Living Like You’re Not Afraid To Die

Life is so different for me now. A few days after my brother died, I read some of his writings. One of the things he wrote was not being afraid to die.

I don’t know what this means. I’ve always been the “careful” one.

Always playing by society’s “rules”, I set goals and go after them. I have had years where my focus was solely on success and not on the journey to get there.

Perhaps that is what he meant. Enjoy the journey. But, I also think he meant more than that. I think he meant to look fear straight in the eye and tell it to shut the hell up.

That’s hard. But it wasn’t hard for him. And I admire that.

Nick came to visit me and my son 10 days before he died. I was so excited that he was coming over and I grew anxious at his arrival. I called him and left a voicemail, asking where he was and what was taking him so long. He arrived about 4 hours after I thought he was going to arrive. After we hugged and said our hello’s, he told me he took the long way on his scooter to enjoy the sunshine. Nick passed by a catfish restaurant and decided to stop for lunch. He also ran an errand for our younger brother. My brother was spontaneous. And when he told me about his journey and how much he enjoyed it, I smiled. I love that he could find joy in the simple things. He also wasn’t afraid of what I would think about him taking so long to get to me, nor was he afraid to spend that much time in the open air with crazy Texas drivers.

I truly hope Nick wasn’t afraid to die the night that he died. That’s one of my concerns that is hard to let go about the accident. I can’t help but wonder if he was just a little scared right before the maniacs creamed him.

Anyway, I hope that someday I can smack fear in the face and live like I am not afraid to die. I do know I am a little less afraid to die. And it is weird, because the death fear came up for me right after the birth of my son. I guess when you have a child everyone’s mortality starts to get a little scarier. I hated thinking about what could happen to him, to me, or to my husband. It was scary and still is. But, now that I have had someone so close to me pass on, I am not as afraid as I was. I know that when it is my time, my brother will greet me with open arms. I just wish I didn’t have to wait for death in order for that to happen

Book Review: Your Holistically Hot Transformation

I LOVE reading. If I had a beach nearby I would grab a book and hang out by the beach daily. How is that for dreaming?!

As for books, I tend to alternate between reading a fiction and non-fiction. For my non-fiction books I love to read about health since I am in the career field of health and wellness. Recently, I got to read a book titled, “Your Holistically Hot Transformation: Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle Free of Dieting, Confusion, and Self-Judgment.

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As a dietitian and nutritionist, I see some books with fad diets and information I shake my head at. This book is NOT like that! In fact, I nodded my head quite frequently in agreement with the author. She spreads a positive body message and is quite inspirational.

I have to admit that I have been in a cooking funk for the past year, if not longer than that. After reading this book I have added the Pinterest app to my phone and plan to pin recipes soon. My husband literally just told me tonight, “You used to cook a lot more,” and it made me sad. Don’t worry my feminist friends, he didn’t mean it in a “you need to cook more now” way. He has simply taken notice of the no cooking funk.

The book has several different sections. It not only touches on nutrition, but also on movement/exercise, meditation, cooking, and other healthy habits. Each chapter has a simple take-away listed at the end in a box. I love that!

The last few pages of the book are my absolute favorite because I can TOTALLY relate! Without giving too much away, she talks about how obsessing over being at a certain weight or being a certain size can be counterproductive. It causes stress, which as we all know halts any get healthy efforts we can attain. I know this to be true. I used to be strict and rigid with my eating and exercising that if I told you what I was doing you would think I had to be a size 2. But, I was a size bigger than I am now! Proof that most diets don’t work for the long haul.

Are you interested yet?! You can read a free chapter by clicking here. I would highly suggest checking it out and seeing if this book is right for you and where you are now. I enjoyed it and even as a health expert learned a few things. I feel inspired to touch up my nutrition a bit.

And since we are on the topic of health, what is one think you are doing for YOU this week?

Tiger Stripes Earned!

It has been awhile since I have posted. But today I find myself wanting to write… about tiger stripes. But, we’ll get to that.

I consider myself a body-positive dietitian. I believe that loving your body is the first step towards getting healthier or maintaining health. If you do not love the skin you are in, you won’t ever truly feel good about yourself no matter what size you are.

