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Eating Clean, Healing From a Decade of Chronic Illness & a Simple Summer Beet Salad

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My lifestyle is all about clean eating; enjoying fresh, whole and organic foods – not processed foods with ingredients you can’t pronounce. It’s about eating what makes you feel good. It’s not about eating bowls of kale every day because you’ve heard it’s good for you. And it’s not about being skinny. That’s not what being healthy is about. Being healthy IS about balance and happiness. I don’t put a label on myself; I’m not vegan or vegetarian or paleo. I eat what my body wants and what feels good, obviously steering clear of processed foods and incorporating lots of healthy fats in every meal along with protein and fiber. I eat clean because of my chronic health story and because my body reacts severely if I accidentally eat foods that don’t agree with me such as gluten, dairy, sugar and soy. When I removed these foods and starting eating organic, I felt amazing. It’s incredible what happens and how your perspective on life changes when you go through such a traumatic health experience alone. Eating clean can be very simple and it can be done with just a few minor changes. Continue reading

Put Yourself First

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Why putting yourself first is the best choice for everyone.

We all experience moments when we feel torn between doing what we desire, and doing what we think is in the best interest of another. Sometimes we forget that those that love us also want what is best for us, and the best thing we can do is set the tone by making self-care a priority. Here’s what I mean…

I found myself in an interesting position this morning. I planned on taking a yoga class this morning, which I love and feel is an important component of my self-care on all levels. But last night my boyfriend and I got into an intense discussion, which left me feeling worried for him, wanting to care for him and make it all better. When I woke-up I found myself torn between my desire to go to class, and a thought that I should stay in bed and make sure he felt cared for.

It’s not as though an extra-long cuddle was in any way unappealing to me, yet I projected my mind a couple hours ahead, and could feel a nagging sense of disappointment that I didn’t stick to my plan to go to class. And not because I wanted to adhere to the plan, but because I could feel how badly my body wanted a led yoga session. Yet I still felt torn…and guilty. Continue reading

Getting into Better Shape with Technology

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When summer comes along, and the warm sun and blue skies banish the gloom of winter back whence it came, it’s normal for us all to want to look our best. Everyone naturally puts on a few pounds in winter, between the claustrophobic confines causing our exercise routines to suffer, and the body’s natural storing of fat when cold weather rolls around.

Not only do we feel better physically and emotionally for putting the work into a summer exercise routine – our health and longevity benefit as well. Still, as the mercury rises in those thermometers, many of us fall short of our fitness goals, owing to how back breaking and tedious exercise can often be. Continue reading

From Intent.com: Feeling the Sadness

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Much like the ocean, the mind is a vast world inside of our bodies- we have yet to fully understand it’s depths or its full power. Scientists still seek to understand the full effects of nature versus nurture, the distant impacts of our family tree on our behavior or how exposure to artificial light is changing our sleep patterns. Mental health has been a huge subject in our world recently as all sorts of variables (diet, hormones, random acts of God, etc) collide in creating sometimes highly volatile moments of experience. We are getting used to words like “depression” or “bipolar disorder” because we’re finding countless more friend, family and colleagues who live with them. If no one comes to mind, it is reported that 14.8 million adults in the US are affected by depression in any given year.

So what do we do? Continue reading

Our Favorite Smoothies on the Internet Today

Whether it’s the pressure of bathing suit season or all the beautiful tropical fruits out at the grocery store right now, we like to think of this as Smoothie Season! Strawberries, bananas and some ice cubes will get you there but why stop with the basics when the internet has so much more adventurous recipes to offer? Here are some of our favorite smoothies on the internet today! Continue reading

Officer Empowers Student to Independence

For many, their job is what happens between the hours of 9-5.
Their hearts sit on the sideline while their heads navigate a schedule of activities, expectations and stressors. But this isn’t the case for everyone.

Our Intent staff enjoyed getting to hear one man’s story from his proud sister! Beesley is the Student Resource Officer at Oberon Junior High School in Arvada, CO. What began as a result of a shared interest in bikes with an outgoing middle schooler named Micah Petersen became a story of independence and friendship despite the presence of a cognitive disability. Continue reading

In Honor of Mothers Living with Intent

If you’ve ever been responsible for a child, you know how important every decision feels.
Are they getting enough sleep? Are they eating the right food?
Are they getting enough direction and at the same time do they feel free to be themselves?
Parenting is tough and as Mother’s Day approaches, we want to honor the women who have stepped in to lead and guide a younger generation. Continue reading

How Will We Restore the Earth on Earth Day?

Today is Earth Day! Since it’s inception in 1990 as an international event, we’ve spent today celebrating the one and only earth we have. But what is the state of our one and only? Mashable shared 7 eye opening facts about the state of the earth. At our current rate, we’re seeing plastic take over our oceans, water and food supplies coming to a shortage and air quality and forests diminishing. What will we do about it? Continue reading

Mediterranean-Style Baked Potato Bar

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The potato often gets a bad rap because they are commonly fried or loaded with fat and calories from butter and sour cream. It turns out, potatoes are fat-free and cholesterol-free, a good source of fiber and Vitamin C, plus they contains less than 10% of your daily value of carbohydrates. That’s a pretty healthy food!

Baked potatoes can be the foundation for a great family dinner by creating a baked potato bar! Similar to a taco bar, a baked potato bar offers every family member a chance to make their own meal. Instead of copying the Mexican Taco bar flavors, we decided to change up the flavor and go with Mediterranean-inspired flavors. Continue reading

From Intent.com: Love Through Listening

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I’ve heard it said that everyone’s favorite word is their name. I haven’t polled anyone to find out whether or not it’s a fact, but it makes sense. To be listened to and heard is a gift. To have someone’s undivided focus in a busy world is something special. Continue reading

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