All posts filed under: Refueling body

Modern Medicine vs. Way of Life

I have been reading a lot about how lifestyle affects our health lately. One chapter written by Dr. Jim Nicolai in a booked called Mindful Living estimates ” that a whopping 70-90% of the diseases he sees in his practice have a lifestyle component and that in the majority of those cases, stress- usually taking from the form of anxiety, depression, or insomnia is the major culprit.” And better than any pill he prescribes, the way you live has the biggest cure rate. “Lifestyle is the new pill.” By no means does that correlate to the ONLY reason people get sick nor that medicine is not a necessity in certain circumstances (I know this more than anybody between being a daughter of a pharmacist and working in the healthcare profession my entire life thus far), but lifestyle has a huge impact on our life expectancy. And the quality of our time here on earth. Beyond the obvious things like smoking, diet, excessive drinking, and harmful substances, more and more, it is proven that your emotional …

Birthday Reflection

A bonus blog on my birthday weekend…..Every year I look back on the year that past and enjoy the moments. And get really excited about the year to come! So much happens in a year. And I realize it goes fast….but we also never spend a minute to enjoy and really look at  the year. Otherwise, it just feels like one big jumbled memory in the day to day. How do you document your memories to really enjoy them? Pictures? journaling? I read a great quote the other day in my happiness book: “Happiness is right here, right now– as in the 1908 play by Maurice Marterlinck, The Blue Bird, in which two children spend a year searching the world for the Blue Bird of Happiness, only to find it waiting for them when they finally returned home.” My goal is to wake up and realize the present. The moments that are so amazing in life. The laughter and funny moments. The joy in the small and big things. So that I have those memories …

Restorative Yoga: Great during the holiday season

Every Sunday I go to a restorative yoga class. And it transform me to another place for 60 minutes. A place of calm, serene, and total connection to my body. You stretch, mediate, and re-set for the week. It creates a calm and overall peace that is a wonderful way to both end and start the week. So today, as you are looking to refuel your mind, body, and soul….check out a restorative yoga class in your neighborhood. This is a great activity amongst all the noise and excitement of the holiday season. It allows you to escape for those 60 minutes to a different place, away from stress, food, shopping, and all the hustle and bustle. What other things do you do to re-charge in the holiday season? A good book? Cooking? napping?

October Resolutions

As I finish my last day of Hiketober, I started thinking about resolutions. I thought, why don’t we start our new years resolution to get healthy now. Before the holidays. Before the stress. Before all the fatty food. Why not set a healthy resolution that can stick through the season? Often times people think of September as their new year since it is the nostalgia of going back to school. So as I think about October, I think I’m going to end the month with some healthy resolutions and start the holidays off right. In my mind, right after Halloween starts the holiday season. And this next week, I’m also going to start the healthy season…with a few cheat days in there for good cookies and Thanksgiving eating! I started out this morning by making a healthy version of beef stew in the crockpot. But instead of putting potatoes in, I put zucchini and I used lean organic meat/veggies. And I made a homemade apple cobbler with less butter and sugar. I’m having a dinner …

Embrace a rainy day……Refuel. Get lost in your daydreams, Read, Snuggle, Nap…

Rainy days can be the perfect day to refuel. Embrace them!! As I sit here on this rainy Saturday I am so incredibly content. And I forget that rainy days can be the best (as long as it isn’t for weeks straight!). Rainy days are perfect for your most comfortable clothes, a blanket, hot tea, a good book, and catching up with good friends via phone. Today I slept in and had a good cuddly lazy morning with my man. Followed by brunch, my one chore today…grocery shopping…., and then a comfy couch. With football on in the background, I have gotten lost in architecture magazines (I escaped to CA, beach houses, country cottages, and city living), InStyles, and pinterest. Pinterest is the best. You can really get your creative juices flowing, enjoy escaping into so many different things, and day-dream for hours. I love it!! I love the idea of reading a good book on a rainy day. Watching a good movie. Cooking something warm and flavorful. As I sit here, my candles fill …

Hiketober

    Photo note: Picture of Hikeotober last fall. Hiketober is here! Every October I spend every weekend during that month going on at least one hike. It is my way to re-connect with nature, get time to reflect or just enjoy being outside, and really serves as a form of meditation for me. I go by myself a lot. But also do hikes with my boyfriend or with friends. It is a great bonding activity that is just fun. And usually ends with a nice glass of wine, beer, or hot cider. Today I started my hike month, with a hike in the city. Due to 5dys of rain, the hiking in the woods and mountains in the area were just too muddy and wet. So instead, I picked a spot in the city I never go to and walked it for 2hrs. Fun way to explore and see new neighborhoods. Next weekend I’ll start my nature hikes pending weather. In the DC area, I typically do Sugarloaf Mountain, Billy Goat Trail, and one …

Refuel your body….so you can refuel your mind and soul

I woke up feeling down, a little sorry for myself, and just cranky. And I sulked for a hour or two. And for a bit I enjoyed sulking and being lazy. And that was totally okay. Then I was like…. It is sunny outside and I just need to get my day going. So I went to the gym and had a really hard workout lasting over a hour. I listened to some great music and just escaped my mind and exhausted my body. By the end, I was dancing to the music and had a huge smile on my face. Note: I still had a lazy Saturday afternoon afterwards but with a very different mindset. Sometimes it is as simple as a good physical workout to change your entire mood. And puts things in perspective. Refuel that body with a work out!  

Refuel your Body with Water Aerobics…. (Yes, I said water aerobics)…..

Why don’t we play more as adults? It frees us to laugh, be silly,and ultimately relief some stress.  And are there some good ways to play while still getting a healthy work out? I would love some ideas.  I recently rediscovered one from my Grandma K’s bag of workout tricks. It was limited albeit but this was a good one. Water Aerobics. It is hysterical and so fun! You can dance freely under water like no one is watching (because they can’t see you). My prediction is it is the new workout wave. I love it. The older women that stereotypically do it found a hidden gem workout. If you actually work hard, it can be a good work out, plus the instructor is usually a character and the music is super fun. I laughed the entire time and got a work out in. I mean, what is not to love. And you are in the water so no one can actually see what you look like in a bathing suit or your flailing limbs …

Hiking….Good for your soul

I have found that hiking is one of the best forms of meditation and relaxation. It allows you to breath in the fresh air, listen to nature, feel the spirits and wind around you, and just enjoy the little things during the quiet moments of a walk outside. I love it. My goal is to continue to hike more. Hope you enjoy a hike sometime soon. It is good for the soul.

Sunday Morning Walks

  I sometimes underestimate the power of a Sunday morning walk. I live in a city and it is the best time of the week/day to walk. The city is sleeping, you notice more of its beauty, it whispers to you as you walk…sometimes screams to you…to look at the architecture, everyone is so happy on these walks, and it is day of hope. The church bells are ringing, the sun is peaking through the clouds as the day opens up, and it is just so calm. It is a form of mediation for me. I usually do restorative yoga on Sunday evenings. If I can’t attend due to my schedule, then I always go for a Sunday morning walk. Today I went for two hours. Somedays I don’t want it to end and want the morning to stay forever so I can walk for hours. Somedays I like a companion to walk in silence with or to chat with as we see parts of the city for the first time (things we go by …