Best Shopping Tips To Kickstart Your Healthiest Year

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When that calendar flips over to January, there is no better time for a bit of a self-check-in! So . . . what exactly is the state of our healthy lifestyle -- where are we are now, where do we want to be this time next year, and what are we willing to do about it? 

Healthy living carries various definitions for each of us, but no matter where you are on the spectrum, we all could use some simple ways to make that path to wellness a bit easier and more efficient - even with hectic schedules.  Maybe I can help with a one-stop healthy suggestion or two for your next shopping trip to help you reach your goals a bit easier! 

A Range of Healthy Stuff You Can Easily Find At Your Grocery Store 

A healthier lifestyle can easily begin at your local grocery store! Here are a few amazingly effective items to add to your cart when you stop by your local store to both feel and look great! And, not all of the suggestions involve what you put in your mouth, either. Come see what I mean!

Let me walk you through the specifics of how these small measures can help you start achieving your healthier living goals and to inspire others at your house, too, to get onboard! And, I promise, picking up these few items adds less than 10 minutes to your next shopping trip and won't take a chunk out of your paycheck to do it either! In fact, be sure to check out the end of the post for the possibility of some free healthy goodies!

1.  Decorate with green for fresher, cleaner air! That's right - you can accomplish this at the grocery store! Put a plant in your bedroom (and in everyone else's bedroom in your family, too) for cleaner air and to add a fresh appeal to your spaces! Think how many hours you spend there sleeping and why wouldn't you want the air you take in to be its cleanest when you slumber. 

Check out these 9 top air-cleaning plants I see all the time at the local grocery store that you can easily pick up and brighten and clean up those bedrooms! Your family will love the gesture!

2. Open your fridge to quick healthy food choices to grab and go.  Don't allow a busy schedule to knock you off your healthy living game! Instead, prepare and stock your fridge each week with ready prepped foods that both taste good and will give you incredible energy for the day, make you feel good about yourself for making healthy choices, aid your digestion and may help you shed some holiday pounds, too. Here are some top choices to make eating healthy much easier when you are in a hurry:

  • Place a large bowl of cleaned vegetables front and center in your fridge. Include carrot and celery sticks, red pepper strips, thin asparagus stalks or broccoli florets floating in ice water to keep crisp.
  • Creamy nut milk is great for a quick light snack especially topped with chia seeds, nuts, or a few berries to provide healthy fats and minerals and provide a full tummy with energy to go!

  • Make sure you stay hydrated and a great way to do that is to take a ready-made, cold-pressed juice with you and join in the Evolution Fresh® National Green Juice Day on January 26.  Take a Sip In A Brighter Direction and try their many delicious varieties.  My personal favorite, as I love the taste of lemon, is the Sweet Greens and Lemon. I am all for making fresh juices and green smoothies at home, but sometimes we are pressed for time.  Here are some reasons I think these juices could be a good choice for you to keep in your fridge to take with you on your busiest days:
  1. Evolution Fresh juices are cold-pressed using fruits and veggies to give any juice fanatics a nutritious and satisfying way to hydrate. Cold-pressed are better for you and here is why: Many juices on the market have been heat-pasteurized, which may affect the natural flavors and nutrients of the ingredients. Evolution Fresh cold-presses theirs using high-pressure processing to help protect the taste and nutrients of the fruits and vegetables they bring into the juicery.
  2. No artificial colors or flavors are used - only some of your favorite produce, carefully sourced to taste as close to fresh-picked as possible. In fact, each juice contains over a serving of veggies (excluding Super Green and Protein Power Greens).
  3. If you are watching your sugar levels, and we all should, each bottle of green juice contains 10 grams of sugar or less per 8-fluid ounces serving. 
  4. Check out at the bottom of this post where you may be able to snag a few free Evolution Fresh juices . . . for free. (Yes, I said free twice!)

  • Keep washed fruit and organic salad greens ready to assemble. Almost every day I take a handful of greens and make a super quick salad.  I make sure to sprinkle some fresh seeds (sunflower and pumpkin are common choices) to add some healthy fat and splash the greens with a fresh squeeze of lemon juice and herbs or even a drizzle of one of the Evolution Fresh juices for a quick dressing.  So quick, so good for you.  
  • Place some fresh hummus or other healthy dips next to those fresh washed veggies.
  • Make some extra healthy leftovers at dinner to carry with you the next day.

