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Is Obesity Contagious?

April 1, 2020
Is Obesity Contagious?
I’ve been watching the television series, “Networld”, hosted by Niall Ferguson.  If you haven’t seen it, check out whether you can view it on-demand.  It was on PBS.  Ferguson points out that such companies as Facebook and Google have been so successful because of social networking.  For...

What to Eat…and Why

March 18, 2020
What to Eat…and Why
I was reading the book, “How to Eat”, by Thich Nhat Hanh (I do recommend it for anyone who needs to learn to enjoy what they eat instead of fearing it), and he asked two boys why they eat breakfast.  The first boy replied, “To get energy for the day.”  The other said, “The purpose of eating...

The New Year’s Resolution of All Resolutions

December 27, 2019
The New Year’s Resolution of All Resolutions
Just as many will raise a glass of bubbly on New Year’s Eve and toast to a good year had and hope for a good following year, many are also making New Year’s resolutions.  The problem with resolutions is they’re like what Mary Poppins said in the movie of the same name — “They’re...

Your Brain on Coffee and Chocolate

December 4, 2019
Your Brain on Coffee and Chocolate
I was recently watching a television program on PBS called “Food – Delicious Science”.  Fascinating to hear how food affects our brains.  The hosts, Michael Mosley, MD and botanist, James Wong, explained how certain foods trigger a “Reward Pathway” in the brain, reinforcing our desire...

The Art of Simplifying Your Resources

October 16, 2019
The Art of Simplifying Your Resources
Talk to any carpenter or building contractor and they’ll tell you that there’s always another tool they feel they could have in their tool box.  If they just had a particular blade or sander, their job would go much more smoothly and quickly.  So they get another toy.  But, one day they’ll...

Your Diet Failures Were Not in Vain

March 24, 2018
Your Diet Failures Were Not in Vain
As I discussed in my last post, “Tripping Over the Truth”, to enact change, you often have to get to a point where you’re so discontent with the way things are, that you feel like you’re a volcano that’s about to erupt.  You can’t take it anymore and finally decide it’s time to take...

What Happens Together Gets Wired Together

September 27, 2017
What Happens Together Gets Wired Together
When I say the word “movie”, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?  Most people would say “popcorn”.  Heck, it doesn’t seem like the full experience without having both!  But, have popcorn every time you go to the movies and now you’re hard-wired for movies and popcorn. When...

Should I Weigh Myself Every Day?

April 21, 2015
Should I Weigh Myself Every Day?
  I used to tell my clients that weighing themselves every day was a waste of time.  Because you have to both decrease your calorie intake and increase your calorie expenditure by, on average, 3500 calories, there is no way a pound could be lost in a day’s time.  Even vigorous exercise...

Strong Bones

December 2, 2014
Strong Bones
Nutrition Action Health Letter had an interesting article this month on bone health.  Bone health isn’t just for women to be concerned about.  Men can also get osteoporosis.  While genes play into the problem, what you eat and whether you exercise, smoke, or overdo alcohol are even more important...

10 Resolutions for Successful People

December 31, 2013
10 Resolutions for Successful People
Instead of creating the “to-do” list, make a “what-not-to-do” list of things that are draining your time. When you find yourself doing anything on that list, refocus. Always do the top priority things first. Even though a lower priority item may take less time and make you feel...