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

Lifestyle Changes to Boost Immunity

by Teri Sprouse October 24, 2016

After last week’s post about how to boost immunity with food, I wanted to spend this week talking about lifestyle changes we can incorporate into our lives to help improve our immune systems.  I am a big believer in trying to look at all the possible factors that contribute to our health.  Below are some […]

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Foods to Fight the Winter Blues

by Teri Sprouse October 16, 2016

The weather has taken a decided turn here in Portland this weekend.  It is hard to believe a week ago I was sweating on the side of a baseball field and today I am hunting around for my fleece before I head out to yoga.  As we move into this period of cold, wet, grey […]

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Foods to Boost Immunity: Part One

by Teri Sprouse October 16, 2016

We are experiencing crazy, crazy weather here in Portland!  I hope everyone is remaining safe and dry!  As the weather has changed, I have had more and more people talk to me about being sick.  With that in mind, it seemed liked a good time to start a series on how to boost your immune […]

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Focus on Eggs

by Teri Sprouse September 25, 2016

Unfortunately, over the years, eggs have been a much maligned food.  Due to their yolk’s high cholesterol level, doctors and other health professionals have advocated limiting their consumption, particularly for people with high cholesterol.  These recommendations are unfortunate because eggs offer many health benefits and their impact on cholesterol is not clear cut.  Eggs are […]

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Sit Less, Stand More

by Teri Sprouse September 18, 2016

Recently,  I attended a Continuing Education Class on reducing chronic inflammation in the body through nutrition.  The speaker was Dr. Michael Lara, a doctor who specializes in the treatment of mood, anxiety and memory disorders through an integrative approach to health. Dr. Lara combines traditional psychiatric approaches with innovative, evidence-based strategies that include nutrition and exercise […]

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Pumpkin Eater

by Teri Sprouse September 10, 2016

While today is incredibly hot here in Portland, I am so excited to move into Fall.  One of the reasons I love Fall is the abundance of pumpkin on the menu.  I love pumpkin just about any way possible.  Because it is so yummy and offers so many health benefits, I included it in two […]

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Sweat Like a Pig

by Teri Sprouse July 25, 2016

When I was a girl growing up in the South, sweating was not considered lady like.  An old saying I would hear is “Girls don’t sweat, they glow”.  Sweating was avoided at all costs.   Now for anyone who has spent even a speck of time in the South in the Summer, you know how […]

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Focus on Avocados

by Teri Sprouse July 17, 2016

Recently, I have noticed an increased interest in avocados.  It seems they are the new super food.  In the past, back in the low fat crazed days, avocados were avoided due to their high fat content but now that people are realizing how necessary fat is for our bodies, avocados are enjoying a popularity surge. […]

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5 Great Road Trip Snacks

by Teri Sprouse July 11, 2016

Summer  has been a little slow to come this year but it still seems everyone is on the move.  People are visiting family, headed to the beach or checking out the National Parks.  I can’t wait til we get to hit the road.  Beyond the hassles of packing, boarding the dog and planning the trip, […]

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FAVES for Vibrant Health

by abbybwhite May 1, 2016

  I am so excited to be joining The Refinery Staff and to be given the opportunity to share my nutrition education with all the amazing people I have been sweating with during the last few years!   A little bit of information about me-  I am a Licensed Clincial Social Worker and a Certified […]

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