How I Ran My First Marathon in Under 4 Hours

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Running a marathon is no easy feat. I'm just going to come out and say it. It takes months of training, time dedication, and a powerful mindset. 

However, once you accomplish it, you get to celebrate, as seen in the picture below!

Let's start at the beginning

I decided to run my first marathon in August of 2019 and the marathon was only a few months away in November 2019. I had a quick few months to prepare and boy was it worth it! 

Because it was my first marathon, I really had to come up with a plan that fit my schedule. I know that many people will end up training 5-6 days per week for a marathon, but I felt like there had to be another way. 

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With balancing work, taking care of my dog, and having time for household chores and spending time with friends, I knew that I needed a plan that felt doable...

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How to Boost Your Gut Health Today

Gut health has gotten more buzz recently because of talk in the media including probiotics and leaky gut. This article will discuss 5 simple ways to improve your gut health today. 

Gut health is the foundation of a healthy body.

If you want to lose weight, balance hormones, improve your mood, boost your immune system, then you are in the right place. 

There are many simple, easy ways to boost your gut health to have a positive impact on your mind-body health. 

What is the gut? 

The gut, also known as our digestive system, goes all the way from our mouth down to our large intestine. 

Did you know if you spread out your intestines, its surface area would cover a tennis court?   

Wow - that's a lot of area!

When spread out, our intestines cover a lot of ground and many important functions occur in this area of our body that we often don’t think about. 

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How to Find Out if You Had Coronavirus or COVID-19

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Coronavirus has impacted everyone in the past couple of months. One aspect of the situation that might bring us more anxiety and worry is not knowing if we had the virus already. Uncertainty and the unknown often make us feel anxious and unprepared.

Related posts: 

8 Botanicals to Boost the Immune System and Reduce Virus Activity 

How to Boost Your Gut Health Today

What To Do While Quarantined at Home 

Since the symptoms of coronavirus are variable and differ in severity for many people, getting tested for antibodies is an excellent way to know for sure if your body has already had and fought off the virus. Some people have had coronavirus and did not show any symptoms!

On a Navy cruise ship, 60% of the people tested were positive for coronavirus, yet did not show any symptoms!

This could be true for you as well. 

What is antibody testing? 

Antibody testing shows if your body has already had a specific infection. Getting tested for coronavirus...

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How I Decreased My Anxiety Through Food & Nutrition

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Anxiety, worry, and stress are detrimental to our health. Shifting our focus to hope, faith, and belief that we can feel better is so important. Did you know that what we put into our bodies impacts our mood, our mind, and our energy. Food can either lead us to feel tired, wired, anxious, and depressed, or it can invigorate us and improve our energy, mood, and focus! 

After suffering from anxiety myself,  I did extensive research into how I could help my own mind and body calm down. 

My symptoms of anxiety included

  • a racing heart
  • sweating
  • feeling irritable or having a short fuse
  • feeling tense. 

I found it very hard to relax. The muscles on top of my shoulders were even rock hard! 

This is when I went searching for answers and found out that certain foods impact our brain chemistry and our neurochemical pathways and they can help active our...

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How to Improve Your Self Talk for a More Positive Life

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Did you know that your thoughts create your reality? Our thoughts are so powerful. They impact our physical bodies, mental states, and our behavior. If our thoughts impact our actions, and our actions drive our habits, and our habits create our life, then truly our thoughts create our reality. 

How we speak to ourselves each day is so important in living a healthy and happy life.  We need to uplift ourselves through our thoughts on a daily basis.  Our self talk influences all aspects of our health- mentally,  physically, and emotionally. 

I have a question for you:

Are you living the life of your dreams, or are your thoughts holding you back? 

Did you know that repeated stressful emotions can weaken our bodies?  Yes, our thoughts influence our physiology. This means that chronic stress can lead to weight gain (or inability...

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5 Simple Ways to Become a Runner

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Struggling being inside during quarantine? A great way to relieve stress, lose weight, and get healthy is to start running! Let's go over 5 Simple Ways to Become a Runner while you're at home! 

What does it mean to be a Runner? 

Being a runner means you get moving - it's as simple as that. I want people to be aware that it is still running if you are going a little faster than walking. Being a runner is all about consistent improvement, even when you don't focus on trying to get better!

One of the great things about running is that as you do it, you improve. It is so satisfying to be able to see yourself getting better the more you go out and try. 

So, if you've tried running in the past and you didn't like it or felt intimidated, try to brush that off and give it another shot. 

Running outside is open to the public. All you need are some comfortable shoes and flexible clothes. 

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How These Products Helped me Detox and Lose Weight

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Did you know that the products you put in and on your body impact your weight and health? Yes, it's true. The chemicals and synthetic toxins in many skincare, makeup, and even cleaning products can create hormone imbalances and often lead to weight gain. Learn how to get clean products in this post that benefit your health rather than harm it!

You're probably thinking "how can my makeup foundation lead to weight gain? That's crazy!" 

Right? We have to think again, sister. 

Our skin is our biggest organ. This means that what we put on our skin gets absorbed into our bloodstream. These chemicals and toxins get into our bodies and have to be detoxified by our liver. 

What if our liver is already burdened? 

The liver is our main detox organ. This means that it is working around the clock, filtering our blood and working to keep us healthy....

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How Meditation Helped Me Decrease My Anxiety

I used to think that meditation didn't work. Then I meditated for at least 10 minutes every day consecutively for 8 months. 

Why meditate? 

When I was younger, I had a lot of anxiety. I had some panic attacks.

Due to childhood trauma, I have had to deal with underlying fear and anxiety at different periods throughout my life. 

Granted, this is something that I have worked through in therapy for multiple years and has been a significant point of personal growth for me. 

I want to explain that meditation does not have have to have the stigma of sitting on a yoga mat in silence or living like a monk. 

There are many ways to meditate

Meditation can be walking outside in nature for one person, and painting for another.

When we meditate, we go into flow. Our conscious minds move away from space and time, and we disconnect from our outer world and get connected to our inner world. 

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How to Become a Runner Today

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Are you going stir crazy while stuck inside during quarantine? Gyms are closed and people are working from home. The one thing that is not closed currently is nature! This means all you need to start running are some shoes, a plan, and some will! 

What does it mean to be a runner?

If you are reading this post, most likely you would like to be a runner. 

Maybe the term "runner" itself even sounds overwhelming.

I have noticed a lot of people think that identifying as a  "runner" means you have to train 5 days a week or run a certain pace to have the honor to be classified as one. 

I've heard people say, "oh I'm so slow, I'm not a runner" even when they're out there jogging!

Or I've heard people say "I'll never be a runner" and I know right away it's their mindset that is holding them back. 

Here's a big truth: If you want to be a runner, you can be a runner. 

It doesn't matter how fast you go, or what you wear, or how often you go out. 

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8 Botanicals to Boost the Immune System and Reduce Virus Activity

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As we are all dealing with the pandemic of the Coronavirus, or COVID-19, it is of utmost importance that we focus on boosting our immune systems and decreasing the effect of the virus on our bodies. 

Being a member of of the Institute for Functional Medicine, I have been fortunate enough to receive information on 8 Botanicals or Nutraceuticals that have been shown to help the body decrease its viral load and improve the immune system. 

Luckily, many of them are found in whole food sources and others are better to supplement due to the high dosage needed.

Remember, that 80% of the immune system is in our gut. This means that we have to keep our gut healthy in order to keep our immune system strong! 

Check out my Gut Health Reset Guide Here! 

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