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4 Reasons to Unplug

Posted by Abby Rasmussen

Jul 29, 2014 8:45:48 AM

The other day I caught myself watching TV, sending emails on my computer, and checking my phone all at the same time. Sadly, this isn’t as unusual of an occurrence as I would like it to be. I always laugh at people who lose their phones because, frankly, mine is almost always in my hand. But maybe there are advantages to “losing” your phone (or computer or tablet…), whether on accident or not. The topic of “unplugging” is often brought up in our social media-savvy generation. It is a topic that is typically scoffed at by teens but encouraged by their parents. So what exactly are the benefits of unplugging.

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Topics: Wellness

Summer – The Earthing Season

Posted by David Gelfand

Jul 28, 2014 10:00:00 AM

Where I live, summer is without a doubt the most coveted time of the year. With a brutal nine month winter behind us, there’s absolutely nothing we yearn for more than some sunshine, warmth, and the sight of the sprouting earth. 

Once the summer season fully rolls around (at least here), we absolutely have to take advantage of it while it lasts. Two to three months of cool, carefree vibes in the summer sun can fly by – trust me! 

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Topics: Earthing and Grounding

The Healthiest (and Tastiest) Turkey Burger

Posted by Alison Gallun

Jul 26, 2014 8:27:29 AM

Now that summer is in full swing, it seems like everyone I know is firing up their grill every night and making some delicious dinner that wafts throughout the entire neighborhood. As much as I love a good bratwurst (a summertime staple for a born and raised Wisconsin girl like me) or a juicy cheeseburger (Wisconsin? Cheese, duh.), I’m a big fan of a tasty turkey burger, too. And let’s face it, there’s nothing as rewarding as finding a great, healthy recipe that doesn’t compromise taste for calorie count, am I right?           

Besides being a more heart healthy option, turkey burgers have a lot more selections in the potential flavors you can use, and allow for a lot more recipe twists, toppings, and tastes. Whether you want a southwest inspired burger, or a Mediterranean turkey burger, like the one below, the options for mix-ins and garnishes for turkey burgers really are limitless.

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Topics: Food and Drink

3 Yoga Moves for a Hangover (Too Much Summer Partying)

Posted by Guest Blogger

Jul 25, 2014 9:36:00 AM

Everyone’s spirits are high in the summer and sometimes it’s easy to indulge in too many spirits! Summer BBQs and pool parties often involve ice-cold alcoholic beverages. Also, many weddings take place in the summer and it can be difficult not to have fun drinking and dancing the night away. I’ve never been one to drink too much, and for the past 10 months haven’t been drinking at all! I can relate, though, to feeling out of sorts the next day after having an extra glass of wine or two when there’s something special to celebrate.  

If you overindulge in one too many cocktails and wake up feeling not so great the next day, you can combat your hangover with some simple yoga moves. Resist the urge to indulge in a heavy meal and pop a Tylenol. The best thing you can do, is eat a breakfast high in fiber (oatmeal or sprouted wheat toast) and good quality protein (hard boiled egg instead of greasy bacon), drink a hydrating coconut water along with your coffee or tea, and move the body to sweat out the alcohol. 

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Topics: Ambassador Spotlight

Focused on Determination

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Jul 24, 2014 8:31:00 AM

“The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack in will.” –Vince Lombardi Jr. 

Don’t let difficulty stop you! There will almost always be unexpected challenges and twists and turns along the road, but those are what make the journey rewarding. So keep your head up, persevere and remember to take a look around once in a while and realize how far you’ve already come.

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Topics: Motivation

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet For Your Workout Routine

Posted by Erin Acklin

Jul 22, 2014 9:17:00 AM

morning-yoga-practice-workoutThe perfect workout. You see them advertised all the time, on Facebook, Pinterest, and in all of the magazines on the end of the check out aisle at the grocery store. However, the perfect workout is essentially a myth. There is no end all be all in the category of perfect workouts. No one routine will ever apply to all human beings. There is, on the other hand, the possibility for the perfect workout for you. Every person is a little different, and this applies to workouts as well. Certain fitness routines will work better for others than it might for you. Finding your perfect exercise plan takes a little more than just a Google search or a Facebook quiz.

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Topics: Wellness

Carol’s Introduction to Juil and Earthing Products

Posted by David Gelfand

Jul 21, 2014 8:43:00 AM

1.) How did you first hear about Juil? 

My husband is always looking for unique, thoughtful gifts for me. He subscribed to a year-long gift package from Yuzen.  My first of 4 seasonal boxes arrived, containing samples of many lovely, "earthy" products, including a coupon for your shoes.  I went to your site, liked what I saw and read, and ordered a pair!

2.) Before Juil, had you ever heard of the concept of grounding/earthing?

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Topics: Earthing and Grounding

Overnight Oats: A Breakfast Life-Hack

Posted by Alison Gallun

Jul 19, 2014 8:30:00 AM

Breakfast: the most-important meal of the day. When was the last time you ate a real breakfast? I’m talking about a well-balanced, nutritious and delicious way to start the day, not a meal-replacement shake and a handful of cereal. 

Breakfast: The Dream

I love when movies and commercials show a well-groomed family sitting around a table, calmly enjoying homemade pancakes, fluffy eggs and fresh-squeezed OJ and chatting about what they’ll do at work or school that day. Sounds nice, but I’m pretty sure that only happens in mythical, far away lands with endless hours in the day. 

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Topics: Food and Drink

Find Strength in Challenges

Posted by Kelly Wallschlaeger

Jul 17, 2014 8:30:00 AM

You’ve heard it countless times before, “Life isn’t easy,” and why should it be? Aren’t our challenges and hardships what cause us to grow and change? Tough experiences are necessary if we are to develop into stronger, more considerate and insightful beings. So remember this the next time you find yourself in a less-than-favorable situation. Not only will you make it through, but you will emerge as a better person.

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Topics: Motivation

6 Tips for a Good Morning

Posted by Abby Rasmussen

Jul 14, 2014 8:30:00 AM

I know very few people who enjoy their mornings. Even though I consider myself a morning person, getting up and starting the day can still be a struggle. Mornings are often a time of stress as we rush out of the house and try to prepare ourselves (and possibly others) for the day. This is tough to do when you aren’t fully awake or are still longing for your comfy bed. But if you look at mornings negatively, it will never be more than a burden. One of the reasons I like mornings is because they provide new opportunities. Each new day offers us a fresh start, despite what the previous day or week was like. In order to take full advantage of this new start, we need a positive outlook on the start of the day. Here are my tips for starting your morning out great!

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Topics: Wellness

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