Posts Tagged 'Wellness'

No Shave November!

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LISTEN UP MEN!

It’s finally that time of year when it starts to get chilly and and all the beards come out – for a great cause of course! November is the season where it is encouraged for men to embrace their hairs and ditch the razors in order to donate the money that could be going toward grooming tools to support cancer research. Aesthetics and charitable efforts aside, here are the health reasons that should motivate you to join the movement in rocking some scruff this November!

Your own personal toxin filter

There are many toxins that float around in the air that can pose as harmful to the lungs. Fortunately, your scruff can catch some of these pesky irritants such as pollen and dust, making it ideal for anyone who deals with asthma or allergies!

Sun protection

Studies show that a beard can help protect your skin from up to 95% of harmful UV rays. People disregard that the sun still can take a toll on our skin – even during the colder months. So remember to slather up on the sunscreen all year round!

Blemish protection

The act of shaving itself, having skin to skin contact with a blade that harbors bacteria, is only setting you up for breakouts. Having the skin openly exposed like that makes the pores more susceptible to absorbing oil and bacteria. Letting your beard grow free not only gives your skin a break from the abrasive process, but can instantly camouflage acne if it were to ever occur within that area of the face.

Habors moisture

With the weather being as drying and unforgiving as it is, the hairs of a beach can trap the skin’s natural oils that helps keep the skin nice and moisturized. Think of it as your very own natural you didn’t need to purchase that goes with you everywhere!

Whether it be through a donation, or embracing the ability to have hair that cancer patients lack, working a bearded face this season may just be the look! Beyond the positive health factors that go into letting your facial hair go wild and free, the cause is all the more reason to participate in this movement!

https://no-shave.org

 

Stay warm and fuzzy,

Diana Banzon

 

Wellbeing Biography: Amanda Zeng

Everyone’s health and wellness journeys is different.

Meet Amanda! I wanted to dive deep into someone in my life who has inspired me to keep those priorities at the top – even when the college culture of procrastination, partying, and being a poor college student on a budget doesn’t really allow for it. Although being only a student, the passion for what she is studying really shows in everything she does. Young minds pave the path for what our future holds and Amanda’s place in the health science department is looking quite bright. Let me take you into Amanda’s personal health and wellness journey and how she navigates her way through it!

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Introduce yourself.

My name is Amanda, but you can call me Mandy. I’m a junior at Marquette University studying Exercise Physiology. I am from Chicago, Illinois.

Tell me about your health and wellness journey?

I started getting into health and wellness during my senior year of high school. I played volleyball and soccer since the fourth grade, but I didn’t start gaining interest in it for college until then. My interests in health and wellness emphasizes nutrition, weight training, and getting a good amount of sleep every night.

How has your major affect your health and wellness journey?

My major has helped me with health and wellness by teaching me the scientific and physiology aspects behind working out, eating, metabolism, etc. It also gives me opportunities such as internships to learn more about health and wellness in other communities outside of my own. It also helps me to be more knowledgeable in educating other peers that involve this topic.

Do you consider your cultural background having an effect on your overall health habits?

I am Chinese and Korean. I would say that my culture and background does have an effect on my health and wellness. I grew up eating a lot of whole foods such as rice, vegetables and meat and my parents emphasized playing sports when I was younger because they played it when they were younger back in their home countries. 

Is there anything you would like to improve on you health and wellness journey?

Some things I would try to improve in my health and wellness would be trying to maintain consistency in eating healthy and weight training. In college, it’s hard to take time out of the busy school day to cook a wholesome meal or even make it to the gym. Improving mental health is also a component of wellness I would like to improve on, such as ways to relieve stress before an exam.

 

Avoid the Fall Funk

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The leaves are changing. The weather is cooler. Halloween decorations are EVERYWHERE. That can only mean one thing – it’s the start of Fall! With the change of the season, it is to be expected that it could potentially take a toll on your body – and not in the best way. Here are some tips to combat the Fall funk so that you can enjoy the transition of a new season to your fullest potential!

