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Aromatherapy

Haley Cooke | December, 4, 2019

What is your experience with using aromatherapy? Have you ever tried it? If you are unsure of the term, maybe you have heard the terminology essential oils therapy!?

Aromatherapy uses scented oils that are generally diffused or used as a topical application. The oils can aid in the improvement of a person’s body, mind, and/or spirit.

You may not realize it, but many homes and offices diffuse oils throughout the day. Not only does it help the area to smell nice, depending on what oil is being used, it can also aid in a person’s overall health!

 

Ideas on how to use:

For a quick energy boost – A person could use peppermint, lemon or spearmint.

For stress and anxiety relief – A person could use patchouli, lavender, or cedarwood.

For a better night of rest – A person could use lavender, orange, or frankincense.

 

If this is something new to you – I encourage you to try it out!

My “go-to” oils are lavender and lemon.

If you currently use aromatherapy, what is your favorite oil!?

Protein Intake

Haley Cooke | November, 13, 2019

Are you getting enough protein in your daily food intake?

There are multiple ways of calculating the minimum level of protein that your body needs, but for this blog I am focusing on the weight method.

 

WEIGHT METHOD:

If you have recently weighed yourself, go off the number the scale provided. If you haven’t recently weighed yourself, feel free to come see me to use our body composition scale or weigh yourself in the DIG Wellness Center on the corner scale. Using that number for your weight, multiply that number by .36 to give you your minimum level of protein needed a day.

Example: 175 lbs X .36 grams per pound = 63 grams of protein needed a day MINIMUM

 

Important additional factors to consider:

JOB – If you are active in your job, you need more protein than the number found through the calculation. The calculation is meant for sedentary jobs.

EXERCISE – If you are exercising multiple days a week, you also need more protein than the calculated number. The calculation is meant for normal day to day physical activity and those who are currently not lifting weights or exercising.

GOALS – If you are trying to lose weight, more protein may be needed. All of this depends on your current stage of weight loss and your activity level. Let’s talk if you would like more information about the “goal” factor.

 

Good sources of protein:

Animal protein: meat, fish, eggs, dairy

Other options: tofu, edamame, lentils, oats, nuts

Physically active 4-6 days a week: protein supplement

 

*** It is very important to understand, if an individual is not working out or choosing a daily active lifestyle, additional protein is NOT encouraged. Additional protein that “sits” in the body becomes fat and is not beneficial for the individual.

Bath Therapy

Haley Cooke | November, 5, 2019

Have you ever heard of it? If not, it is exactly what it sounds like! Taking some time out of your day to sit in your bath for therapeutic time for yourself!

Bath therapy not only helps you to relax, but it also boosts your circulation and can balance your energy flow!

 

Tips for a successful bath therapy session:

Pour yourself a drink of your favorite beverage for hydration.

Close the door or shut the blinds to drown out anything outside of the room you are in.

If you can, dim your lights some to set a relaxing mood.

Turn on soft music that brings you peace.

Light a candle or diffuse your favorite essential oils.

Enjoy some time to yourself.

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