I recently read an article about our nation’s obsession with body image and how it manifests itself in unhealthy ways—for example, on television shows such as The Biggest Loser. In the article, the writer talks about how we judge ourselves and others for being overweight, yet find it impossible to climb our way out of […]
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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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]