Stay Hydrated

It is easy to skip out on water in the cooler months because you may not feel as parched in comparison to when you are exposed to that scorching summer heat. Despite this, by no means does your recommended amount of water intake change in accordance to the season. Eight glasses a day is all you need to avoid dehydration and gain all the benefits water has to offer!

Fall Superfoods

With summer recently coming into an end, don’t be deceived by the variety of superfoods the season of Fall can offer. Not only will you be treating your body, but you will be doing it on a budget, while having the option to support local farmers if you want to take it a step further. Getting superfoods at its ripest has never tasted so good. Here are some foods to look forward to in your local markets! 

  • Apples
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Pears
  • Cauliflower
  • Squash
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Turnips
  • Pomegranates
  • Dates

Boost Your Immune System

With the school year in full swing, you are prone to being exposed to so many people packed into one vicinity that getting sick is unfortunately inevitable. Limiting your sugar intake, eating simply and nutritiously, getting regular chiropractic adjustments, or even taking daily supplements might just be the boost that your immune system needs to combat sickness!

Keep on Moving

Once the weather flips a switch on us, all you want to do if bundle yourself up in a blanket and call it a day when you really should keep yourself moving! People go to the gym indoors all year round so why should that routine end once it starts to get a little chilly? Something as little as investing in a standing desk or workstation might be all you need to get yourself up and going throughout a workday!

Enough with all the excuses. Let’s all enjoy the cooler weather while keeping our health and wellness as a prime focus!

 

Happy Fall,

Diana Banzon

 

Hasta la Pasta, Hello Zoodles

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Lately, I have been experimenting with healthy recipes, testing out the meals that I genuinely enjoy eating, while ditching the meals that I feel like I am being forced to eat only because of its health benefits. Since being healthy is a lifestyle choice, it should be enjoyable in order to help the routine to stick and maintain that lasting motivation to keep continuing it. Zoodles (zucchini noodles) have been all the rage lately, so I wanted to hop onto the bandwagon and see what the fuss was all about. As a highly dedicated advocate of all things pasta and carbs, I could not see myself finding an alternative that was better for me, let alone GOOD! But low and behold, I proved myself wrong when I made zoodles for the first time. The manner in how they absorb the flavor of any sauce you put on top, the quick speed it takes to thoroughly cook them, and the sweet, nutty flavor are only a couple reasons that made this a immediate go-to staple for me!

Ingredients

  • Zucchini (spiralized)
  • Choice of Vegetables (I prefer broccoli and mushrooms)
  • Choice of Meat (I prefer no meat)
  • Sauce (Sriracha, Peanut Butter, Soy Sauce, Honey)
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Peanuts

Directions

  1. Turn stove to medium heat
  2. Drizzle pan with olive oil
  3. Saute garlic into pan when it medium temperature
  4. Saute vegetables in the pan – follow up with meat if desired
  5. Mix sauce ingredients together and drizzle some of it onto the vegetables (and meat)
    1. I don’t follow strict measurements and usually eyeball the ratio, while trying it out periodically to get the taste and consistency to fit my liking
  6. Saute the zoodles with the vegetables and meat
  7. Let simmer until everything is cooked thoroughly
  8. Serve onto plate and top with crushed peanuts

I personally like my zoodles prepared incorporating Asian flavors, but if you are more open to other varieties, here is a list that I plan on trying in the future! Experiment, try some out, and modify it to your liking! Just know that you are doing your body good using zoodles as an alternative to your traditional pasta noodles! 

Diet plays a significant role of what keeps us going throughout the day, so why not make it the part of our day that we are are looking forward to instead of dreading!

30 Day Water Challenge

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I came across this video from Buzzfeed that challenged some of their very own employees to drink the recommended full eight glasses a day. Seems pretty easy right?  At first, I was waiting for there to be some sort of catch that made this challenge difficult, but to my surprise it was simply just drinking 8 glasses a day within 30-day span. This challenge only provided benefits, so I decided to try it out on my own in hopes to see positive results and gain a new healthy habit on my wellness journey!

