Caffeine: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

I love caffeine.  Specifically, I love Starbucks and Whole Foods Organic Pacific Rim Blend coffee.  I have some in the morning, and I may or may not visit Starbucks twice a day on occasion.  Of course, I’m taking a break from all of the caffeine right now, but not all the way.  I’ll resume these habits after September 12th-ish. Continue reading “Caffeine: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly” »

On The Floor

Here is J Lo’s new track featuring Pitbull, “On The Floor.” I happen to love Pitbull, but maybe I’m biased.  I do happen to live in South Florida, where he graces the radio waves every hour or so.

LOVE. THIS. SONG.

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Mood, Neurotransmitters, and How to Change Your Chemistry

We hear about neurotransmitters and SSRIs on a daily basis, but what are they, exactly?

Here is a great metaphor for understanding neurotransmitters and mood.  Think of a light switch and a dimmer.  You turn the dimmer up to turn up the light intensity, and vice versa to decrease it.  The light represents neurotransmission (the messaging route) while the dimmer feature is the neurotransmitter (a chemical messenger like serotonin).  Neurotransmission is to the light what neurotransmitters are to the dimmer.
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The Secret Power of Your Heart

“A dream can be a powerful thing, especially when it comes from the heart.”

-Jiminy Cricket

Jiminy Cricket really knew what he was talking about in his day.  In fact, your heart is the most powerful generator of electromagnetic energy in your body, producing the largest electromagnetic field of any of your organs.  The interaction between your emotions, heart, and physical health is far more profound than you may know.  Thanks to research in quantum physics, energy psychology, and the Institute of Heart Math, we are beginning to understand the interaction between emotions, heart, physical health, and energy fields.

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What Are Your Hidden Food Allergies?

Do you have a problem losing weight, frequent headaches, or other chronic problems like eczema?  Perhaps you have hidden food allergies that are causing these problems.  Did you know that you probably have hidden food allergies that cause inflammation? Most of us do.

Inflammation is caused by lifestyle factors like nicotine, poor nutrition, chronic stress, and sedentary lifestyle.  Inflammation is the root cause of degenerative disease and aging.  Your hidden food allergies cause inflammation, tax your immune system, and use your reservoir of stem cells.  Thus, it makes sense to learn about your food allergies and avoid those foods if you’d like to live well for a long time. Continue reading “What Are Your Hidden Food Allergies?” »

Stress, Anxiety, and Health: The Best Technique for Stress Relief

What do you do for stress relief?  How do you “fill your cup” before pouring it back out for everyone else all day?  My personal favorites are running, intense exercise, reading, music, laughing, beach, boating, taking photos, being outdoors, and talking to friends.  The “little things” that bring me big joy are Starbucks lattes, a great song, a nap, or a beautiful blue sky day in the spring or fall.  I may or may not use retail therapy on occasion…..   Continue reading “Stress, Anxiety, and Health: The Best Technique for Stress Relief” »

Ruby Update

You may remember Ruby, our overweight Goldendoodle.  I wrote this post about her slight weight problem and hypothyroid about 8 weeks ago.

Since then, Ruby lost about 15+ pounds and looks quite svelte.  To complete her transition, we shaved her to compliment the new look (and help her stay cool this summer). Continue reading “Ruby Update” »

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” »

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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The Real Story on Chocolate and Depression

A new study has linked chocolate with depression once again.  The article merely tells us what our intuition already knew, and the fact that chocolate makes us feel better at some point in our lives isn’t exactly news.  But how does chocolate make us feel better?  Why?  What’s the reason we tend to crave chocolate more during PMS?  The article was so unbelievably incomplete that I felt compelled to provide additional information.

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