Mindfulness

How Chocolate Can Alleviate Anxiety & Stress

It’s OK to eat chocolate, but do so BEFORE you get uptight. Also, check the label to make sure it’s not loaded with milk and sugar. Research has shown that obese women have higher levels of cortisol than those who maintain a healthy weight. Cortisol triggers the accumulation of fat, especially around organs and the abdomen, which can contribute to...

Relax, take a trip, enjoy!

Relax, take a trip, enjoy!

Just the thought of another South Carolina summer wears me out. It may be debatable about what is causing more and more heat year after year, but there is no doubt in my mind that climate change is real. My husband and I are rejuvenated every summer when we take a short up I-26 to the mountains. Not only do...

Spirituality and Health

Spirituality and Health

  Spirituality comes naturally, and it is typically a very healthy activity. If you have found meaning, hope, comfort and inner peace in your life, you know what I’m talking about here. Spirituality is available to you through religion, music and art, nature, exercise and possession of a high sense of principle and morality. Being a spiritual person is the...

Get Smart with Exercise

Get Smart with Exercise

Regular exercise is not only a young person’s game.  Studies show that as your age, getting a regular workout affects the brain in such a way that strengthens cognitive abilities. How long do you exercise daily?   Do you wear a tracking device that records the number of steps you take each day?  If not, then consider buying one.  Fitbits and...

Don’t Buy Supplements Without Doctor’s Approval

Don’t Buy Supplements Without Doctor’s Approval

Walk into a name-brand drug store and check out the colorful vitamins and minerals aisle.  Look at all the health supplements!   Need more energy? Less wrinkles? Sleep? Iron? Goat Weed?  It’s like a Yellow Brick Road. A bottle of every vitamin and mineral you’ve ever heard of and more are right there waiting for you.  All you need is red...

Use It or Lose It

Use It or Lose It

“Use it or lose it!” You’ve heard this cliché practically all you life, right?  That’s because it is absolutely correct.  You could buy a brand new car, park it in a brand new garage, protect it from all the elements etc., but if you don’t crank it up regularly and go for a ride, it will fall apart. The disintegration...

It’s OK to Age in Place But Plan Ahead

It’s OK to Age in Place But Plan Ahead

As members of the Baby Boomer generation enter their 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond, it may be time to get serious about where they will live comfortably, content and autonomous. One’s dwelling is a very important consideration should be at the top of the list as preventive medicine, exercise and other therapies continue to catch on. So now is...

No More Excuses

No More Excuses

Good question:  What is “apathy?” Apathetic answer:  “I don’t know and I don’t care.” You are not apathetic. You care.  If you didn’t, you would not be reading my health blog.  You would not know that apathy is a leading cause of death. Yet, in the context of your wellbeing, it’s critical to remind yourself every day that “apathy” means...

Resolve to Stay Motivated

Resolve to Stay Motivated

OK, you’ve made your resolutions for the New Year and you have been following through for almost four weeks. Some of you are sticking to the program. Most of you, for one reason or another, are not. What’s next? First and foremost:  Start a conversation with someone else.  Tell them about your goals and how you intend to achieve them. ...

Making Resolutions a Solution

Making Resolutions a Solution

Now that all of the holiday décor has been packed away, the holiday remnants have been thrown away and we have said goodbye to 2015. It’s time to welcome the year 2016 with open arms and all of the changes it will bring. The New Year serves as a stimulus for changing old behaviors. Individuals reflect on the past year’s...

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