Stress Practice

Stress is a fact of life and its impact on health can be profound. While we can’t always reduce the amount of stress in our lives, we can reduce the impact stress has on our health. The idea is to make your body more resilient to the physical changes of an activated stress response system….

Boosting Your Immune System

A system needs balance to function well. Our immune function depends on what you consume and how you move, sleep, and stress. Finding balance in times of heightened stress is a challenge and takes effort. The first step is to pay attention to how you are treating your body and mind. Consider how you can…

Staying Nourished While Sheltering In Place

With reduced access to fresh food, prepared meals, and grocery stores many people are struggling to stay well-fed. This is a time when we need good nutrition; eating as healthfully as you can will bolster your immune system and your brain’s ability to manage anxiety. But you are likely being forced to eat in ways…

Food and Unemployment Resources in SF

Food assistance resources remain available for those in need during the lockdown. However, many programs are changing to both support efforts at slowing the spread of the virus and provide for people who are newly out of work. Along with the social worker at the Free Clinic, Ryoko, I will be posting updated information and…

Sheltering Wellness

Staying Connected Like many of you, I am spending the vast majority of my time at home as we focus on managing the pandemic to keep ourselves and our communities as safe and healthy as possible. During this time I will continue to “see” patients for nutrition and lifestyle counseling, just not in person. If…

Healthy Habit Challenge: week 2

Congratulations on completing the first week! If you haven’t started yet, go here to join in. This week’s activities for healthier living included: Building relaxation breaks into your day by (1) having a phone-free lunch, (2) tuning into the experience of drinking a hot beverage, and (3) taking a moment to be kind to yourself….

Healthy Habit 28 Day Challenge

Join me in a month-long daily effort to explore and improve health habits. The New York Times is running a free online program of activities for stress management, exercise, diet and relationship building. As anyone who has struggled to make changes stick knows, creating lasting healthy habits is hard. It takes persistence, a clear plan,…

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution

We make ’em and we tend to break ’em. As the calendar flips to the New Year our minds turn to what’s to come, intentions for how we want to live and be in the world. And, of course, setting goals for self-improvement. While efforts of reflection and intention are meaningful and even essential aspects…

Obesity in Your Genes?

Two recent articles published in the journal Cell raise some interesting questions about genes and body weight. It has been known for some time that certain genes increase risk for obesity, but there is an ongoing debate about how genes result in obesity. One of the studies used genetic mapping and health information to establish…

Poetry on Food

In honor of national poetry month, consider words about food, about the sometimes mystical experience of eating, consuming flavor and sensation. I find it difficult to convey the particular pleasures of a well considered meal. Maybe these poems can help. Meditation on a Grapefruit BY¬†CRAIG ARNOLD To wake when all is possible before the agitations…