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What motivates you to exercise?

Finding the right motivation to becoming more physically active is sometimes half the battle when starting an exercise program. And, not surprising, everyone is motivated by different things. Whether you are preparing for a special occasion such as a wedding or graduation, or you are…

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“Clean” Up Your Diet!

Many people make resolutions each New Year to improve their diet and “clean up their lifestyle. Many feel that a good way to do that is to take part in a popular culinary movement called “clean eating”. This way of living emphasizes natural, whole foods and regular physical activity. The…

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Are We Mindful Eaters?

To answer that question briefly, no. Many Americans go about their day mindlessly eating. Without thinking, one might grab candy out of the dishes of her co-worker and then consume it while reading emails. Another may eat dinner in front of the television and not really taste her food. And…

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Exercise and Depression

Depression is a complicated illness with many contributing factors such as genetics, lifestyle, environment and psychology, and can be debilitating for the patient as well as their loved ones. It is reported that as many as one in five women and one in eight men will experience depression…

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Ski Conditioning

Whether you live in the sun or the snow, there is a chance that you may be preparing for a ski vacation this coming winter. And, if you are like the majority of Americans, you have not been preparing yourself for the slopes! If you have been exercising, you are ahead of the game, but you…

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Fresh Isn’t Always Best

Many of my patients struggle to get in the recommended daily servings of fruits and vegetables a day. They tell me that “fresh produce is too expensive to buy” or “I don’t like the taste of raw veggies”. I review with them that some vegetables are actually healthier if they are heated up!…

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Sitting Disease

Do you, or someone you know, have ‘sitting disease’? If you spend 8-9 hours a day in a chair, you could have sitting disease. In fact, researcher, James Levine, has coined the phrase “Sitting is the new Smoking”. Dr. Levine is the director of the NEAT Center at Mayo Clinic and is a…

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Coconut Oil

My office mates often ask me nutrition related questions. Today’s question revolved around coconuts (specifically coconut oil). One of my co-workers shared a story about her recent trip to a holistic health food store. She stated that while there, one of the employees shared the amazing…

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High Fructose Corn Syrup and Diet

Let’s face it. Americans consume too much sugar. My patient’s food diaries reflect countless ounces of regular soda and fruit drinks consumed. Their diaries are riddled with other high sugar foods like cookies, doughnuts, chocolate, candy, and ice cream. Many of these foods and beverages…

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Low Back Relief

It is reported that close to 80% of Americans suffer from some type of back pain at some point in their lives. Whether you have had an acute injury or a chronic condition that is causing you pain, you have likely experienced this yourself on at least one occasion. It is also the most common…

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