They gave a much needed wake-up call

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I haven’t felt like myself lately. I have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning, I’m irritable, and have trouble concentrating. My weight is a few pounds higher than usual and my body constantly craves sweets.

Am I eating too much added sugar?

I analyzed my diet and did a little research to find out. I came across this article by Julie Revelant and Kelly Kennedy, RD, explaining signs of eating too much added sugar. Wow. It is a much needed wake up call.

I realized I’ve been eating more cereal, larger portions, and ending every meal…


A shockingly high amount of your daily water intake comes from food

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Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water every day. Most of us have heard that advice, but where exactly does that recommendation to avoid dehydration come from, and should we follow it?

The well-known 8 by 8 dates back to a 1945 suggestion from the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board. Staying hydrated is important to manage weight, reduce the risk of kidney stones, and maintain brain health. The exact amount of water you need per day depends on individual factors like gender, activity level, age, and pregnancy.

But drinking water is not the only way to get it. One…


Substitute with these healthier options

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Pop quiz: Twin brothers with similar body sizes and activity levels both eat 2,000 calories per day. How could one twin’s metabolism be faster than the other’s? I’m sure there are a few correct answers to this question, but I’m looking at the quality of food they eat.

I recently wrote an article about metabolism and how what we eat can affect how our bodies burn energy. I encourage you to read it before this one because it will make some terms here clearer. My first article talks about 5 nutritious foods that can help boost your metabolism.

Today, I…


What you eat can affect how your body burns energy

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Sometimes I wake up feeling lean and full of energy. Other days, I feel bloated and sluggish. What’s the difference between these two mornings? What I ate the day before was completely different.

How do I know which foods are helping and which are hurting? Nutrition research can be confusing. There are many diets and recommendations to consider, so knowing what to eat can be a challenge. We also want to enjoy life, which for many of us means trying new restaurants, baking fun treats, and indulging in our favorite snacks from time to time.

But what we eat can…


RV Living Series Part 3: Do the pros outweigh the cons?

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I’ve learned that there’s a spectrum of reactions people have when they first find out my husband and I live in a travel trailer. We first have the “mostly pros” people who envision a lifestyle full of travel, carefree decisions, and no worries. Life is an adventure and we are along for the ride.

Oh my gosh, what! That’s so cool! You are really living life. What’s it like?

Then there are the cons folks. They think of the small living area, lack of personal space, and typical trailer park atmosphere.

Oh, my gosh. What? That’s so… wow. You are…


Protect your body for now and later

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I wish I would have taken better care of my body.

I hear that phrase from my patients all the time. Today, it’s from a 50-year-old man as he reflects on his years of intense physical training. He repeatedly ignored warm-ups and pushed his body past its limits. Now, he has pain in his low back and knees, making it hard to walk.

We all know it’s important to be safe while working out, but do we actually know what to do and how to do it?

My goal today is to share some exercise safety tips with you. Some…


This year’s #1 was last year’s #26

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The fitness industry is trendy. From HIIT to cycling to personal training, ways to workout are in or out. There are many ways to move, but how do we know what’s most popular right now?

Fifteen years ago, the editors of ACSM’s Health and Fitness Journal created a worldwide survey to help understand health and fitness trends. ACSM stands for American College of Sports Medicine, and they are a leader in providing evidence-based recommendations on fitness and health. …


Today I learned to say yes to kids more often

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“So, sis. What if we sleep in my bed tonight?” My 10-year-old sister asks.

My first instinct is to say no because I love my space and value quality rest, which is hard to get with that little tornado. I hesitated, weighing the pros and cons. As I opened my mouth to say, not tonight, the glimmer of hope in her eyes tugged at my heart.

Okay. Let’s do it.

“YES! I’ll go get my room ready. We can play games and watch a show and you can sleep with whichever stuffed animal you want,” she replied.

I smile, sure…


RV Living Series Part 2: The bathroom situation was tough

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Close your eyes and picture your daily routine. Now imagine that same routine, but while living in a 27 foot long travel trailer.

That’s what I did as I re-envisioned my life after purchasing our tiny home. If you’ve read Part 1 in our RV living series, you know I wasn’t keen on the idea at first. After some convincing by my husband, we purchased a wonderful travel trailer to spend our days in.

I can confidently say I’ve established a daily routine where I feel productive, relaxed, and happy. Getting to this point had its ups and downs as…


Plus an at-home test to figure out what’s causing your imbalance

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I love balance. That sounds weird to say, but I do. In physical therapy school, learning about the different balance systems fascinated me, and that feeling continues in my career. I have a passion for helping my patients improve their confidence and stability.

Whether you’re a yogi yearning to achieve a certain pose, older gentleman hoping to walk without a cane, or kiddo hoping to trip less over your feet, achieving more stability is within reach.

My goal today is to share some information and helpful tips to better your balance.

What controls balance?

To know how to improve your balance, we must…

Carly Clev

Travel physical therapist eager to share stories on health, relationships, food, and anything else that pops into my head. This is going to be fun.

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