A Work Injury Caused Severe Pain

I used to work at an ice cream distribution center. I worked in the warehouse part, which meant I was loading trucks for eight hours a day. The trucks would back into the bay, which was where our deep freezer was. I would lift boxes that weigh up to 90 pounds each all day long. One day, I lifted one, and I felt something go in my back. I dropped the box, and I fell to the ground in pain. My boss wanted me to see a doctor, but I opted to go to a chiropractor in San Jose CA instead.

I knew that whatever was wrong was in my back, and it just made sense to go to a doctor who takes care of that area of the body. Continue reading

Why Fitness Should be Your First Focus

Modern Americans have extremely busy schedules from day to day. If you have kids and a full-time job, it might seem like all you ever do is wake up, get the kids to school, work, pick the kids up, and repeat the next day. With so much to do, it is easy to cut out the things that seem unimportant, such as making sure to get to the gym. Here’s a few reasons why your fitness regimen should first in life.

Decrease the Risk of Disease

According to data from the University of Minnesota, regular physical activity and fitness are critical in helping decrease your risk of disease. Citing information from The American Journal of Preventative Medicine, the better your fitness is the higher the chances are that you can fight off deadly disease and increase your life span by up to five years in the process. The list of diseases whose occurrence can be reduced with better fitness includes heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, obesity, and breast and colon cancer.

Improve Emotional Health

Greater physical fitness isn’t just about boosting your physical health and warding off diseases. With

Turn Your Fitness Expenses Into Gains

Getting into shape is not a cheap endeavor. We all know that getting into shape not only takes time, but it costs money.

Between the equipment, personal training, diet regimen, healthier food, clothing upgrades, and clothing replacement due to resizing (either up or down, depending on your current status/future goals), getting into better shape definitely requires a financial investment. While you are really in this for optimizing your health, so financial outlay at this juncture should not be of great concern, it would be nice to get some of that cash back. After all, those protein bars are pretty darn expensive.

But how do you turn your personal fitness expenses into cash? Clever tax returns. Take some time and get to know your local tax specialist and you will find that there are ways for you to turn your expenses into deductions when it comes tax time.

Sure, it isn’t the most immediate way to get money back from something, but I challenge you to find a quicker, more surefire way. Filing taxes with deductions for your fitness expenses is a sure way to get some of your cash back.

Here are some hints when you go in to talk to your tax

Healthy snacking tips from Jillian Michaels

Try these sensible healthier eating tips from fitness expert and regular on Biggest Loser USA, Jillian Michaels

Create healthier alternatives to your favorite fried foods.
Opt for cooking methods that use little or no fat such as steaming, grilling, baking, popping, boiling or roasting. You can still make these items taste great with the right seasoning. Have a weakness for fried chicken? Instead try this recipe that is in my book, The Master Your Metabolism Cookbook, for Almond Crusted Chicken Breast. Take skinless chicken breast cutlets and cover them in a delicious almond, rosemary and lemon zest paste, then bake. You’ll get the same great taste, but with half the calories and fat.

Too much of a good thing can actually be bad.
Everyone loves to tell you that healthy fats like avocados and extra virgin olive oil are good for you, but they require portion control like everything else. Eat no more than 6-8 teaspoons of fats and vegetable oil per day.

Keep eating – yes, I said it!
Eat three balanced meals a day every four hours with a snack in between lunch and dinner. Curb cravings with tasty snacks such as spice roasted almonds (this recipe is

What could a herbalist do for you?

A top-to-toe MOT and a natural prescription could be the answer to all your health and wellbeing concerns. Ellie Moss kickstarts a new healthy regime with the help of medical herbalist Lucy Stephens

The January guilt trip hit hard after my Christmas indulgence. Mince pies, mulled wine, boxes of chocolate: I’d consumed them all by the bucket load! My skin looked tired and dehydrated and I felt bloated and sluggish at best. So, I jumped at the chance to see medical herbalist Lucy Stephens for some much-needed advice on how to get the new year off to a healthier start.

What is a medical herbalist?

It sounds intriguing, but what does a medical herbalist actually do? ‘A medical herbalist uses the active compounds present in plants to exert a physiological effect on the body,’ says Lucy. ‘Herbal medicine is particularly good for skin conditions, female and reproductive health, gut problems, anxiety and mood changes.’

The consultation

Lucy kicked off the session by asking me if there were any particular areas of concern I had in terms of my health. My major issues were dry skin and hair, bloating and a few too many Christmas pounds! She went through each