The nest is empty, leaving the house a little too quiet. It’s nice not to have to fight for the bathroom in the morning or wait in line to use the Keurig. But you miss the reason to sit down and have breakfast. When you’re finally able to do your own thing, it’s easy to skip breakfast, to just grab a coffee and go. Why bother cooking breakfast for one?
Nourishing your body with breakfast should never feel like a bother! It also doesn’t have to be a big production. You can cook a simple and delicious breakfast for one while you wait for your coffee to brew.
Perhaps you’ve seen those little cups in the grocery store that promise a quick and healthy breakfast with just the crack of an egg? The truth is you can do the same thing at home without the extra packaging or cost. A microwave egg breakfast bowl is the perfect solution for cooking breakfast for one!read more
You want everyone to feel welcome at your table. It doesn’t matter if it’s a simple brunch for a new neighbor or dinner with your best friends from college, you don’t want anyone feeling like the meal wasn’t made just for them. And a feast dedicated to giving thanks should be the epitome of this feeling of home and harmony. The challenge is how do you that with at least one guest who doesn’t eat meat and one or two others swearing off dairy. Your next culinary challenge is learning how to create the perfect vegan Thanksgiving.read more
You get up from the shampoo bowl rubbing that chronic crick in your neck. Your hairdresser says she has just the thing to fix it. She starts rubbing an earthy smelling cream on to your neck. You can’t say the crick is gone but the massage felt good. You ask her what she used. She says it’s a hemp oil salve. “Hemp?”, you say, “is that legal?” She laughs and says yes. She also points out that hemp and CBD oil are everywhere. She tells you that CBD oil may be the answer to everything ailing you. You love how your hair looks but you’re not quite ready to trust your hairdresser with your aches and pains too. But she has piqued your curiosity about the potential benefits of CBD oil.read more
Let’s welcome another new voice to the blog! Robin and I have known each other since junior high school. She continues to amaze me with her joy and ability to reinvent herself. She is the perfect soul to encourage you to get outside more in order to reconnect with yourself. – Pamela
I believe most of us remember having the realization from a very young age that there is something very different about the out of doors compared to the in. We feel it—the mystery and magic which fuels the imagination. We feel the breeze on our skin but can’t see it. Anything can happen and there are forces at work which we cannot readily identify.read more
I am so grateful to Suzanne for sharing her wisdom and experience with us again on the blog. This powerful post about society’s obsession with thinness is a must read for ALL women. If you don’t feel this way, I guarantee you know a woman who does. – Pamela
I’ve trained hundreds of women in my personal training career, and pretty much every single one has had the same opinion of herself:
I’m too big.
The shame is palpable. Some women tell me they won’t wear shorts or sleeveless tops because they’re ashamed of their size. Others say they don’t care what others think, but won’t hesitate to put themselves down by saying “I’m fat.”read more
Just to be clear, I am not a knitter. But Nikki’s analogy is perfect for learning to love your body and finding your middle ground. – Pamela
I’m a knitter.
I know—this isn’t a knitting blog, and maybe none of you reading this have ever puzzled over a pattern or felt a fabulous blend of alpaca and silk running through your fingers. But maybe you can relate if, like me, you’ve been annoyed by store-bought clothes that are too loose in the bust but too snug in the waist, and too boxy in the shoulders but too short in the sleeves.
And maybe, like me, you’ve also been annoyed by the ready-made versions of fitness that are on offer at every made-for-tv diet program and big-box gym. They’re too crowded in the classes, too hulky in the weight room, too limited in their scheduling, too punishing in their calorie-counting.
I’ve been knitting for almost eight years, and it only took me… well, almost eight years to figure out that in knitting, and in life, one size does not fit all.read more
I’ve got a another amazing guest post for you this week! You are going to love Jennifer’s outlook on the “good for your age” comments! – Pamela
Hi, this is Jennifer of thefitfork.com. Somewhere around 40 years old (I’m now 51), I started to get the “good for your age” comments. “Oh, you’re really fast for your age, I didn’t expect you to be so strong for your age, you look good for your age.” “Oh, thank you for that . . . I think,” I would snark back, feeling fairly confident a backhanded compliment had just been thrown my way. Or, that the person had absolutely no social skills.
Hi, this is Jennifer of thefitfork.com. Somewhere around 40 years old (I’m now 51), I started to get the “good for your age” comments. “Oh, you’re really fast for your age, I didn’t expect you to be so strong for your age, you look pretty good for your age.” “Oh, thank you for that . . . I think,” I would snark back, feeling fairly confident a backhanded compliment had just been thrown my way. Or, that the person had absolutely no social skills.
The “you (fill in the blank) for your age” alleged compliment me crazy because it implies that a person doesn’t look, perform, behave or do whatever as well as she did in the past. True, I don’t run as freakishly fast as I did in my 20s and I do have gray hair and laugh lines that weren’t there before. But, I am beautiful, speedy, strong, talented, and smart NOT in spite of my age, but because of my age. There has been a lot of practice, pruning and learning that has gone down over five decades – it all contributes to my awesomeness. I feel the same way about 98-percent of the older women I know. They are all awesome and great for any age. Exclamation point, end of story.read more
“Yoga takes you into the present moment; the only place where life exists.”
Millions of people have discovered the transformative healing power of yoga, and honestly, how can you not be receptive to something that is called “a practice.” I mean, from the get-go, it sounds like you may try and try, yet possibly never fully nail downward-facing dog!
Welcome guest author, Beth Campbell, to the blog! I hope you enjoy her story about her transformative journey with the healing power of yoga. – Pamelaread more
You still love to look at magazines. Not on your iPad, not the magazine’s web site but real slick paper magazines. You tear out recipes and workouts to try. You find new people to follow on Instagram. There is always one more book to add to the To Be Read List. You try to ignore the ads and articles for skincare and supplements promising false hope. Can any supplement really stand up to all that hype? Are there really any superfood powder benefits?
In each issue of almost every women’s magazine you’ll see a new study with breakthrough research about a new miracle ingredient or superfood supplement. The truth is one single study does not justify adding acai powder or goji berries to everything. (If you want to learn more about evaluating research for yourself read this.) However, there are some superfood powders that DO have good research behind them that you can easily add to your regular routine. Here are three superfood powders with real benefits.read more
The first hints of fall are swirling in the air. The days are a bit shorter and a little cooler, making it perfect for evening walks and absolutely necessary to wear your favorite boots. You’ve also witnessed more than one person in the office swoon over a pumpkin spice latte. While your friends seem enchanted by the PSL you don’t really get all the fuss. You love fall but you’re not a huge coffee fan. Surely there is a pumpkin spice flavor alternative to help you celebrate fall?
Forget the pumpkin spice latte and try these creatives pumpkin recipes instead.