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
Bedtime should be an event to look forward to after a long day. There can be something so comforting about going through a methodical nightly routine that ends with cozying in under the covers and flicking off the lights. However, if you are one of the millions of Americans struggling with insomnia or related sleep disturbances, the evening hours can be a dreaded part of the day. Restless nights of tossing and turning can leave you feeling drained and distant rather than renewed come morning. This DIY Sleepy Time Balm offers a gentle solution; it uses a calming blend of essential oils designed to soothe the nervous system so that a deeper sleep can occur naturally.Read More
Migraines. There is really no way to describe them, no creative string of words nor playful metaphor that adequately portrays what it is like to have a migraine headache- except for maybe the adjective m-i-s-e-r-a-b-l-e. If you have ever struggled with a migraine before, or even watched a family member suffer through one, you likely understand how beastly and destructive they can be. As a migraine sufferer who has missed days of work and family gatherings with my face buried in a pillow in a dark room, this scenario is all too familiar. Yet recent studies have shown promise that a very simple treatment may provide a route of much needed relief for migraine sufferers: magnesium.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of vitamin C? Perhaps your mouth puckers at the idea of a taking a bite into the tart pink flesh of a grapefruit, or you think of ice cubes clinking in a tall glass of sweet fruit juice. Maybe vitamin C reminds you of the orange lozenges handed to you for a pending cold or sniffle in the winter. A popular nutrient known primarily for its immune-boosting properties, vitamin C can be found in many forms. The problem however, is that not all sources are created equal. We welcome back homeopath and traditional diet expert Joette Calabrese to our blog to give you a little more information on this important and often overlooked topic.
Stress. It’s everywhere. The shoulder-tensing kind of stress that leaves you wired but tired, and taunts you to devour lush chocolate cakes or guzzle steamy espressos just to keep up. When perusing articles on the subject, I noticed experts frequently warning that we must “learn how to control stress.” However, I find that this accusatory "or else!" attitude can create feelings of guilt, shame or frustration around worry and anxiety- only confounding the problem so that we are stressed about our stress! This situation is so overwhelming as there are often deeply entrenched physiological imbalances that make managing stress a nearly impossible feat, no matter how many flute-filled tunes we listen to. So, let’s take a look at the hormone cortisol as it relates the stress response to get a clearer understanding of the biochemical state of the body when we experience hyperarousal (that is, the scientific term for what we might so very eloquently call “freaking out”) and explore how we can return the body to a state of balance and stability.
How often do you wake up feeling frazzled, restless or disconnected? The shrill beep of the alarm clock cuts through the still morning all too soon and stumbling out of bed with pillow imprints mushed into your cheeks, you peer through drooping eyelids to search the cabinets for whatever munchies you can get your hands on for breakfast. Guzzle one, or two, or three large cups of a caffeinated beverage that leaves you buzzing and slightly nauseous...and you are off for the day! It is a scene that is all too familiar in today’s frenzied world, especially for the estimated 70 million problem sleepers in the United States. Oftentimes it feels that no matter how many sheep are counted, steaming cups of calming tea sipped, or room darkening shades piled onto the windows, a peaceful night's rest is completely out of reach. Recent evidence has shown that the simple practice of earthing may offer the relief of improved, restorative sleep that so many people need.
Muscle aches, cramps and spasms are just plain old annoying. A simple twinge in the back or a tight calf muscle can render you frustratingly out of commission, and it often seems that no concoction of lotions nor complex stretch regimens can bring lasting relief. Studies have shown that there is absolutely no proof that popular over-the-counter medicated muscle rubs are at all effective in the treatment of irritated muscles. As short term fixes to underlying inflammatory issues, most medicated "soothing lotions" and elaborate "pain-relieving" balms are far more harmful than they are any good. Many commercial muscle rubs contain potent analgesic drugs, which are quickly (and dangerously) absorbed into the blood stream when applied to the skin. Turns out there is an inexpensive natural remedy that big industry doesn't talk about, a remedy that gets to the core of the issue and not just the bothersome symptoms. This remedy is transdermal magnesium.
In our fast paced society, individuals are constantly scrambling to complete a medley of tasks before tucking into bed for the night, and sleep has somehow fallen to the bottom of our perceived hierarchy of needs. We are driven to stay up late staring deep into a glaring blue computer screen on a quest for the answers to our life questions, jolt awake to a vicious alarm for last minute food preparations or an ambitious trip to the gym, yet in turn find ourselves schlepping to work with large bags under our eyes sipping on a caffeinated beverage that we truly didn’t want to buy. We repeatedly manage to harshly disconnect ourselves from the beautifully intricate circadian mechanisms of nature, and then, when we try to return to a pattern of restorative sleep, we are simply unable to. What's worse, we go on adding a slew of addictive, toxic substances and convoluted rituals to help us get some sleep, and still we lie awake, panicked with self-negative thinking, "there must be something wrong with me!"