Maureen Vincenty
As a Peak Performance Health Coach, Maureen is an expert in transforming the bodies and lives of her clients. Formerly a NASA/EPA scientist, her obsession with research turned to health after losing her mother to cancer unexpectedly. She has spent the past 18 years researching optimal health, fitness, and preventative wellbeing. Her passion is to help high performers transform their nutrition and lifestyle so they can look, feel, and perform their best.   View More
Christi Witten
Growing up, I had a huge passion for performing. My schedule would consist of school, show choir practice, musical practice, voice lessons, dance lessons, and practicing on my own. When I went to college, I didn’t have that full schedule. I felt alone, bored, depressed and didn’t know the focus of my education.  I went to the gym to cope. There, I quickly learned how nutrition and fitness could impact anyone’s life. My passion for movement in performing shifted to movement in fitness. My studies in college changed from unknown with a music minor to a Bachelor's Degree in Health Promotion from The University of North Texas. After college, I continued my education and training to expanded my knowledge and experience. I am certified in group fitness, personal training, nutrition coaching.  Currently, I'm working on my Master's in Exercise Science. Currently, I am a  manager at a corporate fitness center… View More
Dr. Jessica Hayman
Dr. Jessica Hayman is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor in the state of Arizona, where she practices and resides in Sedona. She received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. She also holds Bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Spanish from The University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Naturopathic Medicine actually found Dr. Hayman.  She was determined to find answers to the root cause of diseases that her friends and family were dealing with. She soon realized that the alleviation of disease is prevention and wellness. Her curiosity and desire for living a clean lifestyle turned a passion into a profession. She sees herself as a facilitator to empower patients, take measures to better their lives by seeing the world around them in a new light. Dr. Hayman has seen how when given the best conditions for thriving the body can heal on… View More
Brooke Muenzenberger
Hi, I'm Brooke. I grew up on a farm outside of La Crosse, Wisconsin. As a kid throwing hay bales, feeding calves, milking cows, and tons of other farming aspects were a big part of my life. I also played softball and volleyball, so never in a million years did I think that I would ever step in a weight room. That was until the summer after 8th grade. One of my gym teachers bet me that I couldn't lift a bar and squat it. I laughed at him because I knew that I could and I didn't think that I needed to lift weights to get stronger. As soon as he turned his back, I picked up the bar and squatted. That's when the gym rat in me started coming out. Day in and day out, I would lift weights. In high school, I got bullied for being one… View More
Lorraine Miano
Lorraine Miano, Certified Health & Hormone Coach discovered her passion of offering menopause advocacy,  support and resources to women in all phases of menopause through health coaching, proper nutrition and preventive lifestyle choices. She received her certifications as a Health Coach and hormone health expert from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has been able to help even more women by writing and publishing her first book, The Magic of Menopause: A Holistic Guide to Get Your Happy Back! The book helps guide women through the struggles they face as they begin menopause and helps tackle the daily changes such as balancing hormones holistically, getting a better night’s sleep and reducing or eliminating hot flashes, to name a few. Lorraine loves to encourage her clients with her mantra “Menopause is NOT an ending! IT IS a new beginning!” Please click here for your free guide Eat Your Way to Hormone Health… View More
Debbie Movsesian
Debbie Movsesian is a physician assistant and a health coach. She graduated from the University of Michigan and attended PA school at George Washington University. She has many years of experience treating cardiac patients. Her passion is health promotion and disease prevention and treating the root cause of disease. This passion led her to start coaching as she believes it is the education plus close support and accountability that truly inspires long-lasting health. She believes we all have the power to live a life free of chronic disease without relying on medications. Debbie is passionate about helping people unleash that power through a multidisciplinary approach centered around whole food, plant based-nutrition. Her simple, tasty way of eating is easy to make a healthy habit and proven to prevent and even reverse common illnesses. Unlike medications, which only treat symptoms, Debbie’s method, which incorporates food and other lifestyle strategies, gets to… View More
Letticia Callies
