Obtaining Quality Healthcare

 

New patients to Calmglow often wonder why we do not have a billing system such that we can bill their insurance. The reason is simple. We provide the healthcare our patients need based on their individual health requirements, not as dictated by the insurance companies. The best healthcare is driven by a healthcare provider, not insurance companies.

 

Calmglow understands that the insurance companies do not always reimburse for all of the care provided by Calmglow.  PPO insurance and some EPO insurance companies will cover most or all of the care provided by Calmglow. HMO plans rarely cover providers outside of their HMO network.  Therefore anyone who has an HMO may partner with an outside network HSA or FSA or use CareCredit.

Tips from an insurance agent

 

 

An insider tip from a Calmglow insurance agent patient: it is key to establish a friendly relationship with the insurance adjuster to whom you are submitting your invoice. Calmglow provides to our patients the insurance codes on their invoice so that they may submit the invoice to their insurance companies. Your insurance adjuster may be able to provide you with a more efficient codes. Our insurance agent patient, by using the more efficient codes for her PPO, has been able to obtain 100% reimbursement from her PPO.

Definitely worth establishing a friendly relationship with the insurance adjusters at our health insurance companies!

 

 

 

Calmglow also wants to make sure that our patients are taking advantage of their Health Saving Account (HSA) and Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA) which are offered by many employers. These saving accounts can be used to pay for office visits, test kits and supplements ordered via our office.

HSA & FSA

Calmglow has also partnered with CareCredit. CareCredit is a credit card that only approved licensed medical offices may offer. The reason that we partnered with CareCredit is because they offer our patients (subject to credit approval) special no interest payment options based on the total purchase price (and includes office visits, test kits and supplements).

Calmglow can give interested patients a link which gives our patients a direct view to Care Credit, allows our patients to actually apply (with an immediate approval or decline) and contains information about our promotional offers available through Care Credit.

Calmglow does not receive any benefit from CareCredit for referring our patients to them. We are partnering with them to give our patients another avenue to afford quality healthcare.

Your health is a priority. Calmglow helps you live your healthiest life. 

To your health.

 

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

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Journal The Journey To Optimal Health: Care From My Monitor

What amazing times to be alive! From the comfort of my home, clad in yoga pants, and feeling no stress, I participated in my first telehealth medical visit.

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For me it felt like an old fashioned house visit (the image I have is the doctor checking on Zuzu at her home in It’s A Wonderful Life) mixed with a future world doctor (such as Doctor McCoy in Star Trek or Dr. Beverly Crusher in Star Trek: The Next Generation). 

 

Just like Bones took care of the crew on the Enterprise, Dianne and the Team at Calmglow are going to take care of me!

I do believe this is the year of Zoom meetings. I am sure I am not the only person who has had countless video conferences from just a video conference with another person to a screen full of folks. So I was pretty sure I knew what to expect for a telehealth visit.

 

I was right and wrong.

We connected via the computer and chatted through our monitors. Connecting via the computer was easy and thankfully my internet was strong. That was similar to the multitude of video conferences I’ve attended. 

Telehealth Functional Medical Care

 

 

Unlike most of my Zoom meetings, I soon forgot I was on a video conference. Dianne Hinton thanked me more than once for meeting with her. How kind! She is so warm, with such a soothing voice. The call soon felt like I was chatting with a friend. A friend who is going to help me feel better!

 

Functional Medicine Focuses on Healing The Whole Person

 

 

We tackled the paperwork I filled out. Dianne and I did a deep dive into me: me today, my past, my family, my relationships. We discussed how I sleep and suggestions on how to improve (such as to try meditation – like a guided meditation on the Calm app and reduce my coffee intake), what is bothering me (weight and probably a tad stressed, cough, cough) and more. 

 

Walking dogs

We discussed what I enjoy doing to make sure I have enough movement in my life – especially since I work on a computer and spend most of the day sitting on my office chair.   I love hiking and walking. I am interested in yoga and taking up some strength training. My plan is to exercise first thing. Having dogs makes it easy to start the day with a walk!

One thing I was surprised about – how much water I need to drink. I am working on that. I get focused on a project and next thing I know I have not had a sip in ages.

 

Dianne, while never making me feel uncomfortable, learned a ton about me. Once we get my test results back, we’ll both know even more about me!

Stay Hydrated

 

Next step: Lab test. Will not lie. I was a tad apprehensive. Then I watched the videos on the website. Now I know I’ll be able to do them. (I’ll be adulting when I have my blood drawn. Have I mentioned how much I do not like needles??) I am planning to videotape the opening of the box tests, so everyone will know the tests aren’t overwhelming or difficult! 

