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5 Simple Weight Loss Tweaks

Who doesn’t love some simple tweaks that can help them be more successful in their weight loss efforts? I have shared several in my book, Today is Still the Day, and companion 7 week plan


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Today Is Still the Day to Do something

“There are two days in the year where you cannot do anything – YESTERDAY and TOMORROW. Only today can you be happy, smile, dream, love, and be thankful.”


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70 Simple Daily Habits For Health, Fitness & Wellness

Try a new food
Eat at least 1 serving of fruits and vegetables daily
Use portion control
Eat all unprocessed foods
Have a no sweets day


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Weight Loss-The Do’s and Don’ts

Weight loss journeys are hard no matter where you start or how far you have come. At some point, most people have tried to lose weight and ended up quitting due to plateauing or receiving improper guidance


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What Causes a Muscle to Tighten Up?

Also cause pain, cramping, discomfort, and frustration. Even though tightening of the muscle can sometimes be a sign of something more serious, it is usually not a cause for concern.


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5 Habits That Can Help You Prevent Night Sweating

People say that night sweats resulting from the after-effects of illnesses can never be tamed and it is seldom that people can sleep peacefully at night. Even though night sweats are something you cannot control especially when you have contacted health issues as that of infections, cancer, hormonal imbalances, depression, diabetes, etc.


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Live With Essential Tremor

Essential tremor is the involuntary shaking of the hands, head, jaws, and voice, which causes frustration, helplessness, and embarrassment for the patients.


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Essential Oils for the Winter and Cold

During the winter months it is common to develop bronchial infections, sinus infections, throat infections and viral, lung and bacterial infections if your immunity is low.


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4 Actions Home Health Leaders Should Take

When you become the owner, manager or administrator of a home health agency people look up to you for leadership, to clarify, and guide them in the right direction, even if they don’t ask for it they do want it.


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Antibiotic Alternatives – Natural Solutions

I watched a documentary the other day about superbugs and their relationship to antibiotics. Having needed antibiotic treatment myself a few months ago, I was very interested in what I saw.
On a personal note, I was prescribed, among other medications, roughly 4 months’ supply of an antibiotic, only to develop a very annoying side effect after less than a month into the treatment. I did some research on the medications I had been prescribed and discovered that this particular side effect was quite common. Naturally enough, I stopped taking it immediately and the unpleasant symptoms disappeared. I did give the medication another try after about another month, once the side effects had disappeared. Unfortunately, they reappeared immediately so my decision then was, in my mind, a no brainer.
After watching this documentary, I started researching (naturally, being me), ways to achieve beneficial results without using antibiotics. Or, more attractive for me, finding foods anyone can source that will actually work on our systems to help us avoid the need for antibiotics, a way that will actually keep me and my gut healthy on a daily basis.
During my research I came across several companies and institutions investigating similar options. One of the most recent I read was a huge report from “Medical News Today 2018” listing foods, from garlic to oregano that are being shown to have very beneficial effects.
It is speculated by such prestigious organisations as Medical News Today and National Academy of Medicine, to name just two, that our excessive use of antibiotics is opening the door to more and more so-called “superbugs” and that this could easily result in antibiotics losing their ability to heal.
Research into this matter by the large medical organisations across the world is ongoing, but takes time and money and we don’t know how much of that we have.
One thing that stands out clearly, from all of this, is that the use of antibiotics ONLY when expressly needed, and ONLY using the most appropriate dose for the disease being treated is of major importance. This is difficult, but not impossible to achieve. But is VITAL if we want to reduce the incidence of “superbugs” that are negating our antibiotics today.
Another thing that could help in this endeavour is by making sure that the conditions being treated actually NEED antibiotics, as researchers have found that ‘Antibiotics won’t treat viral infections because they can’t kill viruses’. And yet, sometimes antibiotics are still prescribed.
Is this in hope that they may succeed?
The use of effective antibiotic alternatives, which will promote good health and give our bodies the armour to resist disease, could be one major way to decrease the NEED for antibiotics and therefore lower the risk of the emergence of even more, stronger superbugs.
As many medical researchers say, solutions to the antibiotic resistance problem are multifaceted and include reducing the use of antibiotics via the use of alternative products. Although no one alternative will replace all uses of antibiotics (Allen, 2017).
So it could mean we should include ingredients such as Garlic, known as a healing herb for centuries, Honey, in use in some parts of the world since Roman times, Ginger, Turmeric, which has been found to be useful as a healing agent for at least 5,000 years, to name but a few, all of which can be found in most kitchens, in our food. Then, we can at least begin to protect ourselves from the NEED for antibiotics and so the RISK of contracting these “superbugs” to attack our bodies when they are weakened by disease.
We can also build resistance by taking more exercise, but that is a subject for another day.
[Article written by hilary Green]

