20 Tips for Surviving a Whole 30

So, you’re thinking about doing a Whole 30, huh? You know the one: the diet where you eliminate all sugar, dairy, legumes, grains, and alcohol, all while following a strict 3-meals-a-day regimen with zero snacking. Doing so for 30 days claims to reap countless amazing benefits, anywhere from headache relief and clearer skin, to weight loss and joint health, not to mention the fact that you might pinpoint any particular foods to which you may have an intolerance. There are dozens of reasons for wanting to try the Whole 30, but actually completing a W30 is a true feat of willpower, and not something to be rushed headfirst into without full knowledge of what to expect. We recently finished a second W30 in January, and learned some things along the way that you might want to consider if you think the W30 is right for you. Here are our biggest takeaways, in no particular order:

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Plastic Oceans: The Epidemic That is Ruining Our Oceans

Think of items you use everyday: toothbrushes, baggies for your lunches, packaging… you’ll be hard pressed to think of something that isn’t made out of plastic. We are producing 30 million tons of plastic each year, half of which is for just one use. We have created what is called a “disposable lifestyle”- half of the plastic we use is for a single use. The problem is that many of the characteristics that make plastic great for everyday life also cause it to wreck havoc on our environment. We’ve traded environmental responsibility for convenience.  

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3 Things Keeping You From Being The Mother You Want To Be

Have you ever heard the saying, “When Mama’s not happy, nobody’s happy”? While it’s meant to be a witty catchphrase, it couldn’t be more true. In most cases, mothers are the heart and the hub of their families. They’re the planners of everything – from weekly meals to the minute details of birthday parties to kick-ass playdates and bi-annual dentist appointments. They’re the executers of the 20,000 daily tasks that go into maintaining and running a home. They’re the boo-boo kissers, the midnight snack-getters, the lunch packers, the laundry doers, the dog poop cleaner-uppers, the homework helpers, the endless huggers, the school drop-off and pick-uppers, the dreamers, the planners, the worriers, the warriors – they are their families’ multi-tasking, masterminded wonder women. Just thinking about how “a mother’s job is never done” is exhausting.

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Why Moms Need Exercise

The research is clear pertaining to the many benefits of exercise. Yet, as moms, we tend to push off the need for exercise – or basically anything that involves ourselves. We make excuses – no time, too tired, we don’t know how, we can’t afford it – you name it, we’ve said it. But the truth is, excuses are just excuses – they don’t make us better, they don’t make us stronger – the only way to get better is to work harder, work better, and try harder. The excuses for exercise become our excuses for life; if we continue to not put ourselves first, we will fall into a habitual routine of never taking care of ourselves. It’s more than just exercise, it’s who we are – if we are truly important to ourselves, we’d make time for us, to be the person we want to be. 

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Getting Over The Shyness of Having Mind-blowing Sex

It’s a natural part of life, and yet, having sex may seem over or under-rated for many women. Is there a happy medium, an appropriate satiable desire in a healthy relationship, or is it simply dirty and dutiful in order to procreate and satisfy a man? Simply put: yes. Because of your environment, how you were raised, your mindset, or what you have personally experienced with sex, will inevitably dictate how you experience it. We’re here to show you three very doable (pun intended) tips, or rather give you permission to have a ravishing desire to have mind-blowing sex for the rest of your life.

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Poison-Proofing Your Home: Identifying Common Household Poisons

Statistics show that over 300 children in the United States are treated everyday in an emergency department from being poisoned. The CDC reports that at least two children die daily as a result of exposure to poisons. These numbers are dramatic, so it is necessary to check your home and property for potential hazards.

There are many items in every room of your home that can be poisonous, especially to children. Many of us use these common household items multiple times a day and do not think twice about their hazardous effects; however, it is important to recognize that these products are toxic and can result in serious injury or death.

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Run to the Chopper! A look at helicopter parenting

People love to hate helicopter parents. Google search helicopter parent and you will find article after article describing and disparaging helicopter parents. The widespread criticism extends beyond the internet; helicopter parents are criticized by teachers and other parents. These parents are known for an overprotective role in their children’s’ lives – accompanying adult kids to job interviews, college exams, and even haggling salary rates with potential employers.

