Author Archive: Christopher Noftall
Originally born and raised in Woburn Massachusetts (love my Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics and Bruins!) I made my trek northward to the beautiful state of Maine back in October 2003 after marrying my college sweetheart. We began a family in 2004 and I am happy to say that we have 4 happy, healthy, beautiful children that bring an amazing amount of joy to our lives!
I am also a type 1 diabetic. Diagnosed back in 2006 (out of the blue), at a routine doctors visit. Diabetes has single handed-ly been the biggest obstacle that I have faced in my life. At the time I had no idea of what a roller coaster ride I would be in for, I mean really, what's a couple finger sticks a day and a couple shots of insulin for food...this will be easy, I got this! Well 2 ER visits later, I quickly found out that this was no joke, and if I wanted to see my little ones grow up, this was something that I needed to take seriously!
Little by little as we began to digest all of the information that was being thrown at us...fast acting insulin, short acting insulin, lancets, test meters, test strips, ketone sticks, carb counting, food groups, glucagon emergency kits, insulin pumps, glucose monitors...OMG, my head was spinning like a top!! After a couple of crazy years, I can happily say that I am well controlled and feel absolutely amazing!
Not to be lost in all of this either is the amazing support of my wife. She has been my rock! She has been with me every step of the way, from 2am finger sticks to helping me change out a failed pump in the middle of a crowded restaurant. She truly is an amazing wife and mom and I can't imaging my life without her love and support- love you babe!
First fat was the enemy, then it was salt and now sugar. A recent episode of 60 Minutes titled “Is Sugar Toxic” had folks buzzing over Twitter and whispering at the water cooler, but is sugar really the enemy or is this yet another nutrient that’s being needlessly blackballed? Sugar Stats: Data reveals that Americans are consuming 130 pounds of sugar per […]
Have you gotten your flu shot this year? Influenza is a deadly infectious disease that returns every year, threatening young and old alike. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control, the virus kills on average 36,000 Americans annually, a terrible toll—almost as many as die from auto accidents, but what about flu shot safety […]
Available for purchase at most nutrition stores and vitamin aisles at many retail chain stores, B complex vitamins are a dietary supplement intended to boost your body’s levels of B vitamins. B complex vitamins are especially important if you have a deficiency due to obtaining inadequate amounts of B vitamins from your diet. Understanding the vital […]
Everyone is familiar with all-out energy drain — that exhausted, day (or night) when no matter how enticing that new movie, fabulous shoe sale, or friendly barbecue, we just can’t psych ourselves up to go. What can be harder to recognize is a low-grade energy drain. In this case, you may not necessarily feel the […]
Do you think organic skin care is more expensive? I’m here to show you why organic skin care is the only option you should be looking at! Did you know that the average woman applies more than 200 chemicals to her skin by using her skin care products each day? Did you know that 60% […]
What Are Shin Splints? The term “shin splints” refers to pain along or just behind the shinbone (tibia) — the large bone in the front of your lower leg. Medically known as medial tibial stress syndrome, shin splints occur during physical activity and result from too much force being placed on your shinbone and connective […]
Definition Of Organic vs. All Natural: Ok, so what’s the actual difference between organic and all natural? Isn’t “natural food” just as safe and healthy as organic food? Unfortunately, natural does not mean organic and comes with no guarantees. “Natural foods” are often assumed (we know what happens when we assume) to be foods that […]
Nutrient Content With Organic Food: Organically grown fruits and vegetables contain higher nutritional content than commercially farmed produce. Different studies have shown organic produce to have nutritional concentrations ranging from 30% more to 3 times as much as their commercially grown counterparts. For example, produce has more nutrients because they are grown in good quality soil. Further, because the growth […]
Many people can’t wake up without their daily cup of coffee, not only because of the taste, but because they are addicted to the caffeine in the brew. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant found in coffee, cola drinks and chocolate, as well as in some medications; it can be purchased in pill form, […]
One simplest changes you can make to live a healthier lifestyle, is the choice of laundry detergent you use to wash your clothes. Most people would like to rid their homes of pollutants. But, how often do you think about these toxins thriving in the laundry room? In looking at the bottles of laundry detergent […]