Sweet Savant

I never thought I’d say this, but I’m glad I’m a (recovering) sugar junkie. I’m feeling lucky that the bane and pleasure of my existence is/was and may always be – sugar. Where it not, I would have never discovered what a crucial role it plays in well-being. Up until this moment, I viewed sugar […]

Choose Health

One of my favorite childhood cartoons was a propaganda piece that taught kids how to make healthy food choices. A squatty, smart aleck named Ol’ Timer proselytized “you are what you eat from head down to your feet!” The tune was catchy and I’d find myself singing it mindlessly while happily eating a bag of […]

Healthy Habits

There is no magic pill for health. There is knowledge and there is action. As Yoda says, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” Of course, this is easier said than done when it comes to implementing healthy habits. It all begins with being kind to yourself. Think of how long you’ve been living the […]

The Power of Touch

  I don’t come from a family of huggers, even though I was born one. The funny thing is that I didn’t know I carried the recessive hugging gene until I moved up to the Bay Area for college. The drive from San Francisco to Orange County took about seven hours, so I drove home […]

Tame the Crave

Ever notice that stressed spelled backwards is desserts? Coincidence or not, many of us turn to sweets as a means for self-soothing. Unfortunately, the relief is temporary and invariably causes more trouble down the road. Here are some helpful ways to tame the crave the next time you want something sweet to eat: Pause and […]


The great humanist Erich Fromm said, “The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.” One way to accomplish this important endeavor is to treat ourselves as we would a good friend. When our reserves of self-love are low, we can scarcely meet the gaze […]

Ditch the Micro!

My husband is a trooper. A few months after we met, I house sit while he was way. During that time I planted a garden, hid his stockpile of soda and put his microwave in solitary confinement. My tactics could have been softer, but the intention was pure. Hiding the sugar is obvious, but why […]

Meaning in Life

Positive psychology presents a compelling argument for cultivating happiness. Those who walk the talk report more satisfying relationships, better health and a brighter outlook on life. Make no mistake, the goal is not to be happy all the time. It’s about developing the skill base to renew ourselves when internal resources run low. Think of […]