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Improve Your Posture On The Clock


The older you get, the more you realize what your was parents were nagging you about when you were younger were actually gems to prepare you for the future.

If you would have told me that there would be a point in my life where I would crave for spinach, brussel sprouts, and cabbage, I would have thought you were a.) crazy b.) on an intense acid trip or c.) just down right lying to get a quick chuckle to yourself. However, even at this moment right now, I’m sipping a green juice made mostly of spinach and kale and would kill for some steamed cabbage. Kill might be a little too aggressive for the situation, but I really do want some cabbage right now.

Delicious and fiber filled veggies aside, the one thing that I wished I payed better attention to when I was growing up was good posture. For the past couple of months, while at work, I’ve been catching myself trying to sit up straight in my chair and do stretches in my desk chair all for the sake of improving my posture. Continue Reading

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Changes to Celebrate Earth Day 2015


Today is Earth Day.

The message of Earth Day 2015 is “It’s Our Turn To Lead”. Small changes can make a BIG impact to the betterment of our world.  So, keep reading to see a list of 5 things you can start doing right now that not only help you celebrate earth day, but that you can eventually implement into your life and feel good about…FOREVER.

  • Plant A Tree – The easiest and most beneficial things you can add to the earth.
  • Start Recycling – I will admit that recycling can be hard to get into the habit of doing, especially if you’ve never done it. However, if you start off small by separating cans and plastic, it’ll eventually become second nature.
  • No Plastic Water Bottles – Plastic bottled water consumes huge amounts of fossil fuels to produce and transport, and most of those recyclable water bottles end up in landfills. Instead, buy a refillable and permanent water bottle. They are so affordable! Even your local dollar store carries them. So, you can help your planet and pockets!
  • Buy locally – My favorite Saturday activity is going to one of my local farmers market. The produce is fresh and easy on the environment thanks to the lack of chemicals added to keep produce fresh while transporting it many miles away from the farm where it was grown. So, buy locally to help your environment, local economy, and farmers.
  • Walk More – Cut back on driving so much and go take a walk outside. Instead of driving to the gym to walk on the treadmill for 30 minutes, go for a walk in your neighborhood or local park. Trust me, it feels better and is there a prettier time than springtime to be outside? I think not.

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Easy and Delicious Detox Water Recipes


I’m over all the extra lumpiness I absorbed over the holidays and tax season. Oh, I know I’m not the only one that eats out more than usual once that tax return direct deposits lands in their bank. Oh, ok.

Anyway, I’m finally back to paying attention to my health. This past weekend, I finally joined a gym again after 3+ years and I’ve been cutting back on some of my favorite, but high caloric food choices. More trips to Whole Foods and less trips to Popeye’s has made a nice difference. However, the main thing that has really made an impact of my new health goals is the introduction of detox waters.

Water is a great way to rejuvenate your system. It helps to flush out the bad stuff and keep your body hydrated. Still, some people aren’t a fan of water and it can be very boring. However, there are plenty of ways you can pump up your water by adding fresh fruits, veggies and herbs that can not only improve the flavor of water, but your health. Plus, they are delicious and refreshing.

So, since the weather is warming, I’ve decided to try more detox waters and here are some detox waters recipes we need to try.


Mint Lemon Cucumber Detox Water – 3 Liters of Water/ 1-2 Lemons/ 1/2 Cucumber/ 10-12 Mint Leaves/ Steep Overnight– Not only has this been my favorite detox water as of recent, but it’s been my favorite beverage of choice for the past couple of weeks. It’s so refreshing and helps your health and slimming your belly fat, supposedly. Here’s a breakdown of the ingredients.

  • Lemon: Lemon water makes for a powerful detox drink; lemon juice helps to cleanse and alkalize the body. Add one thinly sliced lemon to a large pitcher, or squeeze fresh lemon juice into your glass. Lemon also aides in digestion and boosts your immune system.
  • Mint: Mint adds a touch of sweetness without the sugar, and it also helps settle your stomach and aids in digestion.
  • Cucumber: Adding a few slices of cucumber to your water makes for excellent re-hydration, and cucumber contains anti-inflammatory properties.


Apples and Strawberries Water – This water is ideal for improving your skin and digestion. If you are interested in a detox to improve your skin, you should check out this recipe.


Dr. Oz Fat Flush Water – This is the next detox water I’m planning on trying. It’s from by Dr. Oz and contains grapefruit, tangerines, mint, and cucumbers. This recipe is full of ingredients that flushes toxins out of your body and turn fat into fuel. Get the recipe here.


Pineapple Mint Water – Last year is the first year that I flavored a glass of water with a few cubes of pineapples and it was amazing. So, this pineapple mint detox water, which is supposedly good for anti-inflammatory, joint pain and arthritis. Check out this recipe here.


Watermelon Mint Water –  This delicious water is great for improving liver function, digestion, and cramps.  Check out the recipe here, if interested.

