Self-Care + Physical

Three Creative Ways to Overcoming Writer’s Block

and Stay Fit in the Process Overcoming Writer’s Block with Exercise This week’s Self-care Sunday installment continues the theme of self-care for creatives. You probably never considered housework as the solution to overcoming writer’s block. Here’s how and why it works. When you think of a creative, what comes to mind? A wild-eyed painter wearing a paint-smeared smock?  Writers chain-drinking java whilst hunching over a keyboard trying to meet a deadline?  Or maybe you see a scarf-bedecked eccentric woman scribbling…

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Why Preparing for the New Year Must Include Dating Yourself

Preparing for the New Year is pointless if you just make a list of resolutions. Don’t do it. Instead, take time to make SMARTER goals and you’ll discover that healthy self-care can become a habit. Why You Need to Start Dating Don’t get me wrong. Pedro and I just celebrated our 30th anniversary last week. And this article has nothing to do with dating your spouse. It has nothing to do with dating someone else, either. But dating yourself? Yep.…

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Shred the Excuses: Why Caregivers Need to Focus on Self-care

Today’s Self-Care Sunday features author and caregiver Karen Sebastian. She tackles the importance of caregivers taking care of themselves physically and shredding the excuses. How then do you gain the essence of wisdom? You cross the threshold of true knowledge when you live in obedient devotion to God. Stubborn know-it-alls will never stop to do this, for they scorn true wisdom and knowledge. Proverbs 1:7 TPT Why Caregivers Don’t Take Care of Themselves You’ve heard the lectures and the logic…

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Celebrate with Whole-Wheat Brownies!

Whole-wheat brownies are the perfect place to hide whole-wheat flour and healthier choices. Whole-Wheat Brownies Ever since Pedro’s cancer recovery, we’ve tried to bake healthier and eat more whole-grain products. Whatever you do, don’t try to quit white flour cold-turkey, trust me, your family won’t appreciate it. Over time, you can add less white flour and more whole-wheat flour. It took us about two years to make the change. The type of whole-wheat flour you use makes a big difference.…

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Looking for a Spicy Vegetarian Burger? Try this Taco Burger!

Craving a spicy taco burger? Be bold and give this vegetarian burger recipe a whirl! Spicy Vegetarian Burger Recipe Saves Money I don’t know about you, but I get tired of the usual burger offerings at restaurants or from the frozen food section. Not to mention that prepared fake meats get pricey. I have nothing to compare it to, I guess, since I don’t buy real meat, but paying $1.25 a burger seems a little steep. For about $4.00 (and…

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This Vegetarian Pozole Recipe will Serve an Entire Fiesta

You can serve this vegetarian pozole to vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free friends, and meatatarians alike. Everyone will love it. The recipe will feed a small crowd, too! Pozole or Posole? First of all, let’s get the spelling correct. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word origin is the Nahuatle word for ‘boil,’ and it’s written ‘pozolli’ with a root word of ‘pozon.’ I’m not an etymologist, but I did major in Spanish in college and I may be able to shed…

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Instant Pot Vegan Chili con Carne Recipe Uses Faux Meat

This vegan chili con carne recipe is just one example of how to use faux meat (and hide the fact from your friends and family until after they tell you how tasty it is!). Isn’t Vegan Chili con Carne a Contradiction in Terms? One thing you need to understand about lifelong vegetarians is this—they probably have some weird fake meat habits hiding in their closets. Not that there’s anything wrong with fake meat. I even like some of the stuff.…

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Don’t Let the Words Healthy Pumpkin Scones Scare You!

Don’t let the words ‘Healthy Pumpkin Scones’ scare you! These scones have all sorts of good things, like maple chips and maple glaze and fewer calories than one you could buy at Starbucks (no disrespect to Starbucks). Nothing’s Better than Pumpkin Scones with Maple Glaze! I have this habit of going to restaurants or coffee shops, purchasing something, and then thinking, “I bet I could make this healthier!” Even before restaurants started posting the calorie count of their menu items.…

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Make These Unforgettable Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Who knew eating veggies for breakfast could taste so yummy? You’ll know they’re healthy and full of good-for-you things, but you don’t have to tell your family that they’re healthy whole-wheat waffles! Just tell them they’re pumpkin spice waffles. Pumpkin Spice Waffles My husband has acted as breakfast chef around our house for the past twenty years (I act as the supper chef). Occasionally I’ll get the itch to experiment on a Sunday morning, and this pumpkin spice waffle recipe…

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Make the Best Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough Today!

Making healthier pizza starts with a whole grain pizza crust. A little vital wheat gluten makes this the best whole-wheat pizza dough, hands down. The Best Whole-Wheat Pizza Dough “I offered to take another staff member’s cafeteria duty for supper,” I told my house guest. “When the other kids get home, could you tell them about the pizza options?” “Sure,” she answered. I pointed to the first pizza, “That’s a weird Mexican pizza with beans, and cheese, and enchilada sauce…

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