• Page 11 - 20 of 29
  • <
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • >

Play Your Stress Away

Do you turn into the hulk at the first sign of stress? Do you take that stress ball (bought with good intentions) and chuck it across the room? Well, you are not alone.  Of the $34 billion Americans spent on alternative medicine in 2009, about 12% was spent in sectors that included mindfulness concepts, such as meditation-related classes or relaxation techniques. We are all trying to de-stress! Stress can lead to many health problems such as overeating, migraines, sleeplessness, and lack of energy.  Sometimes we can’t just step away from our settings and dive into a great meditation. But, that doesn’t mean we don’t need to do something to take it down a notch.  Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and take this tip on us.

NLT:

We have found a way to save your office and all things in your war path from complete destruction: Mohdoh—or Grown up Play-doh! These vibrantly painted moldable pieces of dough combine three stress relieving therapies: aromatherapy, tactile-play therapy, and color therapy. There are nine varieties that claim to relieve ailments related to stress including, insomnia, headaches, and lack of focus at just 8$ a blob. Take ten minutes out of your day and play your stress away at your desk, while putting the kids to bed or when on the phone with your mother-in-law! Plus, using your hands to knead this moldable dough will keep them out of that bag of chips…

.

Play Your Stress Away

Do you turn into the hulk at the first sign of stress? Do you take that stress ball (bought with good intentions) and chuck it across the room? Well, you are not alone.  Of the $34 billion Americans spent on alternative medicine in 2009, about 12% was spent in sectors that included mindfulness concepts, such as meditation-related classes or relaxation techniques. We are all trying to de-stress! Stress can lead to many health problems such as overeating, migraines, sleeplessness, and lack of energy.  Sometimes we can’t just step away from our settings and dive into a great meditation. But, that doesn’t mean we don’t need to do something to take it down a notch.  Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and take this tip on us.

NLT:

We have found a way to save your office and all things in your war path from complete destruction: Mohdoh—or Grown up Play-doh! These vibrantly painted moldable pieces of dough combine three stress relieving therapies: aromatherapy, tactile-play therapy, and color therapy. There are nine varieties that claim to relieve ailments related to stress including, insomnia, headaches, and lack of focus at just 8$ a blob. Take ten minutes out of your day and play your stress away at your desk, while putting the kids to bed or when on the phone with your mother-in-law! Plus, using your hands to knead this moldable dough will keep them out of that bag of chips…

.

Mother’s Day at Nutritious Life

One of the perks of having your own business is that you get to choose (to some extent) the people who you surround yourself with on a daily basis.  I am continually inspired by spending time with my colleagues, who I am lucky to also call friends.  I have asked some of these great women who work with me at Nutritious Life to take a moment to reflect on Mother’s Day.  Their answers speak to some of the pillars that are the foundation of a Nutritious Life. I hope these words inspire you as you recognize and honor the women and mothers in your life, this Mother’s Day.

Tiffany: Eat Empowered

As a mom of a preschooler, people ask me if my daughter eats healthy because I’m a nutritionist.  The truth is, she’s a typical kid who loves her sweets and struggles to get in green vegetables.  When I was in grad school studying nutrition I had very strong ideas about how I would feed my child when I became a mother…and then I actually had a child.  She is her own person and has her own likes and dislikes.  She does like a lot of healthy foods, but it is a daily, ongoing attempt to get her to try new foods.  I just try to expose her to these wonderfully healthy foods as much as possible, so at the very least she recognizes them (she can identify kale and avocado even if she hasn’t quite yet learned to like them).  She helps me assemble my salads, we go to the farmers’ market together, and she knows all about vitamins A, B and C and how they make her body healthy.  I keep telling myself that I was picky as a kid and grew up to love vegetables, so there’s hope for her, too. So, on Mother’s Day we will enjoy one of our favorite weekend activities together…cooking whole wheat pancakes.  She gets on the step stool and helps me measure and mix the batter, and we occasionally add some fruit to bump up the nutrition.  But let’s be honest, for my daughter it’s not about the whole grain goodness; it’s really all about the syrup.

 Amanda: Stress Less

Growing up, my mom always taught me to STRESS LESS. I’ve always had a tendency to stress about things that were out of my control or that really weren’t worth stressing about. My mom has a saying: “Is this tragic or merely inconvenient?” Putting the problem into perspective and knowing that I can deal with the “inconvenient”, and helping me come up with a plan always helped me stress less, and is a phrase I often repeat to myself today when something arises. To return the favor, my mom and I spend Mother’s Day indulging in a relaxing spa day each year.

