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Read: Craving

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Why do we crave food when we're not hungry?  Why do we take that sip of alcohol or puff of smoke, when we know it is detrimental to our health?  Why are we unable to say "no" to certain behaviors that leave us unhappy in the end?  And, more importantly, how can we modify our brain and behavior to overcome these compulsions and lead happier, freer lives?

These questions, and more, are answered in the brand new book CRAVING: Why We Can't Seem to Get Enough by Omar Manejwala, M.D (Hazelden Publishing, 2013).


Sure, it's got a catchy title and attention-grabbing cover, but this book is packed with science, research, and useful insights about cravings.  Manejwala defines "craving" as a "strong desire that, if unfulfilled, produces a powerful physical and mental suffering" (p. 2).  Throughout the book, this definition is shown to include food cravings, nicotine cravings, shopping cravings, OCD, and addiction to alcohol and drugs.  As Chapter 1: Crav…

Lift

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Dare you to LIFT!

No, I'm not talking about weights, although you should be doing that, too.  I'm talking about the smartphone app called LIFT, which helps you achieve your goals--whatever they are!


Upfront, I'd like to say that this is not a sponsored post in any way, shape, or form.  The folks at "Lift" don't know who I am, and the app is FREE for you and for me.  I just think it's a fantastic tool for ANY goals you're looking to achieve or habits you're trying to establish... whether they're in the realm of health, hobbies, work productivity, hygiene, taking time for yourself, for family, doing chores in your home... you name it!  Lift can help you do it.

First, you select what behaviors you'd like to establish.  You can choose from the many listed habits that others have committed to, or create your own.

Next, you check in!  Every time you perform an action or take a step toward your goal, you tap to check it off.  Each time you check…

Look for the Good

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There are simply no words to address the cruel tragedy that took place on Monday, April 15, 2013.  What should have been a joyous, triumphant day was instantly transformed into a nightmare.

However, I was warmed to learn about all the brave, warm-hearted, generous individuals in Boston who immediately responded to the crisis: running in to carry injured away, racing through the finish line and directly on to the hospital to donate blood, opening up homes and restaurants to those in need of a meal, a shower, a computer to contact loved ones, or a place to stay.

A Mr. Rogers quote was floating around Facebook and the Twittersphere the following day: "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping."


And this is just what we must do to stay sane, to overcome fear, and to keep looking up.  I personally suffer from mild anxiety, and events like this spark a great fear inside me.  The only way to quell this is by focusing on the good that emerged from the rubbl…

Checking in: Meal Prep and Body Beanz Contest

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Just checking in, on this Monday morning!

If you've been keeping up with me on Instagram, then you know I just took part in the "Spring to Health" 14-day challenge, hosted by Amber, Jill, and Mari.  It was fun having a different task to complete or document each day!  Check out my Instagram feed to see the lot.

Lately, I've been slacking on the Sunday food prep that I'd started doing in the fall, and as a result, I've been running out of food or having to buy things last minute.  Time to get back in the habit, to make sure I've got healthy, tasty meals ready for the week!  Last night, I did just that.  I prepared a few different food items and made sure I had on stock everything I'd need to pull together meals.

Last night's prep yielded...


Zucchini Carrot Egg Bake


Those, combined with some greens, sweet potato, banana, baked salmon, and Greek yogurt... yep! I'm well on my way.  No roadblocks, this week!

What else is new?

I was recently contacte…

Moisturize Naturally

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Go find your lotion.  Face lotion, body lotion... whatever it is that you apply on a regular basis, take it out.  Turn it over.  Look at the ingredient list.  Count the number of ingredients you recognize.  How many words do you understand?  How many words can you pronounce?  How many of the listed items do you think came from nature?



How many do you want seeping into the largest organ of your body: your skin?

If you're cool with rubbing all that garbage into your body, that's your choice.  To each, his own. Personally, I'd rather ditch the man-made chemicals for something nature made, something my skin might recognize as naturally moisturizing.  I also don't want something that will actually dry out my skin and make me become addicted to the lotion.  But, again, that's just me.  If you feel similarly or simply want to try another, more natural approach to moisturizing, read on!


Today's dare: Swap your daily lotion for coconut oil.  

I was a little skeptical at…

Friday Features

Spring is here!  Well, almost.  Now that the sun is shining and it's (maybe?) getting warmer, I dare you to go outside Get some sunshine!  Make yourself some vitamin D!  Have fun!

I've got a LOT coming up on the blog for this spring/summer, and although I'm SO eager to share with you some new dares I've taken on, I want to make sure I do 'em right and gather sufficient information for you first.  Sooo... For now, there's TONS of interesting stuff, as always, to learn from on other websites.  The last "features" post was a bit nutrition-heavy, so this one will be more diverse.  Enjoy!


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Speaking of going outside, taking your routine outside could benefit your workout!
The New York Times "Well" blog describes studies suggesting that getting outdoors
could help "reluctant or inconsistent exercisers."

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One way to take your elliptical/biking workout outdoors is with a Street Rider! MizFit demonstrates the learning curve required …