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Get in some quick and powerful workouts leading up to the big Valentine’s Day and ON Valentine’s Day…here’s you simple calorie torching workout.

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Feb
8
2016

Getting ready for The Big Game? If youare like many Americans, you will be enjoying your favorite alcoholic beverages and party foods with friends and family this Sunday. I wanted to make sure I shared my 5 Top Hangover Tips for The Big Game:

  1. Drink lots of water. First, start out by drinking plenty of water on Sunday before, during and after The Big Game. Waking up on Monday morning to find that you have a pounding headache and an upset stomach should be another sign that you need to start drinking more water.Screenshot 2016-01-31 12.42.11
  2. Try First Aid Shot Therapy Hangover Relief.  The morning after The Big Game, drink one F.A.S.T. Hangover Relief. It’ll kick your hangover’s butt up to five times faster than aspirin. First Aid Shot Therapy (F.A.S.T.) Hangover Relief can actually help relieve minor aches and pains associated with a hangover and help restore mental alertness when experiencing fatigue or drowsiness associated with a hangover. Yay! F.A.S.T. Hangover Relief is a new FDA-compliant, OTC liquid pain reliever, that comes in a unique, 40 ml, single-dose oral formulation. It contains 870 mg of choline salicylate (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) and 65 mg of caffeine, which aids pain relief. You can find F.A.S.T. Hangover Relief in select stores near you. You can also buy F.A.S.T. online so check it out!
  3. Green Grape Power SmoothieGo for a green smoothie on Monday morning! It tastes great and helps you feel more fresh and alert. A nutritional powerhouse of green grapes, ginger, avocado, lemon juice and almond milk will help get you going on Monday. Get the recipe for my Green Grape Power Smoothie!
  4. Choose exercise over a sauna. It is good for you to “sweat it out,” with a simple workout to aid in getting over your hangover. However, avoid sweating excessively in a sauna because if you’re dehydrated, sweating will only worsen the hangover.
  5. Sleep in. If you have the liberty, the Monday after the Big Game is the perfect time to hit the snooze and sleep in a little longer. Sleep is a great way to recover from a night of binging as your body rests.

Follow these simple tips and tricks as your personal hangover game plan to help your Monday morning go smoothly.

Disclosure: I am a spokesperson for First Aid Shot Therapy. Opinions are my own.

 

 

Feb
2
2016

I’m on day 22 in Aetna’s Month of Mindfulness 30-day program and I could not be happier with the results! I have already committed to myself to continue on the mindfulness program by making it a permanent part of my life to help me create the healthiest lifestyle I can for my family and myself.

I have a new tip for you today that I have been practicing.

Today’s Tip: Regulate Your Emotions

When people find themselves in situations where they’re uncomfortable, nervous or awkward – they often try and ignore their emotions. Or they do something that takes their mind off themselves, like watching TV or playing with their phone.

Unfortunately, avoiding emotions makes it hard to move on from them. Today, try to face your feelings head-on. Note how you’re feeling and then without judgment, try and figure out what’s causing it. Once you’ve found the source, you’ll find that it’s easier to deal with it. 

Personally, I’m always trying to improve and work on myself so it was great practice for me to become more mindful about how I’m dealing with my emotions. When I boosted my emotional mindfulness, it really helped me identify the stressors that I was dealing with but was kind of trying to ignore. I do feel that in general, I’m pretty self-aware about my feelings and don’t avoid emotions most of the time. However, practicing this tip for mindfulness allowed me to be more aware of my emotions without judgment, which enabled me to deal with my emotions immediately so I could move forward.

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One of My Favorite Things: Wishing Ball and Gratitude Globe

Another strategy that I like to do when I feel negative thoughts and emotions is to shift my mindset to a happy, positive place of gratitude as soon as possible. One of my favorite tools for doing this is by using my Wishing Ball & Gratitude Globe, (insert photo) which I received as a gift. It comes with several slips of paper that you can write either a thanks or wishes on and then put into the globe. By focusing on gratitude, it allows me to acknowledge my emotions in a healthy way. This truly helps me to put life’s challenges and adversity into perspective.

