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HEALTHY LIVING Unhappy holidays: What is seasonal affective disorder? – NWAOnline

Feelings of sadness and anxiety during the cold weather months may be caused by a common condition called seasonal affective disorder, otherwise known as SAD.

In the midst of football season and holiday gatherings, many people experience unexpected anxiety and depression caused by SAD. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, 4 to 6 percent of people in the United States experience this condition, and an additional 10 to 20 percent of the American population has a mild form of SAD during the winter. The cause of SAD remains unknown, but the condition may be related to lack of vitamin D from sunlight.

Signs of SAD

A form of clinical depression, SAD may cause an array of symptoms, including:


Feelings of emptiness



Suicidal thoughts

Trouble concentrating

Unusual pessimism

Weight gain or loss

If you notice that any of these symptoms are impacting your quality of life, talk with your provider about your condition and treatment options.

Natasha Clayton, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, and Abbey Shields, MNSc, APRN, FNP-C, of Siloam Springs Family Medicine, are accepting new and walk-in patients. Same-day appointments are available. To schedule an appointment today, call 479-215-3035. Siloam Springs Family Medicine is located at 3721 E. U.S. Highway 412 in Siloam Springs.

Finding solutions

Behavioral changes, light therapy, talk therapy and certain prescription medications may be used to treat SAD. Your provider may recommend one therapy or a combination of treatments depending on your individual condition.

Exercise and healthful eating may help manage milder cases of SAD, while more severe conditions may need to be treated with antidepressant medications.

Tips to fill yourself with positive energy

Living life to the fullest is often easier said than done. When juggling work, family, friends and other responsibilities, it's natural to get caught up in the daily grind. But negative energy can often result from not living mindfully.

Giving your life a positive makeover may sound overwhelming and unrealistic when you look at the challenge in the big picture. By choosing just one point of focus each week or month at a time, you can take impactful steps to energize your body, mind and spirit.

Expect the best -- While preparation for worst-case scenarios can help us manage challenging circumstances if and when they arise, anticipating negative situations can negatively impact emotional and mental health. Try to maintain a positive outlook in every situation. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, optimism may improve everything from cancer outcomes to heart health.

Get moving -- Our bodies are happiest when they are doing what they are designed to do -- move. Find opportunities to exercise throughout the day to help boost your mood, control your weight, and reduce your risk of developing certain diseases such as type 2 diabetes and hypertension.

Practice gratitude -- According to Harvard Medical School, being grateful for your blessings in life may benefit physical health, help improve your relationships and increase productivity in the workplace.

Remember, focus on one change at a time to establish realistic, sustainable changes.

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Life Time Expands Presence in Missouri with Grand Opening Celebration of Massive Athletic Resort in Frontenac – Club Industry

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FRONTENAC, Mo., Dec. 12, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --Life Time, the premier healthy lifestyle brand, is bringing its second athletic lifestyle resort to Missouri. The opening ofLife Time Frontenac, located just 15 minutes from the heart of St. Louis, brings the Life Time count to 149 destinations across 40 states and 30 major markets in the U.S. and Canada.

To celebrate the massive opening, city officials and Life Time leaders will be present for a grand opening ribbon-cutting and event on Thursday, December 12 from 6pm-8pm. Following an exclusive weekend opening for its first Founding Members from December 13-15, the club will officially open to all members on Monday, December 16 at 5am.

Life Time Frontenac will provide its members with an unmatched, complete health and wellness experience including personalized training programs, an array of group fitness classes, a fast-casual caf, luxurious spa, and other world-class amenities.

"It's been more than 11 years since Life Time first came to Missouri with our West County-Chesterfield location and we've been honored to help so many members live healthier, happier lives," saidJeff Zwiefel, executive vice president and chief operating officer. "With the opening of Life Time Frontenac, we're eager to bring ourunmatched health and wellness experience to even more people with first-class services, amenities and programs for all ages."

Highlights of the more than $55 million Diamond Club destination include:

Life Time Frontenac will be open seven days a week from 5am to 11pm at 2051 South Lindbergh Blvd, Frontenac, MO 63131. A wide range of membership options are available for individuals, couples, and families. For more information, please call (314)-888-0806 or visit theirwebsite. You can also check out Life Time onFacebook,TwitterandInstagram.

