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The Best Healthy Living Advice I’ve Ever Gotten

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

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I hope you’ve excused my absence, sweet readers. I’ve spent the last week trying to organize a move, which has taken most of my time. As anyone who’s moved can imagine, a lot of things get put on the backburner when a move takes place!


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

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

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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.


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

Friday, February 6th, 2015

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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!


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

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

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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?


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

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

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.


#ThrowbackThursday: Fall Foods for Good Moods!

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

Happy Fall, y’all!

It’s that time of year again! We’re not quite bundled up just yet but we’re definitely enjoying some crisper air, gorgeous leaves (especially if you live in certain parts of the east coast), and…

…delicious fall-inspired foods!

I’ve already made two pumpkin rolls this fall — how naughty of me ;)


Brain Food Recipe Review: Sweet Potato Latkes

Monday, March 17th, 2014

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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).


Brain Food Recipe Review: Chocolate Banana Milkshake

Monday, February 24th, 2014
Copyright: Alicia Sparks

Copyright: Alicia Sparks

Looking for a sweet little morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up without the guilt of a ton of sugar or calories and some serious brain boosting?

I highly recommend this chocolate banana milkshake!


The Dark Side of Chocolate

Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

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 copper, zinc, and iron in dark chocolate can promote cell growth, which in turn helps your hair and skin!

Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Keep in mind, not all dark chocolate is equal. The higher the cacao percentage, the better. If you’re not sure where to start — and you’re new to dark chocolate — try 72%.

So, what are you asking your siggie other for Valentine’s Day this year? Better yet, what are you getting yourself!


Food and Exercise as Antidepressants

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

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How many of you eat when you’re stressed, anxious, panicky, or depressed?

Now, how many of you exercise when you’re experiencing those same feelings?

I didn’t conduct any formal poll, but I’m willing to bet more of you raised your hands for the first question than the second.

(After all, according to the CDC as of 2010, the percent of Americans 20 years old and older who are overweight, including obese, is 69.2%.)

Basically, more than half of American adults are overweight or outright obese.

Geesus Ayche.


 

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