7 SAVVY WAYS TO TWEAK HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AND GET MORE SLEEP

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There’s a lot that gets packed into the holidays: visiting friends, buying gifts, prepping dinner and hosting family gatherings. With all of these extra activities, it’s possible that your sleep may suffer to fit everything in. Kimberly Lackey was interviewed by Restonic Sleep Blog and shared strategies to manage holiday stress and ensure you get the sleep you need to enjoy the season. Continue reading the full article.

TOP 15 NUTRITION TIPS FOR YOUTH ATHLETES FROM DIETITIANS AND TRAINERS

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When you have a youth athlete, providing him or her with proper nutrition is of the utmost importance. But with so many diet trends and food fads, it can sometimes be hard to separate marketing tactics from reality.

And since every athlete has different needs, how can you know which foods are best for your family?

Many parents ask this same question. That’s why Youth1 rounded up 15 tips from dietitians and trainers to share some of the best advice in youth nutrition today.

Get Ahead of Their Metabolisms

Metabolisms are unique and vary across individuals. Kimberly Lackey at Empath Coaching suggests tracking your athlete’s metabolism to determine the best times for a meal or snack.

“Listen to reports from teachers, coaches, tutors and after-school staff to see if there is consistency in performance at certain times, or potential behavior issues that repeat at the same time each day,” Lackey says. “Healthy snacking during those times, and the right breakfast, could be just the cure you and your child are looking for.”

Continue reading the full article.

SUCCESSFUL FAMILY TRANSITIONS

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Today's families look quite a bit different than they did in the past. The way we interact with our children is different. Parenting is WAY different. The "unconventional" of the past is now becoming a standard.  From divorce to blended families, sexual expression in our youth, and dealing with technology, there are so many considerations we must make as parents, which our parents didn't have to.

Click above to hear my interview with host Toni Black and learn strategies for reducing stress and bringing peace to yourself and your loved ones, so you can enjoy your time together even when life throws you curveballs.

8 SAVVY TIPS ON HOW TO WINTERPROOF YOUR SLEEP

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Kimberly Lackey was quoted in the Restonic Sleep Blog article “8 Savvy Tips on How to Winterproof Your Sleep,” discussing managing your stress levels during the holiday season.

“When you have downtime, make sure to relax as much as possible and avoid any negative interactions. Eating nutritious foods, getting plenty of water, fiber and taking a probiotic can help keep your immune system healthy during excessive periods of stress or lack of sleep,” she commented. “The more consistent you can be with your sleep patterns, the better you will fare throughout the holiday season. Setting boundaries with friends and family and taking care of yourself are very important life skills. Use this time of year to give yourself the gift of self-care.”

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6 TIPS FOR WORKING PROFESSIONALS TO STAY HEALTHY

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For a lot of people, the pursuit of staying healthy – both mentally and physically while juggling a work life balance seems like an insurmountable goal. Many people are torn between heavy workloads, managing relationships and family responsibilities, while also squeezing in outside interests. It is no wonder that more than one in four Americans deem themselves to be “super stressed.” That’s not healthy or balanced! Continue reading the full article.

BENEFITS OF HEALING TOUCH

Coming home after a long day of work and getting a hug from a loved one has long been recognized as a way of washing away the day’s stress. Dogs are a great substitute for human companionship, and plenty of people would argue that a dog’s “emotional” support far outweighs that of any human. Skin contact between a mother and her newborn immediately after delivery is an accepted practice for forming a bond, soothing the baby, and providing a feeling of safety to the newborn at birth. Continue reading the full article.

3 SAVORY + HEALTHY WINTER RECIPES

As the exceptionally cold, rainy and snow-filled winter continues, we lose more and more fitness motivation. By design, our bodies naturally like to hibernate during this season or at the very least, slow down. So, it can be tempting to dig into high-calorie comfort foods to warm our bodies during the cold days, however, we must do our best to find healthy alternatives. Below are a few recipes to prevent the dreaded winter weight gain. Continue reading the full article.
 

ALTERNATIVES FOR YOUR MORNING CUP OF COFFEE

If you find yourself allergic or intolerant to coffee and tea (or trying to kick the habit), don’t fret, you have options! Some of us can’t get our day started without a stimulating beverage of choice, and coffee and tea are by far the winning options in our country. But this winter, you don’t have to go without something warm in your cup. Continue reading the full article.
 

SWITCHEL IS THE NEW KOMBUCHA!

What is Switchel? You may not have heard of this somewhat hard to pronounce drink because it was first made popular in the 19th century but of late, it is making a comeback! Switchel is a refreshing drink made of water, cider vinegar, ginger, and some kind of sweetener – usually molasses or maple syrup. Farmers used to sip on this in the fields hundreds of years ago, but I first discovered this beverage at a local juice bar. I was excited to try it because unlike Kombucha, Switchel is free of live bacteria and carbonation. View Kim’s delicious Switchel recipe.

3 EASY RECIPES WITH NUT MILK

Moooove over cows – there are some new milks in town that are delicious and dairy-free! I am talking about nut milks. Nut milks are a great non-dairy alternative to cow’s milk without the dairy proteins that typically cause inflammation and even allergic reactions in some people. Nut milks are easy to digest, taste great, are affordable and easy to make, environmentally friendly and sustainable, and just plain tasty. Continue reading the full article.