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Therapeutic Lifestyle Change

Health CoachingTherapeutic Lifestyle ChangeWeight Loss

Want to Lose Weight? Stop Trying So Hard.

Being a health coach, people ask me all the time about losing weight.  Everyone seems to want that elusive “magic bullet” pill or potion that will take the weight off with the least amount of effort.  The truth is, you CAN lose weight without trying, but it’s not as simple as popping a pill or drinking a shake. When I share with patients that I used to be overweight, they always stare at me in disbelief.  Yes, I have a “before” and…
Ashley
October 9, 2015
AllergiesTherapeutic Lifestyle Change

Spring is in the Air: Are You on Allergy Alert?

I don't know about you, but I'm SO OVER this cold and clammy weather - Bring On Spring! Sunny, cool days… budding trees and flowers. Just thinking about it makes me happy! There was a time, though, when the thought of spring made me cringe. Can you guess why? Two words: allergy season. I would get sick with allergies every spring and fall like clockwork. It would start off simple enough... itchy eyes and sneezing. Then, faster than you can…
Ashley
March 20, 2015
Health CoachingNutrition CoachingTherapeutic Lifestyle Change

Are you willing to make the ultimate sacrifice… for junk food?

I once had a patient tell me that eating a bag of potato chips was worth having diabetes and injecting insulin every day.  My thought was, "Seriously?  Are potato chips really worth dying for"? How can this mentality even exist? It exists because processed foods in the standard American diet aren't just unhealthy, they're addictive.  They are designed by chemists to be addictive in the same way nicotine makes cigarettes addictive.  One reason that compounds like isolated sugar, salt, fat, gluten, MSG and…
Ashley
September 26, 2013
Therapeutic Lifestyle Change

Are you stressed out?

The answer will always be “yes”, whether you like it or not. It’s the nature of the beast, living in this fast-paced society. We can’t avoid it, but learning how to manage it is critical to your health and well-being. Remember stress is something that happens inside you, not to you (for example; the car cutting you off in traffic isn't "stress", your physiological reaction is). Stressors can include a variety of things that you may not know of, like:…
Ashley
August 9, 2013
Therapeutic Lifestyle Change

America The Broken Hearts Club

Did you know that every U.S. calendar month is dedicated to at least one chronic disease? The purpose, naturally, is to bring awareness to the American public, which increases support and funding for clinical studies and drug research. Yet, in spite of new drugs and media attention, the incidence of chronic disease continues to rise. This month’s focus is on heart disease. Most of you already know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in this country; it…
Ashley
February 20, 2013