Summer 2017 Workout Wear

One of my treasured realizations as of late has been that if I make it a priority to wear workout clothes, I will exercise. I have found that fitness wear speaks to my heart about the importance of self-care. It's like I'm wearing a sign that says, exercise, fitness and health are a priority to me. Plus right now, doesn't it seem like there is a sexy sizzle in mix and matching fitness pieces in fashion wear? I'm in love, and if it's wrong I don't want to be right. What's trending in Summer 2017 ...
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Stay Sun-Safe with BeautyCounter Sunscreen

Staying "sun-safe" is more than being diligent about applying and-re-applying  sunscreen. You also need to be careful about which sunscreen you are using.  Most sunscreens on the market today include harmful ingredients that can cause a variety of health issues including an increase in the risk of skin cancer. Yes, you read that correctly. Many sunscreens include toxins which increase the risk of skin cancer and even encourage tumor growth (crazy I know!).  Sunscreens that contain toxic chemical...
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Wanderlust O’ahu

If you're looking for a yoga retreat to take all the stress away, I have the retreat for you. Going on right now is the Wanderlust Festival in O'ahu. Wanderlust O’ahu takes place at a destination I like to call heaven, others call it Turtle Bay Resort. Turtle Bay is an oasis on Hawaii’s unforgettable North Shore. A haven for those who love the salty air and the sweet ocean smell, not to mention the gift of daily warm and invigorating sunshine. I've been to many beautiful places, but b...
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Dairy and Tree Nut Free Breakfast Bars

It's a new week! You know I go for the gold when it comes to getting the week off to an organized, peaceful and healthy start. One of the quests for gold has been to find healthy items to pack in my 6 year old's backpack for snack-time. I want that big brain of his to thrive, and for him to have energy to last throughout his schooldays.  One of the other important parameters for snacks is that they need to be dairy free, since my son has a dairy allergy. I'm so grateful for all of the options th...
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All About Bikram

Bikram is a form of Yoga that includes the same 26 poses, including 2 breathing poses, for 90 minutes.  The room temperature is set to approximately 104 degrees Fahrenheit with the humidity at 40%.  Bikram class is a moving meditation where the instructor talks you through the moves versus demonstrating the moves.  Regardless of where you practice, the dialogue is pretty much the same as they do follow a script.  This allows practictioners to be more in the moment. There are several health be...
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Sound Healing Meditation

On a warm summer evening this past June, I decided to embark on a journey of self-care and healing.  It was something that I had neglected for so long, too long.  It all started with a Facebook event titled "Sound Healing Meditation Workshop" at my favorite yoga studio. I had never heard of sound healing meditation before (have you?), but I was already hooked on yoga and it sounded like something worth trying. I quickly learned that the idea is that the sounds from the singing bowls will r...
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The OMsignal Smart Bra that Tracks Running Performance

Not interested in a smart watch to help you with your New Year’s resolution? How about a sports bra? After all, it’s something you have to wear when exercising right? OMsignal (a Canadian company) is launching a "smart" bra for fitness techie gurus interested in the next best wearable at the International Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas. Back in 2014, the company released a collection of smart shirts for men, and now they are adding a product for women that’s interested in we...
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Stay Fit this Holiday Season

This is a crazy time of year.  We all have so many parties to go to that are filled with yummy food and drinks, and it is just going to get crazier this weekend for many of us.  This craziness is not the time to ditch your fitness program though, it can even be a great time to start one up. If you have already started to think of New Year resolutions and are in the mindset of loosing all the weight you plan on gaining these next few days, do a quick switch of your mindset and start thinking a...
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Five Foods that Keep That Nasty Cold Away

The kids are back in school full swing and the weather is quickly changing. Typically this means colds and runny noses can start becoming a nuisance, especially since the kids are bringing home more germs and flu season has hit just about every community. Let's not forget that we tend to run ourselves down by working around the clock & not eating right.  This too can invite a cold when we least expect it. Make sure these five foods listed below are in your cupboards and are incorporated into...
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Getting Started; Tips for a New Runner

It can be overwhelming when you start something new, no matter what it is. But like anything new, it all starts with the courage to get out there and try. Running is no different, it all starts with putting one foot in front of the other and consistently doing this on a regular schedule to improve and meet your goals. Ya can’t fake it with running, and honestly, that is why I love it. There are no short cuts to having a good race, just plain old hard work. I frequently get asked tips a...
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Let Me Be Your Beach Body Coach

