Eating Seeds in Folsom, CA

Each week, Be Better Movement features our active participants completing the challenges around the country. We all come from different places, different life experiences and different cultures, but have one thing in common. We are committed to turn self improvement into global improvement. We hope that you become inspired by the stories told. 

Hi! My name is Alixis, and I recently moved to Folsom, CA. (I’m originally from Portland, OR.) I had my baby girl Sonora on my 25th birthday! She's now four and a half months old and brings so much joy into my life. I work from home, which is both a blessing and a challenge, but I'm glad I can spend my time with my baby girl and my husband Nicholas. Being a new mom is definitely an adjustment, and my biggest challenge is making time for myself. I've had to reframe what "taking care of myself" means with a newborn, and I cherish the time I’m able to make bread, eat healthy foods, and go on walks with Nick and the baby. (And shower, haha! I cherish my showers.) I'm grateful for Be Better challenges to remind me of other ways I can improve my life.

My favorite part of this week’s challenge to eat seeds was trying something I normally wouldn't try. Usually, I stick with with plain seeds, but today I tried roasted salted pumpkin seeds. I'm hooked! I had some difficulty keeping the seeds out of Sonora's reach because she was so interested in them, but I experienced even greater difficulty not eating the whole bag by myself. I'm glad I completed this challenge because I now have more ideas for foods I can add seeds to, such as salads, soups, etc. I'm excited about trying them out. I have regularly eaten seeds in the past, but trying them in different ways has motivated me to include them more in my day-to-day life.

The "Every Mother Counts" charity is personal to me since I just had a baby four months ago. Being able to raise money for the charity by completing this challenge is a huge motivator for me. It's something small I can do that improves my life and the lives of others--what could be better?