4 Actions Home Health Leaders Should Take

When you become the owner, manager or administrator of a home health agency people look up to you for leadership, to clarify, and guide them in the right direction, even if they don’t ask for it they do want it. When I was thrust into a leadership position a few years back, I kept looking for someone who could guide me and show me “the ropes.” I started reading as many leadership books that I could get my hands on. However, what helped me the most was watching leaders and mentors such as Oprah, Tony Robbins, Les Brown, and a bunch of unknown leaders in various professions in action. YouTube is great for having easy access to top leaders in the world.
I found that it was hard to find a person in a leadership position who would take the time to show me the ropes. Huh! I had to learn the hard way through many trials and errors. I finally understood that in some industries there is no emphasis on the concept of mentoring and coaching the” newbies”. You are on your own, especially if you need help in the home health industry.
So many home health agencies are in need of having an experienced director of clinical services on board, that they are now hiring nurses with no experience in home health that can jeopardize the success of the agency. Having the right person and processes in place is crucial to meet the state and federal requirements. Thus, having someone with great leadership skills, experience and knowledge is becoming ever more important in the home health industry.
What about Homecare (Personal care) Agencies?
While homecare agencies are not required to have a Director of Clinical Services, the Manager still need have specific qualifications required by the state regulations.
As a first-time Administrator, Manager, Owner, or Director of Clinical Services, here are a few strategies that any leader can use to be successful.
1. Be a first-class Listener
To be a good listener you must be present. This means to be physically or mentally focused on what is being said and not being distracted by everything that is happening around you. Being a good listener will make you more appreciative of what the other person has to say. You will be more effective in problem solving. Listening to your staff may take a lot of practice, consistency, and effort on your behalf, especially if you don’t agree with what that person has to say. We must remind ourselves of the benefits to listening more than talking. We must not judge the employee who is speaking, and look at the situation from their point of view.
2. Be a Better Communicator
Being a leader who can successfully communicate will be key to your success. Great communication skills should be a required for all agency owners, managers, or administrators. This is one skill that will vastly improve over time with practice.
3. Have a Vision For Your Agency
A great leader should have a clear and exciting vision for the future of their agency. This vision should be clear to everyone working for your agency, your clients, and business associates. What are your goals for the agency? Share those goals with people who matter and can help your goals manifest.
4. Find a Great Leader to Emulate
As I mentioned before, when I first started out on my journey as a leader, I was looking for someone who would serve as a role model and good leader. Of course, there wasn’t anyone in the home health or healthcare industry for me to emulate. Who do you know that is a successful leader as a home health administrator, owner, or manager? Good question huh! Since our choices are very limited, we have to emulate people from other industries to guide us to success and prosperity.
A leader that can demonstrate their commitment to being persistent, honest, take risks, and discover ways to develop creative solutions will be successful in growing a very profitable business.


