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Week 2: Learn to Love Food

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | February 27th, 2012 | 12 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: 10-week program, bikini body, confidence, diet, eating, energy, energy levels, food, food diary, food journal, food journaling, fork method, health, healthy, healthy-eating, learn to love food, metabolism, motivation, nutrition, personal trainer, processed food, self confidence, slow-food, spring training, week 2, week two, weeks, well-being, wellness, Whole Foods

Happy woman with fruits and veggiesDiet. I shiver just hearing the word. Don’t you? How many have you tried? Most importantly, how many have failed you?

Food is always a part of our life experience. In my home country of Sweden, we socialize a lot around food. In the world of fitness, proper nutrition is vital for making progress and increasing energy levels. As a child, food is a necessity for growth and development, and as we get older, we become more aware of our diet’s impact on our longevity. So why then do we get lost in the middle?

10 Weeks to a Better Body and More Energy

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | February 21st, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth | tags: 10 weeks, 10-week program, better-body, bikini body, calm, confidence, daily walk, endorphins, energy, exercise, Fitness, health, healthy, hike, motivation, personal trainer, self confidence, spring training, stress, walk, week 1, week one, well-being, wellness, work out, workout

woman after workout

Believe it or not, spring is right around the corner! In Los Angeles where I live, it has already started: The days are getting longer, the birds are chirping louder outside my window and I’m starting to feel that subtle energy change, both in my personal training clients and in myself!

This is the time when there is so much “newness” happening that I like to use it as a catalyst to create a resurgent flow of energy for the rest of the year. The best thing about creating this flow of energy is that the byproducts can include a fitter body, more energy and an influx of self-confidence.

But I can’t stress enough that change takes time. Starting too many things all at once usually ends in exhaustion and a feeling of “I MUST DO” instead of “I WANT TO.” One of the best ways to overcome the inertia and the absolute best way of creating a habit and sticking to it is to change slowly and repeat the new positive pattern over and over again. And over the next ten weeks, that exactly what we’re going to do!

Cancer and Heart Openers: How Yoga Heals

Mandy Ingber by Mandy Ingber | October 19th, 2011 | 29 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: Breast Cancer Awareness Month, breast-cancer, cancer, gratitude, healing, health, heart openers, heart opening, heart opening exercise, mandy ingber, recovery, wellness, Yoga, yogalosophy

Mandy Ingber Up Dog

This month I am reminded of the courage it takes to continue to open our hearts in faith, even when we have been pained by loss or heartbreak. There is nothing more heartbreaking than being faced with the inevitable: our mortality, and the remembrance that life is impermanent. This is a reality we deal with each day, and yet the desire to live must carry within it a gratitude of remembering or the faith of forgetting.

5 “No Excuses” Training Tips

Jessie Pavelka by Jessie Pavelka | April 27th, 2011 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: change, excuses, exercise, Fitness, health, hectic, Jessie Pavelka, schedule, Step360, time, travel, weight-loss, wellness, workout routine

Workout Excuses

Excuses are easy to make. They’re also contagious and can paralyze your progress, not only physically, but in other aspects of your life. I have had many clients get a good momentum going with their fitness and then, because of a bump in the road (a hectic schedule, business trip, vacation or illness), they drop off and then have trouble getting back into their routine. If you aren’t careful, all of your hard-won progress can slip away in a matter of days.

Is Yoga Therapy Right for You? The Next Wave of Conscious Care

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | April 11th, 2011 | 7 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Yoga | tags: aches, American Viniyoga Institute, back-pain, body, breathing, chronic, core, doctor, donna karan, emotion, Gary Kraftsow, healing, instructors, Jill Miller, Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living, Larry Payne, Loyola Marymount, medical conditions, medicine, meditation practice, mind, nerves, neurological, New England School of Integrative Yoga Therapeutics, pain medicine, physical therapist, physical therapy, postural assessment, pranayama, psychological, reduce stress, rehabilitation, rodney yee, spirit, students, teachers, therapist, training, UZIT, wellness, yoga nidra, yoga poses, Yoga Tune Up®, yoga-therapy, yogic sleep

Yoga TherapyIs yoga therapy right for you? Have you tried everything under the sun to eliminate an ache, pain or chronic condition? If your doctor has suggested that you try yoga therapy (and not just yoga classes), the first step is to find a great yoga therapist to steer you into a customized practice that may potentially improve the conditions of self-healing in your body, mind and spirit.

