1ST Wellness Book Club

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If you’re reading this than you might be excited to join the WELLNESS BOOK CLUB. The purpose of this group is to empower our mental state, our physical health and our spirit together. I know that often times, a little motivation aka kick in the butt can really push us to further our goals. But ultimately, I just want us to feel good about where we are, where we are going and what we have been given,

Club Guidelines:

  • Choose ONE book that you would like to dive into
  • You will find all the book-links below
  • No pressure, but you can read it within 6 weeks
  • DM @SeedsOfThree a photo of you with your book and you will be included on my feed as a THANK YOU for joining.
  • Enjoy this process and the joy of trying something new

 

Here are the books, click on link to your corresponding selection:

1. EDUCATED By Tara Westover
https://amzn.to/2EbB0kO

2. THE LIVING CLEARLY METHOD By Hilaria Baldwin
https://amzn.to/2X5ReTW

3. PURPOSE IN PARALYSIS By Jaisa Sulit
https://amzn.to/2BB28bi

4. WISHES FULFILLED By Dr. Wayne Dyer
https://amzn.to/2EbZH0i

5. THE POWER OF NOW By Eckhart Tolle
https://amzn.to/2UYyFz9

6. RESILIENT By Rick Hanson, PH.D.
https://amzn.to/2X7NTUz

7. JUDGEMENT DETOX By Gabrielle Bernstein
https://amzn.to/2BGO53P

8. THE CLARITY CLEANSE By Habib Sadeghi, Do
https://amzn.to/2EaVJ88

9. BIG POTENTIAL By Shawn Achor
https://amzn.to/2EbTrpg

10. THE MAGIC OF THINKING BIG By David J. Schwartz, PH.D.
https://amzn.to/2UZpkaf

11. THE HEALING SELF By Deepak Chopra, M.D. & Rudolph E. Tanzi PH.D.
https://amzn.to/2X7nZjt

12. THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP By Marie Kondo
https://amzn.to/2Ip0H5E

Our Kids Book Club!

Hey guys! Many of you have requested some children’s book options and I thought that that was an amazing idea! Here are the options that align with joy and wellness! Let’s get the whole family reading!! See below for links!

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  1. LOVE By Eric Carle
    https://amzn.to/2V77QsC
  2. How to Catch a Star By Oliver Jeffers
    https://amzn.to/2U13hjC
  3. The 7 Habits of Happy Kids By Sean Covey
    https://amzn.to/2Io1ofs
  4. Ada Twist Scientist By Andrea Beaty
    https://amzn.to/2XaJOPk
  5. The World is Awake By Linsey Davis
    https://amzn.to/2TWephr
  6. The Wonderful Things You Will Be By Emily Winfield Martin
    https://amzn.to/2TXmQJi

 

 

Quick Avocado Tempura

It’s no secret that it took me awhile to incorporate avocados in my diet. For some reason I couldn’t get over the mushiness, the lack of flavour or all of that combined with the colour. But as you grow and you seek information, the nutritional benefits were something that I couldn’t ignore. And quite frankly, I needed it.  I realized, that this hasn’t been the easiest thing to feed my kids, because they have similar feelings and reactions the way I use to. One of the biggest things in our home is to NOT pressure the kids and each other into eating foods that they’re not too sure of initially. If they squirm and complain, it is their right. It’s my job to be creative, lay-off and of course keep trying.

Here are the ingredients and directions of these quick and delicious Avocado Tempura. It can be used as an appetizer or as a side or even as a snack! I hope you give them a try and let me know. And spoiler-alert: the best part of this treat is the crunch-factor!!

What you will need:

2 ripe avocados, panko, sea salt, flax-meal, 2 beaten eggs, fresh cracked black pepper  and olive oil.

Directions:

• preheat your oven to 350 degrees

• combine the panko, sea salt and flax-meal in one container

• beat the two eggs with a sprinkle of sea salt in another pan

• slice the avocado, 1/2 inch in width

• let them sit in the wash for about 4-5 minutes

• bread the slices with your dry mixture and lay flat on a baking sheet

• drizzle a little olive oil and bake for 14-18 minutes until they’re golden brown

Enjoy!!

xx Leigh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank You, Next… year is ours!!

