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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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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Manage Your Holiday Stress this Season  The holidays are supposed to be the happiest time of the year. But for many, it’s a very stressful time filled with different emotions and triggers. Whether it’s because of a lack of money for gifts, feelings of loneliness or an overwhelming overload of commitments, just one of those issues can wipe out any holiday cheer. Throughout the entire season we all hear messages of joy, love and peace. However, many people experience depression and anxiety around this time of year. And the pressure to be “happy” or “joyful” may make it harder to actually cope with negative feelings. So what can we do to keep the joy plentiful and the stress minimal during the next few weeks? Here are some ways to not only survive the holidays…

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