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Diets don’t work! What’s a better plan?

Is this a fair assessment of dieting …in your own experience?: “Traditional weight loss dieting programs are typically ineffective in producing consistent long-term weight loss and maintenance. In addition to being ineffective, dieting often results in psychological distress and disordered eating behaviors .” Why would a thin guy be interested in talking about dieting? There’s an alarming stat that’s been around since 1959: “95% of all dieters will regain the weight they lose within one year. While we would like…

You may be sugar addicted …and not know it

Obesity, cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 Diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, fatty liver disease and even Alzheimer’s (Type 3 Diabetes) all have links to excess refined sugar and carbohydrate consumption. Yet Americans, on average, are consuming nearly 57 pounds of added sugars (sugars that aren’t in foods naturally), per person, every year. So, why are we literally poisoning ourselves with sugar? (a) We have no idea of the amount of sugar we are consuming in our diets; (b)…

Should your physician be an MD?

Of the approximately one million licensed physicians in the United States, the vast majority—9 in 10—hold the MD (medical doctor) degree. MDs treat disease/ pain by prescribing drugs and/or surgery.  If you were looking for a primary care physician, chances are he or she will be an MD. But an increasing number of doctors now have DO (doctor of osteopathic medicine) degrees. The first school of Osteopathy was established in 1892. From their first day of freshman year, both MDs…

Healthiest and Happiest …the Secret

So, which of the following deserves the most focus for achieving our best quality of life: Happiness? Maximum health? Loving relationships? Building wealth? It’s kind of a trick question.  Of course we want it all, and a 75-year Harvard study suggests that in order to achieve our best, most fulfilling quality of life (having it all), we should focus on Loving Relationships. For 75 years, the Harvard researchers have tracked the lives of 724 men, year after year, asking about…

Love and Care for your Psoas

Over the years I’ve never thought much about my psoas muscles (pronounced SO-as), let alone cared about them.  Big mistake!  Here’s why we need to take better care of these incredible muscles: They are the primary connectors between your torso and your legs.  They affect your posture and help to stabilize your spine.  A tight psoas will cause back pain, neck pain and various other issues, like chronic constipation. The psoas is the only flexor muscle connecting to the diaphragmatic…

Searching for The One

For nearly all my life, certainly since teen years, I’ve been on a quest to find “The One”.  You know, that very special someone who has all the right qualities, who would adore me as much as I adored her, and who would make me happy for the rest of my life.  Often this is referred to as the search for our “Soulmate”, suggesting that there’s only one person who we are meant to spend our life with. Why is…

Should we be standing …to eat?

I don’t know anyone who eats standing up …except me. But, when I did an investigation into the potential health benefits, I discovered plenty of evidence (surprisingly) that eating while standing can be better for you than sitting while eating. There are, however, a couple of potential hazards to eating while standing up: It’s easy to eat too fast and not really savor your food.  It’s called ‘mindful eating’   and it’s a very important health practice. It’s very important to…

Don’t Retire, Refire!

What’s wrong with retirement?  Just about everyone I know is thinking about it, talking about it, and/ or doing it. But, it turns out that retirement can be bad for your health and longevity if you approach it the wrong way. From Harvard Health: “For years, researchers have been trying to figure out whether the act of retiring, or retirement itself, is good for health, bad for it, or neutral.” This article summarizes a vast amount of work Harvard researchers…

Are You Eating Enough Fiber?

Chances are you’re not getting nearly enough plant fiber in your diet, …but so what? Turns out there are serious health consequences when we lack enough fiber in our diet. Here are six symptoms that will tell you if you’re short (97% of Americans are) : You’re hungry even after you eat, You’re constipated and bloated, You have high cholesterol, You need a nap after you eat, You’re gaining weight in the wrong places, You often feel nauseated, If any…

New Habit = Better Health

If you want to achieve better health for yourself, you’ve got to achieve new habits. “If you always do what you’ve always done, you always get what you’ve always gotten.” Jessie Potter (not Henry Ford or Tony Robbins) It’s obvious, isn’t it? Unless you’re willing to change your daily health program, you won’t see any improvement in your health.  You do want to improve your health in some way …don’t you?  Yet, creating a new habit can be challenging.  I…