6 Simple Healthy Resolutions for 2014

First off, EZDOCTOR wants to wish you a Happy and Healthy New Year! We know that New Year’s Resolutions can be hard to stick with, but by doing these simple changes you can help keep yourself on track and start feeling those benefits sooner.

Skip the soda. Having at least one less can per day can save about 150 calories and 40 grams of sugar (The daily recommendation is 25 or under). Kick the habit completely and you could lose almost 16 lbs. by the end of 2014!  Plus, your body doesn’t recognize those calories you drink as easily, making your brain think you are hungry and overloading on calories and sugar.  New Year’s Resolution Tip: Try adding lemon and lime to you water or trying iced tea if you’re craving something other than water.

Get Some Shut Eye! Skimping on sleep does a lot more than make you cranky or slow the next day, it has also been linked to a greater risk of heart attacks and stress levels. New Year’s Resolution Tip: Make yourself a bedtime time and stick to it! Take at least 30 minutes each night to unwind with a book, bath, or meditation (that means no cell phones, tablets, or laptops).

Focus on the Positive. Research shows that thinking positively and telling yourself that you are going to do it then you most likely will! New Year’s Resolution Tip: Stop focusing on the negative and the past, look to the future and move forward knowing that you CAN do it!

Add Some Greens to Your Diet. Start this year right by getting in your daily recommendation of 5 vegetables a day. It’s actually easier than you think! Eat them raw, steamed, or mixed into your smoothies. Those leafy greens help ward off countless types of cancer. New Year’s Resolution Tip: By adding 3 different vegetables to your morning smoothie you are already getting in more than half of the recommended amount. Also, try baking cauliflower with spices in the oven (Trust us, it’s delicious!)

Do 25 Jumping Jacks…Right Now! By getting your body in motion, just for a little bit a couple times a day, you help trigger your endorphins (happy thoughts) and your blood flow (metabolism). New Year’s Resolution Tip: Yes stick to working out at least 30 minutes a day, but try and spread it out during the day, work included. Keeping your body in motion all day long keeps the weight at bay and a happy and healthy body to stay.

Keep Yourself on Track. With today’s technology it is even easier than ever to keep your calories intake and exercise on track. Download the MyFitnessPal app, pick a goal weight, and let them do the rest. MyFitnessPal helps you easily keep track of foods, exercises, and you can even meet people who will help you reach those goals. OR pick up an Activity Tracker like a FitBit, or Nike’s Fuelband. These nifty bands automatically track your movements and sleep and help you stay on track to that end goal by having you meet daily goals (all with automatic reports and stats sent to your phone or laptop). New Year’s Resolution Tip: Keeping yourself on track and accountable will help you learn and realize what you were doing to pack that weight on and will keep you focused to reach your goals.
 

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Change Your Life: Be Gluten Free this Holiday Season

The Truth about Gluten

by Brooke Huber

How many of you would like to live a happier and healthier life in just a few short weeks? Why not make this a goal for this holiday season?

More and more research is proving that giving up gluten is the simple answer to all of this. Gluten is a protein combined with starch that naturally occurs in a number of grains including wheat, barley, rye, and some cereals. The truth is, about 30% of us are allergic or highly affected by gluten, and the other 70% are actually sensitive to it. Imagine gluten being the root of some of the most common diseases, such as Auto Immune disease, and even Alzheimer’s. Some of our favorite and most delicious foods are packed with gluten. As some of you may say how hard it is to eliminate eating these foods, are you really ready for the truth? Eliminating all of this from our diets goes way beyond the obvious of just losing weight. Other factors of becoming gluten free result in clearer skin, feeling better emotionally, less joint pain due to inflammation, more brain power, and a higher level of energy. Imagine seeing and feeling all of these results in just weeks. That’s fast!

Here are some quick and easy switches you can make today:

Swap out pasta for quinoa pasta or spaghetti squash

Brown rice wraps or Romaine lettuce can replace wheat wraps

When baking, try almond or coconut flour instead of wheat or rye flour

And if you’re craving pizza, melt a little goat cheese and tomato sauce on a Portobello mushroom or squash

Keep in mind, you don’t need to deprive yourself of eating when you remove gluten. Instead, find smarter alternatives for those gluten-containing foods you used to enjoy. Always remember to double the veggies, cut out the starch, and no excess bread at the dinner table. Also remember to always check for the “gluten free” labels at the grocery store. The science is there, and the results are real, make the change for a better you!

Be a Hero. Take a Stand. Fight Pancreatic Cancer.

It’s Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month.


The pancreas is a vital organ in the human body. It contains 2 glands that help balance the level of sugar in your blood and help break down fats and proteins. Having cancer of the pancreas is basically having your body slowly shut down. According to the American Cancer Society only 23% of patients with this disease live past the first year of diagnosis. It is the forth leading cause of cancer death with a maximum of a 5 year survival rate.

Pancreatic Cancer is no joke, but there are many ways to help out and fight this battle!

First and foremost, know the symptoms:

-Jaundice: yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes

-Pain in the upper and/or middle abdomen and back

-Loss of appetite

-Fatigue

-Unexplained weight loss

-Depression

Second, know the risk factors:

-Smoking

-Chronic pancreatitis

-Inherited conditions

-Long-standing diabetes

Third, take a stand and fight!

Being aware, keeping a healthy weight (with diet and exercise), and knowing your risks are a great way to start. Become a hero in your own community and help the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network raise awareness and money for the cure. Join in on the PurpleStride Run/Walks in your state! Help this month, and throughout the year, by being a volunteer to raise awareness, run or walk as a team or individual to help raise money for research and to take a stand against Pancreatic Cancer.


