Subject: Healthful Happenings - June 2018

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Healthful Life Happenings  
JUNE 2018

Not sure about you, but we have been at the pool a lot in the last couple of weeks. It has been so nice outside! There is nothing like a few 90 degree days to declare summer. With more daylight hours and warm temperatures, summer is such a great time of year to focus on living healthy and feeling great. We hope you take advantage of all the wonderful things Colorado has to offer this month, and don't forget your sunscreen! 

In this issue: 
  • Blog Article Highlight - Busting Through the Exercise Blues
  • Backyard Adventures - A new Healthful Life MD mascot?
  • Get Out and Get Moving - Golden Farmers Market
  • Blog Article Highlight - The Nighttime Eating Trap
We have been working hard to bring you the most interesting news in health and weight loss, and we are excited to share with you our latest and greatest. Thank you for joining us on this journey to become healthier from the inside out! 
Busting Through the Exercise Blues
How to get yourself motivated to exercise
By Ashley DePaulis, Owner of ASH Fitness & Founder of The Inner Athlete

Exercise always seems like a good idea until it’s actually time to put on your shoes and get out the door. I bet this is usually the point you start to question why the heck you were so pumped up to exercise in the first place. Then you begin formulating a list of reasons to justify your workout raincheck.  

Why is it that motivation tends to easily slip away? 
I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It’s the antidote to your fitness blues and it is Your Inner Athlete. Whether you consider yourself an athlete or not is beside the point because EVERYONE has an Inner Athlete. Your Inner Athlete is your story. It’s physical, personal and connected to the experience of your unique human spirit. If you are struggling with getting motivated to exercise, there is a good chance you are missing the feeling of energy, strength and aliveness that are hallmarks of being in sync with Your Inner Athlete. Being in touch with your own Inner Athlete provides clarity and when you have clarity, motivation begins to appear organically. READ MORE>>
"When you force yourself to slow down it is amazing the cool stuff you'll see right outside your own front door, especially living in Colorado. The other day I was on a walk in my neighborhood and these happy yellow flowers brought a huge smile to my face. Then I spotted a little friend checking me out from the field as I continued on! Can you see him up there peaking out of the grass? Perhaps we have a new Healthful Life MD mascot?" 
-Dr. Abby
Golden Farmers Market
Saturdays, June 2 – October 6, 2018
8:00am - 1:00pm
Golden Public Library Parking Lot, 10th & Illinois St.

Conveniently located near Clear Creek, the Golden Farmers Market is where you can find Colorado’s finest foods while also enjoying Golden’s natural beauty. 

The Farmers Market includes picnic tables with umbrellas, free parking and activities for kids. Garden decor, speciality treats, flowers and plants, and hard to find items fill up many of the booths. Enjoy and purchase fresh fruits and veggies, frozen fish and meats, fresh breads, canned condiments and sweets, locally-made wines, plus wonderful pasta and unique cooking ingredients.  

Please note: Market is NOT open Saturday, July 28 because of Buffalo Bill Days.
The Nighttime Eating Trap
By Dr. Abby Bleistein, Healthful Life MD

One of the most common challenges my patients face in their weight loss journey is nighttime eating. Most of my patients are hungrier, note more cravings and eat more calories at night. There are a number of reasons this patter is so common:
  1. Fatigue: This is a huge driver to eat because the brain recognizes fatigue and looks for a quick fix, which usually includes fast energy—calories and carbohydrates. 
  2. Mental energy: Willpower is the mental energy it takes to make positive choices. Mental energy is strongest first thing in the morning, but like a battery, the multitude of decisions made throughout the day drain power. By the night willpower is weakened which often results in making choices not aligned with long-term goals. 
  3. Dehydration: The human brain has difficulty differentiating between hunger and thirst, so lack of daytime hydration can lead to over-indulging at night.
  4. Habit: Over-eating at night can be pure habit. People often unwind from the day watching television, surfing the internet or checking social media. While they unwind, they reward themselves with little snack or treat. This pattern becomes a habit and usually ends up with the person mindlessly consuming a lot of extra calories. 
What can be done to counteract nighttime eating struggles?
  • Get adequate sleep. People who sleep less than 6 hours nightly have a 50% greater risk of obesity. Focus on getting 8 hours of sleep each night. 
  • When you are tired at night, go to bed. Do not eat to stay awake longer. Accept it is time to sleep when you are tired. 
  • Recharge your willpower battery through meditation practice. Use meditation in the evening to reset your mental energy and improve your choices. 
  • Hydrate throughout the day with lots of water. 
  • Practice mindful eating habits. You will find that you eat less and feel more satisfied. 
Click here to read this article online. 
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Have you tried weight loss groups, fad diets, intense workouts & nothing works?
Are You Ready to Change Your Life for Good?
The first step in your medical weight loss journey is to schedule a no-pressure, complimentary, compassionate call with Dr. Abby Bleistein. This call is a great way for you and Dr. Abby to get acquainted, discuss your goals, and start your medical weight loss journey with our team. We talk through your previous experience, family history, and what you’ve tried in the past. We then focus on your desires, goals, and expectations to help you get healthy through our Healthful Life MD medical weight loss program. We also share about our Healthful Life medical weight loss program and what end results are possible. You’re invited to ask questions, share concerns, and see if our program is a good fit for your needs.

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