The True Health Benefits of Exercise

“Move more” has been a common mantra for health for decades. But, what does that even mean? What kind of exercise counts? How much do I need? 

Maybe the biggest question here is: “What are the true health benefits, anyway?” 

In this week's post, I want to share with you the real, proven health benefits of exercise. Because there are some; there actually are lots!

Plus, if you do heavy workouts and need a replenishing drink, I’ve included a delicious recipe for you too.

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Can't Meditate? Here are 9 Other Ways to Break Free From Stress

If you love meditating and do it regularly, you’re still going to want to read this post.  

While the health benefits of relaxation techniques like meditation are amazing, there are other ways to relax as well. You may want to try something new or share some of these ideas with a friend or family member who might want to de-stress but just can't seem to meditate. 

Either way, I have you covered with nine non-meditation ways to break free from stress.

And, this week’s recipe relaxes you and smells ah-mazing!

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Why Am I Always Hungry?

Does the title of this post make you hungry?

Sometimes just thinking about hunger or food makes me hungry. Even if I know, I'm not physically hungry.

Don’t blame yourself for always being hungry. There are legitimate physical and psychological reasons why you might feel this way. I share some of those in today’s post.

I also share my step-by-step practice that you can do anywhere to help you figure out if your hunger is physical or psychological/emotional.

Oh, and I have a super-filling recipe for you too!

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Need a Mood Boost? Eat This.

While we know bad moods can lead to bad eating habits; it’s also true that bad eating habits can lead to bad moods.

Food can impact our moods because of two factors. First, the nutrients are the building blocks for everything in our body, including mood-regulating “neurotransmitters.” Second, what we eat affects our blood sugar levels, which also impact our moods.

There is a list of common healthy foods that have positive impacts on our mood. But some junky ones make us feel better sometimes too. Once we see this is as temporary (industry engineers processed food is designed to hit those "pleasure centers"), we can ditch those.

Plus, I have a super-easy dessert or snack recipe for you too. Especially if you crave the mood boost from sweets.

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How to Naturally Lower Stress Hormone (Cortisol)

Stress is everywhere these days. We feel it when we wake up, when things happen during the day, and we even take it to bed with us.

It’s chronic. And it’s not awesome for your health.

When we’re stressed our body reacts in a couple of ways, one is by releasing the stress hormone cortisol.

And you can imagine that there are natural ways you can lower it.

So check out my list of recommendations to reduce cortisol. Then indulge in my de-stressing dessert recipe.

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Mindfulness and Meditation...Do They Really Work?

Mindfulness and meditation are health buzzwords nowadays. Everyone, even those who aren't health practitioners, tout the amazing effects of being mindful and practicing meditation.

But, just because it’s popular doesn’t mean you should do it...or does it?

As a practitioner, I recommend it. This post gives you the lowdown on why it may be something you should start (or do more of).

And I bet you can't wait to see what kind of "recipe" I have for you on mindfulness and meditation, can you?

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The Stress Mess: How It Messes With Your Health

Ahhh, the "stress mess."

Does stress make you feel a bit off? Do you notice negative health effects when stress is the worst? Maybe it affects your sleep, or maybe you get sick more often.

Yes, stress can definitely mess with your health.

Today I talk about some of the telltale (and not-so-obvious) signs that stress is messing with your health.

Oh, and I have relaxing recipe for you (two ingredients - no stress!).

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