Health and Fitness

I’M GETTING MARRIED IN SEVEN MONTHS, AND NO, I’M NOT GOING ON A DIET

It’s 65 degrees as the sun sets in Glen Arbor, Michigan. My boyfriend and I are on the beach, finishing our picnic with our instafamous Bernese Mountain Dog, Maple, when he asks if I want to go for a walk along the shoreline. He grabs my hand. We walk a few yards down from our blanket. I see a heart drawn in the sand. He gets down on one knee, sticks his hand into his pocket, and I don’t even hear what he says other than, “Marry me,” because I’m crying, and then he’s crying, and all of a sudden a ring is on my finger, and HOLY CRAP IT FINALLY HAPPENED! A few weeks later we’re having fun picking our venue, photographer, florist… and then I get to go to a stunning wedding dress boutique downtown to try on dresses. Yes, I was that girl who binge-watched Say Yes to the Dress. Mimosa, please! I...

WHAT IS THE BEST DIET PLAN FOR A PREGNANT LADY?

People want to move away from healthy eating because often, healthy eating is described as difficult to follow, cook and afford. Fortunately for your pregnant self, that is not the case. Eating well means that you have to make it easy, and certainly delicious, as well as including the food the child needs and that will stop your wishes for other unnecessary foods. The best diet plan during pregnancy is not a diet – you do not reduce the amount of food you eat, but increase the better choices of food. Below is a list of different options for breakfast, lunch and dinner for you. You can mix and match them so you do not get bored and respond to what you want to eat. Do not forget that you have to follow the safety rules of what you eat: Stay away from everything that is raw unless it is...

THERAPY. IT’S BRAVE.

Therapy. It has become less taboo to go to therapy than it was ten years ago. If you think about it, the fact that it was ever taboo at all – is laughable. We shamed people for wanting to work through their issues and have a better relationship with themselves or others. Why would that ever be a negative thing? I am so happy this idea of “perfection” is slowly being smashed into pieces and people can come forward with their problems without embarrassment. Therapy. I’ve had my fair share of sessions. Sitting on the worn leather couch staring at a complete stranger. The stranger staring back at me with a pen and paper. Waiting for me to say something worth noting. Eyeing the room for the tissue box knowing whatever is uncovered deep within the recesses of my mind won&...

EXCERISE TO BECOME MORE, NOT LESS

I remember when I used to exercise to make myself smaller. All the running I did to burn calories, to lose weight, to tone up, to fit into a smaller size – to literally make myself smaller. I also remember how that made me feel. How goals of being smaller, taking up less space physically, did not inspire me to do my best. Those types of goals were shallow and didn’t motivate me internally to push myself or to be my best. Then one day, years ago, I was at the beach by myself lying there in a red polka dot bikini feeling bad about my thighs and how big they were. And it dawned on me how crazy it was to think that and how many times I had thought that over the years. Again and again. Always berating myself and wishing I was smaller. Working towards being smaller. That day, as I looked d...

HOW I STARTED DRINKING MORE WATER

For as long as I could remember, I was never a fan of drinking water. I was told it was good for me and it was important to drink enough water, but nothing really motivated me enough to actually drink it. It felt like a mental challenge to actually grab a cup of water to drink. I felt like it tasted boring and plain. I tried making my water fancier by adding slices of fruit and cucumbers, but the taste didn’t appeal to me. I tried sparkling water, but I wasn’t fan of the carbonation. One day I stumbled upon a video on the consequences of a dehydrated body. Learning how it could negatively affect my health in detail was insightful. It also occurred to me that I might be depriving my body of something it really needs to help my organs function the way it should. I decided to take note of my ...

WHY WEIGHT DOES NOT DEFINE MY HEALTH (OR MY WORTH)

I was scrolling through Facebook when I stumbled upon a friend’s post. It was about a strict diet she was starting. She apologized in advance for the “horrible person” she was about to be for the next five days. Then I saw the comments. One said, “Just focus on the end result! I had to lock myself up in my bedroom when my husband and children ate dinner, but I made it through!” Another said, “Proof that nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.” My heart dropped. I’m a health coach. But I’m not a traditional, “help you lose weight” kind of health coach. I’m a health coach who before learning to love her body, spent years hating her body and desperately trying to manipulate it. I thought I needed to be skinny to be loved. I had a disordered relationship with food, exercise and myself. I too u...

WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HOME SMELLING GREAT WITHOUT HARMFUL CHEMICALS

Have you ever walked into someone’s home and thought, “Wow, this house smells amazing”? Maybe it had an invigorating scent of lemon or a calming scent of lavender. Now you make it your mission to get your own home smelling lovely. Before you run out to the nearest store to buy a bunch of air freshener sprays, be warned that many of them contain toxic chemicals that can stimulate or exacerbate health conditions. Most scented plug ins, wax melts and air fresheners sold in stores contain artificial fragrance that may trigger allergies or asthma. Fortunately, there are ways to make your home smell great without the toxic chemicals. Give these ideas a try and let me know which is your favorite. Light a beeswax candle Candles come in all shapes and scents. Instead of the regular paraffin candle,...

TIPS FOR LOVING EXERCISE IN YOUR 50’S AND BEYOND

Today is my 52nd birthday. Exercise is a topic that has NEVER been my favorite; you can ask just about anyone who knows me about this fact. I have never been athletic, I have never understood people who said “I love running, I love to work out.” Well, I am here to tell you it does and will make a difference in your life if, or when, you decide to commit to it!  These are some things I have learned along the way, as I am now 13 months into my journey: No matter who encourages/nags you to work out and get in better shape, until you wrap your brain around it, it just is not going to happen. No matter your current fitness level, you can do whatever it is you set your mind too, it may not happen in a month or a year, but it will if you keep pushing. You have to mix things up – hence the t...

ON GROWING UP AND GROWING OLD

Hi, I’m Riley. I’m 23, and I’m slowly but surely growing up. Though I live with my parents, I went “away” for college (two hours away) and had an adult job for a total of six months before moving back in and taking a wonderful, fulfilling internship. That adult job was a horrendous, anxiety-producing gig that forced me into therapy which subsequently changed my life and helped me make better choices. The job produced a six month low, then a month-long high, but now, I’m on the brink of another low. Life is funny that way: up down up down up up up. While I don’t want to be ruled by my circumstances, it is difficult when you’re learning things for the first time on your own and with minimal safety nets. It’s extra hard not to let your circumstances rule your mindset at my age. This new low i...

RECIPE: RAW CHOCOLATE CHIP BROWNIES

I did post this tempting photo last week promising the recipe, so here it is. It’s amazing for kids to make as well, full of fantastic ingredients that will keep you energized and not spike your blood sugar levels. Why Raw? Heat in most food destroys its natural enzymes and nutrients, which can be bad because enzymes help to fight against any illness / future illness. The benefits of eating plant-based raw are amazing as long as you have a good source of local organic produce. Your body will thank you from the inside and out! Walnuts- Great for bone health, metabolism, omega 3- mood booster, Vitamin E- antioxidant, Melatonin-sleep, weight management. Bananas- Soothes stomach, treats depression, aids asthma, helps with allergies, supports insomnia, high in several vitamins and nutrien...

CAROLINE FRANCO: AN INTERVIEW WITH A HEALTH SUPERWOMAN

January in Columbus is bleak; when the wind isn’t whipping snowflakes through the bitter air, it’s raining. The clouds are gray, people are bundled under mountainous layers of warmth. But there is one person who does her best to find the sunshine in every day, and her name is Caroline Franco. Caroline is a food, fitness and lifestyle blogger on Instagram who just happened to sit next to me on the first day of a communication lecture with 400 people. Before knowing that she had more than 8.5 thousand people following her workout videos, beautiful pictures of healthy food and positive advice, I came to know her as the girl who loved working out and was unafraid to answer the professor’s questions confidently from the back of the lecture hall. Her personality was contagious. Her fans already ...

3 I’S IN LIFE: IDENTITY, INTEGRITY AND THE INTERNET

It’s 2018, and it’s safe to say we have officially launched ourselves into an entirely new way of living. Our everyday lifestyles are now heavily influenced by technology, along with a gift and a curse known to us all as the internet. With online platforms such as Instagram, Youtube, Twitter and more, our lifestyles have changed in response to the glamorous, laid back and fun lifestyle that is so commonly broadcasted by celebrities and popular individuals with large followings for no clearly credible reason. It’s hard for anyone to argue that the internet is a place they know nothing about or don’t visit often, especially when it’s so easily accessible and undeniably mind capturing. With so much of our time and energy being devoted to either indulging in the online world or creating conten...

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