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Keep Progressing Forward

I find that when life pivots in ways I was not expecting, it takes me time to adjust.  I have to rearrange and reevaluate my lifestyle.  I have to adapt in order to make things work.  I have to strive to conform to a new way of life: cook differently, think differently, shop differently.  It… Continue reading Keep Progressing Forward

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Stay Active at Home

When life gives you lemons you make the best lemonade possible.  It can be challenging to muster the energy to move when you just aren’t feeling it, but movement is beneficial.  It reduces fatigue, energizing you for the remainder of the day. It can be used to treat anxiety and depression by changing the levels… Continue reading Stay Active at Home

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10 Things to Consider While Eating on a Budget

Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to resort to overly processed ingredients to eat on a budget.  Real food can be consumed, even when pockets are not overflowing with cash.  Eating meals that are tasty, full of nutrients, and affordable are not a pipe dream.  For some, it may take a new way… Continue reading 10 Things to Consider While Eating on a Budget

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Coconut Chipotle Shrimp

If coconut cream is not a pantry staple in your kitchen you should consider making it so.  It is so versatile.  It can be used in savory recipes, sweet ones, poured into beverages, whipped into topping – the skies the limit (hence its pantry staple status).  I like it because it can be turned into… Continue reading Coconut Chipotle Shrimp

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When Fear Consumes You

Fear.  It can be paralyzing.  It can cause judgment to get thrown out the window.  It can cause panic.  It is easy to get caught up in it, but during fearful times, it is common sense and sound thinking that is needed the most.  Yes, fear is scary.  And daunting.  Something new and unexpected is… Continue reading When Fear Consumes You

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Nutrient Spotlight: Vitamin A

There are two main sources of Vitamin A: animal sources (retinol) and plant sources (carotenoids).  It is the vitamin A in plants that give it a green hue to greens, and red or orange color to some vegetables (think sweet potatoes, carrots, apricots).   It is no surprise that a diet lacking whole foods is low… Continue reading Nutrient Spotlight: Vitamin A

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The Power of Walking

Walking.  It gets a bad rap.  The idea of early morning mall walkers seems to resonate with many when the concept of walking comes up.  Some call walking a cop out.  Others see it as a waste of gym time.  It may not be as physically demanding as running or as strenuous as biking, but… Continue reading The Power of Walking

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Three Techniques to Try Next Time You’re Stressed

Stress.  It affects us all. Those emerging deadlines, never ending to-do lists, sick loved ones, financial issues can contribute to stressful lives. Chronic stress can impact mental and physical wellbeing in a negative fashion, but luckily there are ways to counter emotional stress we unavoidably face.  While most people know to use relaxation techniques, such… Continue reading Three Techniques to Try Next Time You’re Stressed

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Embrace an Imperfect Life

I was raised to believe everything had to be perfect.  Less than was undesirable.  If I did not get 100% on a test, then I had nothing to brag about.  There was no victory in mediocracy, no fanfare in good enough.  That mentality continued for years.  Disappointment was the norm if a goal was not… Continue reading Embrace an Imperfect Life

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The Quest for Food-Free Socializing

I have people I work with talk about the dread that comes with the holiday season and cozy, winter months.  “So much food.” “So many desserts.” “Food everywhere!” And it is true.  Special once-a-year items are found just about anywhere, and due to their seasonality, people find the urge to consume them: right here, right… Continue reading The Quest for Food-Free Socializing