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Monday, Dec 30th 2013
The Christmas rush may be over, but before us looms a new year, and with that comes—what else?—resolutions. Most of us look for ways to improve our lives and get a fresh start at the new year, but if you prefer to revel in your misery, you may make some unhealthy resolutions.
Tuesday, Dec 24th 2013
Ah, holiday time: it's easy to be stressed. The traffic is frightful. The drivers are distracted. The stores are jam-packed. The time goes too fast and is never enough to complete all that needs to be completed. Demands are high: gatherings, shopping, baking, scrubbing, entertaining and just plain ... coping.
As if that isn't enough, here are some other key ways to be miserable (with just one caveat: remember that you do have a choice).
Tuesday, Dec 17th 2013
Are you in the midst of holiday madness? Chances are you are. As a result, there are many things that go by the wayside, including keeping up with the latest important health headlines—or other news.
If you've missed some of the latest developments, here are a few important stories … just in case you're craving some health information or need something interesting to discuss at one of your upcoming holiday parties.
Tuesday, Dec 10th 2013
Maybe it's the snow outside.
Maybe it's the dipping temperatures.
But right about now I am craving a cup of hot, steaming … tea.
Yes, I'm a coffee drinker. I like coffee's taste. I like its texture. And Starbucks is one of my go-to meeting/working/socializing spots (my personal fave is a soy latte). But winter is also tea time.
There's just something about tea that conjures up thoughts of healing, soothing vibes.
Monday, Dec 02nd 2013
Raise your hand if you overindulged over Thanksgiving.
Does that mean you're throwing in the towel, figuring that the next few weeks leading up to Christmas are a lost cause and you'll get back on track with some serious New Year's resolutions?
OK, hands down. It's time to take back your health and stay on track with these healthy holiday habits.
Tuesday, Nov 26th 2013
Are you worried that Thanksgiving marks the start of an unhealthy month (or two)? Are you determined to make it different this year?
We've got some tips. While you might have heard some of these before, a reminder can only serve to help, don't you think? Sometimes it takes a while before it actually clicks.
Tuesday, Nov 19th 2013
Apologies to those of you who like to maintain your childlike naiveté: By now, life has granted us the unique knowledge to know that certain things like Santa Claus, the tooth fairy and magical crystal balls don't exist.
Still, if someone told you that if you ate a certain way in midlife, you would be less likely to be without major limitations in both physical and mental health in your old age, what would you do?
Wednesday, Nov 13th 2013
Just recently, my husband gave some advice to his 83-year-old mother, who has been growing increasingly distressed over her mental acuity (or loss thereof). She is frequently forgetting things (like where she put her keys) as well as losing the ability to recall words mid-sentence.
"Play some games," he told her. "Crossword puzzles, word jumbles … stuff like that. Find something you like and spend a half-hour each morning. Make it like your homework."
Tuesday, Oct 29th 2013
Ever since my 28-year-old son ran his first marathon earlier this month, he's more concerned than ever about optimizing his health. (For all you mothers out there who try to instill good habits in your children and think they're not listening, there's hope that when they get older your messages will have resonated.)