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Essential Oils for the Winter and Cold

During the winter months it is common to develop bronchial infections, sinus infections, throat infections and viral, lung and bacterial infections if your immunity is low. These can truly make you feel unwell and interrupt your life for prolonged periods if not remedied. It seems though that keeping these at bay is almost impossible when you are surrounded by others sneezing and coughing all over you. Luckily there are a few things you can do to help combat some of the symptoms and help you to recover faster if you happen to catch a flu or virus.
One of the most helpful oils to combat these infections is Eucalyptus oil which is great for boosting your immune system and can help relieve respiratory conditions. This oil is also great for sore throats, coughs, headaches and seasonal allergies. Eucalyptus oil woks due to its ability to stimulate immunity and provide antioxidant protection. Always put a few drops only in a burner only as too much of an oil can negate some of its positive properties.
Peppermint oil is another winter oil great for muscle aches and pains associated with these conditions above. It can also help with seasonal allergy symptoms, boost energy levels when you are feeling a little flat due to infection, and help with digestive complaints. Red pine needle oil will also help with your immune system and help fight off viruses and always remember that tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic.
When combining these oils in the following recipe it can help combat all of the above-mentioned problems, bronchial infection, sinus infection, throat infection and viral, lung and bacterial infections which will help you quickly get back to good health.
All you have to do is put 8 drops of each of these oils into a vaporiser with water and then inhale the steam that the vaporiser is producing. These oils as mentioned above are eucalyptus, peppermint, red pine needle oil, and tea tree oil. Simply do this a few times and then let the rest of the oils fill the room.
Next time you are feeling a little unwell and have one of these illnesses give this oil combination a go and it may have you feeling better in no time at all. This simple remedy can help with the symptoms and those awful feelings that come with the illness. It is important that if these are not helping however that you go see a health care professional for a proper diagnosis of your illness.


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How Can You Adapt To Live With Essential Tremor?

Essential tremor is the involuntary shaking of the hands, head, jaws, and voice, which causes frustration, helplessness, and embarrassment for the patients. There is no specific cause yet defined for essential tremor, which is why there is no prevention for it. Moreover, it also doesn’t have a permanent cure. However, based on the diagnosis and symptoms, doctors prescribe certain drugs, therapies, and surgeries that can control the symptoms of the disorder for a certain period of time, without permanently curing it.
Diagnosis of essential tremor
Correct diagnosis is the first step towards appropriate treatment of essential tremor. Also, ruling out other causes is the diagnostic tool. For example, having a blood test cannot determine whether you are suffering from essential tremor, but it can help in ruling out other serious conditions like thyroid that could be responsible for the tremors and be shaking. Neurological exams can check your responses and reflexes to sensations. Thus, it is very important that the right tests are done so that apart from your tremors, other significant diseases can also be checked for. And for this, you need an expert professional. While there are many doctors and neurologists that may help here, but the best person to approach is a movement disorders specialist. Such specialists have received additional 1-2 years education and training in handling such movement disorders, apart from the studies that general neurologists do; thus, making them the ideal person to approach in case of essential tremor or any such ailments.
Treatment of essential tremor
The first steps to take for treating include medications and therapies. Beta blockers and anti-seizure drugs are given to patients, along with simple exercises to follow. They are also asked to stay relaxed by undergoing massages and therapies. Additionally, patients are advised certain dietary and lifestyle changes like avoiding alcohol and caffeine, using heavier utensils and glasses, wearing wrist weights, using heavier writing tools, etc. In short, you need o do everything possible to eliminate things that can make your symptoms worse. Other therapies that can improve your muscle strength, control and coordination are also taught and prescribed. All of this won’t improve your condition, but it will teach you how to adapt to living with essential tremor. Alternative treatments like acupuncture and hypnosis are being researched upon whether they can prove effective for essential tremor patients or not. Whatever therapies you wish to adopt your lifestyle, make sure to consult your doctor for the same. Knowing your health condition, medical history, genetic health, body type, age, etc. can help the doctor decide better which particular type of treatment and therapy is best for you. He may also have you experiment with different methods to help you find the right one for your condition. Therefore, whatever you do, you need to consult a right professional to help you with your condition.


