How to Fit In Exercise… When You Literally Have NO Time

Well, we all know that we should be exercising because it’s hugely beneficial to our health. It’s even scientifically proven, and study after study tells us! Yet still, only a fraction of us are actually into the daily exercise habit. Why is this the case? Can’t seem to get in daily exercise? Here are the top excuses we’ve heard: No energy/too tired No time/can’t make time (I’m a full-time parent, I work full time…) Partner/family isn’t supportive I’m injured/in pain I’m too big to move well enough/it hurts to move I’m too embarrassed/uncoordinated to exercise I don’t like exercising alone…

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How Much More Should I Eat When Pregnant or Breastfeeding?

You’re pregnant – yeah, congratulations  Baby has arrived, and now you’re breastfeeding – yeah, you’re officially a breastaurant! Eating well during pregnancy and while breastfeeding isn’t just about eating enough, it’s about WHAT you’re eating too! Let’s peek under that cozy blanket and uncover HOW MUCH you should be eating as well as WHICH FOODS should be included in your pregnancy and breastfeeding daily diet. PREGNANCY: Eating for two? (not exactly!) When you’re pregnant, what you eat (and drink) is your growing baby’s main source of nourishment. So, it only stands to reason that you’re going to need a little…

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Productive or Just “Busy”? 17 Ways To Be More Productive Every Day

The state or quality of producing something; the effectiveness of productive effort. How many excuses do you hear yourself saying every day? ‘I couldn’t get this done today because… OR I didn’t have time to do that because…’ Sometimes all it takes to be more ‘productive’ is to simply stop sabotaging yourself and get out of your own way. But not confronting procrastination and all the “I’m too busy” excuses are shining examples of ‘standing in your own way’. “Tomorrow becomes never. No matter how small the task, take the first step now!”~ Tim Ferriss So, you’ve got to prioritize…

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Meal Prep: The Shortcuts You Need to Know

A big part of feeling successful in your healthy eating regime is planning and preparing your meals ahead of time — so you’re not tempted to just stop at the fast-food drive-thru on your way home from work! So, why not bring back the tradition of good ‘ol home-cookin’ and start eating healthier, more nutrient-dense meals… at home?    Well, first off, you may be thinking that it’s way too time-consuming to cook all of your meals from scratch. However, if you plan in advance AND do at least some of the meal prep ahead of time, healthier home-cooking habits can…

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Chronic Stress – Am I At Risk?

STRESS. You can’t avoid it these days – it literally surrounds us in everyday life and virtually no one is immune to it. However, a little bit of stress is actually a good thing! It keeps us – and our neurological systems on its toes, for lack of a better term.    But, while short-lived stress is generally harmless, and sometimes even helpful (hello there, motivating adrenaline rush!), it’s when it persists and becomes chronic that it can really start to create havoc in our lives – and in our health.   Chronic stress can cause a range of concerning symptoms and not…

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GMOs… Are They Really Harmful To My Health?

GMOs… Are They Really Harmful To My Health?  Genetically modified organisms, GMOs, GM foods… terms we likely come across in any typical grocery store visit. These are also terms that can strike concern and even fear in the minds of the typical consumer.    But, could this be due to a lack of understanding about this biotechnology, or could GMOs actually be harmful to our health?   Let’s splice up the facts and see what we can unearth…   GMOs: What Are They… Exactly?  What results in a genetically modified organism (GMO) is when the genetic material (DNA) of an organism (i.e. plant, animal or…

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Help! My Negative Mindset Is Sabotaging My Health!

Help! My Negative Mindset Is Sabotaging My Health! When we don’t see the results we want, like hitting a weight loss goal, it’s all too easy to blame the outcome on external factors… I didn’t have time to exercise. It was too tedious to meal plan and eat healthy. I couldn’t afford to keep working with a Nutritionist. I was consumed by job stress and didn’t have the bandwidth to focus on anything else. My family didn’t support me and follow my plan with me, so I couldn’t stick to it. I’m too far away from my goal, so why…

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Are “Organic” Packaged Foods Better For You?

Who doesn’t love the convenience and the taste of many packaged foods? Heck, the packaging is often alluring enough for us to make a purchase alone! (possibly influenced by your kids pleading for it!)    But, even though many packaged foods now have persuasive sounding labels on them like ‘healthy’, ‘natural’ and ‘organic’, and may even contain some organic ingredients, can we trust that they’re a healthier choice than their non-organic counterparts?    And, should they have a place in our everyday diets?    Let’s take a look underneath those persuasive labels and find out.  How Do Packaged Foods Stack Up Against Real, Whole Foods?  Well,…

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Resveratrol – Do You Really Need To drink Red Wine Everyday To Benefit From It?

So, you’ve heard that drinking a glass of red wine a day can be good for your health – or bad, depending on which day it happens to be in your news feed!   Health experts have attributed this to the polyphenol RESVERATROL. Incidentally, when the media references this substance, they’re talking about trans-resveratrol.   In case you were the inquisitive kind of health seeker, polyphenols are antioxidant-rich plant compounds = phytonutrients that are amazing for your health!    Lycopene in tomatoes, lutein in carrots, EGCG in green tea, and flavonoids in raw cacao are other examples. Resveratrol is in the same class of polyphenic bioflavonoids…

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50 Simple Ways to Start a Daily Self-Care Practice

Got hygge?! (Funny enough, in Denmark and Norway it’s pronounced “hoo-ga”)   Self-care, self-love, self-support, self-nurturing or hygge… whatever you want to call it, it’s one of the greatest investments you can make for your physical, mental and emotional health & wellbeing.    Because when you nurture yourself, you’re better equipped to help others. But, self-care isn’t all about rewarding yourself at the end of a hard day or stressful week. It’s about engaging in something that is self-supportive and looks after your own needs first.   “Self-care isn’t selfish. It’s mandatory. Fuel your soul so you can give your best to your people. We need…

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