At times, we all need to lift our spirits in an instant. Luckily, some environmental and situational factors are easy to control. If you have a grumpy friend, you can simply walk away and call up an optimistic friend. If sad movies usually leave you feeling flat long after watching, you can stick to comedies or other uplifting genres. But if you are made to deal with a difficult individual who is a co-worker or family member, escaping may not be so simple. And you certainly can’t control the weather…. [Read More]
Carbohydrates are the body’s ideal fuel for most of your bodies functions. They supply the body with the energy needed for the muscles, brain and central nervous system. In fact, the human brain depends exclusively on carbohydrates for its energy. Carbohydrates are found in fruits, vegetables, beans, dairy products, foods made from grain products, and sweeteners such as sugar, honey, and corn syrup…. [Read More]
Running is something many of us, don’t do too much of these days or do but not consistently enough. However it’s something which many people fall in love with upon giving it a proper try. The challenge itself can be enough to motivate some, but for the others who think it’s out of their reach. Here are some benefits running can have to not just your health, but your life:
Imagine that you’re standing on the rugby field, and it’s swarming with 13-year-old boy’s, each sporting identical black head gear. With uniforms on, even the parents can’t always tell which boy is theirs from across the field!
From your vantage point in the middle of the field though, you can see which boy’s know how to run straight ahead, which know how to handle the ball well, which can keep their eye on their opponent…… [Read More]
I don’t know if you’re the type of person who can sit for hours at the top of a mountain, meditating…
Or if – like the vast majority of people I know – you just THINK about sitting at the top of a mountain, meditating, and all you can imagine is how long you’ll be twiddling your thumbs before you go flying down that mountain, screaming “I’m sorry! I’ll meditate tomorrow!”, then I have something for you to consider.
If you haven’t heard much about it yet, you will. I’m talking about breath work. It’s only going to get more attention in 2018 than it already has…. [Read More]
We all want to be healthy. We want to eat healthy, feel healthy, and have healthy relationships. There is no lack of articles on how to be healthy. In fact, one could argue there are too many articles telling us the “secret” to feeling good.
You’ll read the generic stuff about eating whole foods, getting 8 hours of sleep each night, and drinking plenty of water. And don’t get me wrong. This is all good advice, but it’s so general and so… non-specific…. [Read More]
Do you know the science behind calories and how to use that to help you achieve your goals?
I’m sure you hear people talk all the time about “counting calories” or “watching their calories”.
But what are calories, and if you’re trying to lose weight, what do you need to know about them?
If you remember back to your high school science days, you may recall that a calorie is a measure of heat or energy. All foods you eat bring in calories. All activities you do burn up calories…. [Read More]
Exercising as a way to “make up for” all those calories you ate (or as punishment)…
Binge eating because “I’ve already messed up so much today, what’s a little more?”…
This is what happens when you look at food not as food but as either a friend or a foe.
Too often, food becomes the villain in a bad B-movie. It tempts you. It controls you. It even laughs at you.
So you run to the nearest stationary bike, begging it to save you from the evil food villain. And you pedal like mad… or you do extra spin classes all week… or you starve yourself for a day…… [Read More]
While many are floating around in the air, there are also hundreds of them inside your body.
No, this isn’t a new version of the movie Alien – none of them are going to try to take over your body – but in a sense, this really is a symbiotic relationship.
You thought your unique fingerprint is pretty cool, right? What about your unique microbiome?… [Read More]
With 2018 newly gracing the stage many of us are focused on weight loss.
If we’re being honest… most of us are looking for the quickest and most painless way to reach our weight loss goals. We’re not all looking to push ourselves to new fitness limits…. [Read More]