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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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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When it comes to haters … grace wins. “Sometimes we can piss someone off just by being ourselves.” Lately, the books I’ve been reading – and more importantly, when I read them – have been coming at what seems to be divine times.   One of the reasons I say this is because I’ll read a few chapters in a row, days in a row, and then I’ll put it down for a week and then pick it back up again. The timing of when I receive the message is AMAZING. It was as if I needed to put the book down in order to read the next chapter at exactly the time I needed it.   Right now, I’m reading this book called Girl Code. And I’m on the chapter…

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The holidays and family can be either be joyful or depressing.  So I want to share a story with you. It’s about a little girl who thought she was alone, especially during the holidays. She was transplanted into a strange land where people didn’t speak her language. She barely knew English. And the people didn’t look, act or dress like her. But because her immediate family was with her it wasn’t a big deal. She was always inherently strong and resilient. And then her mother died. She was seven. And then her entire world changed. Her resilience morphed into doubt. Her confidence wavered and insecurity stood in the foreground. Her father had to play both roles and did his absolute best. However, certain voids were inevitable. It was certain. Her…

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