If you’re excited to savor the flavors of autumn, these 25 healthy fall salads are going to really kick off the season with a bang! From warming and comforting to light and crisp, we have recipes for your entire family to try during these cooler months!
When it comes to a healthy mindset, We are can often be consumed by an obsession of running an extra mile, following an extreme diet to drop down a few pounds on the scale. Although it’s important to prioritize physical fitness, one can’t undermine the importance of a healthy mind.
A healthy mind is not only your shield to toxic thoughts and culture but a key to living a happy and positive life.
But what does it take to have a healthy mindset?
Let’s chat about the five key elements of a healthy mindset.
You have to accept that life won’t be easy. Life will throw out challenges at you. (Hello? Pandemic?!) What you don’t have to do is, give up and run away from them. Instead, you have to face them while being as calm as possible.
Having a calm and composed mind is vital as it provides your mind with clarity. If you are stressed, you would not be able to be insightful and would have a hard time looking for an appropriate solution. We are all under a lot of pressure, but if you are anything like me you can get a LOT of things done when you are 100% calm.
Here are some exercises that can help you stay calm.
1. Take deep breaths
2. Sit still or lie down
3. Try to think through tasks
You cannot always be right. You will make mistakes. There would be moments when people would correct you, comment on you or your work. (Especially when you share your work on the Internet!) Instead of always considering it as hate or negativity, possibly consider their remarks as feedback.
Consequently, remarks and feedback help you recognize your flaws. Reflect on their opinions, think through, and try to take it positively because their feedback can help you become a better person or creative.
It’s dismaying to realize the roots of our unhappiness often lie in things we do not possess. Practicing gratitude is the shortcut to developing a healthy mindset.
Here’s how you can practice gratitude.
· Have a look at things around you and try to be mindful of them.
· Thank your loved ones for their efforts and care from time to time.
· Surround yourself with reminders that help you to focus on things that you possess and not on the ones that are currently out of your reach.
Practicing gratitude comes with two significant advantages. Firstly, it helps you appreciate the things you have in life.
Secondly, it helps put an end to your never-ending desires and cravings for newer, better, and bigger things.
If you are having trouble feeling gratitude be sure to check out this Free Gratitude Journal For Moms (30 Page PDF Printable)
We all have an idea about the kind of life we want. However, only a few of us manage to turn their ideas into reality.
How do they do it? Are they blessed with a special gift? No, they’re humans just like us. But unlike us, they do not let their fears stop them.
Having fears is completely natural. You can be afraid of multiple things like facing the wild world out there, the struggles of daily life, failures, etc. However, you don’t need to perceive them as full stops but mere challenges and barriers you need to dodge in order to achieve the kind of life you want.
As the saying goes, “Everything you wanted is on the other side of the fear.” So, get after it!
It’s crucial to maintain your focus if you want to achieve your goals and ambitions. But with so many distractions at hand, we tend to lose our focus and slip away. Admittedly, you cannot learn to stay focussed in a day. It takes time. I too am a victim of shiny things syndrome.
Here are some things that can help you improve concentration.
· Stay away from gadgets while you work.
· Indulge yourself in brain exercises like puzzles and word games.
· Do not keep looking at the clock while you work.
Just as you nourish your body with wholesome foods, nourish your mind with positive thoughts. Be optimistic and practice the key elements vital for a healthy mind.
What are your thoughts regarding a healthy mindset?
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I was compensated by Med-IQ through an educational grant from Sanofi Genzyme and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals to write about the signs, symptoms, and treatments available for eczema/atopic dermatitis. This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
Did you know that more than 31 million Americans have some form of eczema? Between myself and my children we have dealt with a TON of eczema-related issues. Today we are going to talk about why we should be paying more attention to eczema and atopic dermatitis.
October is Eczema Awareness Month and I am sharing some important information to help empower you to understand the signs and symptoms of eczema/atopic dermatitis especially as we approach the cooler months.
What is Eczema?
–Eczema is the general name for a group of dermatologic conditions that includes contact dermatitis, atopic dermatitis, and others.
–Atopic dermatitis (also known as atopic eczema) can be a chronic condition that requires long-term treatment
–Atopic dermatitis is a red, itchy rash that can happen any time of year; it is often worse in the winter months, but for some patients, it can worsen in the summer months due to the heat and humidity. It can also appear darker brown, purple, or ashen grey on dark skin.
