The Scientific Seven Minute Workout

We've already talked about how exercising daily can be quite the struggle for me. Between my full work day, commuting and the afternoon rain storms it feels nearly impossible to get in a good workout. I hardly have enough time to make dinner most nights, let alone take a trip to the gym and spend 45-60 minutes on a treadmill or trying to figure out what weights to lift. I sometimes wonder if I'm the only one who wanders awkwardly through the machines unsure of where to start. (I'm not the only one, right?)...more

Loving my FITBIT

FITBIT- It’s a new fitness fad! People love wearing this hued band around their wrist which enables them to keep track of their steps, calories, movements, sleep et al. Its a fun way to consciously keep track of your day to day activities and also easy way to be fit and healthy....more

DIY Natural Bug Spray

 This weekend, my best friend and I [plus our husbands] are heading to Manatee Springs to camp for the weekend. I'm sure it'll be Florida sunny and humid with a side of thunderstorms and plenty of mosquitoes....more

Snacking Mindfully

My friend Kim texted me last week, and suggested that I write a post about snacking for “snackaholics” like her.  I thought it was a great idea. What are some ways to maintain healthy habits while snacking?I don’t feel that there any real problems with snacking, as long as it is done mindfully and in moderation. Personally, I find that snacking leads to issues for me when I am just dipping my hand into a bag of something and eating just to eat, rather than eating because I am actually hungry....more

How To Lose Weight Very, Very, Very Slowly

If you've ever wanted to know how to lose weight very, very, very slowly you have come to the right place. I am pretty sure I am an expert on the topic since I have been doing it so well now for at least two months. I want to share my top 20 tips for losing weight slowly with you, in case you too want to lose weight as slowly as possible too.1. Sign up for My "Fitness Pal." Then buy new, shiny, running shoes and a pedometer....more

The App You Never Knew You Needed

I've been on an extreme health kick as of late and between increasing my workouts and trying to figure out how to become a bacon eating vegan, I have been researching high and low for tools to help stay on the road to healthy living....more

Coconut oil hair treatment

Mmmm, coconut oil. In my house, you will find jars of coconut oil in my kitchen and my bathroom. Yup, I use it for both cooking and on my body. Coconut oil is the base for most of my homemade beauty products.In preparation for two upcoming workshops this summer on Natural Beauty Basics, I decided to try something new with coconut oil.  I had read that it makes an amazing deep conditioner for hair, but I never actually tried it for myself.  I wanted to make sure that coconut oil was an effective hair treatment before discussing it in my workshops....more

Microbeads in our Beauty Products have Major Environmental Consequences

Have you ever noticed those tiny blue scrubber beads in face wash or toothpaste? They're so tiny, maybe you missed them....more

Sip and Nibble

   Happy Fourth of July! Greeting from Steps4Health! How are you celebrating the Fourth? Viewing a parade or fireworks? Having a picnic or BBQ? Are you enjoying your summer? How do you beat the heat? When temperatures are high, some people eat light, especially when outdoors. They just sip and nibble through the heat. Have you been sipping and nibbling to fit into your swimsuit or shorts for the summer season? What do you sip and nibble on?Sip on cranberry juice, nibble on a cheese stick,Sip on lemonade, nibble on a handful of nuts,...more

Simple Beauty: DIY Seaweed Scrub

When I was in Ireland, I treated myself to a seaweed body scrub at one of the bath houses I visited. It was an invigorating and inspiring treatment - I felt so good after that scrub; like my skin was glowing. I think about it often....more