Letticia is a joy-filled Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, who is passionate about promoting the natural healing capabilities of the body using essential oils and lifestyle changes as a means to achieving abundant health and wellness. She is NAHA certified and certified in the French Method, which is the internal use of essential oils. Her strong communication skills and empathetic nature serve as an avenue for building trust and openness with her clients. She focuses on identifying the root cause of the issue within the context of the whole person including lifestyle, stress levels, and diet. She is known for saying “Choose JOY” because when life gets hards, a JOY mindset has been her saving grace and it has served as a means of inspiration and encouragement for her clients, family, and friends. Letticia holds a Masters Degree in Communication and incorporates multiple methods of communication in her wellness education and training… View More
Suzanne Taylor-King
Welcome! Are you ready for more energy, more vibrancy, and a greater sense of well-being in all areas of your life? Let's up-level to the ultimate version of you! Healthy, Fit, Energetic & Happy! If I can do it so can you! Suzanne was once confused, sick and totally bored with her life! It made her physically sick, tired and lethargic, then diagnosed with MS and faced with either the challenge of healing her body or going on medication to prevent the progression of the dis-ease that was happening in her body! She went on a 2 year quest to heal her brain lesions, emotions and physical body and end the inflammation in my body! Finding her passion along the way ~ designing healthy lifestyles for others! Taking that passion and turning it into a career helping others do the same! Along the way I finding essential oils and aromatherapy… View More
Erica Hunter
Erica Hunter is a wife, mom, holistic health coach and lover of veggies. She believes the food-body-mind connection is powerful, and daily food choices matter. As a Health Coach, she helps clients become fearless about food as they eliminate foods from their diet due to food sensitivities, allergies, and other medical conditions. She received her training as a Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. View More
Dr. Melissa Brennan, DC, FICPA
Since 2006, Dr. Melissa Brennan and her husband, Dr. Jarrod, have focused on caring for your entire family. Dr. Melissa has certifications in Pediatrics, Pregnancy, Webster Technique, Acupuncture, and Nutrition Response Testing. In 1997, Dr. Melissa was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. After many years of being on medications and suffering from complications (such as kidney disease, arthritis, sun sensitivity, butterfly rash, and extreme fatigue), she was motivated to find a more natural approach to treating her disease. She became a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2004 which started her on the road to a healthier, drug-free lifestyle. Today, Dr. Melissa’s lupus is in complete remission. She attributes her health to Chiropractic, Acupuncture, a Whole Food Diet, and Nutritional Supplements. She has taken what most consider an “unfortunate disease of lupus” and turned it into a huge blessing and wonderful opportunity to help others seek more natural ways to improve their… View More
Dr. Karen Wolfe, MBBS, MA
Dr Karen Wolfe is an Australian physician, Coach, Speaker and author. Born in Sydney Australia, Karen graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and completed a Masters Degree in Psychology from National University in California. She worked initially in Australia as a family physician followed by 8 years of experience in the administration of national health care, wellness and senior programs in her role as the Medical Director of the Australian Government Health Service. She is the author of seven books, including Is Your Lifestyle Killing You? – The 8 Simple Steps for Lasting Weight Loss and Optimal Health, Create the body Your Soul Desires: The Friendship Solution to Weight, Energy and Sexuality and her new eBook Gut Matters: 4 Ways to Optimize Your Digestion to Boost Your 'Second Brain' and Improve Your Mood Karen is a Guiding Mindful Change Coach and a Holistic… View More
Kimberly Price
Kimberly Price is a WHOLE LIFE strategist, holistic health practitioner, certified yoga instructor, philanthropist, wife and mother of four; passionate about taking the HELL out of healthy living; (be it with a smoothie, laughter, a fun event or an unconventional type of mediation,) to help you start thinking, acting and living like the CEO of your life, so that you can find the courage to start moving forward faster in your Health, Relationships and Business. She is about whole body wellness, and helping to inspire and empower people to believe in what’s possible for them, in living their biggest best lives. She lives for clean eating, loves the outdoors, a restorative yoga class, adventure travel, a good pair of jeans, smooth jazz music, the smell of fresh coffee, the sound of the wind, and her day to day life with her four crazy kids, husband Nate and their four legged… View More
Dr. Stacy LeQuire
Hello! I’m Dr. Stacy LeQuire. I’m so honored to be a part of the Healthy Living List! A bit about my background...I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1997. I completed my Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2001. After graduating I spent some time as an associate in Seattle, WA and later my husband and I co-founded Main Street Chiropractic in a Boston suburb in 2004. After practicing on both coasts, we moved back to my beloved home state of Minnesota. We have been active in the Rochester community since 2008 and are co-owners of Vitality Chiropractic and Evergreen Family Wellness. I am motivated to share the small changes and habits that enhance health and “stack the deck in your favor” when it comes to chronic disease. I like to encourage… View More