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5 Habits That Can Help You Prevent Night Sweating

People say that night sweats resulting from the after-effects of illnesses can never be tamed and it is seldom that people can sleep peacefully at night. Even though night sweats are something you cannot control especially when you have contacted health issues as that of infections, cancer, hormonal imbalances, depression, diabetes, etc., there are measures that you could take to keep yourself safe and healthy.
Not everyone may witness instant or effective results but following these tips can bring about a change in the way you sleep and preventing sweating.
Be surrounded with comfortable clothing
So love wearing sensuous nightwear to sleep while the rest find it cold during the winters and wear night suits made of flannel. These are known to trap heat and result in you sweating in the middle of the night. Consider wearing light and fluffy clothing while you sleep. You could also consider ditching the underwear while letting your body breathe. Choosing clothing made up of cotton as well as laying cotton sheets to sleep on can help you stay away from sweats at night.
Change eating habits
There are several who have this tendency of consuming alcohol at night before they sleep. Some prefer a cup of coffee or probably spicy food to finish the day with. All of these tend to trigger body temperature fluctuations, and that would result in night sweats. When you drink alcohol, the blood vessels of the body tends to dilate, and that is where you start sweating profusely.
Breathe deeply more often
It is said that the fast-paced lives that we lead has curbed the way we breathe as well. We are known to take short breaths which leads to stress, When you are stressed, you automatically tend to witness night sweats. Taking up Yoga or probably meditation where you can undergo deep breathing sessions can help you calm down and be less stressed. This can help you get back to normal and not sweat when you sleep.
Keep yourself hydrated
When we sweat, we tend to lose out a lot of water, minerals and salts from our body. When you witness night sweats, drinking a glass of water immediately can help you receive relief in multiple ways. There are times when you can get better almost immediately while at times taking sips from the glass can help you recover.
Take control of the temperature around you
When you witness sudden night sweats, ensure that the temperature of the room is brought down. It could be switching on the fan or lowering the temperature of the air conditioner; you could help yourself accordingly. Gel mattress toppers to help you stay can and cool when you are sweating. There are modern mattresses that allow you to feel cold and adjust the temperature accordingly. Buying one of these especially when you are frequent with sweating at night can help you get that required relief and not feel the discomfort that you witness when you go through night sweats.


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What Causes a Muscle to Tighten Up?

also cause pain, cramping, discomfort, and frustration.
Even though tightening of the muscle can sometimes be a sign of something more serious, it is usually not a cause for concern. This article is going to show you what causes a muscle to tighten up and some other useful information about muscle spasms. Read further!
What Causes Muscle Tightness or Spasms?
Exercise
Exercise or hard physical labor is the biggest contributor to muscle tension. Your muscles can tighten up during or after exercise. Muscle stiffness can occur when you increase the duration and intensity of your routine or start a new exercise program. In this situation, your muscles are required to work harder causing microscopic damage to the muscle fibers. It then causes the muscle to tighten up. Exercises that commonly cause the muscle to tighten up are push-ups, squats, using weights and running downhill or jogging.
