Sleep Does A Body Good

Adequate sleep is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Most adults need 7-8 hours of a good quality sleep on a regular schedule. I am one of those people and if I do not get enough sleep, I do not wake up on the right side of the bed. However, when I am well rested, I feel like I can take on the world.

Here are 5 ways sleep does a body good:

  • Sleep improves mood. A good night’s sleep increases emotional stability.
  • Sleep improves memory. During sleep you can strengthen memories or practice skills learned while you were awake.
  • Sleep affects physique. Researchers at the University of Chicago found that dieters who were well rested lost more fat—. Those who were sleep deprived lost more muscle mass.
  • Sleep lowers blood levels of inflammatory proteins. High levels of inflammatory proteins leads to inflammation. Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging.
  • Sleep affects lifespan. Sleeping less than six hours a night has been linked to a 12% increase in the likelihood of dying prematurely than someone who sleeps up to eight hours.



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Paleo + Keto + Vegan, Oh My!

Paleo, keto, vegan, vegetarian, bone broth, whole 30, macros,  ayurveda, gluten-free… the list of food philosophies is endless. How can you possibly know which one is best?

Each of our digestive systems works differently and reacts differently to various foods. What works for someone else may not work for you. Become knowledgable and experiment. Your body will let you know which is best for you.

No matter which food philosophy you follow, one main principal holds true: eat real food. Processed foods contain artificial ingredients and additives.  Many are packed with sodium and added sugar. Skip the packaged stuff. Your body deserves fresh, whole foods.



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Oblique Strategies: Wellevance Edition

When a dear friend and Wellevance Community Member asked me if I had heard of Oblique Strategies, my response a dismal “vaguely”. Had I heard the term before, yes. Was I knowledgable about the concept, no. He then went on to briefly explain the concept and how he adapted it for his Wellevance program. Now it is my turn to share it with you.

Oblique Strategies is a deck of cards used to break through a creative block. Each card contains a phrase or cryptic remark which can be used to break a deadlock or dilemma situation. Although the card deck was created to help artists, specifically musicians, the theory of using general phrases to get out of a rut can be applied to just about anything, especially to the 8 dimensions of wellness.

Whether you are progressing through Wellevance 101 or just learning about the Wellevance philosophy, try creating your own set of Wellevance cards! Come up with activities you enjoy and challenges you need to work on related to the 8 dimensions of wellness. Add in random acts of kindness and gratitude + mindset exercises in true Wellevance fashion. Pick one card per day and complete the task within the week. Add new cards as you come up with ideas. Get creative, be open minded, have fun with it!



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