This past week I gave a talk to a small group of high school students in an elective class on nutrition. Relating to teenagers is not my specialty, especially since I was so shy during high school. Yet, with some advice from a dear friend on how to relate to teenagers by talking about how eating real food would allow you to "take a selfie without a filter" or "go to prom looking great" or "kick ass on that math test" or "improve your ability to compete against your schools rival" it actually went....um...ok?
It's hard to read these kids. One fell asleep. A couple watched me. A few did homework. I rallied, and engaged them enough with a few activities,....I think.
In the end, I think I made them more aware. I focussed on why the SIMPLE choice is always the best and that packages are tricky. We focussed alot on sugar as well which is why the photo above. Yes, I purchased those things to make a point about how our food is often loaded with added sugar, and if it doesn't have added sugar, it is made with chemicals.
Here is the interview from the Katie Coombs show Uncommon Sense. I am primarily in Segment 7 and 8. I wonder how many "ums" I actually said?
Hopefully this sparks questions for you. Please share and ask. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Special thank you to Katie Coombs for the opportunity.
We all have those days. You know the day when you “wake up on the wrong side of the bed” even though you are sleeping in the same spot you have been for ages?
You just feel that everything is just a bit off and you can’t put your finger on it?
And then it happens….things really start to fall apart.
For me it was today. My firstborn is now sick and can’t go to school. Yet, today was the day I finally got to take my friend up on her birthday gift of a massage I wanted to enjoy. And then the neighbor calls angry that we put in a fence to keep our dogs from bothering other homeowners. And then my daughter tries lying as a strategy to get out of soccer practice.
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As most of you know, my family and I try to live a whole foods lifestyle. In part of living this lifestyle, we have been trying to raise and grow some of our own food in the city (or just outside of the city of Reno, NV).
I must say, it has been a learning experience and I have a new found respect for the wholesome organic and non-GMO food that I purchase.
A few years ago, my husband and I were traveling via Southwest. You know that magazine on the airplane? Well, I have a crazy story. We got some very useful and life changing information from that magazine. I know, I can’t believe it either.
Ok. I did it….well sort of. I have had many questions related to how much I spend on groceries for my family of 5 since making the paleo inspired, whole foods eating transition about two years ago. There are many arguments that this lifestyle is expensive. Well, it may or may not be depending on how you look at it.
First, we eat out much less, so we actually save money in that regard.
Second, we eat just about EVERYTHING I buy, so there is much less wasted food. So we save again.
This past weekend my husband and I had a rare morning solo. We decided to use our time to do something we aren’t otherwise able to do with 3 kids in tow. And a 10 mile round trip hike up to the peak of Mt Rose sounded like a great idea.
We headed out early….5:45AM….no sleeping in. In part it was because we did have to pick the kids up by noon, the other part was to try and get it done before the crowds.
It was a cool and brisk morning and perfect for exploring our local natural beauty; Mt Rose. We made it to the waterfalls at 2.5 miles and planned on a family hike later this summer with the kids and dogs. We were only 2.5 miles from the summit from what we had read. Right on time.
We continued thru the meadow and enjoyed the wild flowers. Then we started climbing a rocky mountain. We stopped and asked, “Is this the right way?” But we didn’t see any other way to go and felt like “going up” seemed like the correct direction.
If you are a Renoite (meaning you are born and raised Reno, NV), you have probably had the Awful Awful burger from the Nugget. It is touted as the “Best burger in Reno!” If you are not a Renoite, I hear it is something to experience. In fact, it is a Reno Legend and is available 24 hours/day.
Ripple Effect: a spreading, pervasive, and usually unintentional effect or influence; a situation in which one event causes a series of other events to happen – merriam-webster.com
“A flower does not think of competing to the flower next to it. It just blooms.” - unknown
This past weekend I attended my niece’s high school graduation and my cousin’s
beautiful wedding. At the last minute, I got to attend these milestone events without my children. Although I missed my family, the time allowed me to witness and experience lots of ripples and blooms that I may have otherwise missed with distraction. Let me explain.
There are many lifestyle factors that interconnect for holistic health and recovery. The interplay of the eight personal lifestyle factors is critical. Imagine a wheel rolling smoothly along. Each section is balanced. If any section is damaged or ignored, then the wheel bumps along or stops rolling altogether. Getting balance is the difficult part, but it is wonderful when things are balanced together. Many things can disrupt the balance. When that happens, call on the other lifestyle factors to help support the wheel until it can be repaired.
Life is busy. Work. Family. Friends. Obligations. Grocery shopping. Paying bills. School activities. Eating. Exercise. Sleep. Repeat. You don’t feel your best, but you don’t know where to start. The pain in your knee makes it hard for you to exercise. You are working too much so you don’t have time to eat well. Sometimes acknowledging that you are not satisfied where you are is the first step to moving in a healthier direction.
It doesn’t matter which direction you choose to go, but go somewhere. You can always change directions if it isn’t the right way. But start somewhere. Begin anywhere.
Start committing to sleeping more, because adequate rest is critical to recovery. Pick a consistent bedtime and stick to it. Don’t worry about the rest until you are ready. Or if the knee pain keeps you from exercising, then let physical therapy help you understand the pain and improve it in order to be able exercise. If optimizing your health and well being is your goal, then begin somewhere…begin anywhere.
Special thanks to Grant Korgan, founder of Choose Positivity Now, and his book “Two Feet Back” for solidifying this idea for me.
"After having hip surgery in January of 2014 to remove bones spurs, a bone cyst and a severe calcium build up, I thought the pain would be over. Yes, the pain from the hip was over but I found I was still struggling with lower back pain. That is when I met with Carolyn Dolan.
I didn't want medication nor was I looking for a quick fix. I wanted to figure out how I could strengthen my back and at least find a place where I could manage whatever back pain I might have. Carolyn gave me exactly that and more.
We met weekly for about 6 months. We tested different exercises and back stretches. But it was the daily exercises that Carolyn prescribed for me that allowed me to control my back pain. Simply by starting my day with these basic exercises, I was experiencing a tremendous difference in my pain. She also gave me other tools including lifestyle nutritional recommendations to improve my recovery. She empowered me to care for myself. Through my exercises, Carolyn showed me how to recognize my bodies response to certain activities and movements. I was able to make adjustments myself, not relying on her to "fix" me. By making these changes I have been able to return to the active lifestyle I had enjoyed before my hip injury. Today I am cycling, hiking and doing yoga without pain. Thank you so much Carolyn for giving me the tools to heal MYSELF!!"
Can what I eat really decrease my inflammation from osteoarthritis?
Yes, it can help! What you eat can have a positive effect on the inflammatory process associated with Osteoarthritis.
This graphic from an article published in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences in 2013 demonstrates where along the inflammatory pathway each nutritional component inhibits inflammation. The nutraceuticals or components of whole foods like, resveratrol, polyhenols (including epigallocatechin 3-gallate (EGCG)), curcumin, ginger, Glucosamine/Chondroitin sulfate, pomegranate, and rosehip can help to limit inflammation.
“Knowledge empowers you to shape the situation. Ignorance empowers the situation to shape you.”
- Ibhubesi The Great
The more you understand a problem, the better you are able to handle it. Pain is a great teacher because it is scary. When we understand why the pain is there, then we can work on ways to reduce the pain and allow it to heal. If we ignore it, then it will continue to limit you.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
Where physical therapy, nutrition and lifestyle meet, because how you live your life determines whether or not you soar. Inspiring action with information so you can reduce pain, optimize healing and improve function naturally during recovery from injury, surgery or painful condition. This is a website for the open-minded; obstinate need not apply.