Holiday Giving at POINT

We’ve said it before and we’ll keep saying it again and again… We continue to be so thankful to have a community and platform from which to ask for help and get support for causes that need it the most. It is pretty overwhelming to think of all the people that could benefit so greatly from things we take for granted. We are passionate about many different organizations that all need extra support right now so we have decided to choose a few we love the most to sponsor during our annual POINT donation drive.

How you can help: Just choose from one (or more) of the organizations below based on your own passions, take a festive tag from the gym and fulfill the request on the tag, drop it off at POINT when you come for your next workout, and we will drop it off for you! Don’t actually attend POINT? You can still swing by and grab a tag or just use the lists below as inspiration and donate on your own. 

Supporting Transgender People Through Community and Health

By Coach Mel 

As many of you know Kimberly, Madeline, and I are all Nutritional Therapists. While we all work with a variety of people with different needs regarding nutrition, we each have our own specialities as well. One of my specialities is Nutritional Therapy for transgender people.

Recently, I went to a bookstore looking for a specific book I wanted in the LGBTQ section. I couldn’t find it and neither could a staff member. Turns out the section had been recently moved to the back corner but the location had not been updated in the computers. The book I wanted was a memoir and the author was writing about his experience as a transgender male. It was a great book. It didn’t necessarily need to be in the LGBTQ section; it could have also been up front showcased with other memoirs, but back in the corner is where it rested. It would be great reading and should actually be required reading for anyone. ("Just Add Hormones" by Matt Kailey)

This got me thinking about other ways we compartmentalize different “groups” of people all the time and how this hinders our progression toward any sort of equality. Bookstores, movie genres, types of music... We are obsessed with putting ourselves in boxes and highlighting differences. Except that, curiously, I have never seen the genre “white movies” or “heterosexual novels” thus furthering everyone's perception of what is “normal” and what is a sub-category.  

Correct Toes® to Reduce Pain and Improve Performance

By Coach KB

How many of you, men included, would want to wear a corset every day? Sure, maybe every once in a great while for a very *special* occasion, but Every. Single. Day??? We stopped wearing corsets regularly a long time ago… They are impractical and unhealthy. You can’t breathe properly in a corset and they can permanently alter the structure of your ribcage if worn long-term. And they are UNCOMFORTABLE! Why has this same realization not been made with our shoes?!!

Beat the Winter Blues

By Coach Mel

I know you feel it… Fall is coming. I don't know about you but that old Triumph song keeps playing in my head: "Days grow shorter and the nights are gettin’ long..." and it's true - Every year it seems like fall just sneak-attacks us leaving some of us hopeless; with the onset of fall comes the worry of winter. Less daylight, less ideal weather for outdoor-play, namely rain.  It is a time of year where depression rises and people tend to hibernate. Your energy might feel lower, you might turn to more comforting foods that are inherently heavier and less nutritious, maybe you walk less, bike less, drive more, all creating a cocktail of general malaise. 

Bummed yet? The good news is there is hope. Our bodies are genius and have an answer for most things that afflict us. One answer to this particular quandary? ...

Navigating the Holidays with Food Restrictions

By Coach Mel 

If you have food allergies or sensitivities the holidays can be a frustrating time, mainly for your digestive system, but also for your stress levels. No one wants to be “that person” who is everything-but-lettuce-free and only drinks water blessed by kittens.

Some of us have real allergies, some just know certain foods make them feel bad and want to avoid that, and some of us just prefer a certain way of eating. Navigating this and knowing who and who not to announce it to can be the tricky part...

... Here are a few tips to help navigate: 

Better Sleep, Part 3

By Coach KB

This third and final segment on improving sleep quality is probably the reason most of us aren’t sleeping. Addressing it will likely yield as many health benefits as those you will garner from getting consistent good sleep. If you have spent the last few weeks incorporating the recommendations from Part 1 and Part 2 and still aren’t sleeping, I would suggest taking a good hard look at the big factor whispering in your ear while your head is on the pillow. It was a big eye-opener for me when I realized how blind I had been to this issue. If you follow my Instagram you may have seen my recent stories trying to tackle a terrible bout of insomnia using the most common nutrition, movement, and lifestyle recommendations I give to my clients. In hindsight it was not surprising that none of them worked because the factor that was preventing me from sleeping trumped all the other amazingly healthy behaviors I was practicing. The arch-nemesis to sleep (and optimal health, in general) is...

5 HOT Coffee Alternatives!

By Coach Mel 

Coffee can be great for some people; many studies have proven health benefits and we all know that nothing warms a rainy morning like a cup of delicious Portland coffee.

But, maybe you “need” coffee; maybe you have heart palpitations; maybe you’re having trouble sleeping at night; maybe you have anxiety. There are many reasons why people don’t (shouldn’t) drink coffee or caffeine but this does not make a person less inclined to enjoy aforementioned warm beverage.

Recently, I began the journey of a coffee hiatus. I realized I fit nicely into the mold of needing coffee and I didn’t like that feeling at all.

During my break, I have been experimenting with many alternatives and have made this list of my five favorites to share with you; Enjoy!  

The Cheapest Health Hack, Part 1

By Coach KB

How much would you pay for a magic pill that:

  • Made you smarter, more creative, more decisive, and more productive?
  • Improved your memory, your physical health and strength, and boosted your immune system?
  • Gave you more energy, balanced your hormones, and curbed your food cravings?

Would you pay even more knowing that NOT taking it could result in:

  • Increased stress, depression, anxiety, irritability, and mood swings?
  • Weight gain, disease, high blood pressure, infertility, and physical clumsiness?
  • Lack of impulse control, motivation, and memory?

What if you your insurance covered this pill for the rest of your life FOR FREE? Raise your hand if you would take it!

