Master your mind, spark your splendor

We’ve all been victims of negative thoughts: My thighs are too big. My back pain will never go away. My spouse isn’t listening to me. It’s common to have these reactions when things don’t seem in our favor.  But where are these thoughts coming from?  My mother used to remind us growing up that “life…

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My answer to “why?”

Over the past few weeks, I have been asked why I write these posts.  What is the purpose behind each message?  What drives me to blab once per week (well, I blab much more in person)? I have found myself repeating answers over the years to common questions that patients, clients, friends, and family members…

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Are you THRIVING or surviving?

Most people have no idea what it means to thrive.  We go through our lives on auto-pilot without truly experiencing life or really paying attention to what matters. If we talk about the basics — what we need just to live, just to survive — we need: 1) Food 2) Water 3) Air 4) Electricity…

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Is Paleo worth the hype?

The word has been a hot craze in the US and is now hitting hard in Southeast Asia (erm, Singapore): paleo.  The slang term is short for paleolithic, which refers to the Paleolithic Period that lasted from approximately 2.6 millions years to 10,000 years ago.  It would be silly to assume that the diet and…

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What’s all the crave about?

I recall learning as a child that we crave foods when we are deficient in certain nutrients.  For example, what do women famously crave during their menses? Chocolate!  Is it because we are deficient in chocolate?  As much as we may like to support that argument, no – we are not lacking chocolate.  My school…

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Swap your sweet tooth

We tend to think of sweets as desserts and baked goods, but even our favorite salad dressings and smoothies are chock full of sugar.  These disguises are often more to blame for our expanding waistlines and increasing chronic illnesses than their fat-laden cousins.  Furthermore, we associate salad and smoothies with healthful eating habits. But… …products…

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Stress less for the next generation

Most of us have heard our grandparents and our parents say, “Kids today…” or “The world is a scary place these days…”.  Each generation will say this for the next generation, but never before have humans experienced such a dramatic shift in lifestyle and therefore in our health.  Researchers estimate that we experience the same…

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We are creatures of _rhythm_

We are creatures of rhythm. To understand this, we can simply replace the term “rhythm” with “habit”.  A habit is something we do regularly, consciously or not.  If we go to bed at the same time every day and wake up at the same time every day, we feel good.  What if we stay up…

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Your gut is your “second brain”

At least once per week, people mention to me, “You must really what watch you eat.” Truth be told, I am mindful of what I eat.  However, I admit that I don’t always “watch” what I eat.  Sometimes I only have 7 minutes to eat lunch, so I barely see the food as it goes…

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