 

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I am so excited to become the best me I can be! Thank you for joining me on this journey!

 

LP (In The Transition Zone)

Smoke Inhalation Detox

 

The West is burning. The news reports that California has some of the worst air quality in the world. The smoke from the fires in the West have reached the East Coast and Europe. 

 

What is all of this smoke doing to us?

How does inhaling wildfire smoke hurt your body?

 

According to the CDC: wildfire smoke can harm you in multiple ways. Smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.  Even healthy people can be harmed by inhaling wildfire smoke. The short term effects are:

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  • Coughing
  • Trouble breathing normally
  • Stinging eyes
  • A scratchy throat
  • Runny nose
  • Irritated sinuses
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • An asthma attack
  • Tiredness
  • Fast heartbeat

How to protect yourself from the harmful effects of smoke and bad air quality

Avoid the smoke

    • If told to stay inside, do so as much as possible.
    • While inside, keep doors and windows closed.
    • While inside, run the air conditioner and air filters.
    • While inside, do not add to the interior air pollution: no smoking, burning candles, don’t even vacuum, which can stir up air particles.

Venturing outside into the smoke?

    • If you have to be outside, wear a mask. In particular, wear an “N95” mask.

Is it okay to exercise with all of the smoke in the air?

    • Avoid outdoor exercise while the air quality is bad. In the U.S., check the air quality in your area by clicking this link. While the air quality is bad, do low impact exercises indoors.

How to help your body heal from the harm caused by all of the smoke

 

Detox Smoothie

Detoxification Smoothie

 

Detoxification drinks have a powerful effect on the body’s recuperative powers because of their rich, easily absorbed nutrients. Fresh juices contain proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, electrolytes, and healing aromatic oils. But most importantly fresh juice therapy makes available to every cell in our bodies large amounts of enzymes, an integral part of the healing and restorative process.

This detox smoothie could be added to your daily detoxification regime. At a minimum, drink the detox smoothie daily for 2 weeks.

 

Water and Ice to taste and texture

4 oz organic orange juice without sweetener

1oz pomegranate juice

1 handful of broccoli sprouts or 1 stalk broccoli

1 handful of cilantro

2 stalks celery

1 handful of watercress

1/3-1/2 cup of mixed organic berries

A packet of Pure Paleo Cleanse Powder

Optional :  As a meal replacement, you can add 1 serving pea and rice protein powder with 1 tbsp of nut butter to make your smoothie more of a meal.

 

Blend together and drink with gusto

Dry brushing

 

Dry Brushing Tips

Diagram for dry brushing

 

Dry Brushing Diagram

 

Detox Bundle

To make it easy for everyone, Calmglow created an Added Support Detox Bundle. In the bundle you will find Dead Sea Mineral Bath Salt, Dry Brush and Breathefree Oil. You can order the Detox Bundle directly from the Calmglow by clicking this link. Calmglow also recommends Pure Paleo Plus 14 day Detox.  

 

If you have any questions about other detoxification recommendations, immunity boosting recommendations or to make an appointment to discuss any recommended modification for your individual plan, call Calmglow at 209-247-9170.

To your health,

 

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

 

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Journal The Journey To Optimal Health: Mistakes and Surprises

 

I stated that my next step on this transformation journey was lab tests. I discovered that I was trying to leapfrog over my actual next step after completing the paperwork: my initial appointment.

 

Oops.

 

I know I am nervous about those lab tests. Is anyone else also a nervous nelly over needles? Mind you, I tell the kids that needles and shots are no big deal. While getting our flu shots, I paste my madonna smile on my face and reassure the kids that the shot is nothing to worry about.

 

Needles and Blood cause me concern

 

They have no idea needles make me anxious. Let’s not even discuss how I am at the sight of blood.

 

I have a reprieve from needles for the moment!

 

 

Telehealth Visit. Telehealth medical care. Being healthy

 

Telehealth Visit

So my initial visit will be a telehealth visit. I have never had a telehealth visit. I have attended countless numbers of Zoom meetings for business. I have had many a FaceTime conversations with friends and family. But I have never had a virtual medical visit.

 

Have you had a telehealth medical appointment? Share your telehealth experiences on the Calmglow Facebook page!

 

There are a number of things I will not miss about a typical medical visit: wearing a lovely paper gown and sitting on a paper covered table in an exam room. I do not own a scale, so I won’t be weighed (not sad about that at all!). 

 

I will let you know about the telehealth visit. Promise!

