Blogger. Novelist. Student doctor. Husband. Health freak. Nature-lover. That’s me.
You might not think you know me, but unless you’re new to the blog (which is great: welcome!), we’ve met before. I’ve been writing for WellnessFX since last August and have brought you testimonials, health news, exciting updates, and button-preserving recipes to get you through the holidays alive. So, yeah – we’ve met.
I’ve long been interested in health, fitness, and writing and I landed the perfect opportunity of contributing to the WellnessFX’s media team shortly after sending off my applications for medical school. I’ll be attending the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the fall. I’m truly excited about taking what I’ve learned about preventive medicine during my time with WellnessFX and applying it in my professional career.
Now that we’ve been formerly introduced, I have a story to share. It’s time for my draw. This is the WellnessFX experience. Uncensored and uncut.
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How many times have you seen the front of a magazine claim to get you the ‘abs you want’ by summer? How many times have you heard someone say they don’t want to gain muscle mass, they just want to ‘tone’?
We recently concluded our fireside chat series with Tim Ferriss, but the conversation on fitness never stops! Something Tim said about ‘toning’ and ‘spot reduction’ struck a chord, and we thought we’d let our audience know once and for all: the concepts behind these terms are myths!
Up until 2009, Natalie lived a sedentary lifestyle. She sat at work, she sat in her car, and when she got home everyday she sat some more in front of the television. All this inactivity caught up with her in the form of unsightly weight gain. It was time for a change!
Natalie started small: one yoga class a week. Gradually, however, fitness became an integral part of her lifestyle. In fact, she benefitted so much from exercise and healthy living that she wanted to share the great feeling with others. As a health coach and a certified personal trainer, she now dedicates her time to teaching others how to “assess their health, develop goal-setting skills, and find pleasure in healthy activities to make positive change so that they may live the lives they desire.”
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All good things must come to an end. Over the last few weeks we’ve shared video and summaries from the amazing Building the Perfect Human event WellnessFX held last month in San Francisco.
In classic fireside-style, our CEO Jim Kean, best-selling author Tim Ferriss, and Dr. Justin Mager have discussed how to slow aging as much as possible in the next 20 years by tracking your health, reducing injuries, eating holistically, and embracing your bacterial self. This last iteration continues with questions from the audience, with everything from The 4-Hour Musician to the problems with the current supplement market.
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Junk food is a slow killer. It’s making you diabetic, raising your blood pressure, and threatens to shut down your heart before the age of 50. No one really argues with how important diet is to long-term health. You are what you eat.
The question is, then: What is junk food?
Think about five foods you consider junk. Was chocolate one of your choices?
Should it be?
More and more we are learning that it’s less the what of the food we eat, but the how in the way it’s prepared. A hamburger from McDonald’s is bad, but what about a homemade grass-fed burger with gluten-free bread, and organic cheese? French fries are the worst, right? How about some sweet potato strips baked to a crunchy crisp in the oven?
Maybe it’s time to have another look at chocolate. While a Snickers bar a day won’t keep the doctor away, could this ‘guilty pleasure’ food be misunderstood?
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You might wrinkle your nose at the idea of doing yoga. Or maybe you’re doing yoga while you’re reading this. The point is, you probably have preconceived notions on the activity. Some people never try it, and other people live by it. Despite your experiences thus far, yoga’s stress-relieving properties deserve your attention. Science says so.
For those of you who only know yoga from passing a class at the gym or laughing at a spoof in a comedy, it might seem that twisting your body in such positions would be the opposite of stress-relieving. While some of the movements can be a little uncomfortable at first (okay, very uncomfortable), over time yoga becomes more about letting the mind roam free and less about struggling to hold hard poses.