Effects of Gratitude Being thankful and appreciative during certain situations can actually play a really large role in our daily lives. Just by saying thank you, and truly meaning it, you will feel a sense of gratitude that you wouldn’t normally feel if you had just said, “Thanks,” without much thought or meaning behind it.… Read More Gratitude
Maca Powder Maca Powder was discovered in the Andes mountains of Peru in the 1980’s but has recently began to gain some great attention. And for good reason! It has tons of amazing health benefits that you wouldn’t even think about. Firstly, a little background on Maca itself. It is a plant of the Brassicaceae… Read More What’s The Hype || MACA Powder
Sunscreen!! This is a quick post/reminder to wear extra sunscreen this week. It is going to be a hot one! If you don’t already wear sunscreen on a daily basis (especially if you’re in the sun), regardless of your skin tone, you should really switch that around. Too much direct sunlight can really be damaging… Read More Are You Wearing Enough Sunscreen?
Did you know that you can change your brain? Likewise, you can actually change the way your brain thinks, sends signals, and more! This is called neural plasticity. Your brain surely isn’t plastic, but it can and does form and reform like a plastic! Although our brains constantly change without our knowing or purposeful doing,… Read More Neural Plasticity Vs. Overeating
Of course, when you set a goal, you intend on achieving that goal. But what I am getting at, is that you can actually set both, each of which have different objectives. Goals can be short or long term, but most people set goals that end up being long term, and then forget about them… Read More Setting Goals and Setting Intentions
If you have been keeping up with the blog, you may have been awaiting this post, as self-care was the main focus of the last post. If you haven’t had the chance to read it, you can find it here. Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty; self-care is very important to the wellbeing of… Read More Subtle Self-Care Practices
Treat Yourself Right! Self-care is about as simple as it gets when giving back to yourself. All you are really doing is caring about yourself. Now, this can get broken down into a variety of ways, reasons, and different possibilities, as each person is so much different than another. Different people may need to focus… Read More Significance of Self-Care
Do you consider yourself a negative person? Maybe you think more pessimistically then you feel you should be. Well, this could be affecting more than just your momentary attitude. In fact, it has been proven to have a much greater affect on your overall outlook, personality, and health. Yep! You read that correctly. Being positive… Read More A Positive Outlook Converts to a Healthier You
Before I get into answering the question at hand, I would like to explain what the importance of the questions is. Lately, we have been discussing the strengths of our minds, and how to get in touch with controlling our thoughts, emotions, personality, and improve health by doing so. It is safe to say that… Read More Is There a Difference Between Our Emotions and Our Moods?
If you haven’t read our post on having a Positive Outlook and how it can affect your health and personality, be sure to go check that out! It correlates with this post and together, they can give you a better understanding on how your mind, emotions, personality, and outlook have vast effects on your overall… Read More Emotions Are Insights into Your Personality
Meditation for Beginners + Expert Tips Maybe you landed here from my previous post Benefits of Meditation, or maybe you are just looking into getting into meditation. Either way, you came to the right place. This is not a post describing meditation in super detail, rather, it is a guide on how to get into… Read More How-To … Meditate Edition
This question can be quite vague depending on which way you are thinking about it. If you are trying to study, does music help you think more? If you said yes, how do you think that is possible? Since you will be also subconsciously listening to the music while also trying to think and remember… Read More Do Sounds Affect Our Thoughts?
Music has an incredibly strong effect on our thoughts, which in correlation, has a great effect on our stress levels. For the music lovers out there, congratulations, you may actually be keeping your stress levels down without even know it. For those of you who don’t listen to music quite as often, maybe it is… Read More How Does Music Actually Affect Our Thoughts?
New Month Means A New Focus For the month of May our focus is Meditation! How much do you know about this topic? Those of you who have meditated before, know that there are endless benefits to the art. The pros outweigh the cons 100-0, as there are absolutely no negative aspects of meditating. Some… Read More Meditation Benefits
Benefits of Labeling your Thoughts Lately, we have been discussing the benefits of meditation, and how to get into meditating for beginners. If you haven’t read those posts, and are interested in meditating, you can read them here. While meditating, you are actually trying not to think much and control your breathing. This allows you… Read More Labeling Your Thoughts!
Good morning! For today’s post, I decided to do something a little different and fun! A dear friend of mine has some great knowledge and has created The Dream Traveler. I decided to share it with you this week because it is the perfect match for our newest weekly challenge. Read bellow to learn more… Read More Changing Perceptions & The Dragon.
