Although I don't like the "gimme, gimme, gimme...more, more, more" attitude that sometimes seem to flow from my children (and our culture) during this time of year, I have always loved the act of intentional gift-giving and receiving. Watching the recipient's face as she opens a present chosen just for her; and diving into a gift that was thoughtfully chosen just for me...pure joy!
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 01:09
Is self-acceptance something that comes hard for you, especially if you are struggling with some "imperfection" (bodily or otherwise)?
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 01:03
Money may be tight these days (and we're all feeling the angst of that possibility, even if we're not personally feeling the pinch yet), yet it is still critical for us to prioritize our health and wellbeing.
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 21:12
Spending the weekend in New York City always reminds me how much I love fresh roasted chestnuts. The first time I had them was on a street corner in the city as a child, and they have been a highlight of my winters ever since. Not only do chestnuts taste delicious, but they are fun to eat and they also boast a high nutritional content.
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 20:25
As I was driving to work one morning last week, I recognized the feeling of my quickening heart rate, the slow rise of panic in my stomach, and the irritation as I couldn't find a parking spot right away: STRESS. After taking lots of time off and living life at a slower pace this summer, the feeling of "too much to do" was back and coming on full-force.
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 19:37
That quote about Santa has been on my mind lately. Maybe because I keep hearing the song everywhere I go these days, but it also resonates with what I've been hearing for years from clients and friends (and what I've struggled with myself in the past). Although we adults know beyond a shadow of a doubt that there really isn't a Santa Claus (heck, I'm Jewish, so I've always known!), many of us still carry around our own internal "Santa." Not some white bearded guy in a red suit bringing us gifts, per se, but that idea that we are being judged on how bad or good we are, on our worthiness or our unworthiness.
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 18:34
Although it truly is better to give than to receive, I must admit, that I absolutely love opening up a present that's been chosen and wrapped especially for me. There is something about the simple act of ripping open the paper and excitedly opening the box that still gives me a big thrill!
Tuesday, 06 December 2011 00:43
By any traditional nutritionist's account, the weekend I spent in Denver with my college girlfriends would rate as "bad for my health," with the possible unwanted side effects of weight gain, inflammation, blood sugar instability, and sleep deprivation, to name just a few. But despite not enough sleep, more than my usual dose of caffeine and wine, sugar-laden cinnamon rolls and scones each morning for breakfast, I would have to argue: Remembering back to this, I know that the weekend was probably better for my health than an enormous plate of broccoli (even with a side order of kale).
Thursday, 01 December 2011 16:00
Like everyone, I love vacations! My life here is pretty wonderful, but somehow being away from home (no lunches to pack, no errands to run, and almost no schedule to adhere to) immediately de-stresses me and puts me in more of my fun, easygoing, happy-go-lucky mode. Perhaps because of that, I become less focused on many of the things I usually focus on, including the healthy foods and habits that I try to include in my life regularly at home.