I am well-acquainted with feelings of stress and anxiety. Since I have Crohn’s Disease, it is very important for me to manage my stress and anxiety because it is has a huge effect on my health. I feel the effects of stress much more quickly and more strongly than before I was diagnosed. I use a variety of methods to manage my stress and anxiety. The two most effective methods for me have been yoga and acupuncture. All of us have experienced stress at some point or another, and many of us experience it every day. This blog will give you a brief overview of stress.
It is no secret that I love to travel. One of the places I have traveled several times is the Hawaiian Islands. One of the best things about the Hawaiian Islands is the amazing fruit they grow there - mangoes, bananas, pineapples, and more! Eating fruit directly off the tree, sun-ripened is amazing. On one visit, our little apartment had a mango tree in the yard, so each morning we would eat sun-ripened and warmed mangoes for breakfast! Soooo good… But back to the pineapples. We even went to the Dole Plantation on Oahu and took a tour to see the pineapple growing!
Hawaii is known as the place pineapple comes from even though Christopher Columbus actually brought them back from South America. People in South America use pineapple to treat digestive problems and inflammation. One cup of pineapple contains only 82 calories, but a whopping 131% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C! It also contains vitamin A, calcium, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, manganese, potassium, antioxidants and polyphenols like beta-carotene.
How much does your weight affect your health? Can you be healthy and still be considered "overweight"? A new study suggests that the connection between weight and health may not be as clear cut as doctors and health professionals previously thought. While it is still clear that seriously obese people die a bit earlier (as do people who are too skinny), people who were considered overweight actually may live a little longer than people considered a normal weight. Researchers say this may be because medicine has gotten better at managing disease, and the study measured death rates not disease rates. Or it could be that what we see as healthy may be skewed.
I am a Duke Integrative Medicine trained Health Coach located in Charlotte, NC. I hold a B.S. and M.A. in Wellness Management. I have a passion for health and for helping others achieve the healthy life they desire.