Month: May 2016

The Power of Seeds: tiny but mighty, why you should be making these a diet staple

I have been sprinkling seeds on everything from yogurt to salads since I can remember. My Mom has always been on the uptrend of anything “nutritious” and had us toting wheat bread sandwiches with fruit to school instead of the coveted “lunchables” or white bread fluff-a-nutters my peers were munching. I never understood why I was including seeds in my diet, I just was. It was when I went off to college and began to shop for food on my own that I started to look into what I was eating and what benefits food yielded. If I was going to be spending $8 on a bag of chia seeds, I needed to know it was worth it. Enter my obsession with the tiny powerhouses. The trend of incorporating these nutritious minefields is not anything new, however they have been growing in popularity and are at an all time high right now. You know something is trending if you begin to see variations of it in your local Trader Joes. I was blown away at …

Needle Therapy: My experience with acupuncture and fertility

Here is where it starts to get even more personal. I feel I connect with blogs and books that are honest, raw, and unfiltered. That is the approach I hope to take when writing my posts. If it is not authentic, why waste your time reading it? Well here it goes. Fertility. Who knew it was such a hot button topic for women and men? I honestly did not give it any thought until a close friend of mine recounted how hard it was for her and her husband to conceive their miracle baby. It got even more real when my husband and I decided to go off birth control and start planning for a family. The women in my family have been notoriously “fertile” and it seemed the minute they decided they wanted to be pregnant, they did so the following day. I was set up to think when the time was right for me, all I would have to do is stop taking the pill and a baby would follow nine months later. Instead, …

Pilates: Find Your Powerhouse

                                                                                                              photo credit: http://www.fitforfun.com One of the first forms of exercise that I fell in love with was Pilates. My relationship with exercise began at an early age when I was involved with sports and has been a consistent part of my life. Exercise is a very personal thing and can illicit different feelings depending on who you talk to. Those who use exercise as a stress reliever or as an occupation tend to be avid fans and can’t get enough. Those feeling obligated to exercise in order to lose weight or follow doctor’s orders may view it as a chore. My philosophy, which hasn’t always been the case, is to do what works for you and to STOP worrying about …

How to achieve happiness; Balance: the holy grail to happy

Why is it so hard to answer “happy” when asked by others how you are? It is human nature to look for things to complain about or find imperfections with because the state of happiness we read or hear about seems unattainable. When others are portrayed as “happy” what is the immediate reaction you feel? If we were to be honest I would venture to say most would find something about that happy person annoying or assume the person’s happiness is not authentic. Why is it so difficult to believe someone can truly be happy? I believe happiness is such a phenomenon because it is rare to obtain or hold on to. There are so many modern day stressors that we are hardwired to believe happiness is only attainable through wealth and ideal attractiveness. We are always reaching for the unattainable end goal of getting to that magic weight, making the last credit card payment, receiving that promotion or finding the perfect partner/home/job. I say unattainable because once we reach one of these goals, we seem to make more for ourselves with …