Self Talk

I’m going to take you on a brief journey into the heart of Being. As a therapist, one of my favorite roles is to remind people of their largeness – which I define as living a Self-led life. When describing the qualities of Self, it’s not unusual for clients to look at me quizzically. Recently someone […]

Fill ‘er Up

Brené Brown consistently delivers whole-hearted, thought-provoking material. The woman in on fire. Here she interviews Oprah Winfrey in classic researcher style, asking pointed questions on tender subjects. On the topic of shame, Oprah shared how she learned to overcome the diminishing question “Who do you think you are?” Instead of shrinking from self-judgment and aligning with the critic, […]

The Quiet Killer

Sugar is the devil in disguise. Think I’m kidding? Stop what you’re doing and “Google” the harmful effects of sugar. About 20,600,000 results will come up in 0.38 seconds. Click on any one of them and you’ll see a list a mood disorders, degenerative disease, chronic inflammation and metabolic syndrome. If you don’t suffer from any […]

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 […]

Fuel for Life

The basic gifts of nature – water, sunlight, rest, movement, healthy foods and air – are the fuel for life. Without having to read it on-line or in a book, our grandparents were intuitively connected to these wellness building resources. Unlike our elders, we can no longer take such things as a good night’s sleep […]

Nothing Sweet About It

I used to laugh about being addicted to sugar, but the fun drained when I realized it wasn’t a joke anymore. Sugar has the same addictive properties as tobacco and alcohol. The more you eat, the more you crave. And the withdrawal, which includes irritability and lethargy, is very real and often the hardest part. […]

Is Sugar Addictive?

This will come as no surprise. Sugar is addictive. What may startle you is that according to a study by James Cook University refined sugar is more addictive than cocaine – one of the most addictive and harmful substances currently known. An astonishing 94% of the rats who were allowed to choose between sugar water and cocaine, […]

Get Your Daily D

Vitamin D is a true ounce of prevention, says Christiane Northrup, M.D., author of Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom.  “It boosts immunity and protects the heart, and those with the highest levels have the lowest rates of multiple sclerosis, diabetes, osteoporosis, and cancer of all sorts,” says Northrup. While 15 minutes of sunshine on exposed skin […]

Get to Know Yourself

“In my years in medicine, I’ve seen a lot of people who are ill and unhappy because they don’t know who they are, what they want or where they’re going,” says Tierona Low Dog, M.D., director of the Fellowship at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. With so much of our attention focused externally, we […]