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How a Personal Contract Can Help You Reach Your Goals

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Anyone with a cell phone or Internet provider knows how binding contracts can be. But do you know how powerful a personal goal contract can be? Creating a contact for yourself will help you stay dedicated to your personal goals and define the specific steps you must take to achieve them. Why create a personal contract? Research has found that eliciting this type of personal commitment is a powerful motivator of healthy behavior change. This type of contract also serves as a record of your original intentions and what you…read more

9 Ways to Boost Your Energy Now That Summer is Over

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Once summer is over and colder temperatures set in, it’s natural for the body to slow down to hibernation mode. While it may be natural to slow down a little during the fall and winter months, most of us don’t have a schedule that accommodates it. In fact, with Thanksgiving, Christmas and year-end reports on the horizon, many of us are left looking for a way to boost our energy levels during this season. Here are 10 ways you can increase your energy to get through the season with more…read more

A Simple Guide to Sustainable Eating

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Many people are becoming more informed about how their food choices affect the global agricultural and social environment. Savvy consumers are looking beyond their supermarket shelves and exploring local, sustainable food options. Here are 5 tips to help you develop sustainable eating habits. 1. Prioritize plants Experts suggest filling half your plate with vegetables and fruits as part of an optimal diet. Prioritizing produce benefits the planet as well your nutrition. Shifting to a more plant-based way of eating will help reduce freshwater depletion and deforestation —a victory for both your health…read more

Stop Diet Hopping and Start Practicing Sensible Eating

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With so many diet trends and a new ‘superfood’ emerging every few months, it’s hard to ignore the temptation to see what all the fuss is about. People have become obsessed with jumping on the newest fad diet in an effort to drop weight and get healthy quick. Here’s why it’s a bad idea: What is diet hopping? There are hundreds of diets out there to choose from, each touting their own benefits. While it’s fine to try different diets and experiment to see what works for you, it’s dangerous…read more

How Transformative Technology is Changing the World

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Today, people across the globe are generally comfortable using technology. They welcome advancements in technology, particularly ones that improve the quality of their everyday life. To answer this desire, there is an entire industry dedicated to creating technologies that can produce reliable and positive changes in the human psychological experience called Transformative Technology. What is transformative technology? Transformative technology seeks to help people access and develop their mental and emotional wellbeing so that they can experience their best selves every day. Simply speaking, transformative technologies (or ‘transtech’) are scientific devices and…read more

Boost Your Productivity: 5 Tips to Start Your Day Right

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Most of us roll over, grab our phone and start looking through notifications. Others dive into the shower or head to the gym. Still others eat breakfast or get the kids ready. However you get going, there is a lot of research to support how much your morning routine dictates the course of your day. 1. Set the Tone The first thing many of us do when we start work each day is check email and voicemail. This is actually one of the worst ways to start your day. It…read more

How Clean is the Air in Your Home and Workplace?

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When we talk about air quality, most of us think of environmental pollutants in the outdoors. However, the average person spends 90 per cent of their life indoors. How clean is the air inside your home and workplace? Ventilation is key In the 1980s, new buildings began to increase insulation in order to make buildings more energy efficient and cheaper to heat. However, this can sometimes seriously reduce indoor air exchange leading to dangerous increases in interior pollutants and CO2. Building materials Many of our current building materials release chemicals…read more

Is It Really Genetic? How Lifestyle Choices Impact DNA

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Cracking the human genome was deemed essential in order to help us better understand diseases, our susceptibility to them, and how to best treat them. But now, many scientists believe our lifestyle habits are actually much more important in determining how our bodies develop disease. The Human Genome Project  The human genome is the complete assembly of DNA that makes each individual unique. The Human Genome Project (HGP) was an international research project intent on mapping the entire human genome. The results were predicted to, among various other applications, help us better understand disease, better…read more

What is Preventative Medicine and Why is it Essential to the Future?

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Until very recently, healthcare systems across the world have been reactive in nature. A person becomes ill and reacts by seeking treatment. Healthcare professionals and individuals now understand the need the change to a proactive healthcare model. This article explains what preventative healthcare is and why it is so important to the future of our global communities. What is preventative medicine? Preventive medicine means individuals and healthcare professionals work to prevent diseases before they occur as opposed to treating them. Our health is affected by environmental factors, genetic predisposition, infectious disease and…read more

Five Unhealthy Lifestyle Habits and How to Break Them

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1. Skipping breakfast During the morning rush to get out the door, it’s tempting to just grab a coffee and go. However, skipping breakfast causes your metabolism to slow down in order to conserve energy. This negatively affects your overall performance and your ability to concentrate. You’re also more likely to overeat at lunch as a result. Solution: Eat within two hours of waking up. The best breakfast balances protein, fat and carbohydrates, such as whole grain toast with low-fat cream cheese or peanut butter. 2. Constant anger, worry or stress…read more