Reset Your Priorities: Healthy Time Management by: Bridgette Wilson

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When you think about your daily routine, what are the top ten tasks on your list? Do any of those tasks include anything that was primarily for you? As a single mother, I know there are times I put myself on the backburner. It is natural to think if we do for others’ needs ahead of our own, then we will be celebrated by those who love us for our selfless deeds. However, “selfless” means “less of self”. When we lose ourselves in the card shuffle in this… Read More →

Mind Over Matter: Removing the Limiting Factors

By: Bridgette Wilson In my last blog, I mentioned that change starts with transitioning the thoughts of the mind. I also mentioned creating a plan to take action that will assist in removing the limiting factors. Limiting factors are simply the stories we tell ourselves that “excuse” us from making better choices. I call them “limiting factors” because these are the things that hinder our abilities to move forward and accomplish our wellness goals. Many times, the things that limit us we also use as our safety net… Read More →

Changing Your Habits for Better Health

Are you thinking about being more active? Have you been trying to cut back on less healthy foods? Are you starting to eat better and move more but having a hard time sticking with these changes? Old habits die hard. Changing your habits is a process that involves several stages. Sometimes it takes a while before changes become new habits. And, you may face roadblocks along the way. Adopting new, healthier habits may protect you from serious health problems like obesity and diabetes. New habits, like healthy eating… Read More →

Change Your Mind Change Your Health

By: Bridgette Wilson In today’s society, there is no shortage of information on health awareness and let’s not forget all the technical devices and apps that remind us of our target health goals. However, with all the modern wellness amenities, if we don’t stick with a healthy mindset, we won’t be successful in managing any aspect of our health and well-being. Even though I had reached my weight loss goal, I knew that one day I would need to find a way to take what I have learned… Read More →

Transitioning Stress into Life Balance

By: Bridgette Wilson Real life is challenging at any age. In today’s culture, it is so astonishing to learn that even children are having to deal with some level of stress. According to a national survey, as early as school age, children are showing signs of stress, but parents don’t always see it. Children learn their behaviors and habits, good or bad, by watching the adults around them. If we don’t handle things in a healthy way, our children will adopt the same unhealthy habits.   In my… Read More →

Faux Fiber Versus the Real Thing

If you’re not keen on foods that are naturally high in fiber—such as oatmeal, lentils, broccoli and peas—you may be tempted to choose fiber-fortified foods as a way to get your roughage. Manufacturers are putting isolated (“functional”) fibers in foods such as yogurt, ice cream, sugary cereals, energy bars, even juices and water, in order to make “high-fiber” claims. Dietary fiber, found in plant foods, promotes good bowel function and lowers blood sugar and cholesterol, among other benefits. The general recommendation is to get 14 grams of fiber… Read More →

Best Treats to Beat the Heat

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By: Bridgette Wilson As I was driving down 183 heading home one afternoon, the temperature on my car’s dashboard read 100. No wonder I was feeling like a piece of sizzling bacon cooking in a cast iron skillet. I cranked up the A/C and started to reminisce about my childhood ice cream memories. It was always a special part of my ‘Texas Summer Survival Kit’. Every summer, my mother would make her own ice cream. I can recall those hot humid nights of Houston sitting on the back… Read More →

Are Your Vacations Guilt-Free?

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By: Bridgette Wilson As a basic rule of thumb, vacation time means packing up your cool gear and temporarily escaping your worries. However, it should not mean leaving your good healthy lifestyle habits hanging in your closet. You have worked very hard to achieve your goal of healthy living, so why would you want to sabotage your efforts. Although the thought of lavishing in the thoughts of your vacation and no schedules to keep, it is still a good idea to keep your meal planning and exercise routine… Read More →

Don’t Let the Screens Take Over: 8 Tips for Families

Last week was Screen-Free Week, and I’m going to guess that most families did not have a screen-free week. Screens have become so embedded in daily life that it’s hard to imagine turning them off for a whole week. Besides the fact that many, if not most, children use them for homework, they are also how we get work done, get questions answered, communicate, shop, and relax. For many families, they are also how they calm children down and keep them occupied. How do you go a day… Read More →

Benefits of Power Walking

By: Bridgette Wilson How do you jumpstart an out-of-shape body that has no extra energy or tenacity to endure what I thought of exercise as cruel and unusual punishment? Little did I know taking some brisk walking strides would be the key to changing my life and moving beyond my fears. The basic definition of ‘power walking’ is often referred to as ‘fitness walking’ or ‘fast pace walking’. According to WebMD, research suggests: “Every hour you spend walking may add 2 hours to your life.” Brisk walking can… Read More →