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  • Blog, Michelle, Supplements

    Are you getting enough Calcium?

    Calcium is critical for healthy, strong bones. When we are babies, milk and calcium are a huge part of our nutritional intake. It is an essential building block for growth.

    Our calcium intake tends to decline as we get older.  And, women tend to need more calcium, not less.

    So, what happens when you stop getting the daily calcium required? Or, what happens if you are lactose intolerant and unable to take in the dairy products that supply you with Calcium?

    Not getting enough calcium accelerates bone loss, regardless of age.  Our bodies are not able to produce calcium. In order to get the daily nutrients, you must consume calcium from outside sources, such as supplements, dairy products and calcium-rich foods. It is recommended that we get 1000-1200 mg as the daily allowance of Calcium, depending on our age and sex. This will help maintain strong bones, preventing Osteopenia (Pre-Osteoporosis) and Osteoporosis.

    Doctors are able to detect deterioration of bones through a test called a DEXA or a bone density scan. If detected early, adding in a daily calcium supplement can help prevent weakening or deterioration of our bones, which are vital for physical health during aging.

    In addition to calcium, vitamin D is a good supplement to take because it assists with the absorption of calcium needed for bone health. If you are not sure if you are getting the amount of daily nutrients your body needs, check in with your healthcare professional for their recommendations.



  • Blog, Maylo, Wellness

    How do Rituals anchor us in life?

    Life’s Rituals! Even if we are not aware of it, we all have little rituals that we perform every day. What is your morning routine? Is it the same every morning? Does your day get thrown off if something is out of place in the morning? Why do you think that is?

    Rituals have always played a powerful part in all cultures, through the history of man. As we observe peoples from different cultures, rituals mark the most important seasons and events for their society. We learn about their culture by what they value and worship in rituals. In doing so, we learn more about ourselves and our own cultures.

    Families have rituals. Do you make birthdays a big deal? Which holidays bring the family together, as one? Are there moments of worship and prayer?

    Rituals serve as an anchor for us, providing a feeling of safety and stability. Rituals allow us to drop into a cadence or rhythm that is familiar. It brings a sense of peace and stability, possibly even observance and mindfulness. Even the simplest of rituals can be considered sacred to our being.

    In fact, it has been found that rituals have a profound effect on our nervous system. And because of that, when you are feeling overwhelmed, a ritual, a meditation, a quiet time and cup of tea, whatever it is for you, can anchor you and bring a soundness or balance back to your nerves.

    A Quick Ritual Test:

    Is there something you like to do every Sunday?

    Are there specific people you enjoy doing it with?

    If you don’t get the opportunity, do you feel like your week was complete?

    If you answered YES to all three, then you have a ritual that is important to you. Now, rate the strength of feelings for not getting to do it with 1 = not much to 5 = very much.

    Take a moment and consider those rituals that help you find peace and honor them.

  • Blog, Food, Maylo

    Chard and Beans

    A lot of people shy away from anything with anchovies in it, but I promise, you can’t even tell they are there. This is one my favorite ways to make Chard… especially in this Gotham Steel Ceramic and Titanium Nonstick Pot:

    Chard and Beans

    Course Dinner, Lunch
    Author Maylo A


    • 1 can White Cannelli Beans drained
    • 3 pieces Canned Anchovies
    • 2 large Garlic Cloves
    • 1 tbsp Fresh Thyme minced
    • 1/2 Lemon
    • 2 bunches Fresh Chard ribs removed, washed and chopped into medium pieces
    • 1 little glug Olive Oil


    1. First, put a glug of olive oil in a deep pan and heat it up….put the chard in the pan and cook until just wilted. Remove and set aside.
    2. Next, add garlic, anchovies and fresh Thyme to the pan and cook until fragrant and the anchovies have disappeared….just a few minutes.
    3. Then, add beans and gently stir into the anchovy, Thyme garlic.
    4. Add 1 Tablespoon of water so the beans do not get dry.
    5. When all is fragrant and mixed, add your chard and continue to cook and gently toss until all is mixed well together.
    6. Remove from heat and squeeze half of a lemon into the mix. Serve immediately…….so good.
  • Blog, Food, Michelle

    The Importance of Family Dinners

    Are family dinners a thing of the past?

    When I was little, every evening at dinner time, my family would gather around the dining table.  My mother put dinner on — no tv, no cell phones — just my family  chatting, laughing and sharing the day.

    The concern for what we ate was irrelevant.  We ate whatever my mother made! We didn’t count carbs, fats, or even calories, but we did eat healthy foods.  We also had lots of exercise, though.  We were active kids, always in sports.

    Fast forward to today.  Do families still have dinner together?  Without distraction?  Does your family eat the same thing or does everyone eat something different?  Are we too busy with evening activities, so we just grab “something to go?”  Do we get enough exercise that we can ignore carbs, fats and calories?

    I think the answers to these questions vary.  However, there are more distractions and evening events that get in the way.   There is not as much time or concern for what we are eating — our obese children tell the story

    Maybe its time for simple, again. Get back to everyone participating in dinner — as a family.  A great way to encourage healthy cooking and eating is to cook and eat together!

    With diabetes and obesity being such a huge issue for families, a few simple ideas for improving your family’s diet.

    • Make Sunday meal planning time. What does everyone want to eat for the week?
    • Look for recipes together. There are great apps out there!
    • Get your kids involved in helping to prepare a healthy grocery list.
    • Shop as a family, and talk about preparation time.
    • Read food labels.  What does all of it mean?

    Even small changes can make a huge difference, and motivate the family to find time to eat together.






  • Blog, Healthy Living, Rebecca

    Turn Off the Tech

    Turn Off the Tech!  Have you noticed how much of our lives we have given to the tech world?

    The average American spends $2,300/year on technology.  That’s $191.64/mo. If you are a family of four with teenagers, thats $766.68/mo or slightly less, but who’s counting?  If that doesn’t tell the story, maybe nothing will.

    It’s not just in dollars, but also in time.  Count 116 minutes!  That’s the number most American’s use per day on social media, according to SocialMediaToday.

    In both time and money, we’ve quit living!   I’m not suggesting that you shut off the devices forever, but the balance has definitely tipped.  (Gosh, I once owned a healthcare tech company!)

    Bottom line, technology is not the goal.  It should not be our sole form of entertainment.  Technology should be about convenience and efficiency.  The goal is to create more time for healthy activities in our lives through technology.

    Recently, I decided to change my life around.  It wasn’t radical, but I decided to review how I was using my time and money.

    I shut off the TVs on the weekends and canceled a few subscriptions.  Wallah, spontaneity!  I’ve found my life has become more interesting.

    It made me want to ride my horse more.  I want to take more walks, and my dog loves it!  We loved it so much, I’ve decided to add to our family of fur-members.  Friends hear from me to grab lunch.  My evenings are spent socializing – business or pleasure – it doesn’t matter.  I agreed to have our family reunion and then took a few trips.

    Equally, I found there were technologies that I really enjoy.  For example, Echo with Alexa by Amazon.  I absolutely love streaming music.  I’m enjoying going through my old CDs and compiling Playlists.  I also enjoy MyFitnessPal.  I’m finding that I need the encouragement to eat right every day.

    So, what could you do with more time and money?  Are you spending both the way you’d like?

    For more great articles on the topic, read what kids of Silicon Valley tech parents do