Happy Mother’s Day, beautiful! This day was established over 100 years ago to honor mothers everywhere. And that’s exactly what my four daughters did for me last Mother’s Day! They surprised me with an Arabian Nights-themed party, complete with a tent set up on the beach, beautiful pillows on the sand, Mediterranean finger food, lemonade, and champagne. I was so touched, and it was a special day I will hold in my heart for a lifetime.
My own mom used to tell me that she loved every stage of our lives... and it's wonderful for me to be at a point when I have this perspective now as well (She clearly must've blocked out my teenage years!). When I was a little girl, I wrote a book to my mom that she saved and I had saved it as well, all these years however it didn’t make it through the 2016 hurricane and subsequent 5 moves. I treasure it in my memory and attach a couple images of it that I saved below.
How beautiful and meaningful it is when we share what we love about someone with them…. And they treasure it too!
My mom passed away at age 67 during heart surgery. This was 22 years ago. Her life and her death taught me so much. As a result my medical practice focused on prevention and making the second half of our lives as healthy as possible so we can enjoy the children, grandchildren and everything that we work so hard for. After countless years of putting your loved ones first, it’s time to make YOUR health a priority.
You’ll likely see a lot of articles suggesting traditional ways to celebrate Mother’s Day, whether it be with cards, gifts or a special dinner at a favorite restaurant. But I’d like to take a different approach, and speak to moms directly, especially since Mother’s Day also kicks off National Women’s Health Week - a perfect time to empower women to make their health a priority.
Given the demands of modern life, it is not uncommon that mothers are stressed, exhausted and forget to prioritize their own self-care.
Can you relate? I bet you often feel too busy getting kids’ lunches made, driving to after-school and evening activities, balancing work with motherhood, or staying up late to clean your house. Parenting is both the toughest and most rewarding job in the world. With four daughters of my own, though, I’ve sometimes felt that the driven nature of this kind of motherhood can choke out any joy and satisfaction from daily life.
So, during this Mother’s Day and throughout National Women’s Health Week, let’s do something different and infinitely empowering: Schedule and prioritize some self-care. Remember the example given on airplanes that you must put on your own oxygen mask before helping others?
Put yourself first using some of my suggestions:
A simple exercise to try this Mother’s Day is to look at yourself in the mirror, make eye contact, and speak loving truths to your precious self and do some positive coaching. Try saying: “You are so beautiful and just wonderfully created. You have the potential to do anything you really want to do. You are healthy, loving, kind, and good,” and continue from there. You may feel self-conscious, but you’ll also find that speaking kind and encouraging words to yourself feels good; this is a powerful practice.
So let’s cheers to having the best Mother’s Day ever… and thank you for all the little things you do each day to raise our future.
Before we wrap up, I must share the one dish your Mother’s Day dinner won’t be complete without: my delicious Oven Roasted Ratatouille recipe from The Hormone Fix. It’s the perfect blend of fresh vegetables, herbs and spices, and it’s Keto-Green approved. Dinner party tip- it’s an ideal make-ahead dish too!
As well as fight brain fog and other cognitive issues. My Keto-Alkaline Protein Shake is a perfect way to incorporate more protein into your diet!