Re-Evaluate Your Priorities

What have you noticed lately that may be slipping from your grasp?  Have you been so busy you’ve spent less time with your kids, friends, family than you are comfortable with?  Are you working on a deadline and you’ve been cooped up in your office for weeks, with no free time?

It may not be that extreme, but chances are, there’s something out of line in your priorities that you’ve been hoping to change.  What is that?

Let’s just start with that first thing that popped into your mind.  The very first thing you thought of when you read this post.

How can you begin motion on changing that, starting tomorrow?

It doesn’t have to be some huge overhaul, which can feel very overwhelming.  But what can you start to do to make some changes that will last?

Symptoms of Dehydration That Most People Don’t Know

Dehydration is something we all understand — we know what causes it, how to avoid it, and that it can be dangerous if left untreated. But what you may not know are some of the symptoms of dehydration that are lesser known. Not sure if you’re getting enough of what you need? Here are symptoms of dehydration that most people may not notice.

Dark urine. Just because you’re urinating doesn’t mean you’re hydrated enough. Is your urine dark or is it clear? Clear is best, meaning that your body is getting enough hydration. But if your urine is yellow or orange, or even a darker shade than that, get more water in you stat!

Extreme cravings for sugar. Sometimes we think that our desire for a donut or chocolate bar is just thanks to our hormones, but it could be something more. If you notice that you are hungry for sweets or carbs between meals or after you’ve exercised, you might be dehydrated. How do you know? Drink a glass of water, and if you feel better, you’ll know your body was telling you it was thirsty.

Bad breath. Dehydration leads to a decrease in saliva. And without naturally antibacterial saliva working as it should in your mouth, you’ll develop bad breath.

Feeling dizzy. If you feel dizzy, particularly when you stand up, it could be dehydration that’s to blame. It causes your blood pressure to drop suddenly when you stand. Drink more water throughout the day to keep any dizziness from occurring.

Irritable and unable to concentrate. Are you unable to sit and focus on a project? Try having some water first. Being dehydrated can affect your mood and how well you’re able to focus.

Headaches. When your body is deprived of water, your levels of serotonin are affected. This can lead to those dull general aches in your head all the way to migraines so debilitating you can’t get out of bed. Drink more water, and you should find that your headaches become much less frequent.

Avoid dehydration in the first place by drinking enough water. Stay away from sugary fruit juices, coffee, and carbonated beverages. You can add flavor to your water by adding slices of fresh fruit to it to jazz it up. Just make sure you’re getting enough water, and you might find that the problems that were plaguing you all wash away!

Somewhere along the way, the need to spring clean was ingrained in us.  After the hibernation of a frigid winter, we start fresh with a deep cleaning of our living space.  Hopefully going deeper than that, also an adjustment of our routines, attitudes, schedule, relationships and more.

But I think to start that now before spring officially arrives has its benefits.  We just started a new year, which inevitably brings new resolutions and new ideas of what you want your life to look like.

How is that going for you so far?  What needs tweaking?  Start with that, and you’ll be on a spree by the time spring arrives, where you can tackle the rest of your list it full force.

If we arrive in the spring with our failed resolutions still in tow, we will likely put off the spring cleaning as well.  It doesn’t have to be that way, though, and your growing to-do list doesn’t have to feel like a failure.  Start with jumpstarting those resolutions you may have neglected from January and start a fresh track with one or two of those.  Your confidence will compound, and you’ll be ready to tackle more in the coming weeks with that momentum.

What’s the first thing you want to change in your life?

I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve dreadingly prolonged going to the grocery store because I didn’t want to look up recipes, make a shopping list, cook things I’d never cooked before, and therefore didn’t feel confident cooking.

That’s the perfect recipe for take-out, right?

Until I finally learned my lesson, and it’s been easy sailing since…

Instead of focusing on recipes, I focus on foods.

What foods would you like to eat in the coming days?

Think about what’s in season, readily available and fresh.

Make a list of a handful of vegetables you’d like to eat in the coming week, along with a few fruits that are making your mouth water thinking about.

Go from there and create recipes with your ingredients, instead of the other way around.  Eating healthy can (and is, in my house) absolutely simple.  Recipe free, even.

Do you get caught up on recipes, too, like I did?

How do you navigate this each week?

If you’ve been thinking about ditching all of your household & bathroom items to replace them with healthier, greener options but have been putting it off because you’re incredibly overwhelmed… start small.

It IS overwhelming to overhaul anything, so you aren’t alone there.  But generally, when we feel overwhelmed, our response is to make no moves at all.  We aren’t quite sure what move to make first, so we stand frozen.  It happens all the time, to me too!

So let’s start small.

Take baby steps.

What would you like to change first?  Let’s focus on one area.

Personally, I chose to change my bath products first.

What you put on your skin goes right into your bloodstream, so choosing natural products is imperative to me.

I love Young Living’s Morning Start bar soap  and Palmers Coconut Oil Body Lotion.

What’s yours going to be?

 

We battle inflammation for many reasons.  Inflammation can be caused by stress, lifestyle choices, food allergies or sensitivities that we may or may not know we have, and from environmental toxins, to name a few.

Some of these we can control, some we cannot.  But there are definite ways we can combat the inflammation in its tracks, and a lot of those have to do with our food choices.

Some inflammation causing foods can include:

processed foods, sugar, dairy products, alcohol, fried foods.

