Ride Your Bike!

I want you to take a moment and recall your first time getting on a bicycle.  Remember the thrill of sailing off without the help of guiding hands or training wheels.  Remember the sense of independence and playfulness. 
Riding a bike is one of the easiest, most fun forms of exercise and transportation.  You don’t need special clothes or a fancy bike.
Allow me to share with you some of the benefits of regular cycling. 

9 Ways to Mix Your Life Up!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to color outside of the lines with no pressure?  What about wearing plaid with green socks?  What if you burst out singing in a crowd full of people just because you were happy?
Today is the day, DO IT!  Here are 9 ways that you can mix up your life and truly enjoy it!

Sleep Better With These Simple Tips

On a regular basis, I encounter people who struggle with not getting enough sleep at night.  Sure, they all have different excuses for not getting a good night’s rest, but at the end of the day, so many of us are maneuvering throughout our day feeling dog tired. 

If you’re one of these sleep-seekers, I’ve compiled some strategies that can help you get some needed Z’s:

You Can Always Ask!

Sometimes it can be a challenge to ask for things we want or challenging to express needs that we have.  We might fear others’ reactions or we are afraid of being judged. Sometimes we might even think we don’t deserve to ask.  There are other times when we simply may not know HOW to even ask!  Here are some helpful tips to use when asking for what you want or need:

Fiber in Your Diet May Help Reduce Disease

Simply by increasing the amount of soluble and insoluble fiber you eat every day, you can lower your risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), diabetes, diverticular disease, constipation (especially when combined with water!) and colon cancer.  How great is that?!  Judith C. Thalheimer, RD, LDN points out that you can reduce levels of LDL cholesterol, the bad type of cholesterol, by 5% by consuming 5 to 10 grams of soluble fiber per day. Fiber can also help lower glucose levels in the blood by slowing the absorption of sugar into the blood.

What Does Your Body Temperature Mean?

How many of us go to our doctor’s appointment, get on the scale, have our temperature taken, blood pressure measured, only to have the nurse state some numbers which have no real meaning to you?  And then you ask the nurse “What does that mean? Is that normal?” And you get the response, “Yep, you’re healthy!”  But what do these numbers really mean?

Change Begins Where Comfort Ends

What is something you have been wanting to try, but just haven’t quite built up the courage?  Many times new situations or new activities can trigger anxiety or uncomfortable feelings that keep us from taking the risk and really going for it!  For example, it can be intimidating to try out a new gym or scary to take an unfamiliar bus route.  When we choose to NOT push ourselves out of our comfort zones, we can sometimes feel immediate relief.  But ultimately, we are feeding our anxiety and fear of being uncomfortable.  So what do we do?