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Resilience is Misunderstood

Resilience is Misunderstood

What do you think of when you think of resilience?  My first impression was always a person that was tough, could handle anything, bold, stoic, and always comes out winning.  What I learned of this idea is that it is overly simplistic and doesn’t capture the true complexity of what makes a person resilient.

 

Don’t get me wrong – resilience is a HUGE aspect of getting through life.  It is a quality that all of us must utilize to truly learn and grow from pain and experience.  But, resilience alone will not lead to true healing.

 

Let me explain.

 

The definition of resilience […] Read more

3 Critical Components to Crushing Your Goals

3 Critical Components to Crushing Your Goals

If we could survive on intentions and desire alone, everyone would feel & look exactly like they wish. However, there are factors that create success that go far beyond simply wanting it.

 

* Good intentions are very different from being INTENTIONAL *
Travel, daily routine, life’s stressors, life’s celebrations, and the weather are all examples of external factors that impact our ability to be intentional.
For example, if you are on vacation and intend to eat well and exercise while you are on the road, how do you establish a plan to make it happen? You could research the hotel gym, local restaurants, […] Read more

5 Grocery Store “Rules” to Live By

5 Grocery Store “Rules” to Live By

I have a love-hate relationship with the grocery store. Especially since I don’t have a single source for all of my weekly goods. Between Whole Foods, my local grocery store, the meat market and the Farmer’s Market, I am all over the place. I typically have staples at each place so I don’t often hit them all in one weekend.

 

I will say, since my new found love of Purium products, I am saving time, gas, and money on my grocery bill!  But, that is for another blog post.
1) Plan your list! Don’t go in any store without a list. I keep a pen […] Read more

My Struggle to Stay Healthy During My Dad’s Last Days of Life

My Struggle to Stay Healthy During My Dad’s Last Days of Life

Who even thinks about their own health when someone dear is dying?  Well, probably no one.

 

When my Mom passed away, I woke up at the crack of dawn after a horrible night’s sleep to go to my workout studio for my 5 a.m. class.  I did this day after day.  When I wasn’t at the studio, I was running with my dogs outside.  Some days, I’d do both.  It was the only way I could get through my day.  My running would energize me.  It was my stress “relief”, but I didn’t realize the stress it was putting on my […] Read more

What’s Not To Love About Coconut Oil?

What’s Not To Love About Coconut Oil?

The OTHER benefits of coconut oil…
We have heard it’s good for skin, oil pulling, cooking, recipes, you name it. BUT, have you heard about the benefits for fat burning, hormone balancing and energy boosting?
About 80% of Coconut oil is made up of MCT or medium chain triglycerides. 95% of fat in our normal diet comes from long chain triglycerides.

 

In my battles with insulin resistance, number one caught my eye and kept my attention!
1) Coconut oil helps to regulate or normalize blood sugar. You cannot burn fat when blood sugar and insulin are high. Coconut oil helps to normalize blood sugar […] Read more

A Mind Full of Food

A Mind Full of Food

We are entering into our fourth month of 2017 and the dust has started to settle.  Has everyone stuck to those goals they set up on January 1st?

 

One of the new buzz words I keep seeing is mindfulness.

 

Mindfulness applies to many aspects of life.  Being present, meditation, looking out for others, etc.

 

I have noticed since my work has gone from a corporate office to a home based standing desk immediately next to my kitchen, my mindfulness around eating has dramatically changed.

 

When you are in an office and you are avoiding a challenging project, you can simply walk down the hall […] Read more

Fiber, Are You Getting Enough?

Fiber, Are You Getting Enough?

It sounds so strange to say, but I love fibrous foods.

 

Not just the obvious ones, or at least the ones that people assume have great fiber.  I don’t recognize I’m eating it most of the time, but getting over 30 gram a day is my minimum goal. Eating a substantial amount of vegetables a day makes it easy for me to get my daily intake.

 

It is estimated that less than 5% of Americans get the daily fiber as recommended.
High fiber foods help:
Guard against Cancer
Heart disease
Diverticulosis
Kidney stones
PMS
Obesity
Helps support a healthy digestive tract
Keep an eye out for “faux” fibers.  These are the […] Read more

Nutty Cookies

Nutty Cookies

Nutty Cookies   Save Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 10 mins Total time 20 mins   These are cookies that have only a hint of sweet. I couldn’t tell whether I should make them sweeter, or simply let them “be”. I went with the latter. Author: Leslie Harrington Recipe type: Cookie/nut rounds Serves: 16-20 cookies Ingredients ½ cup Nuttzo Organic crunchy nut butter (peanut free) ½ tbsp grass fed butter 3 tbsp Lakanto maple syrup […] Read more

Getting Grounded

Getting Grounded

“Grounding”
I heard this term for the first time during a podcast on travel tips. I have since seen it pop up in books, other readings, and I thought, this calls for some research!

 

The theory of grounding is that our bodies are meant to come into contact with the earth (a”grounding” force) on a regular basis (I flashback to walking around barefoot at the dirtiest possible horse farm, knee deep in mud). Positive electrons in the form of free radicals can build up in our bodies & direct contact with the ground balances this out as it is a negative grounding […] Read more

What’s The Deal With “Gluten Free”?

What’s The Deal With “Gluten Free”?

People ask me all the time about gluten and what the hype is really all about.  Gluten is a term used for the proteins found in wheat.  Gluten helps them hold their shape, acting like a glue.

Wheat is not simply “wheat” as you may think of it.  Wheat includes:

wheat berries
kamut
durum
emmer
semolina
spelt
farina
farro
graham
rye
barley
triticale – a cross between wheat and rye

Wheat, or some variation of wheat, is found in many foods that you may not expect.  Below are some examples:

breads
baked goods
sauces
dressings
pasta
cereals
soups

Studies show that gluten is a major cause of autoimmune disease, digestive & gut health issues, mood disorders, weight issues & many more disruptive disorders.

Gluten […] Read more