A Healthier You Starts With Better Food Choices Do you ever just get sick randomly throughout the year, when it doesn’t even seem like flu/cold season? It could be from what your eating. No, maybe the foods you’re eating aren’t giving you a cold, but maybe they aren’t helping you fight them off either. Today,… Read More Foods For Your Immune System
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! I recently met a woman who very rarely drinks plain ol’ water. I thought, “Hmm, only camels could survive without water…” I was actually concerned, but it also got me thinking about all the benefits that come with being hydrated. In a recent post, I mentioned a few benefits that come along… Read More Why is Staying Hydrated So Important?
Hydration is key… This is one of the most difficult questions to truly answer, as there are so many alternatives in play. Each person’s body is completely different, thus giving an unspecified certain amount of water to drink per day. Another huge element to think about is what foods and water-based beverages we are consuming.… Read More How Much Water Should You ACTUALLY Drink?!
Benefits of Sleep There are so many benefits to getting a good night of rest. If only we all utilized each night as we should, we could go so much farther with each second that we are awake! I’d like you to think for a second and pick two benefits that you could gain from… Read More Sleep and your gut… How are these two correlated?
What Are Fermented Foods? First off let’s discuss what they are… A lot of people have asked what fermented foods actually are. Well, in this post, I am going to explain as much as I can for you and add in a list of my favorite fermented foods as well. Before understanding what fermented foods… Read More Everything You Need To Know About Fermented Foods
Aromatherapy A lot of people these days are taking therapeutic matters into their own hands. They are believing more and more in natural therapies or at-home remedies. Well, I think it’s great! Not only because it is natural, but because people are taking their health into their own hands and taking action when they want… Read More Benefits of Aromatherapy
I’m sure you have heard a thousand or so times how you should drink more water, but do you know why? Water is the key to good skin, increasing your energy, aiding in weight loss, and so much more! Take a look at all these great benefits of drinking water!! Increase Energy + Relieve Fatigue… Read More Benefits of Water
Try A New Class! When was the last time you tried a new workout class? For those of you participating in The Kim Shapira Method we had a challenge last month encouraging us to try a new class. Why? Well it is so easy to get stuck in the same routine day in and day… Read More Spice Up Your Workout Routine!
Another Approach To Health About 30 years ago and beyond, science had vetoed the idea that psychology can have any effect on physical wellness. In efforts to prove that wrong, studies were conducted in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The outcome: Our immune system is directly correlated with our happiness. These studies are the reason that… Read More Laughing Can Be Stronger Than Medicine
Immune System Interacting with your Gut As you may have learned throughout your time in school, certain parts of the body interact with each other and as a result end up depending on one another. In this post, I will explain how the immune system interacts and intertwines with your digestive system to give you… Read More Your Gut & Your Immune System
Date Day or Date Night Activities A few weeks back we had a challenge to book a workout date instead of a dinner date…. remember that? Well I’ve asked you all to carry these challenges with you throughout the rest of the year. Coming up with new ideas for this can get a bit difficult… Read More Date Night With A Twist
Using Spices to Boost Your Immune System Spices do more than just add flavor to your foods, especially once you know exactly how they can benefit your body. As a kid, my father used to give me whole garlic cloves before chopping them into pasta sauce and a variety of other dishes. He would always… Read More Using Spices to Boost Your Immune System
Is there a fitness membership out there that allows you to participate in more than one type of class? YES and it’s called the ClassPass!! I am one of those people who constantly switches up their workout routine and I love, love, love spin class, but sticking with only that for a year… yeah not… Read More What is A ClassPass?
Cardio, A Mood Booster… I know many of us aren’t fans of cardio, but before you completely push the idea aside, take a look at all the wonderful benefits! Not only will it kick start your metabolism and help you shed those stubborn pounds, but it is an overall mood booster. Oh yeah, you heard… Read More Can Cardio Improve Your Overall Mood?
Manage Your Daily Fitness with These Apps! This week’s challenge in #TheKimShapiraMethod is to up your daily steps to 10,000. Yes to some of you that may sounds crazy, but it’s possible! When we have something or someone tracking us we often push harder. The average person takes 3,000 steps per day so in order… Read More My Top Fitness Apps
USDA Recommended Diagram I’m sure many of you remember using the Food Pyramid in school back in the day. Well, in 2005, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) changed from the Pyramid as a whole and moved to a more modern approach, a Plate. It is called MyPlate, and it depicts a plate with… Read More What is MyPlate?
Don’t Go Back for Seconds Just Yet Most people eat their meals like they are actually starving. While this may feel normal, it isn’t normal for our bodies. Not to mention, it leads to one of the biggest contributors to obesity: overeating. Overeating can cause rapid weight gain, which many of us see annually during… Read More Overeating
The Difference Between Physical & Emotional Hunger || Part 2 Emotional hunger leads to unnecessary eating, which many of us are at fault for each and every day. Fortunately, we are going to point out what emotional hunger feels like, and if you read the post on physical hunger, you will really be able to… Read More Emotional Hunger
Do You Know The Difference Between Physical Hunger & Emotional Hunger? There are two separate hunger entities, and knowing the difference between the two is very important, especially for those of you who are participating in the Kim Shapira Method. Physical hunger and emotional hunger can feel very similar, yet are immensely unalike. By understanding… Read More Physical Hunger
Is It Really That Good For You? Matcha comes from the same plant as the green tea we know and love, but the harvesting process is what sets it apart. The last 20 days prior to harvesting the plant is covered so it won’t receive any additional sunlight – this boosts the chlorophyll production, gives… Read More Matcha Green Tea
The Year You Take Back Your Health! I have been on this incredible journey through the nutrition world for 20 plus years. In this time I have had the opportunity to work in hospitals, gastroenterologists offices, sports clubs, community centers, addiction centers, taught Nutrition at the college level, and all along having the most amazing… Read More The Kim Shapira Method
Fermented Foods You Should Be Eating Right Now! The breakdown of sugars by bacteria and yeast is fermentation. It is commonly used to preserve foods, but consuming fermented foods can help increase the activity and reproduction of good bacteria in your gut! To learn more about probiotics and fermentation read my article ” .” Check… Read More Top 5 Fermented Foods
Constipation is more common than you may think! Bloating, gas, and less than 3 bowel movements a week are signs that you might be constipated. With age usually comes less physical activity and that can lead to constipation in addition to what we eat. 1. Poor hydration Not drinking enough water or binge drinking… Read More 5 Foods That Can Cause Constipation
Are You Taking Antibiotics? We take antibiotics to defend our body against bacterial infections, but they can also take a toll on our liver. in addition to liver damage if taken too much we might suffer from diarrhea and other side effects. Consuming the right foods with your antibiotics & after may ease those… Read More Foods To Consume When Taking Antibiotics
The Big Question: Which Is Better For Weight Loss? Trying to lose weight, but don’t know which one is better for quicker results well let me tell ya! With the New Year right around the corner and many people working on their resolutions, which close to always include weight loss, this will help you better… Read More Cardio vs Weight Lifting || Weight Loss
Will Taking More Than Enough Vitamin C Cause Side Effects? When we feel a cold coming the first thing we do is run to our kitchen, eat a bunch of oranges, and then make sure to take those vitamin c supplements we bought a while back. Is this helping or hurting you? Vitamin C is… Read More How much Vitamin C is Too Much?
Detoxes and Cleanses – Not What You Think Just to be clear, there isn’t any kind of detox or cleanse that is going to rid you of all the high calorie food and sugary drinks you have consumed over the holidays. Even if they claim to do so, there just isn’t that kind of magic… Read More Detoxes + Cleanses
Juice Cleansing May Be Worse Than You Think! There are a few different reasons as to why they may be doing more damage than improvement for you. Knowing these can be very helpful, especially if juice cleanses are something that you do regularly or consistently. Whether or not you believe in them, this short read… Read More Read This Before You Juice Cleanse
Spirulina If you haven’t heard of spirulina, don’t worry, it is just on the upswing. Although it’s too bad that many of us didn’t find out about it sooner! Although, I have a feeling that vegetarians and vegans have known for quite some time, because of its high source of iron. Have you ever heard… Read More What’s The Hype: Spirulina
Turmeric Turmeric has been gaining tons of popularity in the U.S. over the past few years. There are quite a few reasons for it, too! It has been used in tons of countries and thousands of dishes for years and years, but just recently became an admiration in the states. Fun fact, did you know… Read More What’s The Hype: Turmeric
How the Environment Can Influence Eating Habits Have you ever heard the saying, “You are what you eat.”? Okay, now how about this one, “You tend to eat what is around you.”? I don’t know how much I believe in the first one, but the second, created by yours truly, is very, very true. Especially… Read More How the Environment Can Influence Eating Habits