Lara: Sleep Deep

As the mother of two little girls, almost 4 and 20 months, sleeping in doesn’t happen often. Since our eldest child was born, my husband makes Mother’s Day a special day for me beginning with a lazy morning in bed. It’s amazing what a little extra sleep can do for my overall mood and energy. It sets me up for an amazing day with my family. In fact, just the idea of knowing I can stay in bed is enough for me. On Mother’s Day, like most days, I just want snuggle with my girls and get lots of hugs and kisses. Being a mother is the greatest gift in the world. And a little extra sleep doesn’t hurt!

Michelle: Pamper Thyself

Mother’s day is a traditional day in my family where for as long as I can remember, the day is all about embracing, valuing, and pampering my mom, grandmothers, aunts, and all mothers in the family alike. For brunch, my dad’s side of the family would gather around my grandmother over an abundance of middle eastern Persian cuisine and tell jokes, past time stories, and sing happy mother’s day songs in Persian, Hebrew, and English. My cousins and I would create small gifts of hearts and poems to distribute to our mothers, giving them hugs, kisses, and unforgettable keepsakes. Then for dinner, we would do the same exact thing with my mother’s side of the family. As I grew older, my gifts became more sophisticated from a scribble of love to a spa date. It is a big day of appreciation and acknowledgement for all mothers do – so do a little something extra to pamper all the mothers out there, including yourself! No matter how old you get mom still loves the hand written heart shaped poems – a keepsake that she can always turn to for happiness and smiles. This Mother’s Day pamper mom with written love whether that is a beautiful poem, note, engraved poetry art, or a handmade scrapbook/collage, it will be sure to keep her smiling and feel loved and appreciated for more than just one day!

Stacia: Sex Ed

I don’t really like to be the center of attention. It makes me nervous. I have tried repeatedly to make Mother’s Day about my mother or mother in law – pampering others is much more my style. But, with 3 amazing kids, I have no choice but to succumb to their doting. Really, it is like bizzaro day. Instead of making 5 breakfasts, lunches and dinners, cleaning up and managing the household, my family takes charge. Behind it all is my husband, who plans, orchestrates and organizes breakfast, my kiddie “rock concert” and barbecue or picnic. There is nothing sexier to me than watching the man I adore (after 12 years 6 moves, more than 10 jobs between us, sickness and health) make super-daddy-egg-sandwiches, and actually clean up. On Mother’s Day, it is not lost on me that the honor of being called mumma is really because of the man I love.

Cheers to another year of parenting! I hope you are honored, pampered and rested in celebration of all your hard work.

.

Cinco de Mayo Without the Margaritas

With Cinco de Mayo this weekend, most of us are looking forward to celebrating Mexican culture with bucket sized margaritas and heaping bowls of guac. If you’re looking for another way to honor the Mexican-inspired traditions, check out some Mariachi music, an art form that is central to Mexican nationalism. People who connect to their heritage have an increased level of empowerment, naturally cutting down on the extraneous stressors that plague our everyday lives. So as you understand and celebrate the cultural heritage of Mexico, you may also want to explore your own.

NLT: If you’d like to discover your own family’s history, check out http://www.ellisisland.org/. Fill in the Passenger Search with your last name and any other details you know to find out information on your ancestors  including what town they immigrated from, the ship image and their passenger records.  The website offers genealogy searching tips and printable charts to start filling out your family tree.

.

Relieve Stress with Laughter

Let’s face it. April can be just as stressful as the holiday months for some people: taxes, upcoming finals and getting bikini-ready etc…With all that stress, laughter often takes a back seat. When was the last time you laughed so hard that you cried? Remember how it felt right afterwards? Laughter helps calm your body and prohibits your stress hormones from taking a toll on you. It gives us a feeling of pleasure and calmness. Laughter also has an added bonus: research shows that laughing 100 times is like riding an exercise bike for 15 minutes! So stress less, laugh more, and live longer.

NLT:  See if any famous headliners are coming to your city!  If comedy shows are not your cuppa tea, then try remembering past funny or embarrassing experiences you’ve had.  Sometimes just thinking about them can put a smile on your face…show that smile to the world! If you’re sitting at a desk and need a laugh break, these short videos are posted daily and range from giggle-worthy to downright hilarious.

 

.

Spring Cleaning Tips

I always get a little itch, right in the beginning of April. It is a kind of anticipatory nag to clean, clean-out and overhaul my home in preparation for spring. Usually, getting started is rather simple: I open my pantry. Tempted as I may be by pretty packaging and seductive scents, I am almost always disappointed in the new cleaning products I try. I sometimes even clean with a new product, only to re-clean with lemon, vinegar or baking soda! So, today, in honor of making my world a place I love to thrive in, I praise the merits of food once again – only this time for reasons above and beyond their nutritive properties!

