Anxiety Part 2: Redefining It All by: Nola Johnson (for part 1 of Nola’s story, read The Roots of Anxiety). As I continue to navigate the ups and downs of anxiety there are a few things that I try to keep in mind. While each one is pretty easy to remember, some have been harder…

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Anxiety Part One: The Reason Behind It All by: Nola Johnson For a little over two years now I’ve known that I have anxiety. It seems a bit strange to say now, because my anxiety didn’t pop up two years ago. Nope. Anxiety has been in my life for as long as I can remember.…

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Healthy eating is not bad, in and of itself. It’s important to consider proper fueling, nutrients, and the pleasures of eating. However, healthy eating can become an obsession, to the point that it interferes with health and well-being. This is called orthorexia. Even though orthorexia is not yet recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual,…

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Find smart fitness so you don’t end up on the couch The majority of people at some point in their life will have lower back pain. I’ve worked with dozens of people who have pushed through rigorous exercise programs, only to find that their lower back pain is forcing them to rest and rehab. Instead…

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Exercise could be bad for you?! The statement seems counterintuitive, based on everything we are told about the positive benefits from exercise. While exercise can be an amazing tool for health and wellness, it’s also true that the wrong fitness approach can leave with you aches and discomfort at the least, and serious health consequences…

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Health at Every Size® (HAES) is a paradigm shift in the health and wellness field, that is often misunderstood. For one, the name is slightly confusing. HAES does not directly mean you can be healthy at every size. Secondly, we’ve been so accustomed to the narrative that thin people are healthy and that “obese” people…

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Photo of Brit leading the belly breathing tutorial

Belly breathing is a wonderful grounding exercise to reduce anxiety. The opposite action would be chest breathing, which is often shallow and rapid. Think about your last visit to the gym when you were out of breath. You were likely chest breathing. This is activating and stimulates the fight, flight, or freeze nervous system (sympathetic).…

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The “War on Obesity” was intended to promote health and has actually done the exact opposite. Using BMI to measure health has infused weight stigma into the medical profession, fitness profession, and has been a major contributor to diet culture. (Think of diet culture as that sneaky message telling you that if only you’d lose…

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