Instead of picking a fruit off a tree, or a vegetable from a vine, we are shopping round, waxy produce from a pile of identical fruits and vegetables in the refrigerated section. This type of eating, while highly convenient, confuses our bodies, wallets, and the environment!
What's scarier than Halloween ghosts and goblins? 👻
According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the MAX amount of added sugars you should eat in one day are 9 tsps for men, 6 teaspoons for women, and LESS 6 tsps a day for anyone under the ago of 18.
On Halloween, guess how much sugar the average child consumes??
About THREE CUPS of sugar, which is about 144 teaspoons of sugar!!
THAT IS 24 TIMES MORE THAN RECOMMENDED BY THE AHA 🚨
Not only will this knock the immune system out (watch how many people get sick these next few weeks...), but it also leads to a whole host of health issues. #KeepingItReal
Now of course Halloween is a holiday, but as a nutritionist I wanted to take this special time as an opportunity for a public service announcement. 😘
I love and care about you and want you to have OPTIMUM health.
Indoor air pollution ranks among the top environmental dangers, and the majority of that pollution comes from the cleaners that we use on a regular basis. Often we don’t even think to relate symptoms we have to the product we use! Yet, some of the immediate effects might be headaches, nausea, irritation to the nose or eyes, and dizziness.
It’s kind of hard to believe that one of the top pollutants is caused by something that could be eliminated entirely. The problem is, then how would we keep our homes clean?
The good news: there are options.
Chemical-laden cleaning products aren’t the only means for keeping your home nice and clean. Homemade, non-toxic cleaning products are easy to use, fun to make, and are definitely better for us and the environment.
Here are natural products you can start replacing those chemical products with now:
Baking soda is great for deodorizing, shining, and cutting through grease and grime.
Castile soap is made from plant oils and is us...
When many of us think of gratitude, we associate it the act of simply saying “thank you” to someone for an act of kindness. However, gratitude is more than just a reaction or the feeling associated with feeling thankful for something.Instead, it is a positive emotion, and a deeper appreciation of someone or something. This deeper relationship with gratitude, of course, has a longer lasting effect.
Gratitude is a state of mind that we create when we affirm good in our lives that comes from outside of ourselves or from relishing in small pleasures. We all have those precious blessings in our lives that we are grateful for, but gratitude does not necessarily have to come from our own circumstances.
Practicing gratitude means developing an awareness that allows you to be grateful for things like good health, a delicious meal, a child’s smile, the air that you breathe. It is a deeper appreciation of life in all its moments. This includes negative experiences as well because by practicing gra...
It cannot be denied that everyday life has some accompanying stresses. Often we carry those stresses to bed and carry them along through the next day as we collect new stresses. With this in mind, it is essential that we take some time for ourselves to sit quietly with our thoughts, to pamper ourselves, or just to relax once in awhile.
For many of us, this sounds like a great idea, but it’s hard to put into action. We either can’t seem to find the time to take for ourselves, or a day at the spa sounds great but is not within our financial reach. Regardless, it is important to find the time because prolonged stress can lead to:
There are many ways to reduce your stress, including eating healthy, exercising, practicing meditation, and finding quiet moments to yourself. One great way is to carve out the time by creating a spa day for yourself at home. And guess what, it doesn’t cost much!
Did you know that 60% of the body is made of water?
Did you know that water takes the backseat to carbonated soda as the most popular beverage in the United States? 🥤
It’s a scary statistic not only because the dangers of drinking sugary drinks on the body, but also because the body requires ample amounts of water to help balance all of the body’s fluids, digest food, transport nutrients from food to the rest of the body, and to regulate the body’s temperature.
So basically, water is your body’s superpower. 💎
Here are some of the other benefits of keeping your body adequately hydrated:
Drinking enough water allows the body to release toxins through sweat and urination.
Water is necessary for the digestion of food and to prevent constipation.
Promotes Weight Loss
Choosing water over a soda saves on the calories since water has zero!...
If you are curious about how to enjoy all the joy and activity of the season...but still want to keep your health strong- you're in the right place. We hosted a live workshop on this very topic and you can watch the replay video below. Here we have shared some of our favorite tips.
The first tool that helps is to envision what a happy and healthy holiday season looks like for you. Try this activity:
Envision Your Ideal Holiday Season:
Spend some time in your thoughts and begin to see yourself living out the absolutely ideal holiday season. Close your eyes….breathe….think about (or journal about) the following:
Who would you spend time with?
What foods would you eat?
What presents would you purchase?
What gifts would you receive?
Where would you be located?
How would you define this holiday season as successful?
Key Question To Ask Yourself This Season:
“How does this decision serve me? Will it get me closer to my ideal holiday season? Is there a better choice I...
Do you know that the skin is the largest organ in the body?
The skin's job is to protect the body from trauma and outside dangers, regulate temperature, and sense pleasure & pain.
Like with any other organ, it is good practice to pay attention and nurture its health. One way to do this is to start a daily routine of dry brushing your skin in the morning before taking a bath or shower.
Dry brushing, appropriately enough, is exactly what it sounds like - the brushing of the skin with a dry brush. The process removes dry, dead skin cells, leaving the skin fresh and new.
You may be thinking that adding another step to your already busy routine is too much, but besides the baby-soft skin, the benefits of dry brushing go beyond just your skin - and it only takes 60 seconds!
Here are some of the incredible benefits:
The lymphatic system is comprised of a series of nodes throughout the body that are connected to one another by lymph vessels. The nodes contain immu...