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Seven Ideas for a Healthy Mother’s Day Brunch

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Happy Mother’s Day! Toast to mom’s health this Mother’s Day with delicious recipes from across the web. Continue reading Seven Ideas for a Healthy Mother’s Day Brunch

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7 Changes I Felt After I Practiced Yoga Every Day for Two Weeks

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This week I finished a 14-day yoga challenge. That’s right. I practiced yoga every day for two weeks. When I began the challenge, I wasn’t sure if I could really find the time to practice every day. I thought: well, I already wake up early for many of my workouts, and my evening routine is pretty full – how will I find the time?

My friend Michelle is a wellness coach, and reached out to me with this challenge. She assured me that there would be a group of people taking on the challenge, so I wouldn’t be alone. And, I didn’t need much … just a yoga mat, a beach towel (for some sessions) and some space on the living room floor. So, I thought – why not give this a try?

Challenges with groups work well for me because I am an obliger. This means that when I respond to expectations, I often meet outer expectations, but have a harder time meetings expectations I place on myself. So, finding a partner or group to keep me accountable is a good thing. (ps – want to know your tendency? Take a quiz that Gretchen Rubin (author of The Happiness Project) wrote to help you find out!)

So, when I practiced yoga every day for two weeks, here are the 7 changes I felt:

1. I felt more productive. Because I had to plan each day around my yoga practice, the time I spent cleaning, cooking, and doing other evening activities became more efficient so that I could squeeze in the 30 minutes (or so) of yoga.

2. I remembered to breathe through tough moments. Yoga is all about focussing on the breath. Because I practicing this regularly, I paid attention to my breath even during the times I wasn’t practicing yoga.

3. I felt more effective during my regular workouts. Because I was taking the time to stretch every day, my strength and cardio workouts (yes, I also kept exercising during this time) were much more pleasant and I had greater range of motion during those workouts.

4. I was more mindful. Taking time each day to “be in the moment” helped me remember to practice mindfulness throughout the day.

5. I had more energy. I know that sounds a little funny, but working out and devoting a little extra energy for my body made me more energetic throughout the day. I found myself staying more attentive at work and being more present at home.

6. I felt stronger. Doing vinyasa flow is no joke- it involves some powerful pushups! And, doing that every day did make me feel stronger. Also, I felt stronger emotionally – more resilient and peaceful.

7. I became more flexible. I am including my “before” and “after” pictures to demonstrate. In these photos, you can see how much more flexible I became just after two weeks.

Yoga Challenge Before Yoga Challenge After

Now that I have practiced yoga every day for two weeks, I have proven that I can practice it at least once per week from now on. The benefits are amazing!

If you are interested in joining a yoga (or any workout) challenge, feel free to reach out to a wellness coach like my friend Michelle. Or, you can sign up for her monthly newsletter to get tips, recipes, and motivation!

Have you challenged yourself to practice yoga before? How did you feel?

7 Changes I Felt After I Practiced Yoga Every Day for Two Weeks

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Seven Life Lessons Learned in Hawaii

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This holiday, my spouse and I travelled to Big Island, Hawaii. It was the trip of a lifetime: spectacular views, incredible people, and up-close-and-personal wildlife. The best parts of the trip also taught me some great lessons in purposeful growth.

Here are the seven life lessons I learned in Hawaii.

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Nine Most Popular Articles of 2016

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And now… (drum roll please) the most popular articles of 2016! From talking about good mornings, to packing healthy lunches, to making the most of business travel, these are the articles you read the most this year. Continue reading Nine Most Popular Articles of 2016

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Why you should give up the TV (even for a weekend)

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A few weeks ago, my spouse and I decided to give up the TV with a 100% TV-free weekend. No shows to watch during Friday dinner, no late night Netflix on the IPad, and no TV breaks on the couch with a snack. And, it was harder than you might think! We didn’t realize how much time we spent being zombies in front of the TV. According to the American Time Use Survey, the average American spends 2.78 hours in front of the TV each day – that’s almost 6 hours in just one weekend!

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How to find your perfect primary care provider in 4 steps

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The Primary Care Provider Series: Post 3 of 3

It is important to find a provider that fits your health needs and your own health philosophy. In this third post of the Primary Care Provider Series, you will find four steps to finding the perfect primary care provider for you.

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What is your provider’s healthcare philosophy

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The Primary Care Provider Series: Post 2 of 3

Finding a primary care provider that is right for you is key to preventive health. Primary care providers act as the doorway to medical care. In this series of three posts, you will discover ways to find the provider that matches your needs.

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How to Get Outside more Often, and Why it’s Important

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Getting Outside for Healthy Living, Purposeful Growth, and Creative Productivity

A couple of years ago, I was lucky enough to hear a talk from Cheryl Charles, CEO of the child and nature network. She spoke about the importance of getting children outside. Cheryl’s co-founder of the Children and Nature Network, Richard Louv, states in his book Last Child in the Woods that children who are outside tend to behave better, be in better physical health, and exhibit more mental resiliency than their peers who spend more time indoors. I think this is true for adults as well.

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Go Beyond the Necktie: 21 Healthy Father’s Day Gifts!

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It’s that wonderful time of year to celebrate Dad! Support Dad this year by promoting his health. Here are 21 ideas to get you started:

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19 Ways to Prepare Notable Spring Veggies

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It’s official: May is here. This is the month of flowers, sunshine, warm(er) breezes, and spring veggies! Vegetables in the spring are delicate and delicious. In this post, I explore 6 veggies and 19 ways to prepare them with 14 yummy recipes! Enjoy.

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