well being

Starbucks to Add a Spring in Your Step With Its Newest Menu

With spring officially here and warmer days ahead, Starbucks is celebrating the excitement of a new season in more ways than one — and we couldn’t be more happy!

Starbucks has been our go-to for years and this season, they are stepping up their game with a plethora of menu items we cannot wait to get a hold of.

After announcing its limited-edition pastel cups featuring whimsical illustrations inside blank white circles for the blossoming season, the Seattle-based coffeehouse just released a plethora of delicious new menu items, teas and a cold brew that is sure to satisfy your coffee and snack addiction this summer.

In honor of a new season and thanks to their consumers’ evolving tastes, Starbucks said in a press release that they are expanding their menu with new food items guaranteed to fuel the warmer days ahead.

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6 Surprising Reasons You Should Take a Nap Every Day

In an age of immediacy and promptness, naps have a pretty bad reputation. For years, many have seen them as way out of a high stakes project or a continuous form of lethargy, but news flash: napping isn’t just for children anymore. And if we are being honest, kids are definitely benefiting from naps.

Whether you’re sleep deprived or just looking for a way to relax during the day, research suggests the rhetoric built around napping is kind of old-fashioned. In fact, numerous studies boost an array of benefits for napping every day that include helping to boost your memory, reduce stress, and enhance your productivity.

In case you hadn’t noticed post-Daylight Saving Time because you might be a tad tired, today is National Napping Day! If you are feeling a bit groggy from losing that extra hour of sleep that winter so warmly provided, we outline a few benefits of why napping is so awesome and help you on your way to an afternoon siesta.

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Why You Should Be Working Out with Your Significant Other

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The best relationships are all about finding balance and harmony in each other. Of course, with the constant clamor of our busy lives though, it can be hard to find that — let alone time together.

But recent studies have shown that couples who make it a priority to enjoy a wide range of shared interests and active lifestyles together actually have one of the more healthier relationships in comparison to those who lead a more stagnant lifestyle and separate their pastimes. Research suggests working out with your partner not only strengthens the bond between you two with effective communication, but the sweating side-by-side has the power to help you both gain a stronger connection.

Marriage and relationship psychotherapist, Dr. Jane Greer tells lifestyle website, YouBeauty that when a couple works out together, “the actual exercise itself can physically and emotionally have a positive impact.” As she reveals, both partners not only increase their endorphins during a workout, but equally come away from the experience with feelings of synchronicity, cooperative spirit and a shared passion.

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How Do You Know If You’re Eating Too Much Sugar?

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We add it to our coffee. It’s in our favorite, on-the-go breakfasts. We sprinkle it in baked goods and pastries. And it’s lurking deep within our favorite processed foods and drinks — like those delicious Frappuccinos! There’s no denying we really love sugar.

But while sugar makes life sweeter and summer all the more enjoyable, this excessive bad habit’s consumption rate is often swept under the radar. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports the average adult consumes about 22 teaspoons of sugar per day, while children consume on average an estimated 10 more. Though they don’t provide specific recommendations on how much we should consume a day, the American Heart Association suggests at least 9.5 teaspoons.

As one of the more dangerous substances we ingest on a daily basis, refined sugar is linked to a long list of ailments like obesity, hypertension, high blood pressure, acne, depression, mood swings and fatigue — just to name a few.

While slashing sugar from your diet can be tricky because it’s in literally everything, there’s no need for paranoia. Watch for dietary information on labels and choose more natural choices like stevia, honey, brown sugar or agave. But if you’re not feeling 100 percent or are experiencing oddities in your well-being, chances are you might be experiencing signs of over-consumption.

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Why You Should Take More Selfies

Call it a visual diary or a modern day scrapbook, but selfies are here to stay. If anything, they’re the new social norm. But while there’s been negative talk and studies highlighting a correlation between snapping selfies and a depleting confidence, there are numerous introspective benefits to taking a photo of yourself if done in healthy moderation.

In a column for the Wall Street Journal, behavioral economist, Dan Ariely makes a case for the ubiquitous selfie suggesting they not only enhance moments, but they also become a celebration of shared experiences when we snap a shot with others. This summer, when you hit the theme parks or just lounge at the lake with friends, reclaim that selfie pride because a picture is worth a thousand words and you’re worth a million more.

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3 Ways to Eat Clean for Optimal Health

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Summer entails not just sunshine and opportunities for travel, but plenty of occasions to indulge in some of our favorite foods. But as the season’s sunshine helps smash the blues, a cleanse or detox just in time for quality summer fun can chase away the sluggishness that often slows down our bodies after a long winter.

