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Heart & Soul (& Brain)

Heart & Soul (& Brain)

My article on the link between heart and mind is up over at Harvard Health Blog. I had so much fun researching this connection, and incorporating the new WHO guidelines on dementia prevention. It all makes such good sense. From the article: “We have long […]

Exercise: Stick With It & Stay With It

Exercise: Stick With It & Stay With It

Running, walking, biking, dancing, housecleaning, whatever you enjoy! It’s all good for your mind. And I’m not talking only about the proven mental health benefits. Yes, physical activity of any kind significantly reduces stress and anxiety and is a recommended part of the treatment for […]

Don’t Just Stand There

Don’t Just Stand There

Yes, I’m obsessed with taking the stairs. But, taking the stairs for at least ten minutes per week may lower your risk of death by 26%. Even light activity for ten minutes per week can help! Everything counts.

For Christmas Stress Relief, Get Out!

For Christmas Stress Relief, Get Out!

Christmas is supposed to be a time for reflection and renewal, a heartwarming and rejuvenating holiday… At least in movies and commercials. In reality, we’re all crazy hectic sprinting around shopping and wrapping and socializing. Or sitting around being depressed. Either way, finding time for […]

Go Farther, Go Faster…Live Longer

Go Farther, Go Faster…Live Longer

There are many times when I can choose between doing something active, and doing something else. And man, there’s alot of something elses. Yesterday morning, for example: I had writing deadlines, clinic charting, endless housework, and two school-aged kids who still think I’m cool and […]

Walking and Thinking and Drinking at the Same Time

Walking and Thinking and Drinking at the Same Time

…Coffee. Drinking coffee. I don’t listen to music or podcasts when I walk. This is the time I let my brain sort through all the stimuli and stuff that’s sitting in there and stressing me out. I will try, really try, to focus on thing, […]

Muscle Matters for Metabolism!

Muscle Matters for Metabolism!

I am officially closer to 50 than 40, and it shows. Yup, it’s that middle-age middle-gain. Horrified that this was happening to me, despite having lost fifty pounds after two AMA pregnancies and religiously maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine for years, I decided […]

Let us run in peace dammit

Let us run in peace dammit

I got harassed while running this morning. I was alone, waiting for the walk signal at an intersection, jogging awkwardly in place. A middle-aged man in a shiny red sports car honked at me as he drove by. I got a clear look at his […]

Acceptance & Inclusion = True Beauty

Acceptance & Inclusion = True Beauty

I’ve been feeling heavy, physically and emotionally. For months, I’ve been mired in a much-desired massive writing project, my first book. Yes, it’s amazing and awesome and I’m thrilled. But it’s been really hard to fit research and writing into the small spaces between clinical […]

R & R

R & R

It’s been a rough stretch. A massive writing deadline met; a busy on-call week; my dear grandmom’s stroke, passing, and funeral. It’s rare for me to sign out of clinic for more than a week, and usually I feel guilty. This time, plagued by TMJ […]