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Frequently Ask Questions about Metabolism

Frequently asked questions about Metabolism from trainer Kia Khadem. What is metabolism, how to boost metabolism, and effect of diet and exercise on metabolism.

November 14, 2016 by Evan Ward

Halloween: The Trick or Treat of Balance

There’s a delicate balance between educating ourselves and our children on the value of good nutrition and the harm of too much refined sugar and chemical additives, while still finding holistic balance and not instilling fear of, or a detrimental obsession with food. I know I’ve struggled with this as a parent, and continue still to be conscious of it with myself and with those I work with.

I like to use the analogy of extreme sport or adventure. Let’s talk about hiking in the mountains. You wouldn’t just go blindly into a mountain terrain and start walking into the forest, right? (I hope your answer is no!) There are many known associated risks: sudden bad weather, wild animal encounters, sun burn or sunstroke, bug bites, sprained ankles or broken bones, getting lost, blisters, etc. But that will not stop you from hiking! Rather, you learn about where local trails are, you’d learn about the fitness level required for the hike, about the terrain, the weather. You’d likely pack extra layers to prepare for unpredictable weather, and wear good quality sturdy shoes rather than flip-flips. You’d likely pack food and water, perhaps take a bear bell or bear spray. You may also ensure that someone knows where exactly you’re going, in the event something happened.

I like to think of indulging in sugar and chemical-laden treats the same way. The reality is that they are a part of life, they exist, and often are a staple component in social and festive occasions. And dang it, they taste really good!

So go ahead and enjoy, allow yourself and your children to occasionally enjoy – especially at a time like Halloween.

But also let them know that because those treats can be harmful to the body’s functions, we must also be sure to consume plenty of clean drinking water and whole natural foods rich in anti-oxidants that will help the body to mitigate some of that sugar-induced harm. Tell them it’s just like riding their bikes – they can do it, but they gotta wear the helmet to protect themselves!

Making holistic nutrition and wellness a lifestyle isn’t about denying or unreasonable restriction. It’s about educating yourself and your family on what is going into the body, enjoying all ends of the spectrum in moderation, and making informed decisions to help mitigate any associated risks to your wellness.

For more information on how you can reduce the harmful effects of sugar in the body, reduce cravings, or detox from sugar contact us or see our extensive Sugar: Anti-Nutrient section in our Complete Nutrition Guide Resource eBook.

Yvette Styner, C.H.N.
Certified Holistic Nutrition
October 25, 2016 by Evan Ward

Quench More than Thirst

The health benefits of drinking more water and practical tips on how to drink more water to increase your daily intake. 

October 08, 2016 by Evan Ward

Stress and Exercise

Feeling stressed? You’re not alone. 

Stress is an inevitable part of our modern existence. Whether you’re the CEO of a large company, a Kindergarten teacher, or a construction worker, you have stress to deal with. We all have bills to pay, relationships to maintain and challenges to get through. 

But you don’t have to let it get the best of you. How can you turn your stress-filled life on its head? 

With one of the best weapons against stress: exercise. 

When stress is getting you down, you need something to kick you out of your funk. You need something that makes you feel good. 

Every time you exercise, you increase your body’s production of endorphins. 

In case you have forgotten, endorphins are responsible for those good moods you get in after a race or the euphoria you feel while chomping down on a piece of chocolate. 

However, before you grab a piece of chocolate and skip the gym, remember the end result of each and choose which one will help you battle stress in the long run. (Hint: It’s not the chocolate).

Any and all exercise you perform helps you fend off the effects of stress. So whether you enjoy jogging, lifting weights, playing basketball, practicing ballet, swimming, yoga, rowing, or boxing, simply getting involved in your exercise of choice is sure to help reduce your stress. 

Through the Brick Wall: If you are working out every day and not getting the stress relief you want then it’s time to do things a little different. If all you do is lift weights five days a week, you should add in tennis or racquetball a couple days a week. And if you’re all cardio all the time, it may be time to get off the treadmill and grab a dumbbell or two. 

Still not working? Keep a diary of your progression. Write down how long and hard you exercise, the various weights you lift, and the steps you make toward whatever health goal you set for yourself. Take pictures along the way as well. Then look back over your journal on occasion. Seeing the progression when you feel you’re not making progress may give you the confidence you need to put stress in its place and move on. Also writing down in our journal is therapeutic as we release feelings and frustrations off our back.  

My mission is to get each and every one of my clients the body that they desire and along with that a low stress lifestyle. 

Take the stress out of planning your own workouts by joining one of my high-energy, fat-blasting exercise programs. 

Call or email today to get the body and stress level that you deserve.
Jeff Lindstrom
www.JeffLindstromFitness.com
June 27, 2016 by Evan Ward

Cayenne for Fat Burning

Looking to accelerate the amount of fat your burn? Find out about how Cayenne can help you accelerate fat loss and utilization. 

January 05, 2016 by Evan Ward

Runny Noses and Immune Defence

Holistic tip: Being sick, not so fun. But here’s a fun fact about the runny noses that are all so common this time of the year.

December 13, 2015 by Evan Ward
Tags: Prevention

Holistic Tip: Bone Broth

Discover the health benefits of making your own bone broth and incorporating it into your regular diet and post-workout nutrition. 

November 28, 2015 by Evan Ward

Sugar Reduces Immunity

Learn the relationship between sugar and your immune system to help prepare your body for flu season!

October 31, 2015 by Evan Ward

Benefits of Ginger

The benefits of ginger as an antioxidant and other aspects of your health. 

October 07, 2015 by Evan Ward

Manganese For Tendonitis

Manganese for tendonitis. Holistic nutrition tip of the week with DYNAMIS Athlete Yvette Styner, Certified Holistic Nutritionist ™ (C.H.N)

September 28, 2015 by Evan Ward