How You Take Care of Yourself Transforms Every Aspect of Your World

We came to this earthly plane with a body that needs to be nurtured and cared for, and yet, as women we are often second, third or fourth in line to care for ourselves…even when we’re single!

We liken this phenomenon to using the oxygen mask on a plane; you must take care of yourself before you take care of others, or there will be little or nothing to give.

Once again, we’re talking about self-care. (Do you see a theme here?) You only get one body per lifetime…honor and care for it, and it will serve you well! Be Iconic Style’s mission in fitness and wellbeing is to help you make you a priority!

What’s the Rush? The Power of a Slow Morning

For many of us, the weekends feel like the only time we have for drawn out mornings over coffee and a good book, especially in today’s tech-driven, work-around-the-clock mentality. But there’s a new movement emerging, and it’s all about having slow-mornings, every morning. Whether it’s an hour of mediation or stretching and reading emails before the day begins, slow-morning practitioners will tell you that starting this small habit can make big changes in your daily life.

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Chicken Soup: 4 Comfort-Food Versions from Around the World

Chicken soup is one of those foods that really feeds the soul.It reminds many of us of childhood and the nostalgia of being nurtured by a parent. Now that we’re grown ups, not much has changed about the timeless staple, and GOOP is here to share different interpretations of the recipe from around the world.

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T-Tapp — Turning the Spine

Teresa has taught us how important it is to curl, arch, and tilt our spine every day…but it’s also important to turn the spine as well. What will you gain from this daily practice? Watch this month’s video and find out for yourself!

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How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep

When it comes to a good night’s sleep, timing is everything. Harper’s Bazaar enlisted three sleep experts to explain how a late night email or afternoon cup of coffee can throw a wrench in our sleep patterns—and how to avoid tossing and turning.

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Crank Up the Flavor: Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Recipes

How do we love rotisserie chicken leftovers? Let us count the ways. Buying a whole pre-cooked chicken from the store easily saves your dinner plans in a pinch. If you’re looking to go outside the box (uh-hmm, henhouse that is) then checkout these flavorful dishes from the recipe book of a Vietnamese native.

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Spring Cleaning—A New View Now

Every Spring many of us feel compelled to clean closets, sort through our stuff and clear out clutter that accumulates in our lives. This month BIS Contributor Dr. Mary Warren invites you to take a more expanded approach and look at some of the quiet noise that runs in our minds and hearts…

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Flex that Flexibility

We all know that we’re supposed to stretch and warm-up before we begin our exercise routine, but we often don’t get around doing cooling down. Why is this important? BIS Contributor Danielle Girdano shares the answer with us.

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Fitness Wear for Spring – April

We’re loving the warmth of spring…and the fact that we can take out workouts from the gym to the park. Have you updated for fitness wardrobe for the season? Take a look at what we’ve found for you this month!

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Quick One-Pan Dinners

We aren’t sure who decided low-maintenance dinner recipes should be trendy nowadays, but we are pretty dang thankful for them. Looking for your next one-pan dinner recipes that don’t skimp on nutritional value or the comfort-food-goodness? We’ve got you covered. Goop shares four of their favorite elevated, yet simple dishes that, in classic Gwyneth style, do not lack in exciting flavors or the flare factor. Happy cooking, friends!

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These Self Care Apps Will Help You Meet Your Goals

It’s officially March! (Cue birds chirping in the distance.) At three months into the New Year, we feel like it’s the perfect time to reflect on how we’ve been moving toward our goals, but even more importantly: how well we have been taking care of ourselves, physically and mentally. So skip the hours of researching the App Store, and checkout this comprehensive list of the best Self Care Apps in the game.

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13 Packaged Snacks Registered Dietitians Swear By

Let’s be real. A girl’s gotta have her snacks!Open up our leather bucket bags and our favorite vintage satchels and you’ll be almost certain to find the works—dried fruit and veggies, peanut butter, protein bars, you name it. Something else that’s no secret? Not all packaged snacks are created equal! Next time you head to the grocery store, take this list of the top 13 snacks registered dietitians can’t leave their homes without.

