How to Live What You Value

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I know I’m not the only person that struggles to save money. I find it challenging to save for long-term goals when there are so many immediate wants (not needs) that I can have right in front of me. If you are familiar with the Enneagram, my personality falls under category number 7. I’m the busy, fun-loving, spontaneous, versatile, distractible, and scattered type. This may shed some light on why saving money isn’t my greatest skill.

What is Wellness?

WELLNESS is a term that we hear about more and more these days…but what exactly is wellness?  Often diet and exercise are the first to come to people’s minds, but in reality, wellness is so much more than that.  Although nutrition and physical activity are certainly a major component to staying physically fit and play a huge role in managing chronic conditions, these other areas are often overlooked but greatly impact one’s overall health & well-being:

Practice Gratitude

Practice gratitude. Although it seems like a simple strategy, it can make a huge difference on one’s outlook and life satisfaction.

There are many ways to practice gratitude – try keeping a journal of things you are grateful for, think of three good things that happen each day (share this with someone....gratitude can be contagious!), go out of your way to tell someone thank you, give a handwritten card to someone you appreciate.

What? Eating Fats with my Veggies is Beneficial?

What? Eating some fat with my veggies is beneficial? Yep! It is important to eat a balanced diet that does include some fat from high quality, minimally processed sources in order for our bodies to absorb the nutrients from the other healthy foods we should be eating on a regular basis. Now – this does not give you free reign to go eat as much fried food as you can, but it does provide for some of those guilty pleasures!

Considerations for Increasing Calcium Intake

Our bodies need the mineral calcium to maintain strong bones, but what is the best form of calcium to take? Research shows that eating foods that are naturally rich in calcium is safer than taking calcium supplements, especially for older women. Older women who take higher amounts of calcium supplements, at least 1000 mg a day, may have higher risk of heart disease, stroke or kidney stones.

It's Just a Mouse

Last week I saw a mouse crawling around my kitchen stove.  The terrifying image of the furry, grey, creature scurrying around my stove has left a lasting mark in my memory.  The very thought of the germ-infested rodent makes every cell in my body shudder. Since then, I have been unable to eat, sleep, study, or focus. It has affected my daily functioning.  recognized that it was time to get help - not only with exterminating the rodent problem - but on an emotional level to manage my rodent phobia.