Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Spreading Wellness: Do you need to eat food with nutrition labels?

Photo by: Jodi Tervo Roberts,
owner of E3 Twin Ports, LLC
One nights harvest.
During E3's 6 week courses and wellness coaching sessions, nutrition always comes up. Whenever I begin the lesson (in the 6 week program), or engage in discussion (with wellness coaching clients), I begin with the question...Do you need to eat food with nutrition labels? This helps to understand where my clients are coming from. Rarely the answer is "no." Usually the answer is "Yes." Our society has evolved to the point that we no longer have the resources or time to seriously make everything from scratch. I know a few people with grain mills in their kitchen to process their own wheat, and butter churns to make butter from their cows milk, but I think I'm probably a minority in this. Even people that primarily cook from scratch need to go to the grocery store for their staple ingredients (flour, butter, etc.). So the simple fact of the matter is, yes, we do need to purchase food with labels. This said, there are ways to lessen the amount of processed (food with nutrition labels) food that we eat. So our discussions are typically around what to look for on the label, and to of course, continue eating (and many times increase) fruit and vegetables. :)
Photo by: Jodi L. Tervo Roberts,
owner of E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Home Grown Parsley.

This week the World Health Organization came out with a statement that brings this up once again. Out of the many articles that I read, I like the one from the New York Times the best. I saw one article that had a picture of a plate with bacon and cigarettes on it, but that is misleading. When statements are made by these big organizations, the interpretations are overwhelming, and many times misleading. If you are a person who grew up on meat and potatoes, can you imagine completely eliminating red meat from your diet? Then when we come to our senses, we think, but my Granny lived into her mid-90's, and she didn't die from cancer. According to the article in the New York Times, red meat is more or less on the radar, but it is the hot dogs, bacon, and other highly processed meats that are on the "hot seat." But still, the risk is much less than smoking cigarettes. This said, I encourage you to think about all highly processed foods. How much is in your diet? How little is in your diet? How do you define "highly processed?"

Processed food is a large umbrella term. Think about it. Many foods we eat (even if we grow it ourselves), need to be processed in order to eat. Picking a big batch of parsley requires me to pick through it, wash it, and because we have a nice over abundance of it, I am dehydrating it to use all winter. Yes, this is processing. Other foods we have canned in our kitchen, and yet some, we simply wash and freeze. This is all processing. This said, there is a difference in the way food is processed in the farmers kitchen and the big manufacturing companies...the types of cans used (glass, tin, white-lined tin), the preservatives that are put into it, and how long it took to get from the field to your house, are all factors to consider. If you are a farmer and process your own foods, what would your label look like? What did you put in your soil to help improve your crop? Is that different from the big food manufacturers? Have you thought about the process the food took to grow as part of your "processed foods" definition? How does that field preparation process affect the ground water, bees, your pollination, etc? Is this all a part of our world health/global health? I believe it is.

I like that the WHO brought this to light, and I encourage you to ponder what is being said, and know that there is a significant health risk difference between eating the meat from the cow your neighbor raised and smoking cigarettes. So, whenever you are reading headlines, please read with a critical mind. 

And, I challenge you, to begin thinking about what you can do to help the health of your body and your earth.  Not everyone is able to grow their own food.  But there are other ways to take mini-steps to eating healthier.  Is there something you can change to eat less processed?

Would you like to engage in further discussions about holistic health and wellness with E3? We are launching our next 2 programs, WOMEN ONLY! :) I am excited to make this change for our 6 week programs. Gather your girlfriends, and make the commitment together. One class is for novice/beginner level fitness (Registration Ends 11/3), and the other for intermediate fitness levels (Registration ends 11/4). The novice course will surround the participants individual goals, and help with healthy habit formation. The intermediate fitness level course will include hiking, and a little bit of trail jogging...the amount of each will depend upon participants requests. We want to provide an opportunity, and group support to begin (or continue) with an active lifestyle through this shoulder season. We take headlamps, and keep each other accountable. We have fun, laugh, and play in the woods...and maybe even a playground. Please see the pictures for details, and email info@e3twinports.com with any and all questions. I am willing to work with you, so please contact me. This is a quick turn-around, registration ends soon. Our novice course is Tuesday evening, and our Intermediate course is Wednesday evening. WELCOME! :) Click the pictures to enlarge details.



















