Best Dark Chocolate Brands

For those of you who are  choco-holics like me, sticking to a weight-loss eating regimen can be hard when a sweet craving strikes (especially this time of year).  I’ve had a lot of recent success with the keto diet, but once in a while I need a little nibble of chocolate to get me through the afternoon slump at work.  One of my favorite sites, Eat This, Not That!, published this article after reviewing some brand name dark chocolate bars.  Check it out here to learn what you should nosh on if you’re in need of a fix.

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Brain Food

The foods we eat impact every single part of our bodies, so eating healthful foods isn’t just part of maintaining a fit physique.  Eat This, Not That! put out this list of foods that help maintain focus, improve memory, decrease the likelihood of issues like Alzheimer’s disease, and more.    They also list some harmful foods to avoid, which we should all consider reducing or eliminating for a myriad of reasons.  Some of the items on the list were what we’d all guess–spinach is good, soda is bad–but there were some foods that I found a bit surprising.  Check out their article:  30 Best and Worst Foods for Your Brain.

Lunch Break Changes to Shed Pounds

Tell your boss you need a break–a real one, and step away from your desk!  Those of us who spend 8+ hours behind a computer 5 days a week are doing a lot of damage to our well being.  Not only is it depressing to peck away at a keyboard all day, but it negatively impacts your weight, posture, and other aspects of your physical and mental health.  I’ve been a big fan of my daily walks for the past 2 years, usually clocking 2 miles with a co-worker throughout most of the year (we’ve even gone when it’s freezing out!).  It gives us a change to unplug from work, feel the sun on our faces, chat, and break up the day.  We’d come back into the office rejuvenated and ready to preform our best–so it’s a win for our clients and our company too!  If walking isn’t you thing, it’s still important to get out from behind the desk and move a bit.

You can read more about the benefits of daily breaks and other ways to change up our work routine to drop a few lbs from Eat This, Not That!: 20 Best Lunch Habits to Drop 10 Pounds.

Laughter is the Best Medicine

We all know that laughter is the best medicine and we can’t take life too seriously, but check out this article from Best Life: 20 Crazy Health Benefits of Laughter–No Joke.

Adaptogens!

I’ve been taking adaptogens for several years and I think they’re an important part of my ability to cope with my high-impact line of work.  What are adaptogens?  They’re super-foods, plants, and herbs that help us “adapt” to stress and maintain inner balance.  Different adaptogens target different parts of our bodies and brains and give them a boost to function optimally.  They’re basically vitamin-like supplements that specifically target parts of your brain that are most effected by stress.

I was first introduced to the concept when I was researching the ingredients in Isagenix (which I don’t recommend, by the way–there are better alternatives).  With the demands I face at work, I’m often looking for quick and easy things to eat and I want to make sure I’m getting the best nutritional bang-for-my-buck as possible.  I find myself feeling best when I stray from traditional grocery store products and seek out organic, minimally-processed foods geared toward holistic wellness.  It can be difficult to consume enough vitamins and nutrients that our bodies need through food alone, especially with a hectic schedule.  Supplements are a helpful way to make sure our bodies needs are adequately met.

Recently I was speaking to my dad about adaptogens and I was surprised he didn’t know what they were.  I got this article from Eat This, Not That! which explains some of the benefits.  Adaptogens may be a vital addition to your supplement regimen to help yourself feel your best!

Fuel for Mind and Body

Your diet plays a major role in your overall well being, not just your level of physical fitness.  For one, when we like the way we look and feel more confident it elevates our mood.  Additionally, the vitamins and nutrients we take in through food (or not) can have a major impact on focus, headaches, and even our ability to manage stress.  To be your best self and get the most from life, take a look at what’s on your plate.   You can read more in this Eat This, Not That! article, 8 Ways Eating Better Can Improve Your Mental Health.

Reinvent Your Sleep Routine

One of the biggest issues my clients discuss in therapy is a lack of comfortable, restful sleep.  Granted, my clients have almost all recently gone through drug or alcohol withdrawal, it’s a problem many of us can relate to.  I found a great article from Best Life: 15 Things You Should Never Do Before Bed.  Take a look at these tips and see if you can make some better choices for some better zzz’s.