How Surfing Changes the Lives of Children with Autism

There’s a growing trend that’s been sweeping the United States in recent years—a new form of therapy for children with autism.

It’s surfing, and there’s no co-pay required.

On both of America’s coasts, organizations and programs have independently formed with one purpose: to help children with autism feel the healing powers of the sea by surfing.

When one of those organizations, Surfers for Autism, put on their inaugural event in Deerfield Beach, Florida in 2007, about 40 participants and their families arrived at the beach, welcomed by friendly volunteers as surfboards laid neatly in the sand and a small swell rolled in. Continue reading

Helping Endometriosis Patients

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Author and endometriosis patient Samantha Bowick has written articles revolving around important questions and information about endometriosis. She is the author of Living with Endometriosis: The Complete Guide to Risk Factors, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

Helping Endometriosis Patients

Even though at least 176 million people suffer with endometriosis, the general public is not fully aware of the disease, what it is, treatment options we have, or other information. Continue reading

Tex Mex Burrito Bowl Recipe

Savor the flavor of the Southwest from the comfort of your own home with this easy recipe from Fertility Foods by Sara Haas and Elizabeth Shaw. Whip this up for a last-minute gathering, your Super Bowl or Oscar party, or just a night in with family.

Plant-based proteins, healthy fats and whole grains make this bowl concept a huge hit in the fertility department. Plus, this meal can be made in minutes, and let’s be honest—we all could use a little less stress in our day, right? Remember, higher stress levels have a direct link to increased rates of infertility, so try to focus on those chances you have to lower your daily stress, like a mess-free meal! Continue reading

Top Benefits of a Cardiac Health Program

Let’s get down to business. Your heart is more than a muscle. No doubt, you are reading this because you want to know how to get your heart and body as strong as possible and realize the benefits you can expect to see and feel from regular participation in a heart healthy centered exercise program. The good news is that by participating in a regular, daily habit of physical activity not only will your heart get stronger and function more efficiently, the muscles, joints, tissues and other organs will benefit as well.

The heart is not only the physical center of the body but the emotional center as well. When you are stressed, anxious and generally emotionally distressed, the heart and surrounding anatomy ‘respond’. This response may present with an accelerated heart rate, increase in blood pressure, and tightening of the chest and shoulders.  This is why controlling stress, eating well, drinking plenty of fluids, and getting good sleep are all vital components of a cardiac health program, physical activity will only take you so far. Continue reading

Rewire Your Life with Self-Care

It seems like everyone is talking about self-care lately — but how many of us know what self care actually means? It’s such a broad concept, and that can make it hard to pinpoint exactly what it means to practice self care.

During this time of year when people are setting resolutions and intentions for the next year, I’d love to make 2019 the year when we resolve to embrace and practice self-care. I believe that in caring for ourselves, we open up a new world of love and possibilities. But to practice self-care we have to really understand what it means and how it affects and involves all aspects of our lives. Continue reading

Technology: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

Technology has spurred a major shift in the way we work, spend our free time, interact with others, shop, go to the movies, read books, get our news, socialize, date, make love, get married, and raise our children.

It’s easy to identify technology’s external changes because they come in the form of new devices and capabilities. But the internal changes technology has created are much less understood and discussed. Continue reading

Love Match: The Four Types of Intimacy

Falling in love can seem easy at first, but what about staying in love? If you haven’t found your perfect match yet, you are probably wondering what it takes to find “the one” that will last. In this article, we will take a peek into the guidance you can find in my new book Love Match: The Art and Science of Finding Your Ideal Partner.

So, what does it take to find your perfect match? Let’s dig in a little to find out more about the essential building blocks of a lasting romantic relationship. Continue reading

Expert Tips for the School-Aged Athlete

According to Stanford Children’s Health, there are over 3.5 million children who sustain sports-related injuries every year. Add to that the notion that around 70% of kids who play organized youth sports quit by the time they turn 13, and it’s clear to see the red flags. Those who have a school-aged athlete can help them to avoid being injured and becoming burned out, leading to a longer love of and participation in sports.

“Many parents start out seeing how their child loves a particular sport, only to be surprised when they either walk away from it altogether or they end up with injuries,” explains Coach Sarah Walls, personal trainer and owner of SAPT Strength & Performance Training, Inc., who is also the strength and conditioning coach for the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. “The good news is that by taking a proactive approach, this can largely be avoided. I’ve worked with many young athletes and have helped them to avoid injuries and hold onto that passion for the game.” Continue reading