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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....
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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...
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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...
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Anxiety

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

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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...
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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...
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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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