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The Importance of Strength Training

This month BIS Contributor Marc “THE Fitness Ninja” Zalmanoff shares the importance of strength training to our health and why it should be incorporated into everyone’s routine. This five minute read could change your life.

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16 Instant Pot Soups and Stews That Take 30 Minutes or Less

There’s something about a steaming pot of soup in the chillier months of the year. Throw in the promise that your recipe will be ready in 30 minutes or less? Count us in. SELF magazine found 13 Instantpot recipes that are actually ready almost instantly. From chicken noodle to butternut squash, we’ve got you covered.

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Healthy Skin and Connective Tissue

Of course, you want healthy skin. Don’t all women want great looking skin? We are bombarded with all kinds of external products and methods to improve the appearance of our skin, but most women don’t really know what’s underneath our skin is driving how good it looks. You’re definitely going to want to read this illuminating article by BIS Contributor Dr. Mary Warren as she shares how critical self-care is to having healthy skin.

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Fitness Playlist–March

Spring is just around the corner… Here are some great songs to add to your personal fitness playlist. Don’t let your workouts be a bore, enjoy yourself with these upbeat selections.

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The T-Tapp God-made/Man-made Diet

BIS Contributor Teresa Tapp shares with us her amazing God Made/Man Made Dietary plan that will help you maximize your results by eating healthier, but still allowing you to enjoy the foods you love. When practiced in conjunction with Teresa’s workouts, the results speak for themselves!

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Fitness in a Chair

Let’s face it, we sit more than we stand these days… but there are ways to look lean and sneak fitness into our day—even while sitting. As always Teresa shares her best tips for fashion fitness. You’re going to love what this super informative video… so get moving!

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Celebrity Street Style–Sport Edition

Sport style chic is the new everyday and so we captured images of some of our favorite celebrities in their work out, hang out wear. We love to take inspiration from our favorite celebs. How will you up your game where sport chic is concerned?

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Cutting Sugar from Kids’ Diet

We all want healthy kids, but let’s face it, cutting sugar from their diet can be tricky, especially if they are beyond the 7 year-old threshold. Most experts agree that behavioral eating patterns are established in children by the age of 7, although that is not to say these patterns can’t be changed! BIS Contributor Danielle Girdano shares how we can introduce change into our kids’ diets for the better. Read on!

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Dressing with Ease – Sportwear

Bless us Americans and our endless need to be dressed casually. As so much about our world slides south our casual dressing has gone with it and we are now living in our workout clothes 24/7. Several years ago when this Sport Trend arrived it was met with such enthusiasm that it has moved from trend to staple. Take a look at some of what we’ve found that can take you to the gym and serve as the look you live in all day long.

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Fitness Wear for Spring – March

It’s here… Spring is in the air! Are you ready to move your workout outside? Time to up your game and refresh your workout wardrobe! Take a look at what we’ve found this month.

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This Buddist Nun Says a “Sacred Nap” is the Key to Well-Being

Buddhist Nun and wellness mentor at the luxe Four Seasons Resort Bali, Heny Ferawati, came to the realization that the best time for all of us is when we are babies. It’s a time in our lives when we haven’t yet been saddled with the burdens of adulthood, and we are able to sense the love, nurturing and care that we are surrounded by. Find out how you can experience the peace and comfort of infancy that we all once knew in this fabulous article from InStyle.

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Reflections on an Incredible Journey

Taking vacations is a part of self-care that all-to-often gets neglected in the hustle and bustle of our busy daily lives. Those of you who know me well know of my love for Greece… and memories of my trips there are never far from my mind. I’m going to share some of those memories with you to get you in the mood for planning your next getaway…wherever that may be. Make sure you get and take all of your vacation time…you deserve it!

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Self-Care for Your Best Heart-Filled Year

We think of February as a month dedicated to sweethearts, lovers, rich chocolate and romance. But how about having a deeper love affair with yourself? All of us could use a little more TLC, and in this article by BIS contributor Dr. Mary Warren, you’ll find out how it is that self-care is the “internal glue” that holds us all together.

