Do You Have Brain Fog?

Do you suffer from brain fog?

Does it feel like you’re walking around in a complete fog some days? Maybe you have been feeling sluggish (physically and mentally), forgetful, or just generally scatter-brained. Is this you?

If you’re nodding your head, I hear you. I suffer from this as well, and it can truly affect your days in huge ways. There are lots of things that could be causing brain fog such as stress, poor food choices, dehydration, and not getting enough sleep. Unfortunately, this is the result of us living on the go all the time!

To combat it naturally, it is essential to figure out how to reduce your stress and increase your movement. Going outside for a walk in the sun is a great way to get your blood pumping and release tension. Sleeping is important as well, so try getting to bed earlier to get a better start to your day. Netflix can wait. And finally, eat your fruits and veggies!

Which of these do you need to work on the most?

Have You Tried Coconut Water?

Have you ever tried Coconut Water?

Its popularity has increased in recent years, and for good reason. It’s delicious, incredibly hydrating and a great alternative to regular water, when you just need a little something different. Coconut water is a great drink to take with you to the gym because of its natural electrolyte levels. It can work just as well as your old standard sports drinks when it comes to keeping you hydrated, but with none of that excess sugar, you’ll find in regular sports drinks.

Besides being incredibly hydrating, it also has antioxidants, multiple vitamins, and amino acids. These are all useful in and out of the gym. Potassium, calcium, and magnesium are all in coconut water, and they are essential for keeping you hydrated, maintaining healthy bones and muscles. This is an excellent trade for traditional sports drinks, plus with lots of different flavors to choose from, it tastes great!

Wind-Down This Winter

I want you to try something new this Winter, and I think you’ll love it.

Try implementing a wind-down routine at bedtime that includes a hot beverage.  You could also use this time to read or journal, as either of those are fabulous complements to a warm, cozy drink.

Brew up some sleepytime tea, a fresh homemade turmeric latte, or even a simple hot water with a squeeze of lemon.

Each of these warm beverages packs substantial health benefits, and I know you’ll see a difference in how you feel.  I even bet you’ll sleep better with your new wind-down routine.  Give it a try!

Ways to Manage Your Smartphone Addiction

and be more present

Looking for New Year’s resolutions that will change your life? I invite you to consider making a promise to yourself to be more present in your life and put your phone down. Look, I totally get it that smartphones have made life much easier for us all. You can’t get lost thanks to GPS, you can find exactly what you need in the palm of your hand and shop smarter at the supermarket, and you can be more efficient.

But for many of us, we get sucked into the mindless stuff we can use on our smartphones too. From endless newsfeeds to time-wasting  apps, it can cause us to be glued to our phones instead of living in the moment with friends, family, and our kids.

Be honest, do you have a phone addiction? Let me know in the comments below where you fall on this spectrum.

Take control in 2019 to be more present and enjoy more of life through your eyes, not the lens of your phone. Here are 5 ways to make that happen.

Watch how much time you spend on your phone
It might help to keep a log as we often use our phones for business too. If you’re an iPhone user, the latest iOS update now includes a screen-time breakdown where you can see how much time you’re spending on your phone, and where. You’ll be shocked by the amount of time you’re spending. Thankfully, you can use settings to kick you off your phone if you’re using it too much, to retrain yourself.

Turn off useless notifications
Go to your notifications and turn them off for apps you don’t need. There’s no reason to be notified every single time one of your photos gets a like. Set a time of day where you’ll go to those apps and catch up, and set a time limit for how much time you’ll spend. When the time is up, close the app until tomorrow.

Do something more meaningful
Not all apps are a waste of time. Some of them can inspire you to do other things. One called Giantgood provides suggestions for how to add more meaning while putting your phone down. You might be told to go for a walk after dinner, call someone you love, or do something kind for a complete stranger.

Spend time outdoors
When was the last time you spent an afternoon outdoors? And no, walking from the parking lot to your office doesn’t count! I mean when did you last connect with the outdoor world? You don’t need to be a rustic outdoorsy person to benefit from nature. Just get out there and do something you enjoy, and ignore your phone while you’re there.

Say “no” to devices at dinner
For the family, enjoy more time together at the table by leaving devices off of it. Enact the rule that no one is allowed to use their smartphones or tablets, or even watch TV while you’re at the dinner table. This helps you reconnect in the real world. Find fun dinner conversations online to print off and have on hand to engage in an enjoyable discussion each night at dinnertime.

Start with one of these tips and gradually adjust to create a balance between the real world and the glossy virtual world we create and you’ll find you’re more satisfied with your life. And, who doesn’t want that?!

Be flexible.

It’s not news to you that things don’t always go our way.  Our workout plans get canceled, it’s too snowy to make it to the gym, or you can’t simply get it together this week to do your grocery shopping.

How do you handle this when it happens to you?

I invite you to consider a backup plan approach to your wellbeing going into the New Year.

When you can’t make it to the gym, what’s your backup plan for a simple home workout?