About Life Time Healthy Way of LifeLife Time champions a healthy and happy life for its members across 149 destinations in 40 major markets in the U.S. and Canada. As the nation's only Healthy Way of Life brand, Life Time delivers an unmatched athletic resort experience that goes well beyond fitness to encompass the entire spectrum of daily life. Building upon its current portfolio,Life Timeis building its brand through thedevelopment of large, mixed-use lifestyle centers that feature Life Time resorts,Life Time Workco-working spaces andLife Time Livinghigh-end leased residences. These concepts, combined with distinctive programming, encompass the full spectrum of a healthy living, healthy aging and healthy entertainment experience for individuals, couples and families of all ages.

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Food and our bodies | Health – Citrus County Chronicle

I will be giving a public talk on Oriental medical nutrition at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at the YMCAs Health Living Center Auditorium, 4127 W. Norvell Bryant Highway, Lecanto.

Dr. Joseph Samuels/Oriental Medicine

This talk, which is open to the public, will give all participants the opportunity to ask questions about how Oriental medicine addresses nutrition, as well as questions about medicine in general.

Oriental medical nutrition is one of the modalities that make up the field of Oriental medicine. It is called medical nutrition because from an Eastern perspective, food is considered to be a form of medicine.

A few thousand years ago, doctors of Oriental medicine discovered that different foods have different properties to them and each food will affect our internal organ or internal organ system in a very specific way. The physicians of that time compiled vast amounts of medical literature on the subject and separated foods into many different categories.

As for the properties of food, some foods have a warming effect on the body, some have a cooling effect and some have a neutral effect on the body.

In the preparation of food, preparation, cleaning, harvest time, storage and more have an effect on the food.

Some food combinations are very beneficial to our health, while other food combinations can be upsetting to our system. Also, whenever possible, avoid eating foods that contain hormones or preservatives, as well as chemically processed foods.

Never eat large amounts of food. This behavior taxes our digestive system and can lead to a variety of medical conditions, including an overall deterioration of our general health. A good rule of thumb is to eat until you are 2/3 full.

The order that food is eaten is important. One of the main points here is not to drink too much liquid one half-hour before, during or one half-hour after a meal. This will affect the digestive system in a negative way. Also, drinking a little soup broth after a meal can help keep the esophagus clean and healthy.

The time of day we eat and what we eat has a great impact on our health. This point is extremely important from an Oriental medicine perspective. Also, the types of food we eat at a certain time (seasons) of the year will affect our overall health.

After being properly diagnosed by a doctor of Oriental medicine and a full medical evaluation of the patient is completed regarding an illness, a diet can be created and tailored specifically for that individual. This diet will aid in the healing process of internal organ conditions, disease, injuries, etc.

Incorporating Oriental medical nutrition into our health care plan is a wonderful addition that brings great benefit to our overall physical, mental and emotional health and well-being.

Dr. Samuels is the medical director of Citrus Alternative Medicine. Citrus Alternative Medicine is located at 2639 W. Norvell Bryant Highway, Lecanto. Contact the office at 352-746-5669 or visit

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WellSky Tries to Bridge Gap Between Payers and Providers with REACH – Home Health Care News

The shift to value-based care can sometimes be seen as a challenge for the tens of thousands of home-based care providers that operate in the U.S. But WellSky is trying to make sure it can be viewed more as an opportunity.

The Overland Park, Kansas-based health care software company recently launched WellSky REACH, which it dubs a new initiative to help post-acute and personal care providers more effectively collaborate with health payers and risk-bearing health systems.

As part of the initiative, WellSky has already partnered with three well-known providers: Intrepid USA Healthcare, Concierge Home Care and Healthy Living Network.

REACH which stands for risk-enabled, analytical and coordinated health care is a tool for these providers to ride out the storm that is value-based care, WellSky CEO Bill Miller told Home Health Care News. As more people aged and more dollars and care got pushed into post-acute settings, WellSky recognized that the solutions of yesterday would no longer be adequate, which would lead to foreign and problematic environments for providers.

The theory behind WellSky is that we are the company thats helping our providers thrive in those environments, Miller said. Those three providers, a lot of their business is predicated off the fact that they are going to be one of those progressive health providers in home care, hospice and other settings. And they realize theyre going to need a great technology partner.

