Eat These Foods For Best Sun Protection & Beautiful Skin

Learn all about a natural way to protect your skin from sun damage and keep it beautiful - FOOD! Yup! Eat your way to less sun damage and more picture perfect, glowy, firmer skin.
Happy Summer in the Sun!

I am doing just that at the moment -- happy to be off on an adventure in the sun with my family (so excited to be with them!) for some life-expanding, spirit-enhancing travel! I won't have much access to the internet during this time; thus, I am re-publishing a post for you on sun protection during my absence that many readers told me they found really helpful.  (If I had chosen to publish a new topic now, I am afraid I would not be able to respond to your questions, comments, etc,  And, I certainly don't want to go MIA on you!  Not at all!)

This post below was a popular one; thus, if you missed this information on some natural sunblock of sorts during the first go around or you are a new reader, do check this out!  It is a topic that is getting more research and I find fascinating, especially when studies are pointing out that despite all the sunscreen usage, serious forms of skin caner are on the rise.  So, I leave you with an additional way to protect your skin from those damaging rays all year round that you may want to consider for you and your family . . . FOOD!

How To Prep The Right Way For Your Best Road Trip!

This is a sponsored post written by The Health-Minded (THM) on behalf of EveryDrop™. All opinions are 100 percent those of THM.
Make your next road trip your best and grab this road trip planner and checklist to ensure your next travel adventure is organized, fun-filled and its absolute best! Lots of safety measures and plenty of fun suggestions as well to ensure your travel time on the road is one to remember!

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!

Free advice here from an award-winning health coach on living healthy, losing weight, health coaching and much more! Enter to win her FREE BOOK, too!
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.