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The Secret to Sticking With Your Workout Routine

Every year, so many of us start working out regularly with the intention of making it an addition to our everyday lives. Some of us make it, but many of us stop. We give up. We taper off over time. Just about all of us have experienced this let-down at some point in our lives. Some of us over and over again! So how can we stop the cycle? What does it take to stick with a workout routine? 

There’s one secret weapon that many have realized is the trick! 

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We’re Punishing Our Kids with Stereotypes

Walking around in a Pottery Barn Kids’ I watched as Charlie bounced from toy to toy. An adorable little boy around 4 years old was playing in a kid’s kitchen set. He came up to me and very plainly stated “Boys get tattoos on their muscles!” He was very matter of fact about it, it was a fact of life for him. Boys have big muscles, and they also get tattoos. No telling where, specifically, this bit of inspiration came from, and although the statement is not false it does pigeon-hole the world a little bit. I smiled, turned to him and said “Some boys do get tattoos on their muscles, but some boys don’t, and some girls get tattoos on their muscles too!” He furrowed his little brow as he stared at me. I could tell he was taking it in. You could see the wheels turning in his brain. After a few seconds he nodded and moved on. It’s a tiny little lesson that will allow that little boy to see people that fall outside that stereotype for the rest of his life.

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Supporting Your Local Farmers Market and The Birdhouse Market Benefit Dinner

Since about my Junior year in college my mom and I have been regulars at our local farmers market. Every Tuesday evening we’d grab our bags and coolers and head down the street to grab as much local, organic produce as we could possibly eat. It has been my favorite summer tradition with my mom since. Imagine doing your grocery shopping outside, almost festival style, with all of the best selections of produce, meats and cheeses all from local farms in your area. Imagine listening to live musicians while you shop and stopping by the popsicle stand to grab a chocolate sea salt popsicle. Imagine fun kids activities, story times and lots of animals to see and pet. This is what we do every week. Charlie usually walks around eating a carrot or popping sun gold tomatoes in her mouth and we have the best time. 

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Organic Farming Questions Answered by Farmer Amy

You hear me talking all the time about our local farmer Amy from Amy’s Garden. She’s our resident organic farming expert here in Richmond, VA and the farmer I trust most with my food. There are a few other really amazing farms in the area too, but Amy’s is my favorite for a few reasons:

  • She is always 100% Organic, guaranteed. She uses zero pesticides and organic, natural fertilizers for her plants.
  • Her food tastes the best. If you’ve never had food from a natural farm like Amy’s then you haven’t really tasted what veggies and fruits should taste like.
  • Amy and her staff are some of the kindest people you will ever meet. I’ve never seen any of them without a smile on their face and a free tomato, cuke or flower to hand to Charlie. 
  • Amy is an amazing lady boss. Although she works side by side with her farmer husband George, she has chosen to be the face of her company and she does it so well in an industry dominated by men. 

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Let’s Swap “Losing Weight” with “Gaining Health”

I started this blog with every intention on helping people learn more about nutrition and exercise. I hoped that this would help people make healthier decisions in general in life. What I’m finding out is that many people aren’t trying to make healthy decisions, they’re just trying to lose weight and in the process they’re sacrificing not only physical health but their own mental health and definitely the mental health of those around them. Have you ever thought about the fact that the thoughts that come out of your mouth can affect the mental health and decisions of those around you?

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Everything You Need to Know about Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates get a bad rap in the world today, but how much of what you hear about carbs is actually true? Should you really avoid carbs if you are trying to lose weight? If not, how many carbs should you actually have?

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Everything You Need to Know About Protein

Protein…this mystical ingredient in your meals that builds your muscles and helps you lose weight…right?

Well, yes, but there’s a lot of misunderstandings about protein floating out there in the world wide web and beyond that I’d like to clear up. 

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Setting Health Goals You Will Actually Stick To

It’s nearly March now and if you set a fitness or weight loss goal, chances are you already gave up. 1 in 3 people ditch their new years resolutions by the end of January and 73% of people who create resolutions give up on them before reaching their goal.  This probably isn’t news to you. Many of you have experienced this first hand. It’s the kind of thing that happens before you know it and can ruin your whole view of leading a healthy lifestyle. So I’m going to give you a step by step into how to set goals that you will actually stick to!

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Benefits of Meditation For Children

I’m sure you’ve heard lots of talk about the benefits of meditation for your health and happiness, but have you considered the benefit it might have on our children and youth?

Whether we choose to believe it or not children are under lots of stress. Whether it’s academic, social stress or stress stemming from the home, their worries may seem small and insignificant but they are large and important to them. As they grow, their stressors only grow and sometimes as parents we unknowingly project our stresses onto them. More than 1/3 of elementary aged kids are worried about money!

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When is Organic Important? (And Your Grocery Store Cheat Sheet)

There’s this barrier that exists for many people when it comes to eating healthier. When the word “organic” comes out of my mouth I immediately see everything else I say go right in their ear and out the other. I’m pretty sure they just hear dollar signs and turn the part of their brain off that listens.

All kidding aside it can get expensive to eat organic and there are ways to do it that don’t break the bank. First and foremost, you need to know what it means and which foods it’s the most important for.

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