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Tuesday, Jul 09th 2013
I'm one of those people who rarely complain about the heat. Give me 80, even 90 degrees, and I'm fine—and happy—being outside. But winter? That's a whole other story. The minute the temperature dips below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, my body feels perpetually cold and doesn't thaw out until we're well into spring.
Wednesday, Jul 03rd 2013
The old saying, "Treat your body right, and it'll treat you right," refers to more than just getting adequate sleep (7-9 hours a night for most of us), exercising and managing your stress levels.
It also means carefully considering the foods you're eating to fuel your body.
Tuesday, Jun 25th 2013
Long after you're hungry, you're still eating.
And then, it hits you.
Right in the gut.
You are beyond full. You're uncomfortable. Maybe you have some indigestion, gas or reflux as a result (or worse). Perhaps a real "tummy ache."
And then you start the self-blame. Why did I eat so much? Ugh, I feel awful. I am such a glutton.
Tuesday, Jun 18th 2013
In a recent post, I wrote a wish list of things I'd like every doctor or other health care professional to know. It was both an enjoyable and empowering exercise: too often, doctor-patient communication is fraught with time constraints, miscommunication, intimidation, anxiety or feeling overwhelmed and confused.
Thursday, Jun 06th 2013
If I could, I'd trade my car in for my bicycle, at least this time of year.
Riding a bike gives me so many pleasures: it takes me back to the joys of my childhood; it allows me to feel the fresh air on my face; it puts me more in touch with nature, giving me time to slow down and notice things I'd otherwise not notice from the inside of a car.
Wednesday, May 29th 2013
I always thought that baby birds migrated with their families, living happily ever after in a flock of friendship and closeness. Alas, that was a mere fantasy of mine. Most birds separate after the nesting season is over. Once the young birds leave the nest, they are completely on their own. How do the baby birds know what to do, where to go and how to get there once they've been released into the world? No one really knows for sure.
Thursday, May 16th 2013
If you found out you were at high risk for breast cancer, what would you do?
Angelina Jolie made a very brave decision when she recently opted for, and announced, she had undergone a prophylactic double mastectomy after finding out she carried a genetic mutation.
More: Prophylactic Mastectomy: Why This Woman Chose It
Tuesday, May 14th 2013
Mushrooms and Your Health: You Either Love Them or Hate Them, but Here Are Reasons to Try to Love Them
Many years ago, after I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I visited an herbalist. At the time—this was more than 20 years ago—herbs were something I thought of as growing in your garden and being used to enhance the flavor of foods, not something you ingested in liquid, capsule or pill form.
But this herbalist was extremely well-respected, knowledgeable and progressive, and I was anxious for advice to keep myself healthy.
Tuesday, May 07th 2013
About 10 years ago, I decided I needed to add some variety to my workout routine. I also craved something a bit slower-paced and meditative. So I took up yoga.
I loved the way it stretched out my body. I loved the way it forced me to slow down and relax. I loved the way I felt when I took that special time out from my busy life.