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October 19th, 2017

Who’s in? Join Me for a Burpee Challenge

What have I gotten myself into? Somehow I signed myself up to do fifty burpees every day for thirty days. So now I need your help. I’m looking for a support team to hold me (and you if you join!) accountable. Interested in joining me?

I know you’re wondering why would anyone in their right mind want to do this? Valid question. 50 burpees are no small feat. Exercise and fitness have always been a big part of my life,  but this is taking things to a whole new level. For some reason, I was inspired by Anna Quinlan when she wrote about her experience doing 50 burpees every day for 30 days. No surprise that her entire body was sore for the entire first week and she sweat like a pig every single time throughout the month. Something about this really does sound appealing, doesn’t it?

For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, here’s what a burpee looks like.

Now, are you in?!

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When I shared the burpee challenge on my Facebook page a few eager, fit friends chimed in. Together we decided to give it a shot.

Kicking off on November 1st, we are going to do a burpee challenge: 50 burpees for 30 days.

If you want to start off with an easier version rather than doing the pushup, stick to a plank. I know that 50 pushups is a lot even without the added burpee. My goal is to do all 50 with the pushup. I really think I can do it. Over the summer I challenged myself to do 50 pushups and 50 situps every day. It wasn’t easy, but I did it most days. Burpees with pushups are an entirely different beast.

If you’re interested in joining in the fun but don’t want to do the pushup, here’s what a pushup-free burpee would look like.

So now that I’ve completely lost my mind, I’m hoping you’ll join me. I have no doubt that after the 30 days are over we’ll all feel fabulous. Too bad the short sleeves and swimsuits will be stashed away by then.

Are you ready to join me? Feel free to email or message me if you don’t want to publically commit. We can do this together!


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October 3rd, 2017

5 Natural Ways to Kick the Common Cold That Actually Work

5 natural ways to kick the common cold

It’s September and I already have my first cold of the season. We all know that there’s never a good time for a cold, but the coughing sneezing and other symptoms always seem to appear at the most inopportune times. I guess there’s only so much we can do to prevent the inevitable!

I know I’m not alone. Everyone seems to be sniffling, sneezing and coughing, trying desperately to find remedies to ease their symptoms. Now that I have a cold, my goal is to shorten its duration.

Here are a few tricks I’m using to help kick my cold. 

Please remember to visit your doctor if your symptoms persist or worsen. 

Eat Healthy

Eating healthy seems like an obvious choice when combating a cold. This is the time of year when our immune system is working on overdrive. We are back to a packed schedule with work and family and there’s little time to care for ourselves. By eating healthy food we can naturally strengthen our immune system and stay healthy throughout the year. A few of my favorites menu additions are broccoli, salmon, nuts, and garlic.

Use a Neti Pot to help with cold congestion

I’m in love with my Neti Pot. Whenever I have a cold or any sort of congestion I turn to my Neti Pot. It takes a bit of an effort and it’s not pretty to watch, but if used correctly it removes excess mucus, pollen, dust, and other environmental irritants from the sinus passages. Don’t forget to add the salt!

Take Homeopathic Nature’s Way Umcka ColdCare

I’ve been using Nature’s Way Umcka ColdCare Chewable tablets since my symptoms first appeared and they seem to be doing their job. I always keep them in stock so we can start taking them whenever a cold begins.

Drink Hot Tea

My cabinets are filled with an arsenal of hot tea options. When I feel a cold coming on I break out my organic cold and flu brew. I also like Traditional Medicinals, Organic Throat Coat Tea when I have a sore throat. The heat from the tea helps boost the immune system. My kids love Traditional Medicinals Just for Kids Organic Cold Care Tea. If hot tea’s not your drink of choice make sure to find other ways to drink plenty of liquids!

Oregano

While Oregano is delicious on pizza, pasta, and many other foods, it can also help kick a cold. Oregano oil has antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it ideal for reducing the duration of a cold. I generally take oregano oil when the first symptoms appear. I like to keep oregano oil soft gel tablets in my kitchen cabinet so they’re ready to go. You can take an oregano capsule twice a day with meals. To treat a sore throat add 6 drops of organic oregano oil to a glass of water and gargle a few times each day.

Don’t forget to get enough sleep and drink plenty of liquids!

Please speak with your doctor before trying any of these remedies.


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September 12th, 2017

5 Ways to Combat Stress as We Transition to Fall and a prAna Discount Code!

Long gone are those lazy days of summer as we transition to the structured days of fall. Shifting from one season to another is no easy task. Many of us are feeling elevated levels of stress due to the changing of the seasons coupled with the upheaval happening in the world.

As we struggle to make sense of the world right now and as we scramble to wake our children in the morning stress levels are on the rise.

Feeling overwhelmed or stressed out can be caused by so many different scenarios. Being prepared for unexpected stress is important during this volatile time and throughout the year.

Here are a few ways to combat stress as we confront any transition.

Eat Well

The old adage, “you are what you eat” holds so much truth. Eating the right foods is the first line of defense when it comes to treating stress. Take the time to fill your body with good, unprocessed food including a wide array of fruits and vegetables (organic when you can!).

