How To Live Pain Free with a Bad Lower Back MRI

Oof! This is big one. Perhaps we’ll make t-shirts or start a hashtag on twitter. YOU ARE NOT YOUR MRI. A lot of people should say this to themselves every time they look in the mirror. An MRI can give valuable information, but rarely tells the whole story. This is especially true with regard to disc issues. Lets zoom in …

Just How Big Of A Role Does Food Play In Low Back Pain?

High levels of inflammation in the body make low back pain more likely. Eating a diet rich in inflammatory sugar, grains, and vegetable oil drives inflammation up. If you really want to dial in your nutrition and understand how to communicate well with your body, you need to understand your ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 fats. You probably recognize the …

Have You Or Someone You Love Been Diagnosed With Fibromyalgia?

If you suspect you have fibromyalgia or have recently received it as a diagnosis for your chronic pain symptoms, I have some extremely good news, and a little bad news. First, the bad news…There is no magic cure, pill, surgery, exercise, or super-food for the pain you have. Here is the extremely good news: If you want to get better, …

What If I Have To Choose Between Getting Enough Sleep And Working Out?

There are many fitness sources who will tell you it’s imperative to get up at 4am and get an early morning workout in before the day starts. Others will say that if you can’t get 8 hours of sleep and wake up with sunrise, you’re better off skipping your workout. So what is a well-meaning yet busy person to do? …

A Diet That Works When Every Other Diet Has Failed

The health world today is a broken place. 80% of people over the age of 40 will die from cardiovascular disease, cancer, or dementia. Everyone will die of something, but these are diseases which have direct links to the way most people live their lives. Before being stricken with a preventable, silent, and deadly disease, most Americans suffer from low …

All She Wanted Was To Shop In A Regular-Sized Clothing Store

When I met Sam (not her name) 2 years ago, she told me, “Matt, I want to walk into a REGULAR store for REGULAR sized women and buy an article of clothing.” Often people will say their goal is to lose weight, get off medication, or to look better. But there is always something DEEPER down that they really want …

How to Finally Stick to an Exercise Habit [3 Simple tips]

So you want to start working out? Or maybe you already exercise but want to be more consistent. Changing behavior, as you may have found out if you’ve tried to start exercising before is really tough. This is true today more than ever in our world of body shaming, social media, and low self-worth. I’ve used the three strategies below …

Who Vs. What and Why It Matters

Ubiquitous. Cliché. And ultimately? Dehumanizing. The language our culture uses to describe and advertise health and wellness misses the mark. I know you know what I am talking about because we are inundated with it everywhere we look and everywhere we go. “Diet and Exercise” “Lose 20 lbs in 2 months” “Lose 10 inches in 10 days” “Get cut” “Get …

The Most Fit People In 2018 Did These Three Things

In late 2017, Nicole and I sat down to plan our year in-depth. We went month by month and got into the small details. It took us 2 days! A week later, we found out we were pregnant with our now 4-month-old daughter Chloe and our plan was out the window! We did a similar plan for Village. We planned …