Hawaii Is More than Just an Island, It’s a Way of Life

What is the first thing you think of when you think of Hawaii? Thanks to AnnaSophia Robb’s portrayal of Bethany Hamilton in the movie Soul Surfer, I often think of what else? Surfing. One thing you will notice, even in this flick, the Hawaiian way of life is about much more than just surfing.

Aloha is the perfect word to describe the entirety of the Hawaiian way of life. It means hello and goodbye (life coming full circle anyone?). It is also a moral code, an expression of love and a connection to nature. Read more

Do You Have a Slowing Metabolism? Find Out How to Cope

Many of us, especially if we struggle with our weight goals, have blamed the all-encompassing metabolism monster: “It’s too slow,” we say. It is frequently targeted as a common weight-loss enemy without really knowing the facts that play into metabolism – and whether or not we can do anything about them.

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What Your Yoga Instructor Wishes You’d Stop Doing

The benefits of yoga are endless. With a little downward dogging, you can lower your stress levels, decrease your risk of heart disease, maintain a healthy weight, and so much more.

So, if you’re getting your butt to yoga class every week, good for you! But if you’re texting between sun salutations, your instructor might say you’re robbing yourself of yoga’s many perks. Read more

Your Feet Can Take You Places – Take Care of Them

Oh, how we relish in our weekly manicures finding so much joy by painting our fingernails pretty colors to match the seasons. Getting a manicure is even a social event, friends sit side-by-side marveling at each other’s nail choices, and they laugh, engage in conversation and relax. Why can’t the same be said for a pedicure? Usually at the pedicure chairs in a salon are women that came all alone, disgruntled that they have to face the music of getting a pedicure. Read more

4 Ways to Stay Positive and Maintain Confidence

Some of the biggest obstacles we face in life may be fear, insecurity, self-doubt and the like. In order to overcome that negativity, many people turn to unhealthy behaviors, such as overeating or alcohol/drug abuse (some even shop compulsively – you know who you are!).

“Compulsive or addictive behavior may temporarily numb that negativity, but it won’t put you on a healthy and wholesome path,” says Darlene Hunter, a renowned speaker and author of Win-Ability, Navigating through Life’s Challenges with a Winning Attitude. Read more

What Will Soda Do When It Has Its Way with You for 2 Weeks?

Sugary drinks are linked to obesity, heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes — and the more soda people drink the more likely these outcomes. The deniers keep arguing that association isn’t proof that one actually causes the other, although when epidemiologic studies show a link again and again, and the mechanism of harm is plausible, it is actually pretty damning evidence. That’s how we proved smoking cigarettes caused disease (there never was a controlled study asigning people to smoking and comparing them to controls). But there’s nothing like controlled experiments, especially double blind placebo controlled ones, to prove cause and effect. Read more