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Whole Health Spring Cleaning

As the flowers bloom and the weather turns warmer, we come out of the winter hibernation and tackle spring cleaning. Nearly 8 out of 10 Americans practice spring cleaning regularly. While clearing up the clutter and the pollen is important this is a great time to clear up some of the unhealthy practices, we allowed in during the winter months. We must tackle these “chores” mindfully to embrace true self-care. Do not think of them as obligatory but rather empowering and liberating. Reducing clutter and unhealthy habits can be beneficial for our mental health and our physical health. Let’s try to embrace this mindset while we tackle the physical jobs. Spring cleaning, like many resets, can be referred to as a “temporal landmark”. These are the times in our...

My Journey Overcoming an Eating Disorder

[caption id="attachment_4141" align="alignleft" width="300"] Trish Bennett[/caption] National Eating Disorder Awareness Week is February 26th - March 3rd. 28.8 million Americans will suffer from an eating disorder in their lifetime.  Eating disorders can affect anyone and carry an increased risk of suicide and medical complications. I want to share my personal story with all of you, hoping it may resonate with you or someone you love. Suffering from bulimia and then anorexia for a decade, I weighed 79 pounds at the height of my disease. To put it bluntly, I should be dead right now. At age 30, I thought I had overcome it, but I would then trade one obsession for another (isn’t that always the case for addictive personalities). [caption id="attachment_11271" align="alignright" width="187"] This is me when I...

Thrive Big Game Bowl Recipes!

The Big Game is this Sunday… whether you are pulling for San Francisco or Kansas City, we plan to eat… a lot during the spectacle!! Thrive wants you to enjoy this tradition but help you keep the calories down while enjoying flavorful, heart-healthy dishes that your loved ones will love and maybe not miss the chicken wings and pizza. Enjoy our favorite BOWLS this weekend!!! We hope you find one that makes it's way into your weekly routine! [mkdf_button size="medium" type="" text="View Our Bowl Recipies!" custom_class="" icon_pack="font_awesome" fa_icon="" link="https://thrivecarolinas.com/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Thrive-Detox-Bowl-recipes.pdf" target="_self" color="" hover_color="" background_color="" hover_background_color="" border_color="" hover_border_color="" font_size="" font_weight="" margin=""]...

Are You Metabolically Healthy?

When Americans are asked if they are metabolically healthy, 75% of them will answer yes; however, a recent study (2022) done at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health showed that the metabolic health of Americans is “alarmingly low”. In fact, in the study of over 8700 individuals, the researchers found that only 12% of Americans were metabolically healthy. That means over 1 in 8 or 88% have some degree of cardiometabolic dysfunction. Cardiometabolic dysfunction is based on elevations of blood sugar and insulin, triglycerides, lipids, or blood pressure. The study researchers claimed several reasons for the findings, but one of the most remarkable was that less than 37% were aware of their personal findings despite having regular care. Many patients...

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A Holiday Gift for a Stress-Free Season

As we proceed from Thanksgiving to New Year's, it seems our calendars fill with events and obligations that must be filled into our already overburdened schedules. Because of this, we put our own well-being at the bottom of our to-do list. We can disrupt our normal routines, and once this happens, it is just a matter of time before we are sleeping less, eating poorly, and experiencing personality changes that are even Grinch-like. While it should not be the case, stress is as much a holiday tradition as eggnog and mistletoe. The disrupted daily routines can quickly impact our cortisol balance, which then disrupts sleep and optimal eating, exercise, and stress reduction modalities. This then becomes a self-perpetuating cycle. While stress is inevitable, how we allow it...

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Why Do a Detox??

Why Is Detoxing The Body So Important? Here is the cruel reality: our bodies are exposed to numerous toxins each day. These toxins include environmental toxins, chemical pollutants in the air we breathe, and toxins from our food and beverages.  Although your body has an amazing ability to remove these harmful toxins, they continue to accumulate and can have many negative effects on your body. Your organs can become bogged down, and toxicity can manifest in your body through a wide variety of symptoms. Many of the symptoms are vague and persistent. To see if you are experiencing some of the negative effects of your toxic load, consider completing an MSQ questionnaire ( see below ). This may provide you with the motivation to consider a detox...

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Thriving Through the Holiday’s Our Holiday Gift Giving Guide

The holiday season is marked by food, family, and, of course, gifts. Gift-giving is not only a big contributor to the stress of the season but also a big contributor to trash and waste. Americans throw out 25 percent more garbage between Thanksgiving and Christmas, and some of the trash includes new Christmas gifts. A little mindfulness during gift selection can help reduce this waste and may also please the recipients more than that last-minute holiday tie purchase. A health-oriented purchase will be the gift that keeps giving. 2023 Healthy Holiday Gift Ideas How About a Book? Books to Inspire 100 Ways to Change Your Life by Liz Moody (Amazon $22.40) The Way Forward by Yung Pueblo (Amazon $13.00) Books/Magazines to Empower One-Year Subscription to Experience Life Magazine Empowering people...

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Mindful Thoughts on Gratitude – Our Thanksgiving Gift

“It is not happiness that makes us grateful. It is gratefulness that makes us happy. Every moment is a gift. Whatever life gives to you, you will respond with joy. Joy is happiness that does not depend on what happens. It is the grateful response to the opportunity that life offers you at this moment.” ― David Steindl-Rast Thanksgiving is that time of year when we show gratitude for family, friends, and lives well lived. For a short period of time, we feel happiness-counting our blessings with an overall sense of contentment. Then, when Monday rolls around, it is business as usual. If we reaped any benefits from the holiday weekend, they quickly disappear with the return of stress, negativity, depression, and loneliness. Our lives focus on the materialistic,...

It is Not All in Your Head: A Discussion of the Role Lifestyle and Diet Play in Mental Disease

Nancy A. Palermo MD We have always suspected that ultra-processed diets were linked to chronic diseases, including psychiatric diseases like depression and anxiety, but a recently published in JAMA (September 2023) showed that women who consumed the most ultra-processed foods (foods high in salt, sugar, refined carbohydrates, hydrogenated oils, and artificial additives) were 50% more likely to suffer from depression than those women who avoided these foods. This is yet another study to support the fact that mental disorders are not distinct entities and have a tremendous overlap with other physical disorders. A poor diet can largely influence both mental disorders and physical disorders. Some researchers, like Dr. Christopher Palmer, a Harvard Psychiatrist and researcher and author of Brain Energy, have even suggested that many mental disorders can...

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Autumn & Acupuncture

In traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we look at seasons and consider them as elements. With each season, there are elements and meridians (channels) that correspond. During each season, we look at the meridians and elements and how they affect or correlate to both the physical and emotional aspects of our lives. One of the basic theories of Eastern Medicine is to look for a balance of the meridians and a balance between Yin and Yang. This is very similar to Western Medicine, where we look for homeostasis in the physiology of the body, like blood pressure and the PH in the blood. We are now going from the high energy and carefree attitudes of summer (Yang in nature) to the more serious and introspective energies (Yin) that are...

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