But why do muscles stiffen after exercises? During exercise the muscle expands but when you stop an exercise the muscles contracts. The contraction of the muscles causes the muscle fibers to be shortened, and it increases the tension in the muscle. After a complete contraction, tension would be reduced, and muscle fibers would increase in length. However, fatigue or improper nutrition and hydration can cause the fibers of the muscle to remain shortened leading to muscle tightness.
Prolonged Inactivity
When there is restricted movement, some muscles can get tight. For instance, when you sit at a desk working for hours, days and weeks it affects your muscles. It puts the muscles at your upper back and the back of your hips in a constant lengthened position. Also, the muscles at the front of the hip and at your chest will be in a shortened position. In the long run, it might take a toll on your muscles causing imbalances in the muscles. The lengthened muscles may become weak, and the shortened muscles become tight.
Subluxation
A subluxation (pronounced ‘Sub-lux-a-tion’) is when 2 or more spinal bones lose proper joint motion where they attach to each other. They may also become slightly misaligned according to some researchers. Regardless, the result over time seems to be that the nerves in the area get irritated and the muscles tighten up, all of which can lead to pain and stiffness.
Other Common Reasons Why Muscle spasms can Occur
Infections – Illnesses such as polio, HIV, tetanus, lupus, meningitis, and influenza are some of the infections that commonly cause tightness of the muscle
Stings or bites – Sometimes stings and bites from insects such as spiders, bees, ticks, wasps, mosquitos and horseflies can result in muscle spasms
Medications – Some medications such as anesthetics and drugs prescribed to lower cholesterol can cause a muscle to tighten up.
Additionally, lack of proper sleep, poor diet, being overweight, damp or cold environment, and lack of physical activity in your daily life can cause muscle tightness.
What Are Good Treatments For Muscles Spasms?
Most doctors will recommend specific care for your overly tight muscles depending on the cause. However, as a general rule, if the spasm is not resulting from an injury or strain of the muscle then apply a warm to hot compress on the area for 20 minutes may improve the condition.
If the muscle spasm is the result of an injury or strain then ice is commonly a better choice to help reduce inflammation first and foremost. Doctors will often recommend heat for 20 minutes followed by a cold compress for 20 minutes in an effort to reduce spasm and then reduce pain.
Additionally, specific vitamins and other supplements, sound nutritional habits, improving posture, staying hydrated, stretching, and exercise can improve and also prevent muscle tightness.
If you are seeking the care of a professional, massage and chiropractic may be a good way to treat your muscles. Depending on the cause, it may help to improve the underlying conditions that led the muscle to contract involuntarily. According to the founder of the Express Chiropractic franchise group, chiropractic can help relieve muscle tension if it is associated with a vertebral subluxation. “Through an adjustment, which is a light to moderate force into the stuck joints at a precise angle, it can restore motion and begin the process of making that area of the spine function normally again” he stated.
Muscle spasms such as extensor spasm that causes a limb to extend, flexor spasms that cause a limb to bend, and adductor spasm that causes a limb to draw towards the body, will usually go away on its own. But in case your muscles keep tightening up recurrently, you may reduce the likelihood by making simple lifestyle changes. However, if you are concerned about long-term or unexplainable muscle spasm you should speak to your doctor.
RESOURCES:
https://www.acefitness.org/education-and-resources/lifestyle/blog/1478/why-do-muscles-tighten-up
https://www.healthline.com/symptom/muscle-stiffness
Dr. Daron Stegall is a practicing Chiropractor in Keller Texas at Express Chiropractic & Wellness. Express delivers effective and affordable chiropractic and massage care.


