A Healthier Thanksgiving Meal with Grocery List

According to the Calorie Control Council, the average American will consume 3,000 calories on Thanksgiving – at dinner alone. Drinks, dessert, and appetizers can quickly bring that total to 4,500 calories (consider that a slice of pecan pie is roughly 450 calories). The meal below, which includes dessert, comes to 1,060 calories. The calorie content…

Happy Halloween the Healthy-ish Way

Most everything Halloween-related in the food world involves copious amounts of sugar, cheese, or ranch dressing. If you type “healthy Halloween” into google, you get results for oranges cut to look like jack-o-lanterns and salads with no dressing. Call me a cynic, but a banana with a face made from three chocolate chips shoved into…

Make Every Minute Count – Getting More From Your Doctor Visits

Most people have felt rushed during a doctor’s visit. Maybe you’ve had a quick visit that ended with you feeling lost and not fully understanding your diagnosis, tests, or treatment plan. By communicating better, you can maximize what little time you have in the office. Most family physicians allow 15 minutes for each visit –…

Beyond REM – The Science of Chronobiology

Chronobiology is the study of time rhythms and how they affect our behavior and functioning. One hundred fifty messenger substances constantly circulate through your body and update your organs about the current environment – your body temperature, your blood pressure, etc. There are three primary rhythms of chronobiology: Infradian Rhythms– these are rhythms that last…

Prioritization: Let’s Be Realistic Here

Have you ever felt like your brain is whizzing along in a car going 95 mph down the freeway and you’re on a tricycle pedaling as fast as you can to keep up with it? Or you’re racing around in the morning and something important that you have to do pops into your head and…

Are You an HSP (Highly Sensitive Person)?

Can you imagine how overwhelming a simple shopping trip would be to someone who is overstimulated by sounds, smells, and other environmental conditions? The bright lights, the crowds of people talking to one another and into their cell phones (and yelling at their kids and fighting with their spouses), the sounds of shopping carts being…

One More Way That Work is Killing You: The Dangers of Multitasking

How many things have you given your full attention to today? If you’re like most everyone, it isn’t many. And while you might think that you’re doing a really great job at keeping 100 balls in the air simultaneously (maybe only dropping a few dozen here or there), the sad truth is that you are…