits to adding healthy fats to your diet and MCTs are one of the most effective ways to get that boost of fat.
As you probably know, subscription boxes are all the rage now. If you are an avid coffee drinker like me, you are not going to want to be left without any coffee beans. Caveman Coffee Co. has a monthly subscription in which you decide what you want in your kit each month. You also receive some free products to sample each month, which is a nice added bonus. Once the beans are roasted, they are shipped directly to your door each month. How convient is that?
Caveman Coffee Co. is generously offering my readers a 10% discount on anything that you order through their store. You will just need to use the code “workingmommy” to apply the discount.
Let me know if you decide to give them a try and what you think.