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Don’t worry, mama – if you’re looking to make your summer cooking as healthy as possible, consider alternatives that reduce added sugars and refined grains.

Here’s why:

Added sugars increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, and a number of other chronic health problems.
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health also guides against eating highly processed, refined grains, such as white bread. The more refined a grain, the lower the nutrient content, while unprocessed, whole grains actually help fight diseases in our bodies.

If all of this seems daunting, don’t fret! As you’re preparing for your next outdoor gathering, consider some of these healthy – and easy – substitutes for your normal BBQ recipes.

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When we exercise in the heat, our core temperature increases faster and our body has to work harder to regulate our core temperature. The result is that we sweat more, which means our bodies are losing nutrients faster, leading to muscle pain, cramps, and, possibly, heat exhaustion.

What you do before, during, and after your summer workouts can make all the difference in your muscle pain and joint inflammation.

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Heat exhaustion is a risk for everyone in the warm, humid summer months, but the risk for pregnant women is even greater. According to the American Heart Association, when you’re pregnant, you have a higher than average body temperature. Your body is already working harder than normal to regulate your body temperature, so temperature regulation in intense summer heat forces your body to work overtime. From dehydration to overheating, the physical impacts not only affect you but also your baby.

So, whether you’re heading outside to play with the kids, continue your exercise routine, enjoy a cookout, or just to read, know the warning signs of heat exhaustion.

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A simple form of self-care during this strange time is in how you care for your skin. With so many businesses closed, especially those offering indulgent services like pedicures and facials, my husband and I have implemented a new weekly activity – spa Saturday (or Sunday, depending on how the weekend goes).

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So instead of pushing yourself to do more and better, create realistic expectations and do what you can. Ask for help sometimes. Talk to your community. Be the best mom you can be because that is EXACTLY who your kids need.

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For the most part, I would consider myself a confident person. I believe in what I’m doing, am not overly influenced by the opinions of others and am largely self-motivated. But in recent weeks, I’ve definitely had moments of self-doubt. With three children at home and learning, along with an overwhelming workload courtesy of COVID-19, it is hard to feel good at much. Some days are better than others and some days are just plain HARD.

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News of layoffs and furloughs is all around. And you likely know someone who has been affected. It feels like we are always waiting for the next shoe to drop. I was recently on LinkedIn and saw a post from a colleague, a solo practitioner, who is an active voice within the communications and marketing community. He also has a well-read and influential blog. And he shared that he wants to do his part. For him, that means featuring an out-of-work friend or colleague each week on his blog.

And to me, this is true career leadership in this strange time of uncertainty. We must find ways to come together and support each other despite the current remote work situation. This is just one of many opportunities for career leadership today.

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Mother’s Day 2020 is going to look very different from previous years. Traditions of brunch out, family gatherings, or family outings may not be feasible right now. And even though some places are reopening, the kids and your partner may not be able to get away for their typical shopping trip.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate your journey as a mother!

Consider filling your wish list with some of the gift ideas I’ve shared for a refreshing day – and possibly new traditions for years to come.

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Whether wine, chocolate, meditation, exercise, or something else is your favorite way to unwind, making space for yourself as a busy, working mom is a must. Check out how I’ve learned to unwind without (or in spite of) mom guilt.

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Peace of mind seems to have gone out the window with spring break plans, end-of-school celebrations, and a sense of normalcy. If you’re like me, you may often find yourself asking how to find joy in the midst of this crisis, how to hold on to peace when everything seems so uncertain, how to hold on to hope on the hardest of days.

If these thoughts and feelings sound familiar, you’re not alone, mama – and it’s ok to feel this way! But, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on maintaining peace of mind (and sanity!).

Check out some of my go-to strategies for tapping into joy on my hardest days.

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Whether your home office is a permanent or temporary setup, these office stretches are great for reducing both stress and anxiety. The best part is, even just two to three minutes of stretching is enough to help your nervous system reset, reduce stress, and give you the energy to tackle whatever is thrown at you next.

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Every parent wants to instill leadership in their children. From the example, they set the expectations they have; it’s about creating an environment that facilitates opportunities for growth, failure, learning, and accountability. Now that we are spending the majority of our time at home, I see the opportunity.

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As we adjust to life at home – working from home, learning from home and eating at home – there is a need to be more intentional when it comes to what and how we eat. Simplicity is a good rule when it comes to food. Feeding a family is hard enough. Here are six tips for feeding the family with a focus on healthy eating at home on a budget.

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Over the past few weeks, life across the nation has been turned upside down. As many of us find ourselves faced with shelter-in-place, working from home, and homeschooling, even the tried and true daily routines have gone out the window.

How do you set a new routine? How do you make a routine that can adjust when life throws you a curveball? I’ve gone back to the basics with my family to establish a new daily routine that works for everyone.

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Headaches are more than just a pain – they can derail an entire day! With many parents working from home while homeschooling or facilitating online learning for multiple kids, headache help is a must!

If you don’t have a fever and can rule out allergies, what else might be causing headaches in your home? And what can you do to stop them before they stop you?

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A simple change in mindset helped me find success as a teacher, as a step-mom, as a wife, and as a human being. Not the other way around! It wasn’t until I found a mindset of growth that my productivity began to increase and I truly found success.

Find out 8 ways your mindset can fuel success!

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Today, I’m sharing the areas where I’m prioritizing my own mental health and my family’s too. Mental health has never been more important and I think we all feel it with each passing day. From the sudden transition to working from home to schools closing and the burden of responsibility for much of their education and of course, lives that are suddenly less busy, things feel incredibly out of sorts. But we’ve never needed community and connection more.

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My favorite form of self-care and self-love is reading. And let me tell you, I. LOVE. NONFICTION. There, I said it. I am a content junkie. As a working mom, finding time to read can be hard. Thank goodness for Audible. For me, it’s more about the ability to consume, learn and grow.

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It’s a huge step for many, but try giving yourself permission to believe you are worthwhile regardless of what you do, what you earn, where you work, or where you live.

You deserve to believe in yourself. You deserve to make your dreams a reality. Simply because you are you.

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A successful female entrepreneur in a male-dominated industry WHILE being a mom – sounds impossible, right?

What does it take? A motivating vision. Lots of grit. A choice to take the path of persistence. A major helping of perseverance.

Check out the stories of 5 female entrepreneurs who helped pave the way for us all!

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