 

 

Tasty Food Healthy Food Getting Healthy Healthy Diet Losing Weight

 

Food, Fat and Being Non-Judgmental

 

One of my health goals is to lose a bunch of weight. I am not sure if the team at Calmglow would want me to track my diet, but I think it is a good idea. Before I can make any improvements, I need to know what my usual diet is. The good, the bad and the ugly.

 

I promised myself that I would start with tracking and being non-judgmental about what I am eating.

 

Then I listed everything I ate and saw the results.

 

Being non-judgmental is proving difficult.

 

Dang, I have no idea I was eating so many calories and so much fat. Had you asked me before I started tracking, I would have said I ate a pretty healthy diet. I love so many healthy foods: salmon, avocado, green protein shakes, salads, vegetables, fruit. Summer fruit. Is there anything better?!!

 

 

Food Chart Diet Plan Food Plan Healthy Food Tasty Food

 

 

Then I measured and weighed everything. 

 

Let’s start with my green protein shake. My morning protein shake has 2 cups of power greens. Something with 2 cups of power greens is beyond health. Right? The rest is almond milk, protein powder, oatmeal, and Greek yogurt. 

 

So healthy!

 

Also over 500 calories. 

 

Dang.

 

My lunch salad was the next meal put under a microscope (or should I say introduced to my new kitchen scale). Power greens, chicken breast, avocado, tomatoes, shredded cheese, carrots, cucumbers, and pumpkin seeds. One healthy meal! Just needs a little dressing to finish. 

 

Yikes! So many calories. Those may be healthy fats, but the number of fat grams surprised me.

 

I recently discovered a local rancher who has grass-fed and grass-finished beef. On the dinner menu was one of their incredible steaks, grilled and served with squashes sautéed with onions. Feeling most virtuous for foregoing my favorite side dish: a baked potato. 

 

Holy moley. My dinner was over 1000 calories!

 

 

Food Charting Diet Healthy Food

Food Chart: Calories and Macro Nutrients

 

Creating a spreadsheet to track your food, weighing and measuring everything, and looking up the calories, fats, proteins and carbs for each meal may not help everyone. But what I learned surprised me.

 

A day that started with a green protein shake, had a lunch salad and finished with just protein and non-starchy vegetables would be considered very healthy by most counts.

 

Except it wasn’t exactly healthy. Too much of a good thing is not good. The only reason I discovered this was because I examined the results of my data.

 

The numbers had a story to tell me. The trick now is to remain non-judgmental while I put my typical menus to the test. To capture what I am eating, what, when and why I am eating, without thinking poorly about myself. 

 

Have to figure out what my normal looks like so that I’ll know what needs tweaking to improve.

 

Thank you for sharing my journey with me. Email at supplements@calmglow.com or post on the Calmglow Facebook page if you are also starting your journey to optimal health. Share what have been your challenges. What has surprised you. Share your mistakes too if you would like!

Transformation Diet Transformation Personal Transformation

 

 

Your journey to optimal health may not have a weight loss component. Maybe you are transforming from someone who drags through the day to someone brimming with energy!

 

If you are further along the journey, email, or post to share your tips and knowledge gained! What does your transformation look like? Weight loss, more energy? Something else?

 

This week’s journey to optimal health was full of mistakes and surprises. Next week has a first: my telehealth visit.

 

The second week of my journey – having taken that first step of the transformation. I don’t see any improvement but I have faith that with the help from Calmglow incredible results will be seen in the future.

 

LP (In The Transformation Zone)

 

Journal The Journey To Optimal Health: Getting Started

 

Welcome to the journey to optimal health! I am LP, sharing the good, the bad & the ugly, from the decision to take control of my health to the vibrancy I know I will achieve after working together with Calmglow. 

 

A little about me: a 56-year-old gal, who has been trying to lose weight and get in shape since I was 13 years old! The years have raced by and aches and pains have moved in for the duration. The wisps of health concern need to be vanquished so as to not limit or shorten my life.

 

 

I plan to be one long-living, feisty old lady who leaves all of the kids in her dust. One of my burning desires is a terribly vain one: I want to look good in clothes. Most importantly, I want to see my children grow into incredible adults and enjoy my time with any future grandchildren with whom I am blessed.

 

Those are my whys for turning to Dianne Hinton and her team at Calmglow. What are your whys? How do you want to feel and look by next year? Do you desire to be an energetic senior citizen with me?