With that said, I have a confession to make…

I used to be scared of what my body would look like after having a baby. This “fear” was before I knew the power of loving your body. Just want to make that clear- I did not have this fear while I was pregnant. In fact, I LOVED being pregnant- growing belly and all.

So this fear was in me in my early twenties. Before engagement. Before marriage. Before baby. I was also terrified of the whole “birth” thing, but figured I would either get over that or not have any kids. But I always knew I wanted to be a mom so I had to “suck it up buttercup” at some point.

Thank God I did. I cannot imagine my life without my little boy. The cool thing is, though, this fear went away years before I had my son. It went away when I gave up dieting, restriction, and strict exercise. It went away when I traded in all of that garbage for trusting in myself and loving my body. I started to honor my hunger and fullness cues, no matter what the food on my plate was. I didn’t have to eat cardboard to feel good inside.

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The day before I gave birth to my son!

And now, after having my son I still do not restrict my calories or put in miles on the pavement. I eat when hungry, stop when full, do 30 minutes of one of my favorite exercises most days of the week, never feel negative if I eat cookies or skip a workout, and most importantly LOVE MY BODY. And I am back to a very healthy weight for me.

I never had the goal to get “back to my pre-pregnancy body”. My body has forever changed. I have stretch marks on my belly, but I call them tiger stripes and I earned those bad boys. Every time I see them, I am reminded of how special it was to carry my child in my belly for 9 months and how special it is to have him with me now.

What about you? What do YOU love about your body?

Mesothelioma Cancer: A Survivor’s Story

Back in November, I wrote a blog post about keeping your lungs healthy. I touched on mesothelioma cancer, but I think it deserves much more attention. In fact, writing that blog post was the first time I had ever even heard of this specific disease. I bet many of you are in the same boat.

I find myself extremely inspired by all sorts of personal stories, but especially from cancer survivors. I am willing to bet we all know at least one or two family members or friends who have battled or are battling some form of cancer. It is my honor to share with you an interview with Heather Von St. James, a mesothelioma cancer survivor. Hopefully her story will inspire you as it did me!

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Let’s dig in!

  • Can you tell us a little about your story? I’m Heather Von St. James. I’m a mother, a wife, and before my mesothelioma diagnosis I was a stylist and business owner. In 2005, I was diagnosed with a rare but preventable cancer called mesothelioma. I had just given birth to my baby girl Lily and was told I only had 15 months to live. I got sick from wearing my father’s work jacket around the house. As a girl I loved wearing his coat and I had no idea that I was exposing myself to the toxin asbestos, which were in the fibers of his coat. My husband Cam and I quickly found ourselves in Boston with Dr. David Sugarbaker, who told me I was a candidate for a risky but potentially life saving surgery that would involve the removal of my left lung. On February 2, 2006, I underwent this surgery and spent 18 days recovering in the hospital. After a month or so, I went back to my parents house in Boston and in the following weeks received 4 rounds of chemo and 30 sessions of radiation. Cam stayed home in Minnesota to work while most of this was going on. It was extremely difficult but I would not be here today had I not gotten the treatment and support that I did.
  • As a new mother, how did you react to hearing you had the “C” word? I was full of fear and uncertainty filled my head. What would happen to my newborn, Lily? How would my husband go on without his wife? What would happen to our house and the life we had worked so hard to build? Lily needed her mommy and Cam his wife. Dr. Sugarbaker was incredibly helpful in easing this initial shock. After that, I’d say my determination kicked in. I was going to beat this; I had to. It was all quite surreal. Months ago everything was fine, but then this happened. My fighter instincts were ignited and I knew I had to do anything and everything to push through this.
  • What helped you get through your cancer experience? The support from everyone around me made a huge difference in my life once I was going through my cancer experience. As a new mom, you have to dismiss the idea that you have to do everything on your own. My parents took me in and let Lily and I live with them while I was recovering. I was motivated by my husband, who was able to keep it together from miles away while still working to support our family. He really only saw Lily for about 36 hours during the first three months of her life, because he had to be back in Minnesota working. There are also tons of support groups that can help make the fight against cancer easier. I acknowledge that I won’t go back to that “normal” feeling again, but I’ve adapted to a new normal that is pretty astounding.
  • Where do you find your inspiration as a 10 year survivor of a rare cancer? Other patients inspire me to no end. I’ve gotten involved in a few different organizations and meeting with people from all walks of life who have beat seemingly impossible odds are such a source of inspiration. My childhood friend’s son was given four months to live after being diagnosed with cancer at only 18 months old, and he just started college this year! He is just one of many people whose journey inspire me.
  • What does the future look like for you? I hope to inspire in the way that I’ve been inspired. I want to prove that with hope, the odds don’t matter. A positive attitude is key in overcoming adversity and if people can look at my story and think, “if she did it, I can too,” then I’ve successfully accomplished what I want to. I want to spread awareness about the dangers of asbestos exposure, a material that is still not banned, and how mesothelioma is a man-made illness. To me, being a survivor means helping others who are facing similar challenges as I do.

