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Capturing Hygge

In a previous post we discussed ways to incorporate Scandinavian style into your home. One thing we didn’t touch upon was the concept of ‘hygge”. The term hygge comes from a Norwegian word meaning “well-being”. It first appeared in Danish writing in the 19th century and has since been embraced in Denmark today. Despite the long winter months, Denmark has consistently been ranked the happiest country in the world. Their practice of Hygge may have something to do with it! Hygge means creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the finer things in life. The Danish believe in maintaining a proper balance in life. This involves taking care of their mind and body and treating themselves often. Practicing hygge may include...

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Maintaining Hormonal Health

Hormones are a complex function of the body. Diet, genetics and exposure to toxins can all lead to hormonal imbalances affecting your overall health. So how do you keep your hormones balanced and working properly?  A great place to start is with the foods you eat and the products you purchase. Focusing on foods that promote healthy digestion as well as choosing products that reduce your toxin exposure will keep you on the path towards hormonal balance and vitality! Manage Blood Sugars Swings in your blood sugar can place a huge amount of stress on your endocrine system. By keeping your blood sugars balanced you will also be helping to keep your hormones balanced. Sticking to five lighter meals a...

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Endocrine Disrupters- What you need to know

For most of us the quest for long term health begins with our food. Thanks to the emergence of independent natural skincare brands and wonderful organizations such as EWG, we are starting to realize that what we put on our bodies is just as important as what we put in it. When choosing products one of the biggest offenders can be Endocrine Disrupters.  Endocrine Disrupters are chemicals (both natural and synthetic) that can create problems for our internal endocrine system. When these chemicals are ingested or absorbed through our skin they can mimic hormones in our body and lead to imbalances with our natural hormones. Endocrine Disrupters tend to be most harmful to the reproductive system, sex hormones and the...

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Increase your productivity with these simple steps

Is it just me or does September seem to be moving at a rapid pace? When I start to feel like there is not enough time in the day, I know it's a sign to step back, take a deep breathe and come up with a game plan. Here are a few steps to help maximize your time and make more room for things that truly matter. Be Realistic Indra Nooyi the CEO of Pepsi co. wakes up every morning at 4am. I will never be the CEO of Pepsi nor will I ever willingly wake up at 4am. No matter my intentions, I know my body and how much rest is needed to take on the day, a 4am...

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Clean Eating: 7 Healthy Food Blogs to Follow

With the end of summer comes the desire to establish a routine and set up some healthy habits. If you are anything like me and have spent the summer overindulging on treats, you may be in need of some serious motivation. When I feel like my healthy eating habits have slipped (or fallen off the tracks completely) I always head straight to these healthy food blogs to get me inspired and back on track. Although some of the blogs listed could fit into specific categories (vegan, vegetarian etc) they all share similar philosophies. The bloggers have a love for real whole foods and recipes that are not overly complicated. They want to make food taste good using simple methods and...

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