10 things I wish I knew when I was 18:
- Your major in college will not dictate the rest of your life: Your degree will merely demonstrate that you’re passionate about something and that you have the fortitude to finish something. It’s rather the experiences you have outside the classroom that will determine your growth and who (not what) you become, so don’t forget to have fun.
- Work smarter, not harder: Value your time, understand where your strengths lie, and delegate the rest.
- Listening can be more valuable than talking: Assume that everyone you meet has something you can learn, and life becomes a whole lot more interesting.
- You are always the exception to the rule if you decide you are: Social norms will not determine your path in life, unless you believe they will.
- When you’re most fearful, you’re usually on the brink of something big: A breakthrough usually comes after a breakdown. So love the fear, let it teach you something, then keep going. Your challenges are opportunities to grow.
- It’s okay to want something: It can be scary to say you want something, because by acknowledging that you want it, it seems like you’re giving yourself the opportunity to fail. But without defining what you want you don’t give yourself the space in which to grow. Create a space before you try to fill it. Write down your intentions and tell people about them, then remember there is no such thing as failure, only feedback.
- You have a say in what goes on in your body: Your genes determine only about 10% of your predispositions, so never think you are doomed to any type of disease, condition, or to feel a certain way. Learn to listen to your body and eat mindfully.
- Always assume the best in people: If someone is nasty to you, see it as an opportunity to stand back, listen, empathize, and support. Maybe they are having a bad day, or they’re angry with themselves and that it being projected onto you. Whatever the reason, know that it probably has nothing to do with you. When you choose to see the worst in people, that is precisely what you’ll see and get back. If you look for the good, you will see the good and surround yourself with it.
- Your current circumstances don’t determine your future circumstances.
- Find a mentor: Surround yourself with people you admire, and work with someone who has the result you want. You don’t have to do everything on your own.
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Many of my clients work in an office space, and their default position is sitting at a desk in front of a computer. This can lead to lower back pain, leg cramps, and just plain anxiety to get up and move! The great news, is that although it can sometimes feel like we are glued to our chairs, there are ways to incorporate movement into your day without sacrificing your work load. Maybe there are ways that you know about, but simply need a reminder of each day. One technique to keep yourself aware, is to set dates on your calendar. That way you’ll get an alarm that says, 2pm- “Stretch!” You could also try placing a sticky note in front of you, “Drink Water!” or “Get up and do a lap around the office!”
Here are some ideas to get your thoughts spinning and your legs whirling:
6 healthy habits to build your core and get active at the office!
- Skip the chair, sit on a fitness ball!
Fitness balls take sitting to a whole new level. You have to stabilize yourself so you don’t fall over and also since there is no back for you to lean on, it forces you to work on posture while strengthening your back and core.
- Don’t wait for the elevator, take the stairs!
Although the elevator is convenient like most things we crave, sometimes it takes longer than it would if you took the stairs! Don’t wait another minute for the elevator when you can squeeze in some exercise by using the stairs.
- Hand deliver documents instead of emailing.
Instead of sending documents through the computer, get up and hand deliver it. This is a great idea for someone that sends tons of documents around the office. Imagine how many steps you would take throughout the day!
- Break out that Bluetooth and walk around while on calls.
Throughout the work day, if you add up all the minutes you were on the phone, you could probably do a short workout in that time. Walk around while you’re on business calls and kill two birds with one stone.
- Bring healthy snacks to get you out of that 3pm slump.
Pack a lunchbox the night before with all your favorite healthy snacks so you don’t get tempted by the vending machine. You will save a lot of empty calories and will be on your way to defeat that afternoon slump!
- Take the scenic route!
If you walk to work in the morning, take the long way! You will sneak in some cardio without even knowing it.
7 Useful Tips To Staying Fit In The Office
Organic is all the rave now, but sometimes I go into the grocery store and my jaw drops when I see the price of organic produce. Depending on the store you walk into the price can be almost double (or triple?). But does that mean that going organic is only for those who can afford it? No way, José! Below I’ve outlined a few tips on buying organic, so that you’ll know what you should buy organic (and what you don’t necessarily even need to buy organic), and other tips on saving some serious cash.
- Know which produce to buy organic: Did you know there are some foods that you don’t necessarily need to buy organic? This is because they aren’t exposed to large amounts of pesticides. This list includes asparagus, avocados, cabbage, cantaloupe, sweet corn, eggplant, grapefruit, kiwi, mangos, mushrooms, onions, papayas, pineapples, sweet peas (frozen), and sweet potatoes. However other foods, known as the Dirty Dozen PlusTM are encouraged to be bought organic due to the pesticide exposure. This includes, apples, celery, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, grapes, hot peppers, nectarines (imported), peaches, potatoes, spinach, strawberries, sweet bell peppers, kale or collard greens, and summer squash. Apples were actually ranked #1 this year for being the most contaminated. What this means is, instead of focusing on buying everything organic, you can save money by just focusing on the most contaminated produce.
- Buy local: Not only will local food be cheaper than food that has to be shipped for miles but it will also stay fresh for longer. Since there isn’t that period of time for traveling, the food is fresher and will last at least a couple of days longer than food that hasn’t been locally grown. Try finding a farmer’s marker near you, and talk with your local farmer about their growing method. Many farms aren’t “certified organic” but actually don’t use any harmful pesticides. That is because being certified means lots of hoops (and cash) for them to jump through.
