Lifestyle

Ask Dr. Samantha: Food Tracking Edition

One of the most common things I investigate is how my patients and clients are fueling their bodies. After all, what we eat literally becomes who we are. Sometimes my they come to me saying they want to make dietary changes. And sometimes they come to me saying they are already eating very well, thank you and that they don’t need to address this. But, thanks to 20 years…

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One Change

Change is hard. For some people making changes is hard. For others maintaining changes is hard. And no matter how many times you read “it takes x days to make a new habit” or “fake it ‘til you make it” the reality is that our brains will fight us tooth and nail when we try to do something different because that’s what brains do. Believe…

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What To Do If You Get Off Track

I saw a patient a while back who went on a new medication that changed everything. We’d been working together for a year or so and she really, really wanted to see if she could get her health sorted without taking any prescription medications. It doesn’t matter what she had going on, or what medication was on the table because this story isn’t about the condition, or…

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Dr. Samantha’s Top Tips for Healthy Eating on Vacation

My approach when I am on vacation is no different than when I am at home. On occasion I eat something that isn’t “healthy,” but across the board I stay away from foods that don’t agree with me. Yes, it’s sometimes challenging logistically but here are some tips to make it easier.

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Rethinking Your Relationship with Stress

One of my favorite things to do with patients is to illustrate concepts with drawings (I actually do this across the desk and draw upside down which makes it even more fun…but I’m a dork like that!) For allergy patients I draw a nose sniffing a flower and then how the body responds with a cellular reaction, ultimately leading to a runny nose and sinus inflammation.…

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Why Mood is Affected by Less Sunlight & What to do About it

Even though spring is on the way, we are still dealing with our shorter, darker winter days. More darkness. Less sunlight.  Although I don’t mind winter, the turning inward, the quiet, the darkness, around this time every year my body and mood start responding to the long winter. Even if my introvert self likes the season, my body is ready for the sun. Ready to…

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Be Flexible and Be Willing to Let Go

I had a fun and fabulous time recording some videos to help celebrate the publication of Overcoming Overwhelm for my publisher, Sounds True. Instead of flying out to their studio in Colorado (that would have been a lot of fun, but also a lot of missed patient time), we agreed that I’d do the filming locally—with videographer extraordinaire Ian from Vertica Productions, and they’d do…

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Why Strength Training is Better than Cardio

You’ve heard it time and time again: “Exercise is good for you!” “You have to exercise to stay healthy.” And although any exercise is better than no exercise, it is becoming more and more clear every day that strength training is more beneficial with a greater range of benefits than cardio. What is strength training? Strength training, also known as resistance training is using some…

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Take Back Control of How You Feel at the Holidays

Around the holidays, we so often feel responsibility to do things and go place and be around people we would rather not. The answer isn’t hiding in your house (which, to be honest, is my default) but is carefully vetting what you say yes to, and making sure that you get firm and clear in your boundaries around what (and who) you are willing to…

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My Top 5 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Stress

I was walking out to my car yesterday and saw a RAV4 with reindeer antlers. I was so confused. Why would someone put antlers on their car? If this is a holiday thing why would that happen now? Didn’t we just get through the hot mess of “candy, candy everywhere” otherwise known as Halloween? But really…the holiday season is already here for many of us…

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