Health, Lifestyle, Stress, Wellness

Reset From Stress

Stress can affect us physically and mentally. Although having this awareness is often the first step, that alone isn’t enough to rebalance our bodies and minds. This is why it is important to train yourself to harmonize your routines for changing seasons. This is true regarding the seasonal shifts of weather patterns, as well as the season of life you…

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Health, Lifestyle, Wellness

Curbing the Holiday Binge

The most festive time of year for many of us will begin next week. And I am probably not the only one who craves a legit reason to indulge in shopping, staying up late and snacking more than I typically do. But if you’re looking for fresh ideas to curb holiday eating patterns that might disrupt your wellness goals long-term,…

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Summer Recap
Health, Lifestyle, Nutrition, Wellness

A Refreshing Recap

I have now officially been a part of the TOPS crew for six months. And thanks to all of you, it’s been an overwhelmingly positive experience so far! I very much appreciate all the feedback and questions sent via email or posted weekly on the blog and social media. So keep the comments coming, because I read each one, plus…

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Fitness Equipment
Fitness, Health, Lifestyle, Motivation, Wellness

“Any Age” Fitness

Being fit and fabulous at any age requires being attentive to changes in spatial awareness and basic body mechanics. The importance of foot placement, hip mobility and range of motion also become increasingly vital as you age. So training yourself to notice whether you frequently shuffle rather than step, in addition to how your body subtly shifts while transitioning from…

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dinner of vegan Mexican food
Lifestyle, Stress, Wellness

Make Mealtimes a Mindful Moment

Staying present is much easier for me to do when I’m physically active. The exact opposite is true in regard to when I’m eating. I often power through meal and snack times standing up—especially when I’m working from home and attempting to squeeze in a couple of bites between Zoom meetings, walking the dog and frantically typing on the computer…

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a kitchen waiting to be decorated
Lifestyle, Wellness

How to Elevate At-Home Dining

Eating out frequently is often not an option when working on achieving health goals—and sticking to a budget. But it’s equally common to start to crave the ambiance of a café or restaurant, since dining at home day after day can become a solitary repetition that makes mealtimes far less enjoyable. If you’re bored by the idea of consuming yet…

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onions and potato on table
Lifestyle, Nutrition, Time Management

Healthy Home Cook Hacks

The March/April 2022 issue of TOPS News, “Plant-based Power: One-Pot Recipes” includes four vegan recipes I created. These dishes are a few of my ‘go-to’ entrees when I want a warm homecooked lunch but don’t necessarily want to be stuck in the kitchen for over an hour making one. Occasionally, the most effective way to reinforce positive eating habits is…

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