It’s a busy time of the year and of the week; I wanted to make sure most of you guys see this post because I want to thank you. Thank you for making this year incredible in regards to this space we’ve created together. This community has brought joy and insight. You didn’t have to share your life and lessons with me or your laughs, but many many, many of you guys have and continue to do so. I truly didn’t expect the outpour and love after that initial time I opened up and decided that being REAL is all I can ever be. And so here I am. Here we are. And also, I want to wish you and your loved ones a Happy Holiday and a safe one. May it bring perspective and more of the good stuff that this season is meant for. This time might not be Merry or bright for many people and for that, I will be thinking of you and praying for you. It is a time to share and a really good time to reach out to those who need us. Let’s continue to listen, to understand, to motivate ourselves and our children – and let us remember our strength and our intentions. Being mindful will help us attain our goals, let 2019 be YOUR year!! With Love, Leigh 

Holiday Lemon Chicken

I like to create a festive table with many moving pieces. What does that mean? Well, you’ll always have the classics and the staples, like a huge roast and stuffing or a ham with your Mom’s favourite childhood glaze. But the truth is, everyone has different dishes they look forward to. Having multiple side dishes keeps movement and conversation at the table and it’s a great way to get new flavours on their tastebuds. The trick to this simple simple Lemon Chicken? It’s the marinade that does all the work over night. Check it out here:

Ingredients

6-8 pieces of chicken thighs or 8-10 drums

1 can of crushed pineapples w/ all the liquid

Juice & zest of one whole lemon

1/2 cup of freshly grated ginger

1/2 cup parsley

1 tsp of cumin

A pinch of sea salt & cracked black pepper

 

In a large ziplock bag, toss all these ingredients and seal. Let the juices infuse for at least 8 hours in the fridge. When you’re ready to cook, you can grill ‘em or toss in the oven to roast at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.

 

If you try it, please tag me and I will happily repost: @SeedsOfThree on IG

 

 

 

 

 

 

7 Reasons why a Classic Caesar Salad is a favourite go-to

1. There is something so fresh and festive in a Caesar bowl with just simple ingredients.

2. Memories. For many many days of my pregnancy with my middle child, this is what I quickly devoured for brunch. My Co-workers probably thought I was nuts, but if you know me, than you would know it`s easy for me to drown out unnecessary judgement. And plus, my hormones didn`t allow  me eat anything else for brunch.

3. It`s a time saver. It’s quick a meal. I always say that 90% of the work it takes to prepare a meal is done in the grocery store. With the right ingredients, a grand shopping list and with good preparation, eating healthy is a piece of cake.

4. Nutrients. Romaine and iceberg lettuce are my usual go-to, along with lots of fresh lemon. That alone holds much vitamins and antioxidants that we all need. It`s probably the reason I`ve trained myself to have a salad for breakfast. Try it!

5. I`ve always adored savory foods and crunchy foods – you truly get the best of both worlds with this nutritious dish. And often times, you can even replace the chicken with tuna or tofu.

6. When you add a protein to any salad, it sustains you for a longer period of time, which really helps when you`re on the go. But I find that I tend to make more and more salads because they are so versatile. This Caesar salad has chicken but you can even replace the chicken with tuna or tofu or yummy walnuts.

7. Lead by example. I have to admit, a lot of my favorite things to eat and prepare are because of the memories I have growing up. As I write up this list, I remember my Mom telling me the importance of vegetables and leafy greens. I have memories of my parents eating tons of salad, and for that, I am so grateful. Children truly do learn from the example we set.

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Morning friends,

What a whirlwind of a week! I just wanted to take a moment and thank you for all the love and support. With every, Like, comment, question and DM – I am so moved and grateful. I am fortunate to have a community on here like ours. Recipes will be posted in the next few days. So come by and check back! xx Leigh

Weekly Wellness Lessons

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It’s barely Thursday, but I have a brain full of lessons, ideas, inspiration and things that make me want to vomit. I’m pretty pretty honest, so if this isn’t your thing, I totally get it if you close this window. But since you’re here, thank you for stopping by.