Healthy Living Network had already recently switched over to the WellSky platform before the REACH partnership because of the recommendation from its clinical leadership.

What also helped WellSkys case was its predictive analytics capabilities. The analytics department at WellSky is in-house, and thats what intrigued Healthy Living Network CEO Julio Quiones about it the most. They were building that analytical component into their tool, and it wouldnt be from an outside source.

Were working with some payers on starting this journey from volume to value, Quiones told HHCN. And for us, the predictive analytics is critical in our ability to execute on that journey.


The Folsom, California-based Healthy Living Network is a home health and hospice provider. It operates 33 agencies across seven states in the west. Quiones, who came on as the Healthy Living Network CEO in 2017, is also bullish on WellSkys ability to connect provider to payer in general.

The REACH team is helping us create a platform between payer and provider, where they can help get data from both sides, tie it together, create insights and work with us on creating protocols around actions depending on what the data says, Quiones said. We really saw them as forward thinking, and it really fits the path we want to head down.

Miller believes that REACH is an enticing tool to all of WellSkys potential clients, and eventually will be applicable for all of them as well.

WellSky REACH does not yet have quantifiable goals, as to how many clients they want to work with or a number of patients they want to reach. For now, the idea is simply focusing on driving better care.

Theres a great alignment in world views between our companies, Quiones said. We think that alignment with WellSky leads to better results over time, and I think you see that with them creating the REACH platform.

On a high level, increased collaborations between at-home care providers like Healthy Living Network and technology partners like WellSky is becoming far more common, especially when it comes to non-medical home care.

Historically, non-medical home care agencies havent been great at collecting and acting on data. Thats changing, however, prompted by payers realization that the home is often the lowest cost and most effective site of care.

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Ryan Barshop: Making the move to healthy living – BusinessWorld Online


This Latin phrase, which translates to through hardships to the stars, is how United States immigration lawyer Ryan Barshop describes his health transformation journey.

A lifestyle shift that started two years ago, the 40-year-old New York native said that while the change has not been easy, it has however made a huge difference in his life that has seen him transform from being morbidly obese to be in incredible shape right now.

It is something that Mr. Barshop, in hindsight, said he is very thankful of being able to do before it was too late.

Mr. Barshop originally came to the Philippines 16 years ago as a volunteer for the US Peace Corps, returning for good in 2012 and has since been a practicing immigration lawyer, focusing on consular processing, a specialized type of immigration law dealing with embassies and consuls.

His expertise is the embassy here in Manila and the US consul in Ho Chi Minh City, work that requires him to alternate between Manila (he resides in a condominium unit at the Bonifacio Global City area when here) and Vietnam every other week.

Mr. Barshop said that he was a very active individual when he was in his 20s, engaging in muay thai and kickboxing and was then in tiptop shape.

A sedentary life caught up with him when he started law school and went on to practice. The days that he would exercise and be active dwindled, and his eating habits were anything but ideal.

And the damage of such neglect grew through the years the once active and vibrant Barshop gaining over 100 pounds in a span of 10 years and grew very depressed, which he said affected not only his personal life but also his work.

It all came to a halt three years ago when Mr. Barshop said he hit rock bottom.

I started to hit rock bottom in November 2016, and I was kicked very hard because of work reasons. May 30 the following year was when I took the plunge to change my ways, said Mr. Barshop, who said that at his biggest he tipped the scales at 260 pounds.

I was just unhappy with myself, with my life, and it was affecting my work. I was just not a happy person at all. I literally felt I was going to die. I felt I had 10 years before I die. It was that bad.

So on my 38th birthday I realized I have nothing else to lose but if I dont get healthy now its gonna be too late. So I made a lifestyle change and the rest is history, said Mr. Barshop.

Mr. Barshop intimated that his health and wellness transformation journey has been a roller-coaster with its ups and downs but the reason he is doing it is not lost to him, which serves as the motor that keeps him going.

NUTRITIONHe said that change for him came largely through nutrition eating the right food coupled with the needed exercise.

The change is 70 to 80 percent nutrition. I started realizing that whatever I consume in my body has consequences. They say abs (abdominal muscles) is made in the kitchen because if you dont have a healthy lifestyle, you dont focus on good nutrition, going to the gym means nothing, the lawyer said.

