• Should I Get the Flu Vaccine?

    Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and the influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized, and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends that everyone 6 months and older should get vaccinated against the flu every year.  There are a lot of myths regarding the flu vaccine.  Here’s what you need to know. THE FLU VACCINE CAN GIVE ME THE FLU. The flu shot cannot cause the influenza virus. It…

  • Homemade Marshmallows

    Homemade marshmallows are a delicious way to bring your family and friends together around the campfire or fire pit.  This is my favorite recipe I found on the Food Network a while ago and I have been making them and experimenting with new flavors ever since.  Once you make homemade marshmallows, you will never go back to store bought ones again!   Homemade Marshmallows   Ingredients: 3 packages unflavored gelatin 1 cup ice cold water, divided 12 ounces granulated sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups 1 cup light corn syrup 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar Nonstick spray   Directions: Place the gelatin into the…

  • Why You Should Be Doing Squats In Your Workouts

      Do you realize that you squat all the time in your everyday life? You squat when you sit down on a couch, chair, or toilet. And you should be squatting when you bend over to pick something up, versus bending from the waist, which could hurt your back. Learning to squat correctly and adding this exercise to your workouts and everyday activities will help you stay flexible, strong, and free from injuries. And most importantly, squats will help you build a nice booty! 😏 Why Are Squats So Important? When I coached CrossFit, the squat was one of the first fundamental movements that I would teach every client.  I…

  • The Newest Beauty Craze…The Vampire Facial

    Oh bloody hell, what will they think of next in the name of beauty?  Sometimes we will try anything when it comes to restoring our skin to its youthful appearance.  As if the snail facial and bird poop facial weren’t enough, now we’re smearing our own blood all over our faces?  All kidding aside, the new vampire facial is all the rage in skin-care these days.  I mean, if Kim Kardashian is doing it then it must be aMaZinG…amiright? What Is a Vampire Facial? A vampire facial is a combination of a microneedling treatment followed by an application of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) to your face.  It’s a facial that essentially…

  • Why You Should Be Strength Training

      “To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha Strength training is so important, especially as we age!  As we reach our 30’s, inactive adults start to experience a 3% to 8% loss of muscle mass per decade, and this loss increases significantly when we enter our 60’s.  According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, bone loss also speeds up for both men and women during midlife. Our metabolism slows down as we age as well, which can make it easier to gain weight, and harder to lose it.  Strength training can help with all…

  • Skin Cancer Facts and Prevention

    Six years ago I was diagnosed with a basal cell carcinoma on my face just below my left eye.  I knew that I was high risk for developing skin cancer due to my fair skin and history of sunburns so I wasn’t completely surprised by the news, but I was scared.  The doctor didn’t know how deep or wide the cancer was so I had to have Mohs surgery to remove the carcinoma and preserve as much healthy tissue as possible.  The surgery went well, but when the nurse handed me a mirror afterward to look at my face I about passed out.  I had 15 stitches that went from the…

  • Love Your Body Fashion

    Every day, women and young girls are so bombarded with false perceptions of beauty that it has become very hard to ignore.  We see it everywhere: television, social media, magazines, advertisements, and various other forms of media telling us that a size 2 is the ideal size and that perfect skin and makeup are what make you beautiful. According to the Love Your Body campaign, “Every day, in so many ways, the beauty industry (and the media in general) tell women and girls that being admired, envied and desired based on their looks is a primary function of true womanhood.  The beauty template women are expected to follow is extremely narrow, unrealistic…

  • Do You Even Warm-Up Bro? Why a Good Warm-Up Is So Important.

        But seriously, do you even warm-up?  Most people want to get to the gym and complete their workout as fast as they can so they can get on with their day, which usually means people put little time into their warm-up or skip it altogether.  People also tend to finish their workout and head out the door without stretching or doing a proper cool-down.  You really should be doing a good dynamic warm-up before workouts and a good cool-down with stretching and mobility work after your workouts.  Today, let’s talk about why warming up is so important.   Why Do I Need To Warm-Up? A good dynamic warm-up,…

  • 20 things you can do right now to improve your health and happiness

    20 Things You Can Do Right Now To Improve Your Health and Happiness

      “The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.”  -Buddha   The other day, I had a friend ask me to suggest some things she could start doing to get healthy.  As I began writing down a plan for her, I came up with the list below.  I thought this would also be a perfect first blog to share as I am trying to inspire others to be healthy as well.  These are all research-backed tips that you can start working on…