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...
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:
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
Imagine being able to wake up slowly and ease into your morning before that annoying alarm clock starts to squawk at the top of its lungs. There are some newer alarm clocks that can help you do just that.
Let’s go back a bit. Making your room a dark cave to improve sleep quality is fantastic for improving sleep quality. I highly recommend it! However, it doesn’t help with the wake-up side of things. It can be hard to wake up gradually if there’s no option for light to seep into your room.
I’ve struggled with this part of sleep for a few years and knew that there must be a solution. Some way to find the best of both worlds- a dark bedroom for sleeping in, but a light source to help me wake up in the morning. An automatic machine to open the rollshutter over my window was too expensive and seemed like it would be too noisy. So I searched for other options.
I came across alarm clocks that can increase the light in a pitch-black bedroom. Seemed like a pretty cool...
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