I tend to get a little obsessive about things. When I first got married, I was really into diet and fitness. I would spend so much time googling it, and reading up on it. It often dominated my thought life. After that phase, I became obsessed with intuitive eating and developing a healthy body image. Next, I jumped on the minimalism and de-cluttering bandwagon. I am still interested in all of the above, but I am no longer obsessed with them. For the past year or so, I have been completely immersed in personal finance. Particularly, I am interested in going hard after my family's financial goals by spending money with intention.
This post isn't really about food, cooking, or meal planning. I want to talk money with you all. I realize that finances are a bit of a taboo topic, but I am very open with them and could talk about finances for days if anyone would listen.
I have always been good with money. I am a natural saver, and I have had money as long as I can remember. As a...
I have had quite a few people ask me what exactly I do over here at Kinsalt. I am thinking it would be a good idea to explain what you can expect with a Kinsalt meal plan.
My goal is to create a meal plan that works for you. There are a ton of different types of meal services out there. I believe that the difference between Kinsalt, and other meal planning websites is that I work with you to create something that will work for you.
If you are struggling in the meal planning, or cooking department, I will help you find a solution. If you need some new inspiration I can send you a plan with some exciting new recipes based on your tastes and preferences. On a budget? Me too! Let's figure out a plan that will save you some money!
What you can expect from a Kinsalt meal plan
The first step in the process is to complete an initial assessment form, which you can find here. This takes less than five minutes, I promise - and it doesn't cost anything! Once you complete this form, I will...
If you read last week's post, you know that my New Year's resolution is to live a slower and more enjoyable life. I am starting this resolution early. The holiday season seems like the perfect time to slow down and enjoy my surroundings and the people in them, rather than to rush through with a giant to-do list. As I mentioned in my last post, I am working on taking things out of my life that aren't practical, purposeful, serving others, or bringing me enjoyment.
I spent the first week that I committed to this resolution slowly reducing something in my life that most of us are constantly giving our time to. It is something that was taking up a lot of energy, yet didn't provide a ton of enjoyment for myself personally. You might be able to figure out what I gave up by reflecting on your own life and what you give too much time and attention to. Any guesses? Common this one is pretty obvious (especially if you read the title of this post - ha!) ...
It's December, and we all know what that means (besides the obvious). January is right around the corner, and that means New Year's resolutions. Some of us love making resolutions in January, and other's I know are not fans.
I fall somewhere in the middle. I like the idea of a clean slate - starting fresh. I also think that if a new year motivates you to make positive changes in yourself - great! My gripe with resolutions starting in January is that I don't think we should feel like we need to wait until the new year to decide to work towards a goal. Often times we use January first as an excuse to let things slide in December. We will start being good next month! This actually set us further back from where we want to be, so that we have to work extra hard come January if we want to be successful. I have decided that I'm not waiting until January to work towards my goal - this year, I am starting early!
Even though I started working on my resolution last week,...
This week I promised we would talk about that little fear many of us have in the back of our heads - if we allow ourselves to eat whatever we want, and as much as we want - will we ever stop eating?
In my experience - and I do have a lot of it .... dieting and food restriction leads to over eating and binge eating. If you've been on a diet you might know what I'm talking about. When we mess up and eat something not on plan, we tell ourselves - "you've slipped up already, you might as well eat whatever you want to now". "You will be good and start over tomorrow and be extra strict with your eating". Slipping up on a diet becomes an excuse we make for overeating. We tell ourselves it is okay to indulge and then we overdo it. Food restriction can lead to eating more not less. The truth is that if this happens once, it is going to happen again... and again. This can lead to a more serious problem, like binge eating disorder, or other eating disorders.
Last week we chatted about why I don't believe diets are an effective weight loss solution. I left you hanging in the post a bit, so this week I want to explain what I personally think is a more effective solution to healthy eating, and losing weight. I am realizing that I can't cover these topics in a few short blog posts, so expect a series showing up every Monday on the blog about healthy eating for the next few weeks.
Before we get started I want to disclose that I am not a certified nutritionist, dietician, or a doctor. I am not qualified to give medical advice of any kind, and if you are struggling with an eating disorder, excessive dieting, or trying to eat healthy in general, please seek help from a doctor or certified dietician. It is worth it, I promise.
Last week I mentioned that the key to eating healthier starts with discovering your "why". Why do you want to eat healthier? As I mentioned, this answer should go deeper and be more specific than wanting to lose weight. Why do...
I could write a lot more information on this subject than you would ever want to sit and read in one blog post. I think we all could. This is such a broad and controversial topic. We all have different ideas of what we should and shouldn't eat in order to be healthy. I believe that even more important than what we should and shouldn't eat, is why we want to eat healthy, and how we plan to do it.
Many people associate healthy eating with dieting. I don't believe in diets. I have been on a ton of them. I used to be a chronic dieter. In fact, I went on my first diet at the age of 10. It wasn't until I threw in the towel, decided to give up on dieting, and started eating by listening to my body, that I finally learned how to eat in a healthy and balanced way.
So many of us are searching for a perfect way of eating that is going to make us look great, while not make us feel deprived. I can tell you that no diet is going to be successful in this. First of all, on a diet, we are always go...
I had a difficult time thinking of a name for this little business of mine. I believe that names can be so important and I wanted something that was significant and unique. I also wanted something that hadn't been used before, so I could have an easy-to-remember website address and social media accounts.
I thought of quite a few options, but none them felt quite right. I liked the idea of family or relationships being part of the name. This is something that is important to me and a core value of the business. I started searching for other words for family, community, and relationship, and came across the word kin.
At about the same time, I saw a Facebook post about women being the "salt of the home". The reasoning was that women are like salt because they add flavour. I don't necessarily agree with this analogy, but I liked the imagery.
I started playing around with the word salt. I happen to love salty foods and use the condiment often. A salt shaker is s...