Healthy Lifestyle

Vitamin D: The Sunshine Vitamin

A Crucial Vitamin for your Health
Vitamin D

Vitamin D is often referred to as the “Sunshine Vitamin” because your body synthesizes cholesterol into Vitamin D when your skin in exposed to sunlight. Many people think about their need for Vitamin D during the winter, but believe that they can get enough Vitamin D easily when it is sunny outside. For a majority of people in the industrial world this is simply not the case!

Unless a large amount of your skin is exposed to the sun for at least 30 minutes daily, there is a good chance that you are deficient in Vitamin D. While your diet can contribute to your level of Vitamin D, we were genetically designed get our Vitamin D from exposure to the sun.  Most people living in northern climates can not get enough sunlight to produce optimal levels of Vitamin D. I like to think about how much time our ancestors used to spend outside, and compare that to our modern lifestyles. When you think about it that way, it is obvious that virtually all of us spend WAY more time indoors than our relatives generations ago. 

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The Importance of Movement (NOT just Exercise)

Movement vs. Exercise

movement or exerciseEveryone knows that exercise is important! But what if I told you that I was more concerned about the level of movement in your life, than how much you exercise?

I know, it’s shocking! Our culture is so focused on exercise that we forget the value of simply moving throughout the day. We think that we are living an active lifestyle if we go to the gym regularly, however if we are sitting the rest of our day we are still living a sedentary life.

The Danger of Sitting

According to Dr. James Levine, the director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative, “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”

What is even more surprising is that the negative effects of sitting are even apparent in those who exercise daily.  We need to change our view of movement and find ways to incorporate natural movement into each part of our day!

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Self Care for Everyone

self care 5 minuteSelf Care

We’ve all heard that we need to make time for self care.  We must “fill ourselves up” in order to have anything to give to others we are told.  While some of us struggle with feeling guilty for taking time to ourselves, even those who don’t can find it very difficult to work self care into a busy lifestyle.

Do a little self care exercise with me.  

  • For the next couple minutes think about fun things that you would enjoy doing if you had a week to yourself. (Stick with me for just a minute.  Don’t jump ahead!)
  • Next take a couple minutes to think about what you would enjoy if you had a day, or even a few hours to yourself.
  • Now think through some things that you enjoy doing when you have 5-30 minutes to yourself.

Which category was the easiest to make?

Most of us have many ideas about what we could do with a week of vacation, especially if a cook and nanny were provided! We can easily think about fun things to do on a day off or with a few hours to ourselves. While it’s fun to think about these things, for many of us those times are not a regular part of our lives. Waiting for the occasional vacation or day off can leave us feeling depressed, anxious and stressed. 

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Dr. Jamie is now a Kresser Graduate

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I am excited to announce my completion of the ADAPT practitioner training at the Kresser Institute. This was a year long training program in functional medicine.  
 
As a functional medicine doctor it is my goal to help you get to the root of your health concerns and lead you into a higher level of wellness. While conventional medicine often focuses on treating symptoms of disease, functional medicine helps to uncover underlying problems. We honor the body as an interconnected whole, with a deep understanding of the impact that the environment has on an individual.

I look forward to working with you whether you are battling chronic issues, facing a new health concern, or simply want to enhance your body's ability to stay well.  Give us a call if you are ready to take those next steps towards health. We will support your body's ability to heal through natural treatments such as dietary changes, nutritional supplements, stress management, sleep, etc.  Together we can discover what may be holding you back and what a holistic approach to your health can do for you!

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7 Tips for a Healthier Halloween

Halloween Tips

Today is the one day of the year most known for excessive candy intake. If you have been following along with my weekly emails, you know that this goes against everything that I teach!! But what to do about it? Here are my healthier Halloween tips! You might not be able to follow all of them, but listening to just a few might keep you from going candy crazy!
 
  1. Read the Ingredients! Whenever I am temped by a piece of processed food, I look at the ingredient list.  Reading about ingredients such as high fructose corn syrup, food coloring, and hydrogenated oils reminds me that it is NOT REAL FOOD after all, and that I really don't want to eat it.
    Recently, a colleague told me that they now have changed their mindset about food to the point that reading poor ingredients allows them to view processed food (e.g. a Snickers Bar) more like an object (e.g. their spiral notebook) rather than food. I don't know if I am quite there yet, but I'm working on it.

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Happy 2 year Blogiversary!

Happy BlogiversaryThis week we are celebrating 2 years of writing weekly blog posts (Minus a few months of maternity leave!)

For those of you who are new here (or just need a reminder!), I wanted to highlight some of my favorite articles that have been published in the past few years!

If you have any friends who you feel would also enjoy following along, please share this post with them and encourage them to subscribe! Our goal is the spread the health as far as we can, and to help as many people as possible live the lives they love!

 

Weekly Wellness Challenges:

We have published 23 Weekly Wellness Challenges of topics ranging from drinking water, de-stressing, to prioritizing your life! Here are a few of my favorites! 

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