Do You Take Your Shoes Off at the Door

Do you take your shoes off at the door?  Having a basket by your front door to slip your shoes in is a great way to keep germs from tracking through your house.  With the pollen out and allergy season in full swing — it’s also a great way to prevent pollen from being placed all around your home to irritate you.

If you don’t have a doormat outside of your front door, investing in a doormat to wipe your shoes on before entering your home can help lower the amount of debris getting into your home.  Using a doormat accompanied by leaving your shoes at the door, and your home should be well protected from all the germs lingering outdoors.

Do you take your shoes off at the front door?

 

 

Your Daily Vitamin D Requirement

Did you know more than 40% of adults have a Vitamin D deficiency? (According to the NIH)

Vitamin D is essential for us in many ways, and sunshine is the best way to get it. Getting outside 10-30 minutes a day with as much skin exposed as you can (tank top and shorts are ideal) should set you up for success on your Vitamin D requirements. This does depend, however, on how far you live from the equator and what season you’re in, so do make sure with your Doctor that your Vitamin D levels are healthy. Your Doctor can help you with supplementation if needed.

How much time do you usually spend outside on a daily basis?

How to Stop Lack of Productivity from Plaguing Your Health

Time management is a necessary skill that one must acquire. Few of us are  ever born that way, and learning to master it will help you stay on top of it all without feeling like you’re being run over and consumed by it.

The thing about lack of productivity is that if left untouched, it can make you feel even more overwhelmed. Instead of doing something about it, you might spend more time panicking when all you’ve really got to do is start planning to stop it from plaguing you.

Here’s how to get back on track:

1. Make a to-do list
The first step is listing out what needs to be done. You should make 2 drafts. The first should be everything that has to get done. The second draft should be prioritizing all those things. What needs to be done today? What needs to be done this week? Set timelines for completion and you’ll start feeling far more organized and in control.

2. Set goals
Goal-setting is so important because we need to have something to strive toward. Whether it’s for your career, weight loss, or something else, you should have a plan in mind. Don’t just look at the long-term, but the shortterm steps it will take to get there. You’ll find you feel you’re making progress when you set them in motion.

3. Stop distractions
One of the biggest distractions for everyone no matter what job they have are emails and messages. Knowing how to manage those is key to freeing up your time. Set some time aside each morning and afternoon — and set a limit for how long you’ll spend responding. Instead of answering messages all morning as they come in, focus on them from 9am to 9:30am for example. Then, get back on track and respond again later. You’ll find things run more efficiently this way.

4. Quit putting it off
Procrastination is a vicious cycle. We put things off, then we feel we’re lacking in productivity and we wind up putting them off for longer. Instead of letting something overwhelm you at the prospect of doing it, tell yourself you’re going to chip away at it for 10 minutes at a time. Break it down into manageable chunks, and you’ll find that whatever you’re dreading – compiling that big report or even just putting away your laundry – gets done faster.

5. Take real breaks
It’s never a good idea to work yourself so much that you don’t have a moment to yourself. You can’t be at your best when you’re overdoing it. When it’s time for lunch, take an actual break. Eat in the cafeteria or break room. Go sit outside at a picnic table. Just take that time for yourself and let your mind breathe, instead of spinning its wheels all day long. Throughout the day, take short brisk walks around the building to get your blood flowing. You’ll find it not only stretches your legs but also stretches your mind.

By taking on these 5 tips, you’ll begin to feel more productive in all areas of life. What do you tend to procrastinate on the most?

One way to save on food waste is to shop twice a week, instead of one big shopping trip each weekend.

When we only shop once a week, it’s much easier to over-buy to keep from running out of food during the week.  If you switch to shopping twice a week — once during the weekend and then mid-week — you will drastically improve your waste habits.  Not only is wasting food bad, but losing money is something none of us want to do, either!

For me, I usually go to the grocery store  1 x per week.

How many times per week do you typically visit the grocery store?

 

Do you have a love or hate relationship with mushrooms?

I’ve noticed that’s one of the foods people either stick their tongue out at or absolutely love.  What’s your stance?!  I don’t like them.

Mushrooms are packed full of antioxidants, boasting anti-inflammatory and anti-viral properties that are beneficial for your health.  They’re so versatile and can be thrown into nearly any recipe, so pick up a carton of mushrooms next time you make a grocery trip.

If you’re a mushroom lover, here’s an excellent recipe for you to try.

