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How to Recover Quickly From a Sprained Ankle

I recently sprained my ankle while trail running in Arizona. I recovered from it both quickly and strongly, so I am going to share my protocol. To be clear, this is what I did to help my body heal more efficiently, and that these are things that could foundationally help most people, but every injury, body, and mindset are different. It'll be nearly impossible to get the same results, even for me when this inevitably happens again (I badly sprain my ankle every 2 years). I'll be including pi
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My Coronavirus Protocol

There is a lot of concern and fear being reported on the coronavirus so I wanted to let you know where I currently stand. I hope this post is different than most you are seeing in the mainstream media, and that it will promote a sense of calm instead of alarm. I'm mostly living my life in the same preventative manner as always, but thought I'd make a little list!Things I am NOT doing: PanickingIt doesn't ever pay to panic, we must continue to think critically, be smart, and not act
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A Focus on Heart Health

I had a vendor table at the Heart Expo last year and did a lot of research leading up to it. I wanted to ensure I had the most recent science regarding cardiovascular disease. In this blog post I am going to outline some of my main findings in a way that hopefully doesn't further complicate the chaotic world of "high cholesterol." First, at the Heart Expo I saw people getting worksheets with a list of low cholesterol foods. I want to point out that dietary cholesterol does not
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Nitrates and Nitrites in Processed Meats, Should You Be Concerned?

Up until recently, I believed that nitrates and nitrites were harmful and had no place in a healthy diet. I only bought “nitrate and nitrite free” bacon and sausage, and advised my friends to do so as well. My mistake, I should of looked into the recent research before making these unfounded recommendations! It wasn’t until I started studying Holistic Nutrition that I began to look past the mainstream headlines (we all need to do this!) and into the actual science. Everytime I do this
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A Solo and Speedy Thru-Hike of the Wonderland Trail

The Wonderland Trail is a 93 mile loop around one of the lower 48's largest active volcanoes, Mt. Rainier. 22,000 feet of glute force climbing, and 22,000 feet of quad screaming loss. Most people go clockwise because the ascents are more gradual, but I ended up going counter-clockwise because I'm a bigger fan of more gradual descents. I really don't think it makes a big difference, it's brutally steep in both directions. I'm also certain that if I chose to go in the other direction, it
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What I Learned From 7 Days of Real Food

This past week I committed myself to a "Whole 7," if you will. Nothing but real, whole, unprocessed, untampered with foods. As close to the natural source as possible, eaten the way nature intended. Otherwise known as, wait for it, FOOD. I ate FOOD for 7 days. I'm sure you want to know what I eliminated -- dairy, gluten, corn, soy, alcohol, added sugar, vegetable oils. And what I ate (full list down below) -- meat, eggs, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds. Now I'm going to tell you what happen
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My Approach to the Holiday Season – Food, Stress, Sleep

  The Holidays are a time for love, gratitude, and celebration. It is NOT a time for guilt, anxiety, and fear. People struggle with this time of year, every year, and I'm here to give you some pointers that have helped me embrace the holidays with more grace and ease. As the celebrations near, the best thing you can do is approach them with both a calm mind and with gratitude, as it does bring our loved ones together. Honestly, you could be eating the most organic, local, and nutrient de
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Why I Hike Alone

"I learned my strengths and my weaknesses. I experienced the exhilaration of the ups and the despairs of the lows and most of the feelings in between...I learned courage and I learned it myself" - Ann Stirk For the past several years I have ventured off on my own, so much so that the #1 question I get seems to be packed into one word, but with an entire world of concern behind the eyes - "alone?" Recently I have been feeling a bit of shame/guilt/embarrassment around my habit of solo adventure.
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What’s in Your Performance Product? Part I – Sugars

You have your gels lined up for race day, you have your gummies and outfit color-coded for instagram, and you have your powder packets ready to be dumped into your water bottles - but do you know what these things are made of? do you know what they are actually doing inside your body? do you care? I sure hope so. Sugar, sugar, and more sugar. We use packaged gels, powders, and gummies during our long training sessions, but why? Is it necessary? Are you doing long-term damage to your health?
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Leaky Gut and Refined Carbohydrates: how to reduce digestive distress for improved performance

  your legs felt great, but it wasn't the race you were hoping for because of 'stomach issues'... Bloating, cramping, diarrhea, nausea, gas, uncertainty -- WHAT is going on?!? I've run one road marathon in my life. It was in Nashville and I was working the expo until late the night before. By the time I bought dinner and sat down to eat, it was past 11pm -- the race was starting in 8 hours. What did I order for dinner? Pizza, breadsticks, salad w/creamy dressing, more breadsticks,
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