Are You A Health ‘Free Thinker’

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30 years ago the federal government decided, for the first time in its history, to design 'Dietary Guidelines'. Now here we are in the midst of an obesity, diabetes, and pill popping epidemic. Blindly following conventional wisdom, and not thinking for yourself, may cause more harm than good. Here are some reminders that may help you follow your own path when it comes to making sense of what is right and wrong for your health. 1. Change your mind as often as the facts change. 2. Ignore people who refuse to change their minds when the facts change. 3. Read more books and fewer articles. 4. Read more history and fewer conventional forecasts. 5. You have no obligation to have … [Read more...]

Strive To Non-Strive

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Warning: Today's post is all about me.  According to the wise men of the world I have a problem. I need to go into rehab. I admit it. I STRIVE. Asking me to stop striving is like asking me to stop breathing. It is something I continually wrestle with. The picture you see here is on my dashboard.  It has been there for years.  I am continually 'striving' to work on all these areas, but when I get to the non-striving part I hit a brick wall. I have a feeling I have been like this all my life because I remember my Dad saying, "Penny, you need to lie in bed and stare at the ceiling once in a while." We are told that we need to continue to grow, change, achieve, better ourselves. Just Do It. … [Read more...]

5 Minute Rundown On Current Health Research

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Imagine spending 3 days, walking from one room to the next, every 20 minutes, listening to some of the world's leading authorities speak on current health issues.  I had the honor of attending such an event at the Ancestral Health Symposium in Atlanta, this past weekend.  I tweeted @HlthCoachPenny as fast as my fingers could type, to relay morsels of info across the airwaves. Below is a brief synapsis of my most popular tweets: 'Presenter from New Zealand told me he respects us Paleo/Primal/Real foodies from the USA because we are bombarded with crap food.' 'Intermittent fasting, carbohydrate restriction & intermittent intense exercise - protocol for cancer patients'- … [Read more...]

My Recipe For A Lean, Fit, Happy, Healthy Life

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I recently received an email from a client asking what I recommend most for staying lean and fit. I posted the answer on my Facebook page 'Health Coach Penny', and got more 'likes' than any other post, so I thought you might like to take a look at my recipe for staying lean, fit, happy and healthy. 1) It starts with sleep. I need at least 8 hours, yours may be a little less or a little more.  Read to learn why sleep is so important.  2) Eat veggies, fish, meat, fowl, eggs, nuts and seeds, and a little fruit (mostly berries). That's it. You can't exercise off the weight. If you believe in the 'burn off the calories with exercise to lose weight' theory then you will have to run 35 miles … [Read more...]

How To Change for REAL!

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Yes.  It's that time of year.  Time to reflect on the past year and move forward with new goals into the New Year.  How did you do on your list of resolutions from last year? Can you even remember what they were?  Do you find yourself breaking your resolutions year after year? Are you ready to make those goals stick this time around? Are you ready for REAL change?  Then it may be time to approach your resolutions from a new angle.  As Einstein so eloquently put it, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results". Real change is a step by step process.  It may come with a few setbacks, but those setbacks can be turned into growing and … [Read more...]

In Search of REAL Food

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"We come unbidden into this life, and if we are lucky we find a purpose beyond starvation...which, lest we forget, is the common lot"--Abraham Verghese in Cutting For Stone It is difficult to imagine starvation as a worldwide problem when food is literally at our fingertips in America.  We are lucky to have the opportunity to be so picky as to choose where and what we eat, much less have difficulty in finding REAL food among the myriad of available sources.  Since the advent of the 'supermarket' in 1946 (yes, supermarkets are a mid-20th century phenomenon), we have separated ourselves from where and how food is actually grown...in the earth, and from animals that eat food naturally … [Read more...]

Are You Under-Minding Your Training?

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Pressure makes diamonds. Train hard win easy. Never surrender. These are some of the motivational motto's that Americans thrive on.  With the Olympic trials in full swing we are even more aware of how hard we strive to become 'the best we can be'. So how do you know how much of a good thing is too much?  Are you over-training?  Are you over-working? Over-working is similar to when an athlete over-trains.  When they exercise, practice, drill, rehearse and compete too much.  When they over do it, their mind dulls and their body weakens with fatigue.  They get stuck.  They feel slow, stagnant and beat. When exercise, work, etc., is done in moderation it is healthy, but when you over do … [Read more...]

Simple Is Smart

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Change. It is simple but it may not be easy.  Sometimes it is difficult to even know where to start, and when you figure that out, taking that first step toward your goal can be the hardest. Whether it is going back to college, getting married, switching careers, or simply that first step out the door to exercise.  When it comes to changing your eating habits, the choices for that first step may have you so confused you simply want to give up before you even learn how to walk.  Then, if you muster up the courage, that first step off the plank leads to an ocean of information.  As you flail around in the sea, the ocean gets deeper and you start getting into lonely water where the … [Read more...]

Paleo Bumper Sticker

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                          Tell The World You Speak Paleo                   Choose Your Characters and Order Here. I dislike labels. They are confining.  When a label is attached to a person, place or thing it becomes too restrictive and close minded.  With nutrition it is no different.  Especially with the onslaught of nutrition research that is coming at us at lightning speed, with the advent of computers, in the new millennium. For those reasons I don't like to label my approach to nutrition as "Paleo", but for many other reasons it is the only label I embrace.  It has transformed my health and the health of hundreds of my clients.  I have … [Read more...]

This Is Your Brain On Exercise

Everyone knows exercise is good for you, but most people do it to 'lose weight and get in shape'.  Burn off that bodyfat and tone those muscles!  Exercise does so much more than simply burn fuel and shape our muscles, it makes us feel good!  It increases the blood flow to not only our muscles, heart and lungs, but also to our most important body part...our brain.  Exercise stimulates muscle AND brain cell growth.  It makes you smart AND good looking! One of my favorite books on this subject is Spark by John J. Ratey, MD.  I read it back in 2008, so when my son's fourth grade teacher, Miranda Reagan, decided to "spark" her students' brains to help them relieve stress and increase … [Read more...]