Musings

Local happenings, observations and thoughts by owner and personal trainer Ashleigh Kayser

Eating to Reduce Chronic Pain and Inflammation (Part One)

by Teri Sprouse February 20, 2017

Chronic inflammation has been implicated in many modern health conditions including heart disease, chronic pain, diabetes, arthritis and allergies.  Inflammation is the body’s natural response to injury.  It allows our body to heal.  However, when inflammation happens in response to repeated exposure to allergens, toxic chemicals or unhealthy foods, inflammation can become chronic, leading to […]

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Lifestyle Changes for Heart Health

by Teri Sprouse February 5, 2017

After last week’s post about foods to add to improve heart health, it seemed appropriate to add some ideas for other factors you can change to improve heart health.  These are all fairly simple lifestyle changes that can make a big difference in how your heart functions.  If tackling all of them at the same […]

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Foods for Heart Health

by Teri Sprouse January 29, 2017

With Valentine’s arriving in the middle of the month and February listed as  American Heart Month, it seemed like the perfect time to focus on food to improve heart health.  The American Heart Association states “Heart disease – also called coronary heart disease – is a simple term used to describe several problems related to […]

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Eyeballing Portion Size

by Teri Sprouse January 22, 2017

With so many people focused on weight loss and changing their eating habits in the new year, I thought it might be helpful to offer some guidelines on proper portion sizes.  I am not a big fan of weighing and measuring food because I think it is too difficult to sustain and really, who wants […]

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How Much Protein Do You Need

by Teri Sprouse January 15, 2017

Protein is amazingly important for our health and well being.  Since protein is the building block of our muscles, organs, tendons and skin, if we are not consuming enough protein in our diet, our body will start tearing down existing structures in our body.  Our hormone balance and immune systems are also impacted by the […]

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Pre-Workout Snacks to Fuel Your Body

by Teri Sprouse January 8, 2017

With many of us hitting the gym with renewed vigor in the New Year, finding that perfect pre-workout fuel becomes even more important.  You want something that will fuel your workout without making you feel sluggish or too full to move.  Chow on these simple suggestions for your best workout yet. Whole wheat toast with […]

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New Year ReSet

by Teri Sprouse January 5, 2017

Many of you have been lamenting your over indulgence around the holidays and asking about ideas to get back to your healthy habits.  Starting Monday, January 8th, I will be leading a group ReSet for the Refinery.  This is a 19 day plan to get you back to a focus on eating nourishing, real food. […]

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Find Resolution Success in the New Year

by Teri Sprouse January 1, 2017

Every year on January first people wake up committed to making changes in their life. Today is often a day of great hope and resolution.  It is estimated that over 40% of Americans make New Years resolutions but unfortunately, only around 8% of people actually achieve their goals.  What can you do to be one […]

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How to Have the Healthiest Gut Possible

by Teri Sprouse December 19, 2016

Our gut is comprised of trillions of microscopic organisms that live within our gastro-intestinal tract.  These bacteria make up over 90% of the cells of our body.  The health of these cells is vitally important to the overall health of our bodies.  These cells need to exist in a delicate balance between “good” and ”bad” […]

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Food for Healthy Hair, Skin and Nails

by Teri Sprouse December 19, 2016

Your best bet for having smooth, supple skin, lustrous hair and strong nails does not come in a bottle from the beauty counter.  It can be found in your kitchen and involves the food you put in your body.  The foods you consume on a regular basis can offer the building blocks needed for strong […]

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