Health and Fitness

TIPS ON FINDING THE RIGHT FITNESS ACCOUNTABILITY PARTNER

Let’s talk accountability.  Whether you like it or not, accountability is a sure-fire way to get you to your goals. However, accountability can be a bit uncomfortable. I mean, you’re essentially opening up to someone else, sharing your goals, and leaving yourself (and your flaws) out there for your buddy to call you out on. When you have a goal that you want to achieve, you need a support system to get you there. This support system is crucial because when you’re ready to give up, when you want to sleep in and miss that workout, you need an accountability partner to make you get your butt out of bed. You need them to remind you of your goals and why you want to achieve them. So, how do you find an accountability partner that works for you? Finding the accountability partner that is RIGHT f...

THINGS I LEARNED AFTER BEING DIAGNOSED WITH A RARE DISEASE

Six years ago, at the age of 18 years old, I was diagnosed with Gaucher Disease (GD) Type 1. GD is a rare lysosomal storage disorder that results from a hereditary enzyme deficiency. Before my diagnosis, I experienced some of the most common symptoms, which are enlarged liver and spleen, low blood counts, fatigue, anemia, bone pain, easy bruising, and a lot of bleeding (ie. heavy periods and nosebleeds). It’s undeniable that my journey with GD has been a long one; since being diagnosed six years ago, I have not only learned more about the disease, but I’ve learned a lot more about myself. I wrote this article to share the most important lessons I’ve learned throughout my journey with GD. This article is not written with the intent to throw a pity party or ask for sympathy; it is simply to ...

THINKING ABOUT LIVING THE CHEMICAL FREE LIFE?

In this day and age, it seems like EVERYTHING is bad for you from the food you eat to what toothpaste you’re going to use. I have given some thought to changing some of the products I use just to limit the chemical exposure to my body. Some may call me a hypocrite because I want kale, but also get shellac manicures, but hey people, that’s the way this cookie is crumbling! It’s your body so be sure to treat it how you want to ….(hopefully you are being kind of course). So if you’re interested in some healthier options for deodorants, lotions, toothpastes, etc. then read on.  Lotion When I think about lotion I think about smooth skin after a warm bath, I don’t have time to worry if it’s harmful to me or not. Unfortunately, it may be effecting you more than you know. They sa...

LOVE THE BODY YOU’VE ALWAYS HATED

By age 22, I already had a long history of self-hate and endless diets; sound familiar? Although I had successfully lost my freshman twenty through Weight Watchers, I still didn’t see beauty when I looked in the mirror, and I was convinced I never would.  I saw lumps, I saw stretch marks, I saw bumpy skin and all my imperfections. I was addicted to food and felt guilty when I indulged. It’s shocking to believe how much I hated my body, considering today – I truly love myself. I wake up and I am grateful to be alive another day. I apologize to my liver after a weekend splurge, and I overdose daily on essential oils, natural herbs, and an abundance of vegetables. My body is my temple and there is little more important to me than my health. How did I transform my ugly self-h...

TO WHAT DO YOU OWE YOUR HIGHEST VALUE?

It’s a bizarre things these days to spend hours in the kitchen or stay at home and be a homemaker, just the other day I was casually on the phone to my Grandma and we had a long conversation about recipes, talking about everyday foods we had growing up yet today they are all seen as superfoods. There was always something sprouted, pickled, fresh (herbs/tart cherries) fermented and cultured on the table which were always full of life. I grew up eating lots of fruits and veggies and still do, this was somewhat different to some of my friends and their diets they would snack on junk food instead of celery sticks, even during birthday parties! (Something we all laugh about now). I thought to myself whilst trying to wean out any extra secret information on the telephone, about how much people a...

MOTHERHOOD AND ITS INTENSE CHALLENGES

Being a mother is a wonderful experience and the closest thing to a miracle that women get to experience. But if you are a first-time mother, there are aspects of motherhood that might scare you or at least replace some of your excitement with concern. This can be avoid if you stay informed and know what to expect from such an experience. Let’s go through some of the most common struggles that mothers go through in their first phase of motherhood. 1. Postpartum Depression and Anxiety You have spent 9 months carrying your baby inside of you and as soon as you give birth to them, you might have to face a bunch of emotional changes that will affect you to the extent of depression. However, even if many mothers face this challenge, you don’t have to be a sure victim. If you keep your mind occu...

