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Longer days and hot sunny weather can make it more tempting than ever to trade in your fitness routine for barbecues and
Paleo is definitely a lifestyle that has had enormous popularity and is also hard to call a fad since it's existed for eons. In the last few years however it escalated in popularity. You couldn't walk into a bookstore without seeing dozens of paleo based books including paleo for dogs. So since it peaked not long ago are people slowly moving away from it? Does it still have merit or have people moved on to something new?
The main problem I faced was a distorted belief system. I felt that love came with accomplishments and accolades. I didn't believe that I was good enough to love as is. When love is missing, a lot of negative stuff comes out of the woodwork: anger, resentment, fear, jealousy.
Walking, like most aerobic activity, is good for your heart and lungs. It strengthens cardiovascular fitness all while toning your muscles and burning calories. Walking is low impact, so it doesn't have the same potential for injury as jogging or running. It's also a bodyweight exercise, meaning it will help improve your strength, posture, bone density and stamina. Walking aids blood circulation, lymphatic health (to rid the body of toxins and waste products) and helps regulate blood sugar.
With today marking World TB Day, it is important to highlight that about 10.4 million people around the world are diagnosed with TB and 1.8 million die from the disease every year, according to the World Health Organization. While the majority of people with TB live in developing countries like India, Indonesia and Nigeria, the illness also affects people in Canada with more than 1,500 cases reported in 2014 alone.
What if we came back around to something simple? Our goal needs to be to eat real food for what it does for our energy, immune function, and cellular function. The gym should be seen as one of many tools to build strength and get exercise.
In my practice, I meet people who have tried many things to lose weight: from juice fasts to protein loading. Many of these people, in spite of stubborn fat, are well-versed in what it takes to shed the pounds: and they come to me feeling exasperated because their well-meaning efforts -- sticking to whole foods and exercising regularly -- have amounted to barely a budge on the scale. What gives?
By now, I'm sure you have heard of the social movement of "Farm to Table" or "Bean to bar." As new restaurants open, there is a huge effort to keep the origin of ingredients local or at least traceable for intricate meals.
If you spend a lot of time on social media or watching reality shows, you might have heard of a high profile doctor or seen some posh black or gold caddies in some for your wellness feeds.
It's become commonplace to now rip on the idea of setting a New Year's resolution and the fact that you have a very good chance of not sticking with it. I used to be one of those people and I do recognize the statistics that show the chances of staying with a resolution are slim. I still believe that setting them, in a specific way, though, can still be very effective.
Let's start 2017 on a hopeful note, shall we? Especially with our nutrition. Let's make 2017 the year we all get enlightened, give ourselves some love, and start understanding what our bodies really need to achieve optimal wellness -- physically and emotionally.
Cravings seem to be a normal part of life for many people. And yet, in my work as a naturopath, cravings often signal an imbalance in the body. The body is literally craving what it most needs. The best scenario for both peaceful living and healthy weight management is that your body seeks only healthy foods.
With the shorter days, many of us are inclined to go into hibernation mode, snuggling on the couch under warm blankets and ordering takeout. By getting the whole family involved in meal planning you ensure that the task of feeding your family healthy meals doesn't fall all on one person's shoulder.
Stop me if you've heard this one -- "Whatever you do with your diet, DO NOT skip breakfast." Eating first thing after we wake is one of the dictums of dieting and we've all heard it so many times we don't question why we are eating, even if we may not be hungry.
The first person I told asked me, "What does that even mean, to have a mental illness?" I struggled to explain how I felt. That was three years ago. Today, I think I have a better grasp on what it means to live with a mental illness. So now I'll finally try to answer that question.
Many of the mental and emotional damages people suffer from have been inflicted early in life. Negative childhood experiences can lead to lasting consequences later on and sometimes persist for a lifetime.
If you have gone through any form of surgery, have it upcoming or know someone who does getting informed on how to heal and nourish yourself after will be a huge step in helping the recovery process. To allow your body to heal efficiently and quickly you want to make nutrition a priority as I found myself having to do not long ago.
Your brain needs water to function properly and if more people were hydrated there's a good chance Donald Trump would not be getting the votes that he is.
Yes, some food choices are healthier than others, but sometimes both choices can be healthy. Especially if we are looking at whole, natural foods rather than highly processed, packaged foods. You really can't go wrong!
You don't need a personal trainer or coach to get fit and healthy, but it sure does help. This is why elite level athletes and Olympians need trainers and coaches, their work ethic is second to none but at some point guidance, motivation and the ability to progress is required.