Last week, we dove head first into the mindfulness discussion. We focused on overall mindfulness and a few activities to try at home. This week, we wanted to keep on the mindfulness trend and talk about a few different mindful eating exercises. Mindful eating is a powerful tool to gain control of your eating. These exercises have been shown to help with weight loss, help restructure “diet” thinking, reduce disordered eating, and help you feel better.
Mindfulness and mindfulness activities have been trending a lot lately. Health officials and mental health advocates discuss the benefits of mindfulness. Fitness influencers and enthusiasts mention mindfulness activities as part of their daily routines. Maybe you’ve overheard coworkers or neighbors talk about this trend. But what is mindfulness exactly?
In recent years sitting has been referred to as the new smoking. Typical Americans sit at a desk for eight hours a day. And those who work overtime are often sitting for much longer! With all that sitting, postural alignment tends to falter. Our backs get stiff, our necks get sore, and our shoulders hunch. Studies now show that bad posture can increase feelings of depression and zap your energy levels. And in some cases, poor posture can even cut off circulation! But before you start to stress, take a deep breath. Try incorporating these postural alignment tips and exercises that you can do at your desk to your workday!
Back pain while losing weight. Navigating the topic of weight and weight loss in today’s world can be a little tricky. Companies are constantly trying to sell us “magic” detox teas and pills, guaranteed to help us break that plateau. Our social media feeds are full of fitness models sharing “what they eat in a day” and their “fitness routines”. On the flip side, the body positive movement is in full force. Celebrities and influencers share their “flaws” and open up about their insecurities as a form of empowerment. Leaders of the movement are sharing their pride in who they are and opening up the acceptance conversation.
But even with a more engaging social conversation, there are still things being missed. One of those topics consists of some of the side effects that can occur when a person is losing weight and getting healthy. A specific side effect worrying some is back pain while losing weight. When we have more fat on us, it acts as a cushiony layer that insulates and keeps our insides in place. But when we lose that fat, those insides shift and we can find ourselves in more pain and discomfort than normal. When a person loses weight the curves in the spine may change and overall biomechanics will change. People may also increase their activities, which will cause greater stress and pain to the musculoskeletal system.
So how do we deal with this pain? What are the causes? How is it managed? Keep reading to learn more!
Are you trying to lose weight but feel like you’re in a constant plateau? Does the thought of a lifestyle change seem overwhelming and stressful? Are you trying to be conscious of diet and exercise but seeing less than ideal results? If any of these sound familiar, you might want to consider incorporating essential oils for weight loss into your wellness routine.
Weight loss on the keto diet. Can a person experience weight loss on the keto diet? How great would it be if butter and bacon were considered “health foods”? What if we could trade our side salads for fried eggs, extra cheese, and guacamole? Well, actually, advocates of the ketogenic diet (keto for short) are arguing exactly that. Through the consumption of a lot of fat and close to zero carbohydrates, you too can enjoy enhanced health, a greater quality of life, increased athletic performance and brain function, and abs you can grate that cheese on. But is it too good to be true?
How Are You Going to Look in Your Christmas Photos?
We can all breathe again, it’s fall! Put those swimsuits in a storage container and bring out the sweaters! This is the time of year many of us say yes to cheesy comfort food and get a little more relaxed with working out. No judgment, I do the same. As a quick disclaimer, I want to say that at Zock Family Chiropractic, we fully believe every individual is beautiful. But I know that weight is something on many of our minds. If you know you tend to fall into a winter lull and want to stop some bad habits in their tracks, there are a number of things you can try! One of them is a dietary program called Whole30. Could Whole30 weight loss help you find confidence?
Immunity On Guard®
Winter seems to be on its way out – in fact, the weather this week gives us hope for an early spring. Many people seem to think that they need an immunity boost as the changeable weather brings back germs and we tend to push the season with our clothing selections.
How often do you hear the advice to drink eight, eight-ounce glasses of water throughout your day? The 8×8 rule is pretty easy to remember and seems like a pretty reasonable goal. Most healthy people have an easy time staying hydrated by drinking water and other liquids whenever they are thirsty. But every one of us is different. Water intake required varies based on how active you are and a host of other factors. 8 glasses of water a day might just not be enough. So just how much water does a person actually need?
Pregnancy wellness. Welcome to the last post of this three-part blog series on chiropractic care during pregnancy and the year to follow. So far we have covered the Webster technique, which is a series of adjustments made to get your baby into proper position for delivery. The week before that we discussed the structural science behind body changes during pregnancy and using chiropractic care as a proactive tool. To conclude the series, this week I want to share the other benefits of prenatal care and pregnancy wellness. Especially in regards to pain relief and mood improvement.