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Winter Blues Holistic Survival Guide

Turn your winter blues into winter to-do’s
{ the fun kind of course}

Well Fed Roots Winter Survival Guide

It’s that time of year, day light is shorter, temperatures are colder and our energy levels…dropping! Winter is a transition for our environment, and definitely our bodies as well. With this new season we can experience some down falls from the lack of Vit D, lack of sunlight and being outdoors.

You know what I’m getting at…the winter BLUES!
This used to show up for me by feeling unmotivated, lazy, down in the dumps and overall grumpier. I was sick of dreading these months and really didn’t want to feel so blah, so I took matters into my own hands. I decided to stop complaining and being negative and start EMBRACING this season and what comes with it.  I also created and researched some helpful habits to help me and others beat the blues.

If you want to ditch the sour winter attitude, start enjoying what these months have to offer and support your body in a natural way, keep reading. I am sharing my personal survival guide to enjoying Ontario from November to May. 

This was taken at Toronto Christmas Market in 2016,
something we really enjoyed even in the cold temperatures!

Winter Survival Kit

What you’ll need:

  1. An open mind to start seeing winter in a new light. Start your day with asking yourself how do I want to feel today and what can I be grateful for? Better yet, write it in a cute journal and get those thoughts onto paper, it creates a stronger intention.
  2. Cozy socks, a warm  blanket and a new favourite winter drink to enjoy on those cold nights in by a fire place, which you can’t use in the summer time. 
  3. Events or activities planned to look forward to, this could be…
    -Winter festival or  local Christmas themed event
    -Mini vacation or special weekend {this year we are trying winter camping, can’t wait to review this experience on the blog!}
    -Family day of all things christmas”y” cookies, movies, decorating, new traditions, etc
    -Taking up a new winter activity {for me it was snowboarding…I haven’t got the hang of it yet lol } skiing, snowboarding, skating, snow shoeing, winter walking, etc. 
    -Christmas lights tour
    -Ugly Christmas sweater party, or 80’s ski outfit party is a good one. 
  4. A really good soup or stew recipe and get yourself familiar with root vegetable bakes. This one from Jamie Oliver is DELISH: Jamie Oliver Root Bake  I have a great soup recipe, it’s one of my go to’s, my Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Soup
  5. A good quality Vit D supplement, fish oil and multi vitamin, this can be prescribed by a Naturopath. 
  6. Commitment to yourself that you will stay active, even when it’s chilly outside. Our body benefits from the hormones that get released during exercise, it will provide you with more motivation. 
  7. Time management, to avoid being frustrated with winter driving or being late because you have to scrape the snow off your car. Learn to leave yourself some extra winter room in your schedule and when getting ready. This is a game changer to avoid the annoying winter complaints.
  8. Tea and warm drinks galore, because even though I’m a HUGE fan year round, sipping on a warm tea during summer is NOT the same thing!
  9. Natural body exfoliator, because boy, does winter take a toll on our soft, hydrated skin. Keep yourself glowing and avoid the scaly winter skin. For a simple recipe you can make at home, or gift for the holiday’s, check out my Instagram @wellfedroots. 
  10. Uplifting and bright essential oils, my favourite from Young Living are: Joy, Citrus Fresh, Lemon, En-R-Gee, Bergamot, Stress Away and Grapefruit. I diffuse these in my home, apply to my body and keep them at arms reach for a pick me up, ANY TIME of the day 🙂 

So join me in embracing these cold months by having a different attitude and agenda. There’s nothing to lose and a lot to gain! Bundle up in your cozy knits and head outside to enjoy fresh winter air. Head out after a snow fall where everything is quiet and the ground sparkles, it’s hard to hate winter when you are taking that in

Happy holiday’s and live well TODAY-Steph

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Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Soup


Buffalo Chicken Cauliflower Soup
Warm up with this delicious dish! 

Warm up this winter with one of my all time favs. If I can make this soup and have it turn out great, then trust me, so can you! It uses simple whole food ingredients, doesn’t need hours of labour put into it and can easily be made vegetarian. What’s not to love?

