Ashley Lucas

Seven tips toward a better diet for your kids

Let’s be real, feeding kids is tough! I’ve realized from firsthand experience with my three little ones that the goal here cannot be perfection. Through much trial and error, I have learned to set...

DATE: May 5, 2021 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

Dietary fat: Is it your friend or foe?

Over the last seven years, I’ve created meal plans for clients in my clinics to combat a plethora of maladies such as chronic diarrhea, constipation, heartburn, joint pain, autoimmune conditions,...

DATE: April 7, 2021 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

Hijacking the brain’s reward mechanism

A key component of behavior change is the brain’s reward system, which consists of neurons in the different regions of the brain communicating to one another using dopamine, the feel-good chemical...

DATE: March 10, 2021 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

Your thyroid and your weight loss

If you are worried about your thyroid, think it may be causing you to gain weight or have noticed your thyroid numbers changing as you lose weight, read on. In addition to weight gain and stalled...

DATE: Feb. 10, 2021 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

Will eating breakfast really fuel your day?

As we bring in a new year filled with new beginnings, it’s time to reflect on your own health and vision for what you want to achieve. You might establish new resolutions, or you might choose some...

DATE: Jan. 9, 2021 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

Cultivating your image of success

What will it feel like? For many of us, optimal health or our individual “peak state” has always been a far off dream. It’s been a dream that has been at our side for years – since high school,...

DATE: Dec. 16, 2020 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

8 health and wellness tips for the holidays

The holidays can be a stressful time for many. It’s been shown that stress and anxiety in all areas of life including family, finance, and health and wellness seem to increase during this time of...

DATE: Nov. 18, 2020 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

When does the creep become a problem?

That darn scale – rarely reading how it’s supposed to, right?! Well, I have some good news: It’s normal for your weight to flux up and down. As much as you might like it to, the scale likely will...

DATE: Oct. 21, 2020 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

Weight regain: Why it happens and what to do

Weight loss is much more complicated than calorie in and calorie out. For decades, we have been told that if we just exercised more, ate less (or at least ate everything in moderation) and...

DATE: Sept. 30, 2020 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

The art of letting go of excess weight

Letting go of anything – old habits, a relationship, that favorite pair of blue jeans – is uncomfortable, even if it’s for our own good. And the same goes for letting go of excess fat weight. In...

DATE: Aug. 26, 2020 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

Maybe it’s low testosterone?

As we age, we tend to see dips in testosterone. This isn’t ideal as testosterone is a key hormone in keeping both men AND women at optimal health with high energy, supple skin, good muscle mass...

DATE: July 29, 2020 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

The reason behind those monthly cravings

Today’s column is for all the ladies out there. Men, stay tuned for next month’s discussion on testosterone. For now, we are going to discuss that “once a month” time when many of us experience...

DATE: July 1, 2020 | COLUMN: Strength in Well-being

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