There was a time in my life when I literally ate muffins ALL THE TIME. No joke. Freshman year of college was a muffin bonanza for me because the muffins they had at college were, dare I say, the bomb. Not the healthiest obsession, but hey, I didn’t care at the time. Muffins speak to all your emotions. When you’re sad, they comfort you. When you’re happy, they rejoice with you. When you’re hungry, they mask that hunger with their muffiny goodness.
Our skin is our largest organ and one that can become the most irritated at times. Since our skin is subject to both environmental and internal irritants, there are many problems that can manifest through our skin in our lifetime.
What’s my morning routine like? I’m actually one of those rare people that wakes up way earlier than is necessary and just putzes around my apartment. That doesn’t mean I’m productive, though! I just hate being rushed. My morning workout sometimes hits the wayside, but breakfast is one of the things I never go without!
Now, I’m no nutritionist, but I like to think of myself as a fairly healthy eater. People sometimes consider me a weird eater since I don’t eat a whole lot of meat and I usually have some hodgepodge concoction put together for lunch or dinner. “Are you eating caviar??” (referring to the quinoa on my plate). Ummm, not quite haha. And while I’m not a big meat-eater unless my dad shot it himself, I still get plenty of protein and plant-based nutrients that keep me fully satisfied, my energy levels up, and my body (seemingly) thriving!
Fall, winter, spring, summer. Fall, winter, spring, summer. In the Midwest, the seasons feel like they are constantly fluctuating. Most of the seasons come and go so quickly and then winter seems to last forever. This means that your skin can really take a beating. Summer brings long days in the sun and heat followed closely by the drying winds of autumn and winter. It seems as though your skin can never catch a break which can leave it dry, cracked, and downright inflamed and unhappy. Sometimes all your skin needs is a little pampering, and with autumn fast approaching, what’s more perfect than a skin nourishing mask that contains PUMPKIN of all things?!
The beginning of fall is always bitter sweet. With changing leaves and cooler temperatures marking the end of summer, there is such an energy shift in our bodies! While summer provided us with light and carefree attitudes, autumn brings with it more introspective energies that leave us wanting to stay snuggled in and pensive. We must be able to tune into these energies as the weather goes through this transition in order to keep us feeling at our prime this season.
Getting the recommended amount of vegetables into your diet can be challenging with a hectic schedule. The recommended daily amount varies based on age, sex, and physical activity, but for the average grown woman it is recommended to consume two and a half cups of vegetables a day, with 3 cups recommended for men. This may seem daunting at times, however, there are simple tricks you can utilize to pack those vegetables into your day! You shouldn’t have to go without simply because of your busy lifestyle! Or maybe you have time, but you simply don’t like vegetables! Vegetables add so many nutrients to your diet such as potassium, vitamins A, K, and C, dietary fiber, and soooo much more. You are really doing your body and health a disservice by not including them in your diet. Hopefully these tips will empower you to start incorporating more vegetables into your day!
SCOBY is an acronym for symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. Bacteria and yeast you say?? Gross! Be honest, how many of you had this as your initial reaction? I know I did at first! Luckily for us, this colony of bacteria and yeast is a powerhouse of gut-busting awesomeness packed into a flavorful, easy to make beverage! We have all heard about how our guts have good bacteria and bad bacteria. The good bacteria in our guts, also referred to as gut microbiota, are the living microbes in our intestines that keeps our digestive system running smoothly. Not only do they help with digesting certain foods, but they also can help create B and K vitamins, fight off invasive organisms, and maintain a healthy, thriving gut that allows our immune systems to function properly, keeping us healthy all year long! However, with the heavy emphasis on processed, convenient foods in America and your ever nagging social life, it can be hard to keep the beneficial bacteria abundant and thriving when all these bad microbiota have the chance to invade and take over. When this balance gets corrupted, you may start to suffer from conditions such as irritabel bowel syndrome, allergies, weight gain, lethargy, intestinal distress, and other uncomfortable bowel disorders.