Please join me on my mindfulness journey and visit AetnaMindfulness.com to participate and learn more. Have fun and please share your mindfulness experiences on social media using #Mindful30

 This post was sponsored by Aetna, who believes health is about the body and the mind. Stress can affect emotional and physical health, and reducing stress can boost wellbeing. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blogger’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of Aetna. To learn more about stress reduction, visit AetnaMindfulness.com.

 

Jan
26
2016

Here’s my latest relish recipe which is super simple and provides satisfying protein from both the chicken and the Flatout ProteinUP flatbread!

Cranberry Chicken Salad Wrap
Serving Size: 1 Wrap
Cranberry Chicken Salad Wrap

Ingredients

  • 1 Flatout Protein UP flatbread
  • 5 oz chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
  • 1/2 cup non-fat vanilla greek yogurt
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Gently mix together chicken, cranberries, almonds and Greek yogurt. On one rounded side of flatbread add the mixture and then roll. You may cut in half or in pieces.
Disclosure: I do work as a spokesperson for Flatout. Opinions are my own.
Jan
22
2016

After 17 days of participating in Aetna’s Month of Mindfulness 30-day program, I’m already feeling the benefits and super excited to share today’s tip with you!

Are you ready to have fun and be mindful at the same time? Playing forces you to live in the moment. Think of children. They’re always playing — and happier for it.

Today’s Tip: Bust Out A Board Game

Bust Board GamePlaying is really good for you. According to science it increases our immune cells, helps with creativity and makes you feel more optimistic at home and at work. So take some time today to play with the dog, play a board game with your kids or simply draw a doodle – and be present for the experience.

My husband and kids frequently play board games together and I recently joined them on a game of retro Sorry! It was wonderful for me since it can be hard for me to wind down and not focus on my list of things I need to-do. I was able to be more mindful during the game by making myself fully present to pay attention to the expressions on my kids’ faces and seeing their happiness with the whole family playing.  The game allowed me to shift my focus away from my thoughts of things I needed to get done around the house and really live in the moment. We had a great time…and I won! Beginner’s luck, I guess.

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We had lost some pieces of our older Sorry so we got the Retro one!

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I’m red and just one move away from a victory–haha!

The other mindfulness strategy that I recently started was mindful coloring. Ironically, I bought my 11 year-old daughter a mindful coloring book over the holidays called Secret New York: Color Your Way to Calm. I’ve taken my girls on trips to NYC so I thought this would be fun book for her to color since we love New York City. After I got the book, I decided it would be great for me to color in it, too. I have done my mindful coloring before bedtime and find that it really helps me to disconnect from technology and get in a much better state-of-mind for restful sleep. Coloring helps me to be more mindful to slow down my breathing, which then helps me to reduce my stress. It also allows me to be very present and living in the moment. Sometimes I will have one of my daughters do it at the same time so they pick out a picture they want to color and we will be coloring different pictures at the same time. Spending great quality family time together in a mindful way…LOVE IT!

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Our cool mindful coloring book, Secret New York: Color Your Way to Calm.

 

I'm not a talented artist, but that's okay. It helps me get in my happy place.

I’m not a talented artist, but that’s okay. It helps me get in my happy place.

So, break out a board game with the fam or give mindful coloring a try for yourself. There a variety of awesome mindful books you can find at the local bookstore or on Amazon.

Please join me on my mindfulness journey and visit AetnaMindfuless.com to participate and learn more. Have fun and please share your mindfulness experiences on social media using #Mindful30

 This post was sponsored by Aetna, who believes health is about the body and the mind. Stress can affect emotional and physical health, and reducing stress can boost wellbeing. The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blogger’s own and do not necessarily represent the views of Aetna. To learn more about stress reduction, visit AetnaMindfulness.com.

 

Jan
21
2016

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