Clean Keto vs Dirty Keto
Mar14

Clean Keto vs Dirty Keto

Remember how everything used to be about low fat everything? Well, the tables have certainly turned! Now we have the Keto diet – and it’s all about HIGH fat. There’s been a lot of talk about the Keto diet recently in the news: what is it? is it safe? is it healthy? who’s for it? who’s against it? We say…if you feel mentally and physically better eating a certain way, it’s certainly looking...

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Don’t Forget to Stretch!
Feb24

Don’t Forget to Stretch!

  I’ll admit it. I was always the one to skip the last 5 minutes of a group workout. The last 5 to 10 minutes of an exercise class, if you don’t know, are usually when the group stretches. I didn’t think I needed it. I had places to be, things to do. I could stretch at home. Except I hardly ever did. When I was younger, that barely remembered place in my life without kids and plenty of time on my hands, I would...

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Dealing with Fibromyalgia
Feb21

Dealing with Fibromyalgia

  When you tell someone you have Fibromyalgia, you can almost feel them roll their eyes in their imagination. For so long, fibromyalgia wasn’t considered something “real”, it was just a label that meant “aches, pains, fatigue, and brain fog that we can’t figure out”. And you know what? It’s STILL a label for all of that. The difference now is that is considered a real disease. I know...

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Your HIIT Workout, Your Way!
Apr17

Your HIIT Workout, Your Way!

HIIT Workouts, or high intensity interval workouts, are one of the most effective ways to burn fat and get in shape! This workout can be done once for a quick 10 minute workout, or repeated two or three times to really kick it up a notch. Change the interval length depending on your fitness level – 40 seconds all out with a 20 second rest for each exercise for those who may just be beginning or want a less intense workout....

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Mini Journal: Me and Chiari Day 6
Apr14

Mini Journal: Me and Chiari Day 6

May 31st, 2018. That’s the day of my decompression surgery. I have been planning family vacations and getting things in order so that I’ll be ready to rest after the surgery, and not worry about anything except recuperating. I am sure the surgery will go well, I’m just a little nervous about the recovery. What will I feel like? Will my headaches be severe? What will my hair look like?! How will I sleep? If my head is...

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Home Chef Review
Mar26

Home Chef Review

I’m sick of cooking. Scratch that. I’m sick of coming up with ideas of what to cook. My idea bank is completely drained. I decided to try as many meal services as I could, as long as I had a discount code and they offered healthy options. I found about 10 that fit the bill! The first one I tried was Home Chef. I had a $30 discount code, which made 3 meals for 2 people around $30. The menu consisted of: Chicken Milanesa...

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Mini Journal: Me and Chiari Day 5
Mar26

Mini Journal: Me and Chiari Day 5

  The reason for this mini journal is that it’s hard to find information about people that are dealing with this Arnold Chiari Malformation. It’s not that it’s that big of a deal, BUT it does cause some things that you may have been spending your whole life trying to figure out. For example, my fingers go completely numb (Raynaud’s syndrome), I have headaches and constant pressure in my neck, and I’m...

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Mini Journal: Me and Chiari Day 4
Mar13

Mini Journal: Me and Chiari Day 4

It’s been a bit since I wrote. I had the chance to go to Expo West, which is a huge health food show in California. It was a lot of walking, a lot of eating, and a lot of socializing. I had a great time, but I’m now playing catch up on all the things that were neglected while I was gone. There were so many great brands there! RX Bar Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream Square Organics Hippeas Stonyfield Kind Bar There were so...

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Mini Journal: Me and Chiari Day 3
Feb26

Mini Journal: Me and Chiari Day 3

Well, I haven’t been writing because I was sick. Just a bad cold, but it sucked away my will to live. Ha! Anyway, I’m back and we finally have some sunshine. Isn’t it amazing how much the sun energizes you and makes you feel more positive about life? I’m always shocked about that after it’s been hiding for a few days.┬áIf you have chiari, have you noticed a change in symptoms when a weather front comes in?...

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Mini Journal: Me and Chiari Day 2
Feb14

Mini Journal: Me and Chiari Day 2

So, today is my 41st birthday and all I want is this headache I’ve had for the past two weeks to go away. I’m so over it. I’ve tried meds, massage, chiropractor…nothing helps. I’m almost starting to think that I have a virus in my head. That’s one of the weird things about Chiari. I don’t know if I’m actually sick with a headache, or if this is really a brain thing that is causing me...

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