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What an inspiring story! I have goosebumps that will probably last for days. Thank you, Heather, for sharing your story with us!

How to Burn an Extra 100 Calories

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Want to burn an additional 100 calories today?

Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT into counting calories eaten or calories burned on a daily basis in a restrictive way. But, I do like to find ways to move a little more or get a little bit healthier so I LOVE the “Fun ways to burn an additional 100 calories” visual above.

Do any of the above activities strike your fancy? I have definitely had my share of quick shopping trips to get a little more steps in on my Fitbit. I love doing a walk (window shop, anyone?) before actually going into the stores.

How do I burn an extra 100 calories? Currently, by breastfeeding my baby. 😉 But soon, I will slowly make my way back to regularly working out and adding in the extra “burns” here and there. One of my favorite ways to get an extra 100 calories or so burned is to participate in a monthly challenge (you know, the Pinterest-worthy ones that focus on squats, planks, or the like). A co-worker and I challenged each other to a month of doing 100 each of 3 exercises that worked upper body, lower body, and then core. We could choose the actual moves. I liked being able to switch things up a bit!

So now tell me, how do you like to get an extra calorie burn throughout the day? And if you had to choose one or two of the activities in the graphic above to try one day next week, which would you choose?

Side note, I also have to say after looking at the graphic I visited Chobani’s website and noticed a recipe I SO WANT TO TRY. The Pina Colada smoothie… yum! I can do anything Pina Colada…. just sayin’.

Happy Wednesday, y’all!

Chobani has a Simply 100 line and are encouraging people to live a healthier life. I did not receive anything for doing this post. I just LOVED the theme and idea so decided to participate.

Baby Love

So I had a baby…

On February 13th, my life changed forever. I had a baby boy and am SO IN LOVE! Being a mommy is so special to me, in ways I could not have imagined until now.

After 4 weeks, I finally feel somewhat adjusted and like I have a rhythm down. The first few weeks of having a newborn are TOUGH. I felt like I did not know what to do at times and add in sleep deprivation, you really feel like a crazy person.

One of the many things I have learned in the past 4 weeks is how to give more. I know, giving is something anyone can do and is not all that unique to raising a child. However, I am a very independent person. My husband is too. A baby, though, needs your attention at ALL times. Sometimes the constant giving is overwhelming, but most of the time giving breeds connection. It allows me to bond with my child and cherish every tiny, precious moment I can.

On a lighter note, here are some other quick tid-bits I have observed the past 4 weeks…

  • Baby fake out sneezes are the BEST. I seriously want to capture it on video if I can, but I never know when he is going to sneeze and then give a fake out (him saying “ugh” after a real sneeze).
  • Babies can fart and burp SO LOUD. And sometimes I can’t help but laugh.
  • Breastfeeding is not all that easy. I didn’t really think it would be, but I rarely hear about women having a hard time with it so this caught me by surprise. Oh the flaws of social media! And some say breastfeeding is when the mom feels so connected or bonded with baby? Sorry, doesn’t do it for me. I bond with my baby through everything else though.
  • The whole sleep thing got better for me (or perhaps I just got used to it) after 4 weeks. Sleep deprivation is NO JOKE. I can totally understand how some women get plagued with postpartum depression or anxiety.
  • Spitting up is scary for the mom. I thought something was wrong with my baby when he started spitting up A TON. Now I see that most moms have babies that spit up. That made me feel better!
  • I love to smell and kiss my baby’s head… often!
  • Pants, hats, and jackets are silly in this newborn stage. I have a few that will not be worn most likely because with the spitting up issue, I usually change baby 3x per day. Onesies are the easiest to change so he pretty much lives in those.
  • Weight charts are stupid. I got scared that he wasn’t growing like he should because of the damn growth chart. But, he was happy, pooping, peeing, eating, etc. so shouldn’t that count for something?!? And I am happy to report we are gaining weight… I just have a small baby!
  • I was scared of a lot of things the first couple weeks… driving with baby (I didn’t personally drive with baby until week 4), SIDS (because let’s face it, warnings for SIDS are everywhere even though the percentage rate is pretty low), kidnapping (that damn viral FB post about kidnappings at Target and Wal-Mart), etc. I decided to give over my worries to God and focus on loving my baby as much as I can. All that is certain is the NOW. I have to remind myself of that regularly!
  • I am blessed beyond belief for my parents, especially my mom. Experiencing motherhood for the first time gives you an all new appreciation for your own mom.

