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Losing Weight with Intermittent Fasting

Losing Weight with Intermittent Fasting

Written by Jess Walter
on Monday, 09 July 2018

Intermittent fasting is one of the latest weight-loss plans to hit the Internet, promising fast results without the rigor of more strict diets. 

With intermittent fasting, you are encouraged to eat normally most of the time while severely restricting calories once or twice per week. Some plans include a splurge day, allowing participants to eat their favorite high-calorie foods guilt-free. 

While around half of participants drop out of popular weight loss programs, intermittent fasting has only a 38% dropout rate. This eating pattern is thought not only to encourage you to take in fewer calories than you burn but also to slow the metabolism and decrease appetite. 

However, intermittent fasting isn't without its pitfalls. Here are the pros and cons of cutting back on calories a couple of times a week.
How to Pack a Summertime Picnic

How to Pack a Summertime Picnic

Written by Jennifer McGuire, MS, RD
on Tuesday, 03 July 2018

Simply moving a meal from the kitchen table to a blanket on the ground magically makes mealtime more fun.

That is the power of a picnic! 

Whether you choose to set up close to home in the yard or while out and about at the pool or park, be prepared for a safe and tasty picnic with these tried-and-true tips.
How to Beat Swimsuit Season Anxiety: 7 Hacks for Body & Mind

How to Beat Swimsuit Season Anxiety: 7 Hacks for Body & Mind

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Thursday, 28 June 2018

Since January, we’ve been bombarded with ads urging us to slim down and “get your body in shape by summer” or “lose weight by Memorial Day.” 

While some women manage to meet their weight loss goals in time to feel confident in their swimsuit, the majority of us don’t. 

We can disguise unwanted pounds in heavy layers during winter, but in summer there’s nowhere to hide when you’re invited to that pool side BBQ. 

Why should we have to hide?
7 Blurry Vision Eye Problems & How to Address Them

7 Blurry Vision Eye Problems & How to Address Them

Written by Aaron Barriga
on Thursday, 28 June 2018

Today’s lifestyle has become much more competitive and fast-paced. We don’t even have enough time to do the things we want to and 24 hours in a day just doesn’t seem to be enough.

Our stressful jobs and long working hours seem like the norms of an average working person. But, this lifestyle often has some serious consequences to your health. 

One of these consequences is blurry vision.
FDA-Approved Non-Surgical Balloon Weight Loss Method Helps People Shed Up to 50 Pounds

FDA-Approved Non-Surgical Balloon Weight Loss Method Helps People Shed Up to 50 Pounds

Written by Stanley Poulos, MD
on Thursday, 28 June 2018

Americans spend almost 60 billion dollars annually in pursuit of weight loss with gastric bypass surgery being the most common type of weight-loss surgery; an option that isn’t for everyone. 

Like any major procedure, gastric bypass has significant health risks and side effects. In addition, to be a candidate for the procedure, one must have a BMI (body mass index) of 40 or higher. 

The fact is, a huge percentage of the population are only between 15 to 50 pounds overweight without any other options besides diet and exercise. 

Dr. Stanley Poulos, a San Francisco board certified plastic surgeon is an early adoptor of the nonsurgical balloon weight loss method approved by the FDA in 2016. Following the two-part program, patients lost an average 3.1 times the weight compared with diet and exercise alone.
Fractora Laser: Key Weapon in Fighting Acne

Fractora Laser: Key Weapon in Fighting Acne

Written by Jess Walter
on Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Less than a decade ago, the standard treatments for acne included salicylic acid, retinols and, in severe cases, antibiotics –- medications which are not without side effects and which had consumers yearning for a safer, more effective approach. 

One treatment that is producing what beauty writers are calling ‘insanely good results’ is fractora: a fractional radio-frequency microneedle device that first burst onto the scene in 2011. 

