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Thinking of Going Vegetarian? Think Again!

An article on the Forks Over Knives website talks about becoming a vegetarian. I couldn’t resist going through it. It’s called Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat. It describes the seven amazing benefits that you get when you give up meat.  Read it first and then pop back here! At least once a week I hear someone say, “I’m giving up meat to be healthier.” I love trying to understand why women are ready to give up meat forever, in the interest of better health. I’m going to offer my thoughts about their comments in favor of a vegetarian lifestyle.

At least once a week I hear someone say, “I’m giving up meat to be healthier.” I love trying to understand why women are ready to give up meat forever, in the interest of better health. I’m going to offer my thoughts about their comments in favor of a vegetarian lifestyle.

1. You’ll reduce inflammation in your body.

This point suggests that you will...

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Three Easy Ways to Ward Off Depression After Athletics End

Athletic careers can end due to illness or injury. This sudden change often turns into a downward spiral in health. Pain leads to inactivity, with weight gain quickly following. Depression is a common symptom in this negative spiral, leading to more pain and illness. You are not alone in this situation and there are many things you can do to help yourself.

Change up your exercise

There are very few conditions that prevent you from doing every single exercise. There are thousands of different exercises to choose from. You’ve got almost no excuse for not doing something to keep you active. In initial phases of illness or injury, it might be more important to focus on rest. At some point, you’ll need to focus on activity again. The biggest mistake I’ve seen athletes make is to stop doing exercise altogether. Exercise is your stress relief, your pleasure, and your passion. Cutting it out completely has a huge negative impact on your mental health. Focus...
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Improve Your Posture to Prevent Injuries- Part Two

Last week I pointed out how important it is to focus on good posture. How did you do? It’s easy to slip into habits that are harmful over time without realizing it. I’m sure that you found many times when your posture was less than ideal. With intentional focus, you’ve become more aware of what your body is doing.
 
You now have a better idea of how your muscles, nerves, and tendons can get angry from poor positioning over time. It’s not just your habits during the day that matter. It’s also what you do with your body while you sleep that counts. If you’re sleeping for 7-9 hours of sleep each night then that’s a lot of time to reinforce poor posture.
 
Think about that little ball that you snuggle into before you fall asleep. You are reinforcing a forward head position, shoulders that roll in and a forward curve to your spine. All bad things. While I want you to be comfortable, I’m more concerned about your...
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Improve Your Posture to Prevent Injuries- Part One

I saw what you did. You just stat up and straightened your back. Right? It’s like I’m watching you! That’s because I know how this works. I’ve been down this road myself. It’s super comfortable to prop yourself up on one leg, to cross your legs or to lean against a wall. I know that you carry your purse on the same side all the time. You lean one arm out the car window on sunny days and curl up on one side when you read a book. Your head juts forward when you work on your computer or check your phone. Despite being automatic, these habits are not good for your back.
 
They are also not good for all the other small stabilizer muscles in your body. Muscles can get shortened and tight on one side, and stretched out on the other side. You can compress or stretch nerves. Tendons can have unnecessary torque or strain placed on them. This is not a good situation. As you repeat poor posture over time, you reinforce these imbalances even...
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Get Real With Your Goals For Better Results

We all have goals of accomplishing things over our lifetime. Some of them are small. Some of them are big. Some are even bigger than you realize. Like writing a book- so I’ve come to learn.

Anyone who knows me well will know that I’ve been talking about writing a book for a really long time. Like, 10 years long. It’s finally coming together and I’m gearing up for my launch on September 19, 2017.  I really thought all the hard work was over once I had finished the editing process. I had no idea that there was so much involved in coming up with a cover design, marketing material and developing a launch strategy. I didn’t realize how much work it is to promote your own book, because that’s what you’ve got to do if you want it to sell.

But this post isn’t about me writing a book or going over all the things I need to do before September to make it a success. It’s about setting realistic expectations.  How many...

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10 Ways to Get More Fiber in Your Diet

You’ve probably heard that you need to eat more fiber but you may not even know where to start. How much do you need? What foods have fiber? What is fiber? There’s so much to know! Let me help clarify things for you:

What Does Fiber Do?