I will assume that all of you raised your hands. There is just a tiny hitch, though, that might change your minds (why is there always a hitch?!!)...

Stolen Movement

By Coach Mel 

Which phrase do you hear all the time: “diet and exercise” or “nutrition and movement?” Which phrase resonates with you the most? For me, diet and exercise sounds restrictive and compartmentalized, implying how we should eat and move our bodies. Nutrition and movement seem personally intentional - how we choose to fuel ourselves and how we move throughout life.  

Introducing Madeline and Holistic Yoga Therapeutics™!

By Madeline Schaefer

Hi everyone! I am so excited for the opportunity to work at POINT with all of you. If you are new to the concept of Holistic Yoga Therapeutics™ it could be described simply as “movement therapy,” although it is so much more than that! It is for anybody, whether you do yoga or not. The “Yoga” part of the name implies where it derives its principles of alignment, breathing techniques, and the approach of viewing each individual as a whole. We know so many of you struggle with chronic pain, are recovering from an injury, have specific fitness goals, feel “tight” in your hips/shoulders/low back/etc., or just generally feel limited by the functionality of your body so we are thrilled to be able to offer a service that encourages healing THROUGH movement, rather than by limiting it. 

REAL TALK ABOUT REAL HEALTH... What is Nutritional Therapy?

By Coaches KB & Mel

At POINT one of our guiding philosophies is that our individual health impacts our community and it is both a service to ourselves and others to work toward optimal health and happiness.

Because no one else seems to, let’s get honest about nutrition/health: Gimmicks and fad diets - 6-Week Fat Blast; Summer Slim Down; Bikini Body Boot Camp; etc. - are everywhere because they play into our modern desire for convenience but THEY. DON’T. WORK. You CANNOT achieve optimal health in just six weeks. You can certainly lose weight in six weeks, but weight-loss is not the same as improved health. Health is not an end-goal that we achieve after a designated amount of time; it is a lifestyle that we integrate into our daily experiences over a lifetime.

POWerful Outdoor Women's Series - Kerstin Holster

POW! Series - Meet POWerful Outdoor Woman Kerstin Holster

"Nothing can stop you if you keep pushing past the stigmas and societal boundaries" - Kerstin Holster

Kerstin is a BADASS professional downhill mountain bike racer. She and a few other women started NoApologies MTB; a support network for women looking to grow and find their place in such a male dominated sport.

POWerful Outdoor Women's Series- Zofia Reych

POW! - Meet POWerful Outdoor Woman Zofia Reych

“If and when you encounter sexism, call it out. Some people won’t like you for it, but you’re likely to like yourself better.” - Zofia Reych

Zofia is a very special guest on this project; not only is she a big part of the climbing world itself, she also wrote her MA thesis on climbing women and the media. She truly embodies what it means to be a POW by working to empower the women within her community.

POWerful Outdoor Women's Series - Julie Angel

POW! - Meet POWerful Outdoor Woman Julie Angel

“Every training day and experience is different because it gives me a snapshot of where I’m at. Some days strong, others tired or timid; it’s a mixed bag so there’s always something new to explore.” - Julie Angel

Parkour extraordinaire Julie Angel is the creator of the Strong Body Strong Mind online course, Filmmaker, photographer, author of “Breaking the Jump,”  movement coach, and owner of the world’s first Parkour themed Ph.D.

POWerful Outdoor Women's Series - Anna Frost

POW! - Meet POWerful Outdoor Woman Anna Frost

“It isn’t about the sport being male dominated. It is about our own confidence to give something a go.” - Anna Frost

 

Anna Frost, aka Frosty, is a Salomon sponsored ultra-running champion from New Zealand and all around inspiring person with or without her running shoes on. Recently, she won the 2016 Hardrock 100-mile mountain race for the second consecutive year - a race through the San Juan mountains in a time of 29 hours at 14,000ft. Whoa.

Non-Toxic Homecare - Laundry Detergent

By Coach KB

Starting out on a chemical free homecare journey can be daunting. All the pretty blogs say it is so easy and then you feel dumb for being scared to mess it up. Well, I think it is pretty dumb that all of the home “care” companies use toxic chemicals, dyes, and fragrances to trick us into buying expensive products we don’t need and actually do the opposite of “care” for us - Did you know that artificially scented products are one of the main causes of indoor air pollution? NOTHANKYOU!

If you want to dive into a more natural (and budget friendly!) approach to homecare, laundry detergent is the easiest place to start, in my opinion. It’s a bonus that I also think it’s one of the most important since our clothes rub on our skin all day long and the residual chemicals have to go somewhere! Hopefully this post will outline how to fearlessly make your own detergent. If it doesn’t answer all your questions just freaking ask me because I am human and I won’t make fun of you.

Real Food = Time + Money

By Coach Mel

When I was a kid I remember my mom saying, “I just hate spending money on food.” Every single time we left the grocery store she would utter these words. “It’s such a waste; you buy it and then it’s gone.”

Hearing anything weekly as a child leaves an impression of some sort. I took with me that food was a waste of money and tried to buy as cheaply as I could once I was responsible for purchasing my own groceries starting in college. While this is not a blog about all the unhealthy things we do to our bodies in college, suffice it to say, I didn’t need to add shitty food to the list.

MOVEMENT MINUTE #19

By Coach KB

(If you are new to the POINT Gym and Kitchen blog and want to learn what the Movement Minute Challenge is all about, check out the introductory post here.)

“If you watch novice runners running, you will see them doing a lot of idiosyncratic things - the way their foot is swinging or their limbs are swinging - but if you watch elite athletes move, you will see much less variation in their movement.”  

-Todd Hargrove, author of A Guide to Better Movement and creator of www.bettermovement.org.