Willpower

willpower_cropWillpower is defined as strong determination. But sometimes as determined as we are, we struggle with maintaining the “willpower” to achieve our goals. It’s certainly not for a lack of wanting something, so what holds us back? What causes us to sabotage ourselves and prevents us from moving forward?

One of our greatest roadblocks to success is often fear – whether conscious or subconscious. Having to deal with change, the unknown, and leaving the security of what we’re familiar with – as uncomfortable as it may be – can definitely hold us back from achieving success (however we define it).

So, how do we overcome our fear? Continue reading “Willpower”

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Lunch Today: Spring Salad with Asparagus, Edamame & Peas

asparagusI know I say I have a lot of favorites, but in-season asparagus is definitely one of them, too. Asparagus offers a low-calorie way to boost your diet with bone-strengthening vitamin K and folate, as well as fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, vitamins A, C, B and E, and the phytochemicals beta-carotene and chlorophyll.

Speaking of favorites, edamame is definitely tops on my kids’ lists. Edamame are immature green soybeans and are powerful bundles of protein, dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals. Lightly steamed with a bit of sea salt, they make an easy and fun snack.

The following recipe combines the above favorites and is such a tasty salad that it is hard to limit yourself to just one serving. Continue reading “Lunch Today: Spring Salad with Asparagus, Edamame & Peas”

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Massage Therapy for Back Pain

back-painIn the United States, lower back pain leads all disorders for years lost in disability. Doctors at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Indiana University say that more 50% of people who participated in a study where they received massages experienced clinically meaningful improvement in their back pain.

We have all experienced back pain at some point. It can start as a mild nuisance or a nagging, dull ache which develops into a sharp debilitating pain that won’t go away. Back pain continues to be a major health and economic problem for Americans, especially in our 30s and 40s. Continue reading “Massage Therapy for Back Pain”

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Dinner Tonight: Portobello Burger

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Why do I like a portobello mushroom at my backyard get-togethers?

Because they are a fungi!

Seriously, portobello mushrooms on the grill taste almost as hearty and meaty as a heavyweight burger but are lower in fat, cholesterol and calories. Portabellos are a good source of fiber, potassium and B vitamins. And a quarter pound offers 3 grams of protein. Another amazing benefit of this fungi is that it is rich in an antioxidant called ergothioneine. Ergothioneine is an amino acid that can only be obtained from the diet and when not enough is consumed, Continue reading “Dinner Tonight: Portobello Burger”

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What You Can Do to Prevent a Stroke

exercise-3We lost a family member to a stroke this past weekend. Unfortunately it has not been the first time we have been affected by strokes. Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States, as well as the the leading cause of serious, long-term disability. Looking back, the risk factors were all there, many of them preventable.

A stroke, which is basically an attack on the brain, occurs when part of the brain is deprived of oxygen and nutrients because of an interruption in blood flow. The result is death of brain cells. There are two primary types of strokes. An ischemic stroke occurs when the flow of blood to the brain is blocked – for example, by a piece of atherosclerotic plaque, a blood clot or a spasm in an artery. Continue reading “What You Can Do to Prevent a Stroke”

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