When you can’t make it to the grocery store, what’s your backup plan to get healthy food on the table until you can make it to the store?

Having a backup plan in your back pocket will help alleviate stress when things veer off course from time to time, so ponder on what those backup plans could be for you and tuck them away until you need them next.

 

How did you grow up eating?

What were the meals in your house like growing up?

It’s funny how much influence what we still eat and cook in our own kitchens now as an adult comes from our childhood.

Especially if you aren’t very explorative when it comes to food — you have some people that have overflowing Pinterest boards and love to try new things in the kitchen, and some people who love to eat the same 5 things every week, years on end.

Did you grow up in the meat and 3 sides era?

What was a typical breakfast/lunch/dinner at your house growing up?

Are you an avocado fan?

Avocado’s seem to have an incredibly loyal fan base, touting their deliciousness and diversity.   They’re a fantastic source of healthy fats and 20 different vitamins and minerals that nourish our bodies, and let’s face it — they’re tasty.

You can fit it seemingly anywhere.

Breakfast: Avocado Toast

Lunch: Egg Salad with Mashed Avocado instead of Mayo

Dinner: Buddha Bowl with Guacamole

You can even eat them for dessert when you make chocolate avocado mousse or chocolate avocado brownies.

So versatile, and that’s why people love them!

So, tell me – are you an avocado fan?  Let me know your favorite way to eat Avocado.

Why Financial Wellness is Important For Your Overall Health

We often consider our physical and mental wellbeing, but there’s something else we need to focus on to be genuinely healthy overall: financial wellness.

Finances can be taboo or uncomfortable to talk about, but it’s also incredibly important, so let’s dig in. Learning to successfully and consistently manage your finances in responsible ways is crucial to overall health. When you don’t control your money well or are in financial trouble, it can lead to stress, anxiety, and fear.

Some of us are left with the burden of debt from college while others merely don’t make enough money. But we don’t need to be investment bankers or rake in six-figure salaries to achieve financial wellness. It’s never too late to develop financially-smart tactics to get into a state of financial wellness.

Suffering from financial stress can cause you to experience the following:

• Resentment: If your debt is a result of your spouse going back to school, losing their job, or even your own anger toward your company for not paying you enough, you may harbor feelings of resentment that tear at you from the inside out.

• Stress: Wondering how you’re going to get by is stressful on its own.  Jumping every time an unknown phone number pops up on your phone just adds to it.

• Shame and embarrassment: It doesn’t matter how things have gone astray, the stigma of debt can make us feel isolated.

These feelings are isolating and can wreak havoc on your health and life. There are some steps you can take to make improvements to your situation — and it may take years to revamp your financial situation thoroughly. But knowing you’re taking baby steps in that direction instead of going backward will leave you feeling accomplished, and seeing the light at the end of the tunnel will hopefully lead you through those days.

Stop putting it off
Settle those debts. If needed, find a credit counselor that can help you make a plan and get on track. Make the plan, even if the plan takes years to complete. Just having a plan in place will show you it’s achievable and that alone is an incredible and encouraging feeling.

Stay organized
We get in over our heads when we fling our charge cards around. For the new year, make a fresh start by keeping tabs on what you’re buying and ask yourself before you buy it if it’s 1) necessary and 2) you can afford it. If you can’t, don’t buy it. There is a slew of budgeting apps out there that can help you with this, such as Mint.

Plan ahead
Set budget goals to help you get to where you want to be. If you’re paying off a student or car loan, you can set aside a certain amount per month to pay toward it. An app called Digit helps with this.

Cut out excess
Stop spending on things you don’t need — you may want that $5 latte, but you do not NEED it. Even if you cut out that café stop every morning, you’ll save around $100 monthly that you can use to apply to your financial wellness.

Keep your other areas of wellness balanced 
Take care of your overall health as you work to repair your financial wellness. It will bring you the balance and strength you need to get you through this.

By exercising good financial habits, you will come out on top in the end. Even doing one thing daily toward your financial wellness can serve to make you feel loads better, so make this a priority going into the New Year and let’s make 2019 different.

Does your family enjoy healthy foods?

Does your family enjoy healthy foods or do you have to bribe them to eat their broccoli?

Making the decision to eat healthier is one thing, but getting the family on board can be the toughest part.  I think the most significant turning point for us was realizing we didn’t have to all be on the same page.  We’re all on our different journeys, and it’s okay if we’re on that journey at different paces.

What’s your household like with this?

Charcoal for your teeth?

Activated Charcoal being used for dental care goes back to the ancient world, but it’s making a comeback in popularity.  Have you seen the new trend?  You can even buy activated charcoal toothpaste at department stores like Target, so it’s very readily available.

It can be a sight to see, brushing your teeth with black toothpaste — but the benefits far outweigh the silliness.  Even after one use, you’ll be able to notice a brighter smile.  The activated charcoal helps with hygiene, dental health and helps keep those pearly whites pearly.

Have you tried Activated Charcoal Toothpaste before?