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Weight Loss-The Do’s and Don’ts

Weight loss journeys are hard no matter where you start or how far you have come. At some point, most people have tried to lose weight and ended up quitting due to plateauing or receiving improper guidance. There are also seemingly endless weight loss gimmicks out there that advertise to be the only thing you need for weight loss which is simply not true, NO 1 THING WILL HELP YOU LOSE WEIGHT. It is a combination of puzzle pieces that must all fit together to complete your weight loss puzzle. Here are some Do’s and Don’t that you need to know while on your weight loss journey:
Don’t do only cardio
While cardio should be a part of your program, it should not be the ONLY thing in your program. Yes, cardio is great for burning calories and obviously needed for good heart health but when it comes to weight loss, cardio is only a small piece of the puzzle. Now I’m not saying to skip cardio because, it does need to be done, but it is not the biggest point of emphasis in a good weight loss program. You will still want to work up to about 5 days of cardiovascular activity per week for best results.
Do lift weights at least 3 times per week
Lifting weights and strength training is an absolute necessity when it comes to weight loss as it facilitates building muscle. Why is that important? When you build muscle, your metabolism increases and allows you to burn more calories. Building muscle is also great for bone health as your bones become stronger as your musculature increases. For beginners, 2-3 days of weight lifting per week is sufficient but eventually you will want to get to 3-5 days/week depending on your program.
Don’t go too fast
Trying to do too much too fast is just as detrimental to your adherence to a fitness program as not doing enough. Too often, people try to do too much starting off end up burning out after 2-3 weeks and reverting back to old habits. The typical 4 week weight loss guru on Instagram touts a 20 pound weight loss program that’s easy to follow but truth be told, those programs are not maintainable and don’t encourage long lasting healthy habits. Do not get caught up in these “inspirational” 4 week transformations because most of the time, those people end up putting back on that weight and then some in a couple of weeks. Go for the slow and steady approach, you are much more likely to succeed!
Do set realistic short and long term goals
To compliment the above, setting realistic goals provides for steadier results. Aiming for 0.5-1 pound of weight loss per week is a very realistic and possible goal for pretty much anyone, no matter how overweight you may or may not be. If you aim for an average of 2-4 pounds of weight loss per month over the course of a year, that’s 24-48 pounds lost in a year! Not to mention, you will have established long-lasting, healthy habits that you can carry on with you for the rest of your life.
Don’t take fat burning supplements
These are usually a waste of money packaged with fancy advertising and less than true claims on how they work. Most “fat burning” supplements do not actually burn fat! If they do anything, they help you burn more calories by increasing your metabolic rate which can lead to weight loss but if you do not burn more calories than you consume, then you will not lose weight. Some supplements will claim that they can “target belly fat” which is absurd. There are no supplements that target fat in specific parts of your body, that’s not how your body works. When you are losing fat, your fat cells decrease in size throughout your body and everybody reacts differently. You are better off spending your time and money on focusing on your nutritional plan and making sure you are burning more calories than you consume.
Do spend most of your time and effort on your meal plan
As I mentioned above, you will only lose weight if you burn more calories than you consume. With diet being about 70-80% of your results, you should spend the most time on this aspect of your fitness program. Meal prepping takes less time than you think and will make your entire week much easier. Meal prepping takes out any guess work for what meal should you eat next because your meals are already prepared and ready for you to heat up and eat.
Don’t drink liquid calories
Liquid calories are sure to derail your weight loss journey for many reasons. One of those reasons is that it contains extra calories (often sugary) that don’t help you feel satiated. Now, having protein shakes is still acceptable as long as it is only whey protein with out the extra added sugar. The extra protein will help you recover for the next workout. The liquid calories you need to avoid are sugary drinks (juices, Gatorade, soda, etc… ) and alcohol. Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram compared to carbohydrates and proteins which are 4 calories per gram and also have addition carbohydrates attached to them. Alcohol can also disrupt your sleep cycle and getting your beauty rest is a critical piece of recovery. What about wine? While some is good for heart health, it still contains those extra calories that you most likely do not need.
Do drink 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water
The majority of your body is made up of water so be sure to drink up! A good rule of thumb for how much water you should be drinking in a day is half of your body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 200 pounds, you should drink 100 ounces of water per day.
Don’t focus on the scale
This may seem counter intuitive but hear me out. It is a great feeling to see the numbers get smaller each week on that scale and can give you a tremendous feeling of accomplishment. When you start to plateau and the numbers on the scale aren’t changing as frequently, it can be easy to get discouraged. It is important to remember that the scale only tells part of the story when it comes to results so don’t put all your stock in what the scale says. A more important measurement to also keep an eye on is your body fat percentage. When used in conjunction with the scale, your body fat percentage will be able to help you determine how much of your body is fat mass and how much is fat free mass. It is not uncommon for the scale not to change very much but the body fat percentage does. If you maintain the same weight and your body fat percentage decreases, then you are a rockstar! This means that you were able to decrease your fat mass and increase your lean body mass (most likely muscle mass)! Circumference measurements and progress pictures are also more helpful in determining progress than the scale.
Do focus on improving your overall fitness
Sometimes it is just best to shift your focus to different, but related goals in order to kick start your results. Instead of weighing your self weekly, try tracking and improving upon your fitness levels such as improving your run time on a 3 mile run or instead of running 3 miles, try to go 4 or 5. For strength, focus on trying to lift heavier weights and improving your overall strength levels. You can also try different programs to improve how many push ups or pull ups you can do. The main point is to get your focus off the scale and to work on your strength, flexibility or cardiovascular fitness.
If you’re ready to start your fitness journey, be sure that you are ready to change your entire lifestyle. If you don’t feel like you’re ready to do that, then ask yourself why? What is holding you back from changing your life to improve your health? If you’re having trouble answering these questions then let me know and let’s get your started on your path to a healthier life!


