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Posted: 11/10/2014 - Tri'ing to Work Through the Ouches
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Getting together with Senior Games athletes reminds me of that scene in the movie Jaws when the fisherman are proudly comparing shark scars accrued over years of brutal battles with these toothy foes. See the pic attached from the 2013 National Senior Games in Cleveland, showing that omnipresent knee wrap on 82 year old triathlon competitor Dorothy Sinson as she?s inked prior to donning her wet suit. Well, I?m right in there with the best of ?em, as I heal a chronic right hamstring injury, precipitated by a hammy tear while sprinting on the track back in 2008. It didn?t stop me from qualifying for the 2015 triathlon this summer, but it made for a real special time while I was running.
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Posted: 10/9/2014 - 5 Steps to Sustainable Weight Loss Success
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Don''t believe the naysayers who tell you that it''s all but impossible to drop that excess weight and keep it off. I''ll tell you what to believe: the real science stemming from The National Weight Control Registry (NWCR), a well-known ongoing research study examining the lives and habits of more than 10,000 people who are referred to as the "successful losers."
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Posted: 8/12/2014 - Why Presidential Vacation Shaming Needs To Stop
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Welcome to Thrive on Live with @CaroMT. President Obama's summer vacation has sparked debate, with critics arguing that he's wrong to take time off while the world is in crisis. We explain why it's critical for our president to take some time off.
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Posted: 8/12/2014 - Why it really is harder for women to lose weight
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You?re not imagining it: There really are differences between the way men and women diet, lose weight and respond to exercise.
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Posted: 8/26/2014 - Dancing... With Benefits
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While preparing a PowerPoint presentation on how to push your own mind-body envelope to fully embrace life, I stumbled on a remarkable video that has gone viral and has had over a million shares.
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Posted: 7/21/2014 - Mood, Food and Bipolar Disorder: A New Prescription
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If you''re one of the estimated 5.7 million U.S. adults dealing with bipolar disorder, you know the potent control it can have on your moods, energy and emotions. What you may not know is how much power you have to control it.
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Posted: 7/22/2014 - Crossing Life's Finish Lines
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This is a story about how love can help you to do extraordinary things--like making it through the finish lines life presents. I share it to inspire and remind us of the circle of life.
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Posted: 6/19/2014 - You Are Not a Number
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On a particularly lovely spring day, my patient Kris sat on the edge of the chair in my office, smiling and appearing anxious to share something with me. Without skipping a beat, she said, ?Hey, Dr. Peeke, watch this!? With that, she crossed one knee over the other and grinned from ear to ear. ?One of my dreams was to be able to cross my legs at the knee, and to top that, do it wearing non-stretch jeans. Well, the other day I did it, and I couldn?t wait to show you!?
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Posted: 5/8/2014 - 6 Life Lessons From Your Dog
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As a child, I never had a dog. I didn''t understand them, and being a bit wary, I''d very cautiously come close to pet them only after having done due diligence to make certain they weren''t looking for a dinner opportunity. For many years, I was a cat person. I enjoyed the company of three felines, each of which lived more than 20 years. After the last one passed away in my arms, I felt emptiness until my husband, Mark, and I decided to expand our family by a factor of four furry legs. Having spent a long career in law enforcement, Mark was familiar with protection dogs, primarily German Shepherds. Knowing that I was out there running and walking on park trails, he thought it best to go all out to achieve a win-win--bring in a familiar breed and secure protection for both of us. So two years ago our guy, "Five-O" (which is police code for "cop"), born and bred in a special academy that specializes in training of the more rare black shepherds, was transported from Europe at the age of 20 months. The first time he entered our home, disoriented and wondering where his Serbian kennel had disappeared to, I took one look at him and ran behind Mark. He looked like a wolf and--trust me--immediately commanded my respect. But service and loyalty are in these dogs'' blood, and true to form, after it became clear I was the primary caregiver, in no time at all, Five-O was Velcroed to me 24/7. Black shepherds are known as one of the most intelligent, powerful, and obedient breeds, so I''d gone from no dog to a Lamborghini. This was going to be quite a journey. What''s this got to do with health and wellness? Everything.
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Posted: 4/17/2014 - Fat Facts
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While a research scientist at the National Institutes of Health, I became known as the ?fat doctor,? a title I held with great pride. My work entailed tag-teaming with surgeons in the operating room and harvesting human fat cells during surgery. Bless every one of the wonderful research subjects who agreed?rather happily, I might add!?to let me remove a small sample of fat from various parts of their bodies, both deep inside (deep in the belly) and just under the skin (subcutaneous). Next, these gleaming gelatinous globs of fat were carefully placed in the portable liquid nitrogen cylinder that accompanied me everywhere. Then it was off to my lab to prep the specimens for our experiments.
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Posted: 2/11/2014 - Checking in on Your February Health and Wellness
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Six weeks into the New Year, many of you may be wondering, ?What happened to my resolutions to improve myself?? Even if you don?t believe in making January 1 self-improvement commitments, you might be starting to fret, knowing that spring is right around the corner, complete with sleeveless shirts and short shorts. Either way, you know you?d like to feel better, look great, and be healthier and more mentally/physically fit. In that spirit, let?s take a deep breath and regroup so that you can achieve your goals in a realistic and sustainable way.
