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We're in a New Age of Obesity. How did it happen?

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It's hard to say how we've entered a new age of obesity; but, it's happened. Perhaps there are several sources to blame -- but, is there really one source or one group to blame for it? Of course not. We do know that there have been changes -- even gradual changes in our current Obesogenic environment -- that have gone unnoticed by most, wouldn't you say?

In reviewing this article, we find that blame need not exist for the obese population and for that matter the 'unhealthy' population'. So how about creating a healthier food-friendly environment, more opportunity to instill more education for better health and wellness. And...where does our government? our food scientists? our 'lose-weight-fast' scammers stand on our Obesogenic environment? Hasn't our society been deceived already by the many food-related tricky businesses out there? It's time to implement healthy education, good news on making healthy food affordable and creating a healthie…

Why You Need A Health Coach Now More Than Ever

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Health and Wellness is at the forefront of most people's minds, wouldn't you say? How many of us are obsessed with learning the benefits of following a certain diet only to find out that there is one that has been medically proven to be better. 
How can we focus on creating habits that perpetuate all the added benefits of taking care of ourselves so that we reap the benefits of what good health and wellness can provide to us for years to come? 
And....how good are we on following through with what we say we are going to do? "This time I really intend to lose those last 20 pounds" or "I most definitely will change the way I eat, sleep and exercise now that I know I'm diabetic".  Will we really be good with our word? Will we follow through on what we said we were going to do? This is where a health coach comes into play. How will you be held accountable to what you said you were going to do? Are you ready to make the change? How will you know you are rea…

Why is Turmeric and Black Pepper such a great combination?

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I'll tell you all -- I truly enjoy writing and sharing what I learn along the way about nutrition, health and wellness in general. Although it has been a good while since I've posted, please forgive me -- we all fall off our regularly scheduled routines from time to time. 
As time passes and we get busy with our day-to-day routines, life challenges us, right?  Just never ever forget to take care of yourself! Especially with life going at warp speed and taking steps to reach our best health goals -- it's always good to learn new stuff about ways to eat better, sleep better and simply better manage how we live our lives.
My goal as a health coach is to continue learning new things and sharing them with you all. In fact, if you'd like to learn more about something, send me a comment. My passion is and always has been one that includes the foods we eat and what foods are best for our bodies, but it doesn't stop there. How can we be sure to be equitable with the foods …

7 Mindsets That Will Radically Improve Your Life Right Now

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One of the things that I've learned -- particularly over the past couple of years -- is that your mindset is so vitally important. I found this great article on Inc., by Lolly Daskal, President and CEO of Lead from Within.

Are you motivated to kick-start Mondays into high gear or are you hoping you can just get by with simply getting through the day? Have you told yourself a thousand times that this week you'll get to the gym...this week will be different...this week is the start of a new you! We've all been there at one time or another, but how about doing what you can to reset your mindset? It can be done....

The following are 7 Mindsets that undoubtedly will get you motivated into making the most of your Mondays and for that matter, the rest of the week.

(1) Self-trust mindset. Wow, who knew you had it in you? Yes, confidence! Trust in yourself is absolutely key and despite any setback you may have -- and believe me there will be -- trusting yourself will get you closer…

Exercise and Healthy Eating 101

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One of the many reasons why I believe it is important to bring up a popular topic -- like exercise and healthy eating -- is because there are so many variations as to what people believe is the best answer. I'm sure most people would agree (I hope so) that exercise and healthy eating are critical components for optimal health, but how good are we at finding excuses not to follow through on doing them? So many excuses -- so little time, right? You hear it all the time at work, with a bunch of friends or even within networking events -- comments like: "How do you find the time to go to the gym so often" or "How annoying that so and so is getting ready to run another marathon" or "How does he/she look so good despite how busy they are"?

Why not start out with simple inspiration that not only may be recommended by friends, family or co-workers, but even more importantly, people who know the reasons why it is so important to exercise and eat well -- like n…

Can You Cheat the Aging Process?

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Although people may be living longer today than in previous generations, quality of life cannot be emphasized enough. But, can we cheat the aging process? Let's take a look at a few tidbits of important information to consider.

There is a term called -- super agers -- which refers to a person who is an active senior citizen and whose physiology is years beyond what their average age group is currently. As you read the article, notice the stories of such individuals like Patrick Cangley who traverses great distances on his bicycle.

What has been discovered is that the exercise that Patrick has typically done for years has become less challenging and hence he's felt the need to 'step up his game' to further improve his physical condition. In fact, a recent study from a journal called, Aging Cell, indicates that people like Patrick who are lifetime exercise enthusiasts literally cheat the aging process by circumventing physical decline. How awesome is that!

Such impressiv…

A Paradigm Shift in the Diagnosis of Diabetes, Study

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As one can well imagine (or not), we are living in a complex and ever increasingly demanding society that appears to be growing exponentially in ways that need our immediate attention. While there are so many advances in technology, healthcare, agriculture and more, there is an equally alarming growth in chronic disease.

Chronic disease includes a host of diseases and conditions -- including type 2 Diabetes -- that are long-term, costly and above-all largely preventable if we properly care for ourselves. As we see the continued growth of Diabetes for instance, we see that there is more and more to learn about how to live with it and better control it once it has been diagnosed.

