Posts in Nutrition
When Healthy Goes Too Far: Meet Orthorexia

Lets play a little game of association here. When you hear the word healthy, what comes to your mind?

The “healthy” is a loaded word these days. Gluten-free, toned thighs, 12 pack abs, dairy-free, nut-free, paleo, keto, whole 30, long flowing locks, youthful-ageless skin, ________ insert any other #trendingnow thing.

Recently there has been an increase in interest in eating healthy, which is AWESOME don’t get us wrong. We love that people are thinking about food. We love thinking about food.

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Introducing EVOLVE Performance Training

“Do what you love, for life.”

Since the beginning, our goal at EVOLVE Flagstaff is to help you do what you love, for life. We want to help you feel and look great, to overcome injuries, prevent chronic disease, and live your life to the fullest.

To better fulfill that mission, we are incredibly excited to announce that EVOLVE Flagstaff will be expanding to a larger space in downtown Flagstaff. We’ll be moving from our current 350 square foot office to a 2,400 square foot clinic and training space. This move will provide the following dedicated private offices for our Registered Dietitian and Physical Therapist, allowing for more available treatment times and less distraction. We’ll also have a state of the art strength and conditioning equipment with ample space to train.

What’s most exciting about this move is that we will launching a Performance Training Program that we’ve beta tested over the past year to address all of the most common problems we see people encountering while pursuing an active lifestyle.

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Travel Nutrition Priorities

We love traveling at EVOLVE, whether it's a quick weekend in Scout the Van (see figure 1), or jet setting to far off lands.

Exploring new places, cultures, and food is great, but we know that it is easy to feel like travel throws a wrench in all of your awesome, healthy nutrition habits. So, let’s take a moment to break down our nutrition strategies on the road or in the air.

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I like good fats and I cannot lie: A guide to "healthy" fats

It seems like there’s always some type of debate going on in the nutrition world about the role of fat in a healthy diet.

First, low-fat was the way to go. This led to the development of sketchy fat substitutes like “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” (I can believe it) or Olestra (anal leakage for your Friday night?), and the injection of excessive amounts of sugar and salt into “low fat” foods to make them taste good and pass as edible.

Then, the pendulum swung to the opposite side of the spectrum with the Paleo and other ancestral health movements, which promoted fat as the new solution to all of our diet-related problems. Hungry? Need to lose weight? Want more energy? Just add butter to it! Things like Bulletproof Coffee became the new craze, and bacon became a “health food.”

We’re now living in this awkward new world where it seems like things are just plain confusing. Some people remain stuck in the low-fat mindset while others pile bacon, butter, and olive oil on top of everything.

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10 reasons to pay out of pocket for physical therapy and dietitian services

We do things a bit differently at EVOLVE. One of our goals is to deliver healthcare in the way that we would want to experience it as a patient. This means: our appointments are not rushed or behind schedule, our focus is 100% on your results, we practice according to the most up-to-date available scientific evidence, and we are transparent in our approach, thought processes, and price.

Perhaps most striking to some people, especially those who have seen other physical therapists or dietitians before, is that we are “out of network” with all insurance providers. What this means is that we charge a flat rate at the end of each appointment, payable by credit card, cash, check, or a health savings account or flexible spending account (we don’t accept bitcoin yet, sorry). We can provide appropriate receipts for our patients to submit to their insurance for out-of-network reimbursement, but do not bill insurance directly.

We chose to set up EVOLVE in this way for a number of reasons. This post will explore 10 reasons why we think it’s actually better for you, the patient, to experience your physical therapy and dietitian services in this way.

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8 simple habits to emerge from the holidays happier and healthier than ever

The holidays are upon us! Do you use the holidays as a time for reflection, mindfulness, and resetting healthy habits? Or do you feel that the time between Thanksgiving and January 1 to be stressful, busy, with too much unhealthy consumption and not enough exercise?

If your holiday experience is something like “Christmas is fun, but the holidays are stressful,” or “My New Years resolution is always to get back to regular exercise and eat vegetables again,” you’re not alone. 

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