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    Brett Blumenthal - Sheer Balance

    Brett Blumenthal - Sheer Balance

  • Moving Past the Fear from the Boston Marathon

    The bombings from the Boston Marathon have me reeling. Living and working in Boston makes it feel like déjà vu: it was nearly 12 years ago when I lived and worked in New York City during the Twin Tower attacks on September 11th, 2001. Although these events are scary for anyone, they seem even more so when they happen in your backyard.

  • If the World Ends, Will You Be Satisfied with How Your Life Turned Out?

    As we wait for midnight to pass in our applicable time zone on December 21st, some of us might be contemplating "If the world were to end today, would I be content with my life as it stands?" Your answer might be telling you something...

  • 5 Tips to Reduce Holiday Stress

    Holiday season is in full swing and as beautiful and magical as the holiday season should be, it can also be very stressful. Follow these tips to help release stress so you can enjoy!

  • 6 Date Ideas for Spring that Won't Break the Bank

    When spring is in the air, it often seems that is love too. It makes sense: During the winter, we have less daylight, tend to bundle up, and opt to stay indoors or at home. During the spring, however, days are longer, we show more skin and are eager to get outside and be social. This spring, enjoy the season of romance with some of these fantastic date ideas that won't cost you a fortune: Wine Tasting: It turns out that all 50 United States are in wine production. So, more likely than not, you can find a winery nearby. (Check here for a state-by-state locator. ...

  • 7 Ways to Improve Your Mindset for Change

    It isn't easy making change. But there are definite factors that can contribute to your success. In short, if you are going to go into things with the wrong attitude, you just as well shouldn't have bothered. Taking on any challenge - whether it be changi

  • 4 Ways to Make Your Workout More Effective

    Over the last year or so, mindful eating has become a topic amongst many wellness professionals. For those of you who aren't familiar with the term, mindful eating refers to eating with purpose and awareness. In short, pay attention to what, how much, and how you feel mentally and physically when you eat. Even in Get Real and Stop Dieting! I discuss the importance of mindful eating. What we haven't seen very much of, however, is discussion around the idea of mindful exercising.As an AFAA certified wellness professional, I've spent years witnessing mindlessness around fitness. ...

  • Cyber-Bullying: Also an Adult Problem

    I've talked about how the anonymity of the internet brings out the worst in people. Given my choice of profession, however, I've been forced to deal with it more and more. Having been lucky enough to be featured on Yahoo!, I've had thousands of people read or view my posts, and as a result, I've been privy to cyber-bullying, "mean girl" (and especially guy) tactics, and character assassinations. It comes with the territory and it definitely has taken some getting used to. That said, it still hurts.

  • Food Dyes and Easter Eggs - Worth the Risk?

    I have fond memories of coloring our Easter eggs as a kid. My mom and I would use the food coloring in our cupboard once a year for this very special occasion. Otherwise, the food coloring just sat there, unused in the dark closet. Mom may have had a sixth-sense.Buy Safe Easter Egg Coloring Kits: Eco-Eggs Easter Egg Coloring Kit

  • Healthy Swaps for Your Omelet

    I love omelets. So much so, that I will often have an omelet for dinner. When dining out, however, an omelet is often a huge meal: toast, hash browns, bacon, you name it are part of the deal, making your choice a danger zone of cholesterol and fat. Although ordering an omelet at a restaurant or diner can seem like an unhealthy decision, you can make some very easy swaps that will make an otherwise fatty breakfast, or in my case dinner, much leaner and healthier. ...

  • How Friendly is Your City?

    Smile and the whole world will smile with you. Or will it? Living in both New York and Boston, I've grown accustomed to certain cultural norms in the northeast. For instance, north easterners are known for telling it like it is…being somewhat abrupt…being a bit aggressive…and keeping to ourselves. To many, these may not sound like overly attractive qualities, but it is what it is, and I've grown to understand it as "normal" where I live.

  • Healthcare and Prevention: Would You Visit a Doctor for a Non-Emergency?

    About two weeks ago, I slipped and fell, landing clear on my tailbone. The moment of the fall, the pain was so bad that I felt it in my head. After about a minute though, I managed to collect myself and stand up. Although a little shaken up, I was able to walk and decided I was okay. Over the next day or two I iced the area, and felt minor improvements. For better or worse, I'm not one to rush off to the emergency room. I'd have to be bleeding pretty badly or feel major pain to warrant spending the time and money to sit in a waiting room. ...

  • Is a Vitamix Worth the Price?

    I was lucky enough to meet the Executive Chairman of Vitamix at a recent conference. During our conversation, we commiserated on how we love smoothies and choose them over juice or juicing. I shyly admitted that I did not own a Vitamix, but instead, used my Magic Bullet religiously every day. When I got home, a Vitamix was waiting for me.

  • Women's History Month: Let's Recognize the Women in Our Own Lives

    As we continue through March and celebrate Women's History Month, I have been inspired to think about the women in my life who I admire most. This month pays tribute to the generations of women whose commitment to nature and the planet have proved invaluable to society. Since 1981, we've been celebrating women in history through Women's History Week, which inevitably became Women's History Month in 1988.

  • A New Concept in Wellness You Won't Want to Miss

    Wellness goes beyond the traditional and flourishes in this new concept. If you are lucky enough to live in Boston or the surrounding areas, this is something you won't want to miss.

  • Why Resolutions Are so Difficult to Keep

    Recent studies show that while 52% of participants in a resolution study were confident of success with their goals, only 12% actually achieved their goals. A separate study in 2007 by Richard Wisemen from the University of Bristol showed that 78% of thos

  • A New Approach to the New Year's Resolution

    Find New Year's Resolutions a waste of time? With this new approach, you'll be more likely to succeed at the change you want to make in the New Year.

  • Healthy Barbecue Tips for July 4th

    July 4th weekend is here! Here are some simple tips to make grilling at your July 4th barbecue a little bit healthier. As always, small changes can make a big difference. Beef: For starters, always choose healthier meat. Choose grass-fed beef whenever possible. Also, Bison and Buffalo tend to b

  • Summer cocktails: How to splurge without the guilt

    Whether you are an adventurous cocktail type or are content with a simple glass of wine, spring and summer happy hours seem all the more fun when you can couple it up with halter tops, sundresses and frolicking in the warm summer sun. Moreover, restaurants and bars seem to become extraordinarily cre

  • 9 Reasons to Take Your Workout Outdoors

    Living in the Northeast, I tend to get major cabin fever during the spring. So when warmer, sunnier weather kicks in, I tend to want to do everything outside…including exercise. Whether you live in the Northeast or not, many of us stick to ourselves inside…in smelly, crowded gyms…when we work

  • 3 Natural Allergy Relievers that Work

    If you have been suffering from terrible allergies like me, it is no surprise: this year has had record high pollen counts. If you have tried everything: Claritin, Zyrtec, Alcon Allergy eye drops, etc., with no relief, it might be time to try some more natural remedies for allergies and sinusitis. H