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Posted: 1/14/2014 - The Time Is NOW
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How many times have you cried in desperation, ?I?ve just got to change! I can?t stand the way things are!? But then, over time this cry becomes a whisper and nothing is done. Frustrated, you wonder why you keep deferring changes that logically make sense?beginning the practice of meditation, adopting a mindful lifestyle, starting to take that daily walk, taking the time to shop, prepare, and cook whole foods. The answer to this conundrum is complex, but usually involves an undercurrent of procrastination. This is the same ?putting off? that so many of us do when we fall off the healthy eating wagon and swear we?ll get right back on?tomorrow or Monday. Then, we either never get to it, or when we do it lasts a nanosecond and we?re right back where we started.
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Posted: 1/31/2014 - Please, Carry Omm
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If you''re a high energy, quintuple A personality like me, then perhaps you can relate to my years of frustration, futilely embarking on countless quests to find a Holy Grail of inward bliss through meditation. I was a woman on a mission. Truth be told, I never lasted more than 10 seconds before I had to untwist myself from some distorted rendition of a lotus pose, hop up and run away. You''d think my years at Berkeley would have rubbed off, but my fellow pre-meds and I were more interested in acing the MCATs and getting into med school than chanting an ''Omm'' or two.
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Posted: 12/12/2013 - Ask Dr. Peeke: How Can I Stay Slim In The Face Of Constant Temptation?
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Q: My friends socialize over trendy but fattening meals. How can I stay slim? ?Leonardo Walker, Los Angeles A: Today''s food trends favor fresh, organic veggies and fruits, grass-fed beef, and free-range poultry?along with roasted pork belly, duck-fat-fried potatoes, and growlers of craft beer. Being friends with a gourmet cook or having foodie friends can be a mixed, if delectable, blessing, especially when those gourmands aren''t focused on their waistlines?or yours (which we''ve previously reported on, here). With some wise management, here''s how you can edge your favorite foodies into delicious (not belly-busting) dishes.
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Posted: 12/18/2013 - Ask Dr. Peeke: How Can I Stick To My Health Goals?
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Q: How can I stick to my health goals when life gets in the way? A: The real questions you need to ask are: "What''s preventing me from hitting my health goals?" and "Where''s my internal strength when I need to make healthy choices?" To access your buckle-down-and-make-it-happen motivation, you need to dig deeper. With a little help, you can strengthen your mental muscle.
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Posted: 12/19/2013 - Slipping Into Your Holiday Genes
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I''m going to tell you about how you can find last-minute gifts for the holidays feel happier and get healthy -- and never set foot in a mall. I hate shopping. I think we''re over-commercialized, and I''d rather have a root canal without the lidocaine than barge through department store doors at 2 a.m. on a "Black Friday." So a long time ago I gave up going out and buying useless gifts. Instead, I created my own form of gifting. And, as a scientist, I know something that very few people are aware of. You see, the kind of gifting I''m about to present affects our very genes. That''s right. It''s the gift-gene connection.
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Posted: 12/19/2013 - From Mayhem to Mindful
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Several months ago, I had an opportunity to attend an extraordinary conference at Harvard University, entitled Meditation and Psychotherapy: Deepening Mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh. An advocate of all things meditation, I?d found that the foundation of most meditative techniques was the practice of mindfulness. Whether using focused breathing, yoga, Transcendental Meditation, or Zen or Taoist meditation, it seemed to me that the pursuit of the mindful lifestyle was the common goal. And, being a regular practitioner of mindful living, I wanted to hear further words of wisdom and encouragement from this revered 87-year-old Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk?someone most would agree is one of the great masters of mindfulness.
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Posted: 11/14/2013 - You Are What Your Grandparents Ate
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At some point, you've learned that "you are what you eat." Consume junk food and your risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer skyrockets. Grab an apple instead of a Twinkie, and your body rewards you with a strengthened immune system, as life-giving phytonutrients flood your tissues and organs. You feel empowered by your lifestyle choices. You are what you eat.
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Posted: 11/19/2013 - It's not just Bank Dollars, it's Body Dollars: Dr. Pamela Peeke's Financial Advice
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Dr. Pamela Peeke- WebMD's lifestyle expert to their 90 million members, Discovery Health TV's Chief Medical Correspondent, and New York Times Best Selling Author- talks money, wellness and secret splurges in our latest Live From the Stoop.
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Posted: 10/25/2013 - The Quest for a Quick Fix: For Health or Wealth
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"We lose our health to make money; then lose that money to restore our health. While worrying about the future, we forget to live." ? Senora Roy Roy?s right. Research has shown that it?s critical (and even life-saving) to integrate effectivelifestylestrategies to optimize health and wealth. Yet, most people haven?t yet made the connection between their mind-body wellbeing and money management. To help drive home the point, take a moment and do this simple exercise.
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Posted: 9/19/2013 - Food Addiction Is Real
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One year ago I launched my book, The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction (Rodale 2012), on Katie Couric''s show. Within five days it became a New York Times best seller. The overwhelming feedback makes it clear that I touched a collective nerve. Men and women are relieved to read the new groundbreaking science that explains the distressing mystery as to why one, two, or even six cupcakes can never satisfy: Your brain had been hacked and hijacked.
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Posted: 7/9/2013 - This Just In: Obesity Is a Disease
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In a landmark decision after years of