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8 Easy Practices That Will Have You Breathing Free This Allergy Season

8 Easy Practices That Will Have You Breathing Free This Allergy Season

Are seasonal allergies getting you down? Do allergies even have a season anymore? Whether it’s hay fever or not, people who have never suffered before are sneezing away. Of course, winter colds and the flu are still lingering around. It almost makes you want to stay in bed.

Allergies can do more than make you stuff you up. Feeling like a zombie or in perpetual brain fog is a common association with seasonal allergies. Trying to function at work or even socially becomes stressful and exhausting. Your energy tanks. If allergies continue untreated, they can go on to trigger asthma and respiratory or ear infections, as well.

Even if you use an OTC pill to alleviate a particularly bad period of symptoms, you should know that there are other ways to take care of yourself during hay fever season.

Quit Dieting Already! Nourish yourself, boost your energy, + optimize your body shape with these 6 simple guidelines

Quit Dieting Already! Nourish yourself, boost your energy, + optimize your body shape with these 6 simple guidelines

There’s nothing wrong with wanting to feel good in your skin. I often argue that it’s not your size or shape that prevents that. It’s how you feel about your size/shape. You have the power to shift your thoughts towards acceptance and appreciation regardless of the shape you’re in. I believe that’s a vital step towards wonderfulness.

Yet who doesn’t want to optimize their body—or even just boost it a bit? My clients often counter my body-acceptance argument by saying that they want to be able to touch their toes without their bellies getting in the way. They want to easily find fun clothes that fit. They don’t like how much energy it takes to carry around an extra five or ten pounds of body fat. They’re tired.

That’s legit. And it’s one of the main reasons I work as a health coach. I want to help women feel wonderful—and what they’re describing to me is the opposite of that.

Please Stop Buying Bottled Water! (And a Quick Note About the La Croix Craze)

Please Stop Buying Bottled Water! (And a Quick Note About the La Croix Craze)

The Many Benefits of Drinking Water

Boosts your energy

Lessens the feelings of hunger

Reduces bloating and puffiness

Softens skin (and lessens the appearance of fine lines)

Flushes toxins out of your vital organs–no special detox necessary

Carries nutrients to your cells

Keeps all of your body’s tissues hydrated for better functioning

Aids your digestion (ahem, gets things moving)

 

You want all  of those benefits! You decide to keep water handy and what’s a simple way of doing that?

Bottled water. You can buy a bunch of them for a reasonable price and stash them in your fridge, car, purse, desk, and nightstand. If you run out at any time, they’re readily available almost everywhere. Voila!

Hold on a second, sister. Drinking water from plastic bottles is a really awful idea. Here’s why…

From Wellness to Wonderfulness: 7 Ways to Elevate Your Healthy Habits

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You’ve got this: You eat deliciously and nutritiously. You move regularly. You prioritize fun. Your doctor has practically named you patient of the year. You are the picture of wellness.

But you’re greedy–in a good way. You want to feel even better. There’s nothing wrong with that, but you’re wondering: Do you have the time to add anything more to your schedule? Would doing more actually bring diminishing returns?

Maybe you need to rethink this.

I’m here to tell you it doesn’t take more time to go from wellness to wonderfulness. It just takes a different way of doing what you’ve already put in place. Elevating your practices is the name of the game.

 

Elevating your health and wellness practices

You eat 6-10 servings of vegetables daily.  Eat seasonal and local. 

Produce from industrial-scale agribusinesses suffer from “’reliable declines’ in the amount of protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and vitamin C over the past half century’ (and that’s only the nutrients they’ve studied).When you buy seasonal and local, you’re getting vegetables and fruit grown in healthy soil. Since they’re not sitting for long periods in a truck or storage facility, they stay nutrient-dense, too.

 

You drink lots of water during the day.  Don’t drink it out of plastic bottles.

Not only do they require a lot of fossil fuels to make and ship around the world, but the bisphenol-A (BPA) they’re made of is a known endocrine-disruptor (meaning it interferes with your hormones). As it leaks into the water, BPA mimics estrogen and “can alter the behavior of more than 200 genes, which control the growth and repair of nearly every organ and tissue in the body [source: Environmental Working Group].” BPA is also an obesogen, meaning it *helps* your body hold onto weight.

 

You move regularly.  Move before you eat.

You may think you need to burn off those calories you just consumed, so a postprandial walk is the way to go. That’s not a bad thing, but if you really want to ramp up your body’s fat-burning capabilities (which is better than just burning calories), exercise when you’re in a fasted state. Part of the effect is due to an increase in insulin-sensitivity–that’s the healthy kind of sensitivity you want. Please be aware that this practice works best if you’re already used to burning fat for energy (which you are if you follow The Wonderfulness Program).

 

You take a walk most days.  Get out around 9 or 10.

When people are exposed to sunlight or very bright artificial light in the morning, their nocturnal melatonin production occurs sooner, and they enter into sleep more easily at night.” Leaving your sunglasses off for 10-15 minutes enhances the effects of the full-spectrum sunlight. Remember: better sleep = better mood and energy, which leads me to…

 

You regularly get 7-9 hours of sleep.  Minimize light exposure at night. 

You may think it’s not affecting your sleep, but studies show different. Not only does light (particularly in the blue spectrum your devices give off) suppress melatonin production and affect your circadian rhythms, it impacts metabolic function, too. In other words, the light from your TV can be affecting your waistline as much as the sitting around to watch it does.

 

You have a daily meditation practice.  Bring your practice to your life.

If you think that someone’s “enlightened,” watch them as they drive through crazy-making rush hour traffic. It’s fairly easy to sit on a pillow in our happy place for 10 minutes every morning, but to take that kind of equanimity out into the world requires mindfulness. The wonderful thing about it? Every moment offers practice. Besides being good for you, this mindful lifestyle “leads to a heartfelt, warm, and altruistic expansion of energy out to the world, rather than a retreat from it.”

 

You enjoy fun pursuits regularly.  Expand your comfort zone. 

There’s great pleasure to be had in the tried and true, but if you really want to boost your cognitive function and improve your mood, try something new. “If you want to keep your brain agile, you’re going to have to hone in on parts of the brain that you use less frequently…And this new task has to be so challenging that you’ll feel mentally and physically exhausted after practicing the task because you’re forcing your brain to work in ways it’s unaccustomed to. This is the only way you’ll actually grow new neurons strong enough to connect with existing neurons, forming new pathways.”

 

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Wishing you wonderfulness!