We always try to participate in a CSA in the fall. Community-Supported or Community-Shared Agriculture (CSA) is also known as “subscription farming.” We buy a subscription from a local farmer and receive a “share” of fresh, organically grown fruit and/or vegetables.

Reconnect With You 

It’s time to embrace your adventurous spirit. What do I mean by that? Take some time for adventure!

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I didn’t write much this summer. I needed a reboot so I decided to take the summer off to spend time with my family. With three teen boys, it’s hard not to think about the short amount of time remaining before they head off to college. As the clock loudly ticks I’m craving more time. So the luxury of a summer off was perfect.

Now I’m back and kicking off the fall by jumping in headfirst. We went from zero to sixty this weekend doing activities that I love with my kids. Saturday was gorgeous and sunny for my son’s first soccer game. I’m not ready to give up my summer wardrobe so I mixed and matched. Check out my Brenna pants from one of my favorite companies, prAna.

5 Ways to Combat Stress as We Transition to Fall

5 Ways to Combat Stress as We Transition to Fall

Iconic Citgo sign in Kenmore Square, next to Fenway Park

Thanks to the Boston Red Sox I was able to take five (yes, 5!) teenagers to a baseball game this weekend. The day was beautiful and a good time was had by all. Unfortunately, the Sox lost, but they’re still in first place in the American League East.

My prAna Sage Joggers were perfect for a day at Fenway Park. I’ll be taking them with me on all of my travel adventures this year.

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Drink water

We all know that drinking water is important for optimal health. When we don’t drink enough water it can cause dehydration and increase the cortisol levels in our body which can lead to increased stress! Fill that reusable water bottle and keep it close by throughout the day.

Sleep

Now that my kids are teenagers it’s becoming more difficult to get enough sleep. The kids are up later and out later, which means that I’m up later too. Sleep is so important for maintaining a strong immune system. Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep or enough sleep are more likely to get sick. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover from an illness.

Move Your Body

Throughout the year it’s important to keep active. Exercise could boost your immune system and possibly help it guard against cancer. Try to schedule regular activity throughout the day and make exercise a priority. It’s important to find a form of exercise that you love so you can stick with it.

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How do you handle transition?


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September 8th, 2017

6 Healthy Staples You Will Always Find in My Kitchen

6 Healthy Staples You Will Always Find in My KitchenCooking healthy meals and choosing nutritious snacks becomes much easier when there are healthy choices at your fingertips. There are a few staples that are usually available in my kitchen, making nutritious snacks and meals easier to prepare. As our family heads into a busy season of juggling work, school and kid’s activities it’s important to make reaching for healthy options a priority.

Here are a few of my favorite kitchen staples that you’re likely to find if you stop by for a visit.

Olive Oil

Olive oil has always been one of my favorite oils to use and has been touted by some to be one of the healthiest oils. It has so many interesting uses ranging from cooking to cleaning stainless steel appliances. Olive oil has a fairly high cooking temperature and adds great flavor to many dishes.We always have a few large bottles of olive oil hanging around on the counter or in the cabinet.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is another favorite that has become a staple in my kitchen (and bathroom!). I use it for everything from cooking and baking to removing my makeup. Go for the organic coconut oil if you can.

Maple Syrup

We like to spend time in Maine over the summer and summers wouldn’t be the same without Maine Organic Maple Syrup. Maple syrup is one of my favorite natural sweeteners and is perfect for baking. My kids can’t get enough of the stuff on pancakes and French toast. It’s important to read the label before buying to make sure you’re getting pure maple syrup.

Eggs

Eggs are a staple in our home and as a result, our fridge is constantly filled with at least a dozen eggs. Our family’s been part of a CSA for many years and we receive an organic egg share each week. The eggs are delicious and definitely taste different than their store bought version (we did a taste test to prove this!).

Rice

Rice is a favorite at our house. It tops my list since it’s so easy to prepare. I use a rice cooker (THIS is my favorite rice cooker) with a timer so the rice is ready whenever we’re ready to eat. Make sure to rinse your rice before cooking to remove some of the arsenic. Here are a few interesting rice/arsenic facts from Treehugger:

• Basmati rice contains lower levels than other rice.
• Brown rice usually contains more arsenic than white rice (because of the husk).
• Growing rice organically doesn’t make a difference to levels.
• Rice cakes and crackers can contain levels higher than in cooked rice.
• The levels of arsenic found in rice milk far exceed the amounts that would be allowed in drinking water.

Baby spinach

6 Healthy Staples You Will Always Find in My Kitchen

You will always find a container of baby spinach in my refrigerator. It’s great for a quick smoothie add-in or a sprinkle on top of any dish. Spinach is a nutritional rock star with one cup providing nearly 20% of the recommended allowance of dietary fiber and over 337% of the recommended allowance of vitamin A. One cup of spinach also provides over 1000% of the RDA of vitamin K which helps to maintain the strength and density of our bones.

What staples are in your kitchen?


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