Blue Light Glasses, What???

Benefits of blue light blocking glasses..

I hopped on this bandwagon last week because since I helped organize rescue efforts when hurricane Harvey hit, I’ve had disrupted sleep. Seriously disrupted. I ordered some Felix Gray glasses, you can check mine out here: 

Benefits:

1.     Improve sleep: blue light at night keeps our brain from secreting melatonin, the hormone which triggers sleep initiation and regulates our sleep/wake cycle. Using blue light can actually be benficial in shifting your sleep/wake cycle, so of course the chronic effects of staring into our ipads before bed begins to take a toll on our sleep. On study compared two groups of people, set one used their e-readers before bed, the other didn’t, both had to turn out the lights at 10pm.  The e-reader using set had poorer sleep quality, more difficulty waking up, and felt more tired during the daytime hours [1]. 

2.     They protect the eye from macular degeneration. Our eyes are not very good at blocking blue light, it can penetrate deeply leading damage over time.

3.     They protect you from digital eye strain. Check out this quote from AllAboutVision.com: “

Because short-wavelength, high energy blue light scatters more easily than other visible light, it is not as easily focused. When you're looking at computer screens and other digital devices that emit significant amounts of blue light, this unfocused visual "noise" reduces contrast and can contribute to digital eye strain.

Research has shown that lenses that block blue light with wavelengths less than 450 nm (blue-violet light) increase contrast significantly. Therefore, computer glasses with yellow-tinted lenses may increase comfort when you're viewing digital devices for extended periods of time.

Have you tried out any blue-light blocking sunglasses? If so, comment below and let me know what you think!

 

Be well,

McCall

Join me in my #yearofstrong

Exercise.  If you’re my patient you may have wondered why I haven’t emphasized this more.  Well the truth is, it’s because a long time ago I committed to never recommending to patients, something I wasn’t willing or doing myself. I vividly remember sitting across from a fat physician who was telling me about healthy dietary habits because my cholesterol was slightly elevated. Never mind his recommendation was to stop using olive oil and incorporate more canola oil into my diet, and the fact that my cholesterol was elevated because of a poorly managed thyroid problem.

Beside the point but I couldn’t resist. 

What I mean is, I’m not down to sit back and hand out advice like candy at a parade, for something I’m not committed to myself.

I used to work out 6 days a week. It changed my life. My mood, my energy, vitality, and the way I viewed life was on point, but during my second pregnancy everything changed. Despite having worked out full throttle my with my first pregnancy, the next one wouldn’t even allow me to stand on my feet in one position for 5 minutes. When I was 6 months pregnant and flew across the country with my toddler to meet my husband on tour (the music kind not the war kind, thankfully), I had to take a wheelchair through the Austin airport.  If you know how small the Austin airport is, you’ll know how bad off I was.  My body couldn’t even handle the metabolic requirements for daily living, much less exercise. And don’t even go there, this was not a will power thing, believe me.  So during the entirety of my pregnancy I deteriorated physically and since the birth of our Baby Rose, I haven’t tried to reset.  I could give a million excuses as to why, many are super legitimate but ultimately, I would try to regroup on an exercise program and would fail miserably. If I’m being super honest “failing” would mean I ended up rushing to the bathroom to vomit, followed by a solid 20 minutes of bathroom floor bonding while flat on my back with my feet comfortably resting on a seat- at times even a toilet seat. My body has a hard time figuring out what to do with exercise. It always has. So its difficult for me to determine how hard to push myself in a workout, and it honestly just became so discouraging.  But I knew I had come to a Y in the road: either I would continue down this path of health in so many aspects of my life, while still being unable to comfortably hike up a hill with my daughters, or I would need to find a program that would give me the tools to change my path.

I did.  I decided to join the “Transformation” program at a place called Body by Frame.  They have a long-standing reputation for success in changing people’s exercise game in Austin (and actually Dallas now as well).  The “Transformation Program” is the most intense that they offer and it lasts for three months. I mean, why not dive in fully, McCall?  I was scared out of my mind walking in on day one, three weeks ago, but I began feeling and seeing the effects within the first week.  Their method of support and accountability is a game changer.  I essentially have a personal trainer for each structured workout to assist, teach and modify each exercise according to my needs and abilities.  They have several there but I have the same one each day because I go at the same times. His name is Anthony. Seriously, he’s amazing.  He makes a person who is extremely uncomfortable in a gym type environment, feel completely at ease.  He is the perfect balance of 100% encouraging and also delicately nudges me to push myself.  I’m not sure what the other trainers are like, but if they are 1/8th as good as Anthony, Frame is better for it.  My diet is also closely monitored and accounted for so that I can get the best results possible. For those of you who know me personally or professionally, my diet knowledge is on point already, but this takes it to the next level to facilitate a balance of fat loss and muscle building.  The diet component is again, part of the Transformation Program and not a component of the general gym membership.  Thus far, I’m halfway to my goal and literally feel stronger almost by the day.  I’m also using some Xymogen supplement products that have helped increase my workout potential and muscle building but I will save that for another blog. If you’re anxious to get your hands on them, you can email info@modernmedicineaustin.com and I’ll get you the deets.

So long story short, I encourage you to find your own system of successful exercise. I know for me, mine is working wonders and I can’t wait to see how strong I’ll be at the end of the program.  If you’d like to join me, or Body By Frame, they have so generously offered a discount to my readers and patients of 20% off of any form of membership for their Austin location. Simply give them the code #YEAROFSTRONG. Find out more at http://bodybyframe.com/. Join me on my #yearofstrong. I’d love to see you and see some familiar faces at Frame and my hilarious lack of coordination should be incentive enough to join in on the fun.   

Be well and be strong,

McCall