  • Decreases blood cholesterol, slows glucose absorption (keeping blood sugar lower)
  • Eliminates waste products
  • Keeps the “trains” running on time. Just make sure that you drink plenty of water with your increased fiber load or you’ll end up even more constipated. Think of what happens when you put only a bit of water into cement- it forms a giant, solid plug. Fiber is the same way. Thin it out with lots of water!

Types of Fiber:

  • Soluble Fiber: Dissolves in water, broken down in digestion/absorbed (eg. Legumes, fruit, vegetables)
  • Insoluble Fiber: Attracts water, adds bulk to the stool (Eg. Bran, beans, flax)

How Much Fiber Do You Need?

  • Men: 38g/day
  • Women: 25g/day
  • Many people only get less than 10g/day (That’s not...
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Five Key Steps to PREVENT Chronic Diseases Before They Start

Managing diseases has become the staple of our health care systems. You get sick, you go to the doctor, they treat you, and you get better, right?

Disease management is so much more than that. Unfortunately, with our deteriorating health, our health care systems are having a hard time keeping up with the demand. Regardless of where you live, trends are showing that health care costs are continuing to skyrocket.

This increase in diseases could be from a number of different factors. We have increased longevity due to medical advancements, so by living an extra thirty to fifty years, we are more exposed to opportunities to become sick or injured. In addition to living longer, we’ve experienced a lot of changes over the past several hundred years. We are now exposed to more refined foods, chemicals, pesticides, excessive fats, sugars, salts, increased use of feedlots, and GMOs. To add to that, we have increased stress, less sleep, artificial light exposure, decreased activity, and...

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What’s the Point in Sleep Anyway?

Why You Sleep

Sleep fulfills three key functions that help keep our bodies in check. The first is energy conservation (savings), where our metabolism is regulated and energy homeostasis (balance) occurs.

The second function is to consolidate (pull together) our memories, where they are encoded in a part of the brain called the hippocampus—not to be confused with hippopotamus! They are very different. Despite being a small part of the brain, the hippocampus has a big role in turning short-term memories into long-term memories.

The final function of sleep is to suppress primitive behaviors like eating, sex, aggression, and movement. If you started reacting to your dreams and swinging your arms or legs around, your partner sleeping next to you would likely get hurt. Likewise, you don’t want to be eating in the middle of the night while you’re asleep, or you might end up gaining a lot of weight. In some people, the part of the brain that suppresses these types of...

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8 Essential Components of Fitness that Will Make You Stronger

You understand there are a ton of amazing benefits from exercising, but you may not be sure what exactly you should be doing. There are lots of different types of exercise programs out there, such as fitness classes, weight training, swimming, biking running, yoga, and pilates. New types of exercises and new fads are coming out all the time. What they all have in common is that they target components of fitness, giving you benefits specific to that exercise. Let’s explore the different components of fitness to give you a better understanding.

Cardiovascular

Cardiovascular fitness, also called cardio, is the heart’s ability to deliver blood to working muscles and their ability to use it. As you gain cardiovascular fitness, you’ll be able to work harder or faster with less effort. Some examples of cardiovascular fitness include walking, running, hiking, swimming and biking. What three activities (or more) will you try that will boost...

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Are You Eating the Right Nutrients?

Someone asked me what the different classes of nutrients are, so I thought that you might want to know too! Nutrients include protein, carbohydrate, fat, and include vitamins, minerals, and water. A food is inherently made up some combination of nutrients to provide our bodies with energy to survive and hopefully thrive.

It’s important to distinguish between food groups and nutrients because your body does not need to eat specific food groups. We’ve been indoctrinated to think that we need specific dairy products or grain products to survive and that’s simply not true. While your body needs proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, there’s absolutely no daily requirement for any specific food groups to be consumed. There may be a benefit for some people to consume dairy or grains, but they should not be forced upon our everyone.

Proteins are broken down into amino acids, some of which are essential because our bodies do not produce...

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