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Your Brain on Big Gulps

On June 21st there was an article in the New York Times by Tara Parker-Pope titled, “How Can a Big Gulp Look So Small?” This article was referring to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s recent controversial ban on selling “supersize” soft drinks to New Yorkers in efforts to curb some of the American over-consumption of empty calories in giant-sized sodas.

The food and beverage industries responded to Mayor Bloomberg’s ban by saying that when it comes to buying food and drinks, “We trust our customers to make the choices that are best for them.” 

Summertime Resolutions?

Let’s be honest. How many of us have kept our New Year’s resolutions from January (if we made them)?  Who says resolutions have to be made at the beginning of the year? Maybe the post-holiday, gloomy days of January don’t serve as inspiration for making lasting positive life changes. Why not give summer resolutions a try?

Here are some summer resolutions that focus on improving your total health for living an Optimum Life. 

Finding Inspiration

On April 28th I participated in the Napa Race for Education 5K. My husband and 8 year old daughter joined me, so it was truly a family effort.  The weather was perfect for a morning spent outdoors among other families and groups of friends.  

Cavemen and Candy Bars

You may have seen a recent episode of 60 Minutes where Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviewed physicians and researchers about the evils of sugar consumption. Doctors explained how excess sugar in our diets is linked to obesity, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and now heart disease.

If Only...

“If I could just lose weight, I’d be so much happier.”

“Having more money would take my stress away.”

“If only I could finally get organized—then I’d never feel overwhelmed again.”

“If I had more time, I’d be able to cook healthier meals.”

How Healthy are You Really?

Do you consider yourself healthy? Is your spouse healthy? Are your closest friends healthy? Are your children healthy? What about your coworkers? Your siblings? Your parents?

Your Brain on Resolutions

Some information in this blog is from “Blame it on the Brain,” by Jonah Lehrer, The Wall Street Journal.

Human routines are stubborn to change. Habits are hard to break. They are especially hard to break if we try to change more than one bad habit at the same time. We often do this by making multiple  New Year’s Resolutions-quit smoking, exercise more, lose 20 lbs, and spend more time with my kids.  Some scientists say you can blame your brain for failing, or more specifically, you should blame your prefrontal cortex. 

Do You Have an Exercise "Set Point?"

We’re all familiar with thermostats-- devices designed to maintain a certain temperature in our homes. On winter days when my house temperature dips below 64 degrees, the heater kicks in, bringing the indoor temperature back up to a cozy 68. The thermostat works hard to maintain a certain set point for our comfort, and we’re usually blissfully unaware of its efforts.

Identifying Sabotaging Triggers

When talking about adhering to a healthy nutrition plan, it’s only natural to talk about coping with cravings or binges.  These are often the result of triggers. Triggers are anything that influence (or sabotage) your eating plan. Beware: they come in many forms, and we may not always recognize them.

For example...

Boosting Mental Health Through Fitness

“To keep the body in good health is a duty…otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” -- Buddha