Hi, friends! It feels like forever since I’ve been able to get a new recipe out to you, but stay tuned because I have at least two, maybe even three coming to you next week! And I know the majority of people who read Friday Favorites are newsletter subscribers, but if you aren’t yet, make sure to jump on the email list, so you have access to my Healthy Holidays cookbook!
There is also this post all about how and what we usually make for Thanksgiving!
And not last, but least what to do with all those turkey leftovers! Healthy Turkey Leftovers round up!
I hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday! I’ll be over on IG documenting our cooking (and drinking)!
Post Recap this Week
- If you didn’t enter the Lovevery giveaway, head over to this post and do it now!
- Also, for those of you who like the baby posts, KK six-month update is live!
WTE? Meal Plans
Meal Plan Subscribers, this easy meal plan is in your inbox now!
I figured simple was better for this week!
Check out this reel I made on the Produce for Better Health Foundation (#haveaplant) for five tips on how to get more fruits and veggies in! (Email readers click through to view.)
New Smoothiebox Flavor
Speaking of fruits and veggies, Smoothie Box came out with a new flavor, and it’s flipping delicious!
They also now offer many protein boosters besides collagen. They have both vegan and whey protein powders in chocolate and vanilla to come in your box. We’ve tried them all, and they are smooth, creamy, and the perfect level of sweetness. I’ve been using vanilla in my strawberry banana smoothie.
Suja Green Juice
We usually make green juice when we are sick or feel like we are getting sick. However, with two littles in tow, that’s just not gonna happen, especially when sick. So I grabbed this green juice at Costco, and it was pretty close to what I make at home in my juicer! I will definitely buy it again!
Unfortunately, it wasn’t a great fitness week for me. I woke up on Saturday with some significant soreness in my abdomen/belly button area. I immediately recognized it as the same tender spot and soreness feeling I felt right after delivering KK. In the past six months, I had only barely felt it one other time, but this was more significant. Luckily a few days later, I had a follow-up appointment scheduled with a pelvic floor PT.
(I was seeing her before I got pregnant for incontinence issues but stopped going during COVID. Fast forward. Those issues are MUCH better since doing the expecting and empowered pregnancy and postpartum guides. Her appointments are booked out months in advance, so I scheduled an evaluation with her “just in case.” A few weeks ago, I went to the first appointment, and everything looked good, but I mentioned the post-delivery soreness near my belly button. She thought it was probably just weakness from the separation.)
After taking a look at it this time, she said that I have an umbilical hernia. I was pretty suspicious that’s what it was after my 20 minutes google search (LOLZ). She did a ton of mobilization on my back and ab muscles (if you watch the @expectingandempowered umbilical hernia highlight, she basically did everything they talk about.) That helped a ton! She said the fact that I basically went five months without pain from delivery is a good sign that it won’t be super problematic for me. She thinks the flare-up was triggered by a coughing fit I had when I was sick one night. Per her advice, I’m taking it easy on the running for a couple of weeks and sticking to low-impact high rep weight lifting. Basically, just walking and continuing with the E & E guides with some slight modifications. I’m 100% sure that following the E & E guides is probably one of the reasons I haven’t had any issues. I also went back and watched their umbilical hernia highlight and read their blog posts.
So this week looked like this:
- Friday – Upper Body Workout Week 24/25 E & E Guides
- Saturday – Wednesday OFF
- Thursday – short tempo run (before she told me not to run)
- Friday – Lower Body Week 26/27 E & E Guides
What’s funny is back in the day, not running would have sent me into a panic. Now I enjoy running when I can and don’t freak out when I can’t. I have a similar feeling about scaling back on my workouts in general. I learned after Kal’s birth that less is so much more. It’s easier for me to lose the baby weight when I work out moderately, 20-30 minutes at a time, than if I’m raising my stress levels by working out 40 minutes +.
Quick workout ideas for this holiday week!