The Yin and Yang of Disease

Lately I’ve been reading a book that some of you may already be familiar with, it’s called “The Web that Has No Weaver”.  It’s an introduction to understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine and the ways that it looks at diseases differently than Western medicine.  I’m only into the first couple of chapters, but so far, its been quite interesting. Continue reading


When Balance Just Isn’t Possible

I’m getting closer to the end of my crazy week, but until then, enjoy some of my favorite posts from days gone by.  I promise I’ll have some fresh content next week!  Today this post feels especially timely to me.

We talk a lot in the wellness movement about balance, the art of keeping all aspects of your life in proper perspective, not neglecting one area for another.  It’s an important concept, and when you’re able to live that way, you tends to feel calmer, more relaxed, and, well, balanced.  But life has seasons that may demand us to pay more attention to one aspect than usual, and in those times, balance goes out the window.  I feel like I’m in one of those seasons right now.  I’ve been working hard on my certification for 9 months now, trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible.  Don’t get me wrong, I love it.  However, its required me to make some adjustments in how I spend my time.  In the past when I’ve gone through seasons of imbalance, I burned the candle at both ends, trying to still keep up with everything I felt I needed to do, not acknowledging that some things were less important.  As a result, my body was thrown into adrenal fatigue, and I was forced to slow down.  I’m mostly past that, but the lesson was well learned.  This time around, I’ve made a list of priorities to get me through this time, and everything else has been placed on hold.  While this list looks different for everyone, here’s the things I’ve chosen to focus on to keep myself from doing too much. Continue reading

Avoiding Heart Disease: Spiritual Aspects

This is the last post in my series on heart disease.  In case you need a recap or missed any of the previous posts, click the heart disease tag on the right sidebar and you can catch up!

You may be asking yourself what in the world spirituality has to do with heart disease.  The mind and body connection is something that hasn’t been dealt with very much in western medicine, but the concept isn’t new to some of the more traditional eastern medicine practices.  Thankfully, western medicine is slowly catching up in this field, and the research just might surprise you. Continue reading

Avoiding Heart Disease: Nutritional Aspects Part 2

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Today we’re finally going to get to the big topic of saturated fats, cholesterol, and the relationship of your lipid panel to your risk for heart disease.  Are you ready? Continue reading

Avoiding Heart Disease: Nutritional Aspects Part 1

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Today we’re going to talk about how your diet impacts your risk of developing heart disease.  If you haven’t read yesterday’s post on The Origins of Heart Disease, you might want to start there, as it’ll help all this information make more sense.  The two basic goals for a heart healthy diet are to lower your levels of chronic inflammation, and to keep your lipid profile in a good range.  Thankfully, inflammation and cholesterol levels are both highly influenced by what you eat, so your diet is a great place to start in lowering your risk for what is now the number one killer of Americans. Continue reading

Avoiding Heart Disease: Emotional Aspects

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The idea of studying emotions and their correlation to disease really started with cardiovascular disease.  We’ve all heard the phrase “Type A personality”, which came directly from the research done by Dr. Meyer Friedman and Dr. Ray Rosenman back in the 1950’s.  Their research was quite compelling, and a great place for us to start our discussion of how to avoid heart disease. Continue reading

Trim Down and Tone Up: Spiritual Aspects

This is the last post in our series “Trim Down and Tone Up”.  We’ve covered the emotional, environmental, nutritional, and physical aspects, now we’re going to talk about the spiritual side of things.

Everybody has a spiritual outlook, even if you don’t consider yourself religious.  Whether you’re an atheist who doesn’t believe in God, a devout christian, or someone who believes in a higher power unspecific to any religion, we all have spiritual beliefs.  When it comes to health and wellness, this concerns things like trust, the role of pleasure in your life, and having a sense of purpose. Continue reading

Trim Down and Tone Up: Physical Aspects

Any discussion on fat loss would be incomplete without considering the influence of exercise.  You can eat a perfectly clean diet, avoid emotional eating, and eliminate toxins from your life, but if you don’t include exercise, you aren’t going to get the best results.

Remember, exercise doesn’t have to mean you go sweat it out at the gym every night.  Incorporating more activity into your daily life is a great way to gradually increase the number of calories you burn during the day, as well as increasing your resting metabolic rate.  And this is where the real benefits come in. Continue reading