Oil Pulling: Should You Really Swish Oil in Your Mouth?

A friend posted a link to a blog post about oil pulling, the act of swishing oil around in your mouth for twenty minutes in order to pull bacteria from your teeth and gums.  The blogger said she's hooked, and detailed everything you need to know about this folk remedy from the type of oil to where you should spit it out. But before you reach for that jar of coconut oil, you should probably check Snopes.com. ...more
I was going to say... who has 20 minutes to do that every day?! more

Is My Willpower Challenge Over Now?

When we first starting talking about Kelly McGonigal's book The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It, I was intrigued but I wasn't sure how I'd feel about actually doing my willpower challenge. What would I learn? Would be be scary? What if I failed? Well, I've learned and I've struggled. Does that mean I'm done now? ...more
I think our challenges are ongoing. I love your comparison of having something become as easy ... more

Change Your Definition of Willpower!

Willpower is a weighty word. If we had more, if we could simply exercise it a bit better, our lives would be different. The lack of it is a character flaw. Or so we've been told to be believe. What if willpower wasn't exactly what we thought it was? What if willpower was so much more than just saying yes or no? That's what Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D reveals in her new book, The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It. ...more
The book definitely gets you thinking, that's for sure. more

What I've Learned (So Far) From My Willpower Challenge

I was scared when I announced my willpower challenge last week. While I totally understood why Kelly McGonigal suggests that you do one while reading her book, The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It, I was wary. I was concerned not only about what I might learn about myself -- what if none of the strategies worked?...more
Oddly, I can relate to this "I procrastinate because I don't take enough breaks." more

What Is Your Willpower Challenge?

In her new book The Willpower Instinct: How Self-Control Works, Why It Matters, and What You Can Do To Get More of It Kelly McGonigal, Ph.D., suggests the best way to learn about the self-control methods she discusses is to take a willpower challenge. I hesitated. I am not big on resolutions, perhaps because I never stick with them. I was also intrigued because her book offered me some new perspective on willpower and self-control. ...more
De-Cluttering! more

Redefining Our Ideal Body

I thought that one of the most powerful messages in William D. Lassek, M.D. and Steven J. C. Gaulin's Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Make Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever was that our bodies are at their best when they feel healthiest, not when they were at a certain size or looked a certain way. What the authors were saying is that our thinnest point may not be our healthiest. ...more
Feeling strong usually means I feel good about myself. Sometimes it's because my stomach is a ... more

Do You Know Your Natural Weight?

In their book Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Make Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever, authors William D. Lassek, M.D. and Steven J. C. Gaulin suggest that we have a natural weight. They advocate that this natural weight is based on our genetics and that our weight is much harder to change than we've been led to believe. To put it simply, we have a weight we're meant to be and for many people it's simply not a size two. ...more
I have not figured mine out, although I found the idea intriguing as well! more

Research the Flat Abs Myth: Women Are Supposed to be Fat

"Get ripped in the new year!" "Have the lean body of your dreams!" "Six-pack abs in 6 weeks!" "Burn fat up to 400 times faster!" Thanks to the advent of Resolution-Making Season (also known as the fitness industry's Santa) and an e-mail address that seems to be on every marketer's PR list, I've been getting a slew of "get shredded" pitches every day. The products are wildly variable - everything from mushroom pills to different exercise equipment to books - but the end goal is always the same: to help women get as lean as possible. Inevitably these pitches are all illustrated with pictures of 18-year-olds with perfectly sculpted abs. I don't even need to describe them further, because you already know exactly what I'm talking about. They're in magazines and on websites, everywhere. ...more
I agree the average woman should have fat and the fat percentages you cite are very true. ... more

This Means I Get To Use Real Butter, Right?

In the first section of William D. Lassek and Steven J. C. Gaulin's new book, Why Women Need Fat: How "Healthy" Food Makes Us Gain Excess Weight and the Surprising Solution to Losing It Forever, they look at how the American diet has changed in the past forty years. The authors say that one of the biggest changes we've made is taking a step away from saturated fats, which was supposed to to make us healthier. But has it? ...more
I decided to stop using "yogurt butter spread" and instead use real butter as a spread! more