Tag Archives: willpower
Posted on December 31st, 2013 by in Healthy Living

Trading New Year’s Resolutions for New’s Year’s Intentions

New Year’s is a time when we reflect on our goals for the year ahead—better health, losing weight, a new job, travel, or finding a relationship. But change is hard. It requires a real commitment, planning, and follow-through. A 2007 research study by psychologist Richard Wiseman found that 88% of people fail to achieve their [...]

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Posted on April 5th, 2013 by in Healthy Living

Healthy Eating: A Dance of Physiology, Emotion, and Habits

Often a guest will land in my office at Kripalu for a nutrition consult and say, “When I’m bad, I eat…” and rattle off his dietary “sins” in great detail. He’ll say, “And when I’m good, I eat…” and report a reasoned—even enlightened—diet in union with his ideals and body. For decades, willpower was thought [...]

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Posted on April 4th, 2013 by in Healthy Living

The Science of Willpower

I saw a lovely young woman, whom I’ll call Cathy, in my office this week. She was there to discuss her inability to lose weight. After discussing the basics—and benefits—of a whole-foods diet, I recommended she meet regularly with a nutritionist. She shrugged and said, “My problem is willpower. I don’t have any—never did. That’s [...]

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