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3 Ways to Squeeze in Holiday Exercise

Posted on: December 5th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

120518 b-01It’s tough enough to hit the gym on an ordinary day – throw in the holidays and making time for fitness can seem impossible. While your athletic club may wonder what’s become of you, there are other ways of keeping a baseline of activity during this busy time of year. Our tip? Get a 2-for-1 punch when you combine exercise with another activity you have (or want) to do anyway. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Spruce Up Your Yard. Company’s coming, and you still haven’t shoveled snow, bagged leaves, orpruned back those sad perennials. Bundle up and get outside to make your home’s façade more presentable –and use new muscles in the process. (more…)

A Peaceful, Productive Holiday Season

Posted on: November 28th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Holiday PrepIt’s crunch time! Whether you’re wrapping up end-of-year business at the office or trying to squeeze in cookie baking between caroling and ice skating, it’s a season where you can truly have too much of a good thing. But with a planned approach, it’s possible to maintain peace and productivity throughout the holidays. Read on to learn how you can not only survive, but thrive right through the New Year.

Use your calendar. More importantly, stick to it! This applies to both work and play; decide what you want (or need) to accomplish and plan accordingly. On that note, don’t make commitments before consulting your schedule and determining if it’s reasonable. And it’s okay to politely say no; after all, we’re all overextended this time of year and (more…)

Thanksgiving: The Overindulgence Fix

Posted on: November 21st, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Thanksgiving 2018While we tend to go into Thanksgiving with the best of intentions, most of us succumb to temptation and overindulge. But once the damage of feasting is done, there’s no need to spiral into an abyss of excess. Take a step back and try some of these tips for feeling better and getting back on track.

Take a walk. It’s always a good idea, and doubly so after Thanksgiving dinner. One study showed that those who walked after a high-fat meal reduced their triglyceride (the fat your body stores for future energy) concentration by 70% compared to non-walkers.

Fight bloat with yoga. Cobra, child’s pose, and (more…)

Welcome Houseguests With Style

Posted on: November 14th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

HouseguestThe holiday season is upon us, and as Thanksgiving draws nearer many of us look forward to hosting overnight guests. But there’s more to graciously welcoming family and friends than simply providing a bed. With a few simple steps, you can make visitors as comfortable as they’d be in a five-star hotel. Ready to become the host with the most? Read on and take note:

Assess the guest room. Many people make the mistake of purchasing a cheap mattress for guests, or retiring a worn-out or uncomfortable master bedroom mattress to the guest room. Have you actually slept on your guest mattress, pillows, and linens in recent history? If not, try them out before guests arrive. This step will also give you insight into other amenities your guest space is lacking, such as extra blankets, (more…)

Fight Holiday Fatigue

Posted on: November 7th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Vladislav MuslakovNovember is here, and that means the ever-extending holiday season has officially begun. It’s a long stretch until New Year’s Eve, and festivities between now and then have the potential to exhaust even the most enthusiastic revelers. Our advice? Be proactive and instill habits now that will renew your energy and serve you well into 2019.

 Rule Out Medical Issues. Is it the hustle and bustle of the season that has you down, or could it be something more? Conditions like thyroid disease, arthritis, anemia, sleep apnea, and many more can cause exhaustion, so if there’s anyconcern, your first stop should be your physician’s office.


Top 3: Last-Minute Halloween Makeup

Posted on: October 31st, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

You’re stockHalloween Makeup 3ed up on candy for trick-or-treaters and the kids have Hollywood-worthy costumes; or maybe you’ve RSVP’d to a fabulous, grownups-only Halloween bash. In any case, you’ve overlooked your disguise (again). Never fear! We’ve rounded up some of the best, easiest Halloween makeup ideas on the Internet, and the good news is that most of us can pull these off without darkening the door of a store. Just turn on the creativity and dig deep into your cosmetics stash and closet for what might be your best Halloween look yet!




Curb Those Candy Cravings!

Posted on: October 24th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Candy CravingHalloween…that quintessentially American holiday that’s high on tricks and treats, but low on nutrition. In fact, from now through the New Year is a challenging time to avoid eating empty calories and packing on a few extra pounds. If you’re looking to avoid the perpetual sugar crash this October and beyond, consider these tips for balancing your diet and diminishing those cravings once and for all:

Don’t Buy Your Favorites. If chocolate is your weakness, keep it out of your house. Instead, go for gummy candy or another kid-loved handout.

Out of Sight, Out of Mind. (more…)

How to Better Manage Your Worries

Posted on: October 17th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

worry notAre you a worrier? From the state of the world to our affairs at home, there are seemingly endless reasons to fret. Worry is a natural way to deal with stress, but keeping it at manageable levels is key.

If worry is consuming your life and making it difficult to function, it may be indicative of a more serious disorder such as generalized anxiety or depression – seek guidance from your physician, as cognitive behavioral therapy and other treatments can offer tremendous relief. Even for those with more minor worries, the habit can still have serious consequences to physical and emotional health. Try some of these scientifically-backed principles to manage stress and worry in your life. (more…)

7 Proactive Steps: Mental Health Matters

Posted on: October 10th, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

Mental HealthWorld Mental Health Day is observed annually on October 10 – it’s an opportunity to raise awareness about mental health issues around the globe, and for experts to discuss solutions for making access to care a reality for all people.

While challenges like depression and anxiety are best addressed with professional help, there are ways that we can all take charge of improving individual mental health – no matter our baseline. Consider these tips for a better outlook on life:

Get some exercise. Research suggests that exercise does more than keep your body physically fit; it can boost mood-related brain chemicals and hormones and possibly even ease symptoms of depression and anxiety. (more…)

The Amazing Avocado

Posted on: October 3rd, 2018 by Elysiann Bishop

AvocadoWhether you’re a long-time fan or a convert thanks to the current avocado craze, this healthy fruit has skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. Once a seasonal specialty that was primarily sold in growing regions like California and Florida, today everyone from Seattle to New York is digging into avocados. In fact, between 2000 and 2015, consumption in the United States quadrupled to around 4.25 billion Hass avocados annually, which account for 95% of the American market.

Why the surge? Experts attribute it largely to the opening of trade markets in the late 1990s, when Mexican avocados, which are grown year-round, were given the US stamp of approval. Combine that with the wants of health-conscious Americans, and you have a perfect meeting of supply and demand. (more…)