I hope you find a detox water that peaks your interest. Also, feel free to point out more detox waters not listed here by leaving a comment below or on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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How To Deal With Sensitive Teeth


I didn’t really have that much of an issue with my sensitive teeth when I was younger. However, over the past few years, it has gotten pretty bad, which is understandable since your teeth get more sensitive over time. Some other things that increases sensitivity in your teeth includes wear and tear from improper toothbrushes, tooth decay, and acidic food.

Over time, I’ve learned some important tips on how to decrease and deal with having sensitive teeth. So, here are some quick bites (see what I did there?) on coping, maintaining, and decreasing tooth sensitivity.

  • Brush and Floss Regularly – Why not begin with a “Duh!” point? Even though regular brushing (2-3x a day ) is a requirement for healthy teeth, a lot of people still defer from this. People with sensitive teeth are probably some of the main culprits, because the sensation from brushing and toothpaste causes them to brush as infrequent as possible. However, there are plenty of toothpastes on the market that can help. My personal fav at the moment is Colgate’s Enamel Health Multi-Protection Toothpaste, which helps relieve tooth sensitivity while fighting cavities, whitening teeth, freshening breath, replenishing natural calcium for strong, healthy enamel and protects against enamel erosion. All that awesome stuff! (NOTE: Brushing more than 3x a day can actually do more harm than good and increase the sensitivity. So, limit yourself to 2-3 times a day.)
  • Use Proper Toothbrush – Aside from brushing regularly, having the proper toothbrush is a HUGE key in helping to relieve sensitivity. A soft-bristle brush that is made specifically for sensitive teeth is important. Try the new Colgate Sensitive Toothbrush + Built-In Sensitivity Relief Pen. This new toothbrush is designed to provide quick and lasting sensitivity relief 24/7, right to the source of pain. I noticed reduced sensitivity within a little over week after daily use. So, look for that one.
  • Avoid High Acidic Food – Foods(citrus fruit) and beverages (sodas) that are high in acid helps dissolve the enamel of your teeth and exposes your nerves, which in return causes the sensitivity in your teeth to increase.
  • Don’t Grind Teeth – Up until a few a years ago, I was a major tooth grinder. Maybe not a professional grinder, but a really good amateur. I used to grind my teeth without even knowing that I was doing it. However, I stopped once I realized that it was applying pressure and weakening my teeth which caused my gumline and nerves to act up. If you grind your teeth, especially at night, might I suggest you grab and sleep with a teeth guard to prevent you from grinding your teeth while you sleep.
  • Regular Dental Visits – Well, we started with a Duh! point, so we might as well end with one. I can shamefully admit that I don’t do regular dentist visits, which is every 6 months. However, that is about to change soon, because I recently decided that this is the year that I’m going to finally get my oral health game up to par and that will, more than likely, including getting braces. Yes, I will be that 30+ year old with braces, but I can no longer put it to the side. Therefore, my dentist is about to become my BFF and my wallet’s sworn enemy. With regular visits to your dentist, they will be able to inform you of any new changes or concerns with your teeth before you even notice it. Aren’t you sick of only going to the dentist when you feel like your tooth is trying to rip your heart heart through a cavity? Yeah, I thought so.

So, there are my tips on how to deal and decrease tooth sensitivity. I hope you take these tips and products to mind the next time you feel your teeth being all sensitive and everything.

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Achieving Lasting Joy


A couple of years ago, I went through a rough patch of unintentional and disposable relationships, friendships, and other situations that caused me to really take a step back and reevaluate my life and where I wanted to be and the type of people with whom I wanted to share my life. Ultimately, I decided that I just wanted to be happy and live a joyful and content life.

A few months later, in an issue of O magazine, I ran across life-coach Martha Beck‘s 5 Rules for Lasting Joy and these quick tips really helped me assess things and how to move toward a happy, peaceful, and joy-filled spirit and life. So, I wanted to share these same tips, in case you need some help in finding your joy.

  1. Honesty Is The Best Policy – You heard this phrase all the time when you were a child, but you never really understand how true it is until you are older. Plus, as Beck mentions, lies can create more lies, which can drain your brainpower and take a toll on solving real problems.
  2. Give Up On Toxic People – Ugh! This was literally one of the first things I had to do to get to my current positive space. Negative people create negative people and the last thing I wanted to do was be a negative person or live a negative life. Instead, I made a concerted effort to look for positivity in everything, which eventually lead me to positive thinking and people. Birds of a feather…
  3. Let It Go – I’m such a non-nonchalant person and have rarely let negative events fester in and on my spirit for so long. So, I’m a life long believer of letting things go. Acknowledge the situation, but think about it for no longer than a couple of minutes. There’s no need to let negative things sit with you.
  4. Trust Your Gut – Personally, I used to have a hard time trusting my gut. Well, I trusted my gut, but I had a hard time acting on it. However, I realized that not acting on my gut was leaving someone else to make decisions for me, which I don’t like.
  5. You’re More Powerful Than You Know – Yes, you have power! Stop being afraid of what others will think and react to what you want to do. You are the master of your destiny and life, which means that you have the ultimate power.

I hope you take some, if not all these small pieces of wisdom and apply them to your life and effort to live a joyful life.

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