If you missed part 1 & 2 of my surprising journey to better health and wellness, please read that first, here (part 1) and here (part 2). This is the conclusion to my 3-part story, but really, it is just the beginning of my journey!
If you missed part 1 of my surprising journey to better health and wellness, please read that first, here.
I left my doctor’s office, thinking I would just cure myself with nutrition and fitness (nevermind the fact that I loathed working out and loved donuts), and got myself on the wait list to begin the partial inpatient day hospital in January. And unexpectedly, things began to spiral really, really quickly. My mood worsened, and it took nothing to set me off. I was snapping at everyone, and basically woke up yelling. Sun up to sun down, I was yelling. If any one thing went slightly wrong, I collapsed into a puddle of tears. Every single tiny inconvenience – or anything really – even a child asking a question – was incredibly irritating to me. The process to get into the day hospital (read: insurance nightmare) was enormously challenging for my increasingly fragile state, and I remember standing at my kitchen island, ugly crying tears of frustration, so many times. I was starting to question my decision to skip medication, because I still hadn’t gotten off the couch, or removed my face from the piles of candy I was eating.
Life gets busy. Calendars get over scheduled. Don’t let active lives be the reason you don’t make lasting memories as a family. Now, more than ever, families need to be mindful of the time that they have with one another. They need to be resourceful in finding ways to connect. In addition to family meals, impromptu evening walks, and supporting one another at solo activities, read about ways that you can promote family togetherness in fun and playful ways.
Did you know that only 21% of Congress seats are held by women, while in the Senate only 19% of senate seats are occupied by women? With women making up 50% of the U.S. population, they continue to be woefully underrepresented in our governing body.
They may not always come across your radar when it comes to staying healthy, but enzymes are a necessary and essential element for almost every process that occurs in your body. Enzymes are responsible for aiding molecule transportation around the body, metabolic processes and food digestion and nutrient absorption. The importance of digestive enzymes in particular is necessary to understand, because proper breakdown of food into the nutrients that we need relies on them.
Most distance runners are taught that carbs are an essential part of a training plan. They fuel your energy levels and give you long-burning sustainment while you’re running for hours. But new health trend called the ketogenic diet plan has taken the fitness world by storm, and the runner/health nut in me became curious. The ketogenic diet plan prescribes to a low carb, high healthy fat diet where as much as 70% of your daily intake is made up of fats. Although my runner mentality had me thinking that I needed to carb-load before all my long runs, I couldn’t ignore the anecdotal evidence presented by those who have done – and stuck to – the ketogenic diet plan. People were describing less bloat, higher energy levels, better sleep, and clearer minds. So I decided to put all my traditional thoughts on food to the side to try the ketogenic diet plan aside and to see how it fared during my training season.
Everyday we see, hear, and discuss the negativity surrounding women’s body image and self-esteem in our modern day society. Constantly we are bombarded with articles, books, and commentary about how we need to build up our young women, help them develop a strong sense of self-confidence, and do away with all the sexualized images of the female body in order to improve our young girl’s feelings of inadequacy. All of this could not be more true, but we need to first turn the mirror to ourselves and see where these perceptions are stemming from.
Traveling and having all the essentials you need can be tough. Be prepared ahead of time by making sure you pack the things you need to compete at your best level. One of the worst things when trying to compete is not having the right essentials. These can cause more stress, more unexpected costs, or make performing subpar. Let’s be prepared, so check out some tips here to help you pack what you need and maybe some other new ideas to help when traveling.
With varying maternity leave and the high cost of childcare, the decision to leave the workplace after kids isn’t an easy one, but a reality for many families. Sticking with a 9 to 5 might not be feasible, but home-based employment is becoming easier to access.
Working from home is never easy, and managing a business with little ones underfoot is more challenging than even the sternest board members. Once you’ve found the schedule and business that works best for your family, staying at home can be a rewarding (and compensated) way to spend your time.
We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite work-from home mom jobs that are making it more accessible for families to maintain a two income household throughout childhood.
There are things in this world that we moms cling to for our sanity. Each one of us has something different that allows us to escape the realities of poopy diapers, fights over the same Barbie shoe, and children who think sleep is the actual devil. But there are certain things that are universal to all moms, things that we can all relate to, knowingly nodding our heads yes as we remember that time when our child also threw an epic temper tantrum in the pillow aisle of Target. They are things that we see, do, and keep close to ourselves because they are what makes us feel like more than “mom” or simply allow us to let our minds rests for five seconds. And like our real-life BFFs, these non-human BFFs listen to our venting, take our minds off the piles of laundry and dishes, and make us feel like actual people.
From the moment our babies leave the womb we start documenting their milestones. The first smile, the first belly laugh, and the first time they sit up, along with crawling, walking, and potty training… you name it, and whether it’s baby #1 or #4, parents around the world love to celebrate their baby’s accomplishments even more so than their own.
There are a lot of things that come to mind when someone says “Mom Life.” You have visions of messy buns, leggings, runs to Walmart, lots of coffee and wine and not enough sleep. “Mom Life” means working hard to provide for your family while still caring for everyone, and oftentimes, putting yourself last. Some parts of “Mom Life” are left over from the ultimate event in motherhood, pregnancy. Stretch marks, soft tummies, and less than perky boobs are all part of “Mom Life” and for many moms, so is urinary incontinence. If you experience leaks when you laugh or sneeze, that’s incontinence and there is a discreet way to deal with this “Mom Life” issue without spending a lot of money.
There is so much out there about the benefits of caffeine, but there are also the harmful effects of caffeine. Like everything else… if it is in moderation, people can utilize the benefits and avoid the bad effects. To learn more about if caffeine is right for you or if you are intaking too much, try testing your body off caffeine. Learning to read your body when on and off caffeine is a good idea to make sure your body is functioning well without the caffeine and also when on caffeine.
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:
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.