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Staff Picks 2015

All 10 of our issues were loaded with cutting-edge health, fitness, and personal development along with top-notch workouts and delicious recipes, but here’s a few that resonated with our staff members.


Fearless Health
Worrying excessively about our well-being can do us more harm than good. Here’s how to keep your health concerns in perspective.

“Much of what you see out there about being healthy contains some combination of a restrictive, limiting, difficult, (insert other negative connotation) — a “let’s scare you into making a change!” approach. While there’s a need for the hard facts about health, this piece stood out in a way that makes health more accessible and positive by coming from a place of goodness.” —Brooke Rymer, Community Engagement Specialist

“This is a smart, beautifully composed article that no one else is doing. Plus it has great artwork.”

—Michael Dregni, Deputy Editor


Digestive Enzymes
Suffering from heartburn, reflux, and other digestion challenges? Digestive enzymes can be an important step in finding lasting relief.

“This was something I’d begun exploring on my own due to some digestive problems a few years ago. I enjoy this piece because it gathers so much good (and true) information in one place, showing how our bodies process food, the way stress can affect the process, and what I can do to heal myself.”

—Casie Lukes, Digital Content Specialist

“The content and art work really work well together to tell the story.”  —Jenny Jacobson, Graphic Designer


Burdens of the Past
Painful events from childhood can linger, creating stress and anxiety today. Here’s how you can take empowered steps toward healing.

“As I read this piece, I found motivation to deal with my own issues of the past, and also to pass it along, with so many people in my life who I feel would benefit from this helpful, practical advice. The artwork also did a beautiful job of illustrating the pain of long carrying these issues, and moving through and beyond.” —Jamie Martin, Executive Editor


How to Cure Hiccups
A reliable method for getting your breathing back on track.

“I’ve used this tip on more than one occasion!” —Jenny Jacobson, Graphic Designer


What Your Skin Is Trying to Tell You
Acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions can be red flags pointing to more serious health concerns. Here are six of the most common — and how they might be speaking for the rest of your body.

“I enjoy this piece because it’s very relatable. It’s fascinating that your skin can give direction to what other things are happening inside your body — and it’s such an easy thing to see.” Casie Lukes, Digital Content Specialist


On Faith and Fitness
Glutes and godliness. Biceps and the Bible. On first view, fitness and faith may seem a strange match. But for many people, spiritual motivations bring deeper meaning to their health and fitness pursuits, and prove to be a positive, pivotal factor in supporting them.

“I loved the exploration of the intersection between spirituality and physical activity, and how this article explained the role of spiritual motivations in bringing deeper meaning to our health and fitness efforts. It connected with me because it’s exactly how I feel when I’m doing yoga.” Jamie Martin, Executive Editor


How to Take a Nap
A little preparation can help you reap the restorative benefits of a midday rest.

“Beautiful in its simplicity.” Michael Dregni, Deputy Editor


The Sipping Point
Many women are drinking more than ever before. Are you one of them?

“I thought the author did a wonderful job of explaining this topic in a really relatable, honest way — without shaming. If offered helpful insights and strategies for identifying if there is a drinking problem and getting help.” —Jamie Martin, Executive Editor


No More Fitness Excuses
Don’t hit the snooze button on your fitness goals. Here are 17 of the most common obstacles to exercising — and expert advice on how to overcome them.

“Relatable content and fun graphics.” Jenny Jacobson, Graphic Designer

Finally, here are two articles that resonated with our Marketing Specialist, Laura Fogelberg:


Discover how the feeling of awe can make us humbler, kinder, and more altruistic.


Here Comes the Sun
A little bit of sunlight can do a lot of good for your health.

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