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The Early Bird Gets the….

For 14 of my 17 years as a middle school teacher, I religiously awakened while it was still dark, and either went to the gym, went for a run outside, or worked out at home. The benefits of doing this far outweighed the occasional sleepiness I might have felt at around...

5 Minutes to Eliminate Food Cravings

Sitting quietly will help me eliminate food cravings? What? As convoluted and unrelated as it sounds, there is strong connection between food cravings and high levels of stress. By addressing and dealing with this stress through daily meditation, your ability to deal...

6 Ways for Teachers to Drink More Water

Over the last 20 years, the health industry has emphasized an increase in the amount of water that individuals drink daily and it has become an entire micro-industry within the health and wellness arena. There are so many evidence-based benefits of water but it still...

6 Strategies to Drink More Water

One of the easiest and most accessible ways to improve our health is to be sure we are well hydrated on a daily basis. Our bodies cannot properly function if they are not lubricated with water, and a myriad of ailments can occur as a result. Headaches, muscle cramps,...

One Size Does Not Fit All

The South Beach Diet. How glamorous does that sound? I remember when I first heard about it 15 years ago I thought, how bad could it be? Gorgeous women, tan and fit, they wouldn’t want to starve themselves for their amazing bodies, right? I bought the book and was so...

Self Care – Why Do I Forget?

It started out as tenderness on the inside of my big toe on my left foot, and truth be told, I knew exactly what it was at that first sign of discomfort, but I just didn't want to face it. I tried to convince myself that it was merely a crack in the skin and that it...

Doughnuts, Recliners, and Shut Eye

In our country, sleep is not given the respect it deserves. Americans value working hard and often times that means going days with little to no sleep. It is seen as a badge of honor to get three or four hours a night of shut eye due to a work project or parenting a...

The Power of Gratitude

A visit to my cousin Lin's house ten years ago changed my life forever. My mom, sister, and I went for a three day stay when Lin lived in Corvalis, OR, and while we were there, Lin showed us a video that I had never heard of and didn't know anything about. I watched...

The Perils of Sugar

One of the best things to come out of doing Arbonne’s Healthy Living program was realizing the impact that sugar was having on how I felt. During my first cleanse two years ago, I could not believe how I felt after five days of no sugar. I had gotten through the...

How to be a Badass

There have been a few times in my life where I have been led to books that have truly made an impact on me. In my late 20s, when I went through a particularly rough patch where I struggled with acceptance and self-love, I was turned on to A Return To Love by Marianne...