 

I volunteered to share this journey with you. I know that I am not alone in wanting to take control of my health while there is still time to do so. I promised Dianne that I would not hold back. I will share the whining and complaining from my inner 5-year-old (who LOVES her comfort food), reveal any resistance and reluctance to the changes recommended, the whisperings of that devil on my shoulder, and the giggles at the mistakes I make.

 

Talking about mistakes……..

 

The first step is to fill out the new patient paperwork. Easy, right? I look over the packet: history, symptoms questionnaire, consent for therapy, HIPPA, consent for hormone therapy. Oh, I am past menopause, no need to fill out the consent for hormone therapy.

 

Wrong!

Feisty women rule!
Who isn't stressed?

 

Jessica Santos explained that I am not the first person to focus solely on gender-specific hormones. But there are other hormones in our bodies that could be a concern. Say stress hormones (who isn’t stressed these days?!!).

 

Paperwork correctly filled out (which you now know means complete all of the documents sent and to make sure to fill it fully — they can’t help us if they don’t know everything! Remember, the good, the bad & the ugly is being addressed here!). I am waiting for the test to arrive in the mail – which is the next step.

 

 

 

 

There is one other matter in connection to getting started: cost. Calmglow does not bill health insurance. To be honest, the cost was a concern. I explored my options.

I discovered that while Calmglow does not bill insurance, they do provide an invoice with the correct billing codes that I can submit to my health insurance company. Also, if I want to use my HSA (health savings account) to make sure to call the office to order my supplements, not to order them via the website, so that an invoice can be provided. Additionally, Jessica or Dianne can write a prescription for the supplements needed with the diagnosis. 

 

Dianne also shared there is CARE credit, which has a low interest for 2 years plan.

 

 

 

 

 

Woman on a calculator figuring out the cost

 

Ultimately, I decided that it was time to invest in my health. How many decades have I spent in less than optimal health? How many decades do I have left on this earth? What has been the cost of being less than optimally healthy? What is it worth to not slide into one of the chronic diseases lurking in my future?

 

 

All things healthy living

While I wait for the arrival of the tests, I took my measurements (sigh). I do not have a scale, so I won’t track my weight change. Instead, I will take my weekly measurements. I will keep you up to date on my progress! 

 

I also started to track the food I eat normally. I am becoming a scientist! I am weighing and measuring everything and then recording the macronutrients: proteins, fats, and carbohydrates, in addition to the calorie count.

Child examining a plant

 

Hey, did you know that the protein in the different types of yogurt varies widely?

 

 

Me neither!

 

 

I am looking forward to the small, painless diet improvement recommendations from Alex the Nutritionist. (Remember my inner 5-year-old who loves food? She is very suspicious of these coming diet improvements.)

 

 

I am guessing that I’ll probably have to start to think about some kind of exercise. I wonder what other aspects or habits I’ll need to work on so that I look great in clothing and feel awesome too.

 

 

Email at supplements@calmglow.com or post on the Calmglow Facebook page if you are also starting the journey to optimal health with me. Let me know what have been your challenges. If you are further along the journey, email or post to share your tips and knowledge gained!

 

 

Here I am at the start of my journey – at the inception of the transformation.

Thank you for joining me!

 

LP

Transformation Zone

 

Picture of LP's back and the start of her new day of health

 

Welcome Alex Parker-DeJesus!

Alex Parker-DeJesus is joining Calmglow as our Functional Dietitian. 

A Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, health coach, and wellness activist, Alex is passionate about all things food, wellness, and behavioral change. Her goal is to educate, inspire, and help individuals to take charge of their own health while living the highest quality of life possible! 

In February, she relocated to hot and humid Florida from the West Coast with her husband, two dogs… and soon-to-be baby boy!  A certified wellness coach and health advocate who finished her IFNCP credential in 2019, Alex practices patient-centered care and helps others through functional medicine. 

Alex has worked helping people with multiple chronic diseases like Type 2 Diabetes, CVD, obesity and weight management, autoimmune, and gastrointestinal conditions. In her previous life, she attended Johnson & Wales University for foodservice management and culinary, as well as Kennesaw State, Norfolk State, and Iowa State for wellness coaching, nutrition & food science, and exercise physiology. 

Alex knows first hand how functional medicine can help. She found functional medicine after spending many years trying to figure out why she felt drained and in pain with no answers from the conventional medicine model. Using a root-cause approach and looking at the whole person to identify system imbalances, she was able to put the pieces together and eventually create the life she desired. 

Alex understands how difficult it can be to make lifestyle shifts, but how valuable it can be to living a balanced and quality life. In her free time, she enjoys cooking delicious (and healthy) food, hiking (or just being outdoors), swimming in the ocean, and traveling anywhere and everywhere (pre-COVID!). She is thrilled to be a part of an organization that recognizes the importance of functional medicine and true health! She looks forward to working with each and every one of you!

