Health & Wellness

Good health, happy hearts, and peaceful minds are very possible as long as you are making correct choices—and usually the little things that we encourage you to do are not expensive.  Remember, the best things in life are free.  Getting out and walking for a half hour every day is so good for your body, heart, soul and mind that Hippocrates called walking, “man’s best medicine.”  The fresh air that you breath and the sunshine that you receive (which increases Vitamin D production and bolsters your immune system as well as your skeletal health) with walking is so healthy on so many levels that it is the number one thing that we are recommending to people who want to start getting healthy.  Please see the video entitled, “23.5 hours—What is the single best thing we can do for our health?”

FruitsIn addition to the medicine of walking, let the food that you eat be your medicine.  There are so many foods that we eat that drive the inflammatory process.  Inflammation causes pain and also contributes to the formation of many chronic diseases including cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis.  We recommend that you choose foods that are anti-inflammatory in nature and avoid foods that promote inflammation.  Being a salty old Norwegian, I would love a diet that totally consisted of meat, potatoes, and beer but my Italian wife wants us to recommend the Mediterranean Diet which happens to be very anti-inflammatory and healthy as well.

vegesWe have to be health conscious every day.  Replace the bad habits with new, healthier decisions.  If you smoke, you should stop.  When you go to the grocery store, skip the candy, chips, cookies, and junky processed foods and start loading up your cart with fresh fruits and vegetables. Make yourself delicious snacks like almonds mixed with dark chocolate and raisins. Please see our delicious, healthy recipes under Patient Resources, and please, share your recipes with us.  We are all in this together.  Sharing information and encouraging each other is the way to go.


  1. Pauli Halvorson

    As a nutritionist, I recommend raw nuts, not roasted or salted. Go for dark chocolate with 60% cocoa or higher, carob can substitute for chocolate. Craisins are a great option instead of raisins but watch for a higher sugar content. I simply give them a quick rinse, drain and dry thoroughly before storing.
    Switch it up by adding pretzels, butterscotch chips,dried bluberries or pomegranate. YUMMY!

    • Love the comments from the nutritionist…keep them coming, we will add your recipes to the website!

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