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Our desire is that the ula and us blog inspires, educates, and provides practical tips and tricks to help you conquer your individual summits.
If you've been paying attention to the health field then you probably understand the concept that not all sugars are created equal. Nowadays there are so many alternatives to table sugar that it can get pretty confusing. My first piece of advice, don't always believe marketing, it's called "marketing" for a reason. Secondly, science doesn't lie and nature is much more profound than we give it credit. My recommendation always, eat sugar in it's most natural form AKA in fruits. Our body knows what to do with an apple, it isn't able to digest highly processed sugars in the same way. If you eat to feel good or to FUEL your life of adventure or simply to thrive, then continue reading on. Oh and girl, I am NOT telling you to put down that ice cream sandwich. We all deserve a little joy in our lives and if your form of joy is a little sugar here and there, I am not one to judge. But I am here to inform and give you the tools you need to make better choices down the road.
How many of you have taken a workout class and heard the phrase, "suck your belly button (navel) in towards your spine?"
I am personally guilty of coaching others with this exact phrase. You hear it so often because it's a simple, visual cue. Everyone has a navel and knows where their spine is. But if you focus on sucking your belly button in, then this facilitates shallow breathing. Shallow breathing is bad. It leads to improper function of the diaphragm. Improper function of diaphragm impacts your pelvic floor and spinal stability.
If you or someone you know is complaining of neck, chest, or back tightness, this could be a sign of utilizing secondary muscles for respiration and improper diaphragmatic breathing. The goal of this over-utilized phrase is to promote activation of deep core muscles or the TVA (transverse abdominis). But it does the opposite of that. Let's dive deeper into the difference between the two breathing patterns and get you one step closer to activating the deepest layer of core muscles.
You may have seen on our Instagram stories that we went on a little weekend adventure in Quincy, Washington where we stayed at Cave B Inn & Spa Resort. If you have never been to Central Washington, it's absolutely worth a visit. The rocky terrain and desert-like climate is so different from Seattle, you feel like you are in a different state but you only had to drive 2 1/2 hours out of Seattle. It's also where the premier outdoor concert venue, Gorge Amphitheater is located. If you are looking for a relaxing and retreat status experience, Cave B is the place to stay. As they put it on their site, "Cave B Inn & Spa Resort was founded on the idea to unite human and nature, nestled upon cliff-sides overlooking the gorge and Columbia River" and we couldn't agree more.
Last week I posed the question, “How many of you have tried apple cider vinegar to boost metabolism?” The majority of those that responded (~70%) said you had not. A lot of you did not respond at all and some members of the community messaged me sharing other reasons why they took apple cider vinegar daily. These included, but weren’t limited to: improved complexion, mosquito prevention, anti-inflammatory properties, gut health, and as a colon cleanse. Even more of you slid into our DMs saying you wanted us to research the impact of ACV on weight loss. So let’s dive in...
Let's be real, a mom can do more in five minutes than seems possible.
Or at least it feels like we are always juggling our daily activities with a newborn, a toddler, or a child in tow.
Christy and I want to share our mama morning routines with you.
What our "self-care" morning ritual looks like and how we get ready to take on all the beautiful messes the day will bring.