Evidence for Mindfulness Continues to Mount

The history of using mindfulness to address a variety of medical and psychological conditions dates back about 35 years. It traces its roots to Massachusetts General Hospital’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program. This method, founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn, has been studied extensively and has shown consistent and impressive results in treating a range of medical and psychological conditions....more

How to Lose Weight Using the Least Effort

There are two ways to approach the process of weight loss: one is from the bottom up, and the other is from the top down. Top-down weight loss is easier and more joyful to sustain. Think of weight loss as a triangle (see blog post for graphic)....more

Thanksgiving Weight Loss Plan

There are hundreds of practical articles and tips out there to help people handle Thanksgiving—and those are all great. However, I’d like to approach things from a slightly different angle: how to train your mind. Think of this post as a helpful “add-on” to whatever strategy you already have in place for the holiday....more

Five Tips to Change Habits

Habits are both a blessing and a curse. They can make your life healthier and happier, or they can undermine your weight loss goals and contribute to yo-yo dieting. Here are five tips to help you understand and change habitual behavior....more

As Is

In my continuing research into women's health over 40, I am reading two books. One by Dr. Christiane Northrup, and the other by Ana Forrest. Both women are over 50. On their book covers, Ana's face shows lines and wrinkles. Dr. Northrup's face looks smoother than a teenager's. Airbrushing is everwhere. As I enter middle age, it drives me crazy. Especially when it is done to accomplished, older women....more

The Change? An Alternative View of Peri-Menopause

You know what I hate about peri-menopause, or menopause, or whatever you want to call it? It's not hot flashes or moodiness. It's the words themselves. Not the fact that these words exist as a medical description, because I'm all for calling things what they are. But rather that these terms are used as a category to classify women based on their reproductive cycles....more

Going Forward or Turning Back?

Here I am at 43 trying to "grow up," and the whole current of our culture wants me to remain young and stupid.* Why is that?My feelings were echoed by a blogger on BlogHer who, in refusing to dye her gray hair, remarked "I've come too far on my journey of re-awakening to turn back now."...more