Health and Wellness

Nobody Wants to Hear About Your Lunch: How to Talk About the Whole Life Challenge

Nobody Wants to Hear About Your Lunch: How to Talk About the Whole Life Challenge

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I looked at the food truck menu, trying to find something to order. I had just started the Whole Life Challenge and was attending an event at my kids’ elementary school. Hamburger, no. Tacos, no. Ahi poke salad — that could work.

I approached the window.

“I’d like an ahi poke salad, no wonton chips please. Also, can you tell me what’s in the dressing?”

The woman looked up from her notepad and fixed me with a glare.…

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How to Find Peace and Beauty: Find Your Spot

How to Find Peace and Beauty: Find Your Spot

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Remember when we were kids? You know, when you and your friends were out playing and you always ended up at so-and-so’s house, or in your best friend’s back yard, or maybe a simple place out in the trees behind where you lived.

These places we gravitated toward not only hold some of our fondest memories, but when you look closer, they served as sanctuaries or feel-good spots that made us happier about being alive.…

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5 Unexpected Ways to Achieve the Benefits of Mindfulness

5 Unexpected Ways to Achieve the Benefits of Mindfulness

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I have always hated yoga. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that it could help me with nagging hip pain and do wonders for my general state of mind. But I have found every single second I have spent practicing it to be excruciating.

My body aches and complains of discomfort, but worst of all is my mind. To refer to my mind during yoga as a “monkey” would be an understatement.…

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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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Low Back Pain: Do You Suffer From the Bobblehead Doll Effect?

Low Back Pain: Do You Suffer From the Bobblehead Doll Effect?

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The American Chiropractic Association estimates 31 million Americans will suffer from back pain in their lives. An alarming statistic that tells us back pain is a mainstay in American culture. We all have it, share it, and without talking much about it, are looking to solve it.

But you are different. You do your daily workout, go to yoga twice a week, walk the dogs, and then in a lazy attempt to get things done, you bend over to pick up the laundry and there is it, your back goes out.…

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7 Ways to Dial Down Holiday Stress and Actually Enjoy Your Family

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Oh, the holidays. The family gathers for fun, food, and festivities. All the children are scrubbed, dressed, and well-behaved. The perfectly decorated house is full of happy people and polite conversation. There is no talk of football, religion, or politics. The food is tasty and the wine is plentiful — but not too plentiful.

This is how it is for your family, right?…

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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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So You Can Stay Longer: A Letter to My Fellow Fathers

So You Can Stay Longer: A Letter to My Fellow Fathers

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As fathers, one of the greatest blessings of our lives are the births of our children. I can’t speak for all of you, but I’m sure the vast majority of you dads feel the way I do about my kids. I love them so much it hurts. I have three, a boy and two girls and they are the best part of my day.…

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Why It's Okay to Eat All the Halloween Candy

Why It’s Okay to Eat All the Halloween Candy

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Today, I’m going to let you off the hook. (Sort of.)

And just in time to shove a bunch of Halloween candy into your mouth. (Maybe.)

The holidays are coming up, and with them, a seemingly endless stream of parties. First it’s Halloween, then Thanksgiving, and then things really kick into gear with Christmas, Hanukkah, and the December holidays. Oh yeah, and don’t forget about ringing in the new year!…

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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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