Now it has been found that there is a paradigm shift in the diagnosis of diabetes as conducted in the the study found by clicking the link above which illustrates the overall complexity and need to better assess the way we live our lives. It has been found in the Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology medical jour…

Surround Yourself With Good Peeps

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When you were growing up, do you ever recall hearing your parents say something along the lines of who you spend time with the most is who you become? There are a ton of other sayings along the same line that provide the same message. In fact, here are 30 quotes on Positive Associations to Inspire You to Surround Yourself with the Best.

The same kind of message of associating yourself with the right people has a great influence on our success and career choices as well. Two of the richest and well-respected people currently have the same thoughts on surrounding yourself with the right people and four ways to evaluate how they can add value to your life. While it is important to eat right and exercise, it is just as important to add value and build great relationships that will empower you to be your best. Start with...

(1) People That Inspire You. No doubt life is short and we should and could be doing great things with our lives simply by observing and hanging out with people we admi…

How to Eat Healthy For Your Type 2 Diabetes Without Giving up some Favorite Foods

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This can be tricky for just about anybody, let alone someone with Type 2 Diabetes. Does this mean you need to give up eating some of your favorite foods all together? Not necessarily. Before changing your food routine though, be sure to check with your doctor and/or a Registered Dietitian first on foods to stay clear from and others that still can be part of a healthy diet...in moderation.

After all, every person is different and even a variety of people that have Type 2 Diabetes have different tastes and needs. Perhaps some naturally like to eat more fruits or vegetables or what if they prefer to not give up meat all together? These are just some things to think about and certainly consult with a professional about too. But, here are some healthy ways that could potentially work for you...

(1) Ask your doctor about getting a recommendation to a Registered Dietitian that listens to your questions and concerns. As previously mentioned, every person is different and one may have a particu…

6 Secrets To A Long Life...Blue Zones style....

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I found an inspiring article that adds further depth to last week's Blue Zones video post. The 6 Secrets (found below) -- which really are no secret -- are ways to improve our health and make the most of our lives as we age.

Some of the key 'ingredients' mentioned in the article include such things as focusing on the way we approach life on the day to day. Are we stressed? Are we healthy? There need not be some amazing cleanse or diet either, simply a better way of living.

The idea behind the Blue Zones began sometime in the 1940s when a Greek war veteran was provided with some unsavory news about his health. He was given a very grim prognosis and so he decided to live out his remaining days with family and friends in Ikaria, Greece where he can spend what time he had left of his life. As time went on, believe it or not, he actually became healthier. You can read about his story here. By the way, Ikaria, Greece is one of the five Blue Zones identified by Dan Buettner, the …

So, What are the Blue Zones?

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I was recently asked what the Blue Zones. So, I'm attaching the link below with an explanation by the founder Dan Buettner of National Geographic. Worth a look...

Here Are the Secrets to a Long and Healthy Life


7 Wonderful Benefits of Oregano

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Are you prepared for flu season? Yes, it is here yet again, but what is your prevention strategy? Even if it is a minor cold, if we find time to take care of ourselves by eating right and finding the time to investigate our everyday eating habits, we can only benefit from it. So how about a little experimentation in using healing and delicious herbs that can enhance your meals -- like Oregano.
Did you know about the 7 Wonderful Benefits of Oregano? Did you know that Oregano has been part of making culinary and even alternative medicine treatments beneficial for thousands of years? Especially now with flu season upon us, don't overlook this wonderfully aromatic herb for 7 good reasons that listed below.
(1) Two crucial components found in oregano are rosmarinic acid and thymol. These are two powerful antioxidant compounds that have been associated with the reduction of oxidative stress in the body. So, it is a smart idea to use oregano in your everyday cooking with a sprinkle here…

What is a Keystone Habit?

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Imagine....You are down a path that is not all that beneficial for you; but, regardless, that is where you are presently. What will it take to make a change that will benefit you -- if not immediately -- in the long run that is life. Whether you are going through a hard time at home, at work or just life in general, how can you change that one habit that gets you in trouble? That habit could be anything from complaining about how much work you have and being negative all day to eating mindless amounts of junk food due to stress or simply being sedentary 24/7. You name it, but you are caught in a cycle you feel helpless in getting out of most of the time. 
Clearly there can and should be a need to seek clinical help if warranted, but how about the rest of us that are living our lives on a day to day trying to eat right, be productive and make the most out of life? There is no need to "Go Big or Go Home", but attempting small and doable goals would get you on the path to pote…

Create a Healthy Mindset with these 7 Psychological Hacks

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December went by at warp-speed and now here we are in mid-January -- a new year with what hopes to be a year of growth, promise and prosperity. In thinking about this though, how many of us slow down enough to really think about that. Sure, we say we will stick to our New Year's resolutions, but what happens when we get derailed? Do we just say "forget about it" and move on or do we jump back into what we say we were going to do in the first place? I'm not really one for New Year's resolutions anyway, but I suppose the new year could give us a reason to reflect on what we've done so far in our lives and what things we would like to be doing now and in the upcoming year and beyond.

As I was reviewing one of my favorite motivational books - 7 Habits of Highly Effective People - Covey shares some powerful thoughts on perspective which gives good cause to perhaps even re-think the way we may see things in general. One of his quotes "Two people can see the sa…