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Virginia Boyles

ACEs, Childhood Trauma, and Disparities: How Racism Shapes Health

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are traumatic events that occur before age 18 that have been linked to negative health outcomes. The term originated from a groundbreaking 1995 study from the CDC and Kaiser Permanente. The original study focused on three types of traumatic childhood events: abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction.

The study uncovered a strong link between trauma in childhood and adverse health outcomes including cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, substance abuse

Meal Prep for Beginners: 5 Things You Need To Know

Meal Prep for Beginners: 5 Things You Need To Know Before You Start Meal Prepping

Meal prep for beginners can be extremely overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. Many people love the idea of meal prep but struggle to make it a regular part of their lives. I’ve heard of many different obstacles to preparing meals for the week:

“I don’t know how to meal prep”

“I get bored with eating the same thing every day.”

“I wouldn’t even know where to start.”

It’s understandable why these challe

Freezer Meals: 5 Essential Meal Prep Tips

When I first started meal prepping, some unfortunate mistakes stopped me from using my freezer very often (Has anyone else ever frozen shredded zucchini into an ice blob?). As I got more confident in the kitchen, I got more comfortable incorporating freezer meals in my meal prep strategy, and it has truly been a game-changer.

If you have tasted a freezer-burned meal, you may be under the impression that the freezer is where meals go to die. However, frozen meals can be just as delicious after a

Picnic Food: No-Reheat Meals for a Perfect Picnic

One of my favorite summertime traditions is enjoying time outside with picnic food. I live in Colorado, where there are tons of beautiful natural areas to pick a shady spot and tuck into a tasty meal.

If you’re out of date ideas, I highly recommend this type of outdoor excursion. You could even pick a theme for your picnic and build the experience around it for a thoughtful touch!

The first step to a great picnic is a great basket to transport all your picnic food. There’s a wide range of pric

10 Easy Meal Plan-friendly Lunch Boxes

At Workweek Lunch, we get a lot of requests for no-reheat meals. We understand that when you’re on the go without microwave access, it’s essential that your food is just as tasty cold or room temperature as it would be hot. Beyond the right recipes, you also need the right meal plan-ready lunch box to keep your food fresh. Fortunately, there are so many great lunch boxes out there that can keep your food cold while being portable, affordable, and stylish.

Check out our list below for our best l

Fall Recipes: 15 Recipes for Your Apple Orchard Haul

I am one of those people who feels the slightest cool breeze at the end of August, and I am already lighting fall candles. I love cozy sweaters, autumnal colors, and all of the delicious produce that’s in season this time of year.

That’s especially true for apples. There’s nothing that says fall like apple-picking, so I’m really looking forward to my next trip to the orchard. I definitely want to make the most out of the fruits of my labor (see what I did there?). If you’re an apple lover like

Copycat Restaurant Recipes to Make at Home

Copycat Restaurant Recipes To Make When You Want to Order In

There’s nothing wrong with ordering delivery, and I have certainly done my fair share, especially in 2020. (Anyone else feel like their comfort food intake has gone up significantly this year?) However, I am also a grad student on a budget, and I can’t afford to eat out all the time. That’s why I love WWL recipes like the Better-Than-Takeout General Tso’s Tofu and Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Pad Thai. Just knowing that I can make a me

No Bake Desserts: 11 Sweets When You Don't Want To Fire Up The Oven

No-Bake Desserts: 11 Sweets When You Don’t Want To Fire Up The Oven

My sweet tooth really comes out during the summer. I think it’s because there are so many delicious fruits in season. Lately I have been eating cherries before bed, which feels simply decadent. However, a bowl of fruit doesn’t count as dessert, especially for a chocolate lover like me. During winter, when I am craving sweets, I’ll bake easy desserts like blondies for a tasty treat throughout the week.

But with regular 90-degre

Making Peace with Food: How Letting Go Gave Me More Control

Making Peace with Food: How Letting Go Gave Me More Control of My Life

In March, as the pandemic brought uncertainty, closed gyms, and depleted grocery store shelves to the U.S., I noticed a trend on social media that worried me, though it didn’t surprise me.

There were memes everywhere about the “quarantine 15.” Influencers were squatting like their entire lives depended on it.

Everyone was eating a lot of pasta and feeling really, really bad about it. I started recognizing signs of body ima

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