Category Archives: Lifestyle

Ben Greenfield’s Top Two Recommended Ways To Fast For Longevity

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This is a guest post from WellnessFX practitioner, Ben Greenfield. Greenfield is an ex-bodybuilder, Ironman triathlete, Spartan racer, coach, speaker and author of the New York Times Bestseller “Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life.” Ben blogs and podcasts at BenGreenfieldFitness.com, and resides in Spokane, WA with his wife and twin boys. To learn more about Ben’s practice, education, and specialties, skip to the bottom! 

While they are unlikely to be familiar with popular fasting acronyms such as CR, IF, DTRF, ADF or FMD, centenarians in Blue Zones like Nicoya, Sardinia and Okinawa tend to eat relatively small portions of whole foods, consuming a low to moderate calorie diet by being mindful of their hunger and avoiding calorie-dense, fat- and sugar-laden processed and packaged foods.

Okinawans practice the traditional cultural rule of hara hachi bu, which means eating only until they are about 80% full. Typically, most meals are consumed within an 8- to 12-hour feeding window throughout the day, referred to by researchers as a “compressed feeding window.” This is the same window observed in many of the new, Westernized forms of fasting- or caloric-restriction-based diets, most of which involve at least 12 to 16 hours of not consuming calories during a given 24-hour period.

So why do all these different forms of fasting seem to work so well? You’re about to discover why, along with a quick primer on fasting and the two methods of fasting that I’ve personally found to be most effective for me and my clients. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

4 Steps for a Healthier Gut (and why it’s so important)

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A healthy microbiome is key to living a healthy life. As more research is conducted on gut health and the 5 lbs of bacteria that reside in your body, researchers continue to make discoveries about its connection to a variety of diseases and conditions, from anxiety and mood to obesity and IBS. Continue reading

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“Am I Overtraining?” What this Performance Nutritionist Learned Through Blood Testing.

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Meet Kyla Channell, a 29-year old Performance Nutritionist from California. When she’s not gardening or hiking with her dog, she loves to listen to crime podcasts and spend time with

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family and friends. She currently manages and maintains her health with frequent blood tests and supplementing as necessary. Her diet consists of whole, unprocessed foods and exercise 3-6x/wk with a combination of activities like mountain biking, Bikram yoga, strength training, trail running, and swimming.

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4 Reasons Every Woman Should Be Paying Attention to Her Thyroid

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The thyroid, the butterfly-shaped gland located in the front of the neck, can either make or break performance in all areas of life.  Identifying thyroid dysfunction is key to living a healthy and productive life, especially for women. In fact, according to the American Thyroid Association, women are 5 to 8 times more likely than men to have thyroid problems! Continue reading

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5 Tips For Navigating Perimenopause

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For women experiencing perimenopause, the time during which your body makes the natural transition to menopause, navigating the transition can be daunting.

Symptoms that occur through the transition include irregular periods, hot flashes and sleep problems, mood changes, vaginal and bladder problems, decreasing fertility, changes in sexual function, loss of bone, and changing cholesterol levels.

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Want to Own Your Nutrition? Try These 6 Tips to Gain Control

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Owning your nutrition is part of the overall picture when it comes to health. Your body is a system of many parts working together! For this installment in our #OwnYourHealth series, Certified Health Coach and founder of Healthy Chicks Rachel Kaczynski weighs in with her 6 tips to taking control of your nutrition.  Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.