New Year, Happiest and Healthiest You

5 Ways To Make 2018 Your Happiest And Healthiest Year

By Brigitte Evans

The holidays are a time of joy and coming together. But they can also be quite tough, especially for people who struggle with self-image and self-love. In the middle of New Year’s resolutions, fitness promo packages and gym memberships, it’s not easy to focus on what really matters: yourself. What we think of ourselves and how we take care of ourselves is crucial for a happy life. Here are 5 tips to help live your healthiest life: Continue reading

8 Ways To Deal with Fall Allergies

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By Brigitte Evans

Some people are lucky enough to enjoy all of fall’s colors and fruits, while others are condemned to fight with sneezing, itchy eyes, cramps, coughing, fatigue, weakness, difficulty breathing and other allergy symptoms.

Fall allergens are just as annoying as spring allergens, and they include ragweed pollen which can travel hundreds of miles, mold which thrives in damp environments and dust mites which multiply in warm and humid places. Drinking a bunch of pills which will make you feel sleepy, lightheaded and tired isn’t the most appealing solution. Fortunately, there are natural ways to deal with fall allergies. Here are some of them: Continue reading

10 Things I Learned From Not Drinking For A Year

10 Things I Learned From Not Drinking For A Year

By Jillian Stacia

When I decided to quit drinking, I wasn’t sure I’d be able to make it for very long. A life without margaritas or beer? It seemed impossible. But like most challenges, the anticipation of the thing was worse than the thing itself. It’s been hard at times (thanks FOMO), but it has been worth it in almost every aspect. Here are some of the top things I learned since quitting drinking one year ago: Continue reading

How A Chronic Pain Condition Unexpectedly Led To Self-Love

How A Chronic Pain Condition Unexpectedly Led To Self-Love

By Melissa Coley

Like a lot of millennial women, I spent most of my twenties striving for perfection (P90X + Pinterest + grad school + multiple jobs + the Whole 30 + the lob = a hangry, sleep-deprived perfectionist with an iron deficiency and a Master’s degree). But at thirty-one, a chronic pain condition has knocked the snot out of me and not left much room for any semblance of perfection (I rarely wear makeup, my six pack hasn’t come in, I didn’t see Beauty and the Beast in the theater, and I need a haircut badly).

In March of 2016 I injured an ankle, and what should have been your run of the mill sprain, led to a neuro-inflammatory condition that spread from the location of my injury, up that leg and into the next. When my neurologist diagnosed me with CRPS 1, she sat across from me on her roll-y stool and said I’d be on nerve regulators and pain killers for the rest of my life and that what I needed now was a “really strong support system”. I sat there next to my knee cart I’d named Wallace, feet cold-burning, rubbery, and swollen thinking, wait, what? Say that again? I’d never heard of CRPS, didn’t know anybody with it, and I was terrified. All I knew was that I couldn’t walk, my husband couldn’t touch my legs without getting kicked, and that showers, which required the sort of plastic white chair that grandmas use, felt more like water torture than relief. Continue reading

5 Clever Ways To Sneak Added Exercise Into Your Day

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By Cassie

It’s important we adopt and maintain a healthy relationship with fitness. Unfortunately though, some days there’s just too much going on to find time to exercise. I’m sure I’m not alone in saying that I often use that as an excuse to not follow through with my intentions.

I decided that if I continue the “no time” mindset, I’ll probably never add a healthy amount of exercise to my lifestyle – it’s not like life will get any less busy. Instead, I looked for ways to squeeze fitness into my day so that when life piles up and there doesn’t seem to be time, I can still fit in a workout. If you find yourself in the same position, consider the following ways to sneak some exercise into your day: Continue reading

No, Your Pre-Existing Condition Isn’t Your Fault

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By Catherine Miele

Once again, the majority Republican Congress is pushing the American Health Care Act – healthcare overhaul, although overhaul is too gentle a word – approval. Last week, the House passed the AHCA with a 1-point margin.

The bill still has to pass the Senate and will likely (hopefully) undergo many changes, but that doesn’t mean some lawmakers weren’t celebrating their promise to decimate healthcare as we know it. Continue reading

Shining A Crucial Light On Cervical Health Awareness

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By Cece Flores

With January coming to a close, you may have seen some stuff about Cervical Health Awareness Month. This is a topic that I think could use a larger spotlight, in part because I was hit with this awareness at a point where it was kind of too late.

I feel like we don’t receive enough (or proper) education about our reproductive health growing up, whether that be at home or at school. In many cases that leads to a lot of us making less informed and potentially dangerous decisions with our bodies. Finding myself in the same boat as a large number of people, but feeling like I was about to fall overboard and drown due to the near radio silence on the topic, made me extremely anxious for months. This was not a thing I could find a way to talk openly about without receiving some perhaps well meaning but overly critical feedback. That made it feel so much worse. Continue reading

The Most “Essential” Oils

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By Rachela Forcellese

Essential oils are truly the best. There are a wide variety of kinds that can be used topically, ingested, or can even serve as a nice replacement for a candle. They have a multitude of purposes in life. However, essential oils also contain very strong properties. That is why they should always be diluted. A little goes a long way when using them. While I believe that all are essential, some have more health benefits than others.

Here are the 5 oils that I use most often: Continue reading