Self-care takes different forms, depending on the situation and person. Lighting a candle. Enjoying a slow coffee and breathing deeply. Taking a walk. Spending time with a friend. Choosing healthy foods. Each of those has its place. But when life feels like it's spiraling out of control, self-care may be the first thing to go. How do we stop that from happening, to make ourselves more … [Read more...] about Is it Self-Care, or Is it Stewardship?
Sometimes, especially if we have others to care for, we can let our attention on ourselves slip. When's the last time you met with your healthcare provider? Is it time to catch up on your preventive screenings and diagnostic tests? Achieving our best health depends on making healthy lifestyle choices - what we eat and drink, how we move and sleep, how we handle stress. But we also need to … [Read more...] about Step 29: Catch Up on Preventive and Diagnostic Tests
Stress eating can hit at any time. Faced with a challenge, or boredom, or discomfort, we find ourselves pawing in the pantry or digging in the fridge. And then we eat whatever might give us temporary pleasure, not because we're physically hungry. Most often, we reach for the high carbohydrate, high fat, high sugar foods. That's because when we're stressed, high levels from the hormone … [Read more...] about Step 26: Walk Away from Stress Eating
What reminds you to chase your dreams? As children, most of us had an innate curiosity and believed that one day we could be and do anything. Then somewhere along the way, some of us lost sight of those beliefs and dreams. So now, sometimes we need reminders. We may need to reflect on where we are - both personally and professionally. And think about what our lives could be like if we … [Read more...] about Step 25: For Better Health, Chase Your Dreams
We're entering the Sugar Season. It begins at Halloween, continues through Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, and might not end until perhaps Valentines Day. Candy. Pies. Cakes. Cookies. Sugar, in all its forms. What's a wanna-be healthy eater to do? Make a plan. What's Wrong with Sugar? Americans are eating and drinking too much added sugar, which is sugar or syrup added to … [Read more...] about Step 24: Survive the Sugar Season
Meal planning can seem so burdensome and overwhelming. But when we plan meals, it helps us eat healthier and stay on a budget. So how do we do it? First questions to ask: Who's eating? What dietary restrictions do they have? I'm gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free, so when I start to think about and look for recipes, I start there. What's your budget? It is possible to eat healthy on a … [Read more...] about Step 22: Plan Your Meals for the Week