Thoughts for daily living

                Our physical and mental well being is inseparable.  Each has the potential to enhance or detract from the quality of our life and the lives of those around us.                  Our lifestyle habits are infectious.  A smile is often returned with a smile.  Unfortunately, a negative attitude can be similarly infectious. Being surrounded by […]

Nutrition Myths

            A healthy diet is important for general health and wellness.  Unfortunately, we live in a world bombarded with dietary myths and poorly supported ‘scientific evidence’ masquerading as dietary information.  Myths abound about micronutrients (vitamins and minerals), macronutrients (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats), non-nutrients (components of food of no proven value), and calories.              A common […]

A few reminders about your health

            With many demands and distractions in life, maintaining our health can be challenging.  The statistics speak for themselves.  Nationally, weight gain, diabetes, heart disease, depression and high blood pressure are on the rise.             Turning the tide will require more than a fad diet.  A more successful approach is one that offers opportunities for […]

Tips for Managing Portion Sizes

            Our average daily calorie intake in the United States has increased over 24 percent (about 530 calories) since 1970.  Meanwhile, most have become less physically active with diets trending toward more simple carbohydrates and processed foods.             A large coke at McDonalds in 1955 was only 7 oz.  By the turn of the century […]

Can exercise help overcome addiction to tobacco?

            Knowing my patients are less likely to end up in the hospital with chest pain if they have regular exercise keeps me motivated to emphasize the importance of staying fit in as many creative ways as I can find. The advantages in gaining and keeping quality of life are numerous. Modest exercise can: Reduce […]

How to Get More From Your Next Appointment

            Have you had the experience of forgetting something you planned to discuss with me until long after your appointment?  It’s human nature to think of things we want to discuss and in the intervening time before an appointment either forget or dismiss the information as irrelevant.             Often, that lost thought is important information.  […]

Is Laughter The Best Medicine?

            Laughter has many of the same effects as exercise.  Laughter can enhance your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulate your heart, lungs, and muscles, improve your immune system, reduce negative thoughts, help deal with depression and anxiety, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.  Laughter makes it easier to cope with difficult […]

Treats vs. Snacks

            Most of us snack sometime during the day.  Unfortunately, the calories in these snacks can quickly add up. That’s why it’s important to choose snacks that minimize excess calories and have the potential to boost health rather than simply add calories, sugar and salt.             Product labeling can make choices challenging.  Words like “healthy” […]