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Can Dieting Shorten Your Life?

How many people do you know who are trying to lose weight? I bet you can name at least five in your close circle. The numbers are staggering. Our culture is obsessed with weight loss. Yet out of those people trying to lose weight, there is a 95 percent chance they will gain it back within a year. Many live their entire lives this way, a constant weight cycle. What are the real consequences to this yo-yo dieting? WHY DIETING FAILS Whether it’s societal pressure, personal body shaming issues or a health concern prescribed by a doctor, the weight loss game is always a battle. People are impatient and most often go the drastic calorie cutting route. The body reacts by going into starvation mode, slowing metabolism, holding onto weight and then finally giving into the body’s signals and binging on a huge meal. Millions of years of evolution has Read More

How-To / Mental Health

Making Healthy Habits Stick: Part 1

Healthy habits come from regular practice and discipline, right? Many other co-factors make this a complicated question. Your unique personality traits actually play a big role.  How do your habits impact your health? Do you know what it takes to make a new routine stick? What if there was a way to figure this out? Gretchen Rubin’s book, Better Than Before may help. She’s identified four personality types, or tendencies, based on the way people develop habits and make decisions. I have become a bit obsessed with this categorization and now look for signs in my friends to see which category they fall in. I’ll first define the four and then provide some examples. ►Upholder – “Respond readily to both outer expectations and inner expectations” ►Questioner – “Question all expectations, and will meet an expectation only if they believe it’s justified.” ►Obliger – “Respond readily to outer expectations but struggle to Read More

Mental Health / Podcast

Wellness Beets Episode #15: Multiple Sclerosis, Food, and Athletic Performance with Kelsey Albers Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSHeads up! WBKitchen is an amazing company that creates grain-free Paleo and SCD friendly treats including cookies and snack bars.  These treats have amazing, well-sourced, and clean ingredients that are good for you, the planet, and your taste buds.   WBKitchen is kindly offering us a special discount from June 10th-June 30th! Just type in the discount code “BEETS15” at checkout. Interview with Kelsey Albers Kelsey Albers is a Certified Health Coach and owner of Ignite. Nourish. Thrive. Health Coaching.  Trained in holistic nutrition from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, Kelsey helps people dedicated to a healthy lifestyle achieve their personal goals.  Her programs include online personal or small group coaching, as well as workshops, seminars, and group challenges.  Kelsey is also the self-published author of Fuel, the eBook about harnessing the power of real food to achieve the body and Read More

Mental Health / Podcast

Wellness Beets Episode #14: Anxiety, Depression, and Brain Health with Nicholas Hundley Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSCome Chat with Us on Social Media! Brittany’s Facebook               Alex’s Facebook  Brittany’s YouTube              Alex’s YouTube Brittany’s Pinterest               Alex’s  Pinterest  Brittany’s Instagram               Alex’s Instagram  Special Offer Reminder!  You that you can still get 15% off on all Nikki’s Coconut Butter products! They make fun, flavored coconut butters that are organic, gluten-free, and dairy free. These coconut butters have very few ingredients, are great to use for baking, adding to smoothies, or just eating with a spoon. Choose from flavors like Vanilla Cake Batter, Dark Chocolate Fudge, Honey Pecan Pie, and Mint Chocolate Chip. Go to and use the discount code “wellnessbeets” at check-out to get 15% off from now until June 5th.   Interview with Nicholas Hundley, MS, CNS Here Read More

Body Care / Mental Health

Extra Virgin Cod Liver Oil: Interview & Review

I eat fish four to five times per week. Most of it falls into the category of fatty fish, such as salmon, sardines, mackerel and trout. These carry some of the highest levels of bio-available omega 3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA. I’ve written about the importance of these fats for brain health, fighting inflammation, a strong heart and healthy skin. But what if you can’t stomach fish? Fish oil supplements should do the trick, right? Not likely. Most are made with chemical fillers and the oil inside those capsules is rancid. Fish oil is super sensitive to heat, light and air, causing rancidity to occur very quickly during extraction of the oil from the fish. By taking a fish oil pill, you’re likely doing more harm than good. The Rosita family in Norway is changing all that. After years of practice and research, they have developed a delicate way to Read More

Mental Health / Paleo

Fighting Anxiety with Food

How do you manage anxiety? Is it exercise, meditation, deep breathing? We all have tactics to reduce daily stress but for some people, anxiety can have crippling effects. For those, prescription medication is required and is a lifelong reality. Relief may have another component though. Food. Twenty percent of Americans suffer from debilitating anxiety and all fingers are pointing to processed foods. Standard American Diet to Blame The American diet is lacking in essential nutrients that literally feed the brain. In the past forty years, our diet has gone through radical changes resulting in high levels of inflammation throughout the body and particularly the brain. Subsidized farming is largely to blame. When soy and corn became America’s cash crops, body inflammation rose.  These ubiquitous foods are not only found in our food products but also the feed of the animals we eat. Corn and soy and other grains are high Read More