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Category Archives: Healthy Living

Do Type A People Have More Complicated Lives?

October 16, 2019
Do Type A People Have More Complicated Lives?
Are You Type A or Type B? We all know someone who is a Type A personality.  We typically think of them as fast-paced, competitive, very self-critical, quick to make decisions.  In their mind, whatever they’re working on should have been done yesterday.  They hate delays. A Type B personality...

Tripping Over the Truth — Why Diets Fail You

March 21, 2018
Tripping Over the Truth — Why Diets Fail You
I’m reading a great book by Chip and Dan Heath called “The Power of Moments”. They dive into the subject of making life more meaningful by increasing the number of memorable moments we have in life.  When you think back on the years you’ve lived, how many memorable moments were there?  The...

Shame on You, Food Network Star

June 16, 2017
Shame on You, Food Network Star
Your first episode of the 2017 season of Food Network Star aired recently, showcasing thirteen lucky contestants vying to become the next Food Network Star.  It’s a coveted win because with it, the contestant ends up with his or her own cooking show. From the onset of the program, hosts Bobby...

Sleep is Like a Computer Reboot

March 6, 2017
Sleep is Like a Computer Reboot
In the February 2017 issue of Time magazine, there was an article called “The Sleep Cure” by Alice Park.  With my having insomnia, I knew this was an article I had to read.  Was there something in it suggesting ways to easily fall asleep without any sleep aids?  Would her article corroborate...

Are Wearable Fitness Trackers Helping Us to Be Healthier?

October 28, 2016
Are Wearable Fitness Trackers Helping Us to Be Healthier?
Last year I got a Fitbit, more for tracking what I was doing than for encouraging me to do more exercise.  I’ve always been good about doing floor exercises in the morning and getting out for a walk as often as possible (which reminds me, I need to go for a walk when I get done posting this!). ...

The “Right” Way to Weigh In

June 1, 2016
The “Right” Way to Weigh In
  Clever way, I’d say!  The results will amaze you.  But seriously, what is the “right” way to weigh in?  People ask me, “Should I weigh myself every day?” There are two answers to that question and it depends upon who you are. For structured people, there’s...

Spud Safety

December 2, 2015
Spud Safety
Potatoes are a vegetable – a white vegetable.  They are not a green vegetable.  In other words, if you see any green under the skin, you don’t want to eat it. It’s rare, but some potatoes develop a green tint. That color is caused by high levels of chlorophyll, which by itself is harmless....

Are Hikers Healthy Eaters?

July 16, 2015
Are Hikers Healthy Eaters?
Yesterday, my husband and I went on a hike to Little Mt. Si near North Bend, Washington.  It was a lovely day and fortunately, plenty of trees to keep us from getting roasted.  (Yes, even in Washington state we can get some warm weather!)  With an ascent of 1300 feet and a round trip of 5 miles,...

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...

Exercise Humor: “Just Coasting”

April 11, 2015
Exercise Humor: “Just Coasting”
Some humor for your day: After the exercisers had already gone through the usual calisthenics of push-ups, sit-ups and jumping jacks, the instructor asked the class to do the stationary bicycle floor routine.  That’s where you lay on your back, get your legs up in the air, and then move them...