If you have any children, what did you learn those first few weeks?

Hope everyone is doing well!

Keeping your lungs healthy!

I have been reading about asbestos lately. How often do you hear that? My guess is not very often. But, I have. And guess what? It is linked to the big C. Cancer!  Being exposed to asbestos can put you at risk for developing mesothelioma cancer.  A very rare but aggressive type of cancer that is known to develop in the lining of the lungs.

Asbestos was used in many industries early on. It wasn’t until the 1970s when the US Product Safety Commission banned its use in wallboard patching compounds and gas fireplaces. For houses built before the 80s, it may very well be in your home.

With that, there are other polluntants at home that could be doing more harm to your lungs than good too. Below is a quick list of several air pollutants commonly found in homes and ways to avoid these:

  • Toxic cleaners. I am guilty myself of buying any cleaner without looking at labels, but some chemicals in cleaning products have been linked to health problems like asthma. Nowadays, there are many non-toxic options on the marketplace and the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a website to easily help you locate these. Or, you can even opt to make your own cleaner.
  • Smoke. This is a no brainer and luckily, most people do not like their houses to smell of smoke. However, if you have a household guest that wants to light up in the house, tell him or her to take it elsewhere.
  • Radon. This invisible gas can cause cancer and it can be found in any home. So what can you do? Test your home. The National Radon Program Services has helpful tips on testing your home.
  • Leaks and Drips. If you have a leak in your home, the standing water can encourage the growth of mold. Be observant and fix any leaks you find throughout your home.
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). These can be found in air fresheners and aerosol spray products, among other household items. VOCs can lead to chronic respiratory problems, allergic reactions, and headaches. This article I read from The Organic Institute states, “A clean home really shouldn’t smell like anything.” I like a fresh scent in the home, but fragrant air fresheners may be doing more harm than good.

I love the graphic below and hope that it helps build more awareness of healthy lungs. What is one thing you will do at home to keep your lungs healthier?

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Is Email Stress a Real Thing?

Do YOU have a Screen Addiction-

I read this article the other day called, “Sleep Wellness, Digital Detox and Mindfulness.” It was from WELCOA, a trusted wellness resource in the corporate wellness industry. I learned quite a bit from it so thought I would share a few of the important pieces from it.

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Lack of quality sleep is a HUGE problem in America and the newest factor to play into this poor quality is America’s collective infatuation (nice way of saying “addiction”) with smart digital wireless devices. And get this, the worst part is the hyper vigilance of social networking, video gaming and non-stop tweets or texts. It is rewiring our brain for stress right before bed when our brain really just wants to relax!

I am sure most of you know, but sleep disorders are often associated with obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and several other chronic diseases. I hear from people all the time trying to lose weight saying they do everything right with physical activity and nutrition. Unfortunately, there are SO MANY MORE factors than those two when it comes to your health. And sleep is one of those factors!

Stress too.

This article mentioned that on average people check emails up to 37 times per HOUR. Yikes! And this doesn’t include text messages. We are over stimulated, my friends! Some people feel the urge to respond immediately to emails, even feeling guilty if they don’t. The terms “techno-stress”, “email stress”, and “screen addiction” were thrown around a little. And after reading these stats, I agree. In general, we have a screen addiction problem in America!

We can blame the brain for this one. 😉 The receipt of emails and tweets is accompanied by the release of Dopamine, the feel good neurotransmitter. This is the same neurotransmitter associated with chemical addictions, or any addiction for that matter.