We are excited to have Alex join our Calmglow family. We look forward to learning how to have fun with food with Alex and discovering all of Alex’s tips and tricks on the small, painless diet tweaks which will propel us on our journey of health!

U: The Center of Your Healthcare

 

 

What is the focus of modern medicine? 

 

Modern medical care is primarily focused on the treatment of diseases and acute care (emergency or urgent care). Do U have a broken leg? Were U in an automobile accident? Go to urgent care.

 

Urgent Care

 

 

Functional Medicine has a different focus: the patient. Patient-centered care requires a very important component: U and places U at the center of your healthcare. A functional medicine practitioner partners with U for your health.

 

 

Patient Centered

With U at the center of your healthcare, U are an active participant. Unlike a doctor visit where U receive a prescription to address your symptoms, U and your functional medicine practitioner will undercover the underlying causes of your maladies.

 

Chronic conditions are the common concerns which functional medicine practitioners address with their patients.

 

 

If U are facing a chronic condition, U want a functional medicine practitioner guiding you on your path toward health. In partnership with U, your functional medicine practitioner will unearth the root causes of your chronic condition. Once the causes are revealed, your unique plan will be created.

 

 

What does patient-centered care look like?

 

Patient-centered care starts with a medical symptoms questionnaire. Pretty standard, right? You’ll also complete form about your history: date of birth, prior surgeries (nothing unusual there), adequate sleep, fast food (we’re entering new territory with that question). Labs will be ordered for you. Once test results are received, you meet with Dianne Hinton or Jessica Santos and the uniqueness, which is U, begins to emerge.

 

 

U and Functional Medicine

During your session, your life journey is discussed, starting from the prenatal U.  Other aspects of your past and current life are addressed: where U live, what U do, how U live, how you feel, and more. You may wonder why the interest in such diverse aspects of your life.

 

A wide range of components created the U of today: your genetic makeup, the chemicals in your environment, the messages U received as a child, the preservatives and dyes you consumed, the toxins in your body, your molecular interactions, your physiology, your psyche, your emotions, your activity level, your diet, your interests, your stress levels, your relationships, and more.

 

Your path to vibrant health may involve lifestyle changes, removal of environmental toxins and internal toxins, new approaches to stress management, an examination of relationships, supplements, even learning new ways to breathe.

 

 

 

 

Together with your functional medicine practitioner,

U will create the changes which will allow your body

to heal. Our bodies have an amazing capacity to heal.

You will discover how to provide your body the macro and micronutrients that it needs to heal and thrive.

Stress management techniques that work will be

shared. Your deficiencies will be addressed and resolved.

 

 

We look forward to helping you traverse your journey of healing and your return to being your vibrant self.

 

To your health,

 

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

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What is Functional Medicine? And How Can It Help You?

 

You have not felt well in ages. You have been to doctors and specialists, who order tests and prescribe medicines. But nothing seems to help. In fact, you feel worse than when you sought out help. You are discouraged and feel defeated.

 

Can anything help you feel like yourself again?

 

A friend suggests you see her functional medicine practitioner. What is functional medicine, you wonder? How can it help you when none of the doctors could? What exactly could you expect to happen when you visit a functional medicine practitioner?

 

What is Functional Medicine?

According to the Institute of Functional Medicine, Functional Medicine is a systems biology–based approach that focuses on identifying and addressing the root cause of disease. Each symptom or differential diagnosis may be one of many contributing to an individual’s illness.

 

Many call Functional Medicine: root cause medicine.Functional medicine practitioners learn about the biochemical uniqueness of each individual, utilize a mind/body/soul approach to care and healing, and create a customized, evidenced based healing plan.

 

Mind Body Spirit
Doctor and Pills

How is that different from a traditional doctor’s method of treating your ailments?

A traditional doctor treats your symptoms. As an example, a 45 year old woman feels fat, fatigued and foggy and has felt that way for the last 10 years. She has tried the traditional medicine route to help her find out what is wrong with her. She has seen four or five doctors, who have prescribed a number of different medications: antidepressants, stimulants and antibiotics to address her complaints. None of these doctors nor the medicines prescribed have helped. In fact, she feels worse. She is concerned that her malaise is negatively affecting her job and relationships. She does not have the energy to do anything. Her self-esteem is at its lowest.

How does a Functional Medicine Practitioner help you?

