Wellness

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 »

Stress Management Through Self Empowerment

Stress comes in two forms. Eu-stress is the happy kind that creates energy and focus.  Dis-stress is the not-so-happy kind that comes from feeling out of control, that life has control of you. A vital key to managing distress is to change your thinking, even if you cannot change the environment that is causing your…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 »

Re-starting Your Metabolism After a Water Fast

One week post-fast, I’m back in the gym and I’m noticing how the fast affected my strength and endurance. I’m in the process of base-building again, both cardiovascular and muscular strength. A water fast of longer than 5 days has dramatic effects on metabolism.  In that time tissue and liver stores of glycogen have been…Read the Rest »

What happens during a water fast?

I am on something like Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride in the Reverse Universe for a few weeks and doing a supervised water fast. It is as much about resting from physical activity and normal daily stressors as it is about food. I learned about the science of water fasting from Dr. Rick Dina who teaches…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 »

Nutritional Supplements for Endurance Athletes

I had the good fortune to work with two amazing men last summer who rode their bikes across the US in support of the Team Jesse Foundation www.teamjesse.org They rode 6 days a week, covering up to 110 miles in a day.  That kind of repeated demand on the body systems needs very specific support…Read the Rest »

Take Action on Purpose

The Power of Purpose When you want to make changes toward a healthier lifestyle, do it with purpose. What is your DRIVING purpose? It should be powerful enough to motivate you to action. Live it, breathe it. Know where you are. Follow a plan to achieve the goal. Connect to your purpose then focus on…Read the Rest »

Restore Your Health

You Can Restore Your Health With Good Nutrition Did you know that 80% of your immune system is located in your gut? To be well and healthy you need to eat properly prepared, nutrient dense whole foods AND have efficient digestion. We do not eat what our bodies recognize as food. Processed food is not…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 »

Are You Healthy in Six Dimensions?

When I was a kid there was a TV show called The Twilight Zone. Do you remember it? It was freaky science fiction about a dimension of time and space different from the one we live in day to day, but existing simultaneously. In considering  your whole health, there are six recognized and simultaneous dimensions…Read the Rest »

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