Spring is in full swing!
Some welcome the season with open arms - Hooray for longer days, butterflies, and cute baby ducks - while others greet the change with less enthusiasm (think allergy sufferers).
No matter your perspective, we can all agree that this time of year embodies 3 things: growth, renewal, and rebirth. When we think about it in this way, we can’t help but embrace the optimism and hope this brings.
With the transition to warmer weather, we soon find ourselves shifting our focus away from marveling at nature’s beauty towards the reality summer is just weeks away and our swimsuit body is still in sleep mode. The aesthetics of achieving our ideal weight and fitness is not all bad - who doesn’t want to be ‘summertime fine.’ But it is fair to challenge our thinking to get to the core of the matter: healthful living.
The art of living healthfully is centered around establishing the deliberate habit of practicing wellness. According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) wellness is “not the absence of illness or stress”, but it is “being in good physical and mental health”.
A key factor as we strive to achieve optimal wellness is our access to health care. This concept is also an integral part of the framework that guides the mission and goals of Healthy people 2020, the United States strategy to achieve optimal health for all Americans. According to Healthy People, “access to comprehensive, quality health care services is important for promoting and maintaining health, preventing and managing disease, reducing unnecessary disability and premature death, and achieving health equity for all.”
Access to health care “impacts one's overall physical, social, and mental health status and quality of life and can be broken down into three main components: health insurance coverage, timeliness that care is received, and consistent and reliable delivery of health services.
In an ideal world everyone would get the high-quality care they need in a timely manner regardless of insurance coverage status, but the reality we face is a far from perfect health system.
Many people face difficulties in navigating health care access. The reasons for this varies but impact is felt the same across socioeconomic groups. Regardless of race, education level, or sexual orientation we all may at some point face difficulty in getting needed health care. Barriers to accessing healthcare, (literal and perceived), are real and can be very frustrating if you don’t have a plan of action. So, what do you do when you encounter a health care barrier? Great question!
Beauty is skin deep; however, skin health is truly important.
In this installment of Local Logistics, Making Your Life Work FOR You, we’re talking all about skin health. What you CAN DO to support skin health, which delicious foods can give you a healthy complexion, how skincare professionals can help and when it’s time to see a doctor.
How your skin looks impacts your day and is an indicator of your internal health. Chronic skin issues are a sign it’s time to take a look at your overall health.
Your skin is your largest organ. It provides a large surface area for your body to rid itself of toxins. You may be surprised at the culprits behind your breakouts.
Esthetician Sheila Adriano of Bella Trio Salon and Spa joins us for this installment to share her professional insight. I also wrangled in fellow blogger and accomplished lady boss Kimberly Knight as well.
Sheila gave us both facials while explaining what we could each do to keep our skin healthy and how others can find a great esthetician in their area.
3/14/2018 0 Comments
What does CSA mean?
A CSA program is a Community Supported Agriculture Program and perhaps one of the best things you can do for your health, your finances and the environment.
No big deal.
If you’ve been sleeping on CSA programs, stop and don’t be so hard on yourself. These programs started coming into the norm in the 1990s, but 30 years later they’re still not getting the attention they deserve. Seriously.
The most popular CSA program content on the interwebs in the last year only received 207 social media shares. That number ought to have been like 300 million. Perhaps I’m being a bit excessive there, but these programs are awesome and genuinely one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Stick with me and delve into why Community Supported Agriculture Programs deserve more attention, namely yours.
How are zen, poke bowls and logistics related?
Ever notice that you find what you look for?
There’s two reasons for that: Science and the Unknown.
Like how I capitalized Unknown to make it seem super important? When I say unknown I’m referencing what some call God, Allah, Buddha, the Flying Spaghetti Monster, the Universe, Britney Spears or simply the Higher Power. NutritionSheila.com is a safe place free of judgement and open to all who seek health, so I went with the Unknown to encompasses all the aforementioned names.
Scientifically speaking you find what you seek because your neurons are all geared up for it. Like when you are hankering to buy a new car and everywhere you turn there’s some jerk driving your brand new red Prius with witty personalized plates. Just as an example of course.
When it comes to the Unknown reasoning, let’s go with quoting Persian poet Rumi and side stepping any potential emotional triggers. M’kay?
Rumi is often quoted as saying, “What you seek is seeking you.” I dig this and for many years went around living by the quote. Turns out, it’s a mistranslation. Thank the Unknown for cousins. My cousin across the ocean blue in all his infinite Persian wisdom told me that the actual translation is, “You are what you seek.” Small variation, but this brings the woo-woo back to science.
1/23/2018 1 Comment
HIV/AIDS is not an easy topic to discuss. Why is that? Why is it so easy to discuss the cold virus or flu virus, but not the human immunodeficiency virus?
Countless numbers of individuals have suffered and passed away because of nothing more than the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. The same stigma has delayed the cure in more ways than one.
This week Dr. Allison Mathews stops by to share how she got involved in HIV/AIDS research and is now leading the way in her community to link affected individuals and community resources by way of technology. She also reveals how stigma, discrimination and systematic oppression are not only preventing the cure, but complicit in the propagation of the virus.
I'll let Dr. Mathews take it from here.