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Stress, What is it Good For?

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Stress is something I’d like to consider myself an expert on, considering I’ve partaken in it almost daily for the span of my adult life. Stress is a tricky subject because there really is two ends of the sword – stress can be of value when it teaches you something, or helps prepare you for a big life event (or running away from a saber-toothed tiger). On the other end, chronic stress can be detrimental to our health when it’s...

Tips for a Better Nights Sleep

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Getting a healthy eating plan in place is difficult enough, but adding in getting a better nights sleep on top of that can seem overwhelming. I am one of the lightest sleepers you will ever meet, I wake up if a fly is in the room. It’s been mentioned numerous time that a lack of sleep can lead to a whole host of issues including increased risk of accidents, chronic health problems and your also more prone to eat ALOT....

Dealing with Anxiety and Panic Attacks

One of the unfortunate little gifts I received with my PCOS was anxiety and panic attacks. As a teenager, I was put on common anti depressants in hopes to get matters under control. Well, they made things worse, actually so bad I constantly thought I was dying. I was introduced to natural progesterone cream after discovering I was chronically low in progesterone (another gift of PCOS) and one of the pleasant side effects was being able to ween off of...

I Gave Up Social Media for a Week (insert gasps here) Here’s What I Learned

Every new year at the beginning  of the year, my church has a seek week, and a part of that week is fasting (either of the food kind, Netflix binging or social media). I’ve tried for a few years to give up social media for a week, failing miserably after the first day. This year, I actually did it. I made it 5 whole days without a tweet, like, selfie, or snap. Some in interesting things began to happen as...

Yoga: A Better Alternative to Losing Your Mind

I was always skeptical of the benefits from yoga. I always saw it as a lot of stretching and no physical exertion whatsoever. That was until I actually tried it. Contrary to what you may believe, yoga is great for helping to build strength and flexibility. While you may not get the same impact when lifting weights, yoga can help build functional strength in the body. How else would you be able to do a headstand holding yourself up by...

Meditation Isn’t That Bad (I Promise)

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One of the lovely parting gifts I received from having PCOS was anxiety and panic attacks (unwanted gift for sure). There were days where it was hard for me to even get up in the morning the panic attacks would come on the moment I woke up and last until I eventually fell asleep. One day I discovered a fantastic life coach who introduced me to meditation. All I knew about meditation at the time was that you had to...

Overcoming Fears

overcoming fears

I just got back from an awesome trip to Texas. I got to enjoy the local healthy cuisine, check out the baseball stadiums and saw a lot of cows. So what’s the big deal about the whole trip? I’m afraid of flying, but I did it anyways. I’ll be honest I’ve never imagined the day I would get on an airplane. It’s all of my fears rolled into one: confined spaces I can’t escape from, embarrassing myself in front of...

Exercise for Beginners

Exercise for Beginners

When I first started losing weight, exercising was the last thing on my “want to do list”. You start eating healthy and the weight starts falling off right? Food is half the battle, but unfortunatley you don’t wake up with abs from eating a salad (I wish). When you start working out, it’s important to take it slow. Starting out too strong will cause burnout too fast, and it’s hard enough just stepping foot in the gym in the first...