Never, in the history of ever, has telling someone to calm down actually helped them to calm down.
As I started writing this my auto-rotating background was a lioness staring the camera down with her intense yellow eyes. I decided to name her Augusta. How fitting a photo to pop up for an article about dealing with overwhelm.
Can you imagine being the photographer? Starring through your hopefully long magnifying camera lens and knowing if Augusta decided to charge you nothing under the sun would save your life. At the same time you’re having a precious, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to capture this image and to be in the presence of a truly amazing creature.
All of that in and of itself creates a balance of tension. There is a definitive con, being mauled to death by a lioness, and definite pro, an amazing experience. But what happens when the scales are out of balance?
Moment of honesty, I wish that losing weight was as simple as calories in and calories out. I wish diet products worked and once you lost weight you could resume life as ‘normal’ and maintain weight loss. I even wish the food industry could be trusted and that we’re not living in a world designed to make us obese via addiction. I wish weight loss was easy.
Before we dig in, let’s get some clarity on the elusive food industry. Most people who work in the food industry are not monocle wearing evil doers trying to take over the world by making millions of people sick.
Unfortunately monocles aren’t worn anymore. As for the people that work within the food industry, they’re humans like you and I who are trying to make ends meet. They have the same job description as the rest of us: go to work to bring a paycheck home to provide food, clothing and shelter for you and your family. Their job is NOT your health.
Your health is your job, unless you’re a child. Then your health is your guardian’s job. Life tip: never grow up. If you’re unable to avoid adulting, then today is the day to take control of your health. Be the boss of your booty and blood pressure.
The seafood counter can be intimidating. Most people scan the case, looking over different filets and shellfish, wondering how they taste, how fresh they are, and of course, the best way to prepare them. Ironically, most seafood is very easy to prepare, especially on the grill. If the tropical temperatures are inspiring you to throw a filet on the grill for your next cook-out, here are some things to keep in mind as you select your favorite fish at the store and fire up the grill.
If there is one thing the multi-billion dollar diet industry is good at, it's ruining things like hope, humans and relationships. Detoxification is high on the list of things the industry has ruined for the sake of making money off those in need.
There's one group of people who can't shut up about their latest detox and another group of people pointing out that our livers naturally detoxify our bodies and have since the beginning of time. The clamor of both groups going back and forth is so damn loud that you cannot hear the voices of reason explaining what detox actually is.
Oh hey. I'll be playing the role of 'voice of reason,' here and explaining what detox is and what it isn't. Hopefully this will spare you some drama, trauma, time and money.
Quite literally inflammation is all the rage these days. If you Google inflammation you will get 101,000,000 results in .57 seconds. Inflammation may seem like a buzzword, but it’s a real issue chipping away at the health of millions and in many cases completely unrecognized.
Inflammation itself is a natural, healing process where the body sends out white blood cells and a variety of healing substances to fight off foreign bodies such as pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi and chemical invaders. The white blood cells’ job is to engulf the toxin, whatever it may be, and get it out of the body, while the other healing substances go back and heal the damage the invader left.
The problem lies in inflammation that is unwarranted, such as is seen in autoimmune disorders when the body begins attacking its own tissues, and/or when inflammation is never turned off. When the inflammation processes aren’t turned off and there are no foreign bodies destroy, the body’s own tissues get destroyed.
The more science looks at it, the more inflammation is being seen as the root cause and perpetuating factor of many disease states ranging from diabetes to bone loss to dementia. Heck, even seasonal allergies have been linked back to inflammation. If you’re struggling with a health condition, chances are there is some component of it that relates to inflammation. If there is one common theme coming through in all the scientific research on inflammation, it’s that the key to a long, healthy life is reducing inflammation and keeping it that way
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