Kellie Blake RDN, LD, IFNCP, CMHIMP

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Brandi Sentz CDE, MA, RDN, LD

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     Are you just exhausted?  There was a time in my life when I had to take naps in my car on my lunch break because I felt like I couldn't keep my eyes open, the fatigue was just overwhelming.  I have been able to reverse my own symptoms, but I come into contact every day with people who report at least one of the these symptoms:

1. Fatigue

2. Insomnia

3. Depression

4. Digestive Distress

5. Mood Changes

6. Stubborn Weight Gain

7. Unexplained anxiety

     We've all probably experienced some or all of these symptoms at some point, but if they're a chronic, daily experience, there is likely something going on in your body that needs to be addressed.  I know many people, myself included, who have visited their doctor with the above symptoms only to be told there's really nothing wrong.  Your doctor may order some blood testing, but if common causes of the above symptoms are ruled out, there's really nothing offered to help you feel better.  It ca...

    

     Mornings can be such a drag!  Let me clarify that:  mornings can be such a drag when you're working full time, trying to take care of your family, AND trying to lead a healthy lifestyle!  As soon as you open your eyes, the weight of the world is on your shoulders.  It's a race to see how much you can fit into that finite period of time we call the day.  Is there really any way to master the morning?

     Our days are filled with commitments.  They're different for everyone, but we all have things we have to do in order to survive the day.    Add in a couple of kids and their commitments and it can be overwhelming.   It's easy to see how your own personal health takes a back seat when there are so many things to juggle.  But mornings are crucial to the rest of your day and your overall health.  If you can master your morning routine, you're set for a successful day that's less stressful, more productive, and more healthy overall.    H...

     

     According to the NIH National Cancer Institute, the lifetime risk of developing cancer for all men and women is approximately 39.3 percent and in 2016, there were an estimated 15,338,988 people living with cancer in the United States.   Survival is improving and many cancers are being diagnosed at an earlier stage making treatment more effective.  The majority of cancers develop slowly over time and are diagnosed after the age of sixty.  It can take ten to thirty years for cancer to develop, and that means there are lots of opportunities to interrupt the process!   In general, you start out with one rogue cancer cell and when the environment is right, that cell can multiply and eventually support the growth of a tumor.   

     It is estimated that 90 to 95 percent of all cancers are related to lifestyle and environment and only 5 to 10 percent of cancers are related to genetic mutations (https://ww...

     That sounds like a strange thing, dying healthy.   Perhaps, it sounds so strange because we’ve all been sold this idea that we will inevitably age, develop chronic disease and die unhealthy.   Or perhaps we have seen our own family members age and have poor quality of life in their later years.  I personally saw my grandparents pass away, in their 80’s, in poor states of health.    I had a grandmother die from Alzheimer’s disease and breast cancer, another pass away from gastric cancer, and my grandfather died of rheumatoid arthritis, depression and malnutrition.  All of my grandparents were energetic and healthy earlier in life, but they all suffered and died unhealthy.   It was painful to watch them  develop these diseases and lose their quality of life.  At the time, I just thought this was their predetermined destiny.   We now know that all of these things and many more are largely preventable and reversible with lifestyle.  Of course, there are genetic variations that make us...

     

March is National Nutrition Month and this year the theme is “Eat Right. Live Right. Feel Right.”  That really sums it up for me.  The foods we put into our bodies affect the way we feel physically and psychologically.  Do you notice that you feel sleepy after eating?  Do you get bloated, feel nauseous, or have heartburn?  Do your joints ache?  Do you get headaches frequently?  What about sinus infections?  Do you suffer from fatigue, depression, anxiety, or brain fog?  How about stubborn belly fat?  All of these symptoms are likely related to food. 

     What’s the good news?  You have control over how you feel every day, just with the food choices you make.  Sure, it can be difficult to make lifestyle changes, especially when it comes to the food you eat.  But, there are other far more difficult challenges that you’ve overcome in life.  Changing your food habits is no different than stopping smoking, earning an advanced...

     

     We took the dogs for a nice, muddy hike today.  The sun is shining and the temperature is finally warming up, so we decided to get out there and enjoy nature.  I'm a protective dog mom, so having the dogs off the leash in unfamiliar territory makes me nervous.  But, walking muddy trails is a challenge and being dragged by a dog on a leash makes it almost impossible to stay upright, so OFF THE LEASH they went!    Bailey, Coach and Lilly - our three labs.  Once we unhooked those babies, I saw the feeling of freedom in their faces as they ran through the mud puddles and jumped and played and just went at their own pace.  I started thinking, this is no different than how humans feel once we're unbound.  

     How many of us are on the leash?  Spend a few minutes thinking about what keeps you bound.  Maybe it's food, medication, an unhealthy lifestyle or a 'disease' like obesity, heart disease...

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