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  • 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

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  • Blog, Rebecca, Supplements

    Stimulants vs. Supplements: Part 1

    Stimulants vs Supplements:  What’s the difference?

    As we sat around talking about the upcoming calendar, one topic of great interest came about.  Stimulants vs Supplements, and the team’s thoughts.  Choose a caffeine buzz or a little Vitamin D?

    The conversation became active, even passionate, with a lot of opinions and ideas.  As a result, we have combined the conversation below.  Enjoy… and jump in with your thoughts.

    What is the difference between a Stimulant vs Supplement?

    “A stimulant is something less natural…with the purpose of giving more immediate results.”, says Cody. “Caffeine is an easy example.”

    Chris offers, “A supplement is intended to mend a deficiency in your body.”

    “It’s the difference between short-term vs long-term effects,” says Michelle.  “A stimulant such as caffeine gets a person going.  Doctor’s tend to guide patients to supplements, such as Vitamin D or B12.”

    “I agree, a stimulant is taken for a specific purpose, that drink that revs you up,” Maylo offers.  “I like to say, supplements FEED your body and stimulants SPEED your body.”

    Tom adds, “To me, its a classification for either stimulants or supplements. Some are strong enough to be controlled, others not.”

    But, we all use stimulants to pep us up, at times.  Are stimulants harmful?

    “Harmful, or just not that helpful at some point?  I can quickly tell that I’m consuming too much caffeine…” says Chris.

    “Me, too.  I can always use stimulants as a barometer for personal balance.”  Rebecca adds, “When the pressures of life are getting to me, my consumption of caffeine and sugar increases.”

    Cody laughs, “You have to manage too much of a good thing!”

    “There’s the pendulum with stimulants, right?”  says Tom.  “Everything in moderation. And, the sooner you can get back to healthy activities the better.”

    “Yes, but…you can’t minimize the effect of stimulants.” Maylo jumps in, “What is ok for one, may be dangerous for another.  What medications are you taking?  What conflicting side effects?” Maylo has fought systemic lupus much of her life, “It’s easy to throw things out of balance…”

    In summary, it seems that what Maylo has to offer in this conversation is a hard, but steady truth.  What is good for one doesn’t always hold true for another. The best way to find the right solution for you is to truly notice how each one makes you feel.

    This conversation continued on for some time. And, like any good thing, must be moderated. We went on to discuss how to spot… and manage… over-reliance…or even a dependency.  We will discuss working with clients who are ‘burning the candle at both ends’. How can we guide them in a healthy direction that still allows them to accomplish their goals? I hope you’ll come back over the next couple of weeks to follow this series.

    Be sure to leave your feedback and experiences below! Our community is built on all of us sharing our experiences and making THIS life a HEALTHY life TOGETHER!

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  • Blog, Rebecca, Wellness

    Reigniting Relationships

    Valentine’s Day!  This week is a special week of candy, cards and date night on the town — at least for some.

    For others, it is a week of painful reminders.  Love and Joy of past times and sadness for its loss.  It doesn’t matter why.  It could be due to angry words, a lost friend, a breakup, divorce or death of a loved one.  It is easy to allow pain and sorrow to take over the mind and heart.

    But, as Maylo says, what we think and feel is a choice.  Where we go, and what we do is a choice.  Don’t let this day isolate you from others.

    Choose to reignite a relationship! It doesn’t have to be a serious thing.  It can just be for fun.

    Buy a card for a coworker.  Call a family member.  Text an old friend, Hello!  Attend a Yoga class, and bring cookies.  Better, yet, ask a friend to dinner, and dress like it’s a date!

    You just might find, that friend was waiting for someone, too!