Two New Health Tips for You

When I drive my daughter to school in the mornings, I often ask her what her goals are for the day and share my own.  This isn’t a serious conversation, but we have fun with it and she sets her own intentions for the day.  Yesterday, this was her response:

“I want to run with my friends outside….and eat my snack at school.”

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Chronic Stress and Your Brain: How to Reverse Negative Effects

What kinds of things stress you out these days?  Bills?  Work?  Family?  We know that chronic stress puts serious wear and tear on our bodies over time, but research is now showing us what chronic stress does to the brain.  This is worth reading because it may explain some of the “brain farts” we all tend to have when feeling stressed out.

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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” »

Exercise During Pregnancy

Did you exercise when you were pregnant?  Or were you told to just “take it easy?” Exercise is my drug of choice, but I felt gun shy about exercising while pregnant in 2006.  I always kept my heart rate below 140-150 bpm as instructed, so I never felt like I had an actual “work out.”  For many of us, exercise presents a big, gray question mark during pregnancy. Continue reading “Exercise During Pregnancy” »

Is Sugar More Addictive Than Cocaine?

MM ButtonDo you love sweets like cookies, cake, and ice cream?  Maybe you’re a pie person instead.  Join the crowd!  There are times every month that I could eat “Sugar in the Raw” straight from the packet in public.  I also crave sweets after Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, and always after vacations when we have dessert each day.  It’s an easy habit to start, but it’s hard one to kick when vacations or holiday seasons end…..and it’s no wonder.  Sugar is addictive, and in fact, some research suggests that sugar can be just as addictive as cocaine! Continue reading “Is Sugar More Addictive Than Cocaine?” »

Expectations

Whenever I visit Disney World, I always find myself wondering why so many parents look pissed off mid-day.  It never fails that I see several Pissy Parents shortly after our arrival.  I think to myself, ‘what is that about???  how could anyone look so annoyed in Disney World?’  Last week, I figured it out.

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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” »

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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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?” »

Insanity:

It’s been a long day today, and perhaps my judgment was off when I decided to do the Insanity workout DVD this evening.  I’m not a DVD workout kind of gal-I like doing my own thing-but I’ve made exceptions for P90X and now, Insanity.

I can run 5-7 miles without blinking, which led me to falsely assume that I could do Insanity.  If you’ve done Insanity, I’m sure you are already laughing. Continue reading “Insanity:” »