Holiday Recipe Series: Roasted Cinnamon Butternut Squash

You'll recognize this week's guest, Nicole Nelson, who has written a guest blog post before for AIH. I'm excited to share her recipe as not only are her photos absolutely amazing but she really has a great way of sharing her creations. Happy Thanksgiving week, everyone!

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Why You Should Learn How To Roast A Chicken

Among all of the dishes you learn to make, roasting a chicken should be one of them. But I don’t actually want to talk about roasting a chicken, sorry to disappoint if you were looking for a step-by-step process. You can find that here. You should learn to roast a chicken because it’s important to make something you’re proud of. This includes more than just food. It could be a new and improved version of yourself. Think about your own ability to fix or create something, and how that makes you feel. To me, that’s the first step in healing, self-care and getting to know yourself. 

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Three Questions to Ask Yourself When You’re Stressed Out

Stress is everywhere. What do I eat for dinner? Did I finish everything at work? Will I make my best friend’s birthday party? Did I make a good first impression? Have I allotted enough money for my rainy-day fund? The list goes on forever. But how much of this stress do we put on ourselves? And how much of it is imposed upon us? I’m honestly one of those people that gets the lines blurred here…heck, I probably don’t always get it right. But what I can say from my experience, is that you need to slow down. I know, shocking. Slow down and ask yourself these three questions.

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The 5 Best Fitness Instagram Accounts to Follow

There are several influencers I follow on Instagram who I think can motivate anyone looking to spice up their gym routine or to get creative in how they incorporate fitness into their lifestyle. I think it's important to follow a broad range of influencers, and I've chosen five who I think best represent my current range of interests. Every person's fitness journey is different, and there's so much you can learn from the different ways physical activity is portrayed. 

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What does use-by, sell-by or best-if-used-by actually mean?

I pose this question because it inevitably creeps up in my mind when I’m going through my fridge on Friday night, sorting out what's still good. As much as I can, I meal prep. Because it helps me save time and money - blah blah blah - we all know the benefits. Let’s go back to my 2017 New Year’s resolution, where I stated I wanted to reduce my food waste. Now that we are halfway through the year, I’d like to assess where I am at and what I’ve learned.

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#DCGlutenfree: Being Gluten Free in the District

Once I moved to DC, I knew I had to start all over again and learn the restaurants and foodie scene. Luckily, I found @DCGlutenfree on instagram. I really enjoyed learning the different gluten free finds around the district. After following the account for some time, I realized that it wasn't just finds in DC, but also in NYC and even Maine. I wanted to learn more about the person behind the account, and reached out. I was pleasantly surprised by how helpful and nice she was! Stephanie is the woman behind the account, trying new foods across the district and documenting her finds. I asked her more about her gluten free journey and how she ended up being a strong influencer in the area. 

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