A few months back I was talking to Little Socrates (aka my dad) about feeling a bit more anxious than usual, cloudy in thought and having lousy concentration. With his cute accent, he told me, “Vanessa you live in a society and era that’s constantly surrounded by technology and artificial surfaces. You even exercise indoors most of the time. You need to walk on grass daily … barefoot.” This conversation with my father had obviously not only encouraged me to walk barefoot more often, but also sparked me to do some “earthly digging” for more information. Walking barefoot, is also known as “earthing,” which means walking on soil, grass or sand. Basically any natural surface. Early studies have shown that there are health benefits from the relationship between the electrons in the earth and…

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Have you ever found yourself picking yourself apart in the mirror? From your butt, your stomach, your arms, your legs, your teeth, your laugh lines, your hair … shall I go on? Do you even do this daily? What’s sad, but true, is that most of us don’t consciously even realize the frequency of these negative messages we send ourselves daily. Most of us are so used to them, that we don’t even realize they’re subliminally messing with us our confidence. In short, we women see images that – despite recognizing them as unrealistic, unattainable, and often not even real – we often times aspire to meet them and then suffer when we fail to do so. Between our personal past and the pressure from the unrealistic media images we see constantly this can lead to a poor…

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Struggling with Fitness I completely understand how frustrating it is to figure out a game plan for this whole fitness thing. You know what to do, when to do it, how often, etc. The following tips have really helped me during my fitness journey … especially during the times I felt frustrated, grumpy or tired. Whether you’re following a routine for the first time or refocusing your efforts, I hope these tips will also help you re-energize to get the results you’re seeking! 1) Finding Your Soulmate Workout! I used to SUCK at this whole fitness thing. Seriously. I would join the gym, flail and fail … and quit after a month. I hated working out, actually. But then I found a cardio kickboxing workout that soon became my “soulmate…

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How Your Friends & Family Influence Your Fitness Journey Operative word here is “influence.” No one can make you gain weight, you ultimately have control. However, we are all human are heavily influenced by those we spend the most time with. I have personally experienced this “influence” not only with working on my nutrition, but when I was trying to quit smoking 10+ years ago. (Can you believe I’m an ex-smoker?! Yuk!) But don’t just take my word for it. British researchers from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, say that social norms can strongly influence the type and amount of food we eat. In other words, if your friends and family think that fast food, processed foods or big bag of chips determines a meal, you’re less likely regularly eat…

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These egg cups are simple to prepare and are a great grab-and-go breakfast. Extra egg cups can be stored in the fridge (or freezer) and reheated in the microwave. And you can get creative with toppings for something a little “fancy” … like I show you with Step 2. I hope you enjoy them! Please come back to this post and comment below how they turned out … and would love to see any photos of your creations! Ingredients: 6 large eggs 6 egg whites 2 small yellow squash, chopped 1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped 1/2 small onion, chopped 1/2 cup arugula 1 crispy bacon strip 1-2 tsp fresh feta, crumbled Himalayan salt, to taste ground black pepper, to taste; optional Nonstick cooking spray Preparation: Step 1: 1. Heat oven to 350° F. 2. Beat eggs…

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