How to Control the Stress in Your Life

The schedule… that monster that seems to consume our lives.  Bringing us stress; raising our cortisol levels, making us feel tired and depressed.  BUT, there are tips that you can utilize to reduce that stress.  Here are a few of my favorites:...more
Great summary of those activities promoting health and wellbeing - my favourites are Yoga and ...more

Muscle Injury: Should You Stop Exercising?

If you have a muscle injury, getting advice from a doctor or physical therapist is critical to coming back from an injury.  But, stopping all exercise may not be the recommended solution.  For issues such as shoulder strain, C. David Geier, MD, director of sports medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston explains that impingement is usually the cause of the pain.  It occurs when the space between your rotator cuff muscles and the bone on top of your shoulder narrows, pinching the tendons....more

How Stress Can Sabotage Your Success With Good Health

I posted this article on stress when I first launched the Paula's Healthy Living website. It's one of my favorites so I wanted to share it with our new readers....more

Exercise Your Way to Happy & Healthy

Working out in the morning is a great way to jump-start your day, get your blood flowing, and your energy boosting.  I exercise at home, while my children are sleeping, with DVDs.  I am dedicated because I love the way it makes me feel (energized, flexible and strong) and look.  I enjoy the loosening of stiffness from sleeping, and having personal time to start out my day.  Not everyone is a morning person though, so working out during your lunch break or evenings may be better for you. ...more

Exercise: It Does a Body Good!

Exercising on a regular basis is an integral aspect if healthy living for a variety of reasons. Exercise can cut your body fat and alter your bodies composition.  This is important to long-term health by keeping health issues, such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, heart disease and digestive ailments, at bay.  It’s important to note that exercise alone won’t accomplish your goals if your diet doesn’t reflect the hard work you put into it....more

Are You Gluten Intolerant?

Many Americans have some level of gluten intolerance which may show through symptoms of stomach upset all the way up to Celica’s Disease.  There is a spectrum of disorders where gluten has an adverse effect on the body.  It’s generally accepted that one in 133 people have ...more

What Is The Paleo Diet and Does It Work?

Controversies abound around the Paleo Diet craze.  Is it an effective diet?  What do they mean by Paleo?  Are they basing their beliefs in this diet idea from people that evolved 10,000 years ago or after the dawn of agriculture?  Surrounding those original homo sapiens; where were they living? Their geographical location would have radically affected the entity of their diet....more

Vitamin D: Are You Getting Enough

A reader requested information about vitamin D supplements and if they were necessary.  My advice is based on a mis-step I took myself last year when my exercise trainer recommended I get B12 shots to boost my energy level.  I didn’t ask enough questions or research the topic enough and went for 3 weekly sessions to receive the B12 shots at a center for weight loss that is monitored by a physician.  When my energy level didn’t change for the positive, I went to my internist to have them run blood tests.  The results were highly elevated le...more

MyPlate Introduces New Food Recommendations

The Food Pyramid was considered the standard for healthy eating for almost 20 years.  First Lady Michelle Obama , the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack and Surgeon General Regina Benjamin created an updated visual infographic and it’s called MyPlate....more

Chia Seeds vs Flax Seed: The Great Debate

The use of chia seeds in a healthy diet is becoming more common in the United States.  I decided to explore which was a better choice; chia versus flax seed....more