Well Being Archive

  • Dry Brushing Your Skin

    A skin routine that will transform you

    Science Behind Health

    Using science to shore up theories on diet and nutrition

    Cleaning Up

    Inspiration to lighten up your life!

    Staying Connected

    How our friends enhance our lives

    Interpreting My Test Results

    Learning what my test results mean

    Getting Enough Sleep

    Are we getting enough sleep?

    Mixing Up The Exercise Routine

    Learning to exercise smarter as we get older

    5 Reasons I Take Supplements

    Supplements that enhance my life and health

    An Anti-Aging Secret

    A beauty secret that will keep you looking young

    Lentils and Indian Spices

    Did you know that lentils are good for you? Before traveling to India, I was not that familiar with them but they are a staple in India. About 30% of lentil’s calories come from protein. Lentils contain dietary fiber, folate and B1 vitamins. They are quick to cook and easy to store. And they come […]

    Fitness Tools

    I have discovered some new and interesting fitness tools over the past several years while working with my arthritic knee and IT band injury. Now I can’t live without them. Once you reach 30 years old, you start to lose muscle mass. One way to offset this is through weight training. I use hand weights […]

    Scientific 7 Minute Workout

    I am always looking for a quick way to stay fit when I travel. So I was happy to come across this Scientific 7 Minute Workout and the Advanced 7 Minute Workout in the New York Times recently. It is a series of high-intensity interval training exercises, similar to the ones I do three times […]

    Pilates at Any Age

    As we grow older, our bodies can really benefit from a daily dose of healthy movement with emphasis on proper alignment. With its focus on controlled breathing and quality of movement, not quantity of repetitions, many experts agree that Pilates is one of the best ways for older adults to stay healthy. Pilates is perfect […]

    Puzzles

    As Fall is upon us and the weather starts to change, I think of all of the things I love about the changing seasons and moving from Spring/Summer into Fall/Winter. The changes in food: the type of food we eat (heartier, heavier) and the way it is prepared (slowly). The hunkering indoors over a fireplace […]

    Sugar Worse Than Fat

    It has long been believed that fat was the ultimate culprit in the American diet. That fat lead to higher levels of cholesterol. And that higher levels of cholesterol lead to heart disease and premature death. As such, Americans focused on lowering fat in their diets over the past 30 years. And unfortunately, things didn’t […]

    Dealing With Depression

    Depression is a serious condition that probably affects every family either directly or indirectly. We have three members of our family who deal with depression in various forms. Two of my now adult children and one of my husband’s adult children have coped with depression and it has been at times devastating to their lives. […]

    How Many Calories Burned During Sex

    If you have ever wondered how many calories you burn during sex, I recently came across the following excerpt written by Professor Richard Smith in his book The Dieter’s Guide to Weight Loss During Sex. How much energy is consumed while making love? If you consider that two hours of golf uses 71 calories, while […]

    Osteoarthritis

    I have been a runner, on and off, most of my life. I loved running track as a child, tried cross country in high school and ran for recreation and exercise on my own into adulthood. But while training for a marathon in 2007, I suddenly experienced severe pain in my right knee. I had […]

    Traditions

    When I asked my youngest son what he wanted to do this summer, he responded, “San Francisco.” When I asked why, he replied, “Tradition.” I hadn’t thought about it in awhile but he was right. Going to my hometown of San Francisco at least once a year was a tradition in our family. We used […]

    What’s In A Name?

    What’s in a name is a question recently raised in my family because my Son is having his first child in four months. While I am so excited about my new Grandchild, I am not wild about the name my Son and his Partner have chosen for the baby’s name. The name itself isn’t so […]

    Food Sensitivity Testing

        I recently referred a friend of mine who is a Nutritionist to my Sister who at the time was suffering from some severe health problems. The Nutritionist gave my Sister a Food Sensitivity Test or a Mediator Release Test (MRT) to determine if  her inflammation problems were due to something she was eating. […]

    Animal Welfare

    Almost every Sunday I shop at my local farmer’s market. I find the vendors selling organic seasonal produce and buy what looks good. When it came to other foods though, especially dairy and protein items, I used to not give it as much thought. That was, until a few years ago when I read this […]

    I Love My Fitbit

    I confess. I LOVE MY FITBIT. I know I am not the first person to write about fitness tracking devices, or even the fitbit. There are many opinions about which are the best and which are not, what they do and don’t do, why you should get one and why you shouldn’t. I will speak […]

    How’s Your FICO

      I recently began focusing on FICO scores when I was talking to my son about buying his first house.  I gave him the name and contact information for a loan broker who was referred to me by my real estate friend and explained that the first thing the broker would do was run a […]

    Losing Our Best Friends

    Last year one of our dogs was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma a virulent form of canine bone cancer which is more fast growing in younger dogs than older dogs.  We were given two options.  Do nothing and the dog would probably have to be put down in a couple of months or amputate the leg where […]

    Jet Lag

    I just returned from a 3 week trip to Asia. The trip was amazing and I was bursting with energy each day, eager to walk, talk, view and eat my way through amazing countries and cultures that were new to me. I was even able to adjust fairly quickly on my arrival – after traveling […]

    Traveling Alone

    Have you ever traveled alone? Not just for one night, or near home. But really, really traveled alone? I must confess that I never had. Except in July, the summer before last. For one week. On a plane. Several thousand miles away. From my husband and my three kids. And it was an experience. The […]

    Emergency Room Visit

    It finally happened after 27 years together, my husband had to take me to the Emergency room at UCLA at 4:00 in the morning.  I never get ill so it was a surprise to both of us that I complained of a pain so intense that I couldn’t sleep.  It was Sunday morning so it […]

    Lemon Balm “The Elixir of Life”

    I met Suzanne, a registered Dietitian and Nutritionist, a few years ago when she came to me for Pilates training.  We became good friends and my family and I have benefited from her professional expertise, with supplement prescriptions and food sensitivity analysis.  She is a consummate “Earth Mama” and has a wealth of knowledge about natural remedies. […]

    Date Day

    Today is my 18th wedding anniversary and I must say that I am proud. Because as many of us know, being married (to the same person!) for 18 years is no small feat. Especially when this isn’t your first marriage. The stats are definitely stacked against you. The challenges can be many. Two careers. Too […]

    Learning New Things

    I am a big believer in learning new things. I love to learn, all of the time. Perhaps it’s because I am a “type A” personality that rarely sits still. Or it may be the example my grandfather set for me as a lover of learning. It’s what I’ve tried to teach my kids and […]

    Weight Watchers

    Earlier this year I stepped on the scale and was shocked to see I had gained 22 lbs. I knew it was bad because I was having to wear my fat jeans. So I decided it was time to do something and I joined Weight Watchers. I had joined the WW online program a couple […]

    A Healthy, Easy Dinner

    Although this picture would never win any awards for food photography, I’m glad I snapped it quickly last night as we sat down to dinner. I hadn’t planned on posting about last night’s dinner, but when I looked at the plate I realized what a healthy dinner it represented. The main attraction is a salmon […]

    Bootcamp

    Healthy Living
    Bootcamp Posted in Healthy Living on 4/21/13

    Weight Loss Cleanse

    When it comes to weight loss or turning back the clock on signs of aging, I am a sucker for any miracle in a bottle or pill form. I have tried every diet craze out there. A couple with success but most a complete failure. Not because I don’t follow through with them because I […]

    Food Remedies

    Recently I came across a chart of food based remedies for many physical ailments that I thought was very clever. Rather than spending money on packaged products, it fascinates me that the solution to most of our pesky physical issues are right in our pantry. Do you have some organic remedies to share?

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