Exercise-induced Asthma

Nobody wants to feel is tightness and wheezing in their chest. Unfortunately, that is what many with exercise-induced asthma experience.

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Don’t Hate Winter, Hygge It

Hygge means shifting your winter mindset from one of chilliness and despair to one of warmth and comfort. If you struggle with keeping your spirits up until spring, introducing some elements of hygge may be just what you need. The great news is, you probably already have pieces of hygge in your life.

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Celebrate – Don’t Survive – Alaska’s Winter

Don’t let winter get you down. Here are my tried and true, top 10 tips for getting through the winter time months like a champ. Step 1: Get outside – during the day.

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Calorie Counting – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

After overindulging over the holidays, I decided to challenge this weight loss assumptionwith some calorie counting myself.

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Save Time, Money, and Health with Meal Planning

What’s the worst part of lovingly spending an hour plus in the kitchen each night to put a high quality, freshly made meal on the table for your family? Knowing that tomorrow they’ll be hungry all over again. And the next day. And the next. Keeping a family nourished takes time and effort, but with some planning and preparation, wholesome, home cooked meals can be much easier to come by. This year, make your time in the kitchen about quality instead of quantity. The first step is menu planning.

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Pain is a Messenger

What did you do the last time you had a headache? You may have taken a few painkillers. This cycle of medicating chronic pain is too common.

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Decide Commit Resolve

This year has been an amazing, wonderful year for me personally and professionally. If you’re not familiar with my story, the focus of my life for the past three years has been building my life coaching business and losing weight. My business is growing, and I've been shrinking. I have lost a total of 176 pounds, and the question I get most is, “How did you lose all that weight?” Here’s the secret answer: I did it by making decisions ahead of time, constraint, commitment, and resolve. As this year ends and you consider the next, you may be looking to make big changes in your life. Let me give you a few pointers. I have learned two important lessons this year. First, I learned constraint. I learned how to limit the number of decisions I was making. Second, I learned to make decisions ahead of time and honor those decisions later. These two skills have changed my life in ways I could not have imagined even a year ago.

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Avoiding New Year’s Resolutions Pitfalls

It’s that time again - time to start reflecting on 2017 and determining how 2018 will be that much better. As a long-time, fairly consistent gym attendee, I have witnessed New Year’s resolutions in action. January in the gym is so nuts that I generally avoid it. All the treadmills are full and the pool is standing room only. February is better, but by March it’s finally back to normal and I can resume my regular routine without waiting in line for anything. But where did everyone go?

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A Happy, Healthier Thanksgiving

A common story about Thanksgiving involved unrestrained feasting, followed by drooping heads and intermittent snoring on the couch. We usually blame the tryptophan - an amino acid found in turkey - for the post-dinner nap attack. It's true that tryptophan can have a calming effect, but complete unconsciousness is not a typical reaction. The more likely explanation is that the drowsiness after Thanksgiving dinner is a product of a sugar crash. Turkey is just the innocent bystander. The real culprit is the marshmallow covered sweet potatoes; the super sugar saturated cranberry sauce and the dessert buffet. There is a better way.

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What’s Better than Organic?

The USDA Organic label found on an increasing number of foods today holds quite a bit of weight. It indicates that the food producer has gone through an extensive certification process in order to show that their product meets certain qualifications. Consumers use the label as verification that their purchase is free from synthetic pesticides, toxic herbicides and GMO’s, and has been grown in a way that is supportive of natural ecological cycles.

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