This week has been so great so far. Every God-given day truly is. I’d like to see it that way. You know, Instagram is a funny funny place to park your car and stay for awhile. You do what you want with it and you can either open up, spectate and sometimes be unexpectedly moved. It’s no secret that I’ve come to learn so much about myself and how every journey intrigues me, especially my own. Whether I’ve known you my whole life or I’ve just bumped into you in a trinket store, I somehow can easily be all-ears and it will open me up. For some reason, for some imaginable reason – it matters to me.

In the last 72 hours I’ve received messages and comments that were crazy-kind. For anyone to stop what they’re doing and write me anything more than one letter is a present to me and I will always always think so. And they mean so much more than the average assumption. Thank you guys. I’ve been so blessed to get a number of direct messages and posts and reposts and comments from people who are family, who are like family, complete strangers and from people I have somehow touched. And the last three days, and in three separate messages, three separate people used the would ‘loyal.’

Now when I think of the people and their character who have impacted me, whether they are still here or not, it is their character that I carry in my mind. Somehow with all the busy-ness in my head, I find adequate room for all those details that I admire.

Wellness means being free and honoring yourself. It means taking care of yourself and whatever it takes to be completely raw, shaken, moved and you. It’s that feeling you get when you’re feet are light, you feel good and you’ve managed to put on your wings instead of leaving them home that morning.

When I read those separate sentences, with that word ‘loyal,’ it affected my ‘wellness’ (this week) because I was suddenly reminded of all the people who doubted me and who told me those doubts to my face as a child and a young adult. There was an intimate flashback where I recalled the taunting. The people who were unkind, un-loyal and took no pauses to stab me in the back allowed me to learn what loyalty IS and was. They showed me what I didn’t want to become. This isn’t a sob blog – I don’t want you to feel bad for me. In fact, I held a heavy heart earlier because of the way I now project wellness and perseverance.  And of course how I view it and define it. Maybe I didn’t understand that as a child and young adult, we have places here. We’re suppose to be here. That those interference completely and absolutely had to do with the voids that they had in them. I was a walking target. I wasn’t full comfortable in my skin compared to these days. And my lesson learned is this, I can’t change the past. Nor do I have a need to. How I react is my karma, which is what my idol Wayne Dyer taught me. Rest in peace Dr. Dyer.

We each belong here. We each have stories to tell. It is your sole choice to decide what affects you and your well-being – and you have control over that.

Being a person who listens and who makes people laugh and makes people think, comes naturally to me, I feel. My character is important to me and what I stand for.

Lesson: there is something quite special when you are authentic. There is something to it. There is honesty to creating your own world – where you feel more comfortable doing the opposite of what everyone else is doing. Don’t be anything less than you because being you is everything that will ever ever ever matter.

 

Veggie Tales & Secrets

A72B4A97-D76E-4CA1-AFEE-07F981E25758One of the most popular questions I get is, ‘how do I get my kid to eat vegetables?’ To me, it’s not just a valid concern or a common concern, but a serious situation. Truth is, I grew up eating lots of vegetables and loving it because my parents were big on Exploration. They allowed me to figure out what texture differed from others and they wanted to expand my palette. And for that, I am so grateful.

Naturally, I’ve done the same for my kids – throwing everything I could find while they were (and are) so young. And I’d like to think I’ve taken many of my Parents lessons and have evolved creatively.

There are so many gorgeous types of produce available compared to when I was little. The colours scream at me and it is not unusual for me to do cartwheels at our local market.

Here are a few of my tips that have been successful for me:

1. Just like a dessert bar, create a cute and bright salad bar. This doesn’t mean they ‘have’ to eat leafy greens, it just means that introducing greens or other vegetables (and fruit) can be unconventional. It gets them in there and they will be able to take ownership for their choices.

2. Salad toppings! Man, this really works! I roast a lot of veggies. And I also dry fruit. When many of them caramazlizes and crunch up, they are so much more appealing and tasty for kids. I don’t ever remember giving my kids croutons, not that I’m against it, they’ve just had fresher items to choose from. Roasted tomatoes, crispy onions, roasted radishes, crunchy fruit like dried apples and dried peaches are favs; the list does go on.

3. Something strange and often different can capture your kids attention. But instead of adding gummy worms or m&ms in their bowls, try things that they never ever would see elsewhere. Seaweed, pretzels, shrimp, edamame beans, dark chocolate, green-peas, toasted tortillas and so on. Make it weird!!

