Health, Wellness, & Nutrition Articles by Guest Authors
3 New Insights On Cravings
Posted on July 24, 2014
Whether it’s for something sweet and creamy, or something salty and crunchy, we all know what it feels like to really crave something, and to need it and obsess over it. And we’ve all heard about ways to combat food cravings by distracting ourselves: clean the house, go for a walk, write about it in our journals, make sure to remove all tempting food from the house, or we’re told to just willpower our way through it. But the problem with distracting ourselves from our cravings is that it never allows us to take a close look at the beliefs and emotions we feel from the moment the craving enters into our consciousness to the moment we reach for and quickly devour that entire bag of chips ...
7 Ayurvedic Tips for Self Care
Posted on July 23, 2014
Ayurveda translates to “knowledge of life” and it’s the oldest recognized medical system on the planet. At 5000 years old and counting, Ayurveda holds ancient secrets to healing the body from advanced illness, while at the same time it promotes healthy lifestyle and prevention every step of the way. If there’s one word that sums up the Ayurvedic approach to staying healthy, it’s “balance”. If we can keep mind, body and environment in proper balance, youthfulness is prolonged and aging doesn’t have to mean deterioration.
4 Ways to Help Your Children Have a Happier Relationship with Food
Posted on July 22, 2014
As parents, there’s nothing we want more than for our children to be both happy and healthy. When it comes to our children’s relationship with food, we acknowledge that there are many powerful place where healthy and happy intersect. But If our child is struggling with food because it leaves them with a tummy ache, or headache, it certainly will impact how happy they are. And If our child is struggling because they don’t feel good in their body due to unwanted weight, it dims their appreciation for their body and harms a healthy body image. If your child is hooked on refined sugars and processed foods, there’s no doubt that their mood will be negatively impacted. Sometimes it may seem that the very idea of dinner time is a battleground, but come check out 4 Ways to help your children be happier with their relationship with food.
3 Keys to Strengthening Your Immune System
Posted on July 21, 2014
In a world where our immunity is being challenged by an environment and a food chain that are increasingly toxic, we need help. The immune system is charged with helping our body fight off anything invasive or harmful. With the state of health in our communities these days, we need our bodies to be strong and capable of creating a biological barrier to viruses, bacteria, yeasts, and toxins, and anything else that could interfere with our body’s healthful functioning.
10 Tips for Staying Healthy
Posted on July 18, 2014
There are so many fascinating ideas available to us when it comes to inviting good health into our lives. Indeed, there’s an endless amount of information available to us when it comes to being healthy. But what are the kinds of strategies that that are the “can’t miss” ones that can help us feel our very best? What can most agree on? Come check out our manifesto of 10 tips that can really help us feel happier, healthier and more in tune with our world.
3 Tips to Becoming Your Own Weight Loss Coach
Posted on July 17, 2014
It’s easy to recognize how so much of our relationship to our weight comes locked and loaded with some powerful emotions and beliefs. Of course we want to have support, guidance, and structure when we venture into a new eating lifestyle. But there’s been such an onslaught of dietary and health information that the very idea of success seems distant and fraught with failed efforts. Few feel equipped to handle the process without lots of rules, eating plans, and scientific accountability. But, what if we could be our very own weight loss coach?
5 Great Paleo Principles that Anyone Can Use
Posted on July 16, 2014
Perhaps you’ve heard about the “paleo diet” that’s gained so much popularity over the last several years. If you’re not familiar with the approach, then it will be helpful to know that proponents of the paleo lifestyle eschew the major agricultural influences of the Neolithic Age or “Agricultural Revolution,” in particular: dairy, grains, pulses and legumes, and processed sugars. Instead, the paleo diet encourages consumption of meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, tubers, fruits, nuts, seeds and quality fats. While not everyone can adopt this diet fully, there are a number of principles that are supported by many of the leaders in the paleo movement that everyone can agree on.
More on Mindful Eating
Posted on July 15, 2014
These days, we hear a lot about how we need to stress less, enjoy life more, slow down and bring more awareness to our daily activities. And what a great idea this truly is. But what many fail to notice is that under the heading of slowing down, stressing less, and relaxing more includes eating. Not everyone sees eating as a nourishing activity. We often think of it as fuel to keep going during our busy day, and often something that we’re not willing to slow down for and truly enjoy. It’s no wonder that mindlessness is a tough habit to break when it comes to our meals.
6 Tips for Self Care
Posted on July 14, 2014
These days, we can find all kinds of great advice when to comes to self care. In a world that’s not always so easy to navigate, where good health is often a rare gift, and where pain, symptoms and ill health are so often a given, self care may be more important than ever. We thought it would be a good idea to talk about self care from a slightly different angle. Come check out our 6 tips for self-care that don’t always show up on most self-care lists, but certainly deserve an honored place...
3 Reasons Why Diets Don’t Work
Posted on July 11, 2014
There’s a stunning dieting statistic that has been tossed around since 1959, when the clinical study revealing this fact was conducted -- and it’s still shocking: 95% of all dieters will regain the weight they lose within one year. While we would like to believe things have changed since 1959, in this case, it’s only gotten worse. Currently, we have even more dieters, (approximately 45 million people dieting on any given day, in the US) and because of that, an ever growing diet industry. And that’s just the people we can keep track of!
Why Sleep is Important
Posted on July 10, 2014
It seems that the more we advance as a society, the more something important gets shoved aside. Whether it’s taking time to be with family, finding time to be outdoors every day, cooking our own food, our desire to make more money, or “live life to the fullest” we’re willing to shortchange one area of life to make room for another. And it just so happens that one of our most important needs has likewise gone by the wayside, and it’s affecting more of us than we think.
The Psychology of Weight Loss
Posted on July 9, 2014
While our diet industry might have us still believe that weight loss is all about math, and our food industry seems happy to support this belief (with all of it’s fat, protein, carbs, sugars, salt and grams of fiber on the nutritional facts label), it’s simply not the truth - weight loss is
5 Ways to Help Your Children Have a Happier Relationship with their Body
Posted on July 8, 2014
The world is constantly bombarding us with representations of an “ideal body image.” Super thin used to be in and now lean and muscular is what we’re told our bodies must be, otherwise, we just don’t measure up. This is [...]
4 Ways to Help with Emotional Eating
Posted on July 7, 2014
We’re going to let you in on a little secret: we are all emotional eaters. We bring food to friends and family, to show our care and concern, we make our children their favorite foods to show our love for [...]
7 Tips to Help Transform Sugar Addiction
Posted on July 3, 2014
In June 2014 Time Magazine’s cover bore the sensual picture of butter, claiming we’re “Ending the War on Fat”, because it turns out that there is an everyday substance in the American diet that is much more perilous to our waist lines and minds. While we may crave the lipids [...]
Why Nutrition Knowledge is Not Enough
Posted on April 2, 2014
In today’s world, we have an overabundance of information at our fingertips when it comes to what we “should” be eating. Yet obesity and lifestyle-related diseases are escalating rapidly in number. While some people do have conditions and diseases that can be alleviated with some simple dietary s [...]