Sugar Challenge Results

90 days ago my husband and I set out on a 90 Day No Sugar Challenge.  (See our beginning journal entry here) Any time, day or night, TV commercials, blogs, online ads and articles inundate us with information about our health.  Everyone knows someone who is experiencing a health crisis. My husband and I decided…

Sugar Challenge

The thought of sugar evokes celebratory images, good feelings, and pleasant sensory memories for most of us. It’s undeniable. Sugar is woven into the fabric of our daily lives, whether we are celebrating, rewarding, or comforting ourselves. Our fascination with sugar is displayed in the headlines and titles generated by health news sites, blogs, and…

What can 30 minutes of exercise do for your health?

Find out how many benefits you can get from just 30 minutes of exercise.  It will motivate you to get off the couch, chair, whatever is keeping you from a simple 30 minute walk.  Sometimes it takes the simple to have such profound effects.    

Love Unconditionally

Image captured by: Hannah Ruth Photography Valentine’s Day is a day of showing your affections toward someone you are romantically involved with or would like to be.  It can also be a time to show appreciation for your friends and family member(s). Sometimes these tokens of affection are given anonymously.  As I ruminate on this…

Relationships — My Placeholder

I just had my birthday and usually around this time I feel a little bit grumpy.  This year was different.  So many friends (silver and gold), my family, even the store clerk, made me feel special this year. My friends that are squeezing every minute out of their day for their own work and family…

Mindful Eating

Eating Mindfully or Mindlessly Eating?  How many times do you shove food in your mouth and realize that you ate about as much as a meal before sitting down to eat? Or, you wait until you are ravenously hungry so you grab the quickest and easiest food that may not be the best choice, just…

Hectic Holidays… Healthy Holidays

Are you busy?  Is everyone you know busy?  We live most days resigned to stress and endless time crunches.  For many of us, holiday time ramps up the stress to even higher levels as we gather together for numerous events with friends, family, and co-workers. Some days it is all we can do to just…

Your Local Farmer’s Market & When to Go Organic . . .

Summer is so short for those in the northern, east and midwest sections of the country.  Enjoy every minute of it!  This includes what you eat, and how you shop for your food. Make it an event and attend your local Farmer’s Market. How do you know when to go organic?  Whenever possible!  However, many people cannot…

Your Happy Healthy Starts Here

Successful eating and exercise begins with what you like to eat, and how you like to exercise.  You will be more consistent with eating the healthier foods you enjoy, rather than force feeding yourself foods that you dislike  So, for example, if you like carrots and asparagus, look for recipes that feature them, instead of say brussels…

Running the Race With Friends

Running a race is more than physical ability; it includes mental focus and stamina which may be just as important, or even more crucial to success. Increase your level of accomplishment and do it with friends.  As my official 5th/3rd race runner and former PCV (Peace Corp Volunteer) Rick says, “You get all caught up in the…

Exercise with a friend

Find a partner or a group of people who will encourage you to get outside for exercise. Studies show that working out with other people can positively motivate your routine. Check out this study on social comparison theory while exercising http://www.psychologytoday.com/files/attachments/34033/jssarticle.pdf

Spring Cleaning the Negativity – The Weeding Process

Negativity is something to avoid for our overall health because it affects us mentally, emotionally, and physically.  Starting with a simple positive thought can be a good start with treating our overall health from the inside out. Getting rid of negativity can be highly beneficial. Whether we battle negative self-talk, a negative outlook, or just encounter a…