The Ups and Downs of Committing to a Healthy Lifestyle

For some people, dieting seems easy. Maybe they just don’t get hungry, you think. Maybe they have some magical hormone that suppresses their appetite, allowing them to get by with very little.Or maybe they have more psychological problems than you could imagine.Regardless, you are not one of those people. You enjoy food. In fact, you love it – sometimes a bit too much.After indulging in what you know is “bad,” you try to justify it by telling yourself that you deserved it because you had a really shitty day or you’re out celebrating something....more

Out of My Element: Living in the City as an Introvert

For some of you this may come as a shock, for others you might have known longer than I have, but I am an introvert. One of the most confusing kinds – I might add.I am social. I enjoy being with friends and doing activities, but essentially, I get my energy from being alone. Days without solidarity and time to myself drive me to the point of insanity. It causes me stress and high anxiety, and if I’m not careful, some really horrific breakdowns....more

KrissDusel a/k/a Fittobekriss

I am an ALMOST 40 year old mom of a 5 year old daughter and a 9 year old son, who works part-time as a legal assistant, while taking care of my family and for the first time in a long time myself. My blog is about getting fit and healthy the right way, by exercising and eating right - not fad diets.  It is also about all the fun things I do with my kids to keep them fit and active.  ...more

How Stress Can Sabotage Your Success With Good Health

I posted this article on stress when I first launched the Paula's Healthy Living website. It's one of my favorites so I wanted to share it with our new readers....more

Exercise Your Way to Happy & Healthy

Working out in the morning is a great way to jump-start your day, get your blood flowing, and your energy boosting.  I exercise at home, while my children are sleeping, with DVDs.  I am dedicated because I love the way it makes me feel (energized, flexible and strong) and look.  I enjoy the loosening of stiffness from sleeping, and having personal time to start out my day.  Not everyone is a morning person though, so working out during your lunch break or evenings may be better for you. ...more

Exercise: It Does a Body Good!

Exercising on a regular basis is an integral aspect if healthy living for a variety of reasons. Exercise can cut your body fat and alter your bodies composition.  This is important to long-term health by keeping health issues, such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and digestive ailments, at bay.  It’s important to note that exercise alone won’t accomplish your goals if your diet doesn’t reflect the hard work you put into it....more

Are You Gluten Intolerant?

Many Americans have some level of gluten intolerance which may show through symptoms of stomach upset all the way up to Celica’s Disease.  There is a spectrum of disorders where gluten has an adverse effect on the body.  It’s generally accepted that one in 133 people have ...more

Healthy Living in a Cup...Green Tea

Green TeaMiracle worker in a cup and tasty too! ...more

What Is The Paleo Diet and Does It Work?

Controversies abound around the Paleo Diet craze.  Is it an effective diet?  What do they mean by Paleo?  Are they basing their beliefs in this diet idea from people that evolved 10,000 years ago or after the dawn of agriculture?  Surrounding those original homo sapiens; where were they living? Their geographical location would have radically affected the entity of their diet....more

Vitamin D: Are You Getting Enough

A reader requested information about vitamin D supplements and if they were necessary.  My advice is based on a mis-step I took myself last year when my exercise trainer recommended I get B12 shots to boost my energy level.  I didn’t ask enough questions or research the topic enough and went for 3 weekly sessions to receive the B12 shots at a center for weight loss that is monitored by a physician.  When my energy level didn’t change for the positive, I went to my internist to have them run blood tests.  The results were highly elevated le...more