Blog: Three Pillars of Health

New Year’s Resolutions vs. Setting New Goals

Here we are almost three weeks into the new year. How many of us have already let go of our “New Year’s Resolutions?” How many of us never even really got them off the ground? For those of us for whom this is the case, be kind to yourself – setting a resolution may not be the best way to achieve the results you want. Being too tough on yourself is different than being accountable to yourself, and doesn’t usually set the table for success. How is this related to health and wellness? Some of it is obvious – our goals […]

Be sure to have a plan for getting back to health with physical activity and nutrition! Starting or making big changes around the holidays may not be for the best…

Starting (or restarting) an Exercise and health plan: Remember, Exercise does not have to be a heavy gym workout 5 days/week. In fact, for most of us this is not appropriate or enjoyable. We all have different starting points – some of us may already eat reasonably well and somewhat active. Some of us may be years without significant exercise and activity. some of may have further considerations such as chronic illness or injury. Whatever the case, you need a plan. Part of that plan is to start GRADUALLY and carefully increase your efforts toward your goal. This can mean starting […]

Exercise for health and wellness does NOT always look like hitting the gym!

Exercise and health: Exercise does not have to be a heavy gym workout 5 days/week. In fact, for most of us this is not appropriate or enjoyable. However, we do need to be active in some form to promote maximum health and wellness. This can be as simple as a walk, hike, or a favorite activity such as softball, tennis (Pickleball is all the rage these days – ha ha), surfing, kayaking. It could be more intense if you want to become stronger and hit the weight room, or start running. You may already be active but want to improve your performance… […]

Humility, Integrity, Generosity, and Kindness…

    Remember what is important… it is easy to fall into toxic patterns when we focus on things that, while they may be fun, they are not necessarily important. How we interact with the world can be a strong determinant of health, and putting our intention and focus on things such as money, popularity, public opinion takes it away from where it can attract and build strong mental-emotional health. Money, social media profiles, even titles can be taken away or lost. Qualities such as humility, generosity, integrity, and kindness can not, and the impact we have on ourselves and […]

Facing ourselves: the hard work of wellbeing…

Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light” – Brene Brown I love this quote. I love her Ted Talk on Vulnerability even more. But I hate it at the same time. It is hard  to be vulnerable. It is hard to face ourselves and embrace the idea that we may have challenges, things we need to face down and own. But in order to grow, to thrive, to be healthy, we must learn to muster our courage, face our fears, and learn to accept being vulnerable during our process. This […]

The opposite of addiction is not sobriety…

Interesting TED Talk, and important food for thought… “You get a rat and you put it in a cage, and you give it two water bottles: One is just water, and the other is water laced with either heroin or cocaine. If you do that, the rat will almost always prefer the drug water and almost always kill itself quite quickly. So there you go, right? That’s how we think it works. In the ’70s, Professor Alexander comes along and he looks at this experiment and he noticed something. He said ah, we’re putting the rat in an empty cage. […]

Stop Chasing Symptoms: Functional Medicine is a Systemic Approach to Root Cause Treatments

    Stop chasing symptoms! I can not tell you how many patients come in with a long list of medications… this is why I chose to practice Functional Medicine:⁠ ⁠ ⁠ 1. Functional medicine is investigative: Functional medicine treats symptoms by finding and addressing the root causes of the problem which leads to more profound and longer-lasting results. ⁠ ⁠ 2. Functional medicine is more holistic: Functional medicine treats the body as an interconnected whole, we know that in order to treat one part, all other parts must be addressed. FM is generally safer and treatments typically have fewer […]