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

Why Summer Is The Perfect Time To Try Gentle Yoga

Why Summer Is The Perfect Time To Try Gentle Yoga

By Melissa Coley

You’re probably thinking one of two things. First, gentle yoga is boring. I only do Bikram. Or second, yoga? I don’t know about that. Okay, maybe you’re not thinking either, but for a long time I was a member of the first camp.

What you need to know about me is that I am not a gentle yoga kind of gal. In my past life, before developing CRPS, I was a wannabe gym rat, P90X fanatic, Spin instructor and finisher of a 30-day Bikram Yoga challenge. I liked my workouts fast, hot, and competitive and, prior to all of that, I was substantially overweight (which is a totally different story, but the plot line consists of a torn meniscus, two knee surgeries and a serious Panera Bread problem). 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

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

What I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Struggled With Depression

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By Maggie Winkler

The National Alliance on Mental Illness says that one conversation can save a life. It’s true. But starting that conversation or knowing how to continue it can be terrifying. We don’t have the vocabulary built into our culture, so it’s easy to feel that we are not equipped to help someone in distress. Even though we don’t like to talk about suicide, we need to for the sake of those we love who may be suffering. Continue reading

Why Women Need To Have a Healthier Relationship With Fitness and Diet

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By Fiona Thomas

Today is officially named “National Women’s Health and Fitness Day.” And although I’ll definitely exercise today, I’ll be damned if I’m going to jump on the bandwagon and start cutting carbs and increasing my cardio in the name of a “national holiday”. Don’t get me wrong, I love that there is an entire day dedicated to encouraging women to lead healthier lives and become more active, but how in this age of infinite, conflicting information can I define what “healthy” actually is?  Continue reading

5 Big Reasons Why Olive Oil Is The Best Beauty Essential

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By Rachela Forcellese

One of my favorite things about health and skincare is that I can find a lot of natural remedies with things that I find in my house, which is especially nice because I’d rather have a few multipurpose products than many single purpose ones.  One of my absolute favorite products is olive oil because it has a million different uses both health and beauty related – and it’s super easy to find. Here are five ways to use olive oil outside of the kitchen. Continue reading

Three Strategies For Turning Off Your Workaholic Alter-Ego

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By Christine McLean

Having a goal-oriented mindset is both a blessing and a curse. Goals keep you centered and focused. They give you a purpose in life. A life without purpose leaves people sailing through the wind, trusting the wind to guide them on the right path. Truly ambitious individuals, however, have to work their asses off to achieve their goals. If they aren’t careful, their lives become consumed by work. As Rihanna’s new hit song (that very few people understand) says, “Work, work, work!” Continue reading