Don't miss this:  Here is a comparison of the nutritional make-up of various nut milks on the market that may help you make the best choice for you.

3.  Choose natural and switch out your commercial body moisturizer for virgin, organic coconut oil.   Scoop that coconut oil into a pretty jar and place in your bathroom. (Mine is in an antique silver jar my Mom gave me years ago.) That pretty jar will entice you to reach for that when your skin is damp after your shower or bath.  (That is the most effective time to moisturize your whole body, too.) 

Here is why coconut oil is a great choice for your skin and overall health:

  • It absorbs so quickly and makes your skin amazingly soft with no greasy feel and with no nasty toxic chemicals or overpowering scent.  Nature at its best!
  • A recent animal study found that when applied topically, virgin organic coconut oil for skin can speed up wound healing, and a human study found it to be effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in dry skin.

Don't miss this: Want your best skin the healthy way? Check all these top ideas on great natural skincare here.

How You Can Get Free Healthy Juices To Go

Mark your calendar for January 26, National Green Juice Day, to enjoy three, free Evolution Fresh juice bottles (15.2 fl oz) delivered on demand via Postmates! Here is how to go about it:

Download the Postmates app here to receive free Evolution Fresh green juice within participating markets.  But, you can also find Evolution Fresh juices at many local grocery stores and at select Starbucks stores as well.

Here are some other important details:
  • Deliveries begin at 1:00 pm local time and end when supplies are depleted.
  • Customers will have the ability to order three, free juices per delivery, with a maximum of one order per customer.
  • These city markets are participating: Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle, Washington, DC, Miami, Phoenix, Orange County, and San Diego.
  • If you like, post you and your juice on Instagram or create a tweet about how you stay healthy to inspire others! Use this hashtag: #MySmallSip.
  • Learn more here and visit the website for more details on National Green Juice Day.
  • Find out more about Postmates via these links to their social media accounts: TwitterInstagram, and Facebook.

Make your next grocery store stop an efficient one! Take better care of your skin, clean the air in your home and feed your body and soul -- easily and all at once! 

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Spontaneous road trips always carry that sense of adventure we all need now and then that can do wonders for our mental health! But, to keep those travel adventures fun-filled rather than headache or accident-filled, come see an important road trip planner checklist I created for you today as well as a few other fun suggestions to make sure your travel time on the road is your absolute best!

10 Signs You Have a Top Doctor and Dentist

Tap here to check if your doctor and dentist is REALLY top notch to create your optimal health. Don't settle for second-rate health care and ensure your medical team is the best for you and your family.
Even if you don't see a doctor all that regularly, having one you can call when you need one is important. After all, who wants to be scrambling to find a doctor when you are not feeling well or have a medical emergency on your hands? But, finding a great doctor and dentist (I mean really top notch!) is even more paramount. Your medical team plays an enormous role in your life helping you create your optimal health as well as diagnosing issues and addressing larger health concerns, too - maybe even some that could mean life or death to you or a family member!

Nope - you can't just accept anyone to be part of that vital medical team for you and your family. But, how do you really know your health practitioners are really that great?  There are a lot of considerations, and it is important to ponder!  So, let's take a moment and do just that!

I have put a short list of a few signs I think indicate you have a good medical team member on your hands. Come take a look and let me know what you think! I would love it if you would add to the list and let me know how you know you have a great doc or dentist, too, or what you think is important to look out for to find a doctor as well.

Healthy Eating Tricks Every Mom Should Know

Make healthy eating the norm at your house! Check out these 15 easy and smart healthy eating tricks every parent can use to make healthy family meals and eating a whole lot easier as well as successful!
Getting your family to make healthy food choices or stick to even a tiny semblance of a healthy eating plan - well, that that can be down right exacerbating to many Moms and Dads!  Could it be that you have heard someone at your house utter one of these recently . . . or maybe even said this to yourself?

  • "Those vegetables are mushy and taste bad!'
  • "My friends don't have to eat this!"
  • "Preparing healthy foods to eat takes so much thought."
  • "It is just easier to go through the drive-thru."
  • "It is so expensive to eat healthier!"

Okay, so there are few small elements of truth in some of those claims.  But, allow me to assist with a few healthy tricks to help you create some magical healthy eating at your house without too much civil unrest! So. keep reading to steer around some of those obstacles and make eating right and family meal planning a whole lot easier as well as a whole lot more successful at your house, too!