Please help us to spread the word! We want to help you reach your health goals. Both classes include education on women's health and wellness, on youthful aging, and topics are chosen by the participants. We exercise first, and engage in a discussion afterwards. Headlamps are required, but you will receive all of the details when you register. :) I look forward to meeting you.

And, our Thursday night Yoga at the Fairlawn is a GO! :) So if outdoors doesn't appeal to you, please join us on Thursday evening 4:30-5:15 at the Fairlawn Mansion in Superior, WI.
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E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Helping people to lead healthy, happy, & meaningful lives, while promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

Website: e3twinports.com
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LIVE HAPPY, DREAM BIG, SMILE, and PLAY OUTSIDE!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Spreading Wellness: What is your truth and why?

What is your truth? Do you know why you do what you do? 

These two questions have been on the back of my mind for many years, and I've had a couple different answers for them...and then in the marketing class that I'm taking, my coach asked me to share the "Why of E3." This really made me ponder, and reminded me of the Brene Brown Ted Talk on Vulnerability. The story that I share most often, is the easiest one to share....I have been working in the professional field of fitness, healthcare and wellness since 1997, and passionate about movement since birth. When I was working as a Physical Therapist Assistant, in pediatrics and geriatrics with patients who had long-term neurological disabilities, it was not their disability that predisposed them to premature death...rather it was lack of an active lifestyle. When I began pondering why they led a less active lifestyle, there are some obvious reasons...it is more difficult to be active. But also, the infrastructure of programming for all abilities and inclusiveness was not there. When I thought about the patients that I saw in the outpatient clinics, many of them were there because of inactive lifestyles as well....and so I went out on this quest to teach people of all abilities, using an integrative approach, how to incorporate healthy lifestyle habits into their daily life. 

Short and sweet, right? True? Yes, absolutely. This story is true...but it is also not the entire truth. I just gave a presentation/discussion titled: Compassionate Care through Personal Wellness at the St. Louis County Health and Human Services Conference, and many themes were reoccurring...themes that Brene brings up in her Ted, compassion, courage, connection, meaning, joy, & gratitude, which according to Brene are all connected to vulnerability. Along with this inward reflection, over the past few weeks, a few blogs that I follow have shared their entire truth, and encouraged others to do the same. These other blogs & Brene Brown helped me to think deeper into my why, and encouraged me to share the whole truth. I have practiced personal journalism for decades, but usually I keep them to myself. In the HuffPost, I found a couple of compelling articles about authenticity and truth as well. What does it mean to be your authentic self? & How to Know Truth. So with this in mind, I share, the real "Why" of my mission and what I do professionally, and yes, personally as well. 



Here at E3 Twin Ports, LLC we have 8 areas of wellness that we focus our education on…knowing that there are multiple components to each. (Emotional, physical, intellectual, cultural, social, occupational, environmental, and spiritual) 

Notes from our Blog Author, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts. This week, I am sharing a piece of my personal poetry. A number of people have implied that the reason I am healthy and active is because my life has been easy; but the truth is, it has been far from that. Yes, every time someone implies or straight out tells me this, my heart feels like it has been stabbed, but I haven't had the courage to share the truth at that moment, which I know doesn't help anyone. If only I had the courage...

