Becca's Fab Five- February Edition
I LOVE the Human Body with all of its mysteries and intricacies. New products and science are always coming down the pipe and it's hard to know what to read, where to spend your dollars, and when to focus your energy. I thought it would be helpful to show you just FIVE things I'm loving each month. Maybe a recipe, or a book, or an exercise or stretch..... Maybe a product, or a podcast, or a restaurant or venue. I'm giving you ONE THING in each of the areas of our Four Cornerstones or Health, plus a bonus. I hope you'll try them in your life and find a benefit for you!
Right now, I am in LOVE with the #HakaFoodChallenge. We cook every meal in our house- three meals a day for four people, every day. You better believe I get stale making the same things over and over and wishing I could even think of what else to make.
Enter the Haka Fitness 12 Week Recipe Challenge.
It started with this post on Facebook that really ruffled some feathers. "If you are going to call people to the carpet, Becca, the least you could do is provide a suggestion of where to start." And the challenge was born! Every week, we put up an ingredient. Your challenge is to use that ingredient in a new recipe that week. Just one new recipe, just one day of the week. Post it, tag us, review it. I never expected it to REVOLUTIONIZE my kitchen. The flavors change weekly now. I'm inspire by what other people are making. I'm encouraged and I'm trying new things that are big hits at the Haka House! Come join the FB Group and get in on this simple challenge. It will change the game!
Fitting exercise into your life can be hard. Everyone is busy and then there's those kids that are always putting a snag in the plans. Plus, I really like to plan ahead and.... STOP! I can't repeat it enough, "MOVEMENT is more important than EXERCISE." You just need little "snacks" of movement sprinkled into your day to have a huge benefit, too. The best thing about considering movement, rather than exercise, is that it doesn't have to be fancy! You don't need to plan. And you can do it just about anywhere. Heck, you'll see us running races and playing games at Rest Stops on long car rides. My key to fitting in spontaneous movement? This magical collapsible crate that I keep in the back on my car.
I'm always changing what is inside so that every time we stop, it's a new adventure. Things you might put in there:
- a few towels or hand towels- you'll want them, I promise.
- Blow up penguin bowling pins- for races, human bowling, as "goalies" on a soccer field. Basically, penguins make everything more fun!
- Colored Dots- these are great place holders if you need a line or circle. We also do drills where we pass a soccer ball to Colt and call out a color. He has to trap it, pass it back, and sprint to that color.
- Seek A Boo: We play this as a gross motor game spreading the big cards pout all over the field. Each of us has a speciic color we are working on and we sprint around inding all o our matches. Little kids' cards are face up for true matching while adult cards are face down for a memory component. Lots of giggling and squealing!
- Soccer Balls are a must, and maybe a football if your kids are able to catch. Frisbees are fun too.
- Slack Line- this travels with us for when we are staying somewhere, like camping or visiting friends, etc. It's a quick set up and lots of fun!
- Bubbles, always keep bubbles around.
The best thing to do with the activity crate is to constantly change out what you have in there. This keeps the stops exciting and your kids engaged.
I'm pretty outspoken on the topic of Feeding Kids. It's easy to ignore what's happening inside their little bodies because of their constant movement and lean physiques. But I feel confident that I can't back away from this topic.
At the #HakaHouse we try very hard not to fight over food. Rather, we invite #Enjoyment into mealtime. This is a common dinner for us. Tree stumps for tables, climbing stuff nearby and tumbling mats for super power tricks made possible by special bites. We try to honor likes, dislikes, changing tastes and most importantly, the innate Nutritional Wisdom of our kids.... They still have a healthy relationship with food. When the choice to eat, or not, is also a play for independence , autonomy, and power, the deeper nuances of the relationship are lost.
Are we doing it right? Who knows. But it's a thought provoking middle finger to convention, for sure.
A big part of feeling fulfilled by life, in my opinion, is taking the time to reflect on experiences. Looking back on a day or event or achievement allows you to reflect and learn. Journaling is a great way to do this. We keep a journal of the things we do through the year by giving Colt a topic and letting him speak freely. We write down exactly what he says. Sometimes he yabbers on and other times we ask questions as he goes. Sometimes we decorate the pages with stickers or he will tell us to draw something or he wil "draw". This has become one of my most treasured possessions. Even just months later, to look back and read them or to read them aloud to him is amazing. Once a week or so, just dedicate like 10 minutes, You will not regret it!
I never have time to wash my hair anymore. I just don't. I literally got some pee in my hair two days ago (don't ask) and I still haven't washed it. Don't judge me. Yes, my hair is long and that is my choice. No, I won't cut it. THIS DRY SHAMPOO IS A LIFESAVER!! We carry this at Haka. It's like $16 or $17 and it is amazing. I'm on ten days since the last washing, as of today. Just get some.