Parental involvement for helicopter parents, as all parents, stems from the desire to see their children succeed. How can well-intentioned, motivated, and loving parents inadvertently create children that lack basic skills to lead independent lives? These parents are not guilty of neglect or loving care. So why the heavy criticism? Let’s give this parenting style a second flyover.

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Vial of L.I.F.E. (Lifesaving Information for Emergencies)

Have you ever thought about what your child would do in an emergency situation where you or the adult they were with became unconscious or unresponsive? Would they know how to call 9-1-1? Would they know what to tell the 9-1-1 operator? Would they be able to tell emergency responders the medical information that is needed to save your life? Teaching your child how to do these things is highly encouraged; however, there are some circumstances that just won’t allow for it. Your child may be too young or they may not be able to remember everything. Let’s face it, can you even pronounce some of the medications you take? Can you, as an adult, list the prescriptions and dosage your parents are on from memory? Most likely not; however, there is a simple solution, a Vial of L.I.F.E. Form.

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How to Use an AED

“CLEAR!” “SHOCKING!” If you watch any of those hospital drama television shows, you’ve heard these words yelled many times. These words are associated with the use of an AED, or Automatic External Defibrillator. An AED is a lifesaving device used when an individual experiences sudden cardiac arrest. You’ve seen it in movies and on TV; the doctors or nurses take those hand-held paddles and rub them together before touching them to the chest of a person who is not conscious and not breathing. You then see a violent jolt of the person’s body. This is the device delivering an electric shock to help a person’s heart return to a normal rhythm. Using an AED is currently the only way to restore a regular heart rhythm to a person in cardiac arrest.

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How to Use a Fire Extinguisher

A fire extinguisher is one of the most important tools you could have in your home to save life and property in the event of a fire. A fire extinguisher can be used to put out small fires or hold back flames until you are able to escape the area of the fire. A fire extinguisher should not be used on large, uncontrollable fires. The Fire Department should always be notified of a fire, even if you are able to successfully extinguish the fire on your own. A fire can reignite or extend into the walls where you can’t see it. Firefighters will be able to ensure the fire is properly extinguished, as well as check for extension to prevent the fire from spreading to other areas of the house.

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Demystifying Prenatal Vitamins

When you are trying to conceive and when you are pregnant, you have a lot of important decisions to make. You will also have a lot of opinions thrown your way whether you want them or not, so you’ll have to sort out what is helpful and what isn’t. One of the first things to think about even before you are pregnant is which prenatal vitamins to take, but with so many options on the market, how do you choose what is right for you? Decisions you make when trying to conceive and when you are pregnant are actually your first parenting decisions, and with a baby in your future, you want to start off right. You can totally nail the decision about prenatal vitamins if you focus on quality, research, and what is important to you.

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How to Stop Snoring and Sleep Better

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Good Morning Snore Solution. We have been compensated through the SheSavvy Influence Network. All opinions remain our own.

As a parent, the absolute last thing in the world you need to deal with is losing a minute of precious sleep. Your sleep is already severely limited, especially with a new baby or young child. Heck, when your kid is a teenager we suspect you stop sleeping well from worrying about them coming home before curfew safely. No matter what stage of life you are currently in, there are lots of things that can affect your sleep. While you can’t do much about a baby waking you up or fretting over a 17 year old, if snoring (by either you or your partner) is disrupting your night, you can deal with that problem. Several of us here at Daily Mom have dealt with snoring messing with our sleep, and we know how frustrating it can be. 

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The Health Benefits of Giving Yourself a Pedicure

Most people neglect their feet or rely on getting pedicures to clean them up. Some may not look up close at their feet for months. Did you know that this is one of the most common places for potential skin cancer spots to appear and that infections grow the fastest on cuts on your feet? Keep reading to find what to look for and ways to prevent possible heath issues.

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Six Tips to Maintain Your Health if You are Working All Day

Having an occupied schedule can be a bit tiresome and challenging on a daily basis, especially when you unintentionally forget everything all about your health. A lot of people apparently leave behind their healthy habits and routines due to busy schedules. Although these kinds of occurrences are not actually intentional, some people just tend to focus on their work and responsibilities regularly. Similarly, having and living a healthy lifestyle is a bit challenging as well, but know that with the proper knowledge and steps of the processes, your fitness and health goals can be easily achieved and maintained. Accordingly, these tips will enable you to achieve and maintain your health even on a very busy schedule, especially if you are required to work all day. 

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