How’s your fat intake these days? Are you getting enough? (Probably not a question you hear very often…) Fat might be the most misunderstood and misrepresented nutrients of all time, often reduced or even cut out completely when people are trying to “shed” body fat or eat “more healthily,” according to that old and erroneous low-fat paradigm. Given this misdirected fat phobia, healthy fat is one of my favorite topics for discussion with clients. It’s not only essential for our overall health and mood, but it’s downright critical for our metabolism. Fat matters when you’re trying to lose fat! Let’s talk how-to tips for boosting this essential nutrient and giving your body the healthy fat it needs!
Did you know your largest organ is your skin?
In fact, it’s your heaviest organ as well, weighing in at about 16% of your total body weight! If you were to spread it out, your skin would cover approximately 22 square feet. That’s a lot of surface area!
When it comes to detoxification, these facts matter.
Our skin acts as a second kidney, removing toxins from our bodies through sweat. Let’s look more closely at detoxification and other health benefits of the sauna. Finally, gather tips for how you can get started in a healthy sauna routine!
Nearly every day someone asks me about a new trend he or she has read about that can purportedly help people lose weight or fight disease.
Underlying their questions, I believe, is this truth. We're a culture of convenience - and why wouldn’t we want our health to come easily? When doing what it takes to eat a healthy diet seems daunting, we may find ourselves wishing simpler recommendations could offer as big of a return.
Below are some of the most common nutrition shortcuts our coaches are asked about on a regular basis. Learn whether these trends are truly strategic and how to best implement those that provide genuinely positive impact!
Not many people I know are in the business of wasting time. Everyone wants results, and they want them yesterday - particularly when it comes to weight loss.
Despite their drive to achieve a timely outcome, however, many people begin their efforts with nothing more than a determined glance in the mirror or quick measurement on a scale.
The oversimplified nature of these “assessment” methods yields pretty skimpy data, and skimpy data usually results in misguided decisions that lack clear foundation.
If you're human, stress likely gets the best of you sometimes.
We all have our normal day-to-day stressors to which we adapt, but certain situations can challenge us beyond our normal flexibility for frustration.
They're the moments that can heighten our stress levels and make us feel anxious, overwhelmed and uneasy if we don’t release the tension. Keep the list below at your desk or on your home refrigerator as an easy access resource for those demanding moments.
Many Americans are actively gaining weight this time of year with the New Year's hoopla (and the common focus on weight loss and fitness) just on the horizon. There’s certainly no shortage of programs or products in which to invest, but how do you sort through the gimmicks to find the gems worth your hard-earned dollars? A lot of that depends on you.
Do the exciting Fitbit® and VivoFit® commercials make you want to get out of your chair and dance, hop, skip or just walk ‘til your heart’s content? Or do they make you want to laugh when you see a co-worker in business attire and a brightly-colored cube-ville activity tracker?
One man’s trash certainly is another's treasure. In most cases, we get out of a fitness product or service what we're willing to put into it. On one end, a journal notebook and a nice pen can be adequate enough to support a radical body transformation journey. At the other extreme, it may take a more elaborate investment to snap you into those healthier patterns. Either way, it's about what can help get us to the end goal.
Many people who walk into my office for the first time have a common goal: “I just want to feel better.” Although this seems like a pretty vague, even modest aim, my experience as a dietitian has taught me much about that seemingly innocent statement.
Most people don’t need to be educated on the fact that they “should” exercise consistently, “should” sleep more, “should” stay away from sugar, “should” prioritize nutrition to eat a non-processed diet. The problem is rarely a substantial knowledge gap about a healthy way of life.