All posts by Hilary Achauer

How to Play the Whole Life Challenge When You're Sick

How to Play the Whole Life Challenge When You’re Sick

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It’s easy to stay on track when things are going well. When life is predictable, there’s time to plan meals, exercise, meditate, and get enough sleep.

Unfortunately, life is rarely predictable. Even if your sleep, nutrition, and exercise are on point, you might get sick at some point during the eight-week Whole Life Challenge.

This doesn’t mean you have to give up!…

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The Importance of "Whole" in Your Whole Life (Challenge)

The Importance of “Whole” in Your Whole Life (Challenge)

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In the early 2000s, the pomegranate was the new super food. This antioxidant-rich miracle fruit was said to improve cardiovascular health, fight prostate cancer, and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Soon, the refrigerators of most health-conscious people contained POM Wonderful pomegranate juice in those funny, double-bulb shaped bottle.

The Super Food That Wasn’t

POM Wonderful, the company, was founded in 2002 by the billionaire couple Stewart and Linda Rae Resnick.…

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Better Than Fun: Why You Should Always Do the "Hard" Things

Better Than Fun: Why You Should Always Do the “Hard” Things

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Adam Carolla, Loveline host turned podcaster, said something years ago that stuck with me.

He was talking about having kids. Someone asked him if it was fun having kids. He paused, thought for a minute and then said, “No, it’s not fun. It’s better than fun.”

Fun describes things like watching a movie, going to dinner with friends, or jumping on a trampoline.…

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Too Busy for Healthy Habits? Here Are 4 Easy and Fun Solutions

Too Busy for Healthy Habits? Here Are 4 Easy and Fun Solutions

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I have a little trick I use when facing a task I dread.

If I can’t bear the thought of making yet another salad, or I really, really don’t want to clean the guinea pig’s cage, I set a stopwatch and time how long it actually takes me to complete the task I’ve been avoiding for an hour.

In the case of making a salad, the answer is less than five minutes

“Well, that wasn’t so bad,” I think when I’m done.…

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Your Body Is Not Your Masterpiece — Your Health Is

Your Body Is Not Your Masterpiece — Your Health Is

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Recently, I came across this short article, Your Body Is Not Your Masterpiece.

“Stop spending all day obsessing, cursing, perfecting your body like it’s all you’ve got to offer the world,” Glennon Doyle Melton wrote in the piece. “Your body is not your offering. It’s just a really amazing instrument, which you can use to create your offering each day.…

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Home Fermentation

A Beginner’s Guide to Home Fermentation: Sauerkraut

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If you’ve paid attention to health news in the last few years, you’re aware of the importance of probiotics, or live bacteria and yeast beneficial to your health. A healthy, thriving digestive system is full of this good bacteria, which influences everything from our immune system to our mental health, and of course our digestion.

Many factors can upset the ideal balance of good gut bacteria.…

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The benefits of helping others

The Surprising Ways Helping Others Can Improve Your Health

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The line is long, and for an hour I don’t stop moving. First a spoonful of beans on the plate, then a squirt of ketchup and mustard on each hamburger. Everyone is patient and polite. Some look me in the eye, and smile, or make a quick joke. Some look at the floor and seem to have trouble forming words. One man in a polo shirt asks my name, tells me his, and when he returns for seconds he says, “Thank you, Hilary.”

I look down the line to my right, and see my ten-year-old daughter handing out cookies.…

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Lose weight with meditation

How Learning to Meditate Can Help You Lose Weight

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I dropped my kids at their half-hour music lesson and said I’d join them inside in about ten minutes—I was going to meditate in my car.

“What do you do when you meditate?” asked my eight-year-old son. “Is it like this?” He put his thumb on top of his middle finger, palms up, and started chanting, “Ommmmmm, ommmm,” and then collapsed into giggles.…

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habits

The Best 3 Habits I Ever Started + 1 Bad Habit I’ll Never Quit

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I’ve gotten sucked into my fair share of extreme diets over the years. I always start off all-in, preparing meager portions of chicken breasts and steamed broccoli for the week on Sunday night thinking, “This is it! Perfect eating from here on out! Can’t wait for the new me!”

Then reality would set in.

I’d follow the diet perfectly for a week, but boredom and hunger would always cause the wheels to come off after about two weeks of this routine.…

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20 Minute Meal Planning

20-Minute Meal Planning for People Who Hate Meal Planning

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One beautiful Sunday morning this past fall I sat in the bleachers at a local park, watching my son’s baseball game. On my lap were two pieces of paper. One was blank, the other read “Sun., Mon., Tues., Wed., Thurs.” I took a deep breath and picked up my three-ring binder filled with recipes.

“What are you doing?” asked a woman sitting next to me, the mother of one of my son’s teammates.…

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Your most important appointment

The Most Important Appointment You’re Missing Every Week

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Take a look at your calendar. If it’s anything like mine, you probably see meetings, doctor appointments, family obligations, and deadlines. It’s exhausting to even look at, much less experience.

I have one recurring appointment in my schedule that’s not like the others. It doesn’t make me any money, it’s not something I have to do, it’s mostly pointless, and it’s almost entirely for my own benefit.…

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