Healthier Lifestyle

Supplements: What Exactly Are You Taking?

This article highlights some of my concerns when patients tell me they are taking fistfuls of supplements:

FDA Finds Majority of Herbal Supplements at GNC, Walmart, Walgreens, And Target Don’t Contain What They Claim – Instead Cheap Fillers Like Wheat And Soy Powder

It’s a downer to pay a lot of money and not even be getting the active ingredients!

In general, I don’t recommend a lot of supplements to my patients. Ideally, we would get most of our nutrients from natural food sources. However, in this day and age, between our nutritionally-depleted and stripped processed foods and stressed lifetstyles […]

By |May 19th, 2017|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle|Tags: |0 Comments

What’s Wrong With This Picture?

I ran out of honey the other day and asked a friend to pick up some for me and she came up with this:

I was about to mindlessly put it in my tea when I looked at the ingredient list:

Do you spot anything strange? Uh, it isn’t honey.

Food sure has gotten weird these days. You can try your hardest to do the right things, replace that ‘bad’ white sugar with a more […]

By |February 27th, 2017|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle||0 Comments

New Year Blog Post #2

So here we are almost two months into the New Year. To those of you who have stuck with your resolutions – congratulations – you rock! To all the rest who have slipped or have right out given up – you can still get back on track!

So here are a few questions you might be asking yourself:

Why is the scale not moving?
Why are my clothes still feeling very tight?
Why am I not losing any […]

By |February 25th, 2017|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle||0 Comments

Just Say No to Junk Food!

Like many of us, I’ve been trying to clean up my diet in the new year. Most people think I am a crazed health nut who would never let a sugary-laden treat pass my lips, but the reality is that I struggle with food cravings as much as the next guy or gal, and especially when I ramp up my ultrarunning training, I often find myself eating twizzlers at night in bed, even […]

By |February 21st, 2017|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle||0 Comments

Benefits of Exercise and Physical Therapy

While Physiatry covers a wide spectrum of care, a bulk our treatment is for neck (cervical) and low back (lumbar) pain. Often when a new patient presents for these symptom we will recommend a course of physical therapy.

A lot of thought goes into this process, as not everyone is a good fit for this modality of treatment, so every patient is different and we decide their treatment on a case-by-case basis. […]

By |February 15th, 2017|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle|Tags: , |0 Comments

New Year Blog Post #1

So the New Year is finally here! Many of us make New Year's resolutions year after year, only to run out of steam and break them by the time Valentine's Day arrives.

We tend to set unrealistic goals and find it too hard and cumbersome to stick with them and then we rationalize and make excuses and eventually convince ourselves that we didn’t really need to change anything after all. Does that sound remotely familiar?

If […]

By |January 11th, 2017|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle||0 Comments

Radiant Health

I’ve been thinking about new year’s resolutions. I like to set them, both for personal goals for myself and professional goals I hope to achieve. It helps keep me motivated and interested.

The phrase that keeps coming to mind as I formulate resolutions for 2017 is radiant health. What is radiant health? How do I get it? Is it achievable?

Have you ever been around someone who glows with health? Not in a creepy, alien-esque […]

By |December 27th, 2016|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle||0 Comments

10 Steps To Surviving The Holiday Season & Sticking With Your Weight Loss Goals

So here comes Christmas again. It is such a precious time for families to get together, catch up, reminisce, relax…and of course eat. Turkey, dressing, ham, mashed potatoes whipped with butter, heavy gravy, buttery rolls, cranberry sauce, lots of pie and ice-cream, cake and cookies – all very wholesome healthy food choices, right? Not quite. For those of us who are struggling to lose weight this can be a "deadly" combination. Once our taste […]

By |December 8th, 2016|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle|Tags: |0 Comments

Exercise, Idaho and Fishing

Growing up, my father, grandfather, and uncles would take an annual trip to Montana to fish the Madison River, a small section of which runs between Hebgan Dam and Earthquake Lake. I would often go on these trips and though I know my father looked forward to them, I probably stopped him from doing more of his own fishing while he untangled my line, put more bait on my hook, and dealt with my […]

By |November 28th, 2016|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle|Tags: |0 Comments

2 Ways to Lose Weight Without Going on a Diet

If you have read any of my other posts, you know I believe there is no such thing as a diet. There is quite simply no way to temporarily alter your eating patterns, lose weight, and then go back to eating the way you used to without gaining back all of the weight, and, unfortunately, likely an extra 5 pounds.

So how are you supposed to lose weight, in an uphill battle […]

By |October 22nd, 2016|Categories: Healthier Lifestyle||0 Comments