To Meat or Not To Meat?

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The weekend before last my boyfriend and I had the pleasure of running away for a night after a quick, spontaneous conversation on Friday afternoon about checking out the Charlottesville farmers market in Virginia. We left early the next morning, taking our sweet time during the 2 1/2 hour drive, stopping for coffee at a cute cafe. When we arrived, we strolled the market just as it began to drizzle, but despite the gloomy weather it felt great to be sans agenda – with just my man and a weekend latte. As we browsed, we…

Attitude of Gratitude

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Gratitude has become such a buzzword lately. You hear it out of the mouths of gurus to pages of the latest trending health articles. And there’s a good reason for that – it’s essential to happiness. I never felt such joy as I did when I first consciously discovered gratitude! There is something so humbling, so blissful, and so outrageously liberating when you feel gratitude in your heart. Of course, I’m not a happiness scientist, so check out this article for proof. I have a gratitude journal – a notebook I keep solely for lists of things I’m…

[5 Ways. .] To Spring Clean Your Health

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Y’all – what a week it’s been! Last week I was taking care of one of the boys I nanny [I’m a full-time nanny, in case you didn’t know!] while he was home sick with a bad cold for a couple days. You better believe I was wiping down everything he touched and washing my hands so often they were literally cracking and bleeding. I did NOT want to get sick! But, alas, when Friday rolled around, I was feeling pretty yuck. I typically have Fridays off, so I slept in a little longer than…

What Brought Me Here / / MARCH : Find Joy in Movement

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I feel so fortunate to be pursuing a career that I’m truly passionate about – nutrition is something I’ve really focused on in my personal life since I was about 16, when I first began my journey in vegetarianism. But my story really begins far before that – my diet has ebbed and flowed over the years with my lifestyle and I anticipate it will continue to do so for the rest of my life. Throughout all the ebbs and flows, I’ve learned some truly valuable lessons about myself and my relationship with food that I carry with…

FEBRUARY : Nurturing Relationships

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It’s February 1st! I cannot believe how quick January flew by. Honestly, for me it wasn’t the sparkling, new beginning that I usually experience in the beginning of the new year. But it was quiet. Don’t get me wrong – my calendar was certainly full, but for some reason it felt like the craziness of 2014 finally transitioned to more calm and clear. And it was so welcome. The last 31 days I’ve spent a lot of energy focusing on my goals for 2015, specifically cleaning up my diet a bit and focusing on real…

Perspective // Seeing In A New Light

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Another snowy day here in DC, which means another school delay.. which means an early work day for me. Before receiving a request to come in a few hours early to work, I had dreams of a snow day for all so I’d get to drink hot tea in my pj’s while working away on homework in bed from sunrise to sunset [is it weird I was dreaming of doing homework all day?]. But, alas, no such luck for me or the hundreds of thousands of students and government workers in the capital city. We…