You have to constantly focus on nutrition. I saw a weight change within weeks and I started developing muscles and so on, he added.

Work also has not gotten in the way of his lifestyle shift.

While eating the right food, Mr. Barshop makes sure he follows his workout regimen both here and in Vietnam.

I have two workouts, here and in Vietnam. I prefer working out after work. So here, three days a week, I have personal training which I do in my condo gym. I frequently do circuit classes at Saddle Row and most recently have become active in adidas Runners Manila, and then I train by myself, he said.

He went on to say that since embracing a fit and healthy lifestyle, the impact on him has been thorough.

It helps me to be a better person. Being healthy allows me to do many things. Physically, mentally and emotionally I feel better. I have more fun doing things shopping, travelling and others. People come up to me and be amazed and I love sharing my experience, Mr. Barshop said.

CELEBRATIONAs a form of celebration of the gains he has made in his fitness journey, Mr. Barshop went on a two-week trek to the Base Camp of Mount Everest in September, joining a group of hikers.

He said that making the trek was on his bucket list and being able to survive and do it made him more determined to continue the fitness path he has chosen to go on.

Everest is a pinnacle of success, symbolic for someone who thought he would die. It was my way of saying I survived, said Mr. Barshop, who described the trek as the toughest he has had to do, both physically and psychologically, so far.

He drew parallel as well between his move to healthy living and his Everest trek, saying, Anybody can do it. You dont have to settle with what you have. Its not going to be comfortable and it takes self-control. Anything is possible. Its realistic.

Two years since his shift towards fitness, Mr. Barshop said the challenge continues but he is undeterred, just as he encourages others to go on their own journey of health transformation.

One of the quotes I live by now is Per aspera ad astra, which translates to hardships to the stars. Getting to where I am right now was not easy. I had to undo 10 years of hard damage in my life. Its going to be a process, so give it time, he advised.

You start when you are ready, and youll know when you are ready. I did it when I was ready. People were telling me about being healthy and all, but I had to realize it for myself. You dont have to hit rock bottom though like I did. Some people would be content with what they have, but I wasnt, Mr. Barshop added. Michael Angelo S. Murillo

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Tivity Health Announces Formation of New Scientific Advisory Board – BioSpace

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --Tivity Health, Inc. (Nasdaq: TVTY), a leading provider of nutrition, fitness and social engagement solutions, announces the launch of its Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). The role of the Tivity Health SAB is to review and advise on product strategy and new product concepts to provide an objective, external perspective in the context of proven evidence, emerging research, and trends in nutrition, exercise and social sciences.

The Tivity Health SAB is comprised of eight experts in the fields of nutrition, obesity and weight loss, fitness and exercise, aging, social health, and precision medicine. Its members include former Nutrisystem SAB members Arthur Agatston, M.D.; Caroline Apovian, M.D., FACN, FACP, FTOS; Ted Kyle, RPh, MBA; and Jay Satz, Ph.D. who are joined by new board members Evan Forman, Ph.D.; Sandro Galea, M.D., MPH, DrPH; Chris Mason, Ph.D.; and Christine Rosenbloom, Ph.D., RDN, FAND.

"We are excited to announce the new Tivity Health Scientific Advisory Board, and we are grateful for their commitment to the Tivity Health mission," said Donato Tramuto, Chief Executive Officer, Tivity Health. "These distinguished professionals help us evolve our products and ensure that we are delivering highly impactful solutions to improve the health and vitality of our members and customers."

Tivity Health is actively addressing the social determinants of health, (SDOH) defined by the World Health Organization as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. With its family of healthy life-changing solutions, Tivity Health's goal is to transform the aging experience and reduce factors that lead to serious health issues and high medical costs; including chronic conditions, obesity, inactivity, social isolation, and loneliness.

The Tivity Health SAB will ensure product strategies and solutions to impact SDOH are supported by scientific evidence. They will also advise the company's research strategy and approaches to test and optimize product effectiveness and value.

The former Nutrisystem SAB was instrumental in the success of programs and products such as Turbo10, Lean13, Turbo13, and DNA Body Blueprint, as well as the development of the South Beach Diet program.

