Ballantyne Magazine

Winter 2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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foods, we should be able to obtain all the vitamins and minerals we need. The exception would be people who cut out entire groups of foods, people such as vegans or lactose-intolerant individuals. They may need supplements. The only common supplement I see is Vitamin D, often due to lack of exposure to the sun. EH: I think taking supplements is an individual thing, depending on a person's health issues. I personally take only a probiotic. I don't have GI (gastrointestinal) tract issues, but probiotics have been shown to support mental health as well. Probiotics also keep the gut healthy, ensuring the immune system functions well. EBW: I don't take any supplements or vitamins. I took prenatal vitamins during pregnancy, but that's it. Not that I think they are terrible for you, but I just don't feel like we need them. I would rather focus on a whole, well-rounded diet. ANY OTHER ADVICE? SC: If you have unsuccessfully tried every weight- loss diet out there, your answer lies much deeper than summoning more willpower. Get to the root of why you overeat and deal with that first. And remember, you cannot out-exercise a bad diet. EH: Tomorrow is always a new day. What a gift! Turn the page on any guilt you have regarding what you have eaten. Make the best of today. BL: Take ownership of your health, no matter what your age. It is never too late to change your diet and increase your exercise. Several of my family members have diabetes and are on medication. I am determined not to make the disease part of my journey. You can break a generational curse by the food and exercise choices you make. And, sleep has to be a priority. I can't serve others if I'm not recharged. Sherri Clarke, registered dietitian, personal trainer; owner, Lifexcel Carolina, Ballantyne Emily Hirsch, registered dietitian; owner, South Charlotte Nutrition Bre Leach, personal trainer, kinesiology degree, Instagram: @justbnfit Emily Breeze Watson, personal trainer; owner, Emily Watson Fitness; formerly with Rising Crossfit Ballantyne; Instagram: @emilybreeze MORE ABOUT THE EXPERTS Photo by Ray Sepesy Photo by Ray Sepesy Courtesy of Christopher Smalls and Corey Weaver Courtesy of Christopher Smalls and Corey Weaver Courtesy of Emily Breeze Watson BALLANTYNE WINTER 2018 - 2019 43 Feature

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