Episode #3: Grocery Delivery, Meal Boxes, Meal Prep & Healthy Bars

Episode 3 in here and ready to go! On this episode, we discuss “on-the-go” healthy bars and snacks, meal boxes/grocery delivery and meal planning.

Thanks for listening! Below are the show notes.

  • Quick and Easy Bar options:

    • Jenna likes Larabars & RX Bars. Her favorite RX Bar flavor is Chocolate Sea Salt. There are variety packs on Amazon. Ensure you check the ingredients – ensure they are packed with sugar and you can pronounce the ingredients. 
    • Rose suggested the same as well as making your own!
    • Consider other alternatives: dried fruit, beef jerky (read ingredients), sweet potato chips (other veggie chips), packs of almond butter, whole fruit, collagen peptides (18 grams of protein in a serving, can mix in water on the go) from Vital Proteins, almonds or basic nuts, hardboiled eggs

  • Meal boxes and/or delivery: 

  • Meal planning:

    • We plan to do a full episode on this with more detail but be sure to ask yourself: is it a priority to you? 
    • If so, start setting aside time weekly or daily to make it happen.
    • Rose’s favorite recipe websites: Gimme Some Oven, Skinnytaste, Damn Delicious

#2: Standing Desks and Booze-Free Stress Relief

We’re so excited to have our second episode of the podcast ready to go – and with much better audio!

In this episode, we discuss how and why we got standing desks at work, self care when you don’t have a lot of time, and booze-free stress relief ideas.

You can listed to the episode here or find us on iTunes. Don’t forget to subscribe and leave us a review!


3 Day Refresh

Standing Desk Information

Blue-light blocking sunglasses

Self-Care with Limited Time
2 to 5 minute meditation (Calm app available in the app store)
Yoga for back pain
Ergonomic resources 

Booze-Free Stress Relief
Drinking does actually relieve stress, but only when consumed in limited amount and for certain people. In most cases, it will make stress worse. It destresses you by reducing the body’s physiological stress response, but pretty much only when you get drunk. So, that will not work in the long term! The other factor: Alcohol also takes a long time to metabolize, so while you may be feeling the effects right away, your body will still be processing that wine throughout the night – disrupting your sleep patterns.

Some replacements:

  • Try Kombucha (fermented tea) or mocktails
  • Limit your intake
  • Treat yourself to a mani/pedi instead
  • Treat yourself to a date night (bath, reading, etc.)
  • Natural Calm



The Nine to Five Balance Podcast

Jenna and I are super excited to announce the launch of our new podcast series: The Nine to Five Balance Podcast!

Like our blog, we’ll use this podcast to share how we create balance in healthy ways as busy working professionals. Each episode will appear on this website, iTunesSoundCloud and PodOmatic.

In our first episode, we explain why we’re starting this podcast, share our personal stories and offer some tips on self-prioritization, self-care and self-love. Listen below!

We’ll also answer reader questions! Submit those in the comments below or via email (ninetofivebalance AT gmail DOT com).

Note: We are still working through some technical difficulties. Episode #2 should have a higher audio quality. Thank you for your patience!

Show notes:

Jenna’s favorite yoga studio: Mama’s Wellness Joint
Rose’s favorite yoga studio: Rise Hot Yoga
Jenna’s favorite meditation app: Calm (available for free in the app store)
Positive affirmations. Louise Hay is a great resource. I’d recommend her book “You Can Heal Your Life.”

The information in this podcast is intended to be informational only, and is based on our experiences. It should not be used in place of medical advice. We want to share how we stay healthy and balanced with others. We won’t tell you how to eat or judge you for how you live. We simply want to share what we’ve learned and hope you’ll join in the conversation.



Rose: Why Self Care is Really About Self Love

I wrote about self care the other day in my challenge group. Few people responded. I’ve been grappling with why.

Maybe the post was too long. Or maybe it was too hippie-dippy. Maybe I’m just not that engaging.

