“Healthy glow.” That’s what every woman wants, right? Skin that is supple and practically radiates beauty. But most of us feel that image is almost impossible because we don’t have a spa budget, personal aesthetician, or even the slightest knowledge where to begin. Obtaining a natural glow is even more valuable than physical attractiveness. Anyone can put on make-up, lashes, lip gloss, and bronzer, but when you “glow” you can walk with confidence regardless of what you are or are not wearing…
Dull, drab, unfashionable, that’s exactly how I felt only a couple of years ago. After having a baby, moving to a new city and leaving a career, I felt a little lost. The identity I thought I knew was no longer and I found myself self-conscious and uncertain. It is during these seasons that it is so easy for the comparison trap to hook us…
Rushing in the door with groceries in hand and coaching my toddler in out of the heat, I set the bags down on the floor with a “Humph.” We had just returned from running errands. It always takes longer to run errands with a 2-year-old. I know this. But now, the time was slipping away and I needed to get her lunch fast, before a royal meltdown…
If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. –Fred DeVito
These familiar words ring true. But, has your challenge ever felt “too big?” Overwhelming, perhaps? Staying motivated along the journey of weight loss or even weight maintenance seems to become a struggle for most everyone at some point. “Maintaining motivation” is one of the most commonly reported challenges I hear when talking with individuals about health changes. Even though I am a nutrition professional, I am not immune from this same struggle as I discussed in this article. The question everyone is asking is “How do I stay motivated?”
Every bite you take is either fighting disease or feeding it. –Anonymous
As described in the Sugar Series, Part 1 and Part 2, sugar has a way of sneaking into our kitchen and meals, becoming a friend and sabotaging our taste buds. Knowingly or unknowingly, we have allowed it. But, we don’t have to permit it to invade our lives. The first step is knowing the facts and the second is understanding where it is coming from. For knowledge to lead to action, we need to be convinced it is actually possible. Are you?
A baby fills a place in your heart that you never knew was empty. –Anonymous
Babies expand your capacity to love and receive love. I am now 26 weeks along in pregnancy and so grateful to be able to experience this beautiful expectant season, once again.
Every season in life has the potential to change, grow and mature you in countless ways. As most mommies and daddies anticipate the birth of a child as a huge life change lingering in the not-so-distant future, the actual season of pregnancy is like a meadow of wildflowers- little gifts of beauty waiting to be picked.
We all know that investing in our health now can save HUGE on healthcare costs in the future. But the fact remains that eating a healthy diet can drive up our food bill each month. In fact, a research review showed that consumers pay $1.50 more per day (per person) to eat a healthy diet! Wow!! Essentially, a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, and nuts costs a lot more than refined grains, and processed meats/foods. For many, the added cost of healthy foods only causes more stress, making it difficult to stick to a healthy meal plan long term.
Never had I felt so helpless. But, never have I felt so relieved. My daughter was a newborn with colic. Our family lived away and my husband and I were on our own, learning how to care for this tiny baby girl. But, she wouldn’t stop crying. Holding her was about the only thing that would do the trick, and that wasn’t always reliable. It was in those early weeks that my husband embodied ‘hero.’