Archive for the ‘Lifestyle’ Category

The Dark Side of Healthy Living

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Dark Side of Healthy LivingHave you ever been frustrated or overwhelmed by the demands of living a healthy lifestyle? Did it lead you to think that the effort might not be worthwhile?

Following a healthy lifestyle can be hard work, especially in the beginning when significant changes are often the most necessary. If this weren’t the case, obesity and poor health wouldn’t be nearly as prevalent as they are. Although there are a variety of reasons why people choose to risk their health with unhealthy habits, some of these reasons are more common than others and I thought it would be interesting to take a deeper look at what is holding many people back from a much better quality of life.

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Reflections from My Vacation in the Middle of Nowhere

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Indian LakeSometimes it can be a learning experience and a pleasant surprise to do things that fall outside of your typical preferences. This was exactly the case with my vacation last week.

My wife comes from a large family and we all rented a lake house deep within the Adirondacks and about a half hour from the nearest developed town. This is a world apart from the palm trees, hot weather, and easy access to restaurants and entertainment that I typically associate with vacation. As such, I knew this would be a different experience and was unsure about how it would turn out.

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Health Advice from Elite Powerlifter Eric Talmant

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Eric TalmantWhether you’re an athlete or not, the following interview with top powerlifter Eric Talmant will help you understand the importance of prioritizing your health over your fitness and appearance.

When I first started learning about natural health, I was frequently frustrated by how rarely it’s principles are applied to the needs of an athlete. After all, following conventional advice for sports oriented nutrition and conditioning is part of what led me to my prior health problems. As both an elite athlete and a big advocate of natural health, and also a fellow Metabolic Typing advisor, Eric Talmant bridges this gap. As such, I’m thrilled to have him share his unique perspective with you.

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Healthy Living is So Easy, a Caveman Can Do It!

Monday, July 13th, 2009

EvolutionAlthough we enjoy many of the great benefits that have resulted from the advancement of modern society, it has significantly changed the way we live, and in many ways, is having very unfortunate effects on our health and quality of life.

With the many conveniences of modern society, most of us have completely lost touch with the basic lifestyle habits that our ancestors followed and evolved on for more than 2 million years. As a result, we also tend to underestimate the intelligence of nature and the important lifestyle factors that allowed many of our ancestors to be lean, strong, happy, and healthy well into their old age.

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The Forgotten Path to Health and Happiness

Friday, June 5th, 2009

Lean, Happy and HealthyAre you overweight, tired, anxious, depressed or irritable? Do you have allergies, digestive issues, or aches and pains? If you’re like most people, then the answer is probably yes. Instead of focusing on what causes these problems, most people turn to quick fix remedies that may temporary relieve symptoms, but allow the problem to persist and potentially develop into disease.

Many of us are eating unhealthy diets, are consistently exposing ourselves to excessive stress, and are disregarding the need for rest. This leads to the physical and mental symptoms of poor health that burden so many people on a regular basis and is also why we have such a high prevalence of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and autoimmune disease. Instead of acting on this obvious correlation between lifestyle and poor health, we’ve accepted the consequences as a normal part of aging and continue to compromise our health and our lives with unhealthy habits.

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Evolution and Why You’re Fat, Tired and Unhappy

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

CavemanDespite incredible advances in technology and medicine, people are dying at an alarming rate from preventable diseases and are having significant problems with obesity, fatigue and depression. Anyone with half a brain would figure that the advances we’ve achieved should help us live longer, healthier and happier lives, but they haven’t. How can this be?

Our health and well being are dictated by requirements that have resulted from millions of years of evolution. No matter how smart we are, we’ll never be able to change this fact, at least not for another few hundred thousand years. That’s about how long it would take us to start adapting genetically to the unhealthy lifestyle habits that are so common today. Many of us have lost site of the evolutionary factors that brought us to where we are now and have let modern society entice us into a lifestyle that we’re simply not equipped to handle.

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12 Ways to Ensure a Great Vacation

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Beach VacationVacation provides us with something to look forward to and gives us a much needed break from the stressful lives that many of us live, but without proper planning, an eagerly anticipated vacation can leave you feeling depressed and more exhausted than when you left.

A well planned vacation should make you feel refreshed with energy and inspire a positive outlook, and this is tremendously beneficial to your health. Here are 12 tips to help make it happen.

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Is Processed Ever Better Than Natural?

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Ask VinQuestion: You often praise the benefits of natural foods and products. Are there any cases where processed foods or unnatural products are equivalent or better?

In most cases, the health related distinction between natural and processed foods or products lies in the body’s ability to recognize and appropriately respond to the substances they contain. Humans have spent millions of years adapting to the conditions of nature and improving the ability to survive on the resources that it provides. As such, the body typically doesn’t react favorably to any unnatural substance that didn’t exist during this long period of adaptation.

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Health Just Isn’t My Thing

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Health Just ins't My ThingMany people consider a healthy lifestyle to be a preference, almost as if it were a hobby, but with the prevalence of life threatening disease, can you really afford to have this attitude?

Because much of the health information that’s flooded through mainstream media is so misleading, many people are shocked by the simplicity and effectiveness of natural health. Despite this, they still react as if a healthy lifestyle is only for people with some type of special interest or motivation. This unfortunate mentality ultimately prevents many millions of people from living the long and happy life that they had always pictured and hoped for.

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Reflections on Jury Duty and Health

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Jury Duty Court GavelEarlier this week, I had my first experience with jury duty. Although I wasn’t selected, the case being tried inspired me to reflect on relationships between health, liability and lawsuits.

The Case

During the entire day that it took the lawyers to select the jury, they provided quite a bit of information about the case through the questions they asked potential jurors. The case was about a lawsuit regarding the injuries from a seemingly minor car accident. Although the defendant admitted to being at fault for the accident, her defense was based on the notion that the injuries of the other driver were preexisting. It was in the hands of the jury to decide if the injury was indeed preexisting, if the injured party should receive compensation, and if so, how much the compensation should be.

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