Are You On an Anti-Inflammatory Diet? Do You Know What That Means?

  Just a few of the headlines that have caught my attention and furrowed my brow in the past week: The One Anti-Inflammatory Breakfast You Should Eat to Lose Fat, According to a Trainer 4 Anti-Inflammatory Supplements Docs Swear by for Weight Loss 4 Anti-Inflammatory Foods Docs Say You Should Eat to Speed Up Your…

This Dietitian Loves Her Coffee: Here’s Why

  I’ve gotten a lot of comments from surprised people when they see that I’m drinking coffee, because they falsely believe that it’s a “bad” habit.  It’s true that caffeine is an addictive stimulant and it’s also true that it has been linked to some pretty negative health problems, including: recurrent migraines, anxiety, insomnia, GERD,…

Healthy-ish Hot Dogs, Brownies, and Baked Beans for the 4th

  What Most People Eat: Processed meats cooked at really high temperatures How to Make It Better: There are a lot of really good reasons to avoid processed meats, in general, and to especially avoid those that have been charred. If you want to learn more about the carcinogens and atherosclerosis-promoting compounds created naturally and…

My Growing Bones

When I was 30, and my body decided to rebel against me, I found out that I had osteopenia- actually, pretty severe osteopenia that resulted in the doctor writing, “warranting treatment…fracture risk is moderate”.  I drank (literally) a gallon of milk every day or two when I was young, and no, osteoporosis doesn’t run in…

What Can Be Done About Catastrophizing

This is the last post of a three part series: Understanding Catastrophizing, The Role of Catastrophizing in Chronic Pain, and What Can Be Done About Catastrophizing The first step to stopping catastrophizing is, not surprisingly, awareness. People who catastrophize really don’t recognize what they’re doing – this is their reality. That’s why if someone is…

Coach, Dietitian, Nutritionist, Counselor…

One of your friends is seeing a nutritionist, another has an appointment with a registered dietitian, and you’ve heard good things about a certified nutrition counselor in your neighborhood. Maybe your employer will pay for you to have telephonic meetings with a wellness coach. Who can you trust and how do you know who is…

Too Many Decisions, Too Little Time

How many decisions do you think that you made today? Hundreds, thousands, hundreds of thousands? It’s impossible to really calculate an answer; a lot of our decisions are made subconsciously. You can bet that it’s a lot, though. What research has proven for certain is that judges are more likely to deny parole at the…

Defining Wellness

Many people have tried to pinpoint what exactly wellness consists of, but there is no single definition. Dr. Bill Hettler, co-founder of the National Wellness Institute, developed the Six Dimensions of Wellness model. This is an expansive description and includes six components, copied directly from nationalwellness.org below: How a person contributes to their environment and…

What You Won’t Find Here

The following is an abbreviated list of stuff that you’re not going to find here that you can find in abundance other places, if you so desire: You’re not going to find recipes that I’ve copied from other websites and magazines, changed two or three ingredients, and called my own. There’s a fine line between…