Life Hangs in the Balance: How work, family and home life can co-exist in a healthy way

A rich life has many elements. Work, family, friends, recreational activities, volunteering and other commitments fill our days, connect us to others, and keep us mentally and physically fit. Ideally, all of these pieces work together to enhance our lives and help us grow into the people we want to be. Sometimes, though, one or more of these elements takes on too much importance. Before my accident, I know I sometimes found myself working at the expense of my relationships with family and friends. And even still, I sometimes find I’ve forgotten how to say “no” and am giving too much of

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Happy Hearts = Healthy Hearts

It’s February, and love is in the air! Plus, it’s American Heart Month. So while I’m busy sharing hugs, I’ll also be continuing the mission of helping healthy hearts. It’s hard to believe it’s been over a decade since we began our partnership with the American Heart Association. In 2005, a study conducted at the University of Missouri–Kansas City showed that using a Sunlighten far infrared sauna just three times a week can lower blood pressure. When the American Heart Association approached us, it was only natural to support them in their mission of helping healthy hearts. Over the past 11 years, Aaron and

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Sunlighten Recipe: Gluten-Free Zucchini Pancakes

I love to cook healthy food for my family, and this recipe for zucchini pancakes is one of our favorites. Our boys absolutely love these with roasted chicken and veggies I make ahead for weekday dinners. They’re also great with fish, or even as a snack. I make them with gluten-free flour and they’re DELISH! A couple weeks ago my mom and dad came to stay with the boys while Aaron and I went on a business trip. So before we left, I whipped up a batch. My dad always asks for them, but (shhh!) he doesn’t know I make them gluten-free! (Bonus: Zucchini is packed

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The Power of Probiotics and Their Place in Your Diet

Kimchi, kombucha, kefir. These probiotic foods pop up in the media often enough to sound familiar, but for many of us, they still sound pretty exotic. So what are they exactly? Where can you buy them? And what do you do with them once you get them home? I’ll get to all these questions, but first, I want to cover a few probiotic basics. As you probably know, probiotics are the live bacteria available in some foods that are similar to the “good” bacteria that exist naturally in the gut. They promote better digestion, inhibit the growth of “bad” bacteria, and help your GI tract produce vitamins.  Yogurt

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Work Wonders This Week: Wellness cooking tips for working parents

If you're a working parent like me, you know the time crunch of eating healthy during the week. Breakfasts are rushed, snacks are on-the-go, and by dinnertime everyone’s getting tired and they're STARVING! But don’t give up just yet! It's a new year and a good time to start new habits. Here are some of my favorite time-saving tips to help you provide healthy foods your kids will love, even during the work week. Yes, really! Simple Time Savers The trick to saving time and stress and eating healthy is to plan ahead. I plan for the week over the weekend! I'm not sure everyone is like this, but it stresses me out

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A Family Affair: Resolve to Make Health a Priority

So you’ve had a recent awakening and you're making a commitment to improving your health and wellness. That’s awesome! The most important thing you can do to be successful is to find a community of supportive, active people to join you on this journey—and who better than your family?  My wife, Connie, and I are committed to making our healthy lifestyle a family affair. Our boys are still young, so we try to be active as a family. Eating healthy meals together is also a wellness habit that make sense for us. In this blog, I'd like to share some of my favorite tips for involving the whole family

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Cryotherapy Leaves Muscle Pain Out in the Cold

As it gets colder outside, I know staying warm is surely on your mind. But have you considered the health benefits of getting cold? Like really cold? Don’t worry, I’m not suggesting snowshoeing, or even bundling up for a run or walk on a December morning. I’m talking about cryotherapy, one of the latest high-tech treatments to hit the wellness world. If you’re not familiar, cryotherapy uses extreme cold to relieve muscle soreness, inflammation and, in some cases, more serious health conditions. It’s been used successfully in Japan and Europe for more than three decades, and has recently been making

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Good Health and Good Cheer: How to Find Relaxation this Holiday Season

The holidays are a wonderful time, full of family and fun, but we all know they can be hectic as well. I know for me, making time for exercise and adequate sleep becomes harder than ever between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. Throw in a few too many rich foods and just staving off the common cold can become a real challenge. With so much to get done and so many people to see, it can be hard to stay healthy, let alone relax during these busy months. But relaxation is more important to our health than most people realize. The American Institute

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Biohacking 101: Key Takeaways from Bulletproof Conference 2015

Last month I was excited to attend the 3rd annual Bulletproof Biohacking Conference in Pasadena, Calif. As you may know, Bulletproof is the brainchild of Dave Asprey, a Silicon Valley investor and technology entrepreneur who spent 20 years and $300,000 learning how to achieve a state of optimum physical, mental and overall life performance. The Biohacking Conference is a meeting of the minds for all things Bulletproof: speakers, attendees, vendors and new technologies. Everyone was there to share their knowledge, learn and improve. Dave defines biohacking as “the art and science of becoming superhuman,” and the conference provided a blueprint

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Developing Leadership: JJ Virgin’s Mindshare Summit

Recently I had the opportunity to participate in the Mindshare Summit, an annual meeting of health and wellness experts held in gorgeous Rancho Mirage, Calif. Nutrition and fitness expert J.J. Virgin founded the event to create a place for like-minded wellness practitioners and entrepreneurs to collaborate on how to make a difference by empowering wellness. What an exhilarating weekend it was! J.J. believes that “a rising tide lifts all boats,” and her conference definitely embodies this idea. During the Summit I met a fantastic group of thought leaders and wellness practitioners who truly believe that we can all unite and

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