This could not be more true today than it was 17 years ago. I wasn't a parent then. Now I have three kids. We typically host and aren’t traveling to Ohio for Thanksgiving anymore. The food is mostly the same, the crowd is different. But it’s still my favorite holiday. I wrote this article about a habit that still, if in place, will reduce your holiday weight gain or even prevent it. Guaranteed. This article was published in Seattle in 2006! - I was even interviewed on NPR about it. I guess it resonated with more than just me!
There are a lot of things people attribute to aging. Poor memory is definitely one of them. What most people don’t realize is that your habits have a lot to do with how your memory works. They also think that Alzheimer’s and dementia are hereditary. 50% of dementia is caused by
Cancer and heart disease often take years to develop. Tissue breakdown and joint degradation is the same. We all know beaches were formed over millions of years. A process of rocks slowly being chipped away to form sand. At one point there is a straw that breaks the camel's back - and that is when we know it’s there. Disease, in the form of pain or dysfunction. And what do we do to solve the problem? We try to mask the symptoms or attack it, try to kill it or remove it.. Occasionally there may be a drug that is helping to support a healthier process, but most times they come with more side effects than the problems they solve. So, what is the best way to guarantee (at least as close to a guarantee as we can have) staying healthy as we age? And it’s not treating something once it’s taken hold. It’s not having arthroscopic surgery to replace an already deteriorated joint. Smart people solve problems. But geniuses
What would happen if you had a number of symptoms and went to the right specialist to have each issue addressed. BUT, what if all of those symptoms were actually caused by the same thing? Yikes. Each specialist will diagnose you with a different ailment, with the potential of 5 or more prescriptions. Here is an example
There are many ways to skin a cat. Such a cliche, but so true. I’ve heard about so many ways and types of detoxing/fasting it’ll make your head spin. I recently heard of sugar-free September. And there is Dry January. There is Lent, Ramadan and Pancha Karma. The Master Cleanse, Whole 30, intermittent fasting and Infrared sauna. There is a liver cleanse, a colon cleanse, a cellular cleanse . They may have different intentions, but they all have an effect on the body. Some work better than others. And different things have different impacts on different people, depending on their toxic load and their current state of health.
So, when is the best time to detox?
You know how kids have temper tantrums? Or they seem to have an inability to handle life the moment they leave school (but they’re pretty good at holding it together until then). You may not be a parent with young kids, or a parent at all, but we’ve all been kids, had siblings or been around kids enough to know what I’m talking about. And the truth is, adults are not much different than kids when it comes to what they need to handle the daily stresses of life. Three questions to ask yourself when it comes to your mood or someone else’s.
There is something I hear over and over and have considered it relevant for years now. There is
one obvious experience I’ve had of my own. This one thing is something of doubt and
skepticism for many people. I happen to think it’s the most essential thing to healing now, more
than I ever have before. It’s not what we eat, the water we drink, the supplements we take or the
exercise we engage in. It’s intangible. And don’t get me wrong all of that is important. But this is the elephant in the room. The thing people don’t want to address, or thing they don’t even
know is relevant to address.
TThe Great Defender: that's our immune system, uniquely designed to keep us healthy and defend against illness and infection. Made up of organs, including the skin, lungs, and gut, as well as specialized cells, the immune system's job is to remain on alert for disease-causing invaders and to protect our body against them.
Meet Julie. She has lost 50 pounds in the last 5 ½ months. Starting out at the beginning of March Julie would say she was:
Tired much of the time,
In terrible pain in many places in her body,
Unable to exercise,
She weighed the most she had ever weighed in her life. And had been using ibuprofen to manage her pain.
She is currently 8 pounds below her goal weight. How has this happened?