New Year, New You, New Friends

Provided By Claire Broome

It always helps to share your New Year’s resolution with someone you trust. With a friend, you actually join that gym or start volunteering instead of just hoping you might. But what if this year your goal is to maintain a consistently clean house? If you want to enjoy the peace of mind and pride that come with a well-kept living space, make PetalSweet Cleaning your ally.

Most cleaning services are, at best, casual acquaintances. At PetalSweet, we form lasting relationships with our clients—we not only take the care you would in tidying, scrubbing and polishing your
home, but in getting to know your pets and family too.

And as friends do, we want to share secrets with you … whether you’re looking to get rid of grunge or just organize a bit, you’ll find tips below to help keep your fresh start going well after January first.

• GET WARM AND FUZZY. Indulge your dog or cat with a bit of extra petting and brushing each day and you may find you both feel lighter. Well-groomed animals shed less, which means less vacuuming, fewer hairballs and maybe even some lint relief for your washer and dryer.

• INVEST IN A BREATHER. Kitchens and bathrooms can collect fumes and moisture. Greasy or damp-smelling spots are already unappealing, but smoke and mold buildup can also be bad for your health. Up-to-date range hoods and vents keep things aired out, inviting and healthy.

• FALL IN LOVE ALL OVER AGAIN. Updating or re-purposing a room (it can be something as simple as new throw pillows or as involved as creating a crafting space) can fuel enthusiasm to keep it spruced up. When you enjoy the surroundings you’ve created, it’s second-nature to make sure they continue to look nice.

• LIGHTEN YOUR LOAD. Despite advertisers’ massive shift to digital venues, chances are there’s still a ton of junk mail headed to your house. The Federal Trade Commission provides painless steps to opt out of prescreened credit and insurance offers, as well as commercial mailings from many national companies. If it can’t get to your mailbox, it can’t collect on your counter.

• NOBODY’S PERFECT. The thing about a living space is, well, people live in it! Try to keep in mind that dirt and clutter inevitably happen—if you focus on managing them rather then banishing them, chances are you (and everyone in your home) will feel less frustrated or overwhelmed, and more likely to tackle tidying tasks on a regular basis.

And of course, it’s always okay to ask for help. PetalSweet Cleaning’s owner Jesica Wilfong knows exactly how difficult it can be to manage house cleaning in addition to work, family, and whatever else life throws your way—that’s why she started this exceptional company. Call 330.635.2294 to schedule your cleaning today!

Petal Sweet Cleaning
330.635.2294
www.petalsweetcleaning.com

screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-12-59-47-pm

End the Needless Suffering Today

Help for pelvic floor dysfunction

Literally millions of Americans are suffering from pelvic floor dysfunction but for many the disease goes undiagnosed and untreated. Pelvic floor dysfunction refers to a wide range of problems where there is weakness or tightness in the muscles of the pelvic floor or impairment of the sacroiliac joints, low back, tailbone/coccyx and/or hip joints. The pelvic floor is made up of 3 layers of muscles that form a sling that goes from the pubic bone to the tailbone. These often “forgotten” muscles assist in supporting the organs of the pelvis and abdomen along with helping to control bowel, bladder and sexual function.

Conditions of pelvic floor dysfunction may be due to any of the following: Infection, pregnancy or childbirth, insidious onset, trauma (bad fall or sexual abuse), poor posture from low back pain or sacroiliac dysfunction, malalignments of the pelvis/tailbone or spine, or a result of surgery.

Meghan Graf is a Physical Therapist at Ferrell-Whited Physical Therapy Services in Medina that specializes in helping women with their pelvic floor dysfunction. Her specialty includes taking an often complex set of factors and symptoms and addressing each individual with a caring, sensitive approach. She can help with any of the following among others:
1) Disorders of the bladder including incontinence, urgency, frequency, inability to fully empty the bladder, pain or pressure in the bladder (Interstitial Cystitis/Painful Bladder Syndrome)
2) Sexual Dysfunction or painful intercourse
3) Pelvic organ prolapses
4) Pelvic pain
5) Pudendal neuralgia
6) Vulvodynia
7) Low back pain or sciatica

FAQ’s or Misconceptions

What can I Expect During a Treatment?
Meghan uses a gentle approach to evaluate the alignment of your spine and pelvis. She will check for tightness or weakness in your pelvic floor muscles without using a speculum and only within your comfort level. She may incorporate a pelvic floor strengthening program that consists of much more than just “doing your kegels” or she may need to work out some of the tightness in your pelvic floor with gentle trigger point releases and muscle massage.

