Kim Hynes: Health & Wellness Blog

Welcome to my blog! Here you will find tips, ideas, recipes, my thoughts on products, ways to feed and nourish your soul, and many ways to make your transition to optimal health and wellness more obtainable, fun, and delicious. 

Eating Out and Choosing Healthy Food is a Mindset

Whatever your reason for going out, there are some ways to help you stay on track. Restaurant food tastes great, but often it’s because of the ingredients they are adding to make it so flavorful and they are not always good for us. There are very healthy options that you can choose that taste great, but also keep you on track and guilt free.

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Nutrition and Exercise Under Control but Still not Losing Weight?

Health and Fitness Expert, Shawn Stevenson, has a great analogy. Our health is like a three legged stool. The three legs are Nutrition, Exercise and Sleep. If we take any one of those legs away, the stool falls.

Are you working out and eating well but still not able to lose any weight? Are you working hard but the scale just won’t budge? Is it really all about exercise and food alone? I was personally having this issue and decided to dig a little deeper.

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Are You Eating Your Stress?

Eating too fast, mindlessly and too much can make us feel worse even if it feels good at first. Stress eating adds pounds, but also brings shame and guilt after the eating.  Mentally it makes us feel bad and not in control.  Filling the hole of stress with unhealthy food does not fix the problem.  After we eat, the stress is still there.  Emotional eating of any kind will hurt your weight management and weight loss efforts.  That also is stressful and becomes a vicious cycle.

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Grown Up Cereal: Healthy Apple and Raisin Granola

Did everyone else grow up on cereal? I did!  I even ate it for dinner many times in college. I didn’t love granola until I was older. I liked the typical sugar filled cereals like Froot Loops and Frosted Flakes.  Of course, Cap’n Crunch beat them all out because I am a peanut butter freak.

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Cashew Milk on the Fly

You know how I like easy recipes.  This cashew milk took less time to make than driving to the grocery store and getting a packaged and processed cashew milk.   I love knowing it’s fresh and has no preservatives.  If you have the ingredients at home, you can make this in 15 minutes.

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Mindfulness: My New Superpower

In the past couple of years, I have started learning more about being mindful and meditation. What was this mindfulness I kept hearing about? I wasn’t even sure exactly what that meant.  I hadn’t started meditating and thought it just meant to slow down. I thought if I slowed down I wouldn’t get as much done. My only gauge on the day was productivity.  I thought there was something wrong with me because I wasn't getting enough done.  Little did I know how the power of mindfulness would change my life and me.

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It's the Fight of Your Life: Health vs. Diets

Diets are a trap.  They are very restrictive and we always think about what we can NOT have. By human nature, when we are told not to do something, we are tempted to do it even more.  When we are too restrictive, we set ourselves up for failure and will fall off the wagon even faster and harder. 

 

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Butternut Squash Soup: Sunshine In A Bowl

Do you ever try to eat foods you don’t like or just don’t fit you just because they are healthy?  I really love a great salad with tons of vegetables, greens, nuts and a light homemade dressing, but I also love warming and grounding foods.  That is why I make soup any time of the year.  I love warm food and my husband, Mike, likes cool food. Luckily, this soup goes great with salad so we get both the best of both worlds!

Sunshine Butternut Squash Soup

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Health Train Gone Off The Tracks?

I have fallen off the workout wagon this month. I love to workout, so what happened? Like so many people, I got sick during the winter season and had to take time off. I probably actually needed the break. I have been attempting to get back into a routine with both my nutrition and exercise, but the more time I take off, the harder it is to return to full speed. You know how it goes...low motivation, no energy, and then caffeine and sugar become the pick me up. I found myself making excuses instead of making the appointments with my friends as I did in the past. 

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