Ditch the Diets

  The dieting industry is a multi-billion dollar industry for a reason. The reason you keep seeing all of these new trendy diets hitting the market is because diets don’t work! Millions of Americans attempt to lose weight each year by purchasing diet pills, meal plans, and other various dieting programs. Only to fail miserably. The truth is, it's not your fault. For years we have been taking the wrong approach, restriction is not the answer. Psychologically, dietary restraint can lead to greater reactivity to food cues, increased cravings, and indulgence. This, in-turn can cause overeating and binge eating. Biologically, dieting can lead to unhealthy changes in body composition, hormonal changes, reduced bone density, menstrual disturbances, and lower resting energy expenditure. The smartest decision you can make is to ditch the dieting and restriction mentality. Instead, incorporate healthy foods into [...]

Men’s Health Month

In the United States, June is designated as Men’s Health Month. The goal is to raise awareness about the ways men can improve and maintain their health. The five most important things that men can do for their health are to be tobacco free, stay physically active, eat a healthy diet, maintain a healthy weight for your height, and get recommended screening tests. In addition to the top five, there are other health behaviors that can increase your likelihood of living a long, healthy life. Below are details about important health behaviors for men: Be Tobacco Free - This includes smokeless tobacco products as well. See our articles about Smoking and Vaping , and reach out to a Be Well Solutions Health Coach to enroll in our Kick Nic smoking cessation program. Stay Physically Active - Aside from being tobacco [...]

Decrease Inflammation with Diet

  Anti-Inflammatory Foods Our bodies have a natural ability to fight off invading predators! The immune system protects us from microbes and illness every single day. This process of protection causes inflammation. There are foods that can cause inflammation too. Unfortunately, this can lead to chronic inflammation within our bodies. According to Harvard Health Publishing, chronic inflammation is the cornerstone for preventable diseases like heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. What foods cause inflammation? What foods calm inflammation?  What we eat can truly affect how we feel. Cause Inflammation Foods typically recommended to avoid such as high fat, processed, or calorically dense foods are the same foods that can cause chronic inflammation. According to Dr. Kielcolt-Glaser from the Department of Psychiatry at Ohio State University, these foods modulate pathways within us that increase physical, immune, and nervous system stress. Not only [...]

Spotlight: Be Well’s New Lifestyle App

Weigh of Life | Be Well’s New Lifestyle App Read Time: 1 min 23 sec Do you find it difficult to transform bad habits into healthy ones? Are you tired of fad diets and complicated exercise apps? The experts at Be Well Solutions have designed a program to help overcome these obstacles. Weigh of Life is a 12-week educational program based on up-to-date research and best practices. The folks who have tried it have reported great results – three-quarters of participants lost weight and reported making healthy changes on account of the program. Participants receive weekly messages and challenges focusing on nutrition, exercise, and stress management. They have access to short and understandable videos, handouts, resource guides, and interactive worksheets Our easy-to-use app makes tracking new behaviors simple. In addition, ongoing support from our team of Registered Dietitians and Certified [...]

Supporting a Healthy Immune System

Supporting a Healthy Immune System Read Time: 2 min 54 sec Ways to boost immunity has become a hot topic as of late, but unfortunately, there are many factors about our immune system that we do not yet understand. To begin with, the immune system is an incredibly complex system and not a single entity. It is composed of multiple mechanisms throughout our body that recognize and destroy potential invaders like bacteria and viruses. Networks of cells and tissues are programmed to work in concert to properly protect our bodies from illness. There is still much research to be done to understand the details of our unique immune response. This complexity is one possible reason why research has not yet proven that any single lifestyle behavior or habit can directly enhance immune function. However, that doesn’t mean that lifestyle and [...]

Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean Diet How many times have you told yourself “I’m going to start eating healthier” or “my new diet starts on Monday” only to follow the new plan for 3 or 4 weeks (days) and then fall back into old habits? It’s a common cycle that nearly everyone goes through at least once in their wellness journey. Often people are unable to stick with their new “clean eating plan” because the diet is too restrictive, expensive, or time consuming to follow. The Mediterranean Diet overcomes these problems and delivers a dietary approach that is health-promoting, flexible, and not overly restrictive. Most of us have probably heard or seen information about the Mediterranean diet - your doctor may have even recommended that you try it out - but why is it so popular? It’s endorsed by the American Heart Association (AHA) [...]

Event: Solon HR Roundtable Meeting Announcement, Speaker Bill Frankel

Our next meeting is Thursday August 22nd at Mustard Seed Market in Solon, second floor. Our speaker is Bill Frankel with Be Well Solutions and his topic is “The Truth about Exercise, Diet and Nutrition”. Come and spend some time with your peers learning new tools to take care of you (and teach your employees to do the same)! What:    Lunch meeting with speaker Bill Frankel Where: Mustard Seed Market, 6025 Kruse Drive in Solon,  2nd Floor When:   Thursday, August 22nd,  from 12 noon to 1 pm. Lunch:   Purchase food there if you like RSVP:   It’s helpful if you RSVP to Susan Drotleff at susan.drotleff@adeccona.com or to Carolyn Downie at communications@solonchamber.com so that we can plan for room set up and hand out of materials.