Beach Body Coach
Many of you don't know I was once a swimsuit model & also did promotional modeling throughout the 90's. Yes, my before baby body was a size 2 and my toned muscles sure did look great in my tan skin. The photographers always knew how to make me look even toner by having me suck, and tuck and twist with each pose, making me look like a chiseled size zero at times. I looked good and I knew it. How did I do it? I worked hard. Real hard. I worked out everyday and barely ate, oh and um, no kids...
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Drink Water For More Energy

We all know water is crucial to survive. That's obvious, but drinking water also contributes to good health all the way around. Drinking water promotes weight loss and gives you energy.  According to Reader Digest's Best Health Mag, researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center found drinking water raises alertness. Their studies found that water increases the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) activity, which is the system responsible for activating the body's reaction time and response...
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How to Keep Teeth Clean and Healthy

Some of these items we probably shouldn't have to mention but here are a few easy ways to keep your teeth clean and healthy at all times. After all, a healthy smile is a glamorous smile! 1. Brush Your Teeth After Eating Brush your teeth after you have breakfast in the morning to ensure that sugar, acid or debris isn’t left in your mouth and your morning breath is fresh and ready for the day.  After each meal, one can also simply drink a glass of water or chew sugar-free gum to restore your...
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High Blood Pressure? Avoid These Foods

Sometimes we tend to focus on losing weight too much and forget the many other reasons why we have to watch what we eat.  High blood pressure is one good reason a healthy diet is crucial. With high blood pressure you want to have a diet low in fat grams and sodium. Instead of looking for another diet pill resource, here's a list of ten foods you should really avoid if you are concerned about high blood pressure. 1. Pickles - Pickles are low in calories but they are loaded with sodiu...
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Welcome to Wellness+ at Rite Aid

Rite Aid has something very helpful when it comes to your health and watching your pennies. Introducing the Rite Aid reward program called wellness+. As soon as you sign up for wellness+, you'll receive valuable service rewards and members-only savings. Then, your savings and wellness+ points will quickly add up. Members who reach gold status which equal 1,000 points, can save 20% off storewide for an entire year. Those who reach silver status and earn 500 points, will receive 10% off storewide ...
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Nexium 24HR

Nexium 24HR is the #1 doctor prescribed acid blocker brand made specifically for frequent heartburn.  Now Nexium 24HR is available over-the-counter and it's available at Rite Aid. Nexium 24HR works by blocking acid at the source, giving you 24 hours of protection from painful, unwanted heartburn.  Now that this is available over-the-counter we recommend consulting with your doctor to make sure this product is right for you.  Be sure to ask as many questions as you can about the product and advis...
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Abdominal Hold for Tighter Abs

It may already be August but there's still a few beach days left.  If you're looking for tight abs and want to rock them in your bikini, try the Abdominal Hold ab exercise. Follow these quick instructions and do them each day before heading out to the beach.  Your abs will look fab! 1. Sit poised and straight on the edge of a sturdy chair or bench and place your hands on the edge with your fingers pointing out toward your knees. 2. Tighten your abs and lift your toes 2 to 4 inches off the ...
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MaternaSoles

Disclaimer: I was provided with a pair of MaternaSole inner soles to try out during my pregnancy. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.  Are you pregnant? Does your back hurt? What about your feet, hips, knees or ankles? Suburban Detroit-based podiatrist Dr. Lawrence Brown has developed the MaternaSole, an insole specially designed to provide support to pregnant women. Based on the Soleair technology, non-breakable air bubbles with a semi-flexible orthotic shell, the Maternal ...
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Ten Reasons Why Your Eyes Are Puffy

Are you waking up each morning with puffy eyes?  Are you starting to wonder why you get them? Typically puffiness around the eyes is caused by an accumulation of fluid. Because the skin around our eyes is so thin, any collection of fluid shows up as puffiness. If you haven't been crying or suffering from nasty Spring allergies, then just what is causing your eyes to look swollen? Here are a few reasons (10 to be exact) that just might be the answer to your puffy problem. 1. Pay attention to y...
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Looking For Non-Dairy Sources in your Salad?

We all know Vitamin C and calcium are very important to our over all health including strong bones, teeth and healthy gums. At your next meal time, skip the fried foods and stick to these non-dairy toppings on a healthy bed of lettuce instead: green bell peppers cabbage radishes spinach broccoli red bell peppers grapefruit Brazil nuts dried figs blackberries almonds sesame seeds             Shannon Lazovski Shannon Laz...
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