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Body Image

Before and After Pictures: A Portrait of Your Mind


A few weeks ago, I published a post on my thoughts about before-and-after pictures of our bodies.

Since then, I've been thinking about how that idea relates – perhaps more positively – to before-and-after pictures of our minds.

I've always dabbled in exercise and healthy eating, but it wasn't until a few years ago that I got serious about it; not just for my body, but also for my mind. My "before picture" was horrendous, to say the least. I was extremely out of shape, both physically and mentally. I couldn't stand to look at it, much less let others see it.

Now that I'm more serious about how I treat my body, I have a healthier, more glowing "after picture." I feel a sense of pride when I step back and look at all the positive changes I've made in my life (again, both physically and mentally), and I don't mind showing others and helping them work toward beautiful after pictures, too (hence, the birth of "Your Body, Your Mind"!).

So, if you could take before-and-after pictures of your mind, how would they look?

I'll go first!

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Body Image

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


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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Diet

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


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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Clean Eating

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


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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Anxiety

The Day I Realized I’d Stopped Eating (& What I’m Doing About It)


So, I’ve lost 10 pounds in the last two weeks.

Don’t congratulate me; I wasn’t trying.

You see, I’ve been a freelance writer and editor for the past decade and, as such, I juggle several clients and a variety of projects during any given day. Having been at it as long as I have, I’ve learned how to effectively manage my time. I know how to handle responsibility—whether it’s responsibility to my work or my overall well-being (i.e. any activities that enrich my mental, emotional, and physical life unrelated to my work).

However, I’ve taken on a new project and although I LOVE IT, I’ve let it consume most of my waking hours. I’ve become so obsessed with doing this project and doing it well that I’ve...

...forgotten to eat.

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Diet

Brain Food Recipe Review: Sweet Potato Latkes


First of all, I love sweet potatoes.

My God, do I love sweet potatoes.

Second of all, sweet potatoes are packed with carotenoids which, in addition to giving them their orange color, also act as antioxidants that protect cells from damage and help form Vitamin A -- the vitamin important for sprouting new neurons and helping those neurons find each other and form new connections.

So, naturally I had to try this Vegetarian Times recipe for sweet potato latkes (which are sort of like pancakes).

You can see the entire write up over at Vegetarian Times: Sweet Potato Latkes, but below is my summary (and review).

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Diet

The Dark Side of Chocolate

As I mentioned during February's Monthly Meditation, Valentine's Day has never really been my thing; however, that doesn't mean there aren't some lessons we can learn from all the lovey-dovey-ooey-gooiness spewing out this month.

Today?

The benefits of dark chocolate, specifically how some studies suggest:


Dark chocolate can help lower your blood pressure.
The antioxidants within dark chocolate can help fight off free radicals, which are connected to health ailments like heart disease.
Dark chocolate can help boost serotonin and endorphins.


Bonus?

Some sources believe the...
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