3 Simple Steps to Eliminate Heartburn and Acid Reflux

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | March 10th, 2011 | 3 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Healthy Eating | tags: abdominal pain, absorption, acid reflux, acid-blocking medications, alcohol, anemia, bacteria, bloating, caffeine, calcium, celiac disease, cigarettes, citrus, Clostridia, dairy, deficiency, dementia, depression, DGL, diarrhea, diet, digestion, drugs, enzymes, esophagus, fatigue, food, food allergies, Food sensitivities, fried food, gas, gastroesophageal reflux disease, GERD, glutamine, gluten, H. pylori, health, heartburn, Helicobacter pylori, hiatal hernia, IBS, irritable bowel syndrome, licorice, magnesium, Mark Hyman, medical, medicine, nerve damage, Nexium, obesity, osteoporosis, overweight, Pepcid, pharmaceuticals, Prevacid, Prilosec OTC, probiotics, relaxation, side effects, small intestine, smoking, sphincter, spicy, stomach, stomach acid, stress, tomato, upper endoscopy, upper GI, valve, vitamin B12, wellness, Xifaxin, yeast, zinc carnosine

Man with heartburnAre millions of us born with a genetic defect that makes us produce too much stomach acid? Do we just have a major evolutionary design flaw that requires us to take powerful acid-blocking drugs to prevent heartburn and reflux?

I believe that the answer to all of these questions is a resounding “no.”

At least 10 percent of Americans have episodes of heartburn every day, and 44 percent have symptoms at least once a month. Overall, reflux and heartburn (also known as GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease) affect a whopping 25 to 35 percent of the U.S. population! As a result, acid-blocking medications are the third-top-selling type of drug in America today. Two other drugs to treat reflux, Nexium and Prevacid, are among the world’s best-selling drugs and account for approximately $5.1 and $3.4 billion in sales annually.

Spice Up Your Cuisine with Gaiam Flavor

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | June 18th, 2010 | 3 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: cafe, food, gaiam, organic, recipe, wellness, wholsome

Story and photos by Kim Fuller

Welcome to the Gaiam Life food and recipe blog! We are getting our goods from our very own chefs in the Gaiam Café.

Starting next week, we will be posting at least one dish per week from the delicious and wholesome cuisine made fresh every day.

The Real Secret to Healthy Aging

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | May 18th, 2010 | 4 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: dr. mark hyman, health, longevity, Mark Hyman, mitochondria, resveratrol, UltraWellness, wellness, wine

“Live to 120 years old by eating as much as you want and drinking lots of red wine!”

That’s the intriguing finding of a recent study from Harvard researcher David Sinclair and his group.

Lime.com Is Now Part of Gaiam Life!

Gaiam Staff by Gaiam Staff | April 13th, 2010 | 1 Comment
topic: Gaiam Happenings, Green Living | tags: Fitness, Gaiam Life, Green Living, healthy living, Lime, Personal Growth, Relationships, wellness

If you know Gaiam Life, you probably know Lime.com. It’s a fun, fresh site that brings you “healthy living with a twist” just like Gaiam Life. That’s why we’re excited to announce that Lime.com has merged with GaiamLife.com. It’s a good fit — both sites offer reliable, seriously interesting information on green living, wellness and personal growth. Gaiam Life is like Lime with a makeover: great personality with a new look.

Are Your Food Allergies Making You Fat? 3 Steps to Weight Loss and Good Health

Mark Hyman, M.D. by Mark Hyman, M.D. | February 23rd, 2010 | 10 Comments
topic: Detox, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: digestive health, digestive system, holistic medicine, inflammation, Mark Hyman, obesity, UltraWellness, wellness

Your digestive system might be making you fat. It’s hard to believe, but very true!

Today, I’m going to explain how the bugs in your digestive tract and the way they upset your gut’s immune system just might be behind those extra pounds. I have observed this in hundreds of patients. Remarkable new research has recently confirmed this phenomenon. I have developed very effective treatments for it, based on understanding the way in which all the body’s systems – the gut, the immune system, detoxification system, hormones and more – are connected.