Health and Wellness

How to Know What You're Changing on the Inside (In Just 6 Weeks)

How to Know What You’re Changing on the Inside (In Just 6 Weeks)

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You know that the Whole Life Challenge is about much more than what you see on the scale and in the mirror. It’s about taking control of your health for a better, longer, and more enriched life.

And yet, if you are a little Type A like we are, you are likely seeking all the ways you can count, track, and measure your progress over the Challenge in order to frame what success looks like.…

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What You Need to Know About Home Health Tests and Your Goals

What You Need to Know About Home Health Tests and Your Goals

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Our bodies don’t lie.

Seriously.

The way we feel, move, and look can tell us so much about whether the choices we’re making are enhancing or hurting our overall well-being. Factors like energy level, skin quality, sleep quality, lean body mass, blood pressure, resting heart rate, and even sports-specific parameters like VO2 max (for those of us who love to geek out with a personal trainer) can be valuable tells alerting you to areas of your health you can adjust or improve.…

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How to Stop Worrying and Actually Have a Relaxing Vacation

How to Stop Worrying and Actually Have a Relaxing Vacation

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On the first day of our family vacation in Vancouver, Canada, the city was experiencing a heat wave, with highs in the mid-80s. We’d arrived late the night before and none of us had slept well. After getting breakfast, we decided to walk downtown, instead of figuring out a bus or worrying about parking. The owner of our rental house told us it was a manageable walk for our kids, ages ten and twelve.…

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The Quiet Eye: How to Train the Way You Gaze (and Why)

The Quiet Eye: How to Train the Way You Gaze (and Why)

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Pick your favorite sport, any sport. Imagine the player you most admire walking up to the plate, getting ready for a jump ball, or prepping for a rope climb. What is the one thing they all have in common?

For starters, they are definitely not texting on their smart phone.

Jokes aside, no matter who you’re picturing, these athletes typically share an incredible ability to focus and concentrate that conveniently also makes them appear quite intimidating to their competitors.…

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Essential Oils 101: What You Need to Know and How to Buy Them

Essential Oils 101: What You Need to Know and How to Buy Them

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What’s in your medicine cabinet right now? What do you use to get rid of a headache or calm an upset stomach? What do you use for anxiety or depression? What’s your go-to for a cold or flu, and what do you apply to kill bacteria on cuts and scrapes? How different would your medicine cabinet look if you replaced each of those medications with a natural solution?…

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3 Ways Gut Health Impacts Quality of Life (And How to Eat to Improve It) probiotics prebiotics

3 Ways Gut Health Impacts Quality of Life (And How to Eat to Improve It)

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The human body is a complex system housing a multitude of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi. While we are taught to associate these bacteria, viruses, and fungi with diseases, the ones that are naturally a part of our bodies can actually help maintain a solid state of physical and mental well-being.

Most of these healthy microorganisms can be found in our digestive system, more specifically in the gut, and it was recently proven that a person’s gut health has a tremendous impact on the general well-being of the individual.…

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Why You Need to Get Quiet in a Loud World

Why You Need to Get Quiet in a Loud World

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We live in a loud world.

Every moment of our day is likely filled with some sort of sound — some pleasant, some that fades into the background, and some that assaults our ears like a tone-deaf bagpiper playing Bad Romance.

We have control, though. Just as we can choose to fill our bodies with junk food, we can fill our ears with junk sound — turning on the radio or TV to fill the quiet space because that’s what we’ve always done.…

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How to Be Mentally Healthy While You’re Sick

How to Be Mentally Healthy While You’re Sick

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I know how to stay strong during a tough workout, how to work long hours to meet a deadline, and how to eat well when I’m surrounded by junk food — but when I’m sick or injured, my mental resolve crumbles.

Maybe it’s because I rarely get sick, but when illness or injury descends, I lose all my stoicism. This is especially true if I perceive that the illness is something out of the norm, difficult to explain, or lasts longer than a few days.…

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How to Get Ready for Summer (and Learn to Love Yourself in the Process)

How to Get Ready for Summer (and Learn to Love Yourself in the Process)

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Get ready — it’s coming.

The days are getting longer and the temperature is rising. This means you’ll soon see articles about how to get ready for summer. Usually with titles like 5 Ways to Get Summer-Body Ready or Get Bikini Ready Now.

The premise of these articles is that there’s something “wrong” with your body and you’d better change quickly if you’re going to walk around in something other than long pants and a jacket.…

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Taking Flight: A Few Words on the "End" of the Challenge

Taking Flight: A Few Words on the “End” of the Challenge

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I remember a day, once, sitting on the roof and watching a truly magnificent sunrise. While watching the sky change color, I noticed an array of birds crossing the sky. In my imagination, the seagulls heading east were going to work and the ones heading west were going home.

As I watched, I became fascinated with their flight — with the simple act of birds flying.…

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6 Ways to Work on Health and Wellness (Even When You Have the Flu)

6 Ways to Work on Health and Wellness (Even When You Have the Flu)

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We’re facing one of the worst flu seasons of recent memory. There’s nothing worse than that achy, tired, don’t-want-to-do-anything feeling that comes with the flu.

Actually, there is one thing worse — getting those achy, tired, don’t-want-to-do-anything feelings just as you have established some really amazing and healthy habits in your life.

So, here you are: you’ve taken on the Whole Life Challenge and life throws the flu at you.…

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How to Bounce Back After Falling Off the New Year’s Wagon

How to Bounce Back After Falling Off the New Year’s Wagon

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Not one week into 2018, I found myself standing in a donut shop with some foodie girlfriends admiring anything that had marshmallows on it.

Store lamps beaming off the glaze of the baked goods on display, I saw my dreams of an improved eating habit flashing before me, and wondered, “Would this be the gateway donut? The sugar bomb that crashed my whole 2018 health plan to the ground?”

For the new year, I’d committed to logging my food into a nutrition app again and had made every scheduled workout the previous week.…

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