- Buy in bulk: Consider getting a membership to Costco, BJ’s, or Sam’s Club it you don’t already have one! These stores sometimes carry a ton of organic products that you can buy in bulk at a discounted price. If you buy items like brown rice or oats in bulk they will last because of their long shelf life and will save you a ton of money ounce for ounce.
- Stock up during sales: Make sure to take advantage of sales. For example, buy one get one free or if an item that you love is on sale, buy a whole bunch of it, you might think you are spending more money at first but you won’t need to buy more for a while.
- Freeze your leftovers: Your freezer is a beautiful thing when products go on sale and you decide to double or even triple your organic recipe. Just pop the leftovers in the freezer for later use. You can do this with soups or sauces!
- Frozen produce: Don’t be afraid of frozen fruits and veggies. They still maintain a good portion of their nutritional content and last a whole lot longer. This means you’ll be saving money by not having so much to throw away at the end of the week! Frozen fruit is my favorite in the morning to put in smoothies!
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Did you know hula hooping can actually reduce stress and relieve chronic pain, while shrinking your mid-section?
Some of you may be thinking right now, “Well Jennie, the only issue is… I’M NOT 7. OH and I’m and I’m probably going to have to hula hoop for a while in order to burn x amount of calories.”
Consider the following:
- Hula hooping works over 30 core muscles, improving both balance and posture.
- It’s a great exercise for a lot of people who are trying to lose weight but do not enjoy going to the gym day to day and get bored by their routines.
- Hula hooping helps you get in touch with yourself, with a mind-body connection. It allows you to tap into your inner child, let go, and be goofy. Hello, creativity-boom!
- It improves flexibility, dexterity and coordination, tones and reshapes the abdomen, buttocks, and legs with regular use.
- Hula hooping is accessible! All you need is the hoop, which means you can do it inside your house, even when it is freezing out or pouring rain.
- It can be great for lower back pain! After being slouched over your desk all day, the fluid hip motion of hula hooping allows the muscles in your back to loosen up!
When you first start hula hooping, you may want to start with a standard hula hoop just to get the rhythm down and then start increasing the weight. With that being said, you could be burning at least 100 calories every 10 minutes! That is just as much as running on the treadmill!
Hula hooping is an aerobic activity, and can be even better for your body than strictly running for cardio because it’s low impact and doesn’t put stress on your joints. It also requires coordination and helps with flexibility. The more you keep the hula hoop from falling, the more calories you burn.
One fun way to challenge yourself with it is time yourself to see how long you can keep it up and then try to beat that time as you go on.
Another way is to incorporate some interval training with it. For example, hula hoop for 2 minutes then do 50 jumping jacks and then do 25 crunches and repeat 3-4 times without stopping.
Once you get good at hula hooping with the regular hula hoop, you can purchase a weighted one at any sporting goods store or online to get the most out of the workout.
Who says working out is no fun?
What would you do if someone gave you an aloe vera leaf? I know, I know… you might wack them over the head with it.
As the summer is approaching and the sun is planning its attack for your first sunburn, speaking of aloe vera becomes more imperative. However, if most people were given an aloe vera leaf, they would look at it like it’s some kind of man eating plant. When you get your first sunburn of the season or if you’re one of the unfortunate ones that tend to burn every time you step outside, you might turn to some kind of lotion with aloe vera as an additive.
I am a very strong believer in protecting your skin and with that being said, aloe vera is still a very major ingredient in my skincare routine and an additive to my smoothies (what? You can eat it?). Now what is aloe vera and what makes it such a wonderful plant that everyone should use on a regular basis?
Aloe Vera is a thick and fleshy plant that has a gel like component inside of the leaf itself. Sometimes people are intimidated by the leaves (some are quite large… That’s what she said?). They don’t know exactly what to do with them once they buy them or how to extract the gel.
Here is the method I use for separating the gel from the lead so you can use it:
I cut the leaf in half so that the top and bottom parts of the leaf are separated and you can get right to the gel on the surface. Then I use any kind of spoon and scoop/scrape the gel out and into a container. I rinse the gel with cold water, fill up the container with a ¼ cup of water and place the rinsed gel in and then place it in the fridge to cool. 12 Amazing Benefits of Aloe Vera
- High in vitamins and minerals: Includes vitamins A,C,E, folic acid, choline, B1,B2,B3,and B12.
- High in amino acids and fatty acids: Includes 18-20 amino acids and all 8 essential amino acids
- Adaptogen: It boosts the body’s ability to “adapt” to natural changes and to combat illnesses.
- Helps with digestion/weight loss: Soothes and cleanses the digestive tract, helps regulate elimination cycles, replenishes good flora in your gut. If your digestion is improving and elimination is more efficient then the excess weight will shed off on its own.
- Alkalizes the body: It balances overly acidic dietary habits.
- Boosts the immune system: Immune enhances due to its high level of antioxidants
- Great for skin: It helps relieve pain of wounds, it relieves or prevents itching, hydrates, moisturizes and rejuvenates skin. It is a natural anti-aging topical gel through collagen and elastin repair.
- Disinfectant, anti-biotic, anti-microbial, anti-fungal, anti-viral
- Helps eliminate internal or external infections and can treat fungal or viral infections. Aloe Vera can even treat acne!
- Reduces inflammation: It contains B-sisterole which can help inhibit inflammation.
- Detox!: The gel consistency moves through the intestinal tract, grabbing toxins on its way and eliminates through the colon. For more guidance on using aloe to detox and cleanse, check out our Summer 7-Day Cleanse and Reboot!