Crystal's Personal Haven: A Space For Inspiration
This week in the SCJ Clean Start Challenge, the goal was to create a personal haven that fit with Crystal's personal clean start goals. Sponsored by Glade, Crystal's space includes some yummy apple-scented Glade candles (the scent of apple helps to reduce your appetite!). Crystal did a tremendous job of turning a space in her guest room into a place for inspiration that she could go to to plan meals and remind her of her goals in the first place.
I especially admire that Crystal is focusing on cooking 80% healthy meals and 20% comfort foods. I think that in her journey to create a healthy style of eating for her family, it's important to remember the recipies that, as a child, felt like home.
Through my own personal weight loss journey, I also learned the importance of giving yourself some time off from your "diet" and indulging (in moderation, of course!) in the things that you love. Deprivation might help someone lose weight, but it eventually wears you down and it will be next to impossible to keep it off.
I think it is so very important to learn to balance the foods that you love, even if it is chocolate cake and baked macaroni, with the healthy foods - because life doesn't throw healthy food at you on a daily basis. Sometimes there are grilled cheese sandwiches being thrown your way as well - we all have to learn to make the best of a situation!
Check out Crystal's video on how she created her very own personal sanctuary!
I also love that Crystal is growing fresh herbs that she can use in her cooking! I think it will remind her to keep a fresh outlook on her cooking and her journey! I am embarking on my own journey as a single mom, and will be moving into my very own space soon - and Crystal has inspired me to create a sanctuary in my kitchen where I feel inspired to do my very best to nourish my daughter's body as well as her mind and soul. As someone who has always struggled with finding healthy options for my daughter (I was born and raised in New Orleans - ALL of our food is comfort food!) I feel like I am embarking on this journey with Crystal.
What a fantastic reminder that as a mom, I have a responsibility to provide healthy options for myself and my daughter, in order to provide her with the best possible physical health to begin her lifelong journey of learning life lessons.
I am so proud of Crystal and so honored to be a small part of this journey with her. If you agree with me, don't forget that you can go and vote for Crystal every day - help her to win 10,000 towards her very own clean start - and by voting, you too can be entered for the chance to win $1,000!