SML Shares Its Top Ten Best Places To Move In 2015

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familywalk2Simple Moving Labor’s (SML’s) annual Top Ten Best Places to Move in 2015 includes newcomer Provo, Utah, in the number one spot and four Texas hubs make the list as well. If a move is on your to-do list for 2015, here are the hot spots drawing attention.

Provo, Utah captures the number one spot on the “Top Ten Best Places to Move in 2015” list, bumping Boise, Idaho to number two since last year. Simple Moving Labor, the national leader in moving labor, compiles and publishes the list annually.

West Palm Beach, Florida, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Austin, Texas – all new to the list, compared to 2014 – round out the Top Five. Texas is the most represented state with Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio joining Austin as one of the hottest places to move to in 2015. Dallas just barely missed out on joining, too. Florida and Utah both had two cities on the list.

“As a nation, we tend to relocate very cyclically, migrating naturally to the places where we can work, raise a family, and enjoy a certain quality of life,” said SML President Matt McCollum. “Some of these places might not be the first to spring to mind when you think of where people love to live, but these residents would tell you otherwise – and people looking to move are listening.”

SML looked at cities with populations over 200,000 and then compares the median income, median price of a sold house, projected home value growth over the next three years, and the home affordability index. The unemployment rate is used as a tie breaker.

To even be considered for the list, the community had to beat the national average for median income ($53,046 annually) and have an unemployment rate under the national average of 5.7%. SML drew the statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Forbes.com, Zillow.com, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“The numbers make a compelling argument, but it is when you start looking a little deeper, seeing what the residents say about an area, that the true story comes out,” McCollum said. “The residents in these communities are the city’s strongest advocates. They love where they live and want people to realize it.

Salt Lake City, Utah and Orlando, Florida also made this year’s list. The full rankings include:

1. Provo, Utah
2. Boise, Idaho
3. West Palm Beach, Florida
4. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
5. Austin, Texas
6. Orlando, Florida
7. Salt Lake City, Utah
8. Houston, Texas
9. San Antonio, Texas
10. Fort Worth, Texas

ABOUT SML: Founded in 2007, SML is the nation’s leading provider of moving labor services – help loading or unloading your rental truck or storage unit – as well as door-to-door, full-service moves. No matter your moving needs, SML delivers the manpower, work ethic, customer service, and expertise to make your next move a simple move.

Ten Romantic Activity Dates For Valentine’s Day

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girlTrade in chocolates for a little exercise this Valentine’s Day. This Austin sports medicine team has compiled a list of ten activities for couples to engage in for both romance and physical fitness.

It’s hard to picture Valentine’s Day without the box of chocolates, extravagant dinners and indulgent desserts, but it’s important that one day doesn’t completely derail fitness goals. In fact, it’s highly beneficial that couples take another approach to the special day altogether. Instead of excessive calories, try a work out date with your significant other this February 14th.

“There are many different advantages to exercising with your romantic partner,” said Dr. Martha Pyron, owner of Medicine in Motion. “Activity dates with your significant other can help add balance to your exercise routines, assist with proper form, and develop a common interest, which can lead to greater motivation and support.”

Make the pledge to turn this Valentine’s Day from calorie-filled to calorie-burning. Here are a few fun (and often romantic) suggestions for a fitness date from the Austin sports medicine team at Medicine in Motion:

1. Bowling. While not the most strenuous of activities, infrequent bowlers will find themselves using muscle groups they don’t often hit.

2. Yoga. Take a class together, use an application on your smart phone, or pop in a DVD. Not only is yoga a great workout, it will also help partners tune out the rest of the world, which is the perfect mindset for a date.

3. Ballroom dancing. Dance may not be intuitive for every guy (or girl) out there, but the romance factor of this activity is worth the effort of a few lessons.

4. Golf. This is one of the best ways to spend quiet and quality time together. Golf games tend to last a while, so there’s ample time for flirting and a rewarding kiss for those great shots.

5. Bicycling. Even if one or both don’t own a bike, most towns have a rental shop. Not only is this a great way to burn calories, but it’s also better on the environment. Pick a scenic route and turn the experience into a sight-seeing adventure.

6. Batting cages. Not the best at baseball? Worst case scenario is that one or both will get in a few laughs, and that’s great exercise for the abdominal muscles.

