Healthy Living

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Posted on April 15th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

One Bite at a Time

It’s Friday morning and I’m on the scale. I weigh myself on Fridays—more frequently than that potentially feeds my obsession with my weight, but anything less than that tends to close me off in denial. I’m on the scale, and I’m not happy with the numbers. When my dog, Lucy, died a few months ago, [...]

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Posted on April 12th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Eight Things You Need To Know About Sleep

Although we spend about one-third of our lives asleep, most people still don’t know how to get a good night’s rest and how important it is. Sleep is a good indicator of someone’s overall health says Susan B. Lord, MD, an integrative family physician who teaches the Healthy Living program Transforming Stress at Kripalu. “If [...]

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Posted on April 10th, 2014 by in Ayurveda, Healthy Living

10 Ways to Make Turmeric Part of Your Daily Diet

By Sarajean Rudman The bright yellow, herbaceous perennial known as turmeric, originally from South India, has America enamored with its oft-trumpeted health benefits. Lately, it’s been hailed for its ability to prevent anything from the common cold to cancer. Harvested mainly for its rhizomes, or roots, turmeric is closely related to ginger, another herbal powerhouse [...]

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Posted on April 8th, 2014 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

How a Balanced Day Keeps the Pu Pu Platter Away

The Pu Pu Platter for three that has just arrived at our table must be meant for three very large football players (who are not gluten free, and who are definitely not concerned about nitrates). It’s a heaping pile of fried dough and processed meat. Louis C.K. would be very pleased. And, in a way, [...]

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Posted on April 5th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Observing Weight through Witness Consciousness

Often, a client comes to me wanting to lose weight, plops down in my office, and says, “When I’m good, I eat this, and when I’m bad, I eat that.” This report reminds me to pause, breathe, and prepare to dive into paradigm shifting. I invite the individual to consider a framework in which he [...]

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Posted on April 1st, 2014 by in Healthy Living, On and Off the Mat, Yoga

Five Steps for Taking Yoga off the Mat

If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you’ve probably had this experience: You’re holding a pose and the tension is more than you can take. Your muscles are reaching their pain and stamina threshold, but the instructor reminds you to breathe into the sensation. And, when you do, you notice that you can tolerate the [...]

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Posted on March 31st, 2014 by in Healthy Living, Nutrition

Sugar and Your Body

By Mark Hyman, MD Americans consume 146 pounds of flour and 152 pounds of sugar per person per year—and flour raises your blood sugar more than table sugar. Sugar and flour are now proven to be biologically addictive. In some animal studies, sugar was found to be more addictive than cocaine. Sugar and refined carbs [...]

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Posted on March 29th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

The Joy of Cooking: Self-Care in the Kitchen

The truth is, I’ve only recently started to cook. In my twenties and thirties, I wore my lack of domesticity as a badge of pride, a sign that I was a busy, independent woman. During those years, I worked late and often picked up takeout on the way home. That habit stayed with me for [...]

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Posted on March 27th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

Why Being Mean Doesn’t Work

Have you ever had success making sustainable changes in your life by being mean to yourself? Have you ever bullied yourself into change? Has white-knuckling it or an attitude of deprivation ever served you well? Let me guess your answer: Of course not. You might have been able to modify behavior for a time through [...]

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Posted on March 26th, 2014 by in Healthy Living

From Doing to Being

I’ve always been a doer. Not one to wait for things to come to me, I’m the type to take action, pick up the phone, initiate the project, ask the guy out rather than wait to be asked. It’s a worthwhile trait that’s created opportunities for me, but it can also be exhausting. I feel [...]

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