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Natural Dry Shampoo Recipe

In a rush, and washing and styling your hair isn’t an option?
I have the perfect solution…DRY SHAMPOO!

To all my fellow lady bosses, time is limited and the greasy roots look isn’t so flattering, am I right? This dry shampoo works perfectly at absorbing excess oil to leave your do looking fresh and keeping you on time and kicking but! 

PLUS, when you don’t wash your hair everyday, your hair tends to be softer, less damaged, your colour lasts longer, and I find my hair grows a lot faster. Win, win!

I love this recipe 

  • It’s cost effective because it lasts for a LONG time
  • It’s free of any synthetic and chemical ingredients
  • It doesn’t leave colour residue on your hands or clothes like spray shampoos
  • For brunettes it doesn’t give us the ashy, grey look…HALLELUJAH 

The ingredients in this recipe are multi-purpose, easy to find and will last a loooong time! I bought these items at Winners, my local health food store, Gentle Rain and Young Living Essential Oil {if interested, e-mail me :)} Continue Reading

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One Bowl Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Tastes like fall!

 

Who doesn’t love pumpkin spice and everything nice?
Not to mention, a recipe where everything is combined in one bowl, for easy clean up and easy prep..can I get an AMEN! 

These muffins are simple, delicious and only whole food ingredients…with a few chocolate chips sprinkled in. Parents, this is a great dessert for the kiddies.

Health Benefits of Pumpkin:

-High in beta carotene
-High in fiber, helps to keep us fuller for longer
-High in carotenoids, helps protect and keep skin youthful

 

Any questions, please leave below. Happy Baking~!

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Muffins under 15 minutes!

Healthy Muffin Recipe


So Fast & Easy! I call them no excuse muffins 🙂 

<<This recipe was adapted from www.pinchofyum.com>>

Is there really anything better in the morning than a good cup of coffee and delicious muffin? The answer is…YES! There IS something better,  a good cup of coffee{bullet proof style} and HEALTHY, delicious muffin, homemade with whole food ingredients. Forget Tim Hortons and all the questionable ingredients in pre made muffins, make your own baked goods and feel good bout what you fuel your body with.
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The gifts of AUTHENTICITY

Authenticity…what it really means and why finding it was a game changer!

I chose this photo to highlight because it combines the things that make me ME
[ laughing, nature, and true connection]

How it’s defined:
:  true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character is sincere and authentic with no pretensions.

I underlined the word OWN for a very important reason, {the reason it took me so long to be comfortable being 100% authentic} you can’t live out your own authenticity while carrying a blueprint given to you by others. 
Blueprint… yes I know I sound like I’m talking architect lingo, but what am I actually talking about?
I’m talking about what you were told growing up or throughout your life, from friends, family, strangers, teachers, who ever.  About “who you were” ,”what you could do or be” , “who you’ll become”, “what your journey should be” and how that formed your opinion of yourself and how you live your life based off of that. 
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Chewy Ginger Molasses Cookies

Attention cookie lovers, do I have a recipe for you!!
Warning: you may not be able to eat just 1

These cookies are chewy, bursting with ginger flavour and best of all… made with only wholesome ingredients…cue the cheering! Yay for healthy swaps.

Recipe Food Facts:

  • Black strap molasses used as it contains minerals and vitamins such as calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese, selenium, potassium, vitamin B6 and niacin. Making it a more nutritious option than fancy molasses. This ingredient also helps with energy 🙂 
  • Completely gluten-free, perfect for anyone with sensitivities.
  • Lactose intelligent?No problem, these cookies are completely dairy free.
  • Ginger is in my opinion, a real superfood! It’s anti-inflammatory, reduces headaches, soothes stomach issues, reduces morning sickness and support immune function. 

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What’cha Wanna Know Wednesday Q&A

Apple Cider Vinegar {ACV}
What’cha Wanna Know Wednesday

+multiple uses  +a true superfood  +inexpensive  +healthy swap

This post goes out to my new aunt since marriage, Annie! Thank you for posting your question on WWKW, anyone reading, don’t forget to post your topics on FB, I love answering you all!

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