PMS (Pass My Sweatpants) and Exercise

Do you suffer from PMS (Pass My Sweatpants) each month?  Does the phrase, “mild PMS” sound like an oxymoron to you?  Join the PMS Club, a group of us who feel like bloated nanny goats for about half the month.  We weather a storm of irritability, puffiness, bloating, sore boobs, and the occasional face plant into the cake.  Read on, my friend.  I’d like to induct you into the PMS Recovery club this evening. Continue reading “PMS (Pass My Sweatpants) and Exercise” »

Moms, Stress, and Health

Do you ever feel better after talking to your mom?  Do you notice that your kids seem to feel better after “unloading” on you?  There is a reason for this, and now we have a name for it:  The Mom Factor.

A recent study showed that simply talking with our moms can have an enormous impact on our chronic stress levels.   Continue reading “Moms, Stress, and Health” »

Antidepressant Medications: Do They Work?

Are antidepressant medications working?  There seems to be a growing trend of believers who think not.  Are you on an antidepressant?  If so, did you receive a proper evaluation?  Many people are prescribed with an antidepressant by a physician who does not properly evaluate the patient to rule out bipolar disorders, hypothyroid, hormonal imbalance, sleep disorders, heavy metal toxicity, and even anemia.  In most cases, people are prescribed with these meds with no plan to discontinue taking them….ever. Continue reading “Antidepressant Medications: Do They Work?” »

The Best Way to Quit Smoking

Smoking can be one of the most powerful addictions for some people to kick.  Every time I see *or smell* a smoker, I want to sit them down and have a chat together.  Since I can’t, I’m writing this post. Continue reading “The Best Way to Quit Smoking” »

Pleasant Conversations

A conversation with Spirit Airline Flight Attendant Five Star General Bossy Pants:

Bossy Pants:  Ma’am, we’re preparing for landing.

Me: OK, thanks.

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Cognitive Therapy: It Works

Cognitive therapy-do you know what it is?  It’s a fancy way of saying that changing your thoughts can help your mood.  In fact, thought patterns can often fuel depression.  A recent study suggests that cognitive therapy can help even the worst cases of depression. Continue reading “Cognitive Therapy: It Works” »

Balance=Mediocrity

MYTH: We should strive for balance.

REALITY: The word “balance” is code for mediocrity.

This is one of my personal pet peeves.  When I hear someone reference “balance,”  it’s usually in conversation with a mother. Personally, I have no interest in balance because I loathe mediocrity. Continue reading “Balance=Mediocrity” »

Running=Prozac, Ritalin

You know that exercise is an excellent way to improve your mood and health, but there is much more to know.  Did you know that going for a run is like taking a little bit of Prozac and Ritalin at once?  Here’s how:

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How to Stop Migraines

Do you suffer from migraines?  If you’ve ever had a migraine, you know how miserable they are and how important it is to find some relief.  Here are a few less well known approaches to preventing migraines and even stopping them after they begin.   Continue reading “How to Stop Migraines” »

Can Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Be Reversed?

I can think of few things more heartbreaking than Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), but new research is showing that there is more hope than previously thought.  Recent research suggests that aerobic exercise may reverse the symptoms of FAS. Continue reading “Can Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Be Reversed?” »