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70 Simple Daily Habits You Can Do For Health, Fitness & Wellness

One of the biggest road blocks that people tell me they have is time. We are all living in a super busy, wound up, go all day kind of world. Getting in eating healthy and workouts and stress reduction can actually be a challenge when you’re trying to juggle work, family, relationships and more. (Believe me – I am right there with you!)
I was talking with one of our fitness retreat guests the other day and she wanted simple, broken down ideas of what she could do immediately when she returned home. Change seemed overwhelming for her and I know it is for many other people too. So I decided to create this easy list of 70 simple daily habits to give you ideas of what you can do right now to make small changes in your daily routine.
My goal was to have you pick one from any of the three categories below to focus on for that day. You can continue to practice the same habit or you can choose a different one each day. You can extend to a week if you’d prefer. Either way, the list was created to show you that there are many different little tweaks you can make to make a difference in your health and wellness. Focus on what you need most and what feels good for you!
70 HEALTHY HABITS TO PRACTICE
NUTRITION & EATING
Add in a new color food (yellow, red, green, purple, white, orange, blue)

Try a new food
Eat at least 1 serving of fruits and vegetables daily

Use portion control

Eat all unprocessed foods

Have a no sweets day

Drink water
“Healthify” an otherwise unhealthy meal
Have protein at each meal (can be animal or plant based)
Chew your food completely
Eat without distractions
Eat sitting down rather than standing up
Meal prep
Limit caffeine in the afternoon
No white/refined carbs
Look ahead the menu if going out to eat so you can decide which healthy item you’ll have
No artificial sweeteners
Add in healthy fats
Stop before you’re stuffed (you can have the rest later)
Take a multi
Get in your Omega 3s
Take quick snacks with you if you’ll be traveling or on the go
Seek out recipes from cookbooks or online blogs if you need inspiration
FITNESS & MOVEMENT
Make time for recovery (stretch, foam roll, dynamic flexibility)
Try a new workout
Change your current workout (tempo, sets, reps, weight, interval time, etc)
Take your workout outside
Track your progress so you know what’s working and what isn’t
If you’re not sure where to start – seek help from a professional so you can get going
Take a walk
Something is better than nothing (even 5 minutes)
Take advantage of vacation time and get in regular workouts
Try an outdoor activity instead of a conventional workout (go paddle boarding, cycling, hiking, cross country skiing)
If it causes you pain, don’t do it (injury pain)
If you have injuries – seek out a professional to fix the root of the issue
Challenge yourself a little more today than you did yesterday
Help a friend get to the gym if they’re lacking motivation
If you can’t get to the gym, do a workout at home (push ups, squats, lunges, jumping jacks, plank, bridge, and the list goes on… )
Take the stairs
Park in the space furthest away from the building
Use a standing desk or appropriate area where you can stand
Get up every 15-30 minutes to walk around the office or the building
Break a sweat
Schedule your workout before work (if you never get to it after work)
Walk to lunch
Walk to work
Bike to work
If you’re traveling, scope out gyms or walking/running routes so you can still get in workouts
MIND BODY WELLNESS
Meditate
Start a gratitude journal
Write down something positive about yourself or your life each day
Name 3 wins from yesterday
Name 3 wins you want from today
Get outside and into the fresh air
Take a nap
Read 5 pages a day
Turn electronics off at least 2 hours before bed
Have a no phone or tv night
Go a full week without tv
Deep breathe
Go to a yoga class
Get a massage
Get a fascial
Relax by the pool or ocean
Create a vision board and look at it often
Identify which stressors need to be eliminated from your life and create a plan to do so
Plan a vacation (something to look forward to is always a good thing)
Get a mani/pedi with a friend
Diffuse essential oils in your home
Make time for a friend or family member
TO SUM IT UP
Change is hard. I think we can all agree on that. Small, simple steps can lead up to big change if you’re willing to be consistent. Start small. That’s why I created this list – so you can get an idea of the little things you can implement today or tomorrow that will enhance your health, fitness and wellness. Do what you can with where you’re at.