What to Believe About Nutrition
What’s eating you?  Or, more accurately, what are you eating?   It seems like new diets are all the rage right now yet none of them really focus on the nutrition behind them.  With all the hoopla, how do you know what to believe about nutrition? You can find lots of information on the internet but every article you read contradicts the next.  How can you make heads or tails of it? Are you: Confused by all of the new diets What nutrition has got to do with it Ready to lose weight but don’t know-how Want to feel better and have more energy Desire healthy glowing skin Concerned about your health Or… do you simply want to know what you should eat and what you should avoid and why? We can help! The March edition of the Wonder Series, Living Healthy List Experts Alexis Simmons, Kimberly Price, Maureen Vincenty, Suzanne Taylor and me, Denise Stegall, … View More
Healthy Lifestyle Helps Defend Against COVID 19
Have you ever been starstruck?  It's such a strange feeling when you bump into a celebrity who you've admired from afar.  You even feel like you "know" them.  I met Billy Joel in an elevator in Philadelphia, the same elevator that I first saw my husband.  Most recently I was given the chance to interview Dr. Michale Gregor, founder of NurtitionFacts about how a healthy lifestyle helps defend against COVID 19. If you have not heard for him, Michael Greger, M.D. is a licensed general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition and is a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.  He is one of the top experts in his field and is consistent in his message about how a healthy lifestyle helps defend against COVID 19. Dr. Greger is a New York Times bestselling author and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public… View More
How to Get Sleep With a New Baby
Congratulations, you're a new mom!   Maybe you've put off having children to focus on career, struggled with infertility, or just decided that now the time was right.  You've experienced pregnancy, labor, delivery, and finally, you can bring your baby home and relax.  Right?   Many new parents, especially those who have waited to have children do not realize how much a new baby disrupts your entire life, at least for a while.   The new center of your universe needs so much from you,  24/7  leaving you feeling overwhelmed and sleep-deprived.  So, it is essential for you to learn how to get sleep with a new baby in the house. Why is sleep so important?  Sleep deprivation has a cumulative effect that builds over time. When you are experiencing a lack of sleep, you put your health at risk. Sleep deprivation affects your mood, body, cognitive abilities, and potentially all aspects of… View More
Eat Well Without Going Broke
There is a common myth that eating healthy and fresh, including organic produce, dairy, and meats,  is expensive and is out of reach for many families.  As a Personal Finance Coach & Educator, I have indeed seen clients spend thousands of dollars per month on their groceries and supplements.  After all, when you don’t have your health, what else is there?  Some would argue it is worth holding on to, or restoring, at any cost.   I assure you that you can eat well without going broke! But what about those of us that want to feel great and sustain eating well, while living within our means? On the heels of the recent Living Healthy List "Diet Demystified Summit" (here's just one interview that talks about food.  You can get gain access here if you missed it) I want to provide some tips and a resource for those who struggle with the… View More
Sugar Can Crash Your Immune System
Hey, Its Dr. Melissa Brennan! I know right now everything in life is out of balance. It seems that since our routines have all but gone out the window that our eating habits have followed.  That may be OK for a day or so but not for longevity.  Why?  Because eating food full of preservatives, additives, and sugar can crash your immune system. FACT: Sugar is 8 x’s more addictive than cocaine. Sugar cause obesity, inflammation (disease), feeds cancer, dementia, type 2 diabetes, depression, infertility, impotence, depression, and brain function. The average American consumes 17 teaspoons (71.14 grams) every day. That translates into about 57 pounds of added sugar consumed each year, per every person in America. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends the following guidelines: 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar/day = 100 calories/day for women 9 teaspoons (38 grams) of added sugar/day = 150 calories/day for men 3-6 teaspoons (12… View More
Self Care Recipes Using Items From Your Pantry
I'm writing to you during Week 2 of my Co-Vid quarantine. I don't know about you but I'm not quite feeling quite myself. Rather than wallow or get stressed out, let's do something constructive. It's time for a Pantry Raid!  I've given you three self-care recipes using items from your pantry.   I can see very clearly the image of a picture I saw once of a woman jumping headfirst into a glass of wine. And... I  imagine that most of us want to recreate our own version of that same picture right about now. Throw into the confusion of these times,  two boys, ages 5 and 2 who are a whirlwind of nonstop energy and what appears to be slightly stubborn defiance disorders.  They are home now with me all-the-time.  I love them but...  I know you feel my pain and I yours. So, What do we do about this?… View More
