Back to School Organizing

How to Save Your Sanity and Your Health

It’s no secret that this time of year can get crazy with the beginning of the new school year and the start of many activities. That’s why laying a good organizational foundation now will do wonders for your mental health as well as potentially free up precious moments here and there where you can get back into or maintain other healthy habits. To help us wrap our heads around this, I asked professional organizer Jenna Fischer with The Arranged Abode for some back to school organizing tips that will help save your sanity and your health.

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Photo of beginning-of-the-year school forms and papers

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5 Healthy Lunch Ideas for Busy Women

Healthy Lunches for on the Go or at Your Desk

Move over sandwiches and chips, stay back fast food, and don’t even think about it processed frozen meals. Your days as lunchtime staples for busy women are numbered. As someone who has eaten my fair share of all of the above for lunch because I thought those were my main options for eating at my desk, I get it. I also get being at a sporting event for entire weekend days and feeling like fast food or concession stand offerings were all there was. The fact is though, nothing could be further from the truth. Healthy lunches can be made right at home with just a little bit of planning, minimum effort and much more affordably than you might expect. In fact, I’ve put together a list of five healthy lunch ideas for busy women to get you started. These are lunches that can be eaten on the go or at your desk, and they’ll work toward your health goals, not derail them.

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Photo of Warm Kale and Quinoa Salad

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Pelvic Floor Disorders: What Every Woman Needs to Know

What They Are and How You Can Prevent Them

Pelvic floor disorders can manifest in many ways, but once you’ve experienced one, you’ll never forget it. Trust me, I speak from experience on this one. The pain I felt in my lower right abdomen was excruciating. If I hadn’t already had my appendix out, that would have been the first thing I thought of. That’s how bad the pain was. When I finally saw my GYN, and after an ultrasound was done to rule out cysts, she told me she thought I was having pelvic muscle spasms and that there were some yoga-type stretching exercises that I should do. I looked at her as if she was crazy. I, in no way, could see how exercises were going to fix this. I could barely function! But I did follow the exercises exactly, and sure enough, within a week, the pain wasn’t nearly as bad and within a couple of weeks, it was gone entirely.

Unfortunately, these disorders can show up in a variety of ways and each one can feel completely different. That’s why they can be so hard to diagnose. And why, the last thing you might think of as the culprit is your pelvic floor. While pelvic floor disorders aren’t necessarily the most fun topic to talk about, it’s important that you know what they are and how you can prevent them.

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Eating for Exercise

What to Eat Before and After Working Out

Since I have a weightlifting son who puts a lot of effort into timing his eating around his workouts, I started wondering whether I should be paying more attention to what I eat and when I eat it in conjunction with my workouts. Afterall, I, like most people, want to make sure that if I’m putting in that much effort, I’m getting the most out of it. To get the answers I was looking for, I turned to Dani Singer, CEO and Director of Fit2Go Personal Training in Baltimore, Maryland. In this Q&A, Dani fills us in on all of the do’s and some of the don’ts of eating for exercise and what we should be eating before and after working out.

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Eating Seasonally

Health and Budget Benefits of Eating with the Seasons

Growing up on a farm in the North Carolina mountains, I could tell you exactly when potatoes, corn, tomatoes, green beans and cucumbers were in season. Those we had in abundance! I could also tell you when the cherries were just right for picking because climbing the trees and eating more than we put in our buckets is still one of my favorite summer memories.

That’s how I grew up, but somewhere along the way, I lost track of seasonal eating and turned to what was on the grocery store shelves instead. The key word there is shelves, because that’s where the boxes and cans of processed foods are kept. By the time I finally turned back to fresh fruits and vegetables, I couldn’t have told you what was in season when if you had paid me –until I discovered my local farmers market.

While I am definitely well-versed in the health and budget benefits of eating with the seasons now, I wanted to go to an expert to find out more about why eating with the seasons is so good for us. In this Q&A, Functional Medicine Dietician Maria Zamarripa from the foodfarmacist R.D. answers many of the most common questions asked when it comes to eating seasonally.

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Maria Zamarripa, MS, RD, Functional Medicine Dietician

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Tapping for Health

Understanding How EFT or Tapping Works

If you’ve never heard of the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or Tapping, you’re not alone, but once you’ve tried it, you may just be hooked for life. Tapping combines Eastern medicine with Western psychology to create a technique that empowers you to identify and clear many emotional and sometimes physical issues. The best part – you can do it anytime, anywhere, all by yourself, and it’s one of the most affordable self-help techniques around because you’re able to learn it and do it for free.

I’ve tried tapping myself. To be completely upfront, for me, it’s worked in some cases and hasn’t in others. But there are many people from all walks of life who say it’s helped them deal with anxiety, remove longtime emotional blocks, healed them from chronic pain and helped them to overcome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). In fact, the U.S. Veterans Administration has approved it as a “generally safe” therapy that can officially be used with veterans. That’s why I want you to understand what it is, how it works and how you can tap for health. Then you can decide for yourself whether you want it to become another tool in your health and wellness toolbox.

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Example of tapping through the setup statement for EFT

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5 Summer Reads to Boost Your Health

Recommended Books for Your Wellness Journey

I divide the books I read into two categories – brainless and brain fuel. The brainless ones are purely for entertainment – action, romance, drama, fantasy, etc. In other words, I don’t have to think too much because they do all the work for me. The brain fuel ones are books that educate me and help me to expand my mind and my life. That may sound a bit heavy for summer reading, which is why I’m a strong advocate for mixing in both. If summer is your best chance to read, by all means make the most of it! Use it to entertain and educate.

To help with the brain fuel type, I wanted to share some recommendations that are very personal to me. These are the books that helped to start me on my integrated wellness journey or have been pivotal along the way. I share them with you in hopes that they’ll help to boost your health and wellness as well. Enjoy!!

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Eating with Intention

How to Let the Energy of Your Food Fuel You

Grabbing something to eat, running through the drive-thru and throwing something together. All phrases that certainly reflect our lifestyles and all too often, our approach to food. While doing any of these every now and then is fine and can even be done in a healthy way, letting these phrases describe our overall attitude toward food means that we could be missing out on some of the huge benefits of what the food we eat can really do for us.

Transformational and Energy Medicine Specialist Jean Atman works with people on aligning their energy in every facet of their lives, including through the food they eat. In this Q&A, she explains how eating with intention can change your entire relationship with food and how its energy can fuel you.

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Strength Training for Women

Why It’s Important for Even Women to Build Muscle

Many women say their ideal image of what healthy looks like includes long, lean and toned muscles. But if you ask those same women if they’d be willing to do strength training, many of them would say no, because they don’t want to get “big and bulky.” The problem is, to get long, lean and toned muscles, there has to be strength training of some kind involved because that’s how we get those types of results and ultimately, that’s a key factor in how to be the healthiest version of ourselves. That’s why I went to fitness expert, coach, writer, entrepreneur and mom Karen Smith to talk about strength training for women, why it’s important for us to build muscle and how it can involve a gym membership but doesn’t have to.

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Karen Smith, fitness expert

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Healthy Mother’s Day Gifts

10 Ideas for Keeping Mom Happy and Healthy

Mother’s Day is coming up, and if you’re looking for some new ways of saying thank you to that special lady who’s done so much for you, you’ve come to the right place. Or, if you want to drop hints for gifts that you would truly love, this is for you as well. The 10 ideas I’m featuring here are healthy Mother’s Day gifts that are appropriate for any age and will help keep Mom happy and going strong for a long time to come.

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