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Friday Vibes 08.18.2017

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week. Mantra: I am tomorrow what I establish today. Media: Fruit is packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, but is it helping you lose weight? Read this article to see if you need to cut back on your fruit consumption. Media: Is your favorite afternoon beverage making you hungry? People had three times as much of the hunger hormone ghrelin in their systems after drinking a fizzy drink than they did after drinking a degassed flat soda. Read the details here. Munch: Whether it’s back to school or back to the office, here are 20 packable on-the-go healthy lunches from Paleo Running Momma. 

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Friday Vibes 08.18.2017

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. He...

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Family, Friends, and Community

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” — Jane Howard Close family and friends give us many gifts. They appreciate us, they celebrate with us, they laugh with us, they cry with us. They share their knowledge and talent and resources. And we give them those gifts in return. Sharing our lives is a foundation for happiness; we all need family, friends, and community. A recent study reported in CNN magazine points out that people’s happiness quotient goes up significantly (up to 25%!) if they have a close friend or sibling that lives nearby or a neighbor that they are friends with. Happiness ripples through social networks. If we have friends who are happy people, it boosts our own feelings of happiness and contentment. For each of us, family, friends, and community may be different. Some may have a large extended family, one close sibling, a favorite aunt, or a family that they’ve adopted. Some may just have a few close friends while others are social butterflies. Some find community at church or are friends with some of the parents from their child’s school. Some belong to a jogging group, book club, or knitting group. George Burns, the American actor, and comedian, famously said, “Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” Well, no one said families are perfect, but we’re social creatures and we strive to have good relationships. And when we do? Our happiness quotient goes up! Then there’s the concept of community at work. Workplace studies that focus on employee engagement and retention say that people want to have “a community at work.” If you spend seven or eight hours of every day at your workplace, you want to feel a sense of belonging and connection. When I was younger, I had a job where the secretary was the ultimate social convener. She organized Halloween parties, Valentine’s parties, birthday parties, and picnic parties. We were a happy department and the other departments gravitated toward our end of the office. Friends, family, and community are there for us in good times as well as bad times, the times when we’re sad or disappointed or grieving. We share our emotions and it helps us to recover sooner, to not get stuck, and to make our way back to happiness. Friends, family, and community are also there for us when we celebrate, whether it’s a graduation, a wedding, a birth, a raise, a retirement, or some small personal victory. Celebrations bring people closer together and spreads the happiness. If this is an area lacking in your life, there are some easy concrete steps you can take to add community to your life: Go to church. This is one of the best places to find community. Join a club (book club, knitting club, running club, spelunking club). Go to the group classes at the gym. Reconnect with old friends by making one hour per week a “phone call hour” where you just talk to friends on the phone. “Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” – Productivity consultant Denis Waitley

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Family, Friends, and Community

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: whatever you call it, whoe...

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Friday Vibes 08.11.2017

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week. Motivate:  One smile can start a friendship. One word can end a fight. One look can save a relationship. One person can change your life. Munch: Giving up gluten isn’t always easy. This Paleo bread is sure to make your gluten-free life a little better. Nurture my gut has the recipe.   Mood: Need a little dose of laughter therapy? Here’s what happens when we laugh. Media: Curious why the Paleo diet doesn’t allow grains? Here’s everything you need to know. 

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Friday Vibes 08.11.2017

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. He...

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Fermented Foods For Good Gut Health

Some amazing research has been conducted on the benefits of fermented foods – anything from pickles and sauerkraut to yogurt and kefir. By the fermentation process, these foods are chock-full of probiotics, which are essential to good digestion. Have you ever been prescribed an antibiotic and have the pharmacist also recommend you eat yogurt? That’s because the antibiotics can kill off the good bacteria in your gut while it's busy annihilating the bad bacteria that’s making you sick. The yogurt helps replace the good bacteria in your gut. But it’s not just when you’re on antibiotics that you should be incorporating fermented foods into your diet; they’re extremely beneficial as a regular part of your diet. Back to the amazing research I mentioned earlier, researchers have linked consumption of fermented foods to mental health wellness and the decrease in anxiety and depression. The gut has been dubbed our “second brain,” and gut bacteria creates neurotransmitters like the feel-good serotonin, positively affecting our mood and behavior. High levels of healthy gut bacteria have also been shown to have positive effects on combating obesity and type 2 diabetes as well as positive effects on autism. What to eat: Luckily, there are all kinds of fermented foods, so if one doesn’t sound tempting, there’s bound to be another that you’ll love. Be brave and give them all a try! Yogurt and some cottage cheeses – the label should say “live active cultures.” Sauerkraut, Kimchi – a spicy Korean favorite. Pickled vegetables. Kombucha – this fizzy, tangy tea is one of my favorites. Miso – a paste made from soybeans, miso is often added to soups. Kefir – similar to a drinkable yogurt, vegan coconut-based varieties are also available. Tempeh ­– often used as a meat replacement in dishes, tempeh is made from soybeans. As with any processed food, double check the label to see what might be hidden in the ingredients. Some pickled vegetables may be high in sodium, and cannot have been pasteurized to retain their probiotic punch. For this reason, picking your pickles, sauerkraut, and kimchi from the refrigerated section at the store is a good bet. With yogurt, kefir, and kombucha, you'll want to watch out for added sugars too. Now get out there and discover a world of fabulous fermented foods! linkshttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3904694/ (anxiety)http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20216555 (obesity)http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/dmrr.2376/abstract;jsessionid=F8203AC1F8C7E061001867B6A4DF48C2.f03t03?userIsAuthenticated=false&deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=%20as%20well%20as%20positive%20effectives%20on%20autism (diabetes)http://www.cell.com/cell/abstract/S0092-8674%2813%2901486-4?_returnURL=http%3A%2F%2Flinkinghub.elsevier.com%2Fretrieve%2Fpii%2FS0092867413014864%3Fshowall%3Dtrue (autism)  

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Fermented Foods For Good Gut Health

Some amazing research has been conducted on the benefits of fermented foods – anything from pickl...

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Friday Vibes 08.04.2017

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week. Motivate: “All the flowers of tomorrow are in the seeds of today.” What we enjoy in the future is a result of the work we put in today. Think about work, family, school, money, kindness, and your true passions. Put in the work now and watch that flower blossom. Munch: Finally, a protein bar you can feel good about eating - always my go to snack when I’m in a pinch.  Market: I don’t need any more workout clothes but I can still look, right? Crushing on this floral sports bra from Senita Athletics that doubles as a phone tote.  Mood: This color palette is the perfect transition from summer to fall.

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Friday Vibes 08.04.2017

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