The new Tivity Health SAB has the expertise to ensure a strong scientific foundation for effective, differentiated products for healthy living and aging across all Tivity Health brands including SilverSneakers, Nutrisystem, South Beach Diet, and the recently announced Wisely Well, a new meal delivery program that will offer fully prepared meals to meet the dietary needs of older adults.

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Tivity Health (Nasdaq: TVTY) is a leading provider of healthy life-changing solutions, including SilverSneakers, Nutrisystem, Prime Fitness, Wisely Well, South Beach Diet and WholeHealth Living. We are actively addressing the social determinants of health, defined as the conditions in which we work, live and play. From improving health outcomes to reversing the narrative on inactivity, food insecurity, social isolation and loneliness, we are making a difference and are transforming the way we do health. We are also proud to host an annual Connectivity Summit that brings together stakeholders from all over the United States to discuss and create opportunities for older adults to live their best healthy lives. Learn more at

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Functional is the way for fitness – India Today

Losing weight, toning-up the body, relieving stress are three reasons most people want to join a fitness club. But people can also become fitter by merely incorporating a few techniques into everyday activities. This technique is called "functional training".

People use basic functional movement patterns in everyday life: pushing, lifting, pulling, hinging, squatting, rotating, walking and running are such movement patterns. Functional training incorporates exercises that improve peoples proficiency in these movements giving them an edge and helping them reach their health goals.

The idea behind functional training is that each exercise should be natural and carried into daily life. Functional training is used by physical therapists to rehabilitate patients.

Rehabilitation exercises are designed to help patients regain normal functioning and return to healthy living. Thus, activities that make up functional training are not new, but their incorporation into fitness regimes for ordinary healthy people has only recently become trendy. Some fitness training exercises that are a part of functional training are: squats, deadlift, wall ball, rowing, push press, push jerk, plank and stepups.

Fitness studios around the country are integrating functional training into their offerings. There are thousands of functional fitness workout videos on YouTube, many of which have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times. The popularity of functional training gives rise to the question of why it is beneficial to health. The answer to this question is provided below.


Functional fitness when performed strengthens muscles, thus making it easier for practitioners to complete daily tasks and activities. Participants use their bodies and mostly free weights to exercise, which is simple and very safe. Functional training works on the entire body; it does not act on isolated muscles. It produces compound movements by engaging every part of a body efficiently. Because the whole body is trained, the body becomes prepared to deal with stress and impact as a single unit. Unlike some exercises which exert few muscle groups, functional training makes the whole body fitter.


Functional training makes the bodys core stronger! Muscle groups like abdominals, hips, and scapulars must be strong for the body to maintain stability. Several functional exercises work on core muscles even when they are exercising another part of the body. Also, functional training eliminates modern everyday problems such as neck and back pain, poor posture and ensures a balance between the bodies two halves.


Even though functional training emphasises training movements, not muscles, is the most less useful exercise in making you leaner and stronger. For example, gymnasts do functional training and hardly have an ounce of fat. They use their body weight to perform gravity-defying movements that sculpt their physique.


The final reason functional training is ideal for becoming fit is it increases participants motivation, formats like CrossFit believes in building a community around fitness. When people see a clear purpose behind each exercise in their programme, it encourages them to continue doing so as long as possible. It is an effective and extremely safe way to become fitter, stronger, and healthier.

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Most Aussie kids not eating their veggies –

The latest snapshot of the habits and health of Australia's children shows two-thirds are in front of screens for more than an hour every day while 96 per cent don't eat enough vegetables.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare on Tuesday released its first report on the country's kids since 2012, revealing its data on the experiences of children - generally aged between zero to twelve - at home, at school and in their communities.

While the nation's kids excelled in some areas of healthy living - in 2017-18 almost three quarters ate enough fruit each day - there were definite areas for improvement with only four per cent eating enough vegetables and almost half having at least one sugar-sweetened drink a week.

In 2018, the majority of the nation's kids were participating in organised physical activities outside of school however, in 2011-12 less than a quarter of kids between five and 14 were getting the recommended 60 minutes of physical activity a day and less than a third met the screen-based activity guideline limit of no more than an hour a day.

The report also noted that bullying registered as an issue for many children - in 2015 almost three in every five year 4 students reported that they had experienced bullying monthly or weekly during the school year.

The rise of the internet has enabled that bullying to spread online, according to AIHW spokeswoman Louise York.