Lemon I always have lemons at home. I have a stash of sliced or wedged lemons in my refrigerator at all times to toss into a glass of water, or squeeze on my salad or fish. There is no denying that they are a staple in my world, and I love lemon for liver support, vitamin C burst, and fresh scent. In my home, I use lemons to clean, and I love this product to make my own cleaning solution. I squeeze a lemon into a spray bottle and wipe down my countertops. It works beautifully to remove grease without chemicals. It can also be used as a bleaching agent on clothing, so if I accidentally have a spill at a restaurant, I ask for a slice of lemon to treat a potential stain.

White Vinegar – I love all types of vinegar, but it is safe to say that I always have white vinegar in the pantry. I use it in cucumber and tomato salads (instead of mayonnaise), and love the role of all vinegars in my health and wellness. For no calories but tons of flavor, vinegar aids the digestive system; it contains potassium, magnesium, calcium, pectin and acetic acid. It improves the absorption and utilization of several essential nutrients. When I am in doubt about how to clean something, white vinegar is my usual go-to. I use it mixed with a little water (and sometimes a bit of castile soap) on my floors, windows, shower doors, toilets and as a drain cleaner. Though it may not be my favorite scent in the world, I’m always thrilled when I smell vinegar because I know my home is clean.

 Baking soda – An obvious choice, baking soda is not just a leavening agent, used to make dough rise. Most of us have this baking staple all over our homes to absorb odors. I keep a box in the pantry, one in the fridge, one in the freezer and one in the closet with my kids’ sports equipment. While Idon’t change the boxes often enough (change every 30 days!), I am comforted to know they are there. There is not much nutritional benefit to baking soda, which is a source of sodium (1/2 your daily needs in a teaspoon) and little else. Still, baking soda is a cleaning powerhouse, and can be mixed with a little water to form a paste and clean between bathroom tiles, sterling silver, and stains on china and ceramics. Also, there is nothing better at removing red wine stains. Simply pour the baking soda over the stain (as soon as you can), let it dry, and all of the wine will transfer to the baking soda. Vacuum it up and no one will be the wiser!

Olive oil – A prince among oils, olive oil contains those wonderful monounsaturated fatty acids that are cardio-protective, it can improve cholesterol profiles when used in the place of other fats and provides delicious satiety. It is also used in my beauty routine as a moisturizer for my hair, nails and skin and my home care routine as a wood polish! Used to return shine to otherwise dull or untreated wood, simply combine three parts olive oil to one part vinegar or lemon juice.

Oh, how I look forward to my clean, green, delicious and sparkling spring home!

.

How to Manage Stress

The disconnect between the advances of the human mind and physical body are never more apparent than when we look at stress. Our bodies are equipped to manage the stressors of a life lived hundreds of years ago (see bear, flee). They have not adapted their reactions to modern day stresses – work deadlines elicit the same physiological responses as seeing a bear – but the stress reactions are chronic reactions, not fleeting, and they are wreaking havoc on our health and wellness.  Acknowledging that we are stressed is the most basic foundation to managing it. In effort to empower you, here are some thoughts to reconnect our mind and bodies over the subject of stress:

  • Stress takes many forms. You may not experience all of the symptoms of stress, but more likely than not, you are familiar with a few of the following: headaches, muscle tension/pain, chest pain, fatigue, lowered libido, stomach issues, disrupted sleep, anxiety, lack of motivation, irritability, depression, overeating, under-eating, substance abuse, social isolation.
  • Stress affects hormones. While the two major stress hormones – adrenaline and cortisol – are phenomenal in situations when you meet a bear, they are less helpful when chronically circulating in the blood. Adrenaline makes your heart race, raises blood pressure and stresses the cardiovascular system. Cortisol increases blood sugar, and enhances the brain’s use of glucose, which is also not ideal in a chronic state.
  • Long term consequences of stress. Stress is subjective and somewhat qualitative. While we cannot say that a certain amount of adrenaline is linked to heart disease, we do know that stress has a direct relationship with: cardiovascular disease, sleep disorders, digestive problems, psychological issues such as depression and memory loss, weight management and skin disorders.
  • Management of stress. We may visit our physician for something to manage any of the above conditions, but it is important to treat the illness as well as the symptoms. Taking control of being a less-stressed person is a proactive way to help manage your health. Try one of these 5 things daily to reduce your stress: meditation, yoga, exercise, taking a walk, journaling, socializing or taking a bath. Acknowledge that you are doing these activities to manage your stress and care for your wellness.

While it takes work to get the stress out, it is time well spent . . . a less stressed you is a happier, more productive and healthier you! What are your favorite ways to unwind? At what times of the day might you have time to reduce stress by taking a break on your terms?

