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IMG_0314For as long as I can remember, when a bad moment (or day) would bring out negative thoughts, my Mom would gently remind me: “The most important thing is that you have your health.” This simple statement would instantly put my rain cloud in check. It’s the truth! Without good health, enjoying the other important aspects in life – like spending time with family and friends – would be difficult, if not impossible. Even today as a 27 year-old, I still occasionally need that reminder and am so grateful when I get it!

Healthy habits are built on the foundation of smart day-to-day choices. As I make daily decisions about fitness, food, and my lifestyle (beauty products, household cleaners, ect.)  I will be sharing my ideas and what I learn here on Having Your Health. We can all learn something from each other!

When I’m not blogging at HYH or over at my science blog The Synaptic Scoop, then you can probably find me tucked away in a cool, dark microscopy suite at the University of Pittsburgh studying the neurobiology of Alzheimer’s disease. If I’m not in lab dissecting brains, then I love spending time with my wonderful boyfriend and our dog Sgt. Pepper.

Sgt. Pepper hamming it up for the cam.

Sgt. Pepper hamming it up for the cam.

Here are a few of my life mantras:

1.  I try not to take myself too seriously. Once in high school I was described as “the weird Caitlin”, and I’m down with that. Life is more interesting with a little weirdness. 😉

2. I believe gratitude is powerful and try to look for good in everyday. Even difficult days have something good – you just have to pause and look around!

3. A great sweat sesh = therapy. Get moving and those feel-good endorphins start rolling!

4. Today’s food is the building block for tomorrow’s body. I don’t want to be made from Cheetos, do you?? Your body is a temple. Treat it accordingly!

5. I truly believe in the old Irish proverb: “A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures for anything.” A puppy petting session can also work miracles.

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