Understanding Adrenal Health: Your Body Will Love You for It!

When thinking about the state of your health, when was the last time you thought about the health of your adrenals. Typically, when I think about health, I think about cardiovascular health, immune health, digestive health, blood sugar management – the list goes on and one. And you’ll see huge sections in health food stores dedicated to these specific categories. However, adrenal health is largely overlooked. And I cannot remember the last time I saw a meaningful area in a health food store dedicated to adrenal health. Your adrenal glands are the two walnut-sized endocrine glands on top of … [Read more...]

Goal Setting: Limiting or Realizing Success

I know this is February. My timing is a little off. Articles about goal setting, which dovetail perfectly with New Year’s resolutions, should have been written for December or January issues. But I felt compelled to write an article on goal setting because it has had a significant impact on what I’ve accomplished over the years. There are naysayers that believe goal setting has limiting effects. I’m not one of those people. All of my life, I’ve always set goals and have had an unwavering commitment to obtain them and then some. I remember when I was in grade school (K- 8th grade), I wanted … [Read more...]

Let’s Reverse the Ugly Obesity Trend

As I prepare for my next endurance event, the Carlsbad Marathon, I think about how it all started – my insatiable appetite to be fit and healthy. For all of those that have ever experienced running a marathon or participating in a triathlon, the “high” you get from successfully completing these events is undeniable. I can’t get enough of it. Why do I do what I do? I think about my youth and what has shaped me over the years. When I was in grade school, I always struggled with weight. I wasn’t obese, but I spent much of this time 20-30 pounds overweight. I’m not sure what my thought process … [Read more...]

Stressed Out… Go for a Run!

The U.S is at war, the economy is in the tank and the American population struggles with obesity. Those sure aren’t bright prospects, are they? How do I personally deal with this kind of stress? I go for a run! You heard me right. I lace up my shoes and head out to “The Strand” a surfside path in Hermosa Beach, California, where all my problems go away. I can say with conviction – it makes me “right” like you can’t believe! I’m like so many people – I’m a family man raising 2 little boys (a 4- and 6-year-old) trying to make ends meet in a day and age where it is progressively more … [Read more...]

Keep it Real. Avoid Processed Foods

I LOVE FOOD! I may not be the most adventurous eater, but I do know that I love to eat. However, in this day and age of processed foods, what are we REALLY putting into our bodies? For those of you who don’t know what processed foods are, they are foods that have been altered from their natural state. Well, what does that mean? It means that many manufacturers use man-made ingredients that prolong a product's shelf life. That’s why you see pre-packaged foods that stay fresh for months. Unfortunately, processed foods may have the opposite effect on peoples' health. “Eat food in its most natural … [Read more...]