Why a Surprise Volunteer Opportunity Blew My Mind

Why a Surprise Volunteer Opportunity Blew My Mind

One of the goals I set for myself this year was to do volunteer work.  As the end of the year approaches, I reflect on the positively amazing things that have unraveled in my life.  I attended amazing personal growth events, surrounded myself by life changing people who are changing the world.  And then I became one of them.  I realized my responsibility to give back.  To help people by sharing, teaching, coaching, expressing passion in the most impactful way.

 

Little did I know how uplifting one volunteer experience would be.
I recently reached out to the American Diabetes Association to inquire about […] Read more

It’s Time to Get A”Muse”d

It’s Time to Get A”Muse”d

I have used every excuse in the book to avoid admitting the need for a meditative practice in my daily routine.  “I can’t quiet my mind”, “I can’t sit still”, “I meditate when I exercise”, “I can’t focus”…you name it.  It wasn’t until recently that I realized that meditation needs to be as much a part of my day as brushing my teeth.

 
The past few years I have even tried to integrate various types of mediation-like activities.  I bought a “moving meditation” program, Qigong.  I tried apps like Headspace.  I went to guided meditations.   All of these options were […] Read more

5 Reasons You Are Healthier Than The Guy Next To You

5 Reasons You Are Healthier Than The Guy Next To You

Every morning when we get out of bed, we begin our battle against the enemies of our environment.

 

Starting with the water riddled with pharmaceuticals, arsenic, fluoride, endocrine disrupters, etc. that hits your skin (your body’s largest organ) in the shower.

 

You turn on the news only to be exposed to the stress of politics, horrific news of the world, and useless information.

 

Walk into the kitchen to choose your possible options. Most of which have some sort of pesticide or herbicide content, BPA exposure, processed chemicals, gluten, dairy, or other inflammatory foods that came from mineral deficient soil.

 

You leave the house and […] 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

For Pete’s Sake – What CAN I Eat From My Local Grocery Store?

For Pete’s Sake – What CAN I Eat From My Local Grocery Store?

I used to post on my old page, Vertigo Girl, a lot about grocery choices and navigating the marketing label claims on foods. Lately, instead of trying to help people work through a store like Whole Foods, I thought it would be a great idea to focus on the average grocery store.

 

Most people spend most of their shopping time at the local grocery store, so it only makes sense to try to find good options right in their stomping ground, right?

 

I spent an hour in less than 2 aisles. I could post about this topic nonstop for 365 days and […] Read more

WAIT: Put Down That Aluminum Foil!

WAIT: Put Down That Aluminum Foil!

How Aluminum May Be Damaging Our Brain Cells

Who would consider that aluminum can be affecting us in our everyday environment?
From aluminum in our drinking water and deodorant, to the absence of important minerals, like magnesium, in our soil, it is more important than ever to avoid unnecessary exposure to aluminum.
Drinking water is more acidic which causes the aluminum to be more soluble (able to be dissolved in).  Food contains fewer minerals due to commercial fertilizers.  Many remaining minerals are removed by processing and cooking.
The Western diet promotes Alzheimer’s disease in 3 distinct ways, according to Dr. Harold Foster’s article What Really […] Read more

First Timer Kelp Noodles with Shrimp & Cabbage

First Timer Kelp Noodles with Shrimp & Cabbage

First Timer Kelp Noodles   Save Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 8 mins Total time 18 mins   I finally gave these noodles a shot after trying them at Whole Foods recently. I knew they would go with anything with a nut butter base. I settle on fresh ground non GMO peanuts but I think I may actually prefer almond butter. This started out simple and I kept adding things to change the taste to get it just right. […] 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

12 Shocking Myths About Blood Sugar Everybody Should Know

12 Shocking Myths About Blood Sugar Everybody Should Know

And Why YOU Should Care…

Do you think if you eat decent and exercise you are in the clear for disease?  Think again.  It may not always be the case.

It used to be as simple as that.  However, the old exercise more, eat less concept is just outdated.  Many people are trying to exercise their way out of that piece of cheesecake they ate the night before.  Others are trying to eat well to avoid having to exercise at all.  Each of these strategies will backfire because they only serve a small piece in a much bigger puzzle.

Studies show that the […] Read more

Why Are You so Hungry?

Why Are You so Hungry?

How can you tell if you are REALLY hungry?  Blood sugar changes can dramatically influence our levels of hunger.

The idea of having to eat every 2-3 hours is not a rule. In fact, our ancestors did not have the luxury of eating 6 meals a day.  Certainly no one was screaming “watch out – your metabolism will slow down!”

It’s simple to say, just eat when you are hungry.  Sure.  Ever had an afternoon when you hear that call for chocolate?

Studies have shown that we can take people who are not hungry and make them hungry by simply showing them movies […] Read more