Posts in Health & Beauty
Why Your Waist Circumference Matters 100x More Than What You Weigh

It can be too easy to think (or worry) about your weight.

But you know what?  There is something else that may be more important when it comes to real health.  That is your waist circumference.

Ahh, just a minute!  It's not just about the “pinchable” fat under the skin (you know, that “muffin top”), it's about the internal fat around your abdominal organs that can be the real issue.

That internal fat (AKA “visceral fat”) is known to release a bunch of hormones and inflammatory compounds that can mess with your blood sugar, blood fats (i.e triglycerides), and blood pressure.

In today's post I'll describe how to measure your waist circumference and then give you a bunch of actionable tips to help you reduce it.  And (of course) there's a super-nutritious recipe at the end.

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Why is My Metabolism Slow?

If you've gained weight and/or feel cold and tired it may just be that you have a slow metabolism.

The next question of course is “why is my metabolism slow”?

Well, that's a great question!  Since your metabolism is how your body takes food and oxygen and uses it to fuel all of its biochemical reactions there are a lot of things that can slow it down.

In this post we'll talk about five common reasons your metabolism could be slow including: thyroid hormones, history of dieting, size and body composition, activity level, and lack of sleep.  I've also included a tip that you can try for each one of these possible “metabolism busters”.

Plus I'll share one of my delicious thyroid-loving mineral-containing recipes that you can make for breakfast or dessert.

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Bye Bye Sleeping Through the Night

Oh, that elusive sleep.  That time to relax and regenerate.  To heal and repair.

If you need that coffee or two (or three) every morning you may get some very useful tips in this post.

Sleep isn't just important for your mind and body to have energy and be alert.  Lack of sleep can contribute to serious health issues which you don't want.

So let me have your attention for this “tip-filled” post on the importance of sleep and how you can get your fair share.  I'll even throw in an amazing caffeine-free latte recipe for your afternoon “pick me up”.

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Three Ways to Avoid Overeating at Meals

We all do it.  Sometimes the amazing aroma and delicious flavor gets the best of us.  Especially if we're a bit on the hungry (or hangry) side.

I'm talking about overeating at meals.  

This can have a big impact on our weight, energy levels, and overall health and well-being.  Of course our body needs food to fuel it and we often (usually) eat amazingly healthy foods.

But we may still overeat.  In this post I'm going to give you three solid tips for preventing that from happening. Seriously! If you can make these three things a regular habit and part of your daily routine you've got one up on the overeating cravings.

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Coffee - Who can drink and who should avoid?

Coffee is healthy. Coffee is not healthy. Drink it. Avoid it.

Why all the confusion?

If you want to know whether you should drink coffee or avoid it, today’s post is for you. Coffee affects different people differently. It has some health benefits, but there are people who should avoid it.

Is this you? What should you consider before your next cuppa joe?

Not to mention, what’s my recommended recipe (and does it contain coffee, decaf, or tea?). Oh, the suspense!

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Yogi Essentials

The practice of yoga is beneficial to the mind and the body. Did you know that you can use your essential oils to increase your focus, deepen your intention, and enhance your practice both mentally and physically?  You can enhance your yoga practice by incorporating essential oils into your regular practice. 

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What is Metabolism?

Growing up as an athlete I always had the mindset of "calories in vs calories out" as well as "fueling your body for performance." Over the years and through the roller coaster of hormones, I’ve found that counting calories does not work for me, it can easily become obsessive and overwhelming. I get so stressed out that I end up feeling worse and my family needs me to be at my best!

Now, I try to focus more on fueling my body with appropriate nutrients especially around exercise. For me, it boils down to eating high quality food, lots of fruits and veggies, lean protein (grass fed/finished, humane certified), nuts and seeds.

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lost that lovin' feeling?!?

Love is in the air! It’s time to talk about romance, passion, and everything in between...the sheets *wink*. If you are looking to increase the romance and spice things up between the sheets, keep reading! You do not want to miss this post.  

I'll be sharing secrets and tips to help you boost your libido along with fun recipes to increase the experience!I promise, we WILL get to the exciting stuff soon but we have to talk about a few common things that can affect the intimacy. One of the most common sexual dysfunctions is low libido. Once I began talking to other women about this topic years ago, I was shocked at how many were affected by it! We women need to talk about these things and share.

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rose avocado body scrub

I was inspired the other morning to mix up this body scrub as I was cleaning up some Epsom salt and I caught a glimpse of roses from my anniversary in October. They’ve been drying for months and I had no plan for them. My empty essential oil bottles had been diffusing their final essences into Epsom salt (the reason for the salty mess). Side note, this is a brilliant oily hack I got from a friend awhile back. (Place Epsom salt into a container with a lid, take off the lids and orifice reducer to your oil bottles, and position the bottles upside down in the salt. The lids can go in there, too. Place the lid on the container. Let the bottles diffuse for at least 24 hours. Never let one drop of oil go to waste!) And my skin was also dry from our recent cold, dry snap. Then it all hit me, a delicious rosy body scrub would do the trick. I got to work crunching up the rose petals right away.

Three ingredients is all you need to create this lush body scrub. Salt (sea or Epsom), avocado oil, and dried rose petals. With Valentine’s Day right around the corner this could make a fantastic gift.

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january DIY jumpstart

Each new month feels like a fresh start—a chance for new things that are even better than last month’s things. And on that note, now seems like the perfect opportunity for you to make good on those health-related resolutions. I can pretty much guarantee, no single choice will do more for your well being this year than learning how to use essential oils! I know we oil-lovers can seem a bit extra at times but my satisfaction guarantee insures you’ll be a full convert. Here are some of my favorite recipes for stress free meals + snacks and practical toxin-free self-care products.

Some “healthier” lifestyle choices are harder than others, so let’s start with one choice that can be the simple.

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it's supplemental! support your body through all the ups + downs of life

I am so glad you are here to learn more about the amazing supplement line from Young Living. You KNOW they’re made from the best stuff around and you won’t believe the amazing variety of supplements you can snap up. (jump to the bottom, if you're more visual and want some easy to digest graphics)

The trouble with supplements is actually remembering to take them! Who knows this person?? Maybe it’s you. We all know that person who always had a million supplements in their kitchen cabinet, but never took them. Maybe you have a hard time swallowing pills. Whatever your reasoning, the trouble with supplements tends to be actually swallowing them! 

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a plan for living above the wellness line

Are you planner? Or does the idea of plan make you cringe? Planner should be my middle name - ask my husband ;) If not, no worries, that’s why I am here. I'm super excited to start offering specialized 3-month wellness plans to all my clients who really want to focus on their health. If you're not a client yet, check out details inside!

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