Deep Breathing for Stress Relief

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Our bodies are amazingly adaptable. When it gets dark, our pupils dilate to let in more light. When it’s too hot, our body sweats to lower our core temperature. When we cut our finger, the blood vessels in that area automatically narrow and the blood starts to clot. Our bodies are constantly protecting us with a series of biological changes in response to different environmental triggers. And this bio-feedback is no different when it comes to stress. Continue reading “Deep Breathing for Stress Relief”

The 3+3+3 Plan for Healthier Eating

IMG_0496.JPGYears ago I read an article about how the average American family eats the same 9 meals for dinner on rotation. This fact has stuck with me for years and led me on a quest to expose my family to as many new dishes as I can (without driving myself crazy, of course). However, in the years since, I have spoken to and even worked with many families who don’t love experimenting in the kitchen as much as I do. Continue reading “The 3+3+3 Plan for Healthier Eating”

Changes

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I have been blogging for over a year now and it’s been an amazing experience. It has challenged me to become more organized, be more creative, and really put myself out into the world. Through this past year, I have had many people reach out to me through email, social media, and in person asking for more personalized advice tailored to their unique lifestyle. It’s been so rewarding to play a part in helping others achieve their health goals, big or small. Continue reading “Changes”

3 Simple Steps to a Healthier 2017

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We are only a few days into the new year. This is the time that everyone makes a vow to change habits, become healthier, stronger, and improve their lives. “New Year-New You” ads are blasted at every gym, diet center, medi-spa, and salad bar. However, by the second week of February (according to recent polls) around 80% of people have abandoned their New Year’s Resolutions. Why? Continue reading “3 Simple Steps to a Healthier 2017”

I Quit Coffee (and stayed awake long enough to write about it)

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I was raised the daughter of a serial coffee drinker. My dad constantly had a pot of coffee going in the kitchen, even in the evenings. As a man working 60+ hours a week at a corporate job and running a newspaper route in the wee hours of the morning before heading off to the office to make ends meet, he was in serious need of some caffeine. My dad was (and still is) not a fan of Starbucks (or Starburns as he refers to them). He takes his coffee black with a splash of french vanilla creamer, hold the fancy syrups and whipped cream, thank you very much. Continue reading “I Quit Coffee (and stayed awake long enough to write about it)”

7 Tips to Get You Back on Track and Beat the Bloat when You’ve Overindulged

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We’ve all been there. A well deserved vacation full of decadent meals. A weekend with extended family. Moving house. An endless string of holiday parties. An extra busy week where you’re only home for a few hours to sleep. Whatever the reason, we’ve all had those times where our healthy habits get derailed. While you may have enjoyed some tasty treats (or let’s face it, ALL THE TREATS), when the dust settles you’re left with a bloated belly, sluggish digestion, an extra pound or 5, and no clue how to get back on track.

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Why I’m Cutting Out Oil (and why you should too)

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If you’re new to a whole foods, plant based diet, you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed. Perhaps you’ve just watched some documentaries like Forks Over Knives that have convinced you to ditch the meat, dairy, and eggs for your health. Maybe you’ve recently learned about the cruelty and environmental impacts of animal agriculture and you’re taking your first steps toward veganism. Or perhaps your doctor has recommended that you switch to a plant based diet to help treat and reverse your chronic diseases. Continue reading “Why I’m Cutting Out Oil (and why you should too)”