I use holistic positive psychology strategies to lead the life that I do. The events in this poem have inspired E3’s mission…to help our clients and readers to age youthfully by leading healthy, happy, and meaningful lives. This poem is a practice of vulnerability – being "real," by sharing a tiny snippet of my personal journal writings…sharing how I have used all of E3's areas of wellness to lead a life that is filled with health, happiness, and meaning to the best of my personal ability. Sometimes floundering, but mostly cherishing...because I know that I am worthy of a healthy, happy, and meaningful life. I know I am capable of helping others, which is what I strive to do every day. Please share with me, your thoughts, and/or reflections on growth by commenting on this blog, or sending me an email (info@e3twinports.com). I thrive on feedback, and having interactive readers, clients, and participants. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, and for listening.

I understand - therefore, I believe.

A Journal Entry Written by: Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, MS, CSCS, WFR
Owner, Programmer, and Blog Author for E3 Twin Ports, LLC

            I observed family and friends engage in cyclical dieting and others who were more “ok” with their size - and have seen the health benefits and detriments of both – therefore, I believe in the power of real food and being healthy at any size.  

            I love and have watched family and friends who suffer from mental health challenges use exercise as medicine - therefore, I believe in the power of movement.

            I was in a difficult relationship as a teenager, and never imagined that I would find a loving partner who would understand - therefore, I believe in the power of alternative medicine, positive social support, yoga, and meditation.

            I had 2 friends diagnosed with cancer, when I was 11 or 12. They ultimately paid the full price of life to this disease. I watched their ups and their downs, what made them feel good, and will always remember the words on the phone,"I think it is back..." - therefore, I believe in the power of tears, the healing qualities of nature, and the power of exercise/running to release emotions.

            I sat in the empty hallway and talked with a great friend before school started, every day...until, the weekend that he was killed in a car accident - combining reflections of my friends with cancer, and my friend who died in a winter car accident, I have pondered the meaning of life since a very young age.

            I have taught students from backgrounds less than ideal, and I married a man who's parents never finished high school. I've watched, taught, and support them as they use education as a way to break the cycle – therefore, I believe in the power of the brain and education to empower individuals to lead the life they are worthy of.

            I understand our clients have individual needs, and do my best to meet them. I enjoy watching students grow and glow - listening to their stories of going from academic probation to all A's, getting off of "diet pills" and feeling healthy, happy, and energetic, improving emotional health, and losing weight because of my classes - therefore, I believe in my teaching abilities and the power of group coaching and education.

            I now understand the importance of the conservation meetings that I attended with my family growing up, and the connection that all things have on society and the earth. I have researched how to make the greatest positive impacts - and I believe that E3’s programming is one step in that direction. I believe in the power of conservation education happening in the outdoors.

            I understand what it is like to live with only the possessions on my back and in my truck, - therefore, I believe in the power of minimalism.

            I understand the power of a well-integrated community, because I have experienced them - therefore, I believe that E3’s programs can help unite our multiple Twin Ports communities one citizen at a time.

I understand what it is like to work in toxic environments, where dreams are crushed, cut-downs are daily, and yelling is normal, and I know what it takes to get out and overcome – therefore, I believe in the power of "quitting."      

I understand financial hardships, economic downturns, unemployment and homelessness, and the continued challenges of climbing out - therefore, I believe in the power of prayers and the universe.

I understand the tear-jerking physical and emotional pain that comes from arthritis, the inability to walk home from work, the struggle to lift the hips to walk up stairs - therefore, I believe in the power of strength training, listening to the body, the power of positive psychology, and an active lifestyle.

            I understand the loneliness of being an introvert, not popular, invisible, and ignored…and what it took to feel more connected - therefore, I believe in the power of a hug, sports, and outdoor recreation.
  
            I have led students who have never been camping, into the BWCAW for 3 days, only to paddle about 1 mile and get "weathered," experience 40 mph winds, rain, and snow, later reading their journals to find out that their favorite part of the trip was the snow and being without technology - therefore, I believe in the power of the wilderness in all seasons and conditions.



Yes, this is Minnesota.
            Life has thrown many curve balls, many of which have flown by, but most of which I’ve hit. Learning from those that have passed, and equally learning from those that I have hit. I believe in the power of reflection to propel oneself forward, looking at life as an opportunity to grow and share, and perhaps most importantly, the power of living in the moment and cherishing the “good with the bad” as best as we can, to make the most out of life.

