January 23, 2018

Category Archives: Healthy lifestyle

Bedazzled Goat Cheese

Bedazzled Goat Cheese

These recipes came to me in a dream. I think I was sitting in a vineyard in France, sipping champagne and eating goats’ cheese rolled in lavender. I woke up thinking of all the many ingredients in which you could roll a goat cheese log. Sweet, savory, herby, crunchy, chocolatey! So, once awake, I took a large log of goats’ cheese, split it in half, and came up with two topping mixes to roll it in. The results were sooooo good!! The best part is that it only took about five minutes. Perfect for quick, fuss-free party prep! The Lavender Herb goats’ …Continue Reading

Disassembling The Financial Puzzle After My Separation

Disassembling The Financial Puzzle After My Separation

This post is sponsored by Haven Life I’ve gotten a lot of questions about how I’m handling my recent separation from Matt and what kind of decisions and changes I’ve had to make personally, professionally and financially. The truth is, it’s challenging and there are many things to consider and plan for, some of which we’d rather keep private. You might have seen on social media, but I worked with an online life insurance agency called Haven Life, to share my story and talk about some of the financial and long-term planning decisions I’ve had to make since my separation. Life insurance is a big part of my…Continue Reading

The #WhatYouDontSee Hashtag Is Generating Real Talk About Depression

The #WhatYouDontSee Hashtag Is Generating Real Talk About Depression

A major reason so much stigma surrounds mental health is that you can’t “see” depression, anxiety, or any other mental illnesses the way you can “see” when someone has a cast on their arm. Although we still have a long way to go, social media has proved to be an awesome platform for people to speak out against this stigma and talk about what it’s really like to have a mental illness. That’s why Blurt, a depression awareness organization, took to Twitter and asked people to share their own experiences with depression using #WhatYouDontSee. Check out some of the powerful Continue Reading

Why Swearing Really Can Kill Pain

Why Swearing Really Can Kill Pain

While you might eventually grab an ice pack or see a doctor when you’re in pain, dropping a few f-bombs is your best initial defense. According to this video by AsapTHOUGHT, swearing while in pain allows us to tolerate more discomfort for a longer period of time, a phenomenon known as lalochezia. Swearing is linked to emotion, and since many swear words come from taboo topics (sex, poop), there’s something exciting about saying them. When we yell out these emotionally charged words, it sparks a biological response in our bodies to help us tolerate pain. But you can build up a tolerance to lalochezia—the more you swear the less it helps. So be sure to use your sh!ts and fu*cks sparingly. ; ; ; ; ; ;Continue Reading

Why the American Academy of Pediatrics opposes North Carolina’s transgender “bathroom law”

Why the American Academy of Pediatrics opposes North Carolina’s transgender “bathroom law”

We’ve been hearing a lot about the North Carolina law that says that transgender people who haven’t taken surgical or legal steps to change the gender on their birth certificate can’t use the public restroom of the gender with which they identify. It has caused a firestorm — and has even led to companies like PayPal and Deutsche Bank cancelling plans for expansion in the state, and many entertainers cancelling appearances there. One group that has come out squarely against the law is the American Academy of Pediatrics, a nonprofit organization representing 64,000 pediatricians across the United States. Their reason is very simple: discrimination against transgender …Continue Reading

Back to school: Learning a new skill can slow cognitive aging

Back to school: Learning a new skill can slow cognitive aging

Active aging involves more than moving your body. You also need to move your brain. “When you exercise, you engage your muscles to help improve overall health,” says Dr. Ipsit Vahia, director of geriatric outpatient services for Harvard-affiliated McLean Hospital. “The same concept applies to the brain. You need to exercise it with new challenges to keep it healthy.” A fun way to do this is to sharpen your No. 2 pencils and go back to school. “New brain cell growth can happen even late into adulthood,” says Dr. Vahia. “The process of learning and acquiring new information and experiences, like through structured classes, can stimulate that process.” About 17% of adults older than …Continue Reading

“I Was Drawn to the Notion of Freeing Up Time and Space and Energy for the Things that Matter Most.”

“I Was Drawn to the Notion of Freeing Up Time and Space and Energy for the Things that Matter Most.”

Interview: Joshua Becker. Joshua Becker and I met during a conference in Portland, Oregon — I was very interested to meet him, because I’d read posts on his site, Becoming Minimalist. Within the larger subject of happiness, one of the most complex, and emotionally charged, is the role of possessions and happiness. I write a lot about this issue in The Happiness Project and Happier at Home. And in Better Than Before, I write about the distinction between simplicity-lovers and abundance-lovers. I think it’s safe to say that Joshua is a simplicity lover! (Now, some simplicity-lovers say that simplicity is the true abundance…but there’s a difference between simplicity-abundance and …Continue Reading

Podcast 61: Stop Apologizing, Variety vs. Familiarity, and the Problem of Passwords

Podcast 61: Stop Apologizing, Variety vs. Familiarity, and the Problem of Passwords

It’s time for the next installment of  “Happier with Gretchen Rubin.”  Try This at Home: Stop apologizing. Know Yourself Better: Do you prefer variety or familiarity? Listener Question: “How can I remember my online passwords?” Elizabeth and I need an answer to this question, too! So listeners, send us your brilliant solutions. Plus, we talk about some great lucky charms that listeners told us about, in response to episode 59. Elizabeth’s Demerit: Elizabeth didn’t spend enough time with her friends while she was in New York City. Gretchen’s Gold Star: I give a gold star to our father, who showed me a great parenting tip: when a child (or adult) says that …Continue Reading

Beauty in Bloom at Elements

Beauty in Bloom at Elements

Whose beauty routine needs an overhaul with this crazy, erratic weather? Did you raise your hand? Insert your girly one arm-raised emoji? Me too. And guess what? The ladies at Elements Beauty Shop have read your mind, because Elements is holding a Beauty in Bloom event this Tuesday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m. This event will include Erno Laszlo skincare expert, Julie Glazer, and the Elements Beauty Bloggers. You can sample the (animal testing-free!) products, gather recommendations based upon your skin needs and desires (always huge for me), and bond with all us skincare freaks. The Erno Laszlo brand will be highlighted at this event, and for a good reason. I’ve…Continue Reading

What Essential Items Do You Need to Bring to the Gym?

What Essential Items Do You Need to Bring to the Gym?

“It’s dangerous to go alone! Take this.” -The Old Man, The Legend of Zelda (NES). It’s time to go to battle, infiltrating an compound full of muggles and carry out your mission that helps you level up your life and helps further the cause of the Nerd Fitness Rebellion. You, a Nerd Fitness Rebel, are going to train in an commercial gym. They’ll expect you to use their rigid weight machines, expensive cardio equipment, and ab torture devices machines; they’ll gleefully take you on a tour of all the AMAZING amenities you clearly need in a gym, and expect you to fall in with the masses. You nod politely, and then go about the business …Continue Reading