Today we are being bombarded by countless stressors, attacking us from seemingly every angle; political fears, financial worries and, of course, a pandemic that has overshadowed nearly every aspect of our lives.
More than ever, we are concerned about our health and well-being and that of our families. Although we are deluged by a world in chaos, it’s important to acknowledge and remember that our personal health and fitness is key. We must start with ourselves before we can even begin to help those close to us. Remember that flight attendant who told you to put on your own oxygen mask first? They were right.
Trays up. Please direct your attention to the front of the aircraft.
For many of us, weight loss is one of the major aspects that comes to mind when we think of general well-being. And certainly, a healthy weight is important to (and indicative of) a healthy lifestyle. We often assume that weight loss is entirely dependent on the amount of calories consumed and...
As my clients and podcast subscribers know, thyroid health is a major aspect of the work I do at Rock Bottom Wellness.
My own journey to reclaiming my health began, in many ways, with thyroid dysfunction, which progressed into thyroid cancer in 2007. But this diagnosis was not some ominous, terminal sentence; on the contrary, it led me to dig deeper into this condition and the field of health, nutrition and well-being. And this digging eventually got me to “rock bottom,” and a place from which I could begin to help others.
Before we can look into the ways in which we can support thyroid health, it’s important to understand the thyroid itself; its attributes and function in the body, especially as it pertains to women.
The thyroid is a small,“butterfly-shaped” gland at the front of the neck. It produces a hormone that regulates a variety of functions in the body but, most significantly, controls the speed of metabolism. These disorders either slow down,...
Stress. This is something I talk about ALL the time with my clients.
Stress can affect you negatively whether it’s perceived as a “good” stress or a “bad” stress. For example, for many people the holidays are a time of good cheer, family time and making memories. However, the planning, the shopping, the baking, the traveling and even sometimes family can put undue stress on our systems leaving us set up to be sick. Over time, this can even lead to chronic illness. Our bodies don’t care if the stressor is something we think is “good” or “bad.” It responds the same way by turning on our fight or flight response. This pandemic that is happening is affecting so many of us in a bad way.
The problem we face is our society doesn’t every really get a break from stressors. We constantly are running away from the proverbial saber tooth tiger. Whether we are dealing with a pandemic or not, we have a hard time...
March is Frozen Food Month.
The whole idea behind frozen foods is convenience. There’s nothing better than fast and easy meal prep on a busy night. To be healthier, though, we need to break away from the 1950s TV Dinner entrees and turn to more nutritious options.
But I like people to quit eating packaged, frozen foods that are low in quality and are focused only on calories and portion control. They are usually prepared with so many preservatives and and devoid of nutrients. Plan ahead a little and you can have healthy, nutritious frozen meals you make yourself.
Preparing frozen foods doesn’t have to be difficult. One of my favorite recipes to make ahead, double and freeze, is this Beanless Chili Recipe. You can add beans if you’d like, of course. It’s just not my preference. This recipe has so much flavor and will all the fresh, chopped veggies you’re getting a ton of nutrients in it as well. However, using frozen veggies to save time works well,...
Let's just get right into this. With all the news and media coverage of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we need to get back to basics and just support our immune system the best we know how. Take a step back and assess what you are doing to boost your immune system or what you may be doing to take away from your body's ability to keep itself happy!
Did you know dark chocolate can be good for your heart?
I’m not talking candy bars here. We’re talking about Dark Chocolate with at least 70% cocoa. As with anything regarding your health, quality is key and choose organic when possible.
Here’s the nutritional break down for just 3.5 ounces of dark chocolate:
10 grams of fiber
120 mg of Magnesium
7 mg of Iron
50 mg of Calcium
…and so obviously, you don’t want to make a meal out of JUST dark chocolate but adding it here and there is a good source of nutrition that can improve your health. Here are 3 Ways Dark Chocolate Improve Cardiovascular Health.
Last week, I wrote about cholesterol and some of the basics. If you missed it, click here to catch up.
The first post touched on some of the basics of cholesterol and why it's needed in the body. In Cholesterol: What is it? Part 2, I'll touch on a couple of the myths associated with cholesterol by pointing out some myths that are widely held with regard to eating and your cholesterol levels. But first, let's take a look at statin drugs:
Statin Therapy to Reduce Cholesterol: It is estimated that the statin drug industry is bringing in well over $30 billion per year. This is climbing as more and more people, even kids, are being prescribed this medication. Why are they used? Statin drugs are used to block the pathway of cholesterol production in the liver. The only problem is there are several other pathways that are blocked as well. One of them is CoQ10. CoQ10 is a hugely important nutrient for your immune system AND heart health. CoQ10 is essential for maintaining heart...