1 Carton Mushrooms (any type)

1 Tablespoon Olive Oil

3 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter (or vegan spread)

4 Cloves Garlic, Minced

1 Tablespoon Pesto

Generous Amount of Freshly Cracked Black Pepper

Heat butter/vegan spread and oil in a pan until melted. Toss in mushrooms and sauté 5 minutes.  Add pesto and black pepper, stirring to coat mushrooms thoroughly.  Continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes, until cooked through.  Enjoy!

6 Healthy Lunch Box Ideas You’ll Be Excited to Eat at Work

Bringing lunch to work is a surefire way to stay on track with healthy eating. Unfortunately, it can get boring bringing the same old stuff day in and day out. Your lunch needs a makeover, and thankfully, I have some super-tasty suggestions that will make you look forward to busting out your bento boxes and containers bursting full of flavors that rival takeout.

1. Mediterranean Munch
Satisfy your cravings for something Mediterranean by filling up your lunch box with triangles of whole wheat pita, tabbouleh, hummus, and grilled chicken slices. Greek yogurt and fresh grapes will make for a refreshing treat to finish with too.

2. Healthy Taco Salad Takeaway
The day after you have taco night with ground turkey meat(or fajita veggies as a vegetarian option) take the leftovers along with shredded cheese, diced tomatoes, guacamole, and lettuce leaves to wrap it all up in. You can add a whole wheat tortilla for more substance or go gluten-free with a crispy corn shell.

3. Sushi Unwrapped
Sushi is a filling and healthy lunch, but if you’re not good at rolling it or simply have no time, you can just deconstruct it and add it to your lunch box. Think cooked shrimp, cucumbers, crab sticks, and avocados along with brown rice and cut-up squares of nori to quickly wrap it all up and pop it in your mouth. Your co-workers will be jealous!

4. Perfect Picnic
For those days at the office that make you wish you could be out at the park or by the sea, try packing picnic-style foods in your lunch box to cheer you up. At the beginning of the week, make egg salad (use avocado instead of mayonnaise). Pack it up with some lettuce. Bring along a container of almond milk yogurt filled with sliced banana and blueberries for a filling and sweet dessert that you can feel good about eating. Add a handful of toasted granola for a crunch.

5. Crispy Crunchy Cobb
We get tired of salad because it gets soggy and dull. Instead, separate your salad into sections using a bento box. A Cobb salad is a perfect example of salad that truly shines when you have it all separated, ready to toss together when you are hungry!

6. Cucumber Wrap-Ups
Slice a cucumber into long, thin strips and roll it. Tuck spinach in the center and slice it up for a beautiful presentation you’ll love to eat. If you choose to eat meat, you could add a slice of fresh turkey in your roll, as well. Bring along fresh melon and crunchy nuts to satisfy all your senses.

Now that you know healthy lunches needn’t be boring or soggy, pack one of these up and make everyone in the office jealous of your homemade lunch!

I find it fascinating how nature AND people go through seasons of life.  In the Springtime we tend to feel energized and ready for new beginnings (hello Spring Cleaning!)

In the Autumn & Winter months, we naturally begin an inward retreat — physically and emotionally.  We slow down, spend more time indoors, go to sleep earlier with the early sunsets, and use this time as a reconnection time with ourselves.

It’s just so interesting to me that this happens naturally to us.  What do the seasons do to your mood and habits?

What’s your favorite season and what does it “do” to you!?

 

Who doesn’t love avocados?!  They’re a great source of healthy fats our brains desperately need, and they’re such a quick food item to slice open and enjoy without much preparation.

A great way to enjoy avocado is making an avocado egg bowl for breakfast. It’s quick, easy, and keeps me satisfied until lunch.

Here’s how to make it:

Crack one egg into an avocado half, sprinkle with preferred seasonings.

Bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes.

That’s it!

 

We live in a world inundated with social media, and I’ve noticed a habit of comparison going on — with me, too.  Playing the comparison game is stealing so much of our joy and creating unnecessary stress.  We can get caught up in a cloud of jealousy as we scroll and see what everyone else has that we don’t, where they’re traveling that we haven’t, etc.  If social media is going to be a part of our daily lives, we have to combat and squash this before it becomes a bigger problem.

One way I do this in my own life is framing my mindset differently.  One small change can make a huge difference — and this mindset hack is merely focusing on what you have RIGHT NOW that brings you joy.  Forget about what you hope to have next month, what you’re saving up for to finally purchase, that trip you’re planning for the summer — forget all of the future plans, and focus on what you have right this moment that brings you joy.  It can be big or small, the only thing it has to do is bring you joy.  Celebrate your small joys daily (a journal is a great way to make this practice ongoing) and put the spotlight on the things that make you happy in the here and now.

What’s one small joy in your life?