Wellfie Wednesday Tip #125: The Art of Giving

Happy Wellfie Wednesday! Welcome back! This week is brought to you by Diana (@DianaKlatt).

‘Tis the season of eating a lot of food and for giving thanks, however time of the year is not all these two things have in common!

Early on in life, we learn that it is better to give than to receive and we are taught that it is good to help those in need. But is there something deeper to this other than what we are taught?

 Science says yes!

Researchers at the University of California Berkeley and the National Institutes of Health have discovered that there is neurological data that indicates that there is a positive psychological impact associated with giving. It appears that our brain ignites the “reward” system when we are donating or being charitable in a similar way to when we eat food. 

This euphoric feeling we experience when he help others is what researchers call the "helper's high." There is a growing body of evidence that shows we are evolving to become more compassionate and collaborative in our quest to survive and thrive.

This is something that is especially important to think about during this holiday season with the increasing amounts of devastation due to natural disasters (hurricanes, fires) and ongoing conflict around the world, especially those currently affected by the fires in California. Giving makes you thankful for what you have. Spread the positivity; compassion and helping others can have a great ripple effect throughout and around the world.

We wish you and your family a Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!

If you were hoping for some tips and tricks to survive this week, be sure to check out last year’s post Don’t Get Overstuffed.

Thanks for all of the support, be sure to post your pictures this week and tag the WW crew members in your post (@TheFuelPhysio@Eric_in_AmERICa@FreestylePhysio@DianaKlatt) and keep the wave of healthy change going!

-WW Crew


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Santi, J. (2015). The Giving Way to Happiness: Stories and Science Behind the Transformative Power of Giving. Penguin.

Wellfie Wednesday Tip #73: Be Thankful of the Relationships You Have!

Welcome back! Happy Wellfie Wednesday! And Happy Thanksgiving Eve! 

     This week's post will be short and sweet, as many of us are most likely gearing up for time with family and friends. And that is exactly where I want to bring attention to this week. Relationships and the social connections you have with friends and family play a significant role in your health. Yes, what you eat and how you move contribute factors as well, but more recent emerging research has indicted that relationships, specifically strong close relationships affect your health, quality of life, and longevity. Check out this TED talk on Face-to-Face Contacts (Not Facebook Connections). And if you're more into reading, check out one of these two studies that found social isolation and loneliness to be risk factors of increased mortality - Study 1 / Study 2. 

     So tomorrow, this week, and everyday for that matter, be THANKFUL for the relationships and people you have around you. And keep them close, as you never known when you'll need a shoulder to lean on.

     Thanks again for all of the #WellfieWednesday support, be sure to post your pictures this week and tag the WW crew members in your post (@TheFuelPhysio@Eric_in_AmERICa@AaronPerezPT@DianaKlatt@kuhnalyssa_spt) and keep the wave of healthy change going!


Wellfie Wednesday Tip #72: Don't Get Overstuffed (Thanksgiving is Upon Us)

Happy Wellfie Wednesday! Welcome back! This week is brought to you by Diana @DianaKlatt.

     Thanksgiving is coming up and if you’re like me, you’re probably excited to eat an entire pecan pie by yourself… but this year, I will refrain and attempt to eat just half a pie.

     The average American consumed 3,000 calories during their holiday dinner.  To put that into perspective, the average person eats 1,500-2,500 calories a day, give or take based on body type and level of activity. And that’s in a DAY. Thanksgiving dinner is a whole different situation, that 3,000 calorie count is a single meal. Now, before you get on me for spouting diet propaganda and saying that we should all be crazy calorie counters hear me out. I don’t believe in cheat days. I don’t believe in meticulously counting calories. And I believe that if you want to eat something, you should just eat it – but in moderation. MODERATION is what we should be focusing on.

     Many of us look forward to this day as a day for indulgence. Maybe we don’t think about the quality of our ingredients. Maybe we ignore the fact that our potatoes have 3 sticks of butter. Maybe we pretend it’s okay to just eat equal ratios of marshmallows and sweet potatoes in a single bite. I’m not saying we should give all those things up, but we can be much more aware of WHAT and HOW MUCH we are putting into our bodies.


    There is no need to just forgo the meal all together. All I’m saying is maybe you don’t need that third and fourth serving… The tradition we have of sitting down and overeating is quite unique to our nation. We all tell ourselves that this amount of overeating isn’t something we typically do and therefore it is okay… well, that is incorrect. Your body reacts to anything you put into it so when you overeat, your digestive system automatically takes action and starts to work on that massive amount of food you just ate; your insulin production increases to work with the excessive sugar you’ve consumed, your liver starts working to break down the extra fats, and the blood flow in your body is redistributed so there is more going towards your intestines and therefore less blood flow going anywhere else (like your brain)! Which is explanatory of why we get the feeling of being bloated, being gassy, sleepy, etc. You body is trying to accommodate for all those nutrients! So rather than making malaise the target of your meal, eat until you are comfortably full. It’s okay if you didn’t get to try everything, no one will get offended if you are too full and leftovers are just as good (if not better)!

     Don’t over eat on Thanksgiving just because you can. Thanks again for all of the #WellfieWednesday support, be sure to post your pictures this week and tag the WW crew members in your post (@TheFuelPhysio@Eric_in_AmERICa@AaronPerezPT@DianaKlatt@kuhnalyssa_spt) and keep the wave of healthy change going!

- WW Crew

Wellness Wednesday Tip #21: Have a Happy Healthy Thanksgiving!

     Happy #WellfieWednesday friends! With the holiday season upon us, colder weather is setting in and comfort food is coming out, making maintaining those health and fitness goals increasingly difficult. If you're family is anything like mine, tradition rules and breaking the news to Grandma that you won't be able to enjoy her famous stuffing and pumpkin pie, or trying to suggest a cauliflower mash rather than traditional potatoes will likely be met with gaping mouths, rolling eyes, and muttering under the breath of "here we go again..."

     The good news is YOU are in control of what you put in your body and how you spend your time before the feasting begins! Doubling down on the veggies before reaching for dessert, drinking water with dinner, and eating smaller healthy meals before the afternoon family feast are all easy ways to limit the damage done by holiday meals. An early morning workout or "Turkey Trot" 5k will help burn some calories and offset those holiday dishes later in the day. Or suggest the family takes a walk together after the meal rather than plopping on the couch for the rest of the night.

     Remember #WellfieWednesday is about small victories, not perfection. Holidays are about spending time with family, celebrating what you are thankful for, and being present in the moment. If you're preoccupied with your macronutrient intake and using all of your mental energy to resist that piece of cake, you're probably not going to have a good time.

     And in case you need some last-minute inspiration, check out my favorite viral video right now for some help. The Vegan Thanksgiving rap: https://youtu.be/dUZbPLHPmhw

     Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Patrick and I are truly thankful for all of the #WellfieWednesday support. We get so fired up every week seeing the steps everyone is taking to pursue a healthier life and we hope you’re finding inspiration through our posts as well.

     As always, be sure to post your pictures again this week and tag Patrick (@PBernerSPT) or myself (@Eric_in_AmERICa) and keep the wave of healthy change going!

-Dr. Eric Uveges, PT, DPT

-Dr. Patrick Berner, PT, DPT

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