Experiments

Body Experiment #4: Get an Accountability Partner/Team

Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep. 6:30am alarm. Snooze. 6:39am. Snooze. 6:48am. Snooze. [Cue my husband grabbing my phone and throwing it across the room so I’m forced to physically get out of bed to retrieve it.]

dogsnoozeSound familiar? If you are anything but an upholder, you have probably snoozed, procrastinated, or flaked out on something …even things that you know will make you happy. Thankfully, we can (more…)

Body Experiment #3: Host a Healthy BBQ

If you are a healthy eater, or at least trying to be one, the word barbecue probably gives you the sweats. nervous

I imagine myself in a backyard with coolers of beer and pitchers of margaritas. I’m tempted by burgers, hotdogs, chips, and potato salad. Of course, sometimes, there are no healthy options and I’m forced to indulge in the lesser of the evils (woe is me! Cheeseburgers!!!). But just because summers are bound to have BBQ’s with these basic staples, doesn’t mean you have to be one of the basic b*tches! If you’re hosting the party, it’s (more…)

Body Experiment #2: Make a Habit of Trying New Forms of Exercise

I’ve already established that exercise does wonders for my body and for my happiness. I have more energy. I gain muscle and stamina. I can even see an ab or two! The happiness I feel from working out the first few weeks is EUPHORIC. Researchers attribute this feeling to the release of a protein called BDNF (Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor). It’s released along with endorphins to minimize the discomfort of exercise.

But according to best selling author Gretchen Reynolds, it’s really the first 20 minutes that give (more…)

Body Experiment #1: Conquer Food Labels

Food labels are a b*tch. It’s not your fault if, like me, the more effort you put into making healthy choices at the grocery store, the more confused you get. Do you actually know the difference between organic and non-organic produce? Have you ever bought and enjoyed what you thought was a healthy snack, only to find out that it wasn’t as healthy as you thought? The simplest option would be to cut out packaged food altogether and grow everything we eat… but I don’t really see my husband and I leaving Miami for livestock and a farm. Plus, I have a weakness for Toaster Strudel.

So, if you’re like me and weren’t blessed with a green thumb or Old McDonald as a parent (more…)