Health and Wellness

15 Foods That Will Help You Combat PCOS

15 Foods That Will Help You Combat PCOS

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PCOS, short for polycystic ovarian syndrome, affects between 8 to 20% of reproductive-age women in the United States. PCOS is a hormonal disorder that happens when there is a buildup of follicles in the ovary that cause a variety of symptoms that include, but are not limited to, irregular periods, acne, hirsutism, obesity, insulin resistance, infertility, and high levels of androgens in the body.…

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Don’t Stop When You Reach Your Goal: 4 Tips for a Healthy Life

Don’t Stop When You Reach Your Goal: 4 Tips for a Healthy Life

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If you’ve ever glanced at the fitness and beauty magazines in the check-out line at your local supermarket, you may have noticed a stark similarity in the headlines – Lose 30 Pounds in 30 Days, Get Fit for Fall, and Find Those Toned Abs You’re Looking For. The majority of content reads like a how-to manual with the emphasis on some sort of achievable short-term destination.…

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Well-Being Is a Universe

How to Live Each Day in the Context of Well-Being

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When you think about “getting healthy,” what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, you probably picture some kind of gym, a workout, and a vegetable-laden meal. Maybe a printout from doctor with “acceptable” numbers.

We see this vision because we’re conditioned to think that health and wellness occur in certain locations in our lives — the gym, the salad bar, the doctor’s office.…

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The Purpose of the Phase 3 Assessments: Blood Lipids and Blood Glucose

The Purpose of the Phase 3 Assessments: Blood Lipids and Blood Glucose

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Want to know how far you’ve come? You need to know where you started.

Self-assessments are an important part of the Whole Life Challenge. Measurements at the beginning let you know what kind of progress you’ve made, and provide an objective picture of your health.

The Whole Life Challenge includes three assessment phases.

  • Phases 1 and 2 include baseline measurements: weight, waist and hip size, and fitness tests.
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    How to Reduce Overwhelm and Get Your Life Back

    How to Reduce Overwhelm and Get Your Life Back

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    Have you ever had that “Gaahh!” feeling? Like there’s too much on your plate, your brain is frozen, and you’ll tip over the edge if someone asks you to do one more thing?

    If so, you’re not alone. Life feels overwhelming at times. Each day can pass in a flurry of activity without ever feeling like you’re getting things done. With so much left to do, you’re not sure how you’ll get through the day, week, month, or year.…

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    The 10 Best Foods for Beautiful and Healthy Skin

    The 10 Best Foods for Beautiful and Healthy Skin

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    Your skin is one of the most powerful indicators of overall well-being. When you see blemishes, dryness, rashes, sensitivity, and other problems, it could be a hint from your body that something you’re eating isn’t sitting right.

    Like the other organs in your body, your skin is highly sensitive to the substances you feed it. Many of the common foods we eat — especially those that are highly-processed, refined, and/or loaded with sugar and artificial ingredients — promote harmful inflammation, oxidation, and accelerated cellular aging.…

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    Daily Walking Meditation: Weekly Habit Practice

    Daily Walking Meditation: Weekly Habit Practice

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    The Weekly Habit Practices are mini-challenges intended to help you fine-tune different aspects of your health and wellness. Offered between Challenges, these practices address fitness, nutrition, stress reduction, productivity, and personal connection — because health is about far more than food and the gym (and we could all use a little practice).

    Experiment with Walking Meditation This Week

    Simple Instructions:

    1. For the next seven days, walk for at least a half mile each day with no particular destination in mind.
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    5 Tips for Travelers: How to Stay Healthy and Still Have Fun

    5 Tips for Travelers: How to Stay Healthy and Still Have Fun

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    Picture yourself in the midst of the perfect vacation. You’re reclining on a lounge chair under a palm tree, sipping something tropical from a coconut. The only sound is the wind rustling through palm leaves.

    For most people, a yearly vacation is a time to relax, recharge, and take a break from the usual routine. Yet sometimes this comes with an unexpected side of guilt and stress.…

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    How to Use Lifestyle Habits to Boost Your Immune System

    How to Use Lifestyle Habits to Boost Your Immune System

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    Author’s note: I am stage-three brain cancer survivor who after long bouts of chemotherapy and radiation rebuilt a devastated immune system into a powerful germ-fighting soldier.

    Ever wonder why some people can be around a sick person and not catch anything? Or how about those who preach the five-second rule when their food drops on the floor and never get so much as a throat tickle?…

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    Nobody Wants to Hear About Your Lunch: How to Talk About the Whole Life Challenge

    Nobody Wants to Hear About Your Lunch: How to Talk About the Whole Life Challenge

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    I looked at the food truck menu, trying to find something to order. I had just started the Whole Life Challenge and was attending an event at my kids’ elementary school. Hamburger, no. Tacos, no. Ahi poke salad — that could work.

    I approached the window.

    “I’d like an ahi poke salad, no wonton chips please. Also, can you tell me what’s in the dressing?”

    The woman looked up from her notepad and fixed me with a glare.…

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    How to Find Peace and Beauty: Find Your Spot

    How to Find Peace and Beauty: Find Your Spot

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    Remember when we were kids? You know, when you and your friends were out playing and you always ended up at so-and-so’s house, or in your best friend’s back yard, or maybe a simple place out in the trees behind where you lived.

    These places we gravitated toward not only hold some of our fondest memories, but when you look closer, they served as sanctuaries or feel-good spots that made us happier about being alive.…

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