Topic: Health & Wellness

Are You Nuts for Using Almond Milk?

Dietary trends come and go as quickly as the seasons lately, it seems. Maybe you’ve tried the “paleo diet” or the “raw food”, where you’re told to eat like our ancestors who lived to the ripe old age of 25. Then again, you may have chosen to focus on “gut health” or “brain health” with your latest diet. Heck, maybe the company you work for has built a gym in the office, a hot new trend among corporations – or – in an effort to get you out of the gym, they sign you up to “volunteer” for a “boot camp” fitness program once a year.

Whatever the latest trend may be, it can also be labelled a fad: An interest […]

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Is the Cost of Health Care Out of Control? [INFOGRAPHIC]

While opinions on the effects of Obamacare and the new American Health Care Act (AHCA), which some are calling “TrumpCare”, are all over the map, there is one thing we can all agree on: The cost of health care in the US is on the rise.

The real question is, is it out of control?

At this point we can accept that health insurance premiums and co-pays rose dramatically under Obamacare, pricing many Americans out of the market. Yet, questions remain about the latest “fix” recently put in place by congress. At the same time though, a number of factors have added to the ongoing cost of health care, most associated with the increased cost of health insurance.

As if more proof were […]

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Morning, Noon, or Night: What is the Best Time to Exercise?

A critical question for many (if not all) of us, determining the best time to exercise can affect eating habits, sleep habits, and mood to unexpected degrees. For the habitual “morning person”, boosting the heart rate before 6am is a requirement for having a fruitful, productive day. For others, breaking a sweat before noon simply “ain’t gonna’ happen”, and still others will only work out following their evening meal.

While there is no reliable evidence to suggest that calories are burned more efficiently at certain times of day, when you choose to work out can definitely influence how you feel during exercise, according to WebMD.com.

Finding the Right Environment for Exercise

A great deal of your affinity for exercise will be determined […]

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Why You Should Avoid a Raw Food Diet

The latest craze in health, or “mindful”, eating is the “raw food diet”. Like so many things that human beings latch onto, even with the best of intentions, taking things to an extreme can be harmful. So, while you may not want to completely avoid a raw food diet, keeping things in perspective and eating raw foods in moderation will be far healthier than going “100% raw”.

Raw food veganism is a plant-based diet that involves no cooking. No food is heated above 104° Fahrenheit because, or so advocates would have you believe, doing so not only diminishes its nutrients, but also makes the food toxic and less digestible. In raw vegan parlance, cooking is killing and foods are eaten fresh, […]

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Is Good Stress Really a Thing? Yes!

In a stunning reversal on the effects of stress on your mind and body, Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal asks us to consider seriously the “upside of stress”; or, the potential benefits of good stress versus bad stress.

In her entertaining and eye-opening TEDTalk presentation, “How to Make Stress Your Friend”, McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive influence in our lives, saying, “The old understanding of stress as a unhelpful relic of our animal instincts is being replaced by the understanding that stress actually makes us socially smart — it’s what allows us to be fully human.”

One of her most startling revelations is that more people die from the belief that stress is bad for them than […]

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Why Health is a Positive Lifestyle Choice

The latest research into positive thinking, happiness, and success informs us that traditional thinking is not only muddled but completely backward. The idea that hard work leads to success is fine but, the idea that success leads to happiness runs counter to the way our brains work, which leads to increased stress. In other words, a positive mindset leads to happiness, which enables success; meaning health is a lifestyle choice – the choice to be happy first.

For the sake of argument (and just for a moment), let’s accept the idea success leads to happiness. So, you set a goal for success at something and work hard to reach it. You finally get there and… what happens when you reach your […]

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How Limiting Beliefs About Wealth are Affecting Your Health & Happiness

Health and happiness are about far more than simply eating better and dumping toxic relationships. In fact, far too many people do not believe themselves worthy of either, or both, often because of the way they were raised and the belief system they’ve grown to accept – about the world they live in and about themselves. After all, being wealthy is about so much more than simply acquiring money; it’s about balance in all areas of your life.

When the beliefs that you hold dearest affect you negatively, they are called “limiting beliefs”, since they limit your ability to move forward, toward goals that you also value. This can create a great deal of internal conflict and stress, since such negative […]

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5 Limiting Beliefs About Money That Are Holding You Back

Your relationship to money, how you feel and think about it, will go a long way toward determining your level of financial success. In other words, your mindset about money will actively create your own financial reality.

When your thoughts and feelings about money are disempowering, we refer to them as limiting beliefs.

Beliefs are often implanted when we’re young, and reinforced with age, so overcoming them is difficult, at best. The role models you had as a child have shaped your perception about relationships, careers, and even money.

Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

The first step you will need to take to overcome limiting beliefs about money is to identify them, and then you will need to replace them with positive, empowering beliefs.

“Money is the root […]

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