October 22, 2016

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Sit Up Straight! The Importance of Good Posture

“Sit up straight!" "Don't slouch!" “Uncross your legs!” I'm sure we've all heard those words more than once from our parents when we were growing up. And most of us would roll our eyes and as soon as mom walked away we’d slump back over in a hunch. Little did you know that she wasn’t just annoyed with how you were standing or sitting, there is a reason behind the constant reminders. Although often overlooked, posture ranks right at the top of the list when talking about good health, right up there with eating well, exercising often, and getting adequate sleep. Surprised? Well, you're not … [Read More...]

Can You Really Slow Down the Aging Process?

Joint soreness/stiffness, skin issues like age spots and wrinkles, frailer bones, weaker muscles, hormonal decline, slower metabolism, decrease in cardiovascular and lungs functions, weaker immune system, decreased sexual desire, decline in vision and hearing. We are all subject to the effects of aging, but what if told you that we have the power to slow down the process? Everyone ages, though some faster than others. Genetics can play a role in the aging process, but there are things that everyone can do to slow down the effects of aging. First and foremost, a healthy lifestyle is … [Read More...]

Stop Eating the Same Food Every Day: Why Changing Up Your Diet is Key

I was recently talking to a patient about breakfast and we bonded over our mutual love of smoothies. She told me that she made the same smoothie every single day: frozen berries, spinach, flax seed, protein powder and some almond milk. While all of the ingredients in her smoothie are nutritious, I encouraged her to try changing it up. Why? We tend to be creatures of habit. We find things that we like and stick to them, especially when it comes to food. It might be quick and easy to stick to the foods we know and love, but by eating the same food everyday we might actually be losing out on some … [Read More...]

Tired of Getting Injured At The Gym? Think Functional Fitness

We can all agree that fitness should be an aspect of anyone’s life, whether we are into team sports, weight lifting, jogging, dance, or even a morning powerwalk, physical activity is an essential part of our well being. However, our fitness regimen can do more than just keep us fit, it can keep us functional. Have you heard of the expression “fundamentals first?” All top-level coaches, professionals, and experts advocate the simplistic approach of having the fundamentals before anything else. One of the challenges today is that many of us want progress to the next level without having our … [Read More...]

Stop Counting Calories and Start Focusing On Eating Whole Foods

Clean eating, counting calories, point systems, paleo, vegan, intermittent fasting, ketogenic - there are so many “right” ways to eat nowadays. Someone finds a strategy that works for them and thinks it is the end all be all to weight loss and vitality. The truth: there is no one-size-fits-all eating plan that will work for everyone. If you are looking for a way to eat better, lose weight, prevent illness and slow down the aging process, one way is simply to consume more whole foods. Whole foods are foods that are the closest to their natural form - meaning they have not been processed, … [Read More...]

What Your Blood Sugar Levels Are Telling You

A few decades ago, scientists claimed that fat in our diet was the root of all health issues. That is when the craze of low-fat, light, and vegetable oil products began as many believed they are making the healthier choice. However, obesity, heart disease, and cancer rates still skyrocketed. Fast forward to now, we are learning that it is not the fat that is causing the fuss, but the sugar! Today, an average American consumes about 32 teaspoons of sugar per day. You add it to your morning cup of coffee or tea, bake it into pastries, cakes, and cookies. You even sprinkle it all over your … [Read More...]

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