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The Cold Hard Truth About Treating Your Injuries

pain sports stretching Apr 20, 2015

Let’s say you sprain your ankle… what do you do?

RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) and anti-inflammatories, of course! Um, well, no. I’m going to challenge your mother or father’s go-to fix and tell you to just R, within reason; C, within reason; and E, within reason. That’s right, I said to ditch the ice and anti-inflammatories!

 

Let me start with a little biology lesson; I’ll keep it brief. Inflammation is your body’s natural response to injury – it’s a good thing! The purpose of inflammation is to bring healing blood and nutrients to injured tissue; it helps to clear out dead and damaged cells, and begin tissue repair. Inflammation also let’s you know that your body is not happy about something. For example, if your body is mechanically “off” (poor posture, stiff joints, flat feet, etc), your body is likely using compensatory strategies to move and function. These compensatory strategies can...

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Baby on board? 6 Benefits of Pilates during pregnancy

Since Pilates is a low impact workout that increases flexibility, alignment and strength, it’s a wonderful and safe exercise option for mothers to be.

It is ideal for pregnancy because of it’s gentleness on the body while reducing most unwanted side effects of the pregnancy including back pain, poor posture, loss of muscle tone, poor sleep, edema, collapsing foot arches, and ultimately helps with labor and delivery. It can also help boost your mood and energy level too! It is a very adaptable form of exercise that can be modified as your body and abilities change throughout the pregnancy.

 

Here are a few specific areas of focus that Pilates will target for pregnant woman:

 

1. Pilates incorporates pelvic floor work into its workouts. The pelvic is a group of muscles that work to keep organs, and your baby (among other things), inside the body instead of falling out from the force of gravity. Not only do pregnant women need to strengthen the pelvic floor...

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“Better than Brownies” Protein Bites

Ingredients:

– 1 15oz can organic black beans (rinsed really well)

– 3 tbsp organic cacao powder

– 7 tbsp organic chocolate or vanilla protein powder (I use Raw Meal from Wholefoods)

– 1/3 cup organic honey or maple syrup

– 1 pinch of organic pure stevia

– 3 ½ tbsp organic coconut oil (I use Barlean’s)

– 1 tbsp organic pure vanilla extract

– ½ tsp baking powder

– 1/3 – 2/3 cup organic cacao chips

 

Directions:

– preheat oven to 350*F

– mix all ingredients, except for the cacao chips, in a food processor (it’s a very thick mixture)

– stir in cacao chips

– Pour into a greased (I use organic coconut oil spray from Wholefoods) 8×8” pan

– Sprinkle extra cacao chips on top, if you have them and a sweet tooth

– Bake for 16 mins

– Let cool, then place in the refrigerator for 2 hours or so

– Keep in the fridge if you don’t devour them...

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Never Too Young To Benefit From Pilates

For today’s kids, eating fast food, watching TV and playing video games has become the norm.

And while the lack of a diet and exercise can certainly impact their physical health negatively, we must not forget the impact that an unhealthy lifestyle can have on them mentally as well, particularly during those impressionable adolescent years.

 

The History of Pilates

 

And this is where pilates comes in. The history of pilates has an interesting lineage; one that enthusiasts are often unaware includes a focus on the wellness of children. While many who practice the exercise are familiar with founder Joseph Pilates’ famous quotes, such as “Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness,” one less familiar saying in which he firmly believed was “First educate the child.”

 

As we know, both good and bad habits begin to form in early childhood. Mr. Pilates believed that if we could introduce his form of exercise...

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Birthday blues? Embrace your age!

I used to always dislike having a birthday. It was my least favorite holiday of the year. Growing up as a dancer with a long career in theatre where youth was in and old was out, kept me lying about my age for years. You see, agents and casting directors were not allowed to ask our real age. They could only ask our age range. Well, that gave me a chance to shave off about 5 years. How fun is that? So when I was 40, I was telling everyone I was 35. This went on for years. It was exhausting.

 

So about 10 years ago I realized that this was crazy. Age is just a number. The way you live your life is what keeps you young. Pilates and staying active has kept me young. Our bodies are like the ‘Tin Man’ from the Wizard of Oz. If we don’t move we get stiff. And if we get stiff we get old.

 

I can now say I am a true believer and example that Pilates keeps you flexible, strong and young from the inside out.

