vitamin d
Diet, Wellness

Vitamin D: The Sunshine Nutrient

When I say vitamin D, I’d venture to guess that either “sunshine” or “bones” come to mind. I know that’s what I initially thought of anyways. The only real job I thought vitamin D has was to keep our bones strong. And if I consumed enough dairy products, I’d be okay. Boy, was I wrong!

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Vitamin D: The Sunshine Nutrient
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Wellness

Tan Safely; Don’t Burn!

Ah, summer! The time of year when kids are out of school, the days are longer, and Texas afternoons revolve around water! Summer outdoor activities may be some of my most favorite things to do – spending lazy days by the pool, cruising around the lake on a boat, or even splashing through the beach

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Tan Safely; Don’t Burn!
drink more water
Diet, Wellness

Bottom’s Up!

I was born and raised in south Texas, where summer days can seem ever-ending! Our summer usually starts some time in late April – early May, and can extend well into October. I’ve even spent Christmas mornings in short-sleeve shirts! So I know heat and humidity. I also know how refreshing a tall glass of

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Bottom’s Up!
Wellness

The Importance of Sleep

Ahhh sleep. That blissful time after you rest your head on your pillow, snuggle up in your sheets, and prepare to drift off for hours and hours of uninterrupted sound sleep. Sounds amazing, right?? But in reality, we’re all running around in our hectic lives that sleep isn’t something we prioritize or even realize the importance

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The Importance of Sleep
Wellness

My Nutrition Journey

I have always enjoyed working out – specifically running. It was my escape, my stress relief, my calm. I absolutely loved pushing myself, getting a good sweat in, and feeling that endorphin rush. Runner’s high?! Oh yes! I dabbled in other exercises like kickboxing and Pilates, but running was always my go-to. It really began

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My Nutrition Journey
Diet

Eat Happy Foods

We all know what emotional eating is; think of the girl who just got dumped by her boyfriend and grabs a pint of ice cream we’ve seen on T.V. more times then we can count. While fatty foods and sweet treats do increase our brain levels of serotonin and dopamine, they can also make you

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Eat Happy Foods
Diet

Pick Blueberries!

Looking for a sweet treat but want to stay healthy? I say pick blueberries! Why, you might ask? Here are a few reasons:Blueberries contain more anti-inflammatory nutrients than most other fruits; especially anthocyanin, an anti-rust antioxidant that helps keep the brain healthyBlueberries improve neurotransmitter function of the brainBlueberries reduce inflammation throughout the bodyBlueberries improve blood

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Pick Blueberries!
Diet

All Fats Are Not The Same

All Fats Are NOT The Same!Both unsaturated fats (avocados, fish, olive oil, etc.) and saturated fats (coconut oil, butter, eggs, dark chocolate, chicken & grass-fed beef) are healthy because they are found naturally in foods that grow on the farm or swim in the ocean. Fat is part of every cell in our body, so

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All Fats Are Not The Same
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Exercise, Wellness

Mindful Breathing

Mindful breathing….ok, stay with me…this isn’t some silly meditation, monks-in-silence, only-something-those-yoga-hippies-do type of thing…What is Mindful Breathing?Mindful breathing is a quick and effective way to deal with all those little stressors throughout your day. We all know stress has negative impacts on our body (aging the heart and brain, makes you fat, suppresses sex drive,

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Mindful Breathing
Diet

Processed Foods and Excitotoxins

What exactly is considered a processed food? A processed food is one that has gone through a series of chemical or mechanical operations to preserve or alter it. Not all are bad (Greek yogurt, nut butters, frozen vegetables to name a few), but others should be avoided all together.Ingredient ListsIt comes back to reading the

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Processed Foods and Excitotoxins