Get In The (Blue) Zone!

Let's talk Blue Zones.

And in case you're not familiar with the term, this is not about sadness. On the contrary − it's about long life (the longest!) and vitality.

Blue Zones refer to those geographical locations where individuals live longer... well into their nineties (and beyond)... and flourish with strong mental acuity and physical well being! These "longevity hotspots" have been identified in Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Loma Linda, California; Icaria, Greece; Nicoya Peninsula, and Costa Rica. The actual term Blue Zone stems from specific research and demographic studies where blue circles were drawn around longevity zones as a means of identification.

Hundred-year-old hikers, low rates of cancer, diabetes, and obesity... longer, healthier lives. Intriguing isn't it?!  

Two years ago, Dan Buettner's book, "The Blue Zones: Lessons For Living Longer From The People Who've Lived The Longest" created an important shift in awareness. Suddenly, we were seeing...

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Superfoods (put a superhero in your kitchen) Osteo blog 5

It's a bird, it's a plane... well, actually, it's more like a powder, but... it's Superfood!  The superhero just waiting to optimize your health − and strengthen your bones − through specialized nutrition.

We've discussed food basics and which choices  best serve strong, healthy bones. But it is balance, or the actual teamwork of nutrients within a body, that ultimately gives us our best selves. Superfoods provide a heightened level of nutrient density. They are excellent for those of us who want to keep animal protein to a minimum while ensuring the right concentration of nutrients for our bodies and bones.

A little background Superfoods (a single food source packed with vitamins, nutrients, enzymes, and minerals) provide a very high nutritional boost while working to  nourish, heal, promote balance, and optimize all body functions.  

Ironic, that what seems relatively 'new' to us has been circulating for thousands of years; Superfoods have been the...

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It's Holiday Season... got tissues?

There's an elephant in the room. No one wants to talk about germs. As if the mere mention of colds and flu makes us more vulnerable. But ever notice how many people start sneezing and hacking as the holidays roll around? Ho, ho, h--achu! That elephant's looking awfully pale.

"The holidays are a virus distribution system," Dr. William Schaffner, chair of the department of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University, explains. "They help us distribute influenza and other common cold viruses from person-to-person because of close contact." Wha wha.  

In fact, this is the time that flu season peaks thriving in the colder weather and tight proximity among people. From crowded shopping malls to holiday parties, movies and shows, we are experiencing a whole new level of sharing via door handles, clothing racks, airborne particles, food, and holiday hugs.  Add to that a shift toward indoor activities and closed windows. Yikes!

Not to worry! Take a deep breath (well, you may want...

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BUYER BE CLEAR 4... Are You Eating Wood?

Fiber − it is absolutely critical for a healthy digestive tract. It expedites food's journey through our systems and stimulates healthy and regular elimination. Cellulose is the insoluble fiber found in fruits and veggies (and grasses and legumes). As our bodies absorb all the rich nutrients from these foods, the fiber passes through; and we stay regular, satisfied, and healthy. Go, balance!

But what happens in a culture obsessed with low-fat- high-fiber-instant gratification food? Manufacturers create their own version of cellulose. It replaces the plant-based fiber and is inexpensive... looking and tasting  just like fat! However, it contains a very low-fat content, fewer calories, and it's delicious! Sound like a win? Sure, if you want to eat wood. CHEMICALLY PROCESSED WOOD.

When you look at a label and find "cellulose" as an additive, chances are you will soon be dining on wood pulp. It adds a smoothing texture to many ice creams, and it extends the shelf life of food...

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Happy St. Patrick's Day!

...Put Some Green In Your Scene

Happy St. Paddy's Day! I so love the energy, the celebration of Irish culture and history... the GREEN. Without a doubt, the world is seen in many shades of green today − even though blue was the original color. In fact, it wasn't until the 18th century that it all turned green − bringing to life fairies, leprechauns, immortals, clovers, and, of course, those rich crops (see where I'm going with this?).

Seems like the perfect day to put some green in your scene. We all know how important fruits and veges are, yet many of us don't reap the benefits on a daily basis. What's up with that?

 How about starting with these super healthy greens?!  

  • AVOCADOS: Sooooo good in sandwiches and salads, they boost eye health (thank you, lutein), explode with vitamin E, and lower cholesterol.
  • KALE:  Rich in vitamin C and cancer fighting compounds... and as we know, a bone health booster. Add to that some anti-inflammatory and immune...
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Fall... cool air, stunning colors, sweaters, aromas of nutmeg and pumpkin and apples. As summer's heat lifts and days shorten, there is a new motivation toward health and wellness. You can go out for a walk or jog, spurred on by refreshing breezes and changing landscapes. For many, having the kids back at school means a little more time to work on one's self (fitness, creativity, education...). I love seeing all the faces pop into Flow Pilates Centre as we celebrate the season with new classes, improved health, and great fun.

It's all good and then... Trick-Or-Treat! Candy. Candy. Candy. Don't get me wrong − I enjoy the excitement of Halloween, the anticipation of costumes and parties, the children (!), and, of course, the abundant creativity. But let's face it. There's nothing worse than an overflowing bowl of candy when you are trying to be healthy (and just in case you weren't sure which one you were craving, well, hello variety!).  

So, what to do?! I guess for...

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