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…

Habit Change Hacks

Change is rough. Habits are sticky. Most of us struggle to adopt new ways of doing things even when we know we’d be happier, healthier, and just better off living this way. Much of this struggle comes down to human nature and biology. Over the past ten years or so there has been a surge…

Heart Your Kidneys and Give Them the Attention They Deserve

Did you know: 30 million American adults have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and millions of others are at increased risk. Early detection can help prevent the progression of kidney disease to kidney failure. High risk groups include those with diabetes, hypertension and family history of kidney failure. African Americans, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, American Indians and…

The Portfolio Diet for High Cholesterol

If you have high cholesterol, specifically the “lousy” LDL variety, then this diet could help. A study published in July of last year reported the portfolio diet improved LDL dramatically more than a standard heart healthy diet low in saturated fat. Research Says: This “study of the studies” included seven clinical trials and was published in the…

30 Day Wellness Challenge: a Relaxed Finish.

Note: This post is part of the New York Times Wellness 30 day challenge. Learn more here and if you want to join in- sign up here. Each week I will post about the daily challenges. Last week you increased your veggie consumption, today we look at a simple way to bring more relaxation into your…

30 Day Wellness Challenge: Week 4 is Veggie Forward.

Note: This post is part of the New York Times Wellness 30 day challenge. Learn more here and if you want to join in- sign up here. Each week I will post about the daily challenges. Last week focused on ramping up the enjoyment of food and movement with two challenges: (1) make a delicious and…

30 Day Wellness Challenge: Week 3 part 2

Note: This post is part of the New York Times Wellness 30 day challenge. Learn more here and if you want to join in- sign up here. Each week I will post about the daily challenges. Rewarding Exercise This week’s exercise reward is about making your exercise experience more fun. One easy way to do this…

30 Day Wellness Challenge Week 3

Note: This post is part of the New York Times Wellness 30 day challenge. Learn more here and if you want to join in- sign up here. Each week I will post about the daily challenges. Last week I focused on techniques to make it easier to exercise using the brain’s reward system in creating new…

30 Day Wellness Challenge Week 2

Note: This is post is part of the New York Times Wellness 30 day challenge. Learn more here and if you want to join in- sign up here. Each week I will post about the daily challenges. The Reward and Mantra Workouts This week we have two exercise challenges where you learn to use the brain’s…