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Liberating Yourself from Diet Culture
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Break Free: Liberating Yourself from Diet Culture

Stuck in a restrictive mindset that only makes you feel bad about yourself? Here’s how to shift the narrative—for good. Growing up, it wasn’t uncommon to see our mothers on diets. Depending on your age, you may have seen her ebb and flow through a myriad of diets, such as low-fat, the “grapefruit” diet, low- to no-carb, and so many more. Watching these patterns as children likely instilled in many women the idea that restrictive dieting, over-exercising, or engaging in crash diets was completely normal. With those patterns engrained in us, combined with societal pressures and messaging that urges us to compare bodies against one another, it’s no wonder many women have strained relationships with how they eat. And while, fortunately, movements such as body positivity and whole-food nourishment are becoming more mainstream, old habits die hard. We may still feel anxiety creeping in if our clothes suddenly don’t fit

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Why Saunas Offer More Benefits Than Just Relaxation

From improved performance to faster recovery time, here’s why you may want to stand the heat. As an active woman, you know the glow that’s associated with a good, hard sweat. You feel invigorated and accomplished, and you know you’ve done something beneficial for your body. But what if you could achieve that glisten without putting yourself through a rigorous workout? Enter, the sauna. While saunas have become more trendy recently, they’ve been used in different cultures for thousands of years. The original use for saunas is a topic of hot debate, but nowadays, many people regularly use them to relax or recover from workouts. But that’s just the beginning when it comes to the health benefits that a sauna can provide. What health benefits can you expect from the sauna? Thanks to the heat, the majority of health benefits that a sauna provides are related to blood circulation. A

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Unveiling the Power Within: A Deep Dive into the Science and Art of Self-Love

Loving yourself is a tall order in a society that stacks the odds against you. But with some understanding and acceptance, having compassion for yourself is a tiny rebellion that starts from within. The term “self-love” gets thrown around frequently in the wellness community, and its meaning—and how to achieve it—can be mystifying. Self-help culture reminds us how important it is to “love ourselves,” while at the same time, social media urges us to pick apart our flaws and companies promise that self-love is just around the corner if we purchase their latest product. This internal conflict can lead to feelings of shame, guilt, and inadequacy—and that doesn’t sound like love to us. So why does it matter? While self-love may induce eye rolls from skeptics, there’s scientific evidence to back up its importance. Studies have shown that having compassion for yourself reduces stress and boosts overall well-being, encourages resiliency

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Setting Goals to Be More, Not Less

Goal-setting can be murky business if it’s done with the intention to minimize. This year, live your biggest life by setting and achieving goals that actually feel good. The new year signals a fresh start. It’s a time to re-evaluate your routine and goals, and set your sights on shaping the next 365 days. But for many people, the act of goal setting—and the methods in which they approach reaching those goals—can be fraught with peril. Oftentimes, fitness goals can leave people feeling inferior if they’re centered around factors such as achieving unrealistic body types, promoting a minimizing mindset, or adopting an all-or-nothing approach that can set them up for failure. So, this year, rather than setting goals that inherently urge you to “be less,” try flipping the script to find ways to be more. From determining realistic timelines that allow you to be human and make mistakes, building in

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Holiday Survival Guide: A Guide to Thriving Through the Holidays

The holidays can bring comfort and joy—as well as stress. This year, have a plan for everything. ‘Tis the season for family get-togethers, festive cheer with friends, and rest and relaxation to celebrate another year well done. But along with the sparkle of the holidays comes a darker side that we seem to relegate to the back of our minds each year: The financial strain associated with purchasing gifts for everyone you’ve seemingly ever come into contact with, enduring endless days with extended family, and the sheer lack of motivation to stick to your healthy habits that you work hard to solidify all year. But fear not. The holidays are meant to be full of joy, reflection, and gratitude. And they can be—it may just require equipping yourself with the tools to handle anything that comes your way. Here is a handy guide to navigate the inevitable festive roadblocks that

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Can a Magnesium Supplement Help You Relax?

Many modern diets don’t contain enough of this mineral to enjoy restful sleep and a calm mood. In our fast-paced society, we’re constantly looking for new ways to combat stress, boost our moods, and clock more restful sleep—and that’s no easy feat amid career demands, family responsibilities, and looking after our health. But if there’s one supplement that aims to support feeling calm, it’s magnesium—even the #1 selling magnesium in North America, Natural Calm, cut straight to the point when naming their brand. But feeling calm is just the beginning of this mineral’s powerful benefits. BENEFITS OF MAGNESIUM Magnesium is an essential mineral for anyone who’s invested in their health. It supports resilient muscles, nerves, and bones, and even helps regulate blood sugar levels. In addition to helping your body function optimally, regularly taking magnesium supplements can create noticeable improvements in the following areas: Mental Health Magnesium has been shown

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