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Today Is Still the Day

“There are two days in the year where you cannot do anything – YESTERDAY and TOMORROW. Only today can you be happy, smile, dream, love, and be thankful.” – Pablo
Mindfulness is a huge buzz-word today but being present in the moment and living in a mindful way has been proven to improve health. This is true of all aspects of health, including weight loss. You may have made mistakes that have led to being overweight now, but that is the past. Yesterday. You can’t change that.
You may want to do things differently in the future so that you change your results. I applaud you for that but still that is in the future. Tomorrow. You can’t do anything about that either – yet.
What you can do is make a change today. Today is the only day you have to work with. It is where we live. The only moment you can change is the one you are in right now.
That is why I called my book, which is now available on Amazon, Today is Still the Day. Today will always be the only time we have to make changes that will have an impact. We will be able to look back on what we did today and assess whether it worked well or not. We can plan ahead but we still have to implement that plan in the moment.
Your perception determines your reality and consequently your behavior. We all have filters created by our past experiences and beliefs that we see life through. Those filters determine how you feel about things and in turn will determine whether you succeed or fail.
For instance if you have tried to lose weight before and haven’t succeeded, even if you are using a totally different plan this time, by simply running on autopilot, you will still see your efforts through the filter of your past failure and feel as though it is a losing battle. You may not even be totally conscious of thinking those things, but your subconscious runs your life and that’s where your filter resides.
I talk about “refocusing your lens” in the Today is Still the Day plan. What that has to do with is adjusting your filter by becoming aware of it. You can slip off your plan and see it as a failure or you can consider it a lesson learned and move forward smarter.
You can look at a new way of eating as an adventure you will enjoy that will move you toward achieving your fitness goals and a healthy life, or you can look at it as depriving yourself of foods you love. You will totally miss the fact that you will be trying new foods that you may just (and probably will!) enjoy even more. But it all depends on how you see things.
While what you eat and how active you are have a huge impact on your success or failure in getting to the healthy goal you’ve set, it ALL begins in your thinking NOW.
And you are in control of that! That is very good news because very little seems to be within our control. Your filter is something only you can adjust. That makes you very powerful, maybe more than you ever realized, and has a direct impact on how you feel today. And today is the only day you have.
So I would like to encourage you to open this gift God has given us of today – it is called the present after all! And I would encourage you to consider purchasing my book so you can begin, today, making some changes that can make a huge difference in your tomorrows. It would make a thoughtful gift too!


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5 Simple Weight Loss Tweaks

Who doesn’t love some simple tweaks that can help them be more successful in their weight loss efforts? I have shared several in my book, Today is Still the Day, and companion 7 week plan.
They may sound too simple to make much difference, but you’d be surprised at the impact they can have.
Make it a Meal. For example don’t eat standing at the kitchen counter or on the run. Set a plate at the table, sit down and pay attention to your meal. Appreciate the aroma, how it looks, really enjoy the flavors. When you do this you register it as a meal versus a snack and that makes a difference!
Slow Down. This tip follows along with the first one: Don’t scarf down your food like someone is chasing you! When you eat too quickly, you don’t allow your brain a chance to register that you have eaten and satisfied your hunger. It may take up to 20 minutes for the brain to realize that you’re full. A review of 23 studies found that fast eaters were approximately twice as likely to be obese, compared to slow eaters.
Plate Size. Some studies recommend choosing a salad plate rather than a dinner plate. It is a simple way to control portions. Just going from a 12″ plate to a 10″ plate resulted in a 22% decrease in calories. It is an illusion but if it helps you believe you are eating more than you really are, it’s worth it. Also if the food portion is very large to begin with, you will eat more of it because you don’t notice yourself making a dent in the meal until a lot has been consumed.
Plate Color. The color of your plate can make a difference as well. In one study, when the color of a participant’s plate matched the color of their food, they served themselves almost 30% more because when the color of your food blends in with the color of your plate, the amount of food doesn’t appear to be as large.
Fork Size. Use a dinner fork rather than a smaller dessert fork. A 2011 study found participants who ate with larger forks left significantly more food on their plates than those who ate with smaller forks, leaving an average of 7.91 ounces of food compared to 4.43 ounces. Those who ate with larger forks became satisfied more quickly and ate less than those who ate with smaller forks. This is a visual cue – the small fork gives a feeling that you are not making much progress in satisfying your hunger, which results in more consumption compared to when you have a large fork.


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