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Here at Karelia Health we promote a plant-based eating lifestyle for those who are at risk for chronic diseases, such as: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, stroke, and obesity. While plant-based eating may not appeal to you, it is worthwhile to do the research to understand how your body functions without animal proteins. Below is a great article from the folks at Forks Over Knives that outlines the "7 Things That Happen When You Stop Eating Meat".

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Topics: Disease Management, Change & Save Lives, Healthy Recipes | Nutrition

Sleep: We all know we should get at least 7 hours of zzzzzz a night but many of us, at least 60% of us, are not getting enough sleep (Source). Let’s examine the issues associated with lack of sleep and how you can improve your own sleep patterns starting today.

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Topics: Disease Management, Healthy Recipes | Nutrition

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Stop Calling It a Diet

One of the hardest obstacles to overcome when starting a healthy diet is to accept that you are not eating exactly the same things. Many people are disappointed to hear that potato chips are not a cornerstone to any healthier nutritional lifestyle. When the term “Diet” is used then it has a negative connotation associated with it. So when asked why you look so great just reply “ I have been eating better.” When you kick the term “diet” out of your vocabulary you can help avoid short-term results and start a more sustainable diet.

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Topics: Disease Management

Dollarphotoclub_77808299-750223-editedWe live in a fast paced world. We want information, results, and responses as quickly as possible. Gone are the days of waiting to go to the library to look up information about a topic. We simply “Google it,” or ask Siri to get the answer for us. This quickened response time has trickled over into other aspects of our lives. We want overnight shipping on shoes, vacuums, and anything else we order online. When we go to the doctor, we want lab results, diagnosis, and treatment protocols immediately. We do not want to wait for anything anymore. However, not every aspect of our lives can be sped up by technology; not every aspect of our lives can be convenient. 

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Topics: Disease Management, Corporate Wellness Programs

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Eating well has gotten unnecessarily complicated. Sure, many people get that vegetables are good – but they’re left wondering: should these vegetables be organic? What if they are genetically modified? And by the way, are they gluten-free?

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Topics: Disease Management, Healthy Recipes | Nutrition

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According to the Institute For Wellness Education, “Employers are the largest purchaser of healthcare in America, providing approximately 55% of Americans with health insurance and paying almost 75% of all healthcare premiums” (Source).

Not only do employers need to receive better value for their healthcare investments, but they also need to invest resources towards a healthy and thriving workplace culture.

However, investing in the health and wellness of your employees requires more than just providing them with resources after they develop a chronic disease. Rather, your investment will pay greater dividends if you plan out a comprehensive wellness education plan to prevent and reverse these diseases  while still in the early stages. Education inspires engagement, which often leads to positive results. This post examines the leading factors that contribute to successful wellness education for the workforce.

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Topics: Disease Management, Change & Save Lives, Corporate Wellness Programs

Dollarphotoclub_65103059-873183-editedThere is a big push among American employers to “Know Your Numbers”. “Your Numbers” refer to your cholesterol and glucose lab values, the indicators for heart disease and diabetes. Many companies around the country hold biometric screening events to give employees an opportunity to find out these important lab values – and that is a great benefit; however what are you to do with this information?

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Topics: Disease Management

Avoiding The Aisles

Grocery shopping can be a challenge to anyone who is looking to lead a healthier lifestyle. Many super markets are designed like mazes to tempt you into buying items that were not originally on your grocery list. These items, such as soda, potato chips, or candy can add unnecessary fats and processed sugars to your diet. You can successfully survive your next trip to the grocery store without succumbing to temptation by remembering this one simple trick: Avoid the Aisles.

Grocery Store Layout

Most grocery stores have a similar layout: produce, proteins, bakery, deli and dairy – essentially your whole foods – are around the perimeter of the store, while the aisles in the middle of the store are shelved with processed foods.

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Topics: Disease Management

Our objective is to introduce evidence based scientific insight into soy food intake and breast cancer risks to eliminate any confusion or concerns that exist from media articles that have associated soy foods with breast cancer risk. We located four articles (links below) from reputable sources following evidence based science that show soy "food" as protective for breast cancer.

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Topics: Disease Management, Change & Save Lives

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Stay Healthy This Holiday Season.

The hectic holiday season is upon us. As they say, this is the most wonderful time of year – but it may not be so wonderful as far as health is concerned. Amid an abundance of rich and indulgent foods, many people tend to put their healthy eating and exercise habits on hold with the optimistic resolve to resume them in the New Year.

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Topics: Disease Management, Change & Save Lives

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