Health Nutrition

The Secret of Maintaining a Slim Figure

I think in the US we’re led to believe that some women across the world naturally stay slim and it’s genetic. Unfortunately, to those of us born in the states, our genes must have mutated and now we all carry the fat gene. Can that really be true, even if our ancestors hailed from these magical lands of effortlessly slim people?

Of course it’s not true.

No one’s genes mutated. What changed are our daily habits and what’s considered normal here in the states versus abroad.

1) Walking- people in places who walk more stay healthier

2) fruits/vegetables/meat/fish – yes people in France and Italy love bread and desserts but it’s quality over quantity.

I read “French Women Don’t Get Fat” in college and it really changed the way I view food. It’s not our enemy but our life long love affair. We must eat to survive and we can choose to love the food we make.

3) We don’t eat enough soup- many cultures value eating soup for a meal or for a weekend to slim down after a particularly voracious week of eating.

4) Less soda, beer, and empty calories

5) Movement beyond Walking- walking is a part of daily life to get from point A to point B. On Google maps, you can choose a car, bus, or walk! That’s right, even Google maps considers walking a mode of transportation.

Therefore to maintain an ideal shape you must walk and put in some effort a couple of days a week with either light resistance weights, yoga, pilates, etc….

That’s it, it’s not a big secret. Unfortunately, we don’t want to give up our bad habits and we would rather take a short cut. Short cuts don’t last and on and on yo yo dieting goes.

The fitness industry has to be a 10 billion dollar industry these days, maybe more ?

If it worked so well then why are there new methods every day? Doesn’t make sense to me.

Fitness Health Mindset Personal Growth

Consistency: Why I love and loathe consistency

There are so many things that I love to be consistent…my morning coffee, my work schedule, my employees always showing up on time, my fiance making me quinoa or rice for dinner.

I don’t want to sound hypocritical right off the bat so let me say that I am very consistent at certain things like work. I rarely take a sick day, I keep to my hours and try to be the best leader.

However, there are dream projects that I’ve started and stopped over the years, like this blog and of course it’s gone nowhere. Am I surprised? Of course not but do I know where other people who started around the same time as me have taken theirs, yes I am painfully aware.

It’s not even the satisfaction of success, I feel satisfied in other areas and this didn’t need to be one of them. I’m not trying to escape my practice, I love it. But I do love the idea of consistently putting forth an effort on a hobby that I believe benefits others.

I was reading something my uncle, Sam Crowley at posted and he said that John Lee Dumas did a podcast every day for 10-15 years and now he’s selling it for probably around 10 million dollars.

Of course it naturally evolved as things do, and he had paid guests to come on his show to pitch their ideas. He also has a website and sells courses.

But it really got me thinking what is the version of me doing that continued her blog 10 years ago and did it every day?

Of course, what is the version of me like who has stuck to everything that I said I’d do or never do again?

I think that version of me would be insanely fit and healthy, happy, joyful and grateful that I stuck to my commitments to myself.

I don’t know if I’m lying to myself to say I’m going to do better but I think I’ll try to keep my integrity to myself and give a little more effort.


Top Ten Ways to Maintain Immune System

Greece- soaking up vitamin D, de-stressing, walking on the beach

People often ask me how I remain so healthy during cold and flu season when I see so many sick people.

The first reason is that I see so many sick people so I have built up a natural immunity. You know that thing they tried to convince us doesn’t work but now say does work.

Overtime I’ve built up a great immune system but the key is to maintain it and support it.

Top 10 Best Ways to support my immune system:

1) get adjusted using upper Cervical chiropractic technique- Atlas orthogonal

2) eating fresh organic fruits and vegetables from local farms

3) eat local honey because it has the pollen from local trees, flowers, etc… That are present during allergy season

4) don’t overuse anti biotic sprays, cleaning products, wipes, hand sanitizer. I use it when appropriate not to wipe up every little thing.

5) use Thieves cleaning products or other products that use clove, cinnamon, lemon, orange essential oils that have natural antibacterial, antiviral properties.

6) Reduce stress whenever possible. Stress will weaken the neuroimmune system and you are likely to get sick.

7) Exercise using low impact activities like swimming, walking, jogging, etc… 3 times a week. Exercise is a stress but it can be beneficial to stress your body in a healthy way a few times a week.

8) Get outside for sunshine 10 minutes a day. If you live in a cold climate you need to get outside at least 10 minutes a day to stimulate the hormone vitamin D.

9) Keep your skin healthy by drinking plenty of water, using lotion made without harmful chemicals .

10) Get at least 7-8 hours of sleep per day. Your body needs to sleep to regulate the repairing processes of the body. When you sleep your body heals and gets ready to protect you when you’re awake.

Okay, that’s it! 10 ways to improve your immune system. These are simple and effective because remember, it should be easy to stay healthy!