Healthy Habits

Power to Change Habits

As a health coach, I work with people who want to change habits and make healthier choices. WHY IS IT SO HARD TO CHANGE HABITS? I started looking for answers and had the good fortune to find Charles Duhigg’s book The Power Of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life And Business. Here is…Read the Rest »

Doctors Want Education On Integrative Medicine

Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine – Dr. Andrew Weil Seattle Washington I had the good fortune to attend the opening sessions of the Nutrition and Health Conference in Seattle today. Dr. Andrew Weil launched this nutrition education conference for medical doctors ten years ago when just 21 hours of medical education in nutrition was recommended…Read the Rest »

Protein Needs – The Reality Check or “Where Do Vegans Get Their Protein?

The question is a frequent one.   The real questions about protein in the diet should be:          How much protein should I eat?          What kind of protein is optimal for human health? Who is the beneficiary of the research that supports a nutrition statistic? Who makes the…Read the Rest »

Eating the Green Road for Health, Sustainability and Compassion

SynergyWellnessNW (that would be me), supports these scientifically based Standards as the optimum diet for health and longevity. These Standards were established at the International Living Foods Summits, held between 2006 and 2009. Vegan and plant based diets are endorsed by Dr. T. Colin Campbell, Dr. Joel Fuhrman, Charlotte Gerson, Director of the Gerson Institute,…Read the Rest »

The Pleasure Trap May Kill You

The Pleasure Trap refers to several inborn and genetic drivers that manipulate us and our behavior, in spite of the conscious awareness that it may not be the right direction or action for health and well being. In the book The Pleasure Trap the authors identify three things that drive human behavior. SEEKING PLEASURE AVOIDING PAIN…Read the Rest »

Salt, Sodium and Your Health

Courtesy DailyTelegraph.AU

Though we use “salt” and “sodium” as if the two words were interchangeable, there is a difference. Table salt is actually sodium chloride or NaCl. Sodium is used to transmit nerve impulses and is found in every cell of your body. The balance between sodium and other ions regulates the pressure of cells and is…Read the Rest »

How Salt Affects Body Weight

It is two weeks after my water fast. My body weight hovers around 108. Up from low during the fast of 103 and the high pre-fast of 116. Changes in body weight during a fast is first and foremost the loss of water from tissues. It can be several pounds in a day, depending on…Read the Rest »

Your Stomach – The Inner Disco of Digestion

Last week in my blog Good Digestion Trumps Good Nutrition I talked about the effects of stress on digestion and how important it is to slow down and chew food before you swallow it. When food goes into the stomach an amazing sequence of events continues the digestive process. I was fascinated when I learned…Read the Rest »

Good Digestion Trumps Good Nutrition

My Restore Your Health post on August 17th ended with the comment “Stress shuts down your digestion”. It bothers me when STRESS becomes the catch all for our physical and emotional illnesses.  Nonetheless, the way our body manages stress is primal and does affect digestion. If you cannot digest what you eat you are starving…Read the Rest »

Working with a Wellness Coach

Wellness coaches operate from the perspective that clients have the wisdom and capacity to succeed at changing their habits and sustaining new behaviors. “Coaches help their clients clarify their thoughts and encourage them to come up with their own solutions,” says Dorothy Sager, a Seattle-based certified wellness coach and founder of the company Synergy Wellness…Read the Rest »

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