7. Rock climbing. Most people don’t have experience with climbing, but bigger cities almost always have an indoor rock climbing facility for beginners. It’s a great workout and a great lesson in trusting a partner.

8. Hike. If still wanting to include food on the date, pack a romantic picnic and take a hike through the woods.

9. Beach. Whether playing a round of beach volleyball, going for an ocean swim, or just frolicking along the sandy beaches, it’s all exercise and fun.

10. Row boat. Rent a row boat, canoe or kayak for two. The paddling is an excellent upper-body workout, but leave ample time to drift along the water to enjoy the romantic backdrop.

Medicine in Motion (MIM) specializes in providing top quality sports medicine in Austin, Texas, for athletic individuals of all ages and levels. The staff at MIM believes active bodies are healthy bodies, therefore it is the office’s goal to keep patients energetic and fit. To that end, MIM provides treatment of injuries and illnesses, including the use of physical rehabilitation; promotes healthy living with personal training and nutrition coaching; and offers comprehensive sports medicine evaluations to optimize health, activity level and sports performance. For more information or for questions regarding sports medicine in Austin, contact Medicine in Motion at 512-257-2500 or visit the website at http://www.medinmotion.com.

Ten Ways To Eat Cleaner

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

healthyheartSo many times in my Heart Easy workshops I’ve seen faces light up when people really “get” that they have incredible power over their health by choosing what they eat. I start each workshop asking for a show of hands, “How many here are control freaks?” Many hands shoot straight up into the air. “Good, ” I reinforce, “then this is the workshop for you.”

We have more control than we realize over our health. When we choose foods that support and compliment our bodily systems we are helping our bodies serve us better and longer. Think of your body like you do a car engine. If you put substandard products in your operating systems, you’ll get sludgy buildup and black smoke. If you use better quality goods, you’ll enjoy enhanced performance and longer car life.

It’s no different with our bodies. There are certain foods that enhance and invigorate digestion, vitamin and mineral absorption and cell growth. There are other foods that clog, pollute and stagnate the body. Some of us treat our cars better than we do our bodies! But you have the opportunity to change how your body functions and help prevent a lot of the diseases that are killing us.

Here is a list of ten ways that you can start eating cleaner to empower your body to function better.

1) Eat whole grains like: whole wheat pasta, quinoa, kamut, or brown rice.

2) Choose veggies instead of bread, cookies, potatoes or processed foods.

3) Use herbs for flavor instead of salt.

4) Eat more salads using chicken breast or shrimp and skip the high fat dressings. Pick a non-fat or a low-fat version. Carry the dressing with you if you need to.

5) Cut back on saturated fats (butter, cream, cheese, whole milk) and use fat- free dairy products ( even Walmart carries fat-free shredded cheese) or alternatives like soy, almond or rice cheeses.

Health6) Use applesauce as a sweetener instead of sugar. Limit sweets to once a week. Agave and stevia are great sugar alternatives.

7) Read every label of the food you buy and keep your saturated fats, sodium and sugar intake low, low, low. (Fats less than 20% daily, sodium under 1000 mg daily, sugar 100 calories per day – 6 teaspoons)

8) Cut back to red meat only once a week, then to once a month, then to once a year.

9) Stop drinking sodas and drink water, carbonated or flat, freshened with cucumber, lemon, lime or watermelon.

10) Snack on nuts, veggies or fruit instead of cookies, crackers or baked goods.

Sooner than you can imagine you’ll be dancing the happy jig because you’ll have a new spring in your step when you choose foods that support your body. Once you begin eating healthier and lighter, you will experience the joy that this way of eating provides. You’ll have more energy, you’ll want to participate in life more, you’ll feel happier, more enthusiastic and this alone will stir your creative juices so that you might even invent your own personal program for cooking and health that will inspire and motivate all of us.

Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a PhD in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author of 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. In the Heart Easy Cook Book sound nutritional advice is followed by family favorites that have been turned into heart healthy meals anyone can make and everyone will love.

Ten Tips For An Easier, Happier Holiday Season

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By Lorne Holden

womanweightsThe holidays. The people, the parties, the food, the gifts, the wonder of it all…..and the stress. If past holiday seasons have brought you more discomfort than ease, consider adopting some small changes in your attitudes and habits. Here’s a list of suggestions that can shift your stress to joy in no time!