Beauty writer, Megan McIntyre, notes, “I have been fighting moderate acne since my late teens. And I have tried literally every single one of those treatments with not one of them providing a lasting result.” Her testimony is just one of many independent reviews of a treatment that takes a ‘shortcut’ to clear, smooth skin.
3 Ways to Weed Out Gardening Pains this Summer

3 Ways to Weed Out Gardening Pains this Summer

Written by Ken Redcross, MD
on Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Summertime is the peak of gardening season, and whether you consider this a pleasant pastime or necessary chore, it is easy to forget that this can put a serious strain on your body. 

Recent studies show the most common source of neck and back pain during the warmer months is largely due to yard work. 

Gardening often involves digging, lifting and moving heavy objects while standing in unfamiliar positions that can cause pain or injury. The aches and pains can be easy to overlook until the pain problem escalates. 

It’s best to first identify triggers of muscle pain and soreness and to try lifestyle modifications and remedies from Mother Nature before turning to numbing pain medications.
The Emotional Toll an Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis Brings & How to Overcome It Together as a Family

The Emotional Toll an Ovarian Cancer Diagnosis Brings & How to Overcome It Together as a Family

Written by Rozzie Brilliant
on Wednesday, 27 June 2018

My cancer story begins after a long walk around my neighborhood in 2012 when I noticed I had terrible pain in my leg. 

Many doctors’ appointments and CT scans later, I learned that I had ovarian cancer. 

It took many appointments with many doctors to develop the treatment plan that was right for me. But, I was so lucky that I had a great relationship with my oncologist -- she made me feel so comfortable. 

After a few appointments, my doctor suggested genetic counseling. My daughter, son and I went to the appointment and tests revealed that I was indeed carrying the BRCA mutation which explained some family history of cancer. After reading up on ovarian cancer, I realized I had all of the symptoms. 

Not surprisingly, my daughter’s tests also came back positive for the BRCA mutation.
Cancer Doesn’t Have to Mean the End: It Can Also Be a New Beginning

Cancer Doesn’t Have to Mean the End: It Can Also Be a New Beginning

Written by Lucia Mauro
on Wednesday, 27 June 2018

There’s no question that receiving an ovarian cancer diagnosis in 2012 made me terrified, especially venturing into the great unknown of surgery and chemo. 

But, even after treatment and stabilization, another kind of fear set in: Being cut loose by my medical team and thrust back (without a net) into my “normal” life. 

How could my life ever be normal again...at least how I once defined normal?
7 Ways to Care for a Friend through Her Ovarian Cancer Experience

7 Ways to Care for a Friend through Her Ovarian Cancer Experience

Written by Patricia Fischer
on Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Ovarian cancer. It’s not what any woman wants to hear as their diagnosis.

Because of its subtle symptoms and less than favorable (but climbing) survival rates, being told you have ovarian cancer can immediately feel hopeless. 

For those of us as who are care partners, the desire to help can only be matched by our frustrations of not being able to cure or “fix” our loved ones. We may feel less than productive. Even though we can’t wave a magic wand and fix what hurts those we love, there are incredibly positive and powerful ways we can give back and aid them, even throughout the darkest moments.

After my best friend received her diagnosis of ovarian cancer, she told me of the many gestures and acts of kindness from friends, coworkers, and neighbors that helped her the most. I’m blessed she shared them with me as it helped me better understand the most effective and positive ways to better care for her as well as others diagnosed with cancer after she was.
6 Fat Burning Strategies

6 Fat Burning Strategies

Written by Jessica Smith
on Monday, 11 June 2018

Over the years, several marketing gimmicks have brought to light “miracle pills” that supposedly help in melting away your fat. 

While the validity of such claims is unlikely, it is possible to lose weight with more natural and familiar ways.

Use the following strategies to burn fat without having to dabble in dubious pills and supplements.
PTSD Can Impact Anyone, Military or Not

PTSD Can Impact Anyone, Military or Not

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Thursday, 07 June 2018

Typically, when you hear PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), you may think of military veterans who experience vivid and often debilitating panic-inducing flashbacks of their time at war. 

With June 27th being National PTSD Awareness Day, a condition resulting in over 3 million cases in the U.S. annually, it's the perfect time to gain some clarity. 

Dr. Sanam Hafeez shares some common causes of post-traumatic stress disorder and how to cope.
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