Slow the Flow of Chemicals

Watching the powerful documentary, Unacceptable Levels, I was shocked to learn the average person has over 200 synthetic industrial chemicals in their body. With further research, I learned more about the damaging health impact of so many toxins in our bodies. Specifically, three resources motivated me to slow the flow of chemicals in my household: Dr. Leona Allen’s video on cellular inflammation. In simple language and less than 8 minutes, she explains how the flow of chemicals, sugars, and bad fats is damaging our cells and causing the epidemic rise…

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My End-of-Year Goals

This time of year moves quickly, so I am taking my own advice and setting goals for the rest of 2015. I hope the following goals help me finish the next few months with enthusiasm and focus. I used these seven steps to set goals that are thoughtful, effective, and inspiring. My Theme, My Mission My theme for the end of the year is to “settle for good enough,” which might sound negative, but I’m thinking of the most positive interpretations of these words! I want to settle into the remainder…

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My Philosophy on Adventure and Unknown Outcomes

Life is a non-stop opportunity for learning, creating, and becoming. I believe a better self is always possible today, every day, as long as I keep exploring. Adventure is the primary means of my continuous search for a better self. Each new day brings another trail to hike, book to read, person to meet, relationship to strengthen, recipe to cook, or idea to try. The more I explore “out there” in the world, the more I develop “in here” within myself. I am the sum total of my life’s adventures.…

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Guest Post: Treat Sleep as a Priority for Your Wellbeing

How many hours of sleep do you get each night? I try to get at least 7 hours on the weekdays, but there are times when I prioritize my to-do list over my slumber. Last month we shared a guest post from Dr. Sult with 8 important reasons to get enough sleep. Today, he explains why it’s so important to treat sleep as a priority for your wellbeing. Dr. Tom Sult is board-certified in family medicine and integrative holistic medicine. He practices functional medicine and strives to find the fundamental…

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Has Man’s Left-Brain Created a Woman’s World?

I’ve had a need to conquer things my entire life: to conquer the limitations of my body to excel in athletics, to conquer my fear of public speaking to advance my career, to conquer the competition to succeed in business, to conquer anything and everything in my way so I could get more of what I wanted, one thing after the next. Tiffany Shlain would say that’s because I was raised in a man’s world dominated by the left-brain. In her wonderful movie, Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death and…

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Happy Living’s Holiday Gift Guide

It’s Black Friday! I hope you had a delicious Thanksgiving celebration yesterday. Whether you have plans to go shopping or stay in today, this gift guide will help you find ways to spread cheer and wellness, one gift at a time. Our foundations of health are the inspiration for this list of 41 gift ideas, just like last year’s holiday gift guide. Let us know what you think and if you have any gift ideas that encourage healthy, happy living! Physical Fitness Upgrade fitness tracking with a Fitbit Charge. Share…

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How to Personalize Your Life in the Modern World

Never before in human history has the ability to create a lifestyle based on personal preferences been available to so many people. The evolution of technology, explosion of search capability, and division of labor in a free economy has created a world in which nearly any task or piece of information can be easily sourced. The big question is not, “can I personalize my life?” Rather it is, “how do I want to personalize my life?” How to Personalize Your Life in the Modern World Step 1: Virtuous Circle I…

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Something Significant: Keith Norris of Paleo f(x)

When we launched our Something Significant interview series, our goal was to share stories about the pursuit of significance from real men and women who have done great things in the world. We believe significance is a foundation of health and a key to overall happiness, and the pursuit of significance is what gives life meaning, focus, and purpose. This is our 14th interview in the series and the final one for 2015. I cannot think of a better way to wrap up the year than sharing this honest and…

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How to Create Your Dream Home with Personalization

As an adult, I have lived in ten different houses in six states. My last three big moves were purely based on lifestyle preferences. In his wonderful book, Die Broke: A Radical Four-Part Financial Plan, author Stephen Pollan suggests your home should be the place you want to live for the rest of your life. He got me asking myself, “Where do my wife and I want to live for the rest of our lives? These are our answers: On the water Close to nature In a good school district for…

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Starting Your Six-Week Elimination Diet

When you stop to think about it, a lot goes into one meal. There are the plants and animals that grow from tiny beginnings, the farmers who tend to fields, and the ranchers who care for animals. The processes and journeys that take our food from their origins to our farmer’s markets and grocery stores. The shopping lists we create, recipes we follow, the chopping and cooking, the plating and serving. From seed to plate, our food transforms and travels, and that is only the start of how our food…

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