This month PurpleStride is coming to:

-Houson, Texas-November 23rd

-Central Florida-November 23rd

-South Florida-November 24th

Find an event in your state and how to help out here: http://purplestride.org/index.html

Has pancreatic cancer affected you and your family? Please share your story below to help raise awareness, bring hope, and stick together to fight this disease! 

World Diabetes Day: Steps for Living with Diabetes


Diabetes is a real issue in America but there is hope. Learning how to live and cope with diabetes makes all the difference. In honor of World Diabetes Day, EZDOCTOR wants to help out by offering some ways to learn and live life to the fullest with diabetes. 

Take these EZ steps to keep your diabetes under control:

Stress Less

Stress can be a factor in raising your blood sugar. Taking the time every day to let yourself breathe and relax keeps high blood sugar away. Try going for an early evening walk, listening to peaceful music, meditating, or picking up a hobby.

Ask for Help

There are many support groups, health organizations, and ways to reach out when you are feeling down and need to talk with someone. Reaching out to a friend, or a group of others dealing with diabetes can lift your spirits and keep you on the right path.

Eating Right

Choosing the right meal plan with your health care organization or team is the first step in taking control of your diabetes.

Some key tips to eating right:

-Choose foods that are lower in calories, sugar, salt and have minimal to no saturated fat and trans fat

-Don’t forget your fiber: whole grain breads, crackers, rice, and pasta

-Eat your greens and fruits. Be careful not to eat too many fruits because they do have sugar. Stick to 1-2 pieces a day

-Choose water instead of soda or juice

Stay Active

Set an active goal for yourself each week. A good place to start is by quick 10 mintue walks around 3-4 times a day. Don’t forget that you need to include muscle strengthening to your exercises. Yoga, free weights, resistance bands, and push-ups are great ways to keep you strong.

Have a Plan

Knowing what you need to do every day to take care of your diabetes is half the battle.

-Know when you take your medicines, have a schedule and stick to it, even when you are feeling healthy. (Always ask your doctor for more information)

-Keep track of your blood sugar and be familiar with your tools. You may want to check it more than once a day.

-Stop smoking. Smoking is detrimental, not only for your health, but for keeping your diabetes in control as well

By using these simples steps you will be on your way to a much more fulfilled and balanced life with diabetes. Always consult your doctor if you have any questions, pains, or need guidance. 

Book your appointment online today at http://www.EZDOCTOR.com


Breast Cancer Awareness Month and How You Can Help

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Show Your Support:

-Run for the Cause

Susan G Komen's Race for the Cure is dedicated to finding a cure. Find a race in your state and show your support here: 

-Buy Anything "Pink"

Products that are helping support research and have the authentic ribbon are giving back usually 20 percent or more.

Find Jewelry, Beauty, and Fashion items that support Breast Cancer Research Here:



-Donate Directly

By donating directly to the National Breast Cancer Month Foundation 100 percent of your donation is used for research.

Donate Here: National Breast Cancer Month : http://www.nbcam.org/

Hope totes- Buy Business Merchandise 

Your business can even help by buying directly from National Breast Cancer Awareness Month's website, which can be personalized with your businesses' logo. (in bulk starting at 50)

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National Nut Day and their Health Benefits

We are nuts about nuts!
 

Reasons to Be Nuts About Them Too:

-Packed with Healthy Vitamins and Fats:

- Unsaturated Fats (fats that your body needs on a daily basis that digest easily and promote better health)

- Omega-3 Fatty Acids (Which is proven to help with heart health)

- Vitamin E

- Fiber

-Great for Energy and Fuel:

- Nuts are a great pre-workout snack to help give you that added boost to perform well in your daily workout

- Healthy everyday snack that will give you the nutrients your body needs while leaving you full and satisfied

Helps With:

- Weight Management

- Stress

- Prostate Cancer

- And Many More

Just be aware that these benefits come from nuts in their raw form, meaning no salt, sugar, chocolate or other additive.

Read More About the Benefits of Nuts Here:






Chocolate Lovers Rejoice. The Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

Chocolate Lovers Rejoice: It's National Chocolate Day!


Although chocolate can be high in fat and sugar, which isn't really a great choice for your health, Dark Chocolate provides a healthy alternative that can actually be beneficial to you in the long run.


To get the full benefits you must...


Pick The Right Dark Chocolate:


70% or higher cocoa (the higher cocoa content, the higher the antioxidant levels)

Choose Organic (processed dark chocolate gets stripped of most of their antioxidants and vitamins)


Dark Chocolate Benefits:


1. Can Help Lower Blood Pressure:


Dark Chocolate helps to regulate and improve blood flow to the heart, which helps keep blood pressure low. It also helps control blood sugar and fight off Type 2 Diabetes.


2. Good For Your Brain:


Dark Chocolate not only improves blood flow to the heart but also to the brain, which helps reduces the risk of a stroke. Phenylethylamine (PEA) chemical is released and sent to the brain, much like the feeling of falling in love, dark chocolate helps to make you happier and lighten your mood.


3. Chock Full of Antioxidants:


Antioxidants are proven to help free your body of free radicals that can cause damage to your cells. Dark Chocolate proved to have more antioxidants than most fruit, even blueberries. These same antioxidants help to fight off UV rays and in turn help with wrinkles, sun spots, skin hydration, and even help with your overall complexion.


4. Stress Reliever:


The cocoa in dark chocolate helps reduce stress hormones that cause collagen breakdown in the skin. Thus meaning a calmer day with fewer wrinkles.


So indulge yourself today, but keep in mind that to receive these health benefits stick to no more than one ounce a day.  Makes for the perfect midday or evening treat!