"In 2016-17, receiving unwanted contact and content was the most commonly reported negative online experience for children aged eight to 12, experienced by about a quarter of all children," Ms York said in a statement.

In the decade to 2017-18 the number of children who registered as obese or overweight remained around the 25 per cent mark.

The report noted the impact of household finances - including whether adults living in the household have jobs - on children's health, emotional wellbeing, education and ability to take part in social activities.

In 2017-18 it found there were two million low-income houses in Australia, with about a quarter of those having at least one child aged between zero and 14.

However, Ms York says data shows most Australian children have the foundations to support good health and wellbeing as they grow up, with the numbers of mothers who smoked or drank during pregnancy down.

In 2018 nine out of 10 children aged two were immunised.

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Queensland sets rules for building healthy neighbourhoods – Construction Index

Minister for planning Cameron Dick said the changes followed extensive consultation with the community, industry and local government. Earlier this year we released our proposed model code for neighbourhood design and asked Queenslanders which elements should be made mandatory, he said.

There was an overwhelming response to this, with more than 20,000 pieces of feedback received, he added. Residents, industry groups and councils all agreed we could do more to create active and healthy neighbourhoods for Queenslanders. So weve listened and acted, introducing five mandatory elements, while leaving cul-de-sacs in the hands of councils to determine standards best suited to their local areas.

The five mandatory neighbourhood design elements being introduced are:

Heart Foundation Queensland CEO Stephen Vines said it was important new neighbourhoods were designed to get Queenslanders moving. Good design is at the heart of healthy living, and the way our neighbourhoods are designed is connected to how much physical activity we do, he said. With exercise levels low and obesity on the rise, we must create walking-friendly environments that encourage Queenslanders to be more active, more often.

Introducing minimum standards across the state will go a long way towards encouraging residents to be more active. It will also help to reduce the risk of heart disease, our single biggest killer, and other chronic conditions.

Dick said the model code and the mandatory elements were about getting the fundamentals of new development right, in a consistent manner across the state. This is a step in the right direction to enhance quality of life for all Queenslanders, regardless of where they live, he said. These changes prioritise people and walking, and will ensure the foundation of neighbourhood design in Queensland is right.

Further consultation will now take place with industry and local government to finalise the technical aspects of how mandatory elements of the model code will be implemented.

The revised model code is expected to come into effect in the first half of 2020.

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3 Simple Hacks To Help You Lose Weight, Get Fit And Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle – YourTango

Preparation is everything.

Is your freezer filled with meals from that expensive diet you abandoned a year ago?

Or maybe you saw the perfect piece of exercise equipment in an infomercial and spent a small fortune on it, only to see it now languish in your guest room.

Or perhaps valuable storage on your phone is still being taken by the fitness tracker that only serves to tell you data you no longer want to know about your sleep, diet and exercise habits.

Those items are wonderful if you use them as part of a comprehensive plan to get and stay healthy in mind, body, and spirit, but living a healthy lifestyle involves more than buying into the latest gimmicky product or fad.

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If you want to know how to be healthy, it's important to recognize that no specific diet or piece of equipment will be what gets you to your fitness goals, but rather your determination and intention to be in it for the long-haul.

Whether your fitness goals is to lose weight, get in shape or simply be healthy, here are three important tips to keep top of mind.

Consider the claims made by those touting the recent crystal water bottle trend, notably popularized on Gwyneth Paltrow's infamous website, GOOP.

These reusable glass water bottles contain a giant crystal said to infuse the water with special healing powers of some kind, with one retailer stating that each crystal possess its own unique frequency known to help with certain ailments and enhance desired qualities in ones life.

If only a rock could do that, right?

Is a jade egg going to balance your hormones? Even if if could, have you seen a doctor to determine whether they even need balancing?

Mari Kondo is awesome, but the tuning fork with rose quartz she allegedly uses in her everyday life and which will cost you a mere $75 is unlikely to restore a sense of balance, in this writer/psychologists humble opinion.

Does a daily celery juice detox make sense?

As stated by the Cleveland Clinic, Our bodies all actually have their own built-in detox machine the liver. If you treat it right with healthy food, physical activity and a healthy body weight, it can do the heavy lifting in eliminating toxins from your body. Drinking juice wont magically fix it or enhance it.

