As a nutritionist, some of the most common questions I get are about what to eat for snacks and the best way to get in a healthy breakfast. Here in North America, breakfast is generally synonymous with what I like to call “beige food.” We’re talking breads, cakes in many forms, sweetened yogurts and sugary cereals – just processed carbs upon carbs, with an extra side of unhealthy carbs. And listen, I’m not knocking carbohydrates, we need them to function. But we need the right kinds and amounts, like complex carbohydrates and also not in abundance. We really need to round out the nutrients within our meals, especially if it’s our first one of the day.
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Growing up, I had a mother who was very open about everything. It was just the two of us for a long time, so she took it upon herself to make sure she taught me everything that she wished she knew when she was a young girl, going through changes and feeling all of the feels. She always encouraged me to be comfortable with my body and to not feel ashamed for wanting to express myself, wear what I choose to wear or even run around naked if I felt like it. But equally, it was also okay to just not wanna talk about it sometimes, as my body changed and gradually morphed into a woman. I definitely learned from her that it can be a very personal experience.
*By Jennifer Morris*
Being busy does not mean that you are also being productive. There I said it… come at me “I’m just soooo busy” people. I cannot go a day without someone mentioning how “busy” they are and I too find myself falling into this trap from time to time. There are times when I am truly busy, meaning I am at that moment engaged in something and therefore cannot do something else. Or yes there are a lot of things I have on my to-do list, but are they all pressing at that moment? No of course not, that’s not possible.
Listen, I know we’re all busy and that it can be quite hard to stay on track sometimes. But I honestly believe that you make time for what’s important to you. Now, I’m gonna repeat that one again: you make time for what’s important to you. And your health just has to be important to you. This isn’t me trying to shame you here, I’m just trying to advocate for you when you’ve dropped the ball on doing it for yourself. We spend so much time and energy taking care of others, that we often forget to take care of ourselves. Well, you can’t pour from an empty cup, folks. It’s that simple.
Women sure have come a long way. And although we’ve made some pretty major strides over the years, we still have quite a long way to go. I love how easily we can band together in order to support each other, rather than trying to tear each other down. That’s why community is so darn important, my friends. It’s our duty to help each other out, but sometimes we just don’t know how to do it.
*By Jennifer Morris*
So, I’ve been running my business for a couple of years now, and I have come to a conclusion: There are a lot of people in business that are complete dicks about everything. I know that some people are nodding along and agreeing with me, but this article is not for you – cause you likely already get it. This article is for the people shaking their heads at my use of the word “dick” and that I even have the balls to say something so “vulgar”.
*By Autumn Cavender*
Have you ever stopped to consider what was running through the minds of people when they first discovered alcohol? What thought processes were responsible for their notion to share this substance with the rest of the world? You’d think these questions would preoccupy people with loved ones entering and exiting 12 step rehab. You may think that if a member of your family was an alcoholic, you’d consider these topics. Even if it was just until you at least had a rational explanation. Or, you could even be looking for someone or something to blame for all of it.
*By Cloe Matheson*
I recently went through a particularly stressful month, which ended in me feeling extremely lethargic. I then realised how little I had been exercising. It had become all too easy to think ‘oh, I’ll do it tomorrow’, or even ‘I don’t have time’. To reintroduce my body to exercise, I started stretching every morning before having a quick workout. To my surprise, the stretching – which I had taken up on the advice of a friend – made me feel stronger.
Hope can be one of the best and worst things for my anxiety. I used to think that clinging onto it was the only way to surmount the rising pressure of my symptoms. But over time, I started to see how detrimental it could be to always feel like I need to go to a place of optimism and high expectations. As negative as it may sound, that mentality actually sets me up for failure against the daily battle with my mental illness.
Sex is freakin’ awesome, isn’t it? And gosh darnit, it can feel so good. But you know what? It’s not just an enjoyable thing to do every now and then (or a lot). Doing the deed is actually good for your health! And to add to that, studies have shown that having regular sex is even better for your overall wellbeing. So next time you’re thinking about taking a trip to pleasure town, remember that you’re actually doing something really great for your health too.