Health and Wellness

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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    5 Unexpected Ways to Achieve the Benefits of Mindfulness

    5 Unexpected Ways to Achieve the Benefits of Mindfulness

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    I have always hated yoga. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate that it could help me with nagging hip pain and do wonders for my general state of mind. But I have found every single second I have spent practicing it to be excruciating.

    My body aches and complains of discomfort, but worst of all is my mind. To refer to my mind during yoga as a “monkey” would be an understatement.…

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    How to Play the Whole Life Challenge When You're Sick

    How to Play the Whole Life Challenge When You’re Sick

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    It’s easy to stay on track when things are going well. When life is predictable, there’s time to plan meals, exercise, meditate, and get enough sleep.

    Unfortunately, life is rarely predictable. Even if your sleep, nutrition, and exercise are on point, you might get sick at some point during the eight-week Whole Life Challenge.

    This doesn’t mean you have to give up!…

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    The Importance of "Whole" in Your Whole Life (Challenge)

    The Importance of “Whole” in Your Whole Life (Challenge)

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    In the early 2000s, the pomegranate was the new super food. This antioxidant-rich miracle fruit was said to improve cardiovascular health, fight prostate cancer, and prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Soon, the refrigerators of most health-conscious people contained POM Wonderful pomegranate juice in those funny, double-bulb shaped bottle.

    The Super Food That Wasn’t

    POM Wonderful, the company, was founded in 2002 by the billionaire couple Stewart and Linda Rae Resnick.…

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