Much like the diet pills involved in the fen-phen scandal back in the 1990s, any magical quick fix, be it vegetable, mineral or other, should fail to pass the common sense test.

Any diet that has no protein, only protein, no carbs, no fats, only carrots or anything else that is extreme and immoderate is highly questionable.

Check with a physician or nutritionist before embarking on an all-or-nothing plan, or ask yourself if it passes moderation muster.

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Is your goal to lose weight or eat healthy? Do you want to build muscle mass or be more fit? Are you trying to improve your concentration or check off the sleep box?

Considering what you really want to achieve helps you keep those important and motivating goals in mind. It also helps you choose a plan that is likely to get you to those goals.

Do not let someone else define your goal. If you dont want to quit smoking, youre not going to be able to do it for someone else. When you decide you want to quit, you can put your heart into it.

When deciding on a program, ask yourself if the time, money and effort are going to be worth it to you.

Fads are appealing because the quick fix is so tempting, but when it comes to meeting health and wellness goals, you cant just phone it in.

Prepared meals cost money, but food prep takes time. Gyms cost money, but relying on YouTube workouts may not give you the motivation or structure you need.

Think it through and try a plan you think you can stick with long-term.

If you hate running, dont start a running program. Its as simple as that.

There are plenty of ways to exercise, eat and engage in some type of spiritual practice, the cornerstones of wellness. There are certainly workouts, healthy foods and relaxation or calming practices out there that youll like.

Try something. If it doesnt feel positive, try something else.

Like your last boyfriend, sometimes if you give it time it grows on you. But if it doesnt, move on and find something that feels right.

You decide on a gym that seemed great on your trial days, but after a month, it doesnt feel right.

You plan to work out after work, but after a week you notice youre not sleeping as well or youre too tired to get important things done.

Changing things up and tweaking a plan is a great way to make it your own.

The healthy meals you bought may cost too much to continue forever, but if they worked, find a way to make them yourself on the cheap.

Its not a failure to decide to try something different. Its an opportunity to be creative and come up with something new.

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Changing entrenched patterns is difficult. You must choose health and wellness every day.

One day it may seem like you can totally do this. The next day, inexplicably, it seems so much harder to skip that caramel latte.

Remind yourself what your goals are, and why theyre important. Text your bestie and wail about how desperately you do not want to go out in the cold and run, and then, not even be able to eat your favorite, totally unhealthy meal.

But keep at it. Its worth it to move toward your goals.

Sticking with your plans for eating, exercise or spirituality daily is fantastic, in theory.

The day someone brings your favorite dessert to the office, maybe give yourself a break. Eating it will probably cause less stress than depriving yourself, as long as it doesn't happen frequently.

If you miss a day of exercise, thats okay. Just don't skip workouts all the time.

Ruthless adherence to new wellness plans can be helpful to get you going at first, but when overplayed that kind of rigidity is more likely to lead to failure than a short detour from the path.

Making healthy changes is often self-sustaining. When you feel better, look better and function better, you will want to do more of whatever got you there.

That said, it doesnt hurt to build in rewards for effort. Putting aside money for something special, or making time to do something youll enjoy, are great ways to self-reinforce.

Using cheat days on meal plans and skipping classes or gym days as a reward can be worrisome, because its a slippery slope. Its more effective to do something positive for yourself when youve achieved two weeks at the gym or on a new meal plan.

Fitness apps that track progress are also reinforcing because you can the results of your effort concretely.

Its normal to slip up on new health and wellness goals. Theres no need for self-criticism, belittling or whatever it is you do when you realize youre not perfect. A lapse doesnt have to be an epic fail.

Evaluate your slip up, decide if you need to make a change, and start again.

Lapses give you good information about your weaknesses. You can come up with ideas about avoiding pitfalls, like not allowing the breadbasket on the table in a restaurant, or making sure you dont avoid the gym because youre avoiding the ex.

Lapses also give you confidence when you see you can regain momentum.

Use your common sense. Its a long and winding road to health and wellness, complete with roadblocks.

Focus on planning your path forward, recovering from setbacks and enjoying the journey.

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Judith Tutin, Ph.D., ACC, is a licensed psychologist and certified life coach. Connect with her on her website, where you can request a free coaching call and find out how to bring more passion, fun and wellness to your life.

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