Eczema In Babies
I have always had skin issues, I had terrible acne as a kid and sometimes it still rears its head. My first born son Josh was diagnosed with eczema as a baby and it felt like we simply could not get it under control. We used all kinds of sensitive detergents and over-the-counter and prescribed lotions.
It was particularly difficult because it made him visibly uncomfortable. He already was pretty colicky and had a hard time sleeping so it was insanely hard to manage all of these things, especially as a first-time mom. What I didn’t know at the time is that 10% to 25% of children have atopic dermatitis and a 1/3 have moderate-to-severe disease.
Atopic dermatitis affects all races and it is more common among black children and black and Hispanic children are more likely to experience more severe cases. Josh fit both of these categories so he simply had a higher chance of getting eczema. When I reached out to my friends, this was a common issue and they were able to recommend their best products and remedies.
Eczema As An Adult
I have personally had my own issues with eczema. For me, it’s any kind of jewelry I wear and around certain hormonal changes and seasons. Many people probably believe that I am no longer married to my husband because I had to shelf my wedding rings. The discomfort that would happen once a month was SO uncomfortable that I had to take them off periodically.
My ring finger would become extremely inflamed and itchy. This would happen with watches, necklaces, you name it. It took a LONG time for me to realize that it was only happening during a certain time of month but I have just resolved to wearing barely any jewelry and if I do, only on special occasions (like date night!).
The Effect Of The Pandemic
Weeks after New York City went into full lockdown, my whole body started showing signs of extreme stress. My skin went absolutely crazy. Between the stress of distance learning, working, and everything going on outside it was impossible to manage. Plus I didn’t feel comfortable going to the doctor’s office. I did a virtual assessment but they said it was allergies, I knew it was so much more than that.
Moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis can have a huge effect on quality of life in general. It can affect every aspect of a person’s life, including sleep patterns, ability to focus in school or at work, mental health, and stress levels. This is especially relevant right now–in the middle of a global pandemic–when everyone’s stress levels are so much higher.
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Smoothies are one of my favorite ways to start the day or even enjoy a mid day pick me up! There is so much versatility when it comes to making these delicious treats! Today I am sharing over 50 amazing and healthy smoothie recipes that you will enjoy!
Plus you can come back to this list again and again for inspiration!
If you enjoyed these healthy smoothie recipes be sure to try these 20 Recipes To Sneak Veggies Into Family Meals!
Seasonal Summer Produce To Eat Right Now
Summertime means an abundance of local produce that’s readily available at roadside stands and at your local farmer’s markets. Here are some amazing summer produce options you should enjoy during the warmer months!
Fruits, vegetables, farm fresh eggs, cheese and more are just some of the bounty that you will find as the temperatures rise around the country signaling that the summer season is going strong. It’s also a wonderful time to support your local farmers by purchasing and eating all the yummy foods!
Here are a few summer produce favorites to look out for this season:
Carrots are high in fiber, vitamin A, and beta-carotene which helps support eye health and regulates blood sugar. To get the most nutrients from this vegetable simply eat it raw. Orange isn’t the only color to look out for: there are also purple, red, and yellow carrots. Check out these recipes that celebrate carrots:
Carrot Salad by Detoxinista
Roasted Carrots With Honey Butter by Cookie And Kate
This fuzzy stone fruit is not only juicy and delicious, but is extremely high in vitamin C. About the only time of year you will spot peaches is in the summer and farmers markets will be loaded. This is because they are hard to transport due to how delicate they are. Another benefit of buying peaches locally is fewer pesticides which means a sweeter flavor. Here are a few delicious recipes for peaches:
Cucumbers add lots of hydration and a nice crunch to your salads. Due to their high-water content cucumbers are perfect for combatting the hot summer weather and provide nourishment to your skin. Check out these refreshing cucumber recipes:
Okra is high in vitamin C that has been touted to boost immune system strength Okra is also a good source of antioxidants and is high in fiber. This versatile vegetable can be baked, fried, roasted or used in salads, soups and stews.
The best part about eating seasonal and local produce is that it’s extremely affordable and provides the best nutrients and flavor. Local produce offers the highest vitamins and nutrients because they don’t have to travel as far compared to produce at grocery stores.
Farmers markets also have more variety and abundance compared to grocery stores which help eliminate costs. Shopping at Farmer’s markets is definitely one of my favorite things to do! Be sure to enjoy this summer produce while you can because the cooler months will be here in the blink of an eye!