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January 12, 2016

Why Your Ab Workout Doesn't Work and 4 Ways to Fix It

"Everyone is wasting their time at the gym doing all these stupid things." That's exactly what my friend and colleague Dr. Nate Weber told me while explaining why everyone's ab workouts were not, well, working out. He gave some advice to keep your six-pack quest going in the right direction, but it had a lot of curse words so I rephrased it to make sure you weren't offended. I'm sure if you buy him a beer, you could hear the entire R-rated rant about washboard abs. 

Why your ab workout doesn't work:

There's a chance you've been trying to mix up your ab workout with super fast crunches, fancy side to side twisting, or just as many sit-ups as you can possibly handle. BUT, there's a chance...

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January 05, 2016

5 Things I Learned from Exercising Every Day For a Year

That's right. 365 days in a row. An entire YEAR of working out every day. No breaks. 

It started as a New Years resolution I made on a whim. "I'm going to work out every day this year." That's what I told my husband, who's extremely competitive and thrives on routine. So he responded, "Me too." I laughed, because my first thought was -- no way. He'll never make it. I might not even make it... I was wrong.

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December 30, 2015

5 Natural Ways to Prevent a Massive NYE Hangover

5 Natural Ways to Prevent a Massive NYE Hangover

Because you've unwrapped your presents, it feels like the holidays have finally wrapped up. Not so fast, kid. You're still a few days from the last holiday of the year. 

Personally, 2015 was a little busy for me and I'm excited to bid farewell to such a wonderfully hectic year. I'm telling the universe to bring me abundance in the most calm and relaxing way possible. (Here's hoping the universe listens.) But before I say goodbye, I have a good old fashioned party to go to on December 31st. My dress is picked out, already sitting by my shiny pumps and jewelry. So bring it on, NYE! 

Just one little catch... I'd like to naturally prevent the first massive hangover of 2016.

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December 15, 2015

The Holiday Health Risk You'll Never See Coming

A guest post from Dr. Linda Hodges

Want to know a secret? The holidays can make you sick. They can also make you feel great, but after the glitz and glamour you might experience something other than pure joy, and I'd like to help you understand it. Let's talk about... the crash.

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December 09, 2015

Empathy and Connection: How to Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable

 

Let's get awkward. Let's talk about your relationship with food, and mental health. Do you feel uncomfortable yet? Good.

For me, talking about mental health is like talking about the weather or why I love puppies. I’m so ready to discuss the connection between wellness and food that I often forget how uncomfortable it can make others. These two topics can make people so uneasy you’d think I'd started asking questions about poop! (I might at some point, but I don't typically open with that.) Is mental health uncomfortable because we don't understand how it's correlated with our food? What does nutrition have to do with mental health?

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December 01, 2015

November 24, 2015

Teenage Mood Swings: Can We Blame Karma or Nutrition?

I don’t have teenagers…yet. And if karma exists at all, I’m terrified for when I do have teens.

Currently, I have a 3-year-old, and quite frankly she could hold a candle to any teen if we’re talkin’ tantrums and mood swings.  I still find myself shocked at the Jekyll-and-Hyde vibes this toddler throws at me. The world’s cutest, sweetest, blonde babe becomes the most insane, hostile, “I’m moving out!”, maniac. In 3 seconds flat.

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November 16, 2015

Owning Your Insecurities

How to break free from your ideal skillset, and start maximizing the sweet skills you already have.

I have to admit, I’m surrounded by some pretty amazing people in my life. I have friends that have raised the bar in just about every aspect of living.  Boss ladies and charming gentleman ABOUND. There are people all around me that have given me great strength in times of need, taught me the value of true friendships, and more.  That being said, there are times that I feel really insecure because I’m trying to do it all.

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November 10, 2015

A Love Letter to the Dollup: How I Simplified My Morning Routine

For the Love of Looking Chic, and Being (mostly) On Time for Work.

Ok, switch over to your creeper brain. I’m about to get a little more personal about my morning routine.

Imagine the following:

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November 04, 2015

Detox and Support: 9 Ways to Support the Vaccinated Child

Vaccination is a hot, spicy, LOADED, topic in the healthcare world. People get passionate on both sides of the vaccine debate. So before you get freaked out that I'm going to say something you don't like (I can feel your skin crawling from here): my goal is love and support, regardless of your opinion and decisions. Are you feeling less spicy now? Good. As a Doctor it’s my job to support children. However, a kid’s healthcare is not my call. 

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