Caffeine – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Caffeine – the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

But first, Coffee! We are an over-caffeinated culture running full steam ahead on espresso,  coffee, energy drinks, herbal teas, and caffeinated supplements.  Artisanal coffee shops are popping up all over the country, cold-brew has taken the world by storm and energy drink manufacturers are seeing an all-time high in sales, but what does this mean for our health?

In the corporate world, you can always find a few people hanging around the Keurig or coffee pot. Most apps and websites you visit were built on the back of Red Bull and Monsters.  From college students to start-up entrepreneurs it seems that caffeine is an essential part of the success – or even daily function.

This led us to ask our nutritionist and RD intern Anna Eide – Is caffeine bad for you? How much is too much? What are the healthiest sources of caffeine?  We sent Kaelon Russell, our Lead Wellness Strategist to meet Anna at the Coastal Peaks Coffee in San Luis Obispo to uncover the truth about caffeine – Take a listen below!

Team Spotlight – Anna Eide

Team Spotlight – Anna Eide

MVME Wellness has the honor of partnering with Cal Poly’s Registered Dietitian Program.  Through this program, we are able to provide expert coaching and onsite presentations to our clients as well as build the skill sets of future RD’s.  For this week’s spotlight, we are proud to introduce Anna Eide – our nutritionist, and RD intern!

Be sure to check back next week for Anna’s guest interview on the pro’s and con’s of caffeine.

Is Employee Health an Organizational Responsibility?

Is Employee Health an Organizational Responsibility?

When I consider many of the perks that large companies offer their employees I naturally start to add up the associated expenses in my head (a curse of the business mind). Some of our local companies in SLO offer healthy meals for the employees, exercise balls instead of chairs and stand-up desks if requested, onsite fitness classes, cash incentives for participation in the company wellness program yadda, yadda, yadda, you get my point. I’m all for spending money on cool programs and gadgets but when it comes down to it – should the health and wellness of employees fall on the shoulders of the employer or is individual health a personal responsibility? Interested in starting to create a healthier organization?

Read on.

Nutrition and Workplace Culture

Nutrition and Workplace Culture

Listen to Nicole’s thoughts on making the healthy choice, the easy choice and be sure to tune in next week for the full interview. We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! (Psst! Don’t forget to download the Healthy Breakroom Checklist at the bottom of this post!)

Our workplace culture may not always foster a healthy lifestyle. Constant emails, calls, and meetings can keep us distracted from remembering to eat. We must remember to incorporate healthy foods into our diet in order to fuel our work performance.

Is Your Office Killing You?

Is Your Office Killing You?

Thirty years ago we really didn’t have to worry all that much about exercise. Yes, we knew it was important but for most of us, maintaining a healthy weight was, well, a piece of cake. Pun aside it was so much easier to live a healthier lifestyle both at home and at work. Today, however, it’s a completely different story. Not only are our lifestyles impacting us outside of office hours but our desks and cubicles have now become key culprits to poor health. Here’s why.

How Healthy is Your Workplace?

How Healthy is Your Workplace?

A short while ago I was asked to present for one of our communities largest non-profit on the topic of health and creating a life of wellness. Prior to the talk, I questioned why the office wanted to bring in a presenter on such a topic and what they wanted to get out of the experience. The conversation that followed gave me warm fuzzies. Yes, just as a computer nerd gets excited discussing gigabytes, a heat sink, kilobytes, megahertz, and ports; I get very excited ranting about goal-setting, body-fat, striations, and protein to carbohydrate ratios.