A Functional Medicine Practitioner finds out the physiological needs in your body and what in your body is preventing it from working optimally. Functional Medicine works on replacing what is missing and eliminating, in a natural way, what is harmful.

Body Mind Spirit Balance

 

In our example above, the 45 year old woman turns to Calmglow, the functional medicine clinic in Modesto, California her friend suggested to her. Working together, within months, not years, of being with Calmglow and successfully following her unique health and healing protocol, she is better and back to her best self.

What is the typical process and procedure for Functional Medicine?

 

The typical process for most patients involves starting with simple labs. Mind you, not the same test requested by traditional doctors. Can’t expect to achieve different results from the same information acquired before. These lab results will reveal what is happening at your biochemical level. Armed with the knowledge gained from the test results and the information gathered from your paperwork and discussions, a fix can be found to address your underlying health issues, the root cause of your problems.

 

 

At Calmglow, helping our patients achieve their optimal health is the cornerstone of our mission statement.

 

Our Mission Statement:

Calmglow is a lifestyle/Functional Medicine clinic. It is our purpose to offer a multilayered – mind/body approach to health care. We seek to bridge the gap between traditional allopathic medicine with modern science based Integrative therapies. Calmglow provides customized Functional Medicine care through an in depth personalized method of testing each individuals biochemistry then providing “natural” treatment options for chronic medical conditions. We honor the diversity of all communities and provide the means to guide patients onto their individualized paths of wellbeing and balance.

 

 

Returning you to your best self is what motivates us.

 

 

Dianne Hinton

 

Dianne has been caring for patients for over 30 years, as a nurse practitioner and physician’s assistant in the traditional medicine and functional medicine field. In fact, her desire to be able to provide better care for her patients is what drove her to become a Functional Medicine practitioner. Many of Dianne’s patients have complex, multi-system ailments and are tired of feeling poorly when they seek her help.  After a thorough investigation, Dianne prescribes natural treatments customized for each patient, who typically respond with an overall sense of well-being and energy that helps slow the aging process, moving from fat, foggy and fatigued to fit, energetic, and sharp.

 

 

Jessica Santos

 

Jessica Santos traveled a similar road as Dianne’s. During her first decade as a nurse practitioner, Jessica was frustrated by the limits to the care she could provide. While stitches and casting broken bones helped people, she felt her hands were tied when it came to health promotion and disease prevention. She knew there had to be a better way to take care of her patients. As a Functional Medicine practitioner, Jessica can focus on the whole person and the root causes of ailments, not just the symptoms. She can help her patients achieve whole person balance and wellness. 

Many of Calmglow’s patients were referred by a friend or family member (just like in our example!). As a thank you, Calmglow established an unlimited referral program (as in there is no limit to the number of referral for which you can receive credit). A $50 in office credit, good for in office service, is awarded for each referral received. This is Calmglow’s way to pay you for all of the hard work you have done with your word of mouth recommendation of Calmglow. 

 

What is Functional Medicine? An individualized, patient and science based, get to the root of the issues, best way to care for our patients, approach to health care. We look forward to helping you recover your healthy, best self.

 

To your health,

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

 

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Breaking Through the Wall and Seeking a Healthy New Normal?

 

Are you just over the world being turned on its ear? Disillusioned, confused and worried? Wondering who to trust with so much conflicting information about how to maneuver through this pandemic? 

 

Healthy strategies to handle the new normal are based on the foundation for overall well being: emotional, physical, mental and spiritual health. 

Emotional Health

 

Constant worries about an invisible enemy stalking your friends, family and you is exhausting.

 

The continuous need to make difficult decisions, such as the question on whether to send your children to school (assuming schools open in the Fall) is draining. The inability to hug your close friends and family is frustrating. How can you improve your emotional health in the midst of such assaults?

Stressed Woman
Picnic in the park
  • Invest time in positive relationships – have a physically distancing visits at a park (maybe even a picnic in the park!)
  • Call your best friend to let him or her know you love them

 

  • Do things which bring you joy (maybe something creative like painting rocks or silly like dancing in the living room to the tunes from your high school years)
  • Exercise (it can be extremely satisfying to hit a heavy bag, just a thought)
  • Keep a journal – write both what is upsetting you and for what you are grateful
  • Practice mediation – which can help you learn how to still the relentless noise in your mind

 

Physical Health

 

Has it been challenging to leave the comfort of the couch? Does the fridge whisper to you that treats await within?

Does your brain whirl at night when you should be sleeping? Diet and supplements, movement and sleep are the underpinning of your physical health. One being out of balance affects the other. 