My history with drinking water was a process that definitely took some time and patience. When I was younger, all I craved was anything loaded with sugar and always found drinking pop or juice as a treat that would only occur during special occasions, which only made me crave unhealthy beverages more. My parents were strict about this rule and made an effort to avoid keeping pop or any sugary drinks within the household. Not being exposed to it as long as I have was what I needed to slowly convert to drinking water, which eventually lead to craving it.

For someone that is already a big fan of water, drinking it wasn’t the difficult part of this challenge. I found myself sipping water constantly throughout the day, whether I was bored or feeling hungry. All this sipping that I wasn’t really noticing added up real quick, resulting in my frequent trips to the bathroom. Being smaller in height at 4’11.5 feet, I wasn’t surprised that my small bladder wasn’t going to respond well with my sudden intake of large amounts of water . It got annoying because the urge would always come out of nowhere and my trips were so close to each other that it disrupted my work flow and concentration on some occasions.

Despite all these discrepancies, the benefits make it all worth it. My skin has shown significant improvement in the clarity and moisture of my face and body. I feel more energized and focused at work, resulting in an increase in productivity. I feel more satisfied for both during and between meals because I have water to fill me up. These are only some of the many reasons as to how water has changed my life that I have physically noticed and seen, but just imagine the wonders it is doing for my body internally.

Your health and wellness journey is going to be a never ending process. So why not challenge yourself by taking part in drinking your recommended eight glasses a day! 

Diana Banzon

Let’s Get Personal: Update on MY Wellness Journey

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I’m going to get personal with you and say that my health and wellness journey hasn’t necessarily been a top priority in my life, even though I encourage it throughout all my writing for Marquette Employee Wellness. I would judge people for being so caught up in wanting to better their life and looks, simply because I was jealous that I didn’t have the motivation to do it myself in addition with the consistency to keep it up. Going into this summer, it finally hit me that I needed to make a lifestyle change. I am only getting older and what better than to establish healthy habits while I am still young, in hopes to instill it as a part of my routine in the future. Here are some easy tips for beginners like me on how to start their health and wellness journey today because you are never too late!

EAT BREAKFAST

I don’t always have the biggest appetite waking up in the morning, but the hunger immediately hits me when I am going about my day highly anticipating for lunch time. When lunch and dinner come around, I subconsciously overindulge to compensate for skipping breakfast. Break this habit by starting of the day right with a hearty breakfast. It helps kick start your metabolism, which is responsible for keeping you energized throughout the day and essentially increases your drive to work out. We all live in a fast pace world, so remember to keep up with it by not neglecting the most important meal of the day!

DRINK PLENTY OF WATER

Wanting water to go with every meal has been something that took years for me to gain. Now I can’t even imagine my meals being accompanied with anything else. I have witnessed a positive significance in my skin’s clarity and radiance. I notice that I eat less since the water fills me up throughout meals, which helps me snack less. Since I don’t drink or ever really rely on coffee, it is something that gives me a little pick me up at work when I feel like my energy levels are at a low. The benefits are absolutely endless!

AVOID EATING OUT

All it does is drain your wallet and you tend to lose sight on eating healthy because of all the tempting options that are presented in front of you. The beauty of making your food at home allows for you to have full control of portions and what exactly goes in it. I like to make exceptions to eating out if it is for a special occasion or if I know I will have some good company, but if you are resorting to takeout for a quick bite by yourself out of sheer laziness, I’d recommend to save it for another time when you don’t want to miss out on a social experience. 

DIET

I have never liked the term diet because it sounds so restricting, but it only sounds negative if you think of it that way. I have been experimenting and eating more of the healthier foods I do like, then cutting out unnecessary food that I can deal without. Growing up Asian,  my diet always consisted of rice being paired with some form of protein. Since I can go without rice, I tend to swap it out for veggies knowing that the protein is where I am going to be indulging the most. Little gestures like that all amount to big results!

SKIP NAPS

Naps can provide benefits, but I personally find that it only acts as road bump on a day of where there is potential for so much productivity! It gets me groggy and less motivated to finish off my day strong. After the initial grogginess wears off, I am more alert than ever, which can pose as more harmful when you are trying to get a good night’s rest to reenergize yourself for the next day. So if you can, try to push through and reward yourself with some rest after the day is done!

WORKOUT ROUTINE

I’m wouldn’t consider myself as necessarily a lazy person, but I can say a workout regime of any kind has never been instilled in me, even as a kid since I never participated in any sports. So I really was clueless on where to start. There is nothing wrong with asking for help when you need it. I made a pact with a friend to get fit this summer and work out Monday through Friday after work. Having someone else give you that kick start to get started and keep each other accountable helps eventually turning it into a routine that you can eventually do yourself. I personally HATE running so instead I like to opt for dancing or biking to get that heart pumping, then proceed to do some strength training with weights. There are many alternatives to being active than just your standard jogging, which for me personally is too boring. It is just a matter of finding what fits YOU and playing that perfect music playlist to get you pumped and motivated throughout the whole workout!

GET INTO A ROUTINE

Consistency is the hardest, yet more crucial part to seeing results when embarking on this journey. Your brain thrives off of a routine, so once you have it down within a week, it will only get easier from there and you will become nothing but motivated to stick to it. The brain goes into an auto-pilot mode where these habits eventually  become second nature!

I have never been happier and more comfortable in my own skin than where I am today. I can’t help but assume that my lifestyle change and newfound routine is to blame for this. I am by no means where I want be on my health journey, but the progress that I have been making allows for my goal to seem that much more attainable and constantly reminds me that I am that much closer to it if don’t give up. I am not alone on my health and wellness journey and plan to tune into other people’s experiences to gain inspiration to push myself further. Everyday is a new chance to begin your journey to ultimate health and wellness, so why not start today!

Diana Banzon

Benefits of the Beat

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In honor of Summerfest quickly approaching us, what better way to celebrate how music brings us together than acknowledge the impact it provides for our health. Music is often disregarded as a factor that contributes to overall health and wellness, but its effect and overall message are nothing but powerful. Something as simple as sound has the capability to motivate and inspire people into living their best life. Here are a list of the benefits it has on us and why we should be constantly jamming out to our favorite beats!

Strengthens Running Performance

Working out exerts an immense amount of energy and effort! It would only make sense to reflect that in your music of choice that pumps you up for the work you are going to endure. I personally could NEVER work out without music because I find that it gives me that extra boost of motivation that I need to pull through and finish off strong!

Enhances Sleep Quality

Unfortunately, about 30% of Americans deal with insomnia. Studies showed that students who listened to relaxing music before bed significantly experienced better rest in comparison to students who listened to an audiobook or didn’t change anything from their usual routine.

Limits Food Intake

Studies done at Georgia Tech University showed that dimming the lights and softening the music while people ate led to the consumption of fewer calories and an increase of enjoyment within their meals. Set up the ambiance and make the most out of every meal experience.

Reinforce Learning and Memory

Studies showed that music reinforces your memory but depends specifically on the person, whether or not they were a musician, and what type of music is being presented. As as a result of the research, subjects who were musicians learned and retained information better with more neutral music, as opposed to subjects who were not musicians that learned better with music of their liking. I always find myself associating songs with memories that occurred during the time I listened to that song, that it can only makes sense that one triggers the other!

Makes You Smarter

A study at York University showed that a month of music lessons involving rhythm, pitch, melody and voice contributed to an 90% increase in verbal intelligence among children between the ages 4 to 6. The music training implemented within the lesson has a “transfer effect” that enriches the children’s ability to comprehend words and their meaning.

Alleviates Pain

Music treatment such as softer genres such as classical pieces, meditative music, etc. is used for various patients that is said to reduce pain.

Ability To Shift Mood

Whether you are happy or sad, music has the ability to reflect your current mood. Various beats and messages really resonate with people and their life experiences, making the love for music so universal!

 

Diana Banzon


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