Don’t Let Seasonal Changes Disrupt Your Active Lifestyle

Don’t Let Seasonal Changes Disrupt Your Active Lifestyle

If, like me, you enjoy an active lifestyle, you might be feeling some resentment about the change of seasons we are experiencing. In spite of the obvious beauty of the fall colors and the cooler weather, we need to change our activities. At this time of year seasonal allergies emerge and the bountiful outdoor activities of summer must shift towards more weather appropriate fitness.  We can feel the burden and anticipation of the multitude of holidays and the added stresses.

I ask myself, how can I best maintain my healthy habits to ease this transition?  Some of the ways I stay motivated are looking for new seasonal recipes that celebrate the earthy fruits and vegetables that are being harvested now.  I look to add warming spices and herbs that don’t add calories and fats. One recipe I would like to share is for a sweet potato and black bean chili

During the fourth quarter, I will continue to share ways to stay motivated and keep building on the foundation of health you began earlier in the year. My patients also find that regular acupuncture and adjustments can ease the effects of allergies, stress and sleep loss.  A drug free solution without the side effects. Another example, learn how to swap a slump by taking a brisk walk for renewed focus and a burst of energy.

What is your plan to keep the seasonal changes from disrupting your health goals?

Eating Seasonally

Eating Seasonally

Seasonal foods tend to be fresher because they are not transported over great distances and take less time to reach our markets.  Better yet, is purchasing food from a local farmers market where you can meet the producers of your food. These small farms are often more likely to utilize organic practices even if they have not paid for the expensive certification. (more…)

My neck, shoulders and arms are killing me: Repetitive Stress Injury

My neck, shoulders and arms are killing me: Repetitive Stress Injury

Many of us, if we are honest with ourselves, spend some time during the day rubbing our neck and shoulders.  Many of us also spend a large portion of our day in a forward facing position. We are required to sit at desks (students and workers alike).  We type or text, we garden or paint.  Think about all the varied activities that fill your day and how much of it is spent with our arms in front of us.  Now think of how much attention you give to reaching your arms behind you, stretching and releasing that forward stress on your body.  It’s not equal, is it?  So, your arms, neck and shoulders fatigue and strain from overworking and not enough balance. (more…)

Listening to Your Body

Listening to Your Body

Some of my most exciting times in my office are when patients come in and relate to me that not only are they experiencing less pain and discomfort, but that they had not realized how much of their day had previously been affected by discomfort.  In other words, they never knew that they felt bad until they started to feel really healthy and good.

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