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Laughing Power

Who doesn’t love to laugh? It’s invigorating, cathartic, and life-affirming. In short, it feels GREAT! Laughter has a number of other positive attributes however, that are definitely worth reading about. Be sure to check out this short, but super informative article all about the power of laughter!

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How to Make a One-Pan Chicken Dinner With Whatever You Have in the Fridge

Many of us undoubtedly wish that we had the time to truly enjoy cooking without thinking about everything else we have on our plate, both literally and metaphorically. The reality of it is, we have busy lives and those gourmet meals we’d love to tackle take considerable time and preparation. SELF found the perfect solution; delicious one-pan chicken dinners that can be easily put together with whatever you have at hand.

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Fitness Wear – February

It’s still early, but we can feel it…spring is in the air! This means that warm weather clothing isn’t far behind. Time to up your workout game and refresh your workout wardrobe! Take a look at what we’ve found this month.

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The Best Food for Radiant Skin

So often we resort to quick-fix topical solutions when it comes to brightening a dull complexion… when what we really need to be looking at is what we’re putting into our bodies instead. Paying attention to how we nourish ourselves is crucial to how our bodies function. The better we feed ourselves, the better we look. End of story. You’re going to want to check out the best foods for promoting radiant skin in the following article from Oprah.com… Follow their advice and you’ll not only look radiant, but you’ll feel fantastic!

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10 Ways to Save Time (a Lot of It) in the Kitchen

In a day and age when all we do is go, go, go, it’s no wonder time is so precious to us. That said, every extra minute we can make for ourselves counts beyond measure! But where to begin? Our friends at goop.com can help get us started with this fabulous article that offers 10 genius ways to save time in the kitchen. In other words, a little extra planning now will save you lots of time later, so that you can be spending time doing the things you really want to be doing. We think you’re going to love this!

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The Surprising Rewards of Meal Kits

Looking for the benefits of cooking at home without the hassle? Why not forego the temptations of fast-food and supermarket “to go” meals in favor of a meal kit service! There are now more than 150 of them in the U.S. alone, with estimated sales of $2.2 billion (yes, that’s billion!) in 2017…and there’s a reason why they’re so popular! Check out this Wall Street Journal article to find out for yourself why a meal kit could just be your new best friend!

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5 Foods That Will Speed Up the Metabolism

If you have ever wanted to burn calories and boost your metabolism at the same time look no further. This is just the article you’ve been looking for! Check out these five foods that will not only boost your metabolism but will also help burn calories simultaneously! We thank theeverygirl.com for this fabulous article. Happy eating!

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It’s Official: Sleep Is the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Health

You’ve heard it a thousand times—and you’re about to hear it again. Sleep is one of the most important things you can do for your health! But despite spending nearly a third of our lives catching Zzzs, it’s surprisingly still not enough! You’ll definitely want to give this article from theeverygirl.com a read so that you can find out everything you need to know about the magic of shut eye!

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Understanding Essential Oils

There are a plethora of essential oils to explore, each one with its own unique qualities and purpose… The range and diversity of what’s “out there” can be a bit overwhelming at first glance, so understanding them is essential to finding the perfect one for you. Instead of hours Googling them, you’re better off giving this goop article a read. The information is short and sweet but this is a fantastic primer to all things essential oil!

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15 Instant Pot Recipes for Meal Prep Sunday

The thought of meal prepping sounds nice. Well let’s rephrase that, the final product of meal prepping sounds nice. But before we can get to that, we’re looking at hours of your Sunday spent on this kind of preparation. The following article from one of our favorite sites, theeverygirl.com, features 15 delicious Instant Pot recipes, that allow you forgo the torture of endless meal prep and sit down to a perfectly prepared meal with little to no fuss. You’re going to want to try them all!

