Articles by Rachel Moncayo


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“Just breathe.” You’ve heard that advice before, and for good reason. There are so many health benefits to effective breathing — revitalizing your body and energy levels, improving your immune response, reducing stress and anxiety, and ensuring your body’s optimal performance during exercise, to name a few. It seems amazing that something that is free and so readily available to all of us can have such a powerful effect on our health and performance, but it absolutely does. It just takes proper technique and a bit of practice to experience the effects of proper breathing, and with long-term consistency, the benefits can be huge!

Breathe in, breathe out >>

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Many of us, at some point or another, have gone on a diet: a regimen for how, what, and when to eat. But the term “diet” has a negative connotation because it’s associated with limitations and restrictions. When we approach eating and food choices based on a need to lose or eliminate extra pounds, rather than focusing on how to best nurture, support, and fuel our bodies, we are starting from a negative place of restriction and unpleasantness. Desperate to get out of this uncomfortable situation as quickly as possible, many of us choose to follow a pre-defined and easily understood “one size fits all” formula (diet) that may have worked for someone else, in hopes of finding the weight loss results we are looking for as quickly as possible. These diets will generally either impose boundaries on our choices based on calorie counts and portion sizes or exclusions of specific macronutrients (protein or carbohydrate) — or sometimes, both. Instead, try this… >>