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

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

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

(WILL) Power Through the Holidays

(WILL) Power Through the Holidays

I contemplated writing about the typical “it’s the holidays, let’s focus on not putting on the pounds”. I don’t think there is much I could say that would be news to everyone. Things like, “make sure you are getting in your workout on the big day”, or “keep portion sizes small”. Yada yada yada.

 

Instead of focusing on specific strategies, let’s address a few concepts to help you conquer the eating, I mean, holiday season.

 

1) Willpower – it’s finite. Meaning you will run out. Using it alone will not hold you through the day. If you wake up, spend the […] Read more

How I Saved Myself From Type 2 Diabetes

How I Saved Myself From Type 2 Diabetes

When I was diagnosed with POTS back in 2009, I completely changed my life around.  I was in a career that required travel, a LOT of travel.  I dined out most of the time.  I was inconsistent with any regular activity or fitness program.  I was somewhat of a party girl on the weekends and a wine drinker during the week.  Seemed great at the time for a thirty something single chick.

After many months of adjusting to my new POTS “body” and the fact that I looked normal on the outside, but I felt horrible on the inside most of […] Read more

How Type 1 Diabetes Is Just a Passenger on the Drive to Live Healthy & Serve Others

How Type 1 Diabetes Is Just a Passenger on the Drive to Live Healthy & Serve Others

Imagine you are a college kid, living a normal, active, healthy life and you are suddenly struck with the news your life will change forever.  This is what happened to Marcie Siegal.  Marcie was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at the age of 20.  Suddenly she found herself faced with the realization she would need to depend on multiple daily injections of insulin to simply survive.

 

At this point, she was faced with a choice – her response to her new life.  Do I let this diagnosis define me or do I live in spite of it?  Marcie not only chose […] Read more

The Stress of the Sandwich

The Stress of the Sandwich

The sandwich generation refers to adults that are “sandwiched”  between being the caregiver to their parents, as well as to their own children.  Supporting a child while looking after a parent is no easy undertaking.  It comes with a tremendous amount of emotion, dedication, self-sacrifice, and financial balance.  For the sake of this article, I will refer to them as the “caregiver”

 

According to a recent survey by the PEW Research Center, almost half of adults between 40-59 have a parent aged 65 or older, along with a child they are raising.  15% of these adults are providing financial support to […] Read more

Why Reading Labels May Be Wasting Your Time And Increasing Your Waistline

Why Reading Labels May Be Wasting Your Time And Increasing Your Waistline

 

 

Let’s face it, even if we eat the best we can possible eat most of the time, we are still faced with reaching for a snack or food with a label.  Traveling, meetings or events running longer than you thought, going to a party with very little options – these are times you may find yourself in a rut.  Or you may just be looking for a healthy treat.  Let’s assume you are looking at a label on a food that is being deemed “healthy”.  The grocery stores are riddled with labels claiming “All Natural” (what does this even mean?), […] Read more

Southwest Chicken Crockpot Taco Soup

Southwest Chicken Crockpot Taco Soup

Southwest Chicken Crockpot Taco Soup   Save Print Prep time 20 mins Cook time 4 hours Total time 4 hours 20 mins   This is another family Sunday favorite. A few tweaks to the Muscle & Fitness recipe by Jenny Grothe Author: Leslie Harrington Recipe type: Crockpot Serves: 6 Ingredients ¾ cup nonfat Greek yogurt (Wallaby organic is a good choice) 1 15-oz can 50% less sodium white beans, rinsed and drained 1 15-oz can black […] Read more