Let’s get skipping again | When and why do we stop skipping?

By | June 5th, 2018|Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Movement, Stress reduction|

Skip: move along lightly, stepping from one foot to the other with a hop or bounce.  We all skip as children so when do we stop skipping? Why do we stop skipping? Find out more and then let’s get skipping again! […]

Moving on is bittersweet | Remember First, Last, and Only

By | June 1st, 2018|Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning|

As you are reading this on June 1st, I am moving house. Yes, today.  You should be here, giving a hand! Our new adventure begins. And as I move to a time of many “firsts”, I reflect on a month of many “lasts” and wonder what I can take from this. […]

Life lessons from Harold, our parrot

By | May 29th, 2018|Love, Meaning|

Sadly, my pet parrot Harold just died. We have been distraught. We thought he would outlive us both. It is such a shock. But in my sadness, I am trying to focus on the life lessons I can take from sharing half my life with this dear sweet bird. […]

Pleasure versus happiness | Is our pursuit of pleasure detrimental to our happiness?

By | April 3rd, 2018|Book review, Community, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Research|

I attended a lecture by Dr. Robert Lustig last week. He was discussing the differences between pleasure and happiness. […]

Do we need a photo album in our medicine cabinet? Love as our drug of choice

By | February 13th, 2018|Empowerment, In treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Research|

In honor of Valentine’s day, let’s consider love as our drug of choice!  UCLA researchers have found that instead of bottles of painkillers, maybe we should be putting a photo or photo album in our bathroom medicine cabinet to help reduce pain. What? Can photos reduce pain? […]

A boat with many anchors | How many anchors need to be raised for health

By | February 6th, 2018|disease prevention, Empowerment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Movement, Sleep, Stress reduction|

Maybe you have been trying different approaches to restore your health or optimize your health. but it hasn’t quite paid off yet. Don’t give up. Consider a boat with many anchors.  […]

Play social games for brain health and more

By | January 16th, 2018|Cancer prevention, Community, disease prevention, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning, Play|

We’re all familiar with the concept of doing puzzles to help support our brain health, especially as we age. But why not add another dimension and make it social.  Play a game with someone else instead of a solitary activity, and there will be many more gains.  […]

Dive deeper : My strategy for no shopping in January

By | January 2nd, 2018|Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning, Play, Stress reduction|

Have you ever seen the movie The Big Blue?  I saw it many years ago after it was recommended to me by a dear German friend. It’s all about a competition for free-divers (who use no breathing equipment and just hold their breath) to see who can dive deeper.  While I’m not a free-diver, I am going to dive deeper this January to start off 2018.  […]

Oasis week | Clarify your life’s purpose

By | December 26th, 2017|Empowerment, In remission, In treatment, Just finished treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning|

I love this week between Christmas and the New Year. I like to think of it as my oasis week. A time of calm in the midst of chaos. The perfect time for reflection and clarification. […]

Acknowledging and dealing with lingering distress after a disaster

By | November 21st, 2017|Community, disease prevention, Empowerment, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning, Sleep, Stress reduction|

It’s been six weeks since the wildfires in Northern California. For those who lost their homes and all their possessions, they are dealing with the major task of how to go forward and rebuild their lives. For others who didn’t lose their home, there are feelings of enormous relief. We tell ourselves we are lucky. But physical signs are showing up in people suggesting continued distress that is frequently not being acknowledged.  […]

When your world changes from color to black and white (but then back to color again)

By | October 13th, 2017|Community, Love, Meaning|

As you may know, I live in Sonoma County, CA which is the area affected by wildfires right now. It’s been a scary week. But also an interesting week. […]

A house of many windows | Working together

By | September 5th, 2017|Biomarkers, Community, disease prevention, In remission, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Movement, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, Play, Stress reduction|

Maybe you’ve been wondering how I work with clients and whether our working together could help you? Let’s explore this a little by looking at an analogy I use: “A house of many windows.” […]

The concept of a Spoon Barn | Adapting to change

By | May 30th, 2017|Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning|

When life is getting you down, try considering the concept of a spoon barn.  It’s all about living life to the fullest, even with change and loss.  […]

Hygge – Learning from the Danes, some of the happiest people on Earth

By | May 23rd, 2017|Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Movement, Play, Stress reduction|

Hygge is a Danish work that is considered untranslatable – although many try! Some say that hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is meant to be felt, not translated. Why is this word suddenly a buzz word and the No.1 export from Denmark? Let’s take a look. […]

Deadlines: A business approach works for when we are healthy and ill

By | May 16th, 2017|Meaning|

How do you deal with deadlines – all those urgent and important things in life?  Using the Eisenhower Matrix can help us, both when we are healthy and when we are ill.  […]

Healthy self = Heal thy self | Supporting our bodies for self healing

By | April 18th, 2017|Community, Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Movement, Play|

Our bodies are designed to heal themselves. They have many self-healing capacities, so let’s look at how we can support these to reveal our healthy self. Healthy self = Heal thy self! […]

Spring cleaning and going native…

By | March 24th, 2017|Community, Empowerment, Meaning, Stress reduction, Uncategorized|

It’s spring, finally! Traditionally, this is the time of year when we want to make changes in our life, start afresh, clean out closets, get organized! For me, this year was different. I decided that I wanted to create a [...]

The importance of relationships | The gift of full attention

By | February 14th, 2017|Love, Meaning, Research|

Happy Valentine’s Day! A day to celebrate love. And it is worth celebrating – whether or not you subscribe to the Hallmark holiday. […]

Finding time for the good stuff

By | December 30th, 2016|Love, Meaning, Movement, Play, Stress reduction|

Laura Vanderkam has some great advice in this TEDtalk. It’s all about how we use our free time. There are lots of great snippets in here – give it a watch.  […]

The Blue Zones Solution | Book review

By | November 1st, 2016|Book review, Community, Food, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Movement, Play, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction|

The Blue Zones Solution by Dan Buettner from National Geographic was one of my favorite health books from last year. It’s inspiring subtitle is “Eating and living like the world’s healthiest people”  Dan’s research reveals how the world’s longest-lived people actually live their lives. It’s all about adding life to years, not just years to life.  […]

Book Review: When breath becomes air

By | March 11th, 2016|Meaning|

I rarely sit and read books nowadays. I read many scientific papers, and textbooks, but for general reading, I tend to use Audible to listen to books as I'm driving or walking.  But yesterday I sat down and read Paul [...]

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