Prairie Health Companion
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Integrative Nutrition
2:56 pm

Meal Prepping Made Easy

You’ve hit the midweek slump and decided to skip making dinner and instead reach for your phone for nearby takeout. Or maybe you’ve just been too rushed in the morning to make a healthy breakfast, so you grab a pastry with your coffee at the café near your office. Do either of these sound like a routine you’ve succumbed to? Read More
6:27 pm

The Slight Edge Philosophy

Jeff Olson, author of my favorite motivational self-help book, "The Slight Edge" has given us a way to achieve our goals that is realistic and sustainable. In January, some people become a little desperate about how to achieve their health goals and look for the latest gimmick or quick fix. But the most successful plans are based on what is truly sustainable and realistic; a healthy eating pattern, a consistent and effective exercise/movement program, and tools to control stress. Sure, there are more things to consider for optimal health such as getting adequate sleep, having meaningful relationships, and being part of a community, but what you eat day after day, how you move every day and how you respond to stress have a lot to do with your health outcomes. So what's the Slight Edge secret to making these habits stick? Let's take a closer look at Jeff Olson's winning philosophy? Read More

Integrative Nutrition
3:07 pm

Remain Mindful This Holiday Season

Do you find yourself getting stressed during the holiday season? This time of year is filled with parties, shopping, spending, entertaining, and a list of other demands that can easily lead to overwhelm. Read More

Integrative Nutrition
10:05 am

Healthy Ways to Ease Candy Cravings

Cravings. We all have them. Food cravings are a common response to what we’re going through and can cause the desire to munch on foods we wouldn’t normally eat, such as salty potato chips or sweet chocolate brownies. Studies have shown that cravings for certain foods come from a variety of reasons, including memories, emotions, weather, and stress.  Read More
7:46 am

A Happy Healthy Holiday

It may seem odd that I am addressing the holiday season by featuring the benefits of water. But as it turns out, water could be part of your holiday survival plan. Water is essential to survival as most of us know, and it may very well help you survive the holidays. Read More

Integrative Nutrition
4:19 pm

Are You Struggling to Sleep at Night?

There’s nothing better than crawling into bed after a long day. It’s incredible how rejuvenating a good night’s sleep can be, but for many of us, a restful night isn’t always a guarantee. Read More
12:47 pm

An Attitude of Gratitude

Have you ever had the experience where you go away and discover how other people live or how they do things differently, only to come back home feeling so grateful for what you already have? Gratitude can turn what we already have into enough. It can strengthen our relationships and improve our heath and happiness! And the good news is that gratitude can be practiced and learned to get the full benefits. Read More

Integrative Nutrition
12:45 pm

7 Ways to Be More Confident

In any job or new venture, self-confidence is an integral part of your success. Your confidence impacts how others perceive you and how you feel about yourself. Read More

Integrative Nutrition
10:16 am

Saying Yes to Becoming Your Own Boss

Setting your own hours, doing work you love, and sharing your true passion are all perks of being your own boss. While it may seem overwhelming to make the step to becoming the leader of your success, as your own boss, you now have the ability to manifest your future and create the life you’ve dreamed of. Read More
1:07 pm

Rethinking Alcohol Consumption

Last month, the Star Tribune (of Minneapolis) reported that according to a massive study, co-authored by 512 researchers from 243 different institutions, and reported in the pretigious Bristish medical journal Lancet, that to minimize health risks, the optimal amount of alcohol someone should consume is none. Any alcohol at all, they reported, was associated with some health risk. According to the report, the number of people who died in 2016 from an alcohol related cause was 2.8 million! Excessive drinking is the fourth leading preventable cause of death in the United States, yet, as of today, there are still no warning labels on bottles of alcohol that advise us as to the health hazards of drinking nor are there calorie counts (still optional for producers to add); we were pretty much in the dark, until now. Read More