Extending our Healthspan rather than lifespan | TEDxSalon in San Rafael

By | April 13th, 2018|Community, disease prevention, Empowerment, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction|

We read about many advances in medicine and lifestyle medicine research which offer the promise of extending our longevity.  But our real goal should be extending our Healthspan, rather than just lifespan. We want to increase the years we are healthy, not just add more years to our lives when we have chronic diseases. […]

How many balls are you juggling? Tune-in to your juggling skills daily

By | February 20th, 2018|disease prevention, Empowerment, Fast Friday, Fundamentals on Fridays, Lifestyle Medicine, Stress reduction|

I vividly remember learning to juggle. I was staying with my sister and got chickenpox and felt too ill to drive home. So I spent my days learning to juggle. In my case, being ill made me learn to juggle. But more often, it’s the other way around. Trying to juggle too much can make us ill. […]

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.  […]

Children’s night lights | What about their melatonin? | Fundamentals on Fridays

By | February 2nd, 2018|disease prevention, Empowerment, Fundamentals on Fridays, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction|

I frequently write about melatonin and its many impacts on our health and its importance for sleep. And maybe you are making some changes and sleeping better. But what about your children or grandchildren? Do they sleep with a light on or do you keep the door open and a hall light on? Are they scared of the dark? […]

T.A.S.T.E. Workshop March 11th | Join us for the Digestion Dance

By | January 30th, 2018|disease prevention, Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Movement, Play, Sleep, Stress reduction, vitamins and minerals|

We seem to be bombarded with opinions about WHAT we should be eating, from low fat to ketogenic, from vegan to paleo, and all the other variations on offer. But little attention is paid to HOW we eat.  I’m running a one-day TASTE workshop in March to explore the “how” of eating. I’d love you to join me. Here’s what we’ll be covering. […]

Five fast flu preventers | Fast Friday

By | January 19th, 2018|disease prevention, Fast Friday, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Play, Sleep, Stress reduction|

Prevention is better than cure. Let’s look at how to avoid getting this horrid flu that seems so prevalent. Here are five flu preventers. […]

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.  […]

Using blue light blocking glasses | Supporting our circadian rhythm

By | December 12th, 2017|disease prevention, Lifestyle Medicine, Sleep, Stress reduction|

For the last few months, I’ve been wearing blue light blocking glasses in the evenings.  I’ve noticed a big improvement in my sleep – especially my deep sleep. And I experience just a calmer, more relaxed feeling in the evenings. Could blue light blocking glasses help you? […]

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.  […]

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.” […]

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. […]

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 Oura ring for monitoring and improving sleep and activity

By | March 21st, 2017|Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Sleep, Stress reduction|

There are lots of wearable devices available now to monitor different aspects of your health. Today we’ll review the Oura ring that monitors sleep and activity.  […]

Storm in a coffee cup | Should we be drinking coffee?

By | February 7th, 2017|Food, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction, Sugar|

Coffee is probably the most popular beverage in the world. This is despite its history of negative research. So was that all a storm in a coffee cup? Should we or shouldn’t we drink our cup of coffee? […]

Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber

By | January 27th, 2017|Sleep, Stress reduction|

We frequently consider sleep as a waste of time. We are too busy. Gosh, by the age of 90, on average we will have slept 32 years! Our minds automatically question what else we could have done with that time. So what does the latest research tell us about why we sleep?  […]

1% Challenge – 30-day online mindfulness program

By | January 20th, 2017|Stress reduction|

eMindful currently has a challenge for you.  Take just 1% of each day for 30 days and learn/practice mindfulness.  1% amounts to just 14 minutes. Are you up for the challenge? […]

Websites to check | zerobreastcancer.org

By | January 17th, 2017|Breast cancer, Community, Lifestyle Medicine, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction, website review|

Zero Breast Cancer (Zerobreastcancer.org), or ZBC, is a non-profit organization based in Marin County, California. Both Kathie and I write a book review blog post for them once a month. But we haven't spoken much about them on our own blog...so [...]

Kara | Guided meditations for cancer patients

By | January 10th, 2017|Empowerment, Sleep, Stress reduction|

You know I’m one for acronyms, what with the name CALMERme, and our programs for clients -CAPABLEme and RESTOREDme. So when I heard about the website named KARA, I wanted to check it out. KARA, the acronym, stands for Kindness, Awareness, Rest and Allowing. But what is it? […]

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.  […]

Humming through the holidays | 3 top stress busters

By | December 20th, 2016|Play, Stress reduction|

While we all picture the holidays and Christmastime to be happy times, they can also be quite stressful. So here are three of the simplest things you can do to help you relax at this time of year…and you might end up using them forever! My favorite is humming. […]

A Laughter Box | The perfect gift for someone who is ill

By | December 9th, 2016|Love, Play, Sleep, Stress reduction|

Tuesday’s post gave some healthy holiday gift ideas that I hope caught your eye. Today, I want to focus on just one gift that is a lovely idea for someone who is ill. Whether it is a family member or friend, whether they have cancer or some other chronic illness, or maybe it’s someone who finds the holidays especially hard, why not consider putting together a laughter box for them…   […]

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.  […]

Try forest bathing to support your immune system

By | July 19th, 2016|Immune system, Stress reduction|

In 1982, the Forest Agency of Japan first proposed that ‘forest bathing,’ was good for your health.  No, forest bathing is not dragging a bathtub into the woods and having a soak – although that does sound good!  Rather it is visiting a forest or wood for relaxation, and gentle recreation, and breathing in the volatile substances from the trees. When did you last forest bathe? […]

Taking tiny steps, making them count

By | May 13th, 2016|Empowerment, Movement, Stress reduction|

Kathie: It’s been a few weeks since I wrote about my struggles with the “E” word and my renewed commitment to increase my activity levels. I decided to start with small, achievable goals. Every time I go to the store, [...]

Sing for joy – and our health: Benefits in immunity and stress reduction

By | April 22nd, 2016|Community, Stress reduction|

A study published last week found that singing in a choir for just one hour boosts immunity, reduces stress, and improves mood in cancer patients. Let’s get singing!  […]

The “E” word

By | April 19th, 2016|Movement, Play, Stress reduction|

E X E R C I S E! Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that every health-related document I read talks about how exercise can improve your health, increase your longevity, reduce your stress levels, and minimize side effects [...]

Imagine a hug

By | April 5th, 2016|Love, Stress reduction|

Sit back, relax, and take a couple of minutes with this blog post. You’ll be glad you did. Take a couple of deep slow breaths. […]

What’s in a name? Why I chose CALMERme

By | April 1st, 2016|Empowerment, Stress reduction|

In the launch of my website and blog, I made the decision to change the name.  I know there is lots of opinion out there saying that this isn’t necessarily a good idea when you already have a following, but the way I work now – and my goals for the site – have changed, and so the name needed to change too. So why CALMERme? […]

Getting your body and mind ready for surgery

By | March 29th, 2016|Lifestyle Medicine, Sleep, Stress reduction|

I read an interesting paper published this year [1] entitled “Can we measure surgical resilience?” It is just a hypothesis at this stage, but the authors are looking at whether there are biomarkers in patients that can measure psychological resilience associated with improved surgery recovery and healing. […]

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