Whole grains are much healthier for you compared to refined grains. Here are a few facts for you to think about during your next adventure to the market: eating foods containing whole grains are tasty, nutritious and contain dietary fiber which can help lower your cholesterol levels, risk of stroke, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and obesity. Because you will feel ‘full’ faster from ingesting whole grains, you will most likely eat less and lose a little weight in the long term. Whole grains contain vitamins that your body needs on a daily basis for proper homeostasis and keeping your immune system in tip top shape. Refined fibers can’t help you…period.

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Vaping and e-Cigarettes

According to the WHO (World Health Organization), there is evidence that vaping and e-cigarettes might not be the most effective or safe method to quit smoking conventional tobacco products.  Here are some reasons why:
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Exercise Doesn’t Have to be a Workout

For many people, the idea of walking into a gym filled with 20 somethings in little workout clothes hopping and grinding their way to a better bikini body can be intimidating enough to walk into the revolving doors and staying there until the door exits you back into the street. Same situation applies for the guys…grunting and pressing enormous weights with bodies that look like the Incredible Hulk can be very intimidating to the fellow who hasn’t worked out in years. Don’t despair! Some of the best forms of exercise really don’t have to be performed in a gym and the benefits of these activities can be fun, not expensive and reap many rewards. They can help you to keep your weight within normal range, strengthen your bones, improve your balance, motor and cognitive skills, protect you from cardiovascular disease, improve your blood pressure, decrease inflammation, improve joint pain, lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, and help prevent urinary leakage and pelvic floor conditions.
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Chill n Grill Safely This Summer

The CDC just published a great ‘cheat sheet’ on how to ensure you grill safely without contracting food-borne illnesses.  Check out the link for food safety tips.  Enjoy your 4th of July Independence weekend.  Be safe and have fun.
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Sunscreens protect the skin from damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation emitted from the sun. Active ingredients contained in sunscreen when applied on the skin absorb, scatter, or reflect the UV radiation like a force field. These ingredients prevent the sun’s harmful rays from attacking the skin.  This is what helps prevent sunburn and reduces the risk of skin cancer.
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May is Pelvic Pain Awareness Month

Pelvic pain can be defined as chronic pain (experienced for more than 6 months) that is not menstrual (period pain for females). Pelvic pain affects both men and women and can present as some of the following symptoms:

  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Painful penetration
  • Painful orgasm
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Generalized pelvic pain
  • Post surgical pain
  • Prostatitis
  • PCOS/Endometriosis
  • Scar tissue pain
  • Yeast infections & Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs)
  • Incontinence
  • Constipation & bowel disorders
  • Postpartum pain

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Happy New Year!  The last year of another decade in time as modern man knows it.  This month’s blog is not about making resolutions.  Most of us don’t keep them after two or three weeks and the guilt and disappointment that go along with promises once again not kept to ourselves aren’t worth the trouble to begin with.

Today, I’d like to share with you something a bit different.  It’s a little story, so stay with me and continue reading, because there’s a really good point at the end of the tale:

I was at the gym a few days prior to New Year’s Eve.  Just exiting from a HIIT class, I saw a woman who changed my life in so many ways and who I never had the opportunity to thank….

Let’s go back to 1995. 
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HO HO HO and here we go!  As Linus would say ‘good grief, Charlie Brown’.  It’s December and everyone seems to get sucked into the holiday madness regardless of their religious beliefs.  So, some good advice is to calm down, take a breath and remember:  the holidays as we know them are market-manufactured and economically driven.  This year, try to remember what it is you are REALLY celebrating:  the festival of lights, the birth of your God, or celebration of family, community and culture.  If neither of the upcoming holidays resonates with you, just celebrate and be grateful for all the goodness in your life – a roof over your head, good friends, a meal on your dinner plate each evening.  I love to see my friends during this wintery time of the year and I’ll share with you a favorite cocktail of mine (non alcoholic version for my underaged and non-drinking friends and the designated drivers listed).  It’s not expensive and if you ask each guest to come with a plate of finger food, this can be the setting for a great get together!  Open up the Monopoly board, play a game or just tell fun stories of travel and adventure.  It’s a stress-free evening that everyone can enjoy no matter what their religious beliefs or cultural obligations are.
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The Holiday Season is here and here are some happy and healthy tips to get you through the season healthier both physically and mentally.

  • Stay in the Game:  keep up with your exercise routine.  Regular exercise during the holiday season keeps off added pounds and the endorphins the brain releases during a workout can help alleviate stress.  Working hard at the gym always makes us feel better, sleep better and puts us in the mindset to make wiser nutritional choices.
  • Think Green!:  if you are invited to a pot luck event, prepare a dish that is not only delicious, but healthy as well.  Sauteed tuscan kale in a bit of olive oil, balsamic vinegar served with toasted pine nuts on top is not only beautiful, but tasty.  The anti inflammatory properties of dark leafy green vegetables are good for just about everyone and a nice change of a side dish.  Dark leafy green vegetables are a wonderful complement to any type of protein or pasta.  You’ll be surprised how quickly it disappears!
  • Be Kind to Yourself:  life should be about balance.  Schedule time for a nice long hot bath, a massage, a ‘me’ day.  Holidays can be quite stressful with various types of obligations and the stress can tax your immune system.  No one wants to be sick during the holidays, so take a time out at least once weekly.  Try a yoga class or a meditation app.  Schedule a relaxing stress-busting acupuncture session – it could be the best hour you’ve had to relax and reset your mind, body and soul.
  • Give a Gift of Love and Health to a Friend, Colleague or Someone you Love:  gift certificates are available and make great holiday gifts for the people who have ‘everything’.  Call of email the office today and order yours!

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