 

Couch Potato Dog

Improve the amount and quality of your sleep by:

  • Prioritizing sleep (being in bed) for at least 7 hours a night
  • Creating a nightly ritual
  • Limiting caffeine in the day (from coffee, tea, soda and chocolate)
  • Establishing a meditation habit, which will help you learn how to still your racing thoughts
  • Making your bedroom a sleep haven (a dark, cool, cozy room without your device within)

 

Sleeping Baby and Puppy

Increase your odds of establishing the habit of moving during the day by:

 

2 people hula hooping

  • Finding physical activities you enjoy (gardening, walking the dog, hula hooping)
  • Working out with a buddy (can both take a virtual exercise class together!)
  • Hiring a personal training / a virtual personal trainer
  • Blocking out exercise time in your schedule and keep your date with yourself
  • Eliminating potential obstacles (such as laying your exercise clothing the night before)

 

You are what you eat. Supercharge your health by:

  • Filling your plate and snacking on a wide array of fruits and vegetables
  • Finding inspiration from health food Instagram accounts and trying new recipes
  • Drinking plenty of water (try various infused water, like cucumber mint or strawberry water)
  • Incorporating healthy fats, whole grains and lean proteins in your meal planning
  • Taking supplements to boost your overall health and immune system

 

A healthy plate of food
Frowning face in a cup of coffee

Mental Health

 

How full is your cup today? Do you feel as though you are stretched to your limit? Is the relentless anxiety, overwhelm and fear wearing you down? Is healthy living possible when navigating dark times? How can you improve your mental health when dark thoughts, secret shame and undermining insecurities flood your mind?

  • Talk to a professional (via telehealth visits) about your pervasive worries and learn healthy coping strategies
  • Vent to a good friend about what is overwhelming you right now
  • Avoid toxic people / situations (which may mean limiting watching news programs)
  • Embrace your inner 5 year old and have a royal temper tantrum. Enjoy it to the max and then let it go.
  • Have compassion for yourself and others. The collective is simultaneously experiencing extreme stress. Be kind to all. 

 

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Spiritual Health

Spiritual Health

 

Spiritual health is achieved when you feel at peace with life, when you are able to find hope and comfort during dark times. Spiritual health helps you experience life completely. Spirituality is different for everyone. While not everyone believes in the existence of a deity, realizing that you are not the center of everything and focusing on the larger world or universe around you will enhance your spiritual health. Some of the benefits of spiritual wellness are obtaining clarity on self, happiness and purpose, deepened connections with others, experiencing more inner peace, and increasing your resilience.

You can improve your spiritual health by:

 

  • Meditating which allows you to be still with yourself, listening to the quiet voice within
  • Spending time in nature in quiet reflection and thought
  • Being creative, silly, joyful, and spending time exhaling and having fun
  • Performing random acts of kindness and listening with your heart
  • Radical self-care, eliminate toxic influences and relationships and respect the temple which is your body.
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The four cornerstones of your health are interwoven. One area being unbalanced will negatively impact the others. On the flip side, shoring up a neglected area will positively improve the whole of you. Focusing on the habits which will create a strong and healthy you will offer you the best chance to thrive during this pandemic.

 

To your health.
Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

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Thrive In Uncertain Times

In March 2020, governments responded to the rapidly spreading coronavirus by shutting down the world. Schools closed. Non-essential businesses locked their doors. Travel was restricted.

Essential workers (doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, police officers, postal workers, truck drivers) faced exposure while everyone else sheltered at home, either alone or with direct family.  Many workers were furloughed or lost their jobs as bars, restaurants, non-essential retail, hair salons, hotels, and more ceased operation. Others quickly learned the technology required to work remotely.

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Woman Working at Home with Kids around her

Many parents of school age children suddenly had to both work from home and homeschool their kids. Many parents have developed a new appreciation for their kids’ teachers!

 

Normal flies out the window and in its place is fear of getting a serious illness, working in a different way or unemployed in an uncertain economy, with children constantly under foot or being completely isolated.

Over the months, the number of cases and deaths have grown. Rapid opening leads to spikes in case, followed by spikes in deaths. 

 

Fear for our physical and economic health plagues us.

 

Can you say stressful?

Handling Emotional Stress

How did you handle the swirl of stress and emotions? Is a newly found passion for baking treats and enjoying those creations helping to sooth the anxiety (emotional eating to the rescue)? Since the gyms are closed, has exercise ceased (motivation to move disappeared)? Have you caught up on all of your favorite shows and discovered a number of new ones (couch potato time)?