If I am SUFFERING from INCONTINENCE, doing KEGELS is definitely the way to fix that, RIGHT?
This is one of the most common misconceptions women believe as many times they have been taught to just “do their kegels” as a solution to this annoying problem.  e fact is that if YOU have tightened or shortened pelvic floor muscles (which occur for a variety of reasons), doing kegels could actually make your problem worse! Meghan can evaluate you to determine the best course of treatment unique to your needs and musculoskeletal condition.

If a person has had surgery or is planning a SURGERY to address pelvic floor dysfunction, pelvic floor therapy WILL NOT BE HELPFUL for them?
Incorrect. Physical therapists often work very closely with surgeons to achieve the best results for their patients. Surgery is designed to correct an anatomical problem, but it is important to achieve full muscle control and function after surgery to achieve optimal outcomes. Physical therapy can help achieve that.

Does what I EAT OR DRINK have any IMPACT ON MY SYMPTOMS of urinary dysfunction?
YES!
Many women who have problems with incontinence shy away from drinking much water as they think it will make their problem worse. Actually the opposite is true. Not drinking enough water can increase the concentration of your urine which can actually worsen symptoms in many cases. Seems counterproductive to drink more water but it can actually be helpful. Also, there are certain “bladder irritants” such as coffee or tea that when eliminated or decreased in your diet can be extremely helpful in lessening your symptoms.

Ferrell-Whited Physical Therapy Services
330.952.1882
www.ferrellwhited.com

screen-shot-2016-12-14-at-12-31-57-pm

2017 is Your Year, You Can Do It!

Thinking about starting that diet at the first of the new year? Check out Last Diet Ever and let this be your LAST DIET EVER.

During the holiday season, it’s not unusual for individuals to experience weight gain as a result of indulging at family gatherings and office parties. In fact, statistics show that many will gain between 7-15 pounds in the weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Since it can be difficult to start a new weight loss program when there are so many tempting treats available, many people wait until the first of the year to make a commitment. Countless individuals will undoubtedly make a New Year’s resolution for 2017 to get back on track and shed all of their unwanted pounds.

The professionals at Last Diet Ever find that a good plan is to sign up for the program, get approval early in December, so participants will be ready to begin their rapid weight loss journey on New Year’s Day. This strategy allows participants to get a head-start in the game of weight loss so they can potentially lose 6-10 pounds by the end of the first week of January. It’s worth noting that by that time, those who chose the gym or their own program may only squeeze in a few workouts and have little to show for it. Those who are interested in medically supervised weight management will discover that a combination of healthy eating, light exercise, hCG treatments, and personal counseling courtesy of Last Diet Ever’s staff can lead to more significant results than diet and exercise alone.

Despite the growing popularity of their weight loss program, Last Diet Ever may be unknown to many residents in this area. It may be interesting to learn that the staff at Last Diet Ever is an excellent resource when it comes to nutritional advice and other helpful tools. For starters, Last Diet Ever encourages participants to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and lean meats—including wild-caught fish from their local grocery store. A healthy diet filled with the aforementioned foods can be extremely beneficial to those struggling with their weight, especially when it’s combined with regular hCG treatments. Since Last Diet Ever specializes in medically supervised weight management, they’re able to provide program participants with a naturally occurring hormone called hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) which has shown to act as a weight loss aid. This hormone can only be prescribed by a medical doctor, so traditional weight loss centers aren’t authorized to give it to clients.

Those who are unsure as to whether this weight loss program will deliver the desired results may benefit from reading some of the success stories from other participants. For instance, Last Diet Ever recently had a gentleman in his 70s complete a 4-week protocol and lose more than 20 pounds. During his follow up call with Last Diet Ever, he expressed his satisfaction with the results and the ease at which he was able to stick with the program, despite frequent get-togethers with friends. Not only did the gentleman lose weight in difficult-to-target areas with excess fat stores, but he was able to get his blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels down to the normal range. And he’s not the only one. This weight loss center has helped many participants get off of insulin medications, blood pressure medications, and cholesterol medications.

