What Does It Feel Like to Change a Habit?

“At any given time, about only 20 percent of people needing to change an unhealthy behavior are actually prepared and ready to do so,” says Dr. Janice M. Prochaska who is the CEO of Pro-Change Behavior Systems. There are stages of change and many emotions that accompany what stage of change you are in. According […]

Decreasing Inflammation When You’re Ill

It is the season where colds, viruses and bugs may get the better of you and keep you home sick. It seems that colder temperatures prohibit the immune system from responding adequately due to a reduction in antiviral signals. How do you address the inflammation in your body when you are ill? The truth is […]

Every Breath You Take…

How you breathe affects how you feel. Quick, sudden, shallow breaths can bring on anxiety and panic while long, deep, slow breaths can engender feelings of relaxation. Over time, breathing patterns can also influence posture and how you carry yourself. Shallow breathing encourages limited rib cage movement and tight neck muscles. Consistent mouth breathing can […]

Holiday Eating

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, laughing all the way. All those smells and holiday treats, wonder what I weigh? The average American gains between five to eight pounds from Thanksgiving through the end of the year. This does not mean that when the holidays come around that you cannot partake in socializing and some special treats. […]

Assess Your Stress

It takes 21 days for a rat to become chronically stressed. How long does it take you? What if you have been operating in a state of chronic stress? Would you even notice after a while? According to Helpguide.org, a resource for mental and emotional health, to assess yourself, you need to look at four […]

Scary Habits!

On Halloween, 4% of yearly candy consumption is consumed by Americans or 3.4 pounds of candy per person! Frightening! It is also scary to think about how poor nutritional and lifestyle choices have contributed to the obesity epidemic and rise in chronic medical conditions in the United States. But what are the habits that are […]

Are You in a Time Famine?

We may think that a new car or more money in our savings account is what lights up our world, but is that true? A study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America explains that a “time famine” may be wreaking havoc on our happiness quotient. As […]

A Taste for Change

-A child must taste something a minimum of nine times before they will “like” it. -People will not eat as much food if it is served on a red plate. -Temperature, texture, and odor affect how a food tastes to each person. – Approximately 15% of adults have a taste disorder. -Along with sweet and […]

What Happens to an Inflamed Brain?

Your brain can become inflamed, like your body can. But not quite in the same way.  The brain has something called the “blood brain barrier” to limit toxins and substances from entering.  It does an amazing job of only allowing important nutrients to get in, but after injury and damage even this relatively reliable barrier […]

Stress Out or Go Within?

When life gets chaotic or like a turbulent roller coaster ride of change, what is your first reaction? Do you look for ways to stabilize your life, have racing thoughts, or do you breathe and turn inward to focus? Stress itself is not dangerous, but our belief about what it can do to us, can […]

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