3. When you’re out and about at a farm, or markets or even the grocery store, get the kids a basket. Encourage them to add items that look interesting, curious and vibrant. Feature each choice on a platter (when you get home) – give them the spotlight – and get each family member to try it and make notes on what they thought and tasted. One or two of these could easily be the new family favorite!

You’ll get there!!

xx Leigh

Getting to know Me

 

Hey! I’m writing on an early Tuesday morning, while a thousand pieces of clothing is set for my laundry day – that awaits suds, attention and the enthusiasm I have to find. I never thought in a million years that I’d be blogging and answering questions about myself. The Instagram community that has been so supportive and such a learning tool has opened up this platform – where I’ve been able to meet incredible people. So THANK YOU!

SeedsOfThree on IG wasn’t anything planned. My parents instilled in us the importance of healthy eating, however a lot of the recipes and habits and shortcuts I’ve been using, came from the survival mode we all tend to be thrown in as a new Mom. As a child, I naturally gravitated to a lot of produce. Anything green was a love and my taste-buds were formed that way earlier on. But it was when I was pregnant with my second that things suddenly woke me up. Okay, it didn’t wake me up, it shook me and hard! You know that dreaded sugar test that pregnant Moms have to take at a certain point of your term? That cute orange bottle, that isn’t so cute after the first sip? And first gag? Well, after I completed it and congratulated myself that I actually kept it down, I received a call at work (soon after) that I had ‘Gestational Diabetes.’

Gestational Diabetes is a condition that pregnant women attains where high blood sugar levels are reached. In the long haul, the kids are at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes or can become overweight. It basically means, it is caused by not enough insulin in the setting of insulin resistance.

I have to admit that without fully knowing what it was, I freaked out. I immediately informed my boss of the steps. There was a full class that my hospital/OB provided, which was so informative and gave me so much peace. I was also matched with an amazing Dietitian who quickly told me that my case wasn’t as serious, that because I was borderline; I wouldn’t need insulin shots. From that moment, and after seeking as much information as I could and from the right resources, I knew I had to make a lifestyle change. I knew that there is always room for improvement. And I knew that I wasn’t just doing this for me. The fear that took place after that first initial call, meant that I had to lead by example. It meant that I had to instill more that just a made-up vegetable song; we had to apply these new steps and as a family, it was imperative that it was priority.

In the fall of 2016, I created a Instagram profile to document my hits and misses when it came to meal prep and introducing new foods to my family. Mind you, my family already ate a lot of healthy options – I just needed to step it up, but most of all, I had to communicate what we were eating and list all the reasons why.

After time, it wasn’t as challenging and the words behind all those Instagram filters, meant something more to me. I was sharing recipes and my techniques to people who cared. It slowly became this place of pride and encouragement. It was totally unexpected but continues to be so delightful. I knew I could make a difference after I was pleasantly surprised that many many many people around the globe, we’re in a similar place that I was in.

If you’re new to my feed, welcome! And thank you! On my blog and on Instagram, you will quickly see a lot of food and lifestyle photos. Because I absolutely dislike being in the kitchen for more than 35 minutes, I’ve incorporated easy, fresh and nutritious meals that you probably will create over and over again. I’m that mom who really wants to spend all my time playing with my kids and family, and not stand in the kitchen stirring and mixing and baking and then more stirring while I miss all the fun. You’ll also notice that my sense of humor gets me through the challenges that sometimes arises from being human. And you’ll probably understand right away that I don’t believe in depriving one from your favorite foods and dishes. It’s quite nice to enjoy ‘sometimes’ foods – and it’s very very nice to replace certain unhealthy options/ingredients with other foods you will grow to love.

TIP: One of the biggest things I write with my posts is about preparation. I truly believe that 90% of the work happens in the grocery store. How, you might say? Assembling and prepping your meals can only be done in a stress-free environment when you are prepared and have stocked up your fridge. Some of the meals I make, have 4-5 main ingredients, but because their fresh, they’re satisfying and good for you.

Thank you for all the DMs and messages, I answer every single question! Sending you love and light and support with the life you lead and with anything you could be struggling with. xx Leigh