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Fall Into Health With EverlyWell

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Fall Into Health With EverlyWell

Do you ever get that feeling? You know the one I’m talking about – where you wake up in the morning and the alarm says you’ve slept 7 or 8 hours, but you feel like you could sleep for 10 more?

As my business has continued to grow, my stress has climbed as well. I can feel it.

Maybe you’ve felt that way, too.

Well, I decided ot take action and find out if my sleep issues were the result of stress or something even more serious, so I turned to EverlyWell. {Continue reading...}

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How to Keep Your Family Healthy This Year

Did you set goals for your health this year? What about your family's health? These are my top tips for keeping my family healthy this year!

Did you set goals this year? One of my goals this year revolved around health. But not just my health - the health of my family! This can be a challenge with as busy as we all three tend to be {yes, even our baby girl is a busy and social butterfly!}, so here are some tips I am implementing to help keep us germ free and ready to make this year one of our best years ever!

Washing Our Hands

It seems like common sense, but we’ll be washing our hands multiple times a day {especially when we head home from church, school, the grocery store, restaurants, or playdates}. Our baby girl loves washing her hands {she even has a song that she sings when she washes them} and we make her feel SO grown up when she does. We also make sure and avoid soaps that contain triclosin {it's been linked to some yucky stuff}, sticking to brands like Method* and The Honest Company*.

Limiting Processed Sugars

We try not to keep sugary treats or cookies in the house… instead, our pantry and fridge are loaded up with fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, and other whole foods for snacks. On birthdays or holidays, we may make a batch of cookies or have a cupcake {Bliss Cupcakes are our current favorites}, but these really are treats reserved for special occasions.

Filling Up On Nutrients

One of my priorities this winter {and throughout the year} will be making sure that we are counting nutrients rather than calories. I'm working hard to eat as many whole and unprocessed foods as possible. One way that our family makes sure to get plenty of nutrients is by drinking our Shakeology* shakes at least once per day. Everyone in our family loves the shakes, and I can be confident that we are getting plenty of fruits, vegetables, and dense nutrition as part of this meal.

Getting Plenty of Rest

I read an article not too long ago that said being deprived of just one or two hours of sleep over the course of a week can leave you feeling as if you haven’t slept at all! I don’t know about you, but I need my eight hours a night. It helps me be a better mom, a better wife, and a better friend! One of my action items for this year is to make sure that we stick with a reasonable bedtime so that we can be well-rested, refreshed, and ready to start our day!

Note: This post contains affiliate links (*). For more information, see my disclosures here.

@@How we're keeping our family healthy this year! #sweatpink #fitfluential #healthyfamily@@

What are your tips for how to keep your family healthy this year?

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How to Keep Germs at Bay

Kiss cold and flu season goodbye with these tips! You'll be surprised at how easy it is to stay germ-free this winter!

It's that time of year again - cold and flu season!  And we busy mamas don't have time for that! So how can we stay healthy these next few months? Follow these tips from the experts for how to keep germs at bay {and check out this article from WebMD for even more tips}... 1 - Elbow bump, Fist bump, High five, or Hand shake?

ABC News asked a group of volunteers at the International Food Safety Training Laboratory at the University of Maryland to find out which greeting spread the least amount of germs. To perform the study, Dr. Richard Besser covered his hands with thousands of harmless E. coli bacteria. {The bacteria transfer just like the dangerous kinds of germs that can get people sick.} The results: the handshake turned out to be the worst for spreading germs. Drastically fewer germs were passed on in the fist bump and the high five {the transfer of germs during both of these was similar}. And the safest greeting... the elbow bump! Ha!

2 - Wash YOUR hands!

You may not be able to control what others do, but you CAN control what you do! WebMD asked several doctors what they do to keep from getting sick this time of year. Their answer - wash my hands and use hand sanitizer! One doctor said he probably washes his hands 40-50 times per day! {I bet he uses some pretty amazing hand moisturizer, too!}

@@You may not be able to control what others do, but you CAN control what you do!@@

What to use? Warm water and soap will kill the germs, but be sure you don’t rush. One nurse recommended sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to yourself twice in order to meet the 20-second rule! And always use a paper towel to turn off the faucet and open the doors in any type of public restroom.

3 - Get plenty of sleep

A 2009 study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows that people who sleep less than seven hours per night are three times more likely than those who sleep at least eight hours to catch a common cold after being exposed to a cold-causing virus. I don't know about you, but that's reason enough for me to make sure my evening routine calls for plenty of shut-eye!

4 - EXERCISE for immunity

A 30 minute workout most days not only can do wonders for your physique -- it also might prevent you from getting sick!! One study found that postmenopausal women who exercised for a year had one-third the colds of women who didn’t work out. But what if you're already feeling sick? Make sure and perform the neck check before proceeding!

Bottom line - prevention is key! It all comes down to the basics. Eat right, sleep right, exercise, and wash your hands!

@@Kiss cold and flu season goodbye with these simple tips!@@

What are your best tips for how to keep germs at bay? Do you wash your hands 40-50 times per day? If you do, what type of moisturizer do you use?!

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