Eating clean to optimize your health is an excellent way to refresh your eating habits. You may have heard of the “clean-eating” craze thanks to its popularity of foodie photos on social media and the countless hashtags like #cleaneating or #eatclean, but the spirit of eating clean lies in how it’s delivered to your table—meaning, as natural as possible. And while many see it as a diet, it’s more about creating a happy and healthy lifestyle for yourself for an improved wellness, one meal at a time. That said, it also means, eating minimally processed and packaged foods, and cooking more at home with good ingredients.

Touted as the best way to rev up your natural detoxification process by experts and nutritionists through the consumption of whole, real foods like veggies, fruit, whole grains, protein, nuts, seeds and oils, clean eating is a nutritious and beneficial way to support your body’s well-being.

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6 Ways to Inspire More Love in Your Life

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Spring has sprung and with it comes the romance of a season in full bloom. As one of the most important aspects of our lives, love is the basis of all things good and beautiful in our world. But it is equally crucial to know that love is all around us in various manifestations like romance, intimacy, passion, friendship, acceptance and forgiveness.

Living at our core and growing with each of our actions, love defines how we see the world, others and most importantly, ourselves. In every facet made available to us, we must learn the intricacies of love because if we want to learn how to give out love purely and unconditionally, we need to know how to let it back in.

According to best-selling author and relationship expert, Dr. Margaret Paul, we attract people at our common level of emotional health and vulnerabilities. Meaning, if we want to attract a healthy, loving partner or have a vibrant, passionate, and harmonious relationship, we must first become healthy on our own to inspire such love through daily habits.

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6 Ways to Create Good Karma

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One of the greatest parts about my job is how introspective it can be. You see, with everything I’ve been through in the last few months, especially with matters of the heart, I’ve been able to really heal myself through writing. It is both a blessing and a sheer point of humility to be able to write about things that are personal, set them off into the Universe, relate to others and really learn from all that research. In keeping with what I recently learned on one of my last assignments, I am starting to understand the real value of karma and appreciate it so much more.

You see, I was hurt very badly by two selfish walking oddities—let’s call them Tom and Daisy, shall we? Living in their own world of denial and rose-colored glasses, the two of them carry on very weakly in their actions unaware of how it affects the ripples in this giant body of water we call a world. But, as my faith has shown and meditating has preached, forgiveness is the key. Forgiveness and letting go, of course. And by letting go, I actually mean being honest because honesty is the best policy. And as cliche as it sounds, the truth really will set you free. You see, I love Tom so very much but he wanted me to lie for him and carry the weight of his secrets. But it was becoming too heavy on my conscious and heart. I couldn’t take it anymore and it was like the beating heart in the floorboards.

After Daisy sent me several angry messages from her place of work and while on a trip in Illinois, I realized I had enough and had to set myself free from these chains of pain. I decided to let it all hang out and be honest. That is the number one way to generate positive karma in your own life—letting go and knowing that it’s not your load to deal with. If Tom wants to continue lying, then so be it. But it should mean Daisy needs to carry his weight for him, not me. Let Daisy suffer from his lies and shortcomings, not me. When researching on the topic of karma, I discovered the burden of secrets can weigh down not just mentally and emotionally, but physically and why risk myself for the sake of someone’s foolish deception? There is no point in life to hold such deep, dark secrets that only hurt those that matter to you. If this long chapter of love has taught me anything, it’s to be honest with those you love because lying gets you nowhere. In fact, lying creates an incredible amount of distrust and doubt and why suffer through that? Especially if someone pretends to care for those around him, but is actually an incredibly selfish and careless individual—why even choose to accept the lies? These types of people who lie and those who accept it as a form of denial will reap what they sow, quite literally.

In keeping with my latest piece for Womanista, I present to you, “6 Ways to Create Good Karma.”

Womanista | 6 Ways to Create Good Karma

Often misunderstood as some hippie buzzword, “karma” is one of the oldest Buddhist philosophies and reaches far beyond Eastern beliefs. Simply put, karma is the sum of a person’s intentional words, actions, and thoughts, meaning you get what you give in life whether it’s good or bad. The consequences of these intentions are spontaneous, natural and instant. The attitude we portray to others comes back to us with the same energy.
Since fate is never truly set because of free will, life gives you chances to better yourself. If you can explore your actions and attitudes through positive intention, you can effectively alter your outlook to create good karma for rich life experiences.
BE HONEST
Always be honest with others and yourself — even if it means you might get embarrassed. When people lie, the lie returns and most often comes back tenfold. It might seem impossible to live a life without lying (especially when we talk to our kids about the Easter Bunny or Santa Claus), but through a greater aspect of intention, karma means taking responsibility for every word and action we verbalize. Being dishonest hurts no one but yourself.
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