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Soothing a Sunburn Naturally

The benefits of the sun stretch far and wide – sun exposure is essential not only for vitamin D production but also for hormonal balancing, mood improvement, and even a strong immune system. Read More

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What Are Fiddlehead Ferns?

This month, you may start to notice fiddleheads at the farmers’ market. As the name suggests, these green veggies have a curled shape that resembles the top of a fiddle or violin. They are a good source of iron and fiber and make for a striking vegetable dish. Fiddleheads are also an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Read More

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How Sitting Can Affect Health

If you work a 9-to-5 job, chances are much of your day is spent sitting – whether during your commute, at your desk, or in meetings. But recent research has highlighted that long periods of sitting can be bad for your health. Read More

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Mindfulness and Heart Health

Have you ever been so engaged in something that you love to do that you completely lose track of time? You were so present and attentive to a creative activity that everything else seemed to just fade away. In those moments of authentic joy, you experienced mindfulness. Read More

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How to Take a Technology Detox

There are many benefits to using technology – traveling around the world, connecting with loved ones, learning in the classroom, and even saving lives in hospitals! However, like anything else, technology can be overused and even abused. Read More

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Three Spices to Add to Your Spice Rack

If you want to give your meals an upgrade, adding some new spices to your cooking repertoire can make a huge difference in transforming bland meals into flavorful, satisfying dishes. Read More

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What Happens to Your Body on the Ketogenic Diet

Thinking about going on the keto diet? You’re not alone! It’s quickly gaining popularity as a weight loss diet, but it has actually been used for years in the clinical sense to help alleviate symptoms of neurological conditions like epilepsy. Read More

Janice Husk

5 Key Factors to Ditching a Bad Habit (No Matter What It Is)

Have you ever tried to change something about yourself and just couldn’t do it? Maybe you tried to quit smoking, lose weight or snuff out procrastination. Perhaps, you wanted to get fit, be punctual, or cut out junk food. What was behind the real reason you couldn’t pull it off? You never reached the “transcendence stage” of change. That is to say, there was never a shift in consciousness where the new behavior became a part of you. How can you embrace and understand real change in order to become the truly fabulous person you wish to be?

 

Change happens over time and in stages. It is like a dance where you move forward (and backward) at your own pace. It all starts with pre-contemplation. At this point, there is no real acknowledgment that a problem behavior exists. For instance, you may comment to a colleague while eating a potato chip that stress at work is causing you to gain weight.

When you find yourself shopping for “bigger” underwear, you realize the situation. Now, you can move into the second stage, contemplation. You go to the grocery store intent on stocking up on fresh vegetables but, turning the corner to the chip aisle, it’s all over. A little voice says that tomorrow’s work schedule is taxed to the max. You add some comfort foods to your cart. You deserve to feel better, right?

 

 

Guess what? You haven’t failed. You are simply in a tug of war with yourself that is necessary before moving on to the next phase which is preparation. This very important third step is where you start to investigate different ways to manage stress or buy a book with healthy snack ideas. You start thinking about and desiring to go further maybe trying a weight loss program or a dance fitness class. You are now ready for change.This desire is critical to move you into the next stage which is ACTION.


At this point, a savvy girl will call a board meeting to fire the Chairman of the Board, also known as the other “you” who encouraged you to feel better by eating comfort food to de-stress. Meet “Miss Self-Sabotage” and be sure to call her by her name when you lay down the law. Miss SS is the voice that tells you that change is too hard, that you’re too old or too young, or not smart enough. In the action stage you now have the awareness and energy to morph into a chameleon. This is the new fired-up you — the girl that is free from fear and actively engaged in the next steps for transformation.

 

The action stage includes setting goals. Using S.M.A.R.T Goals, you will set goals that are specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-based. The clearer your goals, the more likely you will succeed. As you conquer the little things and inner confidence grows, you can take on bigger challenges.

 

Once you’ve reached a goal you have also reached the maintenance stage. Here you are maintaining the behavior that you desire. Success! But, wait, there’s one more process that you must conquer and that is called “relapse.” This is where the chameleon returns, briefly, to older behavior. Don’t feel guilty. Allow yourself to be in the “no-shame zone” because, after all, you’re a human being. You can still be reaching your goals and have a relapse. Reset your compass and get right back on track again. You are a successful work in progress!


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Unlock the Magical Healing Powers of Crystals

The power of crystals has been discovered. Today, more than ever, people are turning to crystals to aid them along their path to healing. Read More

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5 Foods That Are Surprisingly High In Fiber

When it comes to fiber, there are more ways to eat them than just chomping on some prunes. (Which also totally might not be your thing to begin with.) Read More

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