.

New Years Resolutions Start Today

I’ve never been a big fan of resolutions. I truly believe we should be working on improving ourselves daily, and that we don’t need a holiday date to begin self-improvement work. However, there is something to be said for taking a minute to reflect on the past year and take action moving forward. There are many “rules” to follow in life but looking ahead at a new year, there is one rule I would like to focus on: be responsible. It translates into your personal, professional and social life in a proactive and productive way. We don’t need a million guidelines. There shouldn’t be a hundred messages telling you how to govern yourself as you navigate the world. Moving through life with the mantra ‘be responsible’ should cover you in most situations. As we approach the New Year, it is a good time to revisit the simple message of being responsible.

Be responsible for your health — make choices that keep you accountable to your physical, mental and emotional health. Find a way to be responsible when you are indulging and enjoy yourself with a thoughtful recognition of your actions with food, exercise and well being. Make and keep your doctors’ appointments, schedule regular dental check-ups and be proactive in eating empowered by keeping your refrigerator and pantry responsibly stocked.

Be responsible in your environment — take a New Year’s minute to look at the space you spend the most time in. Do you love your home? Is your bedroom a sanctuary? Are you proud of the desk you keep and spot where you relax? No? Then take some action and make the spaces you live in spaces you love. Take ownership of improving your world you live in so that you can feel good about your choices.

Be responsible in your love – release some oxytocin, the love hormone that is responsible for managing your stress and negative feelings. Cuddle more puppies, hold more children’s hands, hug your loved ones and accept and receive affections. You deserve to have a year that is full of feelings of being loved, so take responsibility for it by incorporating a little love into each day.

What are your thoughts on New Year’s Resolutions?

.

4 Ways to a Stress-free Black Friday

Black Friday got you feeling blue?  Fighting over parking spaces, wrestling for the last sweater on sale, and pounding countless miles of mall pavement is bound to leave anyone frazzled. Last year 212 million Americans spent $45 billion on Black Friday Weekend.  All this shopping can add stress! Alleviate this seasonal stress by swapping out store shopping for online shopping, and spend the extra time with someone you are thankful for.

NLT: If you must brave the crowds and madness, then follow these 4 Nutritious Life tips to stay on a healthy course:

  1. Make a plan. Don’t just go to the mall expecting to snag a bargain or two.  Make a list of everything you need or want and stick to it.
  2. Pack snacks. Whether you’re driving, running around from store to store or waiting in line, low blood sugar will make you cranky.  Avoid this by being prepared. Some good ones include: The Good Bean (roasted chickpeas), a handful of almonds, a Kind bar, Krave Turkey Jerky, or Mary’s Gone Crackers with Laughing Cow Cheese.
  3.  Be extra courteous with sales people. You think you’re stressed?  Imagine how they feel having to deal with angry shoppers from the break of dawn until the late evening! Every extra smile or thank you will be much appreciated and make you feel better too.
  4.   Go early and leave early. Don’t turn shopping into a sport. Get what you need and go do an actual sport or simply relax and enjoy your day off.
.

October 2011 Stress Less

Just Say No. We aren’t talking about drugs, we are talking about lowering your stress level! From birthday parties to work events, you have Yessed! yourself into a tizzy. Sound familiar? We are giving you permission to say NO! this week to anything new that crops up. Research shows that “multitasking” is really a misnomer; when you set yourself up with several things to do at once, one thing always takes precedence and you end up doing a shoddy job on everything else. Accept that you are not a superhuman and pencil in some time for yourself.

NLT: This October, why not take on an epic novel? You’ve always wanted to read Anna Karenina or War and Peace but never could get around to it. October is still warm enough to read in the park. The joys and sorrows of these riveting pages might just be a perfect way to de-stress and even take a literary staycation. Many classics are available for free on your e-Reader so you can dive into a new adventure anywhere you go.

What are your favorite books? What are your favorite stress relievers? Are you guilty of saying YES! all the time?

 

.

September 2011 Stress Less

Cooking in a Pan
Want to de-stress and amp up your Nutritious Life? Then get cooking! Experts believe that cooking is the perfect stress reliever as it can boost creativity and self-esteem while providing pleasure and a sense of accomplishment. From the smell of fresh garlic to the sound of a simmering pot of soup, cooking is an explosion of the senses. Cooking your own meals saves you money and calories, so throw on the apron and get to work!

NLT: Not quite confident in the kitchen? Sign up for a local cooking class. You can perfect your skills in the kitchen, try out new foods and even meet new people. Check out your local culinary institute for a list of their recreational classes or visit LocalCookingClass.com to find cooking classes all around the country.

.
  • Page 11 - 20 of 29
  • <
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • >