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Friday Vibes 07.21.2017

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week. Motivate: “Comparison is the thief of joy.” - Theodore Roosevelt Media: New research shows that stressful experiences can age your brain by years (years!).  The Guardian has the details. Maven: Lekfit is the latest celebrity workout craze and it looks really fun! It’s a dance-inspired method that uses mini trampolines (for low impact) and inspiration from ballet and yoga. They also have online classes so you can workout at home (psssst...snag the 7-day free trial here). Mood: "How to stay motivated and achieve anything" by Kris Carr. We’re listening...  

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Friday Vibes 07.21.2017

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. He...

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Honey - Should You Indulge?

I’ve been trying to cut back on my sugar and simple-carb consumption, and while my palate is changing, I still crave something sweet now and again. So after indulging in some delicious Paleo cookies last week, I got to thinking about sugar and how it's being implicated in everything from heart disease to immune deficiency. Since we know sugar has a lot of drawbacks, what about natural sugars, such as honey or agave? Are they bad, too? First, a quick review of what happens to sugary substances when we ingest them: Sugar breaks down into two forms, glucose, which our bodies need, and fructose, which we don't. Glucose is the preferred energy source for our bodies. It’s what our cells use for quick energy and comes from carbohydrates. Fructose naturally occurs in ripe fruit but is also added as sweeteners in many processed foods – think high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). Fructose is processed by the liver and is not preferred by our bodies for energy. When the liver is overloaded with fructose in the form of added sugars, these sugars are converted into fat. The natural conclusion here is to take it easy on the sweet stuff containing fructose – who wants to risk that extra sugar turning into fat? So, the trillion-dollar question: Do agave or honey have the same effect on the body? Sigh, I hate to tell you (us!), these choices aren’t much better than sugar. Agave is really not a great option. Agave nectar is processed, similar to corn syrup, and our bodies convert the agave into fructose – which, again, stresses the liver and typically gets turned into fat. Honey is less processed than any other sweetener, which does make it a better bet. It has amino acids and enzymes and is more complex to digest than cane sugar or HFCS, but, ultimately, your body reacts to honey in the same way it does to sugar. On a positive note, of all the “sugars,” it's the least processed and the closest to nature making it the best option when we want something sweet. So there you have it, honey. As with anything sweet, indulge just a little and you’ll be OK. Linkshttp://healthyeating.sfgate.com/difference-between-sucrose-glucose-fructose-8704.htmlhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/09/healthy-sugar-honey_n_5445024.html

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Honey - Should You Indulge?

I’ve been trying to cut back on my sugar and simple-carb consumption, and while my palate is chan...

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Friday Vibes 07.14.2017

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week. Mantra:  I love challenges and what I learn from overcoming them. Major:  A glycemic index of 70 is pretty high (think sweets, processed bread, and Russet potatoes). So what does that mean? Here’s what you need to know about the glycemic index.   Market: The Best Day Ever store now carries Magnesium Bath Flakes (shop here) and here’s a list of the incredible health benefits. Munch: Throwing a party this weekend? Whip up this healthy Fiesta Quinoa Salad. It’s gluten free and vegan! The Tasty Yummies blog has your recipe.  Motivate: Looking to build on the healthy habits you've already started for yourself in 2017? Or did you fall off your awesome track and need a little nudge cutting sugar and breaking up with wine again? I get it. We've all been there. And the truth is, we do better keeping our promises to ourselves when we have a group and accountability buddies to do it with. Join us in creating new habits to last not just all of 2017 but a lifetime. The challenge starts July 17th (MONDAY!) and goes through August 27th. Sign up now to reserve your spot!

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Friday Vibes 07.14.2017

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. He...

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Thirty-Five Strategies For Daily Success

Why a book? Why now? In many ways, writing a book is a ‘bucket list’ item for executives as they near the final third of their careers. So why write a book well before I’m near the final third of my career? Well, it’s complicated.  I’ve had the privilege to speak to many groups of women, audiences comprised of smart, driven strivers. Inevitably, after telling the correctional-officer-to-soapmaker story and talking about the methods I use to run Bramble Berry and manage a life that doesn’t send me into the loony bin, the question “Why don’t you write a book?” inevitably comes up. I’ve been lucky enough to listen to some of the best speakers in the business world, be mentored by top brains, and be exposed to really big, cutting edge ideas. And they’ve helped me lead a somewhat sane life, complete with normal trials and ups and downs, but a life that is joyful and fulfilled. So, after one of those questions, I answered with a “Maybe I’ll do that.” And then, I set out to do just that. It took two years but what came out of it is a book that encompasses my entire philosophy when it comes to life, to health, relationships, and work. My other experiences around authorship are all in the soap industry. They’re essentially cookbooks only they teach people how to make soap instead of using a stove to create food. Those books were (are) very procedural, very textbook and contain a lot of photos. They are essentially my love letter to creativity and functional, deeply useful art. The “How to Live your Best Day Ever” book is extremely different than my previous work. It’s part motivational, part self-help and part business. It’s also intensively personal and vulnerable. That makes promoting it a difficult and open place for me. When I asked people to buy my soap book, I knew it was good. I could see the soap. I could hold the soap. I could use the soap. I knew those books were solidly helpful and inspiring. I feel the same about this latest book. It is my philosophy in a book. But, promoting it feels different. I think it’s helpful. I think it’s solid. But, I’m not so arrogant to believe I have all the answers or that the entire philosophy can and will apply to everyone. So, after the book was out for a week, I still hadn’t posted anything about it on my Facebook page. How’s that for being brave? Yeah…not so much. So, today, I’ll post a note on my Facebook page and ask my friends to (cough cough) buy the book. The reviews are coming in and they’re good (though, like any author, I live in terror of a bad one). I’ve even gotten some press (thanks, Forbes homepage, and Hallmark Channel!) and I keep plugging away at promoting the book (yes, I will do any and all podcasts you throw at me and if there’s an interview to give, I am your gal!). So please, buy my book. You can buy it here (yes, I’ll toss in a free notebook as a goody), at B&N, Amazon or Bramble Berry. And if you like the book, tell your friends and please, please write a review.

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Thirty-Five Strategies For Daily Success

Why a book? Why now? In many ways, writing a book is a ‘bucket list’ item for executives as they ...

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Friday Vibes 07.07.2017

Friday Vibes takes a spin around the web and weaves together pieces for living your best life. Here are a few things I'm majorly crushing on this week. Motivate:  Be strong. Be Confident. Be the star of your own life.  Major: 5 tips for healthy summer skin.  Mindful: Not a big meat eater? That’s cool. Plants have protein too. Here are 12 plant-based foods that give a protein punch. Move: There’s workout inspiration everywhere, even in your Facebook feed. Follow PopSugarFitness on Facebook for free workouts. #noexcuses 

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Friday Vibes 07.07.2017

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