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21 Healthy Travel Food Tips

It's official... I'm THIRTY (3 - 0) YEARS old as of yesterday! And I'm officially a mother of a ONE-year-old to this little cutie as of two weeks ago. (Don't mind our make-shift pantry..hehe.) Time. Where does it go??? To celebrate, we went on a family walk in...

My 3 Go-To Health & Nutrition Podcasts

Dear Readers, Has it really been over 4 months since my last post? I am seriously SO sorry. So much has transpired between then and now, like the fact that I had… a baby! Life Update Meet Charlize Tatroe Visser, who entered the world on March 4th at 8 lbs., 12 ounces...

7 Ways You Might Be Sabotaging Your Weight Loss

If you're like the 45% of Americans that make New Year's resolutions, there's a good chance yours might involve the #1 most popular goal… Losing weight. While a clean slate is always a beautiful thing to give it the 'ole college try, the fact is, 64% of you will ditch...

Jules’ Fuel: Top 10 Posts of 2013

What a crazy year! (Then again, isn't that what we always say?) From living in Serbia and Germany…. ...to visiting Nashville, Greece, Paris, and several German cities, I've been just as busy growing a baby and crossing the halfway mark to my Master's in Holistic...

Photo Journal: Our 2-Day Babymoon in Paris

Christmas in Paris? Yup. I had no idea we were going until, oh, 5 days before. That's the spontaneous life we lead surrounding my husband's practice schedule. With a HUGE blessing of 3.5 days off of practice (that rarely - basically never - happens), we seized the...

9 Reasons Exercise is About More than Weight Loss

6 miles of running = 600 calories burned. 40 minutes on the elliptical = 400 calories burned. For many years of my life, that’s how my mind worked. Miles of running and minutes on the elliptical translated to calories burned. And calories burned meant I could lose...

Sleep

My Hack for Better Sleep!

Deep in dreamland, I'm abruptly woken by familiar cries down the hallway. A shot of adrenaline runs through my belly. It's 3:15 AM. I'm SOoooooooo e x h a u s t e d. For the second time of the night, I drag my body - which feels like a sandbag, open my bloodshot eyes,...

Soul

A Different Kind of Birthday (Song)

About 15 years ago, my Dad came home from work EXTREMELY excited about a new Deborah Henson-Conant CD (yeah, who again?) he had purchased. All for ONE song. If you know my Dad, his childlike curiosity is an endearing trait that most definitely has not been matched by...

The Power of $1 (or Euro…)

Just ten minutes ago, my mood went from a mid-winter "blah" to all smiles. It's Wednesday... the indelible "hump day." And similar to "hump day," this "hump season" seemed to be especially affecting me this morning, full of grey-ish, seasonal depression disorder kind...

1 Reason for the Season

Merry, Merry, beautiful people!  One final day left! As one of the most widely celebrated holidays across the world, Christmas has its own interesting way of stirring up a “yin and yang” of feelings… With reasons to celebrate and reasons to mourn, With joyful...

6 Ways to Pay It Forward Without Money

Last Friday, I casually turned on the news only to find the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary that rocked our world. I reacted as the rest of our country did - shock, sorrow, grief, and a pit in my stomach reminding me that we live in a broken world. Though I...

9 Ways to Motivate Long-Term Healthy Living

There's first the question of KNOWING. Knowing what and how to live a nourishing lifestyle. For some of us, we may think we know, but it may not actually be the truth; especially because our needs morph depending on our age and stage of life. For instance, in my...

11 Ways to Cultivate Holiday Joy (Without Food!)

Let's play a game. Name the FIRST word that comes to your mind when you hear "Christmas." 3-2-1....Go! Cookies? Snow?  Presents?  Candy canes?  If food comes to mind, I'm not surprised. "Eat, drink and be merry," they say... The two usually go hand-in-hand, and they...

Stress

The Way You Chew: A Reflection of the Way You Live?

Have you ever watched a baby or child eat? They instinctively chew and chew and chew, until their food is mush before swallowing. And it takes them a really long time to eat because of it. Similarly, my dad is an amazing outlier of our country's "non-chewing" culture....

Lessons from A British Cab Driver: Success Redefined

Two years ago, I was privileged to meet a British driver in London named Nate. During the time he picked me up at the London Heathrow airport and the 1 hour, 15 minute ride to my company's headquarters at the time, he altered my view on work, life, and success...

2 Ways to Find Peace & Joy Amid Stress

All of the Christmas carols tell us that the holidays are a time of peace and joy. At least, that's what they should be about. But, this isn't always the case. And regardless if we're ready; regardless if we're not, the holidays arrive like a train, and pass through...

4 Travel Tricks to Hit the Ground Running

250,000 SkyMiles® and counting... I still can't believe the amount of airline miles that I've amassed due to both business and love (has anyone else done a LONG distance relationship over an ocean for 2.5 years?). Both a blessing and a curse, I love going the...

5 Fast, Natural Immunity Boosters

Adults catch an average of 2 - 4 colds per year, and children may catch upwards of 8 - 10 colds annually (Colds in children, 2005)! With children back in school and the cold weather coming, the last thing you and your family need is to get sick. We're told to hurry up...

Preventable Pain, Overweight & Injuries: Food is Medicine

As I sat in the physical therapy office awaiting my husband this past week, I felt utterly depressed. Besides the soap operas playing on the television and the drab red-colored walls, the cross-section of people rehabbing just astounded me. Enter a woman in her late...