Energy

Why Mood is Affected by Less Sunlight & What to do About it

Even though spring is on the way, we are still dealing with our shorter, darker winter days. More darkness. Less sunlight.  Although I don’t mind winter, the turning inward, the quiet, the darkness, around this time every year my body and mood start responding to the long winter. Even if my introvert self likes the season, my body is ready for the sun. Ready to…

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Adrenal Fatigue

About adrenal fatigue:  We have known for many years that the chronic production of adrenaline can lead to long-term problems including premature aging, attention issues, fatigue, anxiety, and depression. The chronic production of cortisol can cause immune dysregulation, weight gain—particularly around your belly, digestive symptoms, depression, headaches, and reproductive issues. Over time there is a risk that your body will lose the ability to respond…

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How to Identify your Core/True North Values: an Exercise

This exercise is a great start for understanding what is most important to you. Think values and ideals you would want to line up with your choices on a daily basis. If you’re trying to have less stress, if you want to be less overwhelmed, lining your choices up with your values is a big piece of making that happen. Of course here and there…

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Why Strength Training is Better than Cardio

You’ve heard it time and time again: “Exercise is good for you!” “You have to exercise to stay healthy.” And although any exercise is better than no exercise, it is becoming more and more clear every day that strength training is more beneficial with a greater range of benefits than cardio. What is strength training? Strength training, also known as resistance training is using some…

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Can depression be treated holistically? | Ask Dr. Samantha Video

There is hope and holistic ways to manage depression. Depression is real and serious. Let’s start by pointing out that depression can be a downward spiral and we all too often wait to ask for help until we’re too far down in the depths of depression. While some people will always need anti-depressants, there are other factors to consider and that is different from a…

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Overcoming Overwhelm Pre-order Time!

As you may know, my new book, Overcoming Overwhelm will officially be released by Sounds True publishing on January 1, 2019. Part of me is excited to write this and the other part feels extraordinarily vulnerable as I officially introduce the book to the world. It’s been such a long haul with so many ups and downs. But in the end it doesn’t matter how…

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Are Protein Bars Healthy? Sometimes

Protein bars are all the rage these days. Some of my patients even eat them instead of meals. We’re busy, right? And it’s so easy! It’s, of course, better to eat a whole, real food instead of something processed, but sometimes you’re in a rush. That’s life. And intuitively it makes sense that something called a “protein bar” would likely be a good choice—especially if…

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How many hours of sleep is enough? | Ask Dr. Samantha

You really want to get enough sleep, as sleep is the single most important thing for keeping your energy up and your body in balance! What other questions do you have about sleep? Ask me your questions for future videos here! Find more about this topic using the search sidebar or topic menu.

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Moving beyond “good enough”

How do you feel on a regular basis? Do you have all the energy you want? Do you feel great? Just ‘good enough’?  I promise you that you can feel not only better than you feel now, but you can feel great. It’s so common for us to get pulled along in our daily life, from task to task, or fire to fire, forgetting to…

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The Water You Drink: What to Watch Out For!

My husband is the water keeper. If anyone is wasting a drop in this house there’s hell to pay. As someone who can take (I know, don’t judge) four showers a day to warm my tiny little body up, I can get an earful on the regular. I can hear him unloading and reloading the dishwasher so we can squeeze in every last item. I…

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