Throughout my life, I have always tried to be my personal best. In the early days, I aimed to be the best student, the best teammate, the best daughter and sister. However, as life has gotten more complex, less predictable and more and more full, I’ve found my approach of trying my personal best in every area of my life to be unsustainable. Particularly since becoming a parent, I’ve realized that I cannot always be the best mom, the best wife, the best daughter and the best worker in the same moment. Over time, I’ve needed to find ways to manage my stress and anxiety over the imperfect perfection of balancing parenting with working and family time and friend time and sometimes, just alone time. Managing that stress has become essential to my happiness and wellbeing and is a continual work in progress. In this blog series, I’ll share my lessons and strategies learned so far and the ones I continue to learn along the way.Read More
Please welcome Andie to the blog! She is a city girl with a small town heart who is passionate for real food, and an advocate for total body wellness. As a freelance writer, she has a lot of experience with healthy computer use and is here to share the latest research on the topic with us!
Computers… millions of Americans own them. Toddlers, the elderly, and practically everyone in between can access them with ease. They have become one of the best inventions and innovations, revolutionizing the world we live in today. But all of this technology comes with a price. And no, I am not just talking about the cost to purchase a computer. I am talking about the toll it can take on one’s health, when certain precautions aren’t used. The average American spends anywhere from eight to eleven hours each day staring at a screen, whether it be a computer, a tablet, a television, or a phone. 1.Read More
Have you ever been told that you’re too sensitive? Are you easily bothered by bright lights, loud noises, violent television shows or caffeine? Can you immediately pick up on the feelings and energy of those around you when walking into a room? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might be a member of the 20% of the population that can be described as a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP). An incredible body of research has emerged in recent years describing this trait and detailing some key strategies that can help sensitive individuals manage in the busy, fast-paced and technology-ridden modern world.Read More
Recently, a team of scientists at the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and University of Iowa discovered that even after raw source water from the Iowa River was treated at the University of Iowa drinking water treatment plant, the water still contained a particular class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids. 1 As acknowledged in the study, this is believed to be the first peer-reviewed study to document the presence of this class of pesticides in drinking water, causing the news to make headlines. 2Read More
Please welcome Kaitlin to the blog! Kaitlin is a higher ed professional and health-conscious mom committed to creating a healthy environment for her little one.
As winter slowly melts away, I am heartened by the glimpses of springtime - the birds chirping at sunrise, crocuses sprouting up from the soil, the sun remaining higher in the sky for just a few minutes longer each evening. I always look forward to spring - it feels like a time for new beginnings and new possibilities. Now that I have a child, I find myself yearning for spring all the more. Spring means more afternoons and evenings playing outside until sunset, fewer layers to put on to leave the house, and for my little boy, hopefully the end to his most recent bout of eczema.Read More
You really can’t go wrong with the classic combination of cinnamon and raisins. In this recipe, the spicy-sweet duo is folded into a simple coconut flour batter to make hearty, flavorful muffins. Not only do these muffins taste delicious, they are also satisfyingly high in healthy fats, fiber, minerals, and protein. Topped with a dab of nut butter or drizzled with coconut spread, they are one of our absolute favorite recipes to use as a nutrient-dense breakfast or snack on-the-go.
Sardines. What can you do with this shimmery, nutrient-packed seafood? While undeniably rich in protein, omega-3s, and minerals, the strong tasting little fish can be very challenging to incorporate into the diet. Some brave people enjoy them straight out of the can or spread neatly over crackers, but I’ve never quite managed to get them down in that way. That’s why I’m always looking for creative, simple strategies to include them in meals. One of my favorite ways to eat sardines is in this traditional Fisherman’s Eggs dish with lots of garlic, shallots and parsley. It provides just the right balance of flavors and textures to make eating sardines delicious and easy.
Okay, it’s time to talk about strength and fitness. I don’t mean simply looking in the mirror and being impressed (or depressed) by the specimen staring back at you, but actually feeling great and performing at one’s peak.
Here’s what I have found after working out for the past fifty years. Yes, that’s 5-0! I actually began my journey when my Dad bought me a workout bench and a 110 lb weight set at Sears & Roebuck on my fourteenth birthday. I was preparing for the high school football season and wanted to excel. To this day, I am convinced weight training helped me become a better, stronger, more confident and more effective player and person than I would have been otherwise. I still have the original equipment in my basement. In fact, I just used it yesterday! It’s a bit worn and showing its age… some would say like its owner! Over the years, I have collected an assortment of other equipment. No matter what you have for equipment, here’s what I recommend to maintain (or to rediscover!) your youth at any age.
With its highly palatable taste and wide availability, nearly everyone has heard about olive oil’s heart helping, cholesterol lowering, blood sugar regulating properties. Olive oil is popularly used in cooking: drizzled in the pan as a base for quick, hearty sautés or slathering over veggies for roasting. However what many people don’t realize is that this powerhouse plant oil is really best featured in dips and salad dressings where its 200 plus beneficial compounds and complex fatty acids can be enjoyed in the raw. In this article I'll share some of the key features to look for when selecting an olive oil, review tips for using it wisely in the kitchen, and share one of my favorite salad and homemade dressing recipes.Read More
Recently, we wrote about how to improve the quality of sleep using natural remedies. With sleep disorders on the rise, we think it is important to consider the various factors that promote a good night's rest. One under-discussed facet of sleep hygiene is the importance of clean air in the bedroom. If you think about this further, ideally you are spending 8+ hours in that room and breathing that air. In the cooler months, we tend to close windows so the option to increase ventilation inside your home isn’t always practical. So how can you improve air quality in your room?Read More