10 WONDERS OF BELLY BUTTON BATHING

Who would have thought that bathing your belly button in oils and herbs could treat health conditions? Well, according to Desi (Folk/ Native) treatments hand-me-downs they work, and it’s a tradition that needs reviving.   “I was around four years old when I had my first Belly Button bath. I suffered from awful constipation, so my mum arranged for Bibi, an elder in the local Indian community to heal me. ‘Desi’ remedies were our first calling before doctors and conventional medicine. Bibi poured a warm concoction of blended oils and herbs in and around my navel, allowed it to soak and then meticulously massaged my belly in strokes and circles. It tickled, it felt weird but it worked! A generation later, it is rare to find such a person with this knowledge because it was not passed down...

8 HERBS EVERY WOMAN NEEDS TO KNOW

I grew up in the Midwest attached to my Grandmother’s side, making herbal medicine. I would tag along behind her singing The Itsy Bitsy Spider until she gave me the look. I knew the look meant I better keep quiet or I’m going to be standing in the infamous kitchen corner. We had our ritual walk out to the garden every evening after dinner dishes for my entire childhood. We prepared herbs almost every summer night until I was “too old” to do such things. One fantastic summer, my west coast older cousin came to visit for the summer. It was the best summer of my kid life. Then one day, her whole teenage world crashed. She was wrapped up in blankets with  pain relievers and terrible menstrual cramping. My Grandmother, being her natural herb savvy self, held my hand and we went into the garden ...

YOU CAN LOVE EXERCISE AND LOVE YOUR BODY AT THE SAME TIME

I just ran past you on the street.  I’m wearing a sports bra and shorts so you can see the soft layer of  skin  covering  my tummy jiggle with each step.  “She probably hates that,”  you think to yourself. “She’s going to keep running until that goes away.”  Wrong. I don’t mind that skin. And I’ll likely keep running until, well, until  I’m tired. Don’t beat yourself up. We’ve all had those thoughts. Many of us just don’t know any better. You’ve been taught to assume that I hate my body just as you’ve been taught to hate your own body. You’ve also  likely  been taught that movement exists to help us make these bodies that disgust us look more like they’re supposed to. Our culture associates exercise with weight loss to such an extreme degree that it’s hard to imagine the ...

A DIY GUIDE TO OPENING AND ACTIVATING THE 7 CHAKRAS

A chakra (pronounced ‘cha-kra’) is an energy centre within the auric and physical body. The term chakra, derived from Sanskrit, means spinning wheel. A wheel spins like a vortex, or a whirl wind, as each chakra is a disc or node that serves as the nonphysical highway through which energy travels. These energy centers, when even, restore harmony, which translate into a sense of well-being, health and oneness. Though we commonly talk about the seven main chakras, there are 114 chakras in the body and many more on the outside of the body. However, let us focus on just the seven to get us started. Chakras restoration is not some hippy dippy trend or movement; its roots lie deep within pre-historic Indian society. Though empirically we cannot prove that chakras reside within us, we certainly ca...

A SMOOTHIE OF SELF-LOVE

In today’s world we find ourselves bombarded with information about how we should take care of our body; exercises, diets, types of foods, work out routines, etc. The number of people getting involved in a healthier lifestyle has definitely increased, some may do it just to get the “summer bod,” others may do it because they want a healthier lifestyle and some may just get dragged along into the fitness world; everybody has their reasons and that’s okay. Social media is constantly showing us the latest workouts, meal plans, workout guides, training tips, etc., which can be very overwhelming for any person who is just starting to get on board with a healthy lifestyle.   For this reason, I think it is important to share about the most effective diet, which I have started implemen...

#SUPERWOMAN JOSIE SCHWEITZER | FOUNDER OF THANK YOGA TALKS TO HARNESS

Josie Schweitzer talks to us about finding her calling, letting go of her business and the transformative power of yoga In the early 2000s, Josie Schweitzer took her first yoga class in a basement in the beautiful city of Columbus, Ohio. She was intrigued, but scared because the practice was not approachable. A few years later, in her 20s, she was introduced to a more challenging practice – and that’s when the art of yoga stuck. “The fact that I could go and sweat and feel like I’ve been worked in a lot of ways, kept me coming back to it,” Schweitzer said, who is also a runner and an adrenaline junkie. Yet, she knew there was more to yoga than just the physical benefits. “Once I started practicing, it only took a few months for me to get really, really curious as to why I was feeling...

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