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Holiday Hack: A Simple Guide to Surviving the Holidays

For many, the holiday season brings on an array of mixed emotions. While it can certainly be a fun and exciting time, it can also be incredibly stressful. However, if you check in with yourself regularly and learn to prioritize, it’s entirely possible to enjoy this time without unnecessary emotional stress. Be sure to read this fabulous article on surviving the holiday season with a positive state of mind by BIS contributor, Harper Reid!

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T-Tapp: Getting Rid of Your Bat Wings

Let’s face it ladies… there are few things less attractive than bat wings! Who doesn’t want to wear that chic sleeveless dress or fabulous top? Take some time this winter to tone up with Teresa Tapp and be ready for the warm weather!

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Meatloaf Transcendent

Still traumatized by the meatloaf of your youth? So often absurdly dry and dense, it’s one of those comfort-type dishes that we want to like and yet… With the help of the Wall Street Journal and MeMe’s Diner in Brooklyn, we’re going to change all of that however. Read on for a meatloaf recipe that is absolutely transcendent!

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Live Less Stressed: Manage Your Time With These Easy Tips

How is it that in 24 hours, we’re hardly ever able to achieve everything we need to get done? For most of us, our reality has become one of trying to get everything through multi-tasking but that doesn’t always do the trick. Be sure to read this article from theeverygirl.com as it features some amazing tips on how to allocate your time to avoid the inevitable stress that goes along with life in this day and age. 

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15 Smoothies We Love from Lauren Conrad’s Nutritionist

Smoothies are a staple in our diet and if it’s not already in yours, you have got to give them a try. The 15 options in this article from theeverygirl.com are a great way to start as they feature recipes from Lauren Conrad’s nutritionist. These recipes healthy, low in sugar, and feature amazing flavor profiles. Read on and you’ll never look back!

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10 of the Our Healthiest Slow-Cooker Recipes

It’s getting to be that time of the year…And who doesn’t love this season’s warm and cozy comfort food? Don’t let your summer health kick get derailed however… Keep reading for some fabulous (and super healthy) slow-cooker recipes for us that we guarantee will replace your old “go to” comfort foods.

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When Should You Take a Mental Health Day?

Self-care is just as important, if not MORE so, than taking care of those around you. Ignore the stigma of selfishness or laziness that seems to go hand-in-hand with taking care of one’s self, and be sure to take the downtime that you need for your mental (and physical) health. Find out the hows and whys in this informative article from Fast Company.

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15 Best Superfoods for Fall

Fall has arrived, and if you’re looking for a good excuse to visit your local farmer’s market in this beautiful weather (because arguably this is the best season to visit) or you’re just genuinely curious on this season’s best superfoods, then look no further! This article from Health features 15 of fall’s best superfoods packed with the best vitamins and nutrients. Here’s to a healthy fall!

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George Michael’s “Freedom”—The 25th Anniversary

It’s been a couple of years since the 25th anniversary of George Michael’s “Freedom,” but this song—and everything behind it—is definitely worth revisiting every now and again…We’re reposting this article in honor of our fabulous fitness guru Teresa Tapp… who spent a great deal of time making these super models…well, super. What she was able to do for them she is now doing for us in the most incredible way…

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8 Quick Weekday Meals from 1 Big Batch of Quinoa

Meal preparation can be a tedious and time-consuming process—and let’s face it, who wants to spend all day Sunday cooking? If you love the convenience of easily prepared meals during the week but can’t spare a lot of time on the initial preparation, you’re going to want to read article from Self and acquaint yourself with some of the many different types of meals that can be made from one giant batch of quinoa! 

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Egg in an Avocado Recipe

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But… it can sometimes be the hardest. Take the “busy” out of your morning and prepare this delicious and easy meal the night before. Trust me, your morning self will thank you, and so will the rest of your day.

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5 Online Workouts For Every Kind of Mood

Oh, exercise. That ever-present necessity that most of us love to hate. Maybe group, workout classes aren’t your thing. Maybe you detest the gym and sweaty locker rooms. Your new solution? Online workouts! Whether you love yoga, cycling or total-body shredding, here are the best online workouts out there. Check them out and see for yourself!

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