Lifestyle

Why is Sugar So Addictive?

Have you ever wondered why you can’t just eat one cookie at a time? Or why diets are so difficult to sustain? Or why you’re thinking about cheesecake right now instead of the words you are reading? Sugar, sugar! We evolved to seek out sugar. Our brains are hard-wired to make us love sweets. This was an absolutely crucial evolutionary adaptation when food was scarce.…

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Why Clearing Clutter Matters

We all know that when our space is organized and clean it’s easier to focus on the task at hand. But we don’t often think about the flip side: Clutter can drain your energy and significantly increase your sense of overwhelm. In the last few years the ‘minimalist’ movement has hit the bookstore shelves and is all the rage in just about every blog and…

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Dealing with road bumps on the way to better health

Fact. You can’t fail at self-care. How many times have you decided that you’re going to make a change? Lose weight? Stop eating so much sugar? Read more? Avoid social media? Take your vitamins? Stretch regularly? Meditate? If you’re like me and most of my patients and clients, it’s a number you couldn’t possibly begin to count. I remember when I was struggling with my…

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Hip hip, it’s allergy season again!

Runny nose? Itchy eyes? Itchy skin? Fatigue? Sneezing? Cough? Asthma? Check, check, check! I always forget allergy season is coming until it hits, then GAH!! I know I’m not alone, which is why I’m hosting another Facebook Live this coming Tuesday at 8am PT/11am ET to talk about allergies. I’ll be explaining what happens in your body when you get allergy symptoms, what supplements help with allergies,…

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Staying Productive When All You Want to Do is Curl Up on the Couch

Readers had questions. I have answers. After my last post on the winter blues, I heard from many people that said they don’t exactly have winter blues, but they do notice that at this time of year it is more difficult to stay motivated and get things done. And for more than a few, with everything going on in the US, it feels just that much harder.…

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Seriously, HOW did you get your kid to eat those greens?

Simple. Start from the beginning. And trust me, the earlier you start the better off you’ll be. Here are some tips to start your child off right.

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What’s the Deal with Winter Blues?

Portland, Oregon is a city that has many things going for it. Amazing community. A thriving farm to table food scene. Easy access to both the mountains and the ocean. Not a day goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars that I stumbled into living here. But nothing’s perfect in paradise! True to its reputation, we get rain in Portland. Lots of it.…

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Just Say NO to Holiday Stress!

Every December, as the year winds to a close, I get a few dozen emails from patients and clients begging me to squeeze them in. It’s cold and flu season, no doubt, but most often that’s not what’s causing the emails and calls—it’s seasonal stress creeping up wreaking all kinds of havoc. People are not only calling with typical stress symptoms like anxiety, depression, or sleeplessness,…

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There’s Magic In Changing Your Perspective

If you’ve been visiting the blog or opening my emails of late you know I’ve been working on a new project…The Stress Less Strategy. It’s currently a workshop and a talk, soon to be a webinar and and course, and finally, in the coming year, a book. As part of the project I recently released a set of adult coloring pages. Or so I thought!…

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Why Adult Coloring is Good for Stress

The fact that I just released a free set of printable coloring pages might lead you to believe I’ve been into adult coloring from the get-go. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. I’d say I was wary, but it was more than that. I hate a bandwagon and anything that is all the rage makes me cringe. But I had a persistent friend who kept telling…

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