Keeping the stats going, fewer than half of employees nationwide leave their desk or workstation during their lunch hour. These peeps probably think they are being more productive, but this is really leading to higher stress and fatigue.

The article ended with a blurb about meditation and how it is the VERY thing that we all need to do on a regular basis to counteract these negative effects. Meditation (and it comes in many forms) improves sleep quality, decreases Cortisol levels, decreases chronic pain, increases immune function, decreases blood pressure, increases mental acuity, and improves overall mental well-being.

Damn Sam! You know if that were a pill EVERY SINGLE person would be taking it.

I thought this was a really great statement so am copying it word for word. “Remember, it is the ego that trips the fight or flight response. Mindfulness helps deactivate this switch to non-threatening times.”

I wish corporate wellness programs offered more training and instruction on meditation and mindfulness in the workplace, but we aren’t quite there yet. We still focus a little too much on nutrition and exercise. Everyone gets that eating an apple is better than apple pie and taking a walk is better than sitting on the couch. Hopefully soon we will all move to the more complex. Like meditation and improving sleep!

If you have never considered meditation, I highly encourage you to look into it just a tad. Even deep breathing for 5 minutes in the morning while laying in your bed is better than nothing! You will train that sweet, beautiful brain of yours to stay calm in times of stress. I like to switch things up whether it is a moving meditation (walking outdoors on a lunch break or a little morning yoga), guided meditation on CD, or simply deep breathing followed by a little journaling.

The cool thing about meditation is there is no right or wrong way to do it. And starting is the hardest part! Try it without judgment and see where your mindfulness journey takes you. It just might be magical!

The Fit Dish Interview

Fit Dish Interview

Were you one of those peeps growing up that LOVED playing mash or answering questions about yourself for school projects? I did. I loved thinking about the past and the future. It has always been fun, although only now do I realize how important the present is too.

For this week’s Fit Dish link up with Jill Conyers and The Fit Switch, I am to answer some questions. Taking me back… and I love it.

So, here we go…

  1. What is your proudest achievement to date? Marrying the love of my life three days after the worst day of my life. It wasn’t easy AT ALL, but I learned that with him I can get through just about anything.  And I also realized just how big my support system really is. It was amazing to feel all the love at my wedding. It still gets me teary eyed to be honest. Love is what life is about.
  2. What keeps you passionate? Curiosity. Passion comes in different areas for me, for sure, but in terms of my career staying curious is what keeps the spark alive. I love learning new things, having open discussions with others, meeting new health professionals, trying out new workouts, taste testing, reading health-related books, keeping up with the trends, etc. A curious mind is a growing mind.
  3. What makes you the most proud to be a woman? Honestly, I would have to say the ability to empathize or relate to others. I don’t know that I would say men can’t do the same, but it comes natural for a lot of women. Call it the maternal instict. I am also proud that women come in all different shapes and sizes and we are ALL beautiful in our own unique way. Hot diggity damn!
  4. Why do you think it’s so important for woman to unite as a sisterhood and empower each other? We all go through different experiences (highs and lows) at different points in our lives. We will be depressed about something at some point and we will be thrilled about something at another point. I can guarantee that when we are depressed we are the hardest on ourselves. No one else needs to beat us down. Instead, we need to get each other out of the funk when we are in it. Get us back to that kick-butt self that we really are! Unite and kick butt together. How about that?! Plus, I think we all bring positives to the table. We all have unique talents and gifts. Let’s embrace them. Together we are more powerful!
  5. What are some examples of small ways we can empower the women around us in our day to day life? 1) Smile to another woman daily. Even something as simple as a smile can change a person’s day. 2) Let a friend know how kick ass she is. No, you don’t have to be mush-face (unless you want to), but saying a positive at some point everytime you see your friend can be inspiring. For example, are y’all meeting for a run? Tell her how good she did afterward and give her a high five. Or is that a new dress she got and looks great in? Tell her how beautiful she looks. And lastly, 3.) Share your story. Share with others when given the chance. I think shame is a big problem (that is finally being talked about- thanks Brene Brown!), but talking more can get rid of shame for a lot of peeps. Most of us think we are alone in our problems. Newsflash! We aren’t. Someone else also has crippling fears of speaking in public or has to take off days from working out because the couch and McDonald’s sound more appealing. You are NOT the only one! No problem is worth guilt and shame.
  6. What is one piece of advice you would like to share with the #FitFam? Health is so worth the life-changing habits unless the life-changing habits start to rule you. Not to get all serious on ya now, but it’s the very reason I believe in intuitive eating over any diet. I felt ruled by diets in the past and it was a worse road to walk down than the time I was a child regularly eating instant mashed potatoes, a roll, and Little Debbie with a Cherry Coke for lunch. If health takes away your happy, you are no longer healthy! Be true to you, my friend.