Please share with us...What is your truth and why?

TODAY we begin classes at the Fairlawn Mansion! :) We had over 800 people interested through FB, and this week we need 10 people to commit to classes in order to continue them through December. So please, gather your friends, join us on your lunch break, and give yourself the time and commitment to weekly Yoga. Again, we need 10 people to commit by the end of this week in order to continue this session. Click on the Ad to enlarge and see details, and/or visit our website for details.

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E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Helping people to lead healthy, happy, & meaningful lives, while promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

Website: e3twinports.com
YouTube: Channel



LIVE HAPPY, DREAM BIG, SMILE, and PLAY OUTSIDE!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Spreading Wellness: Are you giddy about harvesting season?

Photo and harvest by: Jodi
L. Tervo Roberts, Owner of
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant." 
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Fall. The time of change. Another season has passed, and another one is before us. For me, fall is harvesting season, but it is also a season for personal transformation...a time of healthy change and reflection.

Harvesting season brings me back to my childhood. When I was a little girl, harvesting started in July and ended in October. July marked the time of strawberry picking, then blueberry, and finally late fall was potato season. In between, I watched (and probably got in the way of) my Mom in our family garden. My favorite harvest was potato. We got to ride on the harvester, smell the fresh turned dirt and the damp, cool air, & feel the grit of the earth on the hands and beneath the fingernails. Potato season meant we were back in school, sports had started, and winter was coming. At the end of a day on the harvester, I loved being able to take a long, hot sauna, and wash all of the dirt down the drain. Aaah!

Now, I have a dream of growing most of my own food. I no longer have access to such acreage as my family farms had, nor a fantastic sauna, but rather, I have a small city lot, with insufficient dirt...and often seeds that do not produce. However, after 4 seasons of working on improving the soil, the gardens are beginning to flourish, and our freezer is slowly being filled with fresh greens and tomatoes. Our shelves are loaded with squash, and our potatoes, beets, and other roots are yet to be picked. But, thinking about digging these roots up, makes me giddy inside. Just thinking about the crisp fall air, the dirt under my nails, and ski season around the corner (I hope). School has started, my sports (although, different now) are in session, and the snow, it will fall before we know it.

With this new season before us, it is time to check in with our personal wellness, and make cognizant commitments to our personal goals. As a client recently told me, "the season where I want to just hunker down and become a hermit is coming, so I need to figure out how to stay active, so I can stay positive and healthy throughout this upcoming winter."
Week 4 of the fall 6 week series class, at the top of Ely's Peak!
We learned about positive habit formation and stretching on
this beautiful outing. :) For questions about our next outdoor
programs, email Jodi at info@e3twinports.com.

Yes, ask yourself, "What activities can I get involved in with the community?" "Should I create a habit of exercise by myself, or do I need to commit to a class?" If your answer was that you need a class, should this class be inside or outside? E3 has both. First, we are starting yoga and dance classes at the Fairlawn Mansion. Tonight is our FREE Open House from 5-6 p.m., and classes begin next week on Tuesday! Pre-registration is greatly appreciated, simply email Jodi at info@e3twinports.com to register. Details can be found here.

If you answered "outside" to the above question, then please stay tuned. We will be rolling out our next outdoor programs in the next couple of weeks.

Earlier, I referenced fall being a time of personal transformation. This is a time when I reflect upon the year passed, and ponder the seeds that I planted within myself, wondering if I need to water them so they can blossom over the winter, or allow them to go dormant, to re-plant in the spring.

