12 Things I Learned in 2016

2016 might be over, but I still found myself writing 2013 on my paper the other day. I’m clearly struggling to keep up with the times. I know you’ve probably read a million posts with this same exact title already, but I still want to write mine. Personally, I love reading these kinds of posts. It’s so interesting and enlightening to see what others have been through in the past year and how it changed them. These posts are also a great source of inspo for new perspectives to take and new things to think about in the upcoming year. Maybe…

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Be Careful Who You Take Health Advice From…

If you haven’t already caught on, the amount of incorrect health information circulating around in our society is something that really, really, REALLY bothers me. Did I mention how much it bothers me? More than that, though, it scares me. It scares me because people do, believe it or not (sarcasm), follow the health advice so-called “experts” give them. Consumers usually do have good intentions – they really do want to know what’s “healthy.” Unfortunately, though, it seems like the loudest voices are most often the wrong ones. While that’s not always true, it’s much too common. And while some sources of misinformation might seem devastatingly…

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What To Do When You Have Food Intolerances During the Holidays

Last year was my first holiday season with official food allergies and intolerances. I was really nervous because the holidays are a big deal to me. They’re my “thing.” I’ve also been a foodie for as long as I can remember. You can always count on me to eat an entire chocolate cake in one sitting with you. Food has always been especially important to me during the holidays, so I was anxious about getting through it with my new restrictions. I didn’t want to feel left out. I didn’t want to feel judged. I didn’t want things to feel different.…

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How to Handle The Holiday Treats

Oh, holiday treats. The holidays can be tricky for many of us, because food is tricky for many of us. Society screws with our heads like that. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, there’s usually a lot more food around, especially when it comes to desserts. Everyone seems to be quite worried about the holiday weight gain because of it. Nowadays, we’re all trying to figure out how to be balanced. To moderate. What even is balance? That’s a huge conversation – too big to talk about in this measly post. All we can do is figure it out as we go along. A lot of people…

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When You Need Support, Where is the Love?

Something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently is the lack of support I see around me. I’m going to be completely honest. Throughout most of my life I have felt very emotionally unsupported. I felt like I was always fighting against people trying to push me down, and I felt like I was always doing things alone. That contributed to some major self-esteem issues in many aspects of my life – school, sports, friendships, family. I lost confidence in myself because I felt like no one else had confidence in me. It got to the point where I kept everything I…

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