Life in the Gluten-Free Aisle

Is it just me, or is the crazy gluten-free diet not so crazy anymore? When I started eating gluten-free five years ago, people looked at me like I was nuts!! “Well, what on earth can you eat?” I can still hear my mother asking. “Really Mom, there are tons of things that I can eat!” I’d lie, with the intention of keeping her from worrying (my mother’s big worry in her old age was that I, as a 60ish year old woman, was too thin. I hadn’t yet accumulated the expected mid-section fat that was believed to hold estrogen, and therefore ward off osteoporosis!) Truth be told, she was kinda right—about the difficulty finding gluten-free foods, not that I was too thin!! It was a struggle to find satisfying gluten-free foods. Chickpeas on a bed of salad is yummy for only so...

Tips to Get Motivated at Work

Research has shown that motivated employees are happier, more energetic, more productive, and better performing than their unmotivated peers. However, even the most motivated employee can experience an occasional slump and need a boost to regain their normal energy levels. Most people struggle with this at some point in their careers, but sometimes it can be difficult to know how to  become remediated. Here are six helpful tips to increase your work motivation: Create an inviting work space. Create a space you feel comfortable in by personalizing it with a few items from home or a few pictures of the people and places you love most. You can hang motivational quotes that you find inspiring. Concentrate on one goal at a time. Write down the tasks you need to...

How to Achieve a Better Work-Life Balance

Having a demanding career can take away precious time from your personal life. While you’re probably technically only supposed to have an 8 to 10 hour work day, it’s not uncommon to go beyond that and even work on the weekends. A busy career life can certainly be profitable from a monetary perspective. However, when you take a look at your life as a whole, it can be unhealthy to work too much. If there is no balance between your work life and personal life, it can begin to have an impact on your mental and emotional strength and even be detrimental to your personal relationships. Ideally, you want a life where you can spend quality time with your family, friends, and yourself, while still staying on top of your career. How do you do that? Here are...

Changing Your Negative Perspective

For those of you who tuned in for my interviews this past Monday, thank you so much for your continued support. It really means so much to me. At the conclusion of my interview with Patricia, we discussed the importance of changing your negative perspective on a certain situation and instead trying to find the blessing or lesson in it. Admittedly, this is not an easy thing to do. However, this will allow you to start to look at the situation with a positive frame of mind instead of a negative one. For example, instead of feeling anger at someone, you can find reasons for why you’re grateful for them and their role in your life. Finding gratitude for the positive aspects of your relationship with that person opens up possibilities for forgiveness, love,...

Top 5 Foods for Stronger Bones

Your bones require an adequate supply of certain natural supplements in order to remain healthy. Healthy bones provide a strong structure for the body, which serves to protect your internal organs. Bone health is becoming an increasingly important issue in today’s society because most people do not consume enough of the nutrients that are essential for healthy bone structure. Although most people are not aware of it, more than just calcium is necessary to maintain a healthy skeletal system. Here are top foods you should consume to make your bones stronger: Milk. Calcium is the foundation of strong bones, and its main source is undeniably milk. A single 8-ounce cup of milk – whether it is skim, low-fat, or whole – has 300 milligrams of calcium. Adults...

How to Stay Fulfilled in Your Life

Having a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment is something we all want to have in our lives. It is a good feeling to be able to say that you have done well in your life and have done something that has mattered. When you are able to attain your dreams, you place yourself in a position of greater happiness and contentment. Unfortunately, not everyone finds fulfillment, even in their later years. Some people don’t do the things necessary to achieve the goals they want for themselves.  Others choose to remain discontent with the outcome of their lives, even after they have achieved their goals, which leaves them feeling upset and angry. Learning how to appreciate your accomplishments and be thankful for the good things in your life is key to your personal...