I’ve been keepin ‘ a little Five Star notebook to document my workouts and weight amounts since I was a teenager. I like to see my progress. For example, I used 15 lb dumbbells for chest press in high school, 25 lbs in college, and now I […]
I was super happy last Sunday night. I felt like a Top Chef. Or at least one of those totally put together women. We know the ones- they host lavish dinner parties where guests whisper, “She is the best cook ever” while passing around homemade macaroons. […]
Oh, those little extras.
Life is full of them- extra 30 minutes our boss kept us after work, extra load of laundry we need to do, extra bill we forgot to pay…
Our lives fill up quickly with events and things and people namely to, well, stress us out. We work, we run around, we rarely rest (and that goes for those of us that DON’T even have kids yet!). Being “too busy” is one of the most common reasons my patients report for eating poorly.
This ongoing life stress and habitual ill-attention to our diet quality may actually be decreasing our lives by shortening our telomeres. Our what?! you ask. No, it’s not a new cell phone app! Guys!
Telomeres are found on the ends of our DNA chromosomes, and longer telomere length is associated with longer life . Shorter telomeres mean our cells die faster- hence, the aging process. The longer we live, the more of our cells die, and our lifestyle affects this rate.
Stress, obesity, a pro-inflammatory diet, and smoking have been found to speed up telomere shortening- in essence, the aging process- as well as increase our risk of chronic disease. But lifestyle changes can increase our telomere length– even if we haven’t been super kind to our bodies thus far.
Every once in a while, we need to give our gut a rest. I realize this is the 2nd smoothie posting in a row- but I can’t help it, guys! Dr. P and I have dinner+ the theatre tonight in the Capital Hill neighborhood, and I […]
Guys, guys! I heart breakfast. I have a big appetite, and the first thing I think of in the morning is how cute my husband is and if he made coffee yet. Because if not, that is the first thing I’ll do for sure. But then- […]
Collectively, we’re an unhealthy bunch.
Our children? Vastly chubbier. Our blood pressure and cholesterol? Far higher. And our heart disease and cancer rates? Staggering as compared to 50 years ago. In the 1960s, only about 10% of us were obese. Today almost 40% of us are.
I read an article today that also noted suicide and depression are at a 30-year high.
We are obese and sad! And it’s heart breaking!
What are we doing wrong? And better yet- why aren’t we changing?
Over years of counseling clients, I’ve asked myself this question countless times. Why isn’t my patient reaching the goals we set? And how can I help?
I just finished reading a book on trauma and children- it was a book Dr. P ordered and was written by a child psychiatrist. We are all familiar with what a habit is, but this author was elegant and engaging in his description of the brain and its neurological pathways as they relate to habitual behavior.
Basically, when we do something a number of times, we literally carve a path in our brain matter. Much like a path in the woods heavily trodden, this neurological marking makes it more likely we will follow this same behavior without much thought in the future. (more…)
Sometimes we get a bit overwhelmed, a tad too hectic, a smidgen couldn’t-go-to-the-grocery. It happens. And when it does, the first things to slide down that hill into the abyss are our nutrition and exercise. Last week was busy. I hate to admit it, but I ate […]
Chickpeas- aka garbanzo beans- are finally getting some credit. With hummus making a dash from the foodie to the mainstream scene, more and more of us are dippin’ and divin’ into chickpea bliss. But these magic little beans are still underrated. We could use them way more than we do to […]
The kiwi is one pretty fruit. It photographs so well! It also reminds me of the rad neon green eyeliner I thought was all the rage in high school (srrrrsly, not good judgment there!). So I bought a whole bucket of kiwi last week, and I needed to […]