Each day, we're faced with hundreds of small decisions to make. And often, our priorities collide. That can feel especially true during the busy holiday season. Do I start my shopping from the couch, or lace up my boots and go hiking with my family? What about that extra glass of wine I want to have with my friends, even though it's likely to throw off my sleep schedule? Should I eat the … [Read more...] about Decisions, Decisions: When Priorities Collide
Summer brings plenty of opportunities for sunburns, bug bites, and other skin irritations. But essential oils can help when used pro-actively against bugs and in response to burns, stings, bites, or rashes. Below, I'll share some ideas for how to use these powerful compounds - and some recipes for "potions" that have worked for my family. I started learning about essential oils nearly four … [Read more...] about Summer Sun and Bugs: Essential Oils to the Rescue
I'm not one for making New Year's resolutions, though year-round I do set some goals for myself. But this year I've chosen one word for 2018 to help me stay focused. My one word is discipline. So I admit that the first time this one word came to mind, I winced a bit - since many of us equate the word with punishment. I didn't want to approach my year that way, so I also considered several … [Read more...] about For Focus, Choose One Word for 2018
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 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 Walk Away from Stress Eating