These interview questions are inspired by the Lorna Jane #IAMWOMAN campaign. Love it, love it, love it!

Seven Healthy Life Hacks

7 Healthy Life hacks

Hello, friends. I am linking up today with Jill Conyers and The Fit Switch for The Fit Dish link up. We are talking “healthy life hacks” today. Ooooh Weee that gets me excited. I can’t wait to read what everyone else writes about!

Are you into healthy life hacks? I consider a healthy life hack one that has influenced my life in a positive way. I am talking get the juices flowing, smile going, body glowing type of life hack. One that now I can’t imagine life without.

I have several of these. Some I have learned from others and some I have learned from trial and error. Either way, they work for me. Maybe one, two, or a few resonate with you.

I give to you… Bri’s Healthy Life Hacks:

{ONE} Make the bed every morning. This is so simple, yet has such a positive impact on my day. When I make my bed, I am telling my brain… “You are organized, now go get ’em TIGER!” It just keeps me sane. Makes me feel unmessy in a messy world.

{TWO} Warm water with lemon. I know you hear over and over about the importance of water. But, I am telling you, water first thing in the morning is one of the BEST things you can do for your body. And add a little lemon. It makes your digestive system happy, my dear, which in turn will put a smile right on that beautiful face of yours. You don’t have to go warm (or hot, in my case most of the time) but that is the way I prefer it.

{THREE} Take a shower when feeling blah! I learned this the hard way. I work in very casual dress (yes, workout clothes) most days. When I first started working from home I found it very easy to skip the morning or lunch time shower sesh. I would punt the shower to the evening or even the next morning (I know, I know.. hygiene alert!). But, no more. I find that I feel better when I shower and get myself ready most days. I like to feel beautiful and part of feeling beautiful for me is washing my hair and putting a little makeup on. Such a mood lifter, I am tellin’ ya!

{FOUR} Get outside daily. This is huge, especially when the sun is shining! We get vitamin D from the sun (10 minutes sans sunscreen) plus many other benefits. I mean, even plants require the sun. It’s good stuff, y’all. Sun gives us power so even on days where we can’t do a 30 minute walk or bike ride, sitting outside with a mug of coffee or tea for 10 minutes meditating on the birds and the trees will suffice. Part of getting outside daily is also the connection with nature. Even the city girls can appreciate nature.

{FIVE} Morning to-do list. Before I start work, I write a quick to do list for the day. I write a personal one and a work one. This keeps me on track for the most part. I have heard before to “eat the frog” meaning complete the hardest one on your list first. But, I have to admit, I often do the opposite. I am easily distracted at times too so I have to keep to-do lists. They keep me sane, although I am working on limiting how many I put on each list. It’s amazing how productive you think you will be versus how productive you actually are and vice versa. My days are very different… often! I can be productive penny one day and then distraction dana the next.

{SIX} Movement breaks. Think of these as smoking breaks for the non-smoker. Why wouldn’t anyone take a movement break? Hello, happier necks, backs, and waistlines! I do not have a hard time remembering to take these, but for the peeps that do even setting an alarm 3 or 4 times per day can help. Move for like 10 minutes. You deserve it! Trust me. And that excel spreadsheet you are working on? It can wait. Our bodies aren’t designed to sit for 8 hours straight, no chaser. 😉

{SEVEN} Love. So simple, yet the most important! Being grateful for those you love (including pets) is essential to health and happiness. I love spending time with my furry friends and also my husband. I also love calling a friend if it has been awhile since we have spoken or checking in with my mom or dad if it has been a few days. They text and I love it!

Alright, I can keep going but I think seven is a GREAT number to stop on. Lucky seven! What is one healthy life hack you would add to the list?