I’m also wondering if maybe the concept of self care is difficult. Self care can really only begin with self love, and it takes some work. It requires you to be a little selfish, putting some needs above others. Generally speaking, I don’t think people like being that way.

SELFLOVEIt’s hard for me, anyway. I know there are certain things I should do just for me, but I don’t do them. Of course, they would likely make me happier. But I often get consumed by doing other things. Usually for other people.

It’s gotten easier with age, of course. But I still need reminders. And maybe you do, too, which is why I’m sharing this post from my group. Maybe it will help one of you on your journey. Maybe you’ll read it at the right time. Or maybe it won’t click now, but later, it will make more sense.

Light & Love,


Why Self Care = Self Love

When we were developing this group, self care was at the top of many of your lists. We weren’t surprised by this. In this world, it feels like there’s so little time. It’s a point of pride to have a full plate, especially if you’re a woman. This can feel overwhelming and daunting. It can feel like there’s no time for just you.

The first step in self care comes in the form of self love, however. When you truly love yourself, things fall into place. The sooner you start embracing that love and treating yourself right, the sooner your life will begin to with compassion, purpose and love.

It can be hard to unroot some of the beliefs you have about yourself. These may stem from childhood, and they may be so ingrained you don’t even realize it. But there are some simple ways to start loving yourself todays.

Here are a few ways I try to practice:

  • End criticism of self. Accept yourself as you are.
  • Forgive yourself. Whatever happened in the past, let it go.
  • Be kind to your self and your mind. Bad thoughts are just those – thoughts. If they bother you, gently change the thoughts.
  • Praise and support yourself. Give yourself a high-five. If you need outside help, find a person or group that can help to lift you up.
  • Be loving  with your own needs. You have needs, and that’s fine. Now, find ways to fill those and lovingly let go of old negative patterns.
  • Take care of your body. Treat your body as a temple. It will help the rest fall into place.
  • Look into the mirror lovingly. Instead of finding a fault, consider what you love about yourself. You might even want to say, “I love you!”

Today, try at least one of these. If you’re feeling ambitious, try several. See how it influences your mood.

Rose: On Meal Prepping

I’m often asked how I have time to cook while working the 9-5. The truth is: I don’t.

That’s why I spend so much time over the weekend meal prepping. I literally have no desire to cook on a weeknight. And with this method, I really don’t have to.

The key is simplifying the process as much as possible. I now subscribe to two online tools: Peapod and eMeals. I have 60 days of free delivery from Peapod, and I’m trying out eMeals to see if it’s a time saver. So far, it has been great. (And I’m not getting paid to write this!).

I print out the eMeals grocery list (delivered weekly based on your dietary preferences) and load the food into Peapod. I pick a delivery time that’s amenable to our schedules (i.e. a delivery right after vacation). Each week, I look at our schedules and see who can make which meal, and when.

I felt guilty about food delivery at first. It didn’t jive with the you-must-do-it-all mentality. But I’m at a point where my time is precious, valuable to me. I work more than 45+ hours a week, and I have two free days. I want to spend those relaxing and living – not buying food.

I do, however, spend time on the weekend making meal times easier throughout the week. And this is my typical plan:

I prioritize lunches. I always start here, making five lunches for myself and something for M. My lunches usually entail a green, a grain and a protein.

I boil eggs. These are our go-to snack. We boil in bulk.

I make at least one meal for the week, usually two. One meal can last a few days. Yesterday I made turkey sloppy joes with sweet potato fries. It was the perfect Saturday night dinner (and Sunday night, too!). And if I have a late night on Monday, there will be more of it in a pinch. This makes it much easier to avoid take-out!

I chop all veggies and prepare for time-consuming meals. Some meals need to be made that night. I make sure to take out all the leg work by doing it over the weekend. Fine dicing a red pepper, chopping an onion–these things all go a long way.

The only hiccup with this plan is when we travel. If we’re not home over the weekend, this doesn’t happen as smoothly. But during regular life, this plan keeps us on track. And to me, the cooking is worth the time it takes to eat better and feel good.