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.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common diagnosis that can affect any joint, but most often in the knees, hips, spine, small joint of the hand. Hallmark symptoms of osteoarthritis pain and stiffness of the joint. It is considered a degenerative disorder that results from the breakdown of the cartilage that provides the smooth surface of the joint for motion and acts as a cushion. This disease affects about 27 million Americans. Causes and risk factors for developing osteoarthritis are genetics, obesity, and overuse. 1
The pathophysiology link between obesity and osteoarthritis is related to both the direct excess of mechanical loads on the cartilage, but also the adipose tissue releasing leptin. In both scenarios, there ends up being an increase in inflammation, which helps to drive the tissue breakdown. 2 To describe this further, I often discuss with patients the “coin analogy.”
Metabolic Syndrome (Met S) affects nearly 47 million Americans. 1 The prevalence of arthritis is 52.5 million US adults between 2010-2012. This is estimated to rise to 78 million for Americans aged 18 years or older by 2040 per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 2 These numbers are staggering in so much as it would seem lucky for you not to get either Met S or some form of arthritis. The question becomes whether or not having Met S may increase your risk of developing arthritis and how to avoid both problems.
Here are a few definitions to start…because re-learning some vocabulary is always healthy, right?
fear (noun) – an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain or a threat
fearlessness (adjective) – without fear; bold or brave
courage (noun) – mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.
calmness (noun) – freedom from motion or disturbance; stillness. Freedom from agitation, excitement, or passion; tranquility; serenity
curiosity (noun) – a strong desire to know or learn something; a strange or unusual object or fact
Originally, this blog was going to be a strong rebuttal to the Washington Post article titled “Meat is Horrible” with The Savory Institute’s data that cattle are actually helping to reverse climate change. Watch Alan Savory’s TED talk, it's definitely worth your time.
I resent things that make me fearful of living, like eating meat or climate change. I prefer awareness and make specific positive life choices, because I know it matters.
Instead, I am going to share a story and lesson learned on a recent family trip.
Sometimes you get caught. It’s mid afternoon, and you haven’t had lunch and there isn’t time to make dinner before soccer games. The only thing to do is go through the drive thru…..How do you get in/out without throwing yourself so far into gluttony that you can’t get out for weeks???
Here are a few tips to optimize your experience until you can better plan for next time.
This blog was written as a summary for a talk given to young female volleyball players on December 12, 2015.
Many things have changed since my athletic days. I’d argue that my Crossfit participation reminds me of my athletic days, yet I don’t consider myself an athlete anymore. Why? Because I only do Crossfit twice a week and I don’t compete. It is a means to stay fit and healthy. A majority of my time is spent on mothering and physical therapy “performance.” However, I will argue that my ability to participate in Crossfit at my young age of 39 years old, is directly related to a few things that I WAS NOT doing when I was actually competing in high school and college athletics.
With age comes wisdom, right? What I know now, I wish I knew then? What might I have been able to accomplish athletically?
It doesn’t matter because what I know now helps me stay fit and healthy enough to participate in Crossfit, mother three kids, run a physical therapy practice, work towards a Master’s of Science in Holistic Nutrition, write a blog every once in a while….. My optimal performance in these tasks requires optimal nutrition.
Many of you already know about my lazy tendencies (I had listed 20 of them before here). Turns out, I am lazy about Halloween too. The cool thing is that my inadvertent laziness turned into something pretty awesome.
When you are grocery shopping for a family, sometimes it is nice to find a few pre-packaged items that may make life a little easier. Over the past few years, I have learned though, to be very careful to avoid the “booby trap” of marketing on packages.
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.
I have many fond memories of my grandparents. What I remember the most is my grandfather's affinity to sweets. I have vivid memories of playing in their backyard in San Jose and picking fresh blackberries and raspberries off the bush. I never waited to wash them before I ate them, because even then I had little patience.
Another sweet treat my grandfather would have is a grapefruit cut in half with a dash of maple syrup. At the time, the tartness of the grapefruit simply made me pucker my lips, despite the maple syrup. Yet somehow, since transitioning to whole foods-paleo inspired, I have revisited this little trick, and guess what?.....I love it.
I use it as a refreshing lateral shift maneuver when my sweet tooth strikes.
As I embark on this journey to complete my Masters of Science in Holistic Nutrition, I am continually reminded of this. I recently worked on an assignment related to fluoride. I am not here to discuss health pros and cons of fluoride that is for you to discuss with your dentist but fluoride is a “BANDAID” for prevention and control of dental caries (aka cavities). The real source of the problem is SUGAR.
One of the studies I came across looked at the relationship between sugars, dental caries and fluoride use. To no surprise, they concluded that the current recommendation that sugar intake should be ≤ 10% of energy intake is no longer acceptable. Regardless of fluoride intake, ≤2-3% of energy intake is optimal for prevention of dental carries in children thru adulthood.1
Let’s correct that sweet tooth with a “lateral shift”!
Let me introduce you to the “lateral shift” technique.
In Mechanical Diagnosis and Treatment (MDT) terms the lateral shift is used to describe spinal deformities when the hips and shoulders are not in line. Shoulders are often shifted over to one side making you look crooked. This is generally an indication that you need a manual mechanical correction to essentially get straightened out. The “lateral shift” generally has a negative connotation. But correcting it allows you to become straightened out.
In discussions regarding sugar, many people notice it everywhere. So, the question is how much is ok if you can’t avoid it 100%?
That’s a tough question to answer. It’s really a personal answer. Perfection is never the key in life, but thriving thru life is the goal.
Do you struggle with cravings for sweets? What do you do to curb the cravings?
Sugar is sneaky. It goes by many names. Like high fructose corn syrup, fructose, sucrose, rice syrup, turbinado sugar, raw sugar, agave, maltose, dextrose, and many others. We already know high sugar consumption is associated to chronic inflammatory diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease to name a few.
Dr Carolyn Dolan DPT, Cert MDT, MSHN
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