The CHIP groups here at Rochester Clinic get to do a lot of fun things. Amongst those fun things are various speakers coming to present to the group. One of the group’s favorite speakers is Jason Banks from Banks Physical Therapy. When Jason speaks with the participants of the program, he goes through various stretches and movements one by one, showing them the proper technique as well as answering the many questions that most groups have.
Physical activity plays an important role in living a healthy lifestyle. The CHIP program, as well as the providers at Rochester Clinic, encourages that physical activity through regular and natural movement.
For most people, when we think exercise, we think “working out.” We have come to associate this with going to the gym, lifting weights and running miles and miles. But getting in shape and staying fit doesn’t have to mean training for a marathon or dead-lifting weights. It can be as simple as walking 15-20 minutes per day paired with light stretching.
Jason, in his capacity as a physical therapist, works with a lot of people with aches and pains from their everyday routine. I, myself, struggle with neck and shoulder pain as I spend most of my day sitting in front of the computer.
During Jason’s visits with our CHIP groups, he shares with us ways to increase our flexibility and movement by doing small stretches throughout the day. During this session, we spent about half an hour stretching and afterwards I find myself so relaxed. During Jason’s session, I was surprised to find that I wasn’t doing some of the stretches correctly and when I practiced the way Jason showed the group, I felt the benefit even more so.
Building stretching into your daily routine is extremely important, especially if you are working at a stationary job. Jason recommends getting up every 30 minutes to an hour to either walk around or stretch. That is something that I have been trying to put into practice ever since.
One of our past CHIP groups, at Cardinal of Minnesota, has embraced the moving regularly philosophy by creating a daily walking group. Every day at 1pm, a group will get together to walk around the block. It is a short walk, but it encourages regular activity as well as social interaction. While we are working and sitting at our desks, we can get caught up in what we are doing. Taking regular breaks and interacting with others can promote happiness and job satisfaction.
Whether you’ve fully adopted a plant-based diet or are simply dipping your toes in the water, there’s no doubt that wholesome food is at the center of one’s wellbeing.
Here we’ve rounded up five of our favorite cookbooks that are chock full of nourishing recipes and nutrition tips that are sure to assist in your healthy eating goals:
1. Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook
If you watched the Forks Over Knives documentary (read more about it here , along with the rest of our top documentary picks), you know what FOK is all about – the concept that degenerative diseases afflicting so much of the U.S. today can be controlled and even reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. This cookbook features 300+ plant-based recipes which place fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes in the lime light.
2. The China Study Cookbook: Over 120 Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes
This cookbook came to fruition thanks to The China Study; a book touting one of the most comprehensive nutrition studies ever conducted which reveals that a plant-based diet leads to optimal health and can halt or even reverse many diseases. The China Study Cookbook shares 120+ plant-based, nutrient-dense recipes that promote optimal health.
3. The PlantPure Nation Cookbook: The Official Companion Cookbook to the Breakthrough Film
PlantPure Nation, yet another noteworthy documentary created by the same producers as Forks Over Knives, provides this trusty companion cookbook boasting 150+ plant-centric recipes. It’s also filled with tips, tricks, and grocery lists for people interested in a whole food, plant-based diet.
4. Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes
Inspire healthful, plant-based eating among the whole family with this must-have cookbook from Dreena Burton. From delicious school lunches to appetizing on-the-go snacks, this book supplies more than 100 kid-tested and approved recipes and serves as an excellent reference for parents raising young ones on a whole food, vegan diet.
5. Crazy Sexy Kitchen
Don’t let the risqué title of this one deter you. Author and cancer survivor Kris Carr attributes her triumph over cancer to her lifestyle changes, most especially her diet. After embracing a diet made up of whole, plant-based foods, she soon discovered the transformative power of nutrition and felt better than she ever had. This cookbook offers 150+ recipes that includes everything from fresh-pressed juices to delectable desserts.
Also recommended: Oh She Glows, Minimalist Baker, But I Could Never Go Vegan
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