Tackling Ovarian Cysts With Food: Natural Ways To Balance Your Body’s Estrogen Levels

Ovarian cysts are more common than you may think. They usually develop in women during their menstrual cycle and many go undetected due to the fact that they aren't causing any problems or pain; however, approximately 8% of premenopausal women will grow large cysts that require treatment. Ovarian cysts are caused by an overabundance of estrogen; because estrogen is both produced by our bodies and exists naturally in our environment, there are certain foods you can eat and preventative measures you can take to manage your condition. Avoid That Xenoestrogens are estrogen-like compounds in the environment. When ingested or exposed to too many xenoestrogens, our bodies can experience hormonal disruption, leading to the growth or rupture of ovarian cysts. Although most functional cysts go … [Read more...]

The Secret to an Active Lifestyle: Owning a Dog

This just in: your fitness levels might be looking "ruff" if you don't have a canine companion at home. Owning a pet can have a positive impact on our lives in countless ways. The emotional connection with an animal is precious and highly beneficial to our well-being. In fact, 74% of people surveyed say they experienced mental health improvements due to keeping an animal as a pet. Now, a new study reveals that having a dog as part of your family can also encourage you to take care of your physical health. In fact, the results showed that dog owners are four times more likely to meet exercise guidelines than those individuals who don't own pets. Not surprisingly, research showed that dog owners go for walks on a more frequent basis and for longer periods of time than people without … [Read more...]

Why We Are Considering Adopting a Pet.

The never ending love from a pet. Recently, friends of ours adopted a new dog. This seems to happen on an almost continuous basis according to my social media feed. Family members just brought home an adopted yellow lab only last week. We already own a dog. He is two and he is finally settling down a bit. Is it time to consider adopting a pet to give him a little friend and company? If you ask him he is totally on board with that idea. This idea of adopting a pet is what comes into our minds each time we see another friend or family member add a rescue to their own life. Chief Brody loves the snow. Before this cutie came into our life we looked everywhere for our next pet. Rescues, breeders, shelters, you name it we looked at it probably five times. Our search went from … [Read more...]

Nutritional Supplements Might Not Be Necessary (Or Even Safe)

If your goal is to compete in marathons or bulk up at the gym, you might be tempted to add certain nutritional supplements to your health-conscious regimen. But while these products may sound promising, the reality is that they're often unnecessary -- and sometimes, they may not even be safe to take. Whether you're participating in one of the five largest sports in the U.S. (a list that includes football, basketball, baseball, hockey, and soccer) or are an amateur bodybuilder whose main mission is to bulk up, there are a number of products on the market that promise to increase your gains and take your abilities to the next level. And unlike steroids, they're all perfectly legal. ...Or are they? Because these supplements are totally unregulated by the FDA, industry experts caution … [Read more...]

My Spring Picks & Insider Sale

Spring is FINALLY here! No more boots, no more fuzzy slippers and cuddling by the fire with blankets. All great things but it was getting a bit tired, don't you think? I'm so excited about spring and the refreshed feeling of pairing navy with crisp white, neutrals, classic favorites like black and white made new and being able to wear ballet flats without freezing. And sandals and straw bags! Can we talk about how fun it is to bring those back? I'm actually excited about tie-dye again (gasp!) but not bike shorts. Sorry not sorry. Shopbop/EastDane is having a killer sale this month and I've got the insider details just for you! (Sale ends on 4/12/2019 11:59 pm Eastern Time (New York) Zone) SALE DETAILS 20% off order under $500 and 25% off order over $500 … [Read more...]

Driveway Paving Scams: Here’s How to Protect Yourself

Now that winter is over, you probably won't have to worry about snow and ice piling up on your driveway. But that doesn't mean you don't have to watch out for paving-related woes. In fact, the harsh weather might leave both you and your driveway vulnerable -- especially if scammers come calling. Although a properly installed gravel driveway can last for up to 10 years with regular upkeep, asphalt driveways typically last a bit longer (anywhere from 12 to 20 years, by most industry estimates). That said, they are susceptible to damage from the seemingly endless freeze-thaw cycle, particularly if they're on the older side. Paving season starts to heat up with the temperatures during the spring and summer, which is why so many homeowners might consider getting their driveways repaved … [Read more...]

4 Reasons Why You’re Struggling To Lose Weight

We're a few months into the year now, and many people who made New Years' resolutions to get in shape or lose weight have probably abandoned their plans. If this sounds like you, don't worry, you're not alone. The long-term success rates for those who attempt to lose excess weight have hovered between 5 and 10% for years. But why is losing weight so hard, exactly? What makes this so difficult? Studies suggest there are a few reasons you're struggling to lose the weight. Nutrition, Not Just Calories If you've been eating less but still carrying weight, it's likely that you've been neglecting the impact your overall nutrition has on your weight and health. Eating fewer calories can cause you to lose weight, but keeping track of your nutrient intake is essential. In fact, not getting … [Read more...]

3 Easy Ways to Extend the Life of Your Vehicle

Vehicles are an expensive investment, which means you always want to do what you can to keep your car in good shape. With 14 million vehicles on the road today being at least 25 years old, clearly, the lessons of preventative maintenance have been learned by quite a few drivers. Unfortunately, there are things, like accidents, that cause damage and are out of your control. But there are some really easy steps you can take to extend the life of your car -- so if you're looking for some simple auto care tips, keep reading. Change the Fluids Regularly checking and changing your vehicle's fluids is something that is easily done, but often forgotten about. There are several different fluids that help keep your car running -- the oil, transmission fluid, coolant, and power steering … [Read more...]

How Botox and Allergy Avoidance Could Relieve Rosacea or Migraines

As far as modern medicine has come, there are still certain conditions that continue to puzzle us. Experts may not always know what causes or exacerbates these conditions, which can be incredibly frustrating to those who have been diagnosed with them. Two such conditions are migraine headaches and rosacea. They are certainly quite different in their scope, as one causes debilitating pain and affects roughly 38 million Americans while the other is characterized by facial redness and impacts approximately 14 million people in the United States. But they do share a certain amount of mystery. They also may be treated through the same unconventional means -- and could be triggered by some of the same things. According to the Mayo Clinic, experts aren't exactly sure what causes rosacea, … [Read more...]

Cruisin’ in Style

Next weekend I set sail on my first cruise. I'll be visiting the Bahamas and Haiti with one of my dear friends and fellow Beachbody coach. She earned this trip last year through all her hard work and kick ass coaching and is taking me along with her! I'm so excited to escape the final chill of winter and be bathed in warm Caribbean sun for a whole week. We have a few theme nights like 90s night (I feel ancient now...) and a White party plus time spent in Nassau soaking up the sun and some time with dolphins as well as a safari snorkeling adventure in Haiti. After the last few months of winter and some hard times emotionally within my home, I think this is a definite need and refresh and reset that my mind and heart need right now. I'll be packing things like this to … [Read more...]