Although the  ways  western medicine are becoming more advanced everyday, it really have not been around that long. For centuries,, other forms of healing have allowed different populations to thrive and survive. And so it is with YOGA.
You don’t have to be able to turn yourself into a pretzel  or stand on your head for 30 minutes to receive the healing benefits of yoga. Studies have shown even 10-15 min a day can improve strength, and balance as well as relieve pain. Stimulating muscles in turn stimulates bone, which also prevents osteoporosis. Being able to get off the floor if you fall ( esp seniors) can literally mean the difference between life and death.

And this is to say nothing of the mental /psychological benefits of  deep breathing and increased focus which are key components to yoga.

Here are a few other pluses to this age old remedy:

PAIN: If you have pain, especially back or neck pain, its better to move. Doctors used to keep people in bed for 72hrs, but that treatment has been debunked years ago. So stretching and core work, will help back stiffness, strains and even pain from arthritis feel better faster.

STRENGTH: As I mentioned before, weight bearing exercise always makes you stronger. Whether its weight lifting, exercise bands or yoga postures, your muscles get a real workout.

FLEXIBILITY: The more flexible you are, the less likely you are to get hurt. As we age trying to stay in shape gets harder. So we turn up the intensity, which can lead to achilles tendon tears and labrum tears in the shoulders. Incorporating yoga a few days a week, can keep you running injury free for longer.

Check out a beginners class today. Try TV or a local studio. Start SLOW and lean the basics properly. You’ll look better, sleep better and feel better for years to come.

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WHAT WE DO FOR YOU

As a physician, I am familiar with how the body works and what it takes to keep it running properly. More people are overweight and obese in this country than ever before. We have to take steps to stem this tide, especially for our kids.

One of the ways to start this change is by developing a different relationship with our food. Learning to file our bodies and our minds by changing ONE FOOD AT A TIME!

PANTRY MAKEOVER: Once you decide to make the change, it’s best to do it gradually. One step at a time, and one food at a time (to prevent a family revolt for one thing). Also, you will be less likely to be depressed or feel deprived of certain foods.

WEIGHT MANAGEMENT: Finding and maintaining a healthy weight can sometimes be a daunting challenge. But we all know “yo-yo” dieting NEVER works. Learning HOW to eat, WHEN to eat and WHAT to eat are the keys to permanent lifestyle changes.

EXERCISE: If you’re looking for weight loss, it does not happen without exercise. If you are banking on overall better health, you have to MOVE. Start slow, go slow. Walk, run, dance, bike, stretch. Whatever it takes. Commit to it and start TODAY.

SUPERMARKET TOURS: One of the most important ways to make your change permanent is to know what you are eating. The best way to do that is to learn to read labels! It’s also impossible to be successful without learning to navigate the aisles of your local supermarket safely. For example, fresh foods and vegetables around the outside, processed foods in the middle. BEWARE!

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Love What You Eat By Nickie MartinThe true food pyramid

How certain foods affect us

Learn MINDFUL eating

What are the CLEAN 15

Why do we eat certain foods

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Step by step guide on making changes

Why these changes will save your life

 

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“I learned to think about what I was eating BEFORE I put it in my mouth. Soon the change just became second nature.”
– Monique L

“My health has really turned around since I gave up the processed foods. I don’t eat perfectly, but I’m getting better and feeling better—One Food AT A TIME.”
– Felece M

“It took my family a little while to get on board with my new eating plan. But introducing the changes SLOWLY made the transition much less challenging.”
– Jennifer E

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Our mission educates the reader about the many factors that contribute to overeating and obesity while teaching the importance of mindful eating for longterm health and wellness. Learning to eat differently without starving your body or your wallet is our unique approach. This program will give you the options you want and the simplicity you desire!

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Get Moving

Warm Up

You should never start exercising, even walking, without a warm up period. Stiff, cold muscles are easily injured or torn when stretched too fast, too far. Slow easy movements 3-5 min for all areas involved.

Yoga

A great way to get started, especially if you’ve been on the couch for the last few years. There are many courses for beginners and even seniors. If you’re really inflexible consider “hot yoga”. It warms deep tissues which makes it easier to stretch.

Pilates

Another low impact exercise, that has a high impact on your health. For those with poor posture and/or back pain, this is great for core strengthening and stretching. Beginners welcome.

Walk

It’s the easiest, least expensive exercise that exists. You do need good shoes, but other than that, just walk out the door, around the office or through the mall. You’ll build strength and stamina in no time.

Run

The second easiest exercise after walking. All you need is good shoes and off you go. This is a great way to burn calories fast. The more you run, the better you feel. Don’t focus on pace or distance, just keep moving.

Resistance/Weight Training

As with any other new endeavor, “start low, go slow”. Isometric exercise can help get muscles used to working. Use machines over free weights and pay close attention to body mechanics.

Biking

What a great way to spend time with your kids. Once you learn you never forget. Start just around the neighborhood on a smooth flat surface, then progress to hills. Stationary bikes are just as good, but make sure to add a little resistance.

Swimming

If you have arthritis or severe injuries, this is the exercise for you. “NO” impact on joints, but helps increase flexibility and strength. Its resistance training without the weights.

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Snacks To Live By

Apple/Kale/Avocado Smoothie: Easy to make and full of good carbs and good fat. You’ll be satiated for hours. Add some nuts or flaxseed for protein and enjoy.

Peanut Butter/Banana Mix: This is great before a workout. Lots of energy, and it will keep you going even during an intense workout. Use PLAIN yogurt as your base to control sugar intake

Hummus: There are many different flavors  to choose from, and it can be used to top meat, veggies, and pita or crackers. Great on the go or between meals.

Healthy Wraps: Wraps can be a great source of fiber. Make sure you fill them with high quality protein. Try to buy tortillas without sugar.

Crunchy: Chewing is better and keeps you full longer than drinking. If you need crunch, choose pretzels over chips. Watch the salt content, and add some protein. Popcorn (air popped) is another good choice.

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