Allie’s Corner: The Calorie Myth
ou probably recognize that 200 calories worth of pasta isn’t exactly the same thing as 200 calories of salmon. Without even thinking about it, your body can probably feel the difference between an afternoon snack of an apple and almond butter versus a super-size candy bar. The ‘calorie myth’ acknowledges that a calorie isn’t just a calorie. In fact, calories from nutrient-dense whole foods impact our bodies and moods differently than those from nutrient-poor processed foods.
How to strengthen your pelvic floor
One-third of women suffer from pelvic floor issues such as incontinence, prolapse and weakness, according to the National Institutes for Health, often following pregnancy and childbirth. They can be painful, embarrassing and frustrating, to say the least. The somewhat mysterious pelvic floor consists of the muscles, ligaments, nerves and tissues that support your uterus, bladder and bowel. When the pelvic floor isn’t functioning optimally, these areas often struggle as well. Not only do they help you hold urine in, pelvic floor muscles are also critical to sexual pleasure, supporting babies during pregnancy, low back health and more.
Spring Cleaning for the Soul
It’s that time of year: Clean out the closets, shake out the rugs and clear out the clutter. Spring cleaning your house has a host of benefits – you create more space, eliminate allergens and get rid of things you no longer use. But it doesn’t have to end there. “Spring cleaning for the soul” can take this seasonal renewal to the next level.
The Importance of Folic Acid
While most people recognize that folic acid is important when you’re pregnant, this B vitamin is actually essential for all of us. While it is particularly critical when you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant, folic acid supports growth and development in the body – supporting your overall health.
Allie’s Corner: How to Sleep Like a Pro
If you are not allowing enough time for sleep, nothing is going to change! The amount of sleep needed varies from person to person, but most adults require seven to nine hours of sleep per night.
What We Are Loving Right Now
When one month plays host to Valentine’s Day, American Heart Month, National Weddings Month and Chocolate Lover’s Month, it only seems appropriate to take a few moments to focus on love, love, love.