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Our Planet, Our Health

The holiday season is upon us, a time of celebration and gift giving.  What can get lost in the season is what we can be grateful for.  With our current administration of climate change deniers, we can focus on what we can do at a local or personal level.  Let’s be thankful for our planet, it provides us with food, shelter, clean air and all the things that keep us healthy.  How can we give thanks to our planet? By supporting it the best we can. Let’s give back to our planet, keep it healthy so it can keep us healthy.  Here are a few things we can do on a local and personal level.

  • Eat local and In Season - When we buy fruits and vegetables that are out of season they’ve been transported from somewhere far away, usually from another country.  This is an inefficient way to eat since these foods contribute to additional fuel use which adds to carbon emissions and traffic (more pollution).  If we eat what is in-season in our location you’re supporting the local economy and reducing carbon emissions.  In addition, your fruits and vegetables will be fresher, last longer, be more nutritious and contribute to less food waste.
  • Shop at the Farmers’ Market - Visiting a Farmers’ Market is great way to discover what is in season locally.  You’ll be supporting your local farmer too.  Typically, these smaller scale growers use sustainable methods of farming which promotes healthier soil leading to improved nutrients in what they grow since they don’t have the same high production demands as the farms that supply supermarket chains.  Improved nutrients mean a healthier diet for you.
  • Buy Organic - Organic farming practices protect the environment by keeping soil healthy and fertile without using pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, hormones and genetically modified organisms (GMOs).  Additionally, organic farming produces less toxic run-off and other pollutants.  When you eat organic foods you can feel confident about less exposure to toxins, in most cases a higher nutrient food and supporting sustainable agriculture.
  • Compost, Recycle and Reduce Waste - When food scraps are composted they become a nutrient-rich fertilizer for the soil.  Recycle and re-use containers to prevent additional waste from going to the landfill.  Bring your own containers and buy in bulk so you only buy as much as you need.  Bring your own reusable containers for leftovers when dining out.  It’s also a great way manage your portion sizes.
  • Drive Less, Walk and/or Bike More - Build more activity into your day by shopping and running errands with people power (walking or biking). You’ll improve your fitness, produce less carbon emissions and save time by getting things done and exercising at the same time. You’ll be less stressed by avoiding traffic and searching for parking.

Give thanks to our great planet, let’s give it our support and make ourselves healthier in the process.

Here are few reasons to see a nutritionist/personal trainer/health coach: assess nutrient intake, disease prevention through diet, and exercise, maximize exercise performance, improve sleep quality, enhance mental clarity, optimize digestion and nutrient absorption, establish long-term healthy habits, meal planning for a whole foods diet and eat in a way to sustain the planet.  Please consider Sheri for nutrition counseling and/or fitness appointments to help you develop a healthier lifestyle for you and the planet. 


Organic Foods Protect Against Cancer

A recent study of 69,000 adults tracked for five years, showed that those who reported eating the most organic foods were 76% less likely to be diagnosed with cancer.  Source: JAMA inter. Med 2018,4363.  It's quite possible that people who eat organic foods live a healthier lifestyle in order to prevent cancer.  However, eating organic has many other benefits - supporting the environment and reduce exposure to chemicals, to name a few.  A diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, and low in processed and fatty meats will be beneficial to your overall health.

Sheri is a Certified Nutritionist with a master's degree in nutrition, with over 15 years of clinical counseling experience, an ACE-certified Personal Trainer with advanced certifications in medical exercise, senior fitness and health coaching.  All nutrition consultations include exercise guidance, dietary analysis and meal plans to meet your individual lifestyle, calorie and nutritional needs.

Free introductory 15-minute appointments are also available.

To schedule an appointment with Sheri Mar, email:  or call:  206.789.6440

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