Eating Disorders Awareness: “I Had No Idea…”

By Alicia Sparks • 1 min read

The National Eating Disorders Awareness (NEDA) Week kicked off on Sunday, February 22, 2015.

This year’s NEDA theme, “I Had No Idea…”:

[…] aims to promote public and media attention to the seriousness of eating disorders and improve education about the biological underpinnings, environmental triggers, warning signs and how to help those struggling.

In honor of that, I thought I’d join the movement and share with you some facts about eating disorders you might not have known, and I encourage you to click on the source links to learn even more about eating disorders.

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POLL: Before-and-After Pictures: More Harm Than Good?

By Alicia Sparks • 1 min read

beforeandafter240I have to admit: I love before-and-after pictures off all kinds. Home renovations, furniture restorations, even makeup transformations — you name it, chances are I love looking at it.

Except when it comes to before-and-after pictures of our bodies. I’m a bit on the fence about those.

On the one hand, it’s inspiring to see someone get in great shape; it can make you feel like you, too, have the power to be your fittest self (not to mention, it makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside for the person who’s succeeding his or her goals).

On the other hand, it could make you feel as if you’re not measuring up.

If this person can look this way after this period of time, why can’t I?

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Feeling a Little Unfit? 13 Reasons NOT to Get in Shape

By Alicia Sparks • 1 min read

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Lately, I’ve been super focused on getting fit.

After my father’s death (and all the subsequent life-altering experiences that came with that while trying to juggle “regular” everyday life such as work), I put on a few pounds, made excuses not to run or attend yoga classes, and — well — just basically put my physical health on the backburner.

Now that I’ve had some time to adjust, it’s time to get back on track. I joined a gym in January (and am proud to say I’ve made it out of the “January Club”!), started cleaning up my diet again, and have been browsing various yoga classes to find something that’ll get me out of my living room and back into the studio.

(Now, if only this pesky bitter cold winter would pass, I could get off the treadmill and back to the park!)

Anyway, during this journey back to getting fit, I’ve done some thinking about why I want to get fit. Simply put, it’s for me. I want to feel better physically (which always makes me feel better mentally) as well as feel comfortable in my own skin again (another mental perk!).

During these musings, I started wondering about the reasons not to get fit. That’s right; while I firmly believe in physical wellness and how it impacts our mental health and wellness, I also believe there are reasons you should avoid when getting in shape…and I think many of you will be able to relate.

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National Wear Red Day: 3 Ways Women Can Combat Heart Disease

By Alicia Sparks • 2 min read

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Happy Friday, ladies!

If you get out and about today, you might see a sea of red — and it’s not just that everyone decided to make a bold fashion choice!

Nope, today is the annual National Wear Red Day 2015, hosted by the American Heart Association (AMA) Go Red for Women campaign.

According to the AMA:

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, causing 1 in 3 deaths each year. That’s approximately one woman every minute!

Fortunately, there are many ways we can combat heart disease — starting TODAY — even if you’re new to the game!

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Life Hack: 15 Ways to Repurpose an Old Yoga Mat

By Alicia Sparks • 1 min read

My old yoga mat has downed its last dog, I’m afraid, and I’m in the market for a new one.

However, my yoga mat and I have been through so many good (and bad, and grueling, and kiss-my-ass!) times together that I’m not ready to let her go just yet — completely, that is.

I’m Terrified of Yoga Inversions (& Other Random Confessions)

Thus, I’ve done some research on how to repurpose yoga mats. Reusing old yoga mats both helps you cut back on your environmental impact and get a few helpful tools around the home.

I mean, win/win, right? :)

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8 Resources for Clean Eating (& Improving Mental Health!)

By Alicia Sparks • 2 min read

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Over the years, research has shown that food affects not only our physical health (um, duh?), but also our mental health.

For example, a well-balanced diet can help reduce depression symptoms, prevent mood swings related to blood sugar levels, and help improve concentration.

We all know that, right?

However, what about clean eating? You know, cutting out all that heavily processed junk like frozen meals and even some “healthy” pre-packaged weight loss snacks?

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How to Overcome the Panic and Anxiety of Joining a Gym

By Alicia Sparks • 3 min read

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Although I’m a strong advocate of running outdoors, I’m not at all opposed to joining a gym (especially when exercising outside or even in your home just isn’t an option). They’re full of all the equipment you want and need, they’re great places to meet new people, and — let’s face it — Netflix marathons aside, going to the gym gives you a much better reason to wear those sweats.

However, joining a gym can be intimidating — for some (like me), it can even cause panic and anxiety.

Even so, I decided to join a gym this year as part of my physical wellness plan, and my experiences shopping around helped me figure out a few tips for joining a gym that might help you, too.

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Top 12 Your Body, Your Mind Posts of 2014

By Alicia Sparks • 1 min read

2014

Yes, I know they’re all too common, but I have to admit I love year-end round-up posts. They give me a chance to look back and see what made my readers tick, and they give you a chance to catch up on some of the most popular posts of the year!

Based on Google Analytics, social media reports, and good ol’ fashioned comments, below are the Top 12 Your Body, Your Mind Posts of 2014.

Enjoy!

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10 Mindful Quotes to Get You Through the Holidays

By Alicia Sparks • 1 min read

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Last week I blogged about how my family couldn’t really “get it together” this holiday season. Food, presents, travel—you name it, we’ve agonized over it.

My rational self knows the holidays aren’t about any of those things; they’re trivial. Still, that knowledge doesn’t always stop me—or any of us—from stressing over them.

So, I’ve turned to what I often turn to when I need to focus—quotes—and compiled a list of 10 quotes that I believe will help each of us stay mindful during this holiday season. Whether you recognize Christmas, Hanukah, or another holiday celebration, I hope these quotes can bring some peace to an otherwise worried mind.

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Learn to Let Go This Holiday Season

By Alicia Sparks • Less than a min read

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For some reason, this holiday season hasn’t been the best for my family. Frankly, we can’t seem to get our sh*t together.

Who’s going where?

Who’s cooking what?

Did we finally decide what to get Mom?

ARE YOU SERIOUSLY GOING TO A FOOTBALL BOWL GAME THE DAY BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVE?!

Of course, deep down we know none of this really matters. The holidays are all about being together—not food or presents or even where we end up with one another.

Still, every now and then I feel like Ralphie getting his faced kicked in by Santa.

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