Energy

Are Protein Bars Healthy? Sometimes

Protein bars are all the rage these days. Some of my patients even eat them instead of meals. We’re busy, right? And it’s so easy! It’s, of course, better to eat a whole, real food instead of something processed, but sometimes you’re in a rush. That’s life. And intuitively it makes sense that something called a “protein bar” would likely be a good choice—especially if…

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How many hours of sleep is enough? | Ask Dr. Samantha

You really want to get enough sleep, as sleep is the single most important thing for keeping your energy up and your body in balance! What other questions do you have about sleep? Ask me your questions for future videos here!

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Moving beyond “good enough”

How do you feel on a regular basis? Do you have all the energy you want? Do you feel great? Just ‘good enough’?  I promise you that you can feel not only better than you feel now, but you can feel great. It’s so common for us to get pulled along in our daily life, from task to task, or fire to fire, forgetting to…

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The Water You Drink: What to Watch Out For!

My husband is the water keeper. If anyone is wasting a drop in this house there’s hell to pay. As someone who can take (I know, don’t judge) four showers a day to warm my tiny little body up, I can get an earful on the regular. I can hear him unloading and reloading the dishwasher so we can squeeze in every last item. I…

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B Vitamins: What You Need to Know

You have probably heard at one point or another that you should take vitamins. But you have probably also heard that it’s unnecessary, and that we shouldn’t. What’s the truth? The answer is probably somewhere in the middle. In an ideal world we would get everything we need from our food as it would come from the earth without refining or processing. In an ideal…

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Put Your Face in Nature

When I was dealing with some pretty bad anxiety a few years ago my yoga teacher gave me an assignment. She told me I had to put my “face in nature” every single day. Rain or shine. Anxious or not. It didn’t have to be for an hour, or even half an hour. Just ten minutes. If it’s raining, she said, grab an umbrella. If…

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Why is Sugar So Addictive?

Have you ever wondered why you can’t just eat one cookie at a time? Or why diets are so difficult to sustain? Or why you’re thinking about cookies right now instead of the words you are reading? It’s sugar, sugar! We evolved to seek out sugar. Our brains are hard-wired to make us love sweets. This was an absolutely crucial evolutionary adaptation when food was…

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Why Clearing Clutter Matters

For most of us when our space is organized and clean it’s easier to focus on the task at hand. But we don’t often think about the flip side: Clutter can drain your energy and significantly increase your sense of overwhelm. In the last few years the ‘minimalist’ movement has hit the bookstore shelves and is all the rage in just about every blog and…

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Exciting News—my book found a home!

Any of you who have been around for a bit have been hearing and reading about my book proposal for a while. And when I say a while, it’s been over 2 years…for this book. There was another proposal before that which I decided to bail on at the last minute—but that’s another story. The way that non-fiction books work, most often, is that you…

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Staying Productive When All You Want to Do is Curl Up on the Couch

Readers had questions. I have answers. After my last post on the winter blues, I heard from many people that said they don’t exactly have winter blues, but they do notice that at this time of year it is more difficult to stay motivated and get things done. And for more than a few, with everything going on in the US, it feels just that much harder.…

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