How to catch a sweat (and a few laughs) in isolation

How we’re staying healthy and staying happy It goes without saying: with all that’s going on in the world, it’s become harder to stay healthy and happy. For many of us, our lives have been upended, our livelihoods put on the line, and any semblance of normalcy so far out in the future that it’s…

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Coronavirus shut down the world. What do I do?

A few ways you can stay healthy in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak. Hospitals are severely understaffed, entire countries are on lockdown, and everything from Disneyland to March Madness has been shut down while the world gets a handle on the spread of coronavirus.  Here are three simple ways you can protect your health…

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RECIPE: Grain-free Blueberry Scones (or muffins, or shortcakes–they’re versatile)

You know how they say the devil only wears the finest clothes, so as to trick you into thinking he is upstanding and wholesome, the type your mother would label as “good for you”? Well, we’re well acquainted with our own personal devil, and that sugar-dusted, freshly-baked goatboy is gluten.  We’ll be the first to…

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Oh S***. It’s Valentine’s Day?

Of all the Hallmark holidays, Valentine’s Day gets a bad rap. Maybe it’s the aisles of cringeworthy cards and bad chocolates that start popping up the day after New Years, or the expectation and inherent dread of doing something “special.”  But ultimately, Valentine’s Day is an excuse to celebrate your nearest and dearest, and make…

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Fighting off this season’s nemesis, the flu

At Intake, we like to start each morning by scrolling through the news and freaking ourselves out. For instance, listen to this timely piece of winter news: The CDC has estimated that this flu season (from October 2019 until the date of this post in January), there have already been between 9 and 14 million…

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Our (Every) New Year’s Resolution

Happy New DECADE, Nose Breathers! Maybe it’s no surprise that the simplest New Years resolution we’ll be making in 2020 is to focus on our breath. Of course, we’re already in the business of focusing on our breath, but we see it this way: as much as each new year is an opportunity to incorporate…

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20 Last-minute Gift Ideas

For procrastinators, last-minute shoppers, and victims of unexpected holiday guests December is in full swing, and it seems like you can barely unlock your phone without seeing app notifications and emails dedicated to gift-guides. These were excellent about three weeks ago, but now Christmas is upon us, and the time of leisurely shipping windows has…

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Did Thanksgiving Make You Fat? We Have Good News.

Here at the Intake Office, we like to eat. An entire season dedicated to pie, mashed potatoes, and excuses to skip the gym and stuff our faces with those we hold near and dear is right up our alley. But inevitably, the new year rolls around and we have to sober up to the fact…

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TRAVEL: Our favorite places in Portland, OR

Our go-to’s in the west coast’s weirdest city Portland may not be as weird as it once was (thanks to a rapid influx of out-of-state expats over the past few years) but there’s still no place quite like this rainy northwestern city. Portland is home to one of the country’s largest municipal parks, as well…

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Yogic Breathing: How Your Nose Can Contribute to Your Zen

At the Intake Office, we’ve been trying to practice our zen a little more. There are so many ways to do this–taking a walk on the beach, hitting up your Mindfulness app, Kondo-ing your living space–but our favorite (of course) is breathwork. If you practice yoga, you’ve probably dabbled in Pranayama, the formal practice of…

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