When my kids were younger, it was easy to make excuses for my lack of self-care, like regular exercise or some mysterious thing I’d read about called “me time”.
But as the kids get older (and I get older too) my stubborn refusal to put myself somewhere on my to-do list isn’t cutting it anymore. Entering my 40s, I vowed to do better (read: “Project 40“).
But now, two years later, I haven’t made nearly enough progress.
That all became crystal clear when I got the new book by fellow dietitian Elisa Zied, Younger Next Week. Elisa, a mom of two boys who motivates 44,000+ people through her popular Twitter feed, says she wrote the book because she knew a lot of women who were letting the stress of everyday life get in the way of looking and feeling their best.
Yep, that sounds familiar.
Younger Next Week is my reminder that making healthy tweaks to my diet, incorporating relaxation techniques, and making fitness a priority aren’t optional if I want to look and feel younger than my 42 years. The book opens with a quiz to find out where you’re starting (my score showed definite room for improvement) then presents a 7-Day Vitality Plan that includes a meal plan and recipes, guidelines for exercise, and tips for handling stress.
Elisa calls her book “a permission slip” for women to prioritize taking care of of themselves.
Just what I need. How about you?
Here’s a recipe from the book, Romaine Salad With Raspberries, which I tried and loved (I used mixed greens because that’s what I had).
Nutrition Information: Yield: 7 Servings Serving Size: 1 Serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 149Sodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 4gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g
Disclaimer: I received a copy of Younger Next Week.