And, as a person who strives to spread wellness, I want to "plant a seed in you," and ask you to ponder planting a simple little garden next year, or even this winter. Gardens can be planted in pots, and grown all year around as long as you have a window. Growing your own food can have significant benefits on health, and if you have kids, gardening is a great way to get them to eat more vegetables and fruit! :) Take the winter to think about planting a garden next year. A small pot garden, herbs in your kitchen, or a backyard garden are all great options. Start wherever you think you can succeed. Then next year, you can become giddy about harvesting season too! :)

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E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Helping people to lead healthy, happy, & meaningful lives, while promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

Website: e3twinports.com
YouTube: Channel

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Spreading Wellness: Will you join our challenge?

Photo taken by E3 Twin Ports, LLC
owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts.
"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight."
~Phyllis Diller~

Pause and ponder about a time when you were crying with laughter. 

You were likely with friends and/or family...a group of people, right? How did you feel as you left that gathering? Did you leave excited for the next time you could get together? As you prepared to leave, did you wish you could make the time last forever?

That is what laughter and smiling can do. According to Dr. Greengross and Dr. Furnham, laughter leaves you with a feeling of joy, and trust for those you were laughing with. It lowers blood pressure and heart rate, and increases breathing. But I wonder, the most intense laughter, the laughter that makes me cry, sometimes leaves me unable to catch my breath. Either way, laughter and smiling have some pretty powerful psychological benefits according to the experts in Psychology Today.

I just realized that I blog about smiling fairly frequently, as I saw that "WORLD SMILE DAY!" is tomorrow! :) I thought, WOW! I HAVE to blog about smiling if World Smile Day is coming! So I went back in my archives to look at what I've written about, and realized I've used many of my favorite smiling poems in past posts. No wonder people send me feedback that say's "Keep Smiling," and "I love your blog, it is a great way to start my day." If I'm talking about smiling, and it makes my readers smile, then every time you read it, happy endorphin's are pumping you up! :) YAY! On a serious note, this feedback makes me smile, and keeps me writing for you. My heart smiles when my participants, readers, and followers provide me with feedback. Now think about the positive impact you can have by smiling when you walk down the street, into work, at the grocery store, and when you are on the phone. Yes, the person on the other end will know if you are genuinely smiling or not.

The world will be a happier place if we share this gift that everyone has. The gift that can cross all lines of culture, religion, language, economic status, etc. The one language that is truly universal. So this week, I've come up with a challenge. I challenge you to share your true, genuine smiles. The smiles that make your eye muscles engage (read here). I challenge you to smile to strangers that you pass by. And, for a challenge that I can track, I've combined today's technology with your smile, I'm hoping to fill Facebook with Smiles, to spread happiness in the world. Challenge guidelines are in the photo below. Click the photo to go to E3 Twin Ports, LLC Facebook page.


Photo and edits by E3's owner, Jodi. She wants to clarify that the winner will receive ONE FREE Yoga or Dance session at the Fairlawn. Continue reading below to see how you can earn other discounts! :) 

One last topic, that should also make you smile. E3 and Fairlawn have teamed up to offer you Yoga and Dance at the Fairlawn Mansion. We have a FREE Open House in 1 week, and classes begin in 2 weeks! By attending the Open House, you have the ability to earn a discounted package. Check out the pictures below. We hope you can attend! The Fairlawn is GORGEOUS, and is a fantastic place to participate in Yoga and Dance. Yoga on the first floor (handicapped accessible), and Dance on the 3rd floor in the original Ball Room! How neat is that?!



So now I ask you, Will you join our challenge?

Here are two bonus reads on smiling.
Smiling and Relationships article.
Smiling and Mood Improvements article.

In the works...Our 1 year blog anniversary is coming up, and we will have a sweet quiz to celebrate. It will include questions from the research articles that we have referenced in our blog over the past year... Because celebrating and smiling go hand in hand. :)

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E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Energy and Empowerment through Exercise
Owner, Jodi L. Tervo Roberts
Jodi L. Tervo Roberts, Owner
E3 Twin Ports, LLC
Helping people to lead healthy, happy, & meaningful lives, while promoting healthy lifestyles through outdoor recreation, fitness, and interactive educational presentations.

Website: e3twinports.com
YouTube: Channel