Some foods that can help fight inflammation can include:

leafy greens, cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli and brussels sprouts, pineapple, blueberries, and ginger, to name a few.

Being mindful of reducing as many of the inflammation causing foods, and replacing them with inflammation-fighting foods is a great place to start.

What’s your favorite inflammation fighting food I listed?  Mine is blueberries 🙂

Favorite Health Apps to Achieve Your Goals From Your Phone

It’s incredible to me that less than about decade ago, our phones were merely used to call our friends and family. Now, you can do absolutely anything on it, and it’s become our very own personal assistant. We panic when we go to reach for the phone and it’s not where we left it last, and we wouldn’t dare leave it at home when we jet out to run errands. It’s a part of our lives now — and a huge part, at that. I like to take advantage of all that’s available and make my phone work to my benefit as much as possible. One of the ways I do this is by having several useful health apps on my phone that help me in various ways stay on track, no matter where I am. I wanted to share with you some of my clients’ favorites, in case they could help you, too!

FitRadio: Having a good playlist to motivate you through your workout is incredibly effective, helping the time go by faster and upping your energy. Download FitRadio and find the perfect station for you!

Couch to 5K: If you shy away from running because you feel like it’s been too long and you’re rusty, or simply not good at it, try downloading Couch to 5K. This free app helps you ease into running using a manageable approach, getting you from zero to 5k in about three months.

Happify: There’s not one of us that couldn’t use some help with our emotional wellbeing – we fluctuate day to day, and it’s something we need to be incredibly mindful of. This app was developed by positive psychology experts and is a beautiful tool in taking control of your emotional wellbeing.

PocketYoga: For those busy weeks where you can’t sneak away to a yoga class, the PocketYoga app is the perfect companion. Fit in a yoga class no matter where you are.

Charity Miles: This app is an amazing way to raise money for a charity of your choice as you also work towards your health goals. I think this is a fantastic motivation tool.

Are there any health apps you use and love that I didn’t list here? Drop them in the comments below, I’m always looking for new apps that will help make my life and my clients’ lives healthier, easier and more enjoyable!

The new year brings resolutions to finally go to the gym regularly and to get your health in order.  It’s no surprise to you to hear that the vast majority of those resolutions are dropped by spring (or even late January, early February!) — but why?

I truly believe it is planning.  It’s the exact reason why my exercise routine goes dormant, and it’s probably why yours does too.  It’s tough to change our habits and routines, and most of all, it’s hard to fit one more thing into our schedule.  Don’t you agree?

That’s the thing.  If it’s not on your schedule, it’s not going to get done.  Do you have your exercise, whether it be walking, jogging, yoga, dance, a workout at the gym — is it on your schedule?  Is there a time for it, where you know that time is carved out?

If not, fit it into your schedule this week.  Make it achievable — if you’re slammed at work this week, write in a 15-minute walk on your lunch break.  Don’t give up altogether because you don’t have an hour and a half to hit the gym.  Good luck!

Ways to Know Whether or Not that You’re Suffering from Adrenal Fatigue

There are many glands throughout your body that respond to different things. Of those glands, you may have heard of the adrenal glands which are for responding to stress. You know, the old “fight or flight” is all about your adrenal glands. Your adrenal glands send out hormones in our bodies to enact our flight or fight response, whichever one we care to choose in a given situation.

However, because stress in today’s world is much different than the stresses of our ancestors, we have something called chronic stress that lingers about for periods of time from months to years. It could be work, marriage, kids, and the fate of the world riding upon your shoulders but whatever it is, it’s causing you ongoing stress that never quits.

So what are the symptoms of adrenal fatigue? Some symptoms could include:

Fatigue that doesn’t go away even after adequate sleep, trouble falling asleep as well as waking up, excessive cravings for salt and sugar, weight loss without trying, dizzy spells, skin discoloration, rashes, or inflammation, allergies that you didn’t have before, and lack of focus.

But like many conditions, these symptoms are very vague. How do you know if you have adrenal fatigue? That’s the tricky part. There are no medical screenings to determine it as of yet. Your doctor can look for a condition called adrenal insufficiency which is a bit similar. The best course of action is to visit your doctor and make a few changes to your lifestyle to see if that makes a positive impact.

Start by eating better. Swap out processed foods for whole foods and ditch the sugars. Start incorporating supplements like fish oil, probiotics, and other vitamins that you might not be getting currently. For example, many people are magnesium deficient, and that can cause a slew of problems. Take steps to reduce your stress, and you should begin feeling better. Whatever you do, listen to your body. You know you and if you don’t feel like yourself, you should make sure you get checked out to eliminate the possibility that it’s something more serious.

It’s not uncommon to be passionate about the Earth we live in, caring about what happens to it and striving our best to protect it.  Earth day comes around once a year and we plant a lot of trees, but what can we do on a daily basis to make an impact?

One of the most powerful things I’ve done for myself is creating a daily habit of being mindful of this.  The way I do this and consider my impact on the environment is to literally look at each thing I come into contact with on a daily basis, and wonder where it will go when I am done with it.

When you go for that bottle of water at the gas station, stop and think about where it’s going when you’re done with it.  Sure, you’ve heard me say how important hydration is, and that still rings true!  But actually visualize the plastic water bottle sitting in a landfill, and you’ll be motivated to not forget your reusable water bottle next time.  Making these changes are simple, but it takes time and practice.  So, how can you practice this today and make a habit of it?