A Year Of Gratitude

People usually celebrate their birthdays. It’s an accomplishment of sorts: being born and being alive. However, I find it somewhat odd, seeing as I didn’t actually do anything to achieve my birth or state of living. Luck allowed me to have two parents that decided to have a third child, the genes to not get significantly ill, and the fortune to not be in any tragic accidents.

So birthdays are a celebration. But they are a celebration of everything that we are grateful for.

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5 Road Warrior Tips To Stay Healthy While Traveling for Work

I’ll be honest with you, I’ve never actually traveled for work. My profession barely takes me more than a few blocks from my apartment in Chicago. Nevertheless, from family, friends, and clients, I have heard of the pitfalls that come with a job which requires frequent travel.

Sometimes you have a hotel gym with lots of equipment. Other times you are lucky to have a dumbbell. Sometimes you get off work at 6pm. Other times you get off work at 3am. Sometimes you have a Whole Foods next to your hotel. Other times you are lucky to get a 711. 

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10 Minute Sunday Routine to Prepare for a Productive Monday

If you are anything like me, Sunday evening rolls around and you begin to feel the stress of the coming week creep up like a slow rising pool.

You have  3 chapters to read for your class on Tuesday, a work project due on Wednesday, a casserole to cook for your sister’s birthday on Thursday, not to mention the million emails to read and respond to everyday.

By Sunday evening, your to-do list starts playing over in your mind like a bad record, and you can’t seem to make sense of any of it. How are you going to find time to do everything??

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5 Food Shaming Comments to Avoid

There is something that has been getting on my nerves lately, and it needs to stop.

It’s called Food Shaming.

I regularly eat a pretty healthy diet. I actually like fruits and veggies. And I love the fact that I can eat A TON of them without much worry of excess calories.

When someone rolls their eyes and says, “Oh I’m sure those cucumbers taste great, Sarah. . .” I feel really bad. I feel small, guilty, and ashamed. I almost want to eat junk food just to make the other person leave me alone.

I should not have to feel this way!!

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What I Learned In Year 25

At the beginning of this month I turned 26 years old.

I realize that I am young, and I have a long way to go in terms of knowledge and experiences. But each year I grow I little more, I learn a little more. And reflection helps to sink in whatever life skills I have acquired. That is what I intend to do now.

Below are the 3 most important things I learned in year #25.

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Calorie Density – What is it and how can it help you lose weight?

I used to be against calorie counting. I thought it promoted anxiety, OCD-type behavior, and a low self esteem. I still believe that these things are possible, but I found that counting my calories actually gave me the freedom to eat more and stress out less. This all happened once I gained an understanding of calorie density.

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Grocery Shopping Cheat Sheet

Grocery shopping can be stressful. It’s crowded, the lines are long, and they are always out of your favorite peanut butter!

Once you add the stress of reading labels and trying to buy “healthy” food, it’s almost too much to handle!

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5 Steps to Staying Healthy On the Weekend – But You Still Get to Drink!

I get it. The weekend is a time to “let loose!” It’s a time to put the dumbbell down and pick up a martini instead. But how can we have fun on the weekend without ruining our perfect week? Here are a few helpful hints!

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Three Steps to Overcoming Disordered Thoughts – Part 3

So far we have covered aspects of Disordered Eating and Disordered Body Image. But what can you do if you have those thoughts, feelings, or actions?  

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