7 Tips For A Happy and Healthy Holiday Season
Ah, the holidays. Such a magical time of year! Or, is it? The holidays can be a time of joy, celebration, connection, and comfort. They can also be a logistical nightmare.
Juggling the holidays on top of everyday life can feel like a lot. The added stress of a full calendar, constant temptations, extra expenses, navigating family, making the most of vacation time, and trying to stay cheerful and merry while DOING IT ALL can be overwhelming. Here are 7 tips to help you stay healthy and sane thi…
Fall Friday Favorites
It’s November! Living in North Carolina has helped me to really embrace the changing seasons. I love that the weather gets chilly without lasting forever. Right now, the weather has been absolutely perfect for hiking. Most Sundays, Matt and I have been starting the day hiking on some of the nearby trails by our house. Walking through the woods right along the water is such a rejuvenating way to start the day and recharge from the week. I hope wherever you are, you’re enjoying the fall vibes!
What You Really Need To Know About Fat
If dietary fat had a theme song it would start out, “Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped turned upside down…” Just like the Fresh Prince, dietary fat had an incident of getting into trouble with “a couple of guys (saturated fat and cholesterol) who were up to no good” leading to an over-reaction that impacted dietary fat’s reputation for the past 40 years. Notably, we never heard the story about what caused those “couple of guys” to be causing trouble in the first place. They w…
Friday Favorites: Adventures, Fun, and Magical Mushrooms
September was jam-packed with lots of fun, travel, exciting changes, and new adventures. We went to Maine twice, had a trip out West (see below), and I started my new veterinary position with Indevets. I believe in creating your own path and finding the balance in life that works for you. For me, that means balancing my veterinary career and health coaching. Indevets' mission believes that happy, healthy vets make better vets. Clearly, they speak my language and share my mission.…
Completing The Stress Cycle
How is your stress management? There's a good chance that even if you think you're managing stress, you're not actually allowing your body to completely recover. Do you tend to get sick at the start of a vacation or have you noticed your fuse is shorter than normal lately? Feeling exhausted? Having trouble sleeping? Let's make sure you're giving your body a chance to complete the stress response frequently.
Stress Used To Be My Default Setting
Lately, I’ve been feeling more stress. Lots…
The Potato Magic Trick
I want to get you excited about food. I don’t mean the rampant love for french fries, anything cheese, and sweets like cake, ice cream, and all the “good stuff”. I mean the REAL good stuff. The food that’s nutrient-packed, delicious, and that will do amazingly beneficial things for your body.
I love “healthy food”. I love the way it tastes, the way it makes me feel physically and mentally, and I even love the colors. You may not be at this level when it comes to your relationship with he…
Friday Favorites: Staying Healthy When Traveling
Happy Friday! How are you doing? It has been a whirlwind of a week returning home from my trip to Maine and Vermont and starting a new veterinary job (for greater flexibility with health coaching!). My trip to New England was everything I hoped for. It felt so good connecting with family, breathing in the fresh air, and enjoying special treats like a lobster dinner and my dad’s amazing chili. Here are some of my other favorite things from the past couple of weeks:
Healthy Food Finds
Friday Favorites: Wellness Stores, Girlfriends, and A Quote To Live By
What’s new and good this week? One thing that’s new and good is that I’ve decided to start sharing the Friday Favorites here on the blog again. I've been sending it out as a biweekly newsletter, but this way it’s easier to reference back to! Here are some things making me happy that I want to share with you this week. I hope you find them helpful or inspiring.
I realized I’ve been keeping something from you without even realizing it! Somehow I’ve never sh…
The Veterinary Profession Is Struggling: What Pet Owners Can Do To Help
As a health coach (for humans) and veterinarian, the well-being of both you and your pet are my top priority. That's why I need to give you a heads up about what's going on in the veterinary profession right now. To put it bluntly, the veterinary industry is really struggling and overwhelmed right now.
I'm not sending this message to be an alarmist, I'm sending it to spark change and hope. I want to raise awareness and to let you know what you can do to be proactive in order to keep your pe…
Micro-stressors: The Silent Stress Majorly Impacting Your Mental Health
I want you to love the way that you look and feel and to finally get the results that you want and that you deserve. That is why we are tackling stress today! Specifically, a sneaky kind of stress called micro-stress.
Stress is probably one of the factors preventing you from getting the results that you want. When you're stressed it's easy to feel like you don't have any extra time or energy in order to fit in a workout or to make healthy, nourishing food options. On top of that, st…