9 Health Books To Help You Heal Naturally, Eat Well And Boost Your Energy

Tap here for 9 books that could actually change your life! Learn the secrets from top doctors, chefs, naturopaths, researchers and more to make your healthy lifestyle a true success!

I love to slip away, find a quiet spot and bury my nose (and my brain!) into a good book.  And, some of the books, being of the health-minded that I am, are, naturally . . . health related.  I thought I would share some of my favorite health books (as well as some others on my list I want to read) that you may want to crack open and pour over to learn a lot, too.  The writers are the real deal - doctors, chefs, naturopaths, researchers and more, and a few of these wellness books might even be considered healthy living classics. Come take a look and see which health book you may want to read first!

How to Find The Perfect Health Coach + Free Book!

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It gets rather noisy out there sometimes! New diets shouting its merits as the key to optimal health and weight loss, fitness programs crying out big promises, too. And, let's not forget all the news chatter on nutrition, sleep, stress and more. All the information can, at times, immobilize rather than energize us to make wise choices for our health.

Here at The Health-Minded, my aim is to help filter "the noise" for you and illuminate an organized path to wellness.  And, part of shining that light is bringing you health experts that can help you design that healthy path for yourself.  Alas!  Today, I have the great pleasure of bringing you Marissa Vicario, a passionate, award-winning health coach and author of the new book, "Your Holistically Hot Transformation: Embrace a Healthy Lifestyle Free of Dieting, Confusion and Self-Judgment."

Come hear Marissa's sound advice on living healthy, fad dieting, health coaching and much more! And if you have ever considered working with a health coach, she can certainly give you all the top tips to find a great health coach that can work just for you! And, please don't forget to enter the drawing to win a copy of her just-released book that offers a clear guide to creating your best health.

Healthy Drinks To Quickly Boost Your Mood and Energy

Check out these 6 delicious, super-healthy energy drink recipes to boost your mood and your energy that you can whip up in no time!

Did you spring out of bed this morning with energy to spare? Or, did you wake up in a bit of a funk for no reason at all? I do hope the former, but for those days when you seem to have lost your spark and you're experiencing a low-energy day or two (We have all been there!), please . . . lean in!

Studies show those canned energy drinks can create havoc for your heart and are a risky choice to get through your busy day! But, let me share with you a few tools I use for a natural energy boost to help lift me out of those low-energy days and or when I am having a hard time finding my smile.  Scan on down for a few healthy tricks you can throw in your blender to whip up a good mood and more energy in no time at all!

Travel Tips To Pack Light With Ease Every Time

Love to travel, hate to pack? Check out these packing tips, videos and health and beauty packing multitaskers you must consider for your next travel adventure to save time, money and room in your suitcase!
I despise packing for a trip.  To be precise, I despise it immensely.  I loathe every last detail so much I am ashamed to admit, a few times, I considered canceling my trip just because I didn't want to pack for it. And if you knew how much I enjoy seeing new places and how I feel it is part of living a healthy lifestyle, you would understand it's an issue!

And, to make it even more tragic, I think I passed my "hate packing gene" to one of my daughters. One time before we left for a trip when we had an early flight to catch, I opened her bedroom door to remind her of the time. There, I found her throwing her entire closet in a suitcase just because - you guessed it - she hates to pack and had procrastinated and left the packing task to the very last possible moment!

So, if you are in the "despise packing camp" like me and my daughter, I have a packing strategy to make it a little more bearable. Come see how I lessen the pain with a few travel multitaskers, a bag I always have packed ready-to-go as well as lots of packing hints from other travel masters that could help you, too! And, of course, I do hope you will add your packing and travel ideas in the comments as well!

Secrets To Create Great Abs and Amazing Health

Stressing over the number on the weight scale? Well, get this! That number actually may not be as important to your health than the size of your tummy! Yes, studies say even skinny people with a BMI (body mass index) in the normal range could still be in the red zone, depending on the shape of their mid-section.

You see, the fat that lies just below your skin (not that we want to, but the kind you can grab with your hands) is called subcutaneous fat. In your belly, it’s called visceral fat because it builds up in the spaces between and around your viscera -- internal organs like your stomach and intestines. And, fat build up there -- not a good thing!  Keep reading to find out why that is so and find some exact steps to take to get rid of it that don't just involve exercise and diet.