Those who are unsure as to whether this weight loss program will deliver the desired results may benefit from reading some of the success stories from other participants. For instance, Last Diet Ever recently had a gentleman in his 70s complete a 4-week protocol and lose more than 20 pounds. During his follow up call with Last Diet Ever, he expressed his satisfaction with the results and the ease at which he was able to stick with the program, despite frequent get-togethers with friends. Not only did the gentleman lose weight in difficult-to-target areas with excess fat stores, but he was able to get his blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels down to the normal range. And he’s not the only one. This weight loss center has helped many participants get off of insulin medications, blood pressure medications, and cholesterol medications.

Last Diet Ever is extremely grateful to those who have allowed this weight loss center to help them on their journey toward better health. The staff members at Last Diet Ever have found it to be very rewarding to see the results and hear the testimonies. Since this is a season of reflection and thankfulness, Last Diet Ever and the staff wish to say “thank you” to all former patients who have undergone this weight loss program, made permanent lifestyle changes, and are now enjoying a healthier, richer life because of it. Those who are interested in a medically supervised weight management are encouraged to learn more about Last Diet Ever by visiting www.lastdietever.com. Those with questions regarding the safety of rapid weight loss and the effectiveness of hCG treatments are encouraged to contact the office directly at 330.721.1422.

Last Diet Ever
750 E Washington St, Ste D-4
Medina, Ohio 44256
Ph: 330.721.1422
www.lastdietever.com

screen-shot-2016-12-13-at-9-01-50-am

 

TWELVE TIPS FOR HOLIDAY CHEER!

Don’t let the holidays leave you overweight, exhausted & stressed!

Oh those days when I would fear the holidays –  the cookies, baked goods, spirits & endless parties…all revolving around food.  How would I ever survive?  Waking up with the dreaded food hangover, guilt & totally “run over” by all the sugar I had consumed from the day before.  I no longer live that way and I choose to never go back to the way I used to feel.  I love my kids & family more than anything and hope to have a long joyous healthy life with them!  My past has made me very passionate about what I do.  Therefore, I want to share my Twelve Tips of Holiday Cheer, that have gotten me where I am today!

  1. Focus on the people - Keep it a social event not a food event.  Spend time with people you haven’t seen since last years party!
  2. Be mindful - Make a plate and eat what is on it.  Don’t graze – the next thing you know you will have eaten enough for two days!
  3. Limit alcohol –  Excessive alcohol leads to irrational decisions – including food choices.  Have one drink, then switch to seltzer water.
  4. Smart food choices - Pick one ingredient foods, raw veggies, salad & meat.  Bring something to share that you know you would want to eat.
  5. Exercise - Don’t skip your workout.  Even if it is short and sweet.  It’ll boost your holiday cheer!
  6. Power Naps - take a quick snooze to recharge!  When I am tired I make bad decisions.  Set your alarm and take a quickie!
  7. Cook - Continue to make & plan healthy meals for yourself.  Being unprepared will leave you reaching for a not so healthy snack.
  8. Be organized - Keep a list and calendar of what you need to accomplish. I like to have my wrapping done by the 15th so I can enjoy the season.  Don’t find yourself frazzled under the tree on Christmas Eve!
  9. Manage Stress –  Stay calm.  Christmas is always on December 25th every year.  I am not sure why I hear about people last minute shopping like it was something new to them! Stress & cortisol impact your brain, weight, immune system, thyroid & GI tract.
  10. Remember your goals  Nothing taste as good as health feels for me.  Once again, I got tired of waking up feeling crappy!  The choice is yours.
  11. Calm mind - Five minutes of calm breathing can reset the body.  Have you ever watched people shopping?  They act like it is there last day to ever shop again.  Stay calm.  I love the holidays and have chosen to enjoy them instead of loathe them!
  12. Remember the Reason for the Season.  What we have in our homes is usually enough.  Be grateful and make it a Christmas that is merry, bright & filled with love!

No more obsessing over the dessert table, a second helping or endless drinks at the cash bar.  The meal is done – enjoy your family & friends, it is that simple. Do you want to wake up feeling energized & vibrant OR sick, gross & unhealthy?  I know what my choice is…what is yours?  It isn’t perfection – I recommend the 80/20 rule:  80% healthy 20% enjoy life.

screen-shot-2016-12-05-at-8-47-44-amProvided by Dawn McNeil from Integrative Whole Health, LLC
As a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Dawn’s passion is to share how making healthier lifestyle changes can heal & restore our bodies.

http://www.integrativewh.com/
https://www.facebook.com/dawneemcneil/