Live a more enjoyable and meaningful life
How will you remember this time of early 2020? How did you live?  Will you recall how you were possibly quarantined, riddled with angst and fear, hoarding toilet paper? OR... Will you remember how for the first time in a long time your family shared meals together, played games together, talked, laughed and loved together? It's time to flip the switch for a more enjoyable social distancing experience. The way you took the time to relax and partake in some self-care and reflection. You finally finished that project you put off. Implemented your health and exercise routine? The constant and elevated stress of daily living and working melted away, allowing you to be more mindfully present in each moment? Social distancing has given us the gift and opportunity of being able to do a lifestyle “re-set”.  Living a more enjoyable and meaningful life. Gratitude, compassion, empathy, and joy can be… View More
How You Can Reprogram Your Genes
How many times have you heard others say or thought to yourself, “well it’s just my genes so there is nothing I can do about that!”?  I'm here to tell you something really exciting... you can actually reprogram your genes! We commonly think of our genes as fixed traits that we inherit from your parents, such as hair and eye color, height, personality characteristics,  predispositions to alcoholism, flat feet, heart disease, and the list can go on.  Lifestyle behaviors do not have much influence over these types of inherited traits but you can directly influence the genes involved in health and wellness.  Specifically, the genes that influence muscle development, body fat storage, inflammation, and other aspects of general health and longevity. On a journey towards optimal health, you get to uncover which lifestyle choices UNLOCK your own unique genetic potential.   Genetic Reprogramming   Think of your genes like an… View More
Lifestyle Changes to Achieve Your Best Health
What does it take to achieve your best health for ourselves and our community? Can lifestyle changes like diet and exercise help you achieve your best health? Mental health, obesity, and diabetes are among the leading health priorities facing our community and 80% of these chronic conditions are lifestyle-related. Mei Liu, Founder of the Lotus Health Foundation understood that in order for people with chronic illnesses to get better they need better information, clear education on nutrition and someone to listen to them.  "Locally in Minnesota, I couldn't find a program that delivered all three of these pieces so I decided to do something to help!" Lotus Health Foundation is hosting a three-day event, 20/20 Perfect Vision of Health.  The program will focus on education, prevention, and improving the health of our community, one person at a time through self-care. The 4th annual Community of Wellness Event will be held in… View More
Maureen Vincenty
As a Peak Performance Health Coach, Maureen is an expert in transforming the bodies and lives of her clients. Formerly a NASA/EPA scientist, her obsession with research turned to health after losing her mother to cancer unexpectedly. She has spent the past 18 years researching optimal health, fitness, and preventative wellbeing. Her passion is to help high performers transform their nutrition and lifestyle so they can look, feel, and perform their best.   View More
Christi Witten
Growing up, I had a huge passion for performing. My schedule would consist of school, show choir practice, musical practice, voice lessons, dance lessons, and practicing on my own. When I went to college, I didn’t have that full schedule. I felt alone, bored, depressed and didn’t know the focus of my education.  I went to the gym to cope. There, I quickly learned how nutrition and fitness could impact anyone’s life. My passion for movement in performing shifted to movement in fitness. My studies in college changed from unknown with a music minor to a Bachelor's Degree in Health Promotion from The University of North Texas. After college, I continued my education and training to expanded my knowledge and experience. I am certified in group fitness, personal training, nutrition coaching.  Currently, I'm working on my Master's in Exercise Science. Currently, I am a  manager at a corporate fitness center… View More
Dr. Jessica Hayman
Dr. Jessica Hayman is a Licensed Naturopathic Doctor in the state of Arizona, where she practices and resides in Sedona. She received her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona. She also holds Bachelor’s degrees in International Relations and Spanish from The University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Naturopathic Medicine actually found Dr. Hayman.  She was determined to find answers to the root cause of diseases that her friends and family were dealing with. She soon realized that the alleviation of disease is prevention and wellness. Her curiosity and desire for living a clean lifestyle turned a passion into a profession. She sees herself as a facilitator to empower patients, take measures to better their lives by seeing the world around them in a new light. Dr. Hayman has seen how when given the best conditions for thriving the body can heal on… View More