 

So now you are trying to guess my age right? Come...

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Meet the Team: Teri Seier Moore

Teri Seier Moore began her career as a classical ballet dancer, discovering the priceless benefit of Pilates early on while working toward her dance major at Point Park University.  

Teri continued her dance training at Harkness Foundation School of Dance, American Ballet Theatre School and the Alvin Ailey School.  Eventually she became an accomplished choreographer of stage, film and industrials. 

 

A decision to change careers to Pilates seemed the most natural evolution in her life.  After much research to find the most comprehensive program, Teri began studying in 2008 under Pilates Master Kim Kuznitz at Bent Pilates Studio in New York City.  Bent’s philosophy complemented Teri’s lifelong values on living in a sound body.

 

Teri’s years of Pilates training includes mat and all apparatus.  Her enthusiasm and passion keeps her focus on continuing education.   She also completed a Pre and Post Natal...

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Why Everyone Needs a “Rocco”

As far as I’m concerned, everyone could benefit from having a dog.

I have only had Rocco for a year and a half, but I can’t imagine my life without him now. He may drive me nuts sometimes, but he’s a wonderful companion who comforts me when I’m sad, keeps me company when I’m bored, watches TV with me, and runs with me, just to name a few. Some may think that dogs are just pets (any dog owner knows that isn’t the case), but there are actually quite a few health benefits of living with man’s best friend.

 

1 – Petting a dog has been proven to lower your stress and anxiety levels, and therefore blood pressure levels

 

2 – Dogs need to be walked; walking your dog means you’re getting more exercise than just sitting on your couch when you get home from work.

 

3 – People with dogs have lower cholesterol levels; researchers aren’t sure why, but they’ve found a strong connection

 

4 –...

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Raw Spirulina Energy Crunch Bars

This yummy snack is:


-Vegan
-Gluten free
-Dairy free
-Sugar free
-Yeast free
-Corn free

…but most definitely not taste free! It’s a great 100 calorie raw snack, high in enzymes, healthy fats, and nutrient rich spirulina, and perfect for on the go!

Yield: 9 bars

 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds [pepitas]
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 teaspoon spirulina

Directions

Pulse pumpkin and sunflower seeds in a food processor with an “S” blade. Remove seeds and place in a small bowl. Using same food processor bowl, blend banana and dates until smooth. Add pulsed seeds and all remaining ingredients to the bowl. Mix quickly with food processor before shaping mixture into small bars.

 

Freezer version: place the bars on a parchment paper lined plate and stick in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up. Bars eaten right out of the freezer work well but will become...

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Spice it Up: Baked Turmeric Chicken Tenders

BAKED TURMERIC CHICKEN TENDERS

 

If you have a busy schedule like me and love to cook healthy dinners but just don’t have the time, here’s an easy, tasty, and healthy dinner that I created. All you need are 2 bowls, baking pan and 6 ingredients. I hope you like it!!

 

INGREDIENTS

6 organic medium chicken strips
1/4 cup coconut oil
3/4 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1 teaspoon of turmeric ( I usually add a little more )
1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

 

1) First you’ll need two medium bowls
2) In one bowl add 1/4 cup of coconut oil
3) In the other bowl add whole wheat bread crumbs, turmeric, cinnamon and sea salt.
4) I use 6 organic chicken strips. I dip one strip at a time in oil, then coat the chicken with
my bread crumb mixture.
5) Place the strips on a baking pan of your choice.

 

Set oven to 350 degrees and bake for 35 minutes. The chicken turns out crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. I serve it with roasted vegetables or a...

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“Love is My Religion”

“Love is my religion”… often preached, not often practiced.

I know that’s a gutsy claim to make, but quite honestly, I feel comfortable saying it. I’m a huge believer in the “give love always” approach to life – even if it means giving love to someone you don’t feel deserves it. Who am I to say if someone deserves love, or not? I’m not; I’m only responsible for my own actions, not theirs. Now don’t get me wrong, giving love always is extremely difficult to do, especially if I feel someone has done “wrong”, but I’m trying my hardest to hold true to my mantra: “love is my religion”. If more people gave love and truly felt that love was their religion, there would be a lot less hate.

 

There’s a lot of hate in the world, a lot of hateful acts are performed daily, and somehow along the way, the eye for an eye reaction has grown to be considered normal and acceptable. What...

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