I need cooking help! SOS Cuisine to the rescue!

I started the 5/30 Health Challenge (sponsored by Santé et Services Sociaux Québec) at the beginning of March. It ended officially on Friday the 10th of April, and it entailed a commitment for Mark and I to eat a minimum of 5 to 10 servings of fruit and/or vegetable per day, and to participate in 30 minutes of physical activity each day for 5 days a week. We started enthusiastically by logging our progress and posting it on the fridge. However, as with all new year resolutions (March 01st was my New Year - read why in my first blog post!) our enthusiasm quickly waned and we lost focus. However, all was not lost. We became much more aware of our eating habits and we have been putting a lot more effort into eating fruits and vegetables every day. 5 servings is really nothing! Oh, and I have to rave to you about this really cool website that we learned about while doing the Challenge. It's called SOS Cuisine. If you sign up, they'll send you weekly meal plans (5 meal plans for the week including desserts!), a grocery shopping list (that you can edit according to what you already have in your home), and tips on how to prepare for the coming week. Best of all, it's a Quebec organization so they promote Quebec-grown produce, and they even advise you of where items on your shopping list are currently on sale, including listings from 6 major Quebec grocery chains. Are you sold? Check it out!

As for the exercise, I must admit that I haven't been doing it as regularly as I would have liked, but this month I'm committing to focusing more on my physical activity. My cardio-poussette classes started with perfect timing (March 31st) to make this month's resolution easier to manage. I'll try to dedicate a blog post entirely to this class in the near future, because I think it's an amazing way to blast the post-baby gut while spending quality time with the kids outside. I'm also starting back into the swing of things with taiko practices. Taiko is a big passion of mine, and I'm so glad to have that activity and the people I play with, in my life. But again, more on that in another blog post! In the meantime, check out Arashi Daiko's website to read a bit about taiko and Montreal's very own taiko ensemble. :) The other night I even took 30 minutes to simply stretch after an active day. That's something that's rare for us to take the time to do, but I just felt so much better after a nice stretch, and proud that I took some time to do something for myself. I think my muscles were thanking me the next day too, because had I not taken the time to stretch I'm sure the following day they would have been sore and aching! Finally, we're still continuing with our periodic family strolls. Kira loves the outdoors and I sure hope Calvin will grow to love it, too!

So, wish me luck on my month of committing to regular physical activity! It's already almost halfway through the month!