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Wellness Wednesday: Dandelion Root Tea

How is it already halfway through the week? Summer days seem to go by so quickly, no? I’m excited about today’s post because I feel like it’s not only in reference to wellness but is also a fit tip. Who doesn’t want a skinny hack every now and then? I found dandelion root tea first out of curiosity and then again in a recipe for a detox tea. When I was in college a friend of mine who was French was always referring to how they grew up on dandelion greens and how they were full of nutrition. I thought this was a little out there at the time because the only exposure I had to dandelion anything was the weeds that my dad had me pulling out of our garden and lawn. Then I tried them in a salad and, if you’ve ever had them you will understand, I was very put off by their bitter flavor. Now my taste has become a little more accustomed to them and I try to incorporate them …

Motivation Monday: No Doubt

Summer is FULL of good vibes. There’s sunshine, outdoor activities, longer days, and for some, a bit of travel. While you could be nose deep in a beach worthy novel, toes in the sand, chilled glass of rose in hand (aaahh) there still could be a part of you that is just feeling…well for lack of a better word…blah. Sometimes I find myself (even in the best of circumstances) feeling a lack of motivation. If you’ve got it all together and have never felt this way, this post may not be for you. But for the rest of us, I feel like it’s important to note that we don’t need to be pulled together and have it all figured out 100% of the time. I do think there is a time and a place for knowing when to give yourself some self-care, but most of the time I think we all just need a little push and dose of motivation to get us to where we want to be. Although they may be cheesy, I …

Wellness Wednesday: Bountiful Berries

Happy hump day friends! How has your week been going? I hope you’re having a productive week and getting ready for the holiday coming up. Fourth of July is my FAVORITE holiday, it has always been a favorite (I mean fireworks, BBQs, and we all know I love a good theme). However it has progressed to being my absolute favorite because not only was it our ‘dating anniversary’ but three years ago this July 4th Tyler and I got married <3 Anywho, I apologize in advance for all the Americana and independence-inspired posts from now until the 4th 😉 When I think of red white and blue I first think of my favorite snack, berries. I love all kinds of berries and especially blueberries and raspberries. I know from past research that berries are always suggested to be included in your diet because of their high antioxidant content, but I wanted to investigate a little further on some top favorites that may be included at your outside BBQs this time of year. Strawberries-antioxidants are just one …

Wellness Wednesday: Travel Well

Hello and happy hump day! As I mentioned before, my summer travel is in full swing and the last thing I need is to be slowed down by any illness or inefficiency. Packing correctly is an art and when done correctly can change the vibe of your trip. I thought it would be useful to include some of my go-to tips I use when traveling that help me stay well and healthy on the road as well as efficient in my packing. MSF Tips To Travel Well Build a defense-keeping your body fueled with the right nutrients and vitamins before your travel is just as important as when you’re on your trip. Putting the right fuel in before you leave will give your immune system a better chance to fight off anything you come across, especially when your defenses are down during travel. Hydrate-travel (flying especially) dehydrates our bodies. It is extremely important to keep hydrated with water and be mindful that coffee or alcoholic beverages will only contribute to the issue when in the …

Wellness Wednesday: The All Powerful Turmeric

Turmeric is having a moment and even though it’s been used for thousands of years, it deserves to have one. This herb has quite a pedigree, being used in thousands (make that 6,000) of studies boasting health benefits that surpass any prescription medicine and qualifies it as one of the most frequently used medicinal herbs. So what’s all the hype about? Simply stated, it does all the things. Turmeric is comprised of a compound called curcumin which is known for it’s renowned healing properties. Curcumin is known to be a powerful anti-inflammatory and extremely high anti-oxidant. Consuming turmeric with black pepper helps with absorption because solely it is difficult for us to absorb in our bloodstream. Black pepper contains piperine, which is a natural substance that enhances the absorption of curcumin by 2000%. I’ve listed some of the top benefits I found that were QUITE impressive. Top 5 Benefits of Turmeric Brain health-curcumin can increase brain levels of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) which is a fancy way of saying neurons in the brain forming new …

Wellness Wednesday: Mo’ Beta-Carotene

Happy hump day friends! I’m not gonna lie, my energy levels have been LOW this week and I am chalking it up to the June gloom we are experiencing here in SoCal. I know this is the last place in the country where we should be complaining about the weather but it seems to be affecting people’s moods because it’s something we’re not used to. It’s amazing how the minute you start experiencing something other than the norm you realize how much a thing like weather or temperature can affect you. Needless to say I’ve been relying heavily on nutrient-dense foods to keep my energy levels up and also making a point to get outside regardless of the temperature or weather. When I was shopping for ingredients this week I noticed how I was reaching for all the bright things such as, purple cabbage, green spinach, orange sweet potatoes, and it got me thinking about what makes these foods so enticing. Sure the taste is one thing but the actual brilliance in each hue is …

Wellness Wednesday: The Shady Business of Sunblock

With summer just around the corner and days in the sun becoming the norm, I thought it was an ideal time to give the skinny on sun protection. We’ve heard it everywhere, stay in the shade, wear a hat, sport sunglasses (even on overcast days), WEAR SUNSCREEN. Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the United States according to consumerreports.com. That is scary especially when you consider how it can be preventable. Sunscreen is one of our biggest defenses against skin cancer and premature aging. But what if all the lotion you were slathering on before you left the house was not doing the job it set out to claim? How are you certain you know what really is inside the bottle? That is what consumer report set out to find when testing some of the top brand sunscreens on the market. Results were scary…sunscreens were fond to be diluted, claiming to have percentages that were not even close to the actual amount and filled with nasty ingredients that were doing more harm than …