 

Having an emotional temper tantrum is a reasonable response to these extraordinary circumstances. Eating without concern for calorie count or health helped many handle the relentless pressure. Cocooning on the couch compensated for the disappearance of their routine.  Watching amusing entertainment provided many the needed escape from the frightening daily reality.

Did emotional eating and other less than healthy coping methods help you to navigate these first few months of living in the middle of a pandemic? Now, over four months later, is the realization that this is our new normal dawning? The understanding is growing that our lives are not being upended for a short stretch, but instead we are in the middle of a marathon.

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Surviving (Maybe Even Thriving) Today

 

What do we need to do to survive living with this potentially deadly disease in our world and communities for the duration? 

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Continue Following Health Guidelines

First step, we all need to follow the medical guidelines to wash our hands, wear masks in public and maintain a physical distance from each other to reduce the spread of this virus.

Dust Yourself Off

Second step, time to stop having an emotional temper tantrum and embrace a healthy response to the constant stress, unease, and uncertainty. Don’t strive for perfection or make “a chocolate will never pass these lips again” declaration. Time to pick yourself off the floor and move towards a healthier response.

Moving Matters

 

The goal here is a healthy balance. A funny comedy followed by a dance party in the living room. Want to feel better? Move it! Start or end the day with a gentle yoga routine and/or stretching and/or cardio and/or strength training. There are wonderful online yoga and exercise classes. Many gyms have created virtual exercise classes. Call your gym to see if they have online classes. 

Here are some resource to give you an idea of what can be found to help you get strong, flexible and in shape (let them know that Calmglow told you about them):

Moving Matters

A Little Zen

Moving your body helps release stress and other stress management techniques such as journaling, meditation, and taking a moment to breath deeply are great help towards reclaiming a healthier you. A moment of calm can even help you sleep. And with a solid night of sleep under your belt, you can handle so much more!

You Are What You Eat

 

Next we turn our attention to what’s cooking in the kitchen. After all, food is the foundation of our health.

 

Getting creative in the kitchen

One of the benefits of working remotely is that we have more time to spend in the kitchen creating tasty, healthy food. While many turned to experimenting with baking and desserts when the lockdowns began, let’s now challenge ourselves to make delicious, healthy, comfort food. The Mediterannan Diet is one of the healthier diets with an added benefit that it is not based on elimination of a category of foods, such as carbohydrates.

The Mediterranean diets incorporated the traditional foods enjoyed in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea: Spain, France, Monaco, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, and Morocco. While most are more familiar with the foods of France, Greece, Italy and Spain, there is inspiration to be found from each country: Morrocan Tagine, Turkish Chicken Kebab, Lebanonese shawarma bowls and more.

When you are planning your cooking adventure, think about adding a rainbow of color to your plate: red peppers, purple cabbage, orange sweet potato, green broccoli, and yellow squash.

You can make your diet more Mediterranean-style by:

 

  • eating the rainbow of color of fruits and vegetables (organic, if possible)
  • eating whole grains and legumes 
  • eating lean proteins (fish, chicken, plant-based)
  • eating less meat and dairy products
  • choosing healthy fats, such as olive oil and nuts

 

To enhance the flavor of your meals (and the fun of your culinary adventure), add fresh herbs and spices. A tip: before starting on this kitchen adventure, purge your spice cabinet of old spices. Spices lose their flavor as they age.

 

A tip: watch your portion sizes. Too much of even a good thing can undermine your efforts.

A Mediterranean Feast

 

You have finished with your emotional temper tantrum. You are shaking your tail feathers, finding zen moments in the midst of COVID chaos, and dining on delicious (maybe even homemade!) dishes. One more area to improve: the home in which you are sheltering-in-place.

 

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Make Your Home A Comfortable Nest!

Surround yourself with the objects that bring you happiness. Clear the clutter and the chaos. Play music that brings you joy or soothes your soul. Fill a vase with fresh flowers. Diffuse citrus, floral or spicy oils. Open the windows. Put a bowl of summer fruit on the kitchen table. Chill a pitcher of water with slices of cucumbers and mint to enjoy when the temperature rises. Toss a soft throw over the back of the sofa so you can wrap yourself in warmth on a cool morning. Place twinkle lights inside to enjoy once the sun sets.

 

Your home is your sanctuary and now you are spending more time there than usual. Make it a place you hate to leave.

Do not plan to change everything at once. Let go of your emotional temper tantrum. Make changes to bring balance back. Consistent, small steps create huge improvements. Create the health lifestyle that supports you during this new normal. 

 

To your health.

Dianne Hinton NP, PA, IFM-C

 

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