How to Lose Weight on a Plant Based Diet
In my quest to help people create vibrant health, lose weight, and reverse the effects of disease, I started following a few well-known experts in the area of diet and nutrition, specifically plant-based nutrition. I wanted to learn how to lose weight on a plant based diet. One of the people I look to for her guidance and expertise is Chef AJ. Chef AJ is a Los Angeles based culinary instructor, professional speaker, and author of the popular book Unprocessed: How to Achieve Vibrant Health and Your Ideal Weight, which chronicles her journey from a junk-food vegan faced with a diagnosis of pre-cancerous polyps, to learning how to create foods that nourish and heal the body. Devoted to a plant-based diet for almost 40 years she is also the host of the Foody TV television series Healthy Living with CHEF AJ.  On her cooking show, she teaches how to create… View More
Tips for Sustainable New Years Resolutions
Lets me begin by saying, "I don't believe in New Year's Resolutions".  The notion of them gets lost in cultural pressure, obligation, and " shoulds". I'm all for resolving to be the best version of myself by carving out time to create intentions and set goals, but how and when I go about that is possible any day of the year!  That said, if you consider the New Year as a time to look ahead and make changes in your life I have 3 tips to make your transition to health, wellness and overall wellbeing successful and sustainable (anytime) in 2020. #1. Choose Now. (and now, and now, and now, and now...) You can choose anything, anytime! Now is the most powerful time to create your life. Not yesterday, not tomorrow. What you receive from being in the present (the now) is the freedom to make a choice one moment… View More
A Micronutrient Rich Diet is Best Says Dr. Joel Furhman
Dr. Joel Furhman is an American celebrity doctor and an internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing.  He strongly advocates what he calls a micronutrient rich diet. A former competitive figure skater, he suffered a serious injury that removed him from competition. He says an alternative medicine therapy helped speed his recovery and led him to become a physician. Through his medical practice, as well as his New York Times best-selling books and PBS specials, Dr. Fuhrman has helped thousands of people lose weight permanently and reverse chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes, autoimmune diseases and chronic pain syndromes, including migraines, using a nutrient-dense, plant-rich eating style, a Micronutrient Rich Diet,  that he calls the Nutritarian diet. "The nutritarian diet is an eating pattern created by Dr. Joel Fuhrman initially published in his top-selling 2003 diet book Eat to Live. The diet is vegan, gluten-free, low in sodium, and low in fat.… View More
Habits to Boost Mental Energy
We all need mental energy to meet the challenges and opportunities of our lives with gusto. Too oftenour mental energy comes from caffeinated drinks or dietary supplements. A multi-million dollar industry has risen around supplying us with canned mental energy. There’s nothing wrong with a few cups of coffee or tea, and some herbal supplements have promising benefits. However, relying too heavily on these methods can take a huge toll on your health and on your wallet. Fortunately, there are a number of ways that you can boost your mental energy with subtle lifestyle changes instead of running to the coffee shop or apothecary.   Get The Right Amount Of Sleep   Your body and brain need sleep. Cutting back on sleep can make it seem like you are being more productive if it adds hours to the day, but cutting back on sleep makes you function less effectively. Everyone… View More
Brooke Muenzenberger
Hi, I'm Brooke. I grew up on a farm outside of La Crosse, Wisconsin. As a kid throwing hay bales, feeding calves, milking cows, and tons of other farming aspects were a big part of my life. I also played softball and volleyball, so never in a million years did I think that I would ever step in a weight room. That was until the summer after 8th grade. One of my gym teachers bet me that I couldn't lift a bar and squat it. I laughed at him because I knew that I could and I didn't think that I needed to lift weights to get stronger. As soon as he turned his back, I picked up the bar and squatted. That's when the gym rat in me started coming out. Day in and day out, I would lift weights. In high school, I got bullied for being one… View More
The Magic of Menopause: What You Need To Know
There are so many myths and misconceptions about menopause.  Often times, a women's perception of all phases of "the change" will determine her experience with it. Every woman needs to learn about the magic of menopause. Hormone Replacement Therapy is not an option for many women, due to family history or their own health issues.  There are holistic options including nutrition, lifestyle, and mindfulness to help women reduce or eliminate challenging symptoms. In her interview with Linda Thompson of The Author's Show,  Lorraine Miano, Certified Health & Hormone Coach, shares info about her book, The Magic Of Menopause: A Holistic Guide to Get Your Happy Back! She also discusses her positive views on what is often a challenging time for many women and  offers advice and support on how to holistically manage the symptoms of "the change" including perimenopause and menopause, while also encouraging women to have a positive outlook… View More
Digestive Health – Part 3
In the previous articles, I have been discussing The Importance of Digestive Health. Hopefully by now you understand that in order to have health, you have to have a healthy digestive tract. A lot of people ask me: How does the digestive system work?  Here is a simple breakdown (pun intended) of how it works: First, you must eat and chew enzyme-rich food. What does that mean?  Whole foods contain more nutrients and enzymes than processed food. Next, chew your food entirely.  Remember when your grandma used to say slow down and chew your food?  Well, there was a reason she said that.  Most of your food breaks down in your mouth when you chew your food. The more you chew, the more it breaks down. Then, the food enters the stomach where it pre-digests for an hour.  This will break down 75% of your meal.  If and when the… View More
Lorraine Miano
Lorraine Miano, Certified Health & Hormone Coach discovered her passion of offering menopause advocacy,  support and resources to women in all phases of menopause through health coaching, proper nutrition and preventive lifestyle choices. She received her certifications as a Health Coach and hormone health expert from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has been able to help even more women by writing and publishing her first book, The Magic of Menopause: A Holistic Guide to Get Your Happy Back! The book helps guide women through the struggles they face as they begin menopause and helps tackle the daily changes such as balancing hormones holistically, getting a better night’s sleep and reducing or eliminating hot flashes, to name a few. Lorraine loves to encourage her clients with her mantra “Menopause is NOT an ending! IT IS a new beginning!” Please click here for your free guide Eat Your Way to Hormone Health… View More
Goal Setback? Here’s How to Accomplish Your Goals
"Giving up your goal because of one set back is like slashing your other three tires because you have a flat." You did it. You set a realistic goal and created an action plan with small, manageable tasks. You asked for support when you needed it. You monitored your progress and pivoted when necessary. And then came the relapse. Speed bump, setback, roadblock...whatever you call it, they’re inevitable. Find out how to how to accomplish your goals and: Respond Shift Strategize ...for a powerful comeback. Here’s the thing: breakthroughs are inevitably followed by fallbacks, big or small. Here's how to accomplish your goals: Don’t expect to glide through your resolution—that’s not what habit-changing is all about. It’s undeniably easy to slip into old routines, and positively toilsome to forge new ones. You will in all likelihood face challenges and have a few slips. So here are a few key points… View More
The Rebalance Formula™ for Food Sensitivities Master Class
Do you experience fatigue, digestive problems, migraines, body aches, anxiety or depression? Have you ever considered that food sensitivity could be the cause? Back in 2008 I was feeling awful. I suffered from such intense fatigue that on some days I couldn’t even leave the house. I had persistent body pains from my head through to my feet. What’s worse, the decline in my physical health meant that I started becoming what I refer to now as “Mean Mommy”. Because I was suffering so intensely, it made it very difficult for me to be patient and present with my kids. It was a difficult period of my life, but everything changed when I decided to adopt a gluten-free diet. Quite frankly, the results were shocking (in a good way!). Within two weeks, I was a completely different person – or more accurately, I started feeling more like myself than I… View More
The Truth About Food: Carbs, Proteins and Fats
For many years, my husband and I exercised and “ate healthily.” We cut down on carbs and focused on lean meat and veggies for our dinners. We worked hard all week so felt we deserved to “take the weekends off” which usually meant overindulging way too much for 3 days. During the week, we missed having rice and potatoes and would have enjoyed more fruit. But we believed the carb restriction was healthy and would help keep weight off (and that we needed to do it to make up for the carefree weekends!) Then my husband went in for his checkup and the doctor told him his sugar was high - he was pre-diabetic, his cholesterol was high and the doctor wanted to start him on medications...WHAT!??!? About this time  I had been immersing myself in the American College of Lifestyle Medicine Core Curriculum which was teaching me the truth… View More
Digestive Health & Immunity
Digestive health is one of my favorite topics to teach and is one of the main reasons people seek care in our office. I am excited to say that we have helped thousands of our patients achieve more optimal digestive health.  In my previous article I talked about the number of Americans who struggle with the painful and often life altering effects of poor digestive health and the amount of money spent to (unsuccessfully) alleviate their tummy troubles.  Included in that article (see here)  are the many different diagnoses that all boil down to one thing. Digestive problems. According to the NIDDK 60 to 70 million people affected by digestive diseases. The facts are alarming! First , lets quickly touch on digestion. Digestion is the breakdown of large insoluble food molecules into smaller water-soluble food molecules so that they can be absorbed into your blood plasma .  It's basically how… View More
Debbie Movsesian
Debbie Movsesian is a physician assistant and a health coach. She graduated from the University of Michigan and attended PA school at George Washington University. She has many years of experience treating cardiac patients. Her passion is health promotion and disease prevention and treating the root cause of disease. This passion led her to start coaching as she believes it is the education plus close support and accountability that truly inspires long-lasting health. She believes we all have the power to live a life free of chronic disease without relying on medications. Debbie is passionate about helping people unleash that power through a multidisciplinary approach centered around whole food, plant based-nutrition. Her simple, tasty way of eating is easy to make a healthy habit and proven to prevent and even reverse common illnesses. Unlike medications, which only treat symptoms, Debbie’s method, which incorporates food and other lifestyle strategies, gets to… View More
Denise Stegall
Welcome to Happy Living. Are you ready to Love the Life you Live? Imagine your dreams and desires for yourself are your new reality! The things you have been waiting for, hoping for, dreaming about are all there for you……….are you ready to go for it? Hi, I’m Denise Stegall, The Happy Living Coach. I help guide women 40+ build their dreams, accelerate their results, and create richer more fulfilling lives. I’ve motivated women to come out of their shell and see life in a new way by empowering them to take charge of their health, supporting them to create balance and inspiring them to love the life they live. Together we will breakthrough limitations and achieve greater results than you ever imagined. My programs, workshops and even single sessions focus on three pillars of success: Eat Real Food, Make Good Decisions and Be Accountable. Within the pillars, we delve… View More
Erica Hunter
Erica Hunter is a wife, mom, holistic health coach and lover of veggies. She believes the food-body-mind connection is powerful, and daily food choices matter. As a Health Coach, she helps clients become fearless about food as they eliminate foods from their diet due to food sensitivities, allergies, and other medical conditions. She received her training as a Holistic Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. View More
Dr. Melissa Brennan, DC, FICPA
Since 2006, Dr. Melissa Brennan and her husband, Dr. Jarrod, have focused on caring for your entire family. Dr. Melissa has certifications in Pediatrics, Pregnancy, Webster Technique, Acupuncture, and Nutrition Response Testing. In 1997, Dr. Melissa was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. After many years of being on medications and suffering from complications (such as kidney disease, arthritis, sun sensitivity, butterfly rash, and extreme fatigue), she was motivated to find a more natural approach to treating her disease. She became a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2004 which started her on the road to a healthier, drug-free lifestyle. Today, Dr. Melissa’s lupus is in complete remission. She attributes her health to Chiropractic, Acupuncture, a Whole Food Diet, and Nutritional Supplements. She has taken what most consider an “unfortunate disease of lupus” and turned it into a huge blessing and wonderful opportunity to help others seek more natural ways to improve their… View More
Dr. Karen Wolfe, MBBS, MA
Dr Karen Wolfe is an Australian physician, Coach, Speaker and author. Born in Sydney Australia, Karen graduated from Sydney University with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and completed a Masters Degree in Psychology from National University in California. She worked initially in Australia as a family physician followed by 8 years of experience in the administration of national health care, wellness and senior programs in her role as the Medical Director of the Australian Government Health Service. She is the author of seven books, including Is Your Lifestyle Killing You? – The 8 Simple Steps for Lasting Weight Loss and Optimal Health, Create the body Your Soul Desires: The Friendship Solution to Weight, Energy and Sexuality and her new eBook Gut Matters: 4 Ways to Optimize Your Digestion to Boost Your 'Second Brain' and Improve Your Mood Karen is a Guiding Mindful Change Coach and a Holistic… View More
Dr. Stacy LeQuire
Hello! I’m Dr. Stacy LeQuire. I’m so honored to be a part of the Healthy Living List! A bit about my background...I graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse in 1997. I completed my Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Northwestern Health Sciences University in 2001. After graduating I spent some time as an associate in Seattle, WA and later my husband and I co-founded Main Street Chiropractic in a Boston suburb in 2004. After practicing on both coasts, we moved back to my beloved home state of Minnesota. We have been active in the Rochester community since 2008 and are co-owners of Vitality Chiropractic and Evergreen Family Wellness. I am motivated to share the small changes and habits that enhance health and “stack the deck in your favor” when it comes to chronic disease. I like to encourage… View More