Departmental Blog

What is an electrolyte? Is this something that I should supplement?

Type in “what is an electrolyte” into your Google Search bar and you are sure to see answers like this one:

“An electrolyte is a substance that produces an electrically conducting solution when dissolved in a polar solvent, such as water. The dissolved electrolyte separates into cations and anions, which disperse uniformly through the solvent.”

If you don’t have a background in chemistry, you are probably feeling confused. So what is an electrolyte? Why is it important in the human body? And, is this something that you should supplement?

Lapse vs. Relapse: How to Stay Focused During Challenging Times

After the holiday season, staying on track with your health goals may feel like an uphill battle. Your motivation may lessen with the cold weather, winter comfort foods, and the mix of advertisements that promise a quick fix to optimal health.  But, despite the temptations, don’t lose sight of the progress that you have made (even in the face of challenging times).

New Intentions

It’s that time of year. We reflect on a year that’s past and look forward to living our best in the year to come. January is an especially rich month filled with resolutions, goals, and promising dreams for the New Year.

But, too often, our resolutions fizzle. We fumble through the cold months until we renew our resolutions before the summer season arrives.

What if this year, instead of making goals that often bear little rewards (such as ‘Lose Weight’), we approached our year with little intentions that may slowly and meaningfully transition us to lasting life presence?

Written Food Journals vs. Journal Applications: Pros and Cons

Food journal apps, like myFitnessPal and Lose It!, allow for easy tracking of dietary intake and exercise. But don’t ditch the old pen-and-paper method of journaling just yet! Here is a list of some pros and cons comparing written food journals versus journal applications.

Written Food Journals

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Successful Weight Management: Beyond a Number

You see it everywhere, standing in line at the grocery store or while watching television: flashy weight loss programs that promise immediate results and dramatic drops on your bathroom scale. The truth is weight loss does not work that way! In fact, managing your weight is more like a rollercoaster ride rather than a steady decline. It can be discouraging when you dictate your weight loss journey by numbers on a scale…but you aren’t alone!