1. Breathe – There is scientific evidence that ten deep belly breaths actually changes the body chemistry. We are calmer, happier people when we breath fully. If you feel a stressy moment approaching, consider this simple action to help.

2. Get Enough Sleep – It’s easy to forget that simply getting enough sleep is a starting block for having a great day. You may be going to parties galore, but don’t forget to get enough shut eye.

3. Eat Something Green Every Day – Making healthy food choices has a wonderful knock on effect. Eating a salad with broccoli at lunch will prompt your body to make wiser choices at dinner too, not to mention at all the evening parties. Include a green vegetable somewhere in your day – it may help with the urge to overeat cookies and sweets. At the very least, it will help balance your system.

4. Rest Your Mind – You don’t have to think of it as meditation. Just think of it as rest. Sit in a chair for ten minutes and imagine you have a blue sky with gorgeous clouds filling the top of your head. Keep your awareness on that beauty.

5. Count to Ten – Sometimes the things that Granny advised are still really the best advice. If you can feel an eruption of feelings coming on that might be unpleasant, take even a few seconds to breathe before you speak.

happyteens6. Make Time for Your Own Fun – The holidays often bring a host of social obligations that can be more necessary than joyful. Balance these times by building in experiences of what works for you. Declare a fun event for every day and dive into it.

7. Take a Ten Minute Walk – If you are driving to a party or event, plan on getting there a little early, and hop out of the car. Walk five minutes out and five minutes back. The fresh air will boost both your attitude and your energy level. You’ll be a welcome asset to the party or event because you’ll show up beaming.

8. Give – Nothing compares to the great feeling you get when you make a true offering to another. Find a charity, shelter or any organization that moves you and brighten their holiday season. You will be brighter off for it!

9. Be Grateful – Wake up every day and think of one thing you feel grateful for. There is always something. Gratitude has a positive viral effect on the system. Once you notice something to be grateful for, you will find other things too.

10. Be Kind – It really is true that what goes around, comes around. Be Kind. Be Kind. Be Kind.

Wishing you the happiest holiday season ever!

– Lorne Holden is an award winning artist and author of the bestselling book “MAKE IT HAPPEN in Ten Minutes a Day/The Simple, Lifesaving Method for Getting Things Done,” which is available at makeithappenintenminutesaday.com and by request at any local bookstore.

Ten Keys To Correcting Your Physical And Mental Symptoms— Even When You’ve Tried Everything Else And Nothing Has Helped

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By Mark Pitstick, MA, DC

womanIt’s quite a challenge to determine exactly what is at the core of a person’s problems. There are literally hundreds of possibilities that can cause common physical and ‘mental’ ailments that keep people from feeling happy, healthy, and energetic.

In addition, each person is unique and is like a combination lock; when the right ‘combination’ of self-care and natural care is given, the safe opens to reveal a healthy, happy, energetic person who was just waiting to be well again.

After forty years of helping many thousands of suffering patients, I’ve found many Safe, Affordable, Natural, and Effective (SANE) solutions to preventing and correcting common health problems. In a series of upcoming articles, I’ll teach you about some primary causes of dis-ease and what you can do about them. These core causes can include:

1. offending foods (GMO, chemical laden, agribusiness) and food allergies

2. immune imbalances: overgrowth of viruses, bacteria, yeast, or parasites

3. EMF: electromagnetic fields from ‘dirty electricity’

4. excess chemicals due to the 2000 chemicals we’re exposed to daily

5. toxic metals from numerous sources in everyday living

6. skin trauma—from surgery, injury, IV’s, shots, body piercings or tattoos

7. deficiency of minerals and vitamins and other vital nutrients

8. chronically poor diet that prevents a healthy body-mind

9. lack of digestive enzymes, hydrochloric acid, good bacteria and yeast

10. poor lifestyle habits: as fully addressed in my book Radiant Wellness

These factors may not seem earth-shaking, but they can and do create great misery.

womanarmupSymptoms that we’ve helped patients heal themselves of include: depression, fatigue, tremors, overweight, anxiety, insomnia, constipation, diarrhea, allergies, sinus drainage and congestion, memory loss, cold hands and feet, facial twitches, rectal itching and burning, indigestion, night sweats, hot flashes, tender breasts, PMS mood swings, muscle cramps, sweet cravings, bad breath, brain fog, shakiness, skin rash, acne, irritability, dizziness, nervousness, panic attacks, ridged and split nails, frequent colds and flu, asthma, visual disturbances, sneezing attacks, joint pain, hair loss, urinary frequency/urgency/incontinence, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol, imbalance/vertigo and heart arrhythmias

My articles will explain what self-care steps you can take and what health care techniques I recommend that you receive from a licensed practitioner.

If you are suffering with one or more of the above symptoms and want to get started on the road to wellness, here is a list of the techniques I recommend to address the above factors: Nutrition Response Testing, System Strength Analysis, Applied Kinesiology, Contact Reflex Technique, Bio-Meridian and Stressor Nutrient Balancing. Do a search for one of these techniques and find the best practitioner near you. Feel free to contact me if I can help you or your loved ones in any way.

– Mark Pitstick, B.S., M.A., D.C., has over forty years experience and training in hospitals, pastoral counseling settings, mental health centers, and holistic private practice. His training includes a premedical degree, graduate theology/pastoral counseling studies, masters in clinical psychology, and doctorate in chiropractic. His book Radiant Wellness: A Holistic Guide for Optimal Body, Mind and Spirit was endorsed by Drs. Deepak Chopra, Wayne Dyer, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Bernie Siegel and others. Mark has been a frequent radio and TV guest and hosted a nationally syndicated radio show. He has presented many workshops on holistic health and spiritual awareness. He has been a review editor and regular contributor to many magazines and e-zines. Mark founded the Radiant Wellness Center and the Stressor-Nutrient Balancing healing method. www.radiant101.com

Disclaimer: Listing improvements of past patients’ problems does not imply a guarantee for those with similar conditions. I do not claim to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. I do teach people and health care professionals how to assist the body in healing itself of imbalances.

Ten Steps To A Heart Healthy Cinco De Mayo Fiesta

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By Kac Young PhD, ND, DCH

bakedtortillaMexican food is primarily made from simple, fresh ingredients. To make sure you have a heart healthy Mexican style fiesta, you can incorporate the following 10 things:

1) Make your own chips. This is easy and fun and avoids the highly saturated fats and salt of store-bought tortilla chips. Use low fat, corn tortillas, cut them in eighths, spray a cookies sheet or a pizza pan lightly with canola oil and bake at 400˚ for 6-8 minutes. (Watch carefully that you don’t burn them.)

2) Substitute highly saturated fat cheeses with alternatives like SoySation® 3 Cheese Blend, or SoySation® Mozzarella Shreds, The Original Almond® Cheddar or Mozzarella Shreds or Rice Cheeze®. These delicious substitutes won’t clog your precious arteries.

3) Guacamole is excellent for you. Make it with ripe avocados, fresh tomatoes, cilantro, chopped onions, lemon or lime juice and a teaspoon of white vinegar. Season with coarse sea salt, but not too much. Go lightly for your heart’s sake.

4) Salsa is another wonderful, fresh treat. Mix Roma tomatoes, cilantro, chopped onions, minced garlic, chopped jalapeno peppers, lime juice and you won’t need to add any salt.

5) Avoid high fat sour cream topping by using non-fat sour cream or substitute non-fat Greek Style Yogurt instead.

6) When making filling for tacos, taquitos and enchiladas, use ground turkey breast or chicken breast instead of beef or pork. Cut your meat by a third by adding cooked lentils for fiber and to reduce overall calories.

7) Avoid burritos, fried dishes and chimichangas at all costs. Instead, choose corn tortillas and fill them with lettuce, salsa, guacamole and black beans. You’ll be full and feel satisfied without damaging your heart. Also, be sure to avoid refried beans unless you cook them yourself or use the non-fat refried canned beans.

8) Substitute fish for red meat whenever you can. Grill, don’t fry and top with fresh salsa.

9) Nachos are heart bombs. They contain fatty meats, fat-saturated cheeses, lard-infused refried beans and fat-soaked fried chips. This is all bad news for your heart. Make a heart healthy version by using your own baked tortilla chips, veggies, Soy, Almond or Rice cheese substitutes, fresh tomatoes, low-fat black beans, cumin and cilantro.

10) Lighten up your drinks and lengthen your life. Use my recipe for Heart Easy ™Margarita- Lite recipe or the Heart Easy™ Beergarita-Lite.

Absolutely have a party, but be wise in your choices so your heart will be able to support decades and decades of Cinco de Mayo celebrations to come with your close friends and family.

margaritaliteHeart Easy™ Margarita-Lite

Makes: 4 servings, about 2/3 cup each, 181 calories. This Lite Margarita recipe saves you 150-200 calories compared to traditional margarita recipes made with corn syrup-powered, bottled margarita mix. This is a fresher, healthier version. If you want to convince yourself of the health benefits, celebrate the vitamin C **you will get from the fresh limes. (Remember to celebrate with responsibility and have only one of these delicious treats!)

Ingredients:

1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
4 lime wedges and lime slices for garnish
1 cup seltzer or club soda
3/4 cup tequila (6 ounces) (I use white tequila)
6 tablespoons (3 ounces) Triple Sec or Cointreau
2 packets of Good & Sweet or Stevia
Ice

Rim Glaze:

1 Tablespoon grated lime zest
1 Tablespoon Kosher or sea salt

Directions:

For the Rim Glaze, blend together 1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest with 1 tablespoon Kosher or sea salt (Adding lime zest to the salt rim gives great flavor and cuts the salt in half.) For the Margarita, combine lime juice, seltzer (or club soda), tequila and Triple Sec (or Cointreau) with the sugar substitute sweetener in a pitcher. Rub the rim of four 10-ounce glasses with the lime wedge and dip in the lime-salt. Fill the glasses with ice and top with the margarita mixture. Garnish with a slice of lime.* I skip the salt entirely to control unwanted sodium. But, if you’re a traditional margarita-lover, have a little salt but please go lightly. Your heart will appreciate it.

**Nutrition bonus: Vitamin C (15% daily value).

Heart Easy™ Beergarita-Lite

Another fun way to cut calories and stay with fresh ingredients is to choose a light beer mix it with a ton of fresh lime juice – serve in a salt-lime zest* rimmed glass and it gives you a margarita feel at under 125 calories and some added vitamin C to boot.

*Use 1 tablespoon Kosher or sea salt mixed with 1 tablespoon lime zest. This cuts down on the salt, yet still gives you a festive feel.

Heart Easy™ Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Dip

Serves: 6

Ingredients:

1 can (16 oz.) fat free refried beans
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
2 medium avocados, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/2 teaspoon lemon or lime juice
1/4 cup fresh chunky salsa.
1/4 cup low fat mayonnaise
1/2 cup non fat sour cream
1/2 package (1.25 oz) low sodium taco seasoning mix
3 green onions, chopped
1 small can sliced black olives
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1 cup shredded Lisanatti SoySation® 3 Cheese Blend or The Original Almond® Cheddar Shreds
12 corn tortillas cut into 6ths and baked.*

Directions:

On a large serving plate, spread the refried beans. Top with the black beans. In a large bowl, blend avocados, lemon juice and salsa. Spread the avocado mix on top of the beans. Fold the mayonnaise, sour cream and taco seasoning together. Spoon the mixture onto the avocado dip. One at a time, layer green onions, black olives, tomatoes, and top with cheddar shreds. Serve with homemade tortilla chips.

*Use medium size (low fat) corn tortillas. Cut them into 8ths. Lightly spray a cookie sheet or a pizza pan with non stick canola spray. Bake for 6-8 minutes at 400˚ or until golden, crispy brown. Remove from oven and cool. Do not salt. Serve with the dip for a heart healthy Cinco de Mayo.

Kac Young, a former television director and producer, has earned a Ph.D. in Natural Health and is a Doctor of both Clinical Hypnotherapy and Naturopathy. She is the author 10 books. Heart Easy is a system of nutritionally sound, delicious meals that promote heart health, long life and taste great. Traditional recipes are turned into heart healthy meals that anyone can make. The health results are outstanding. While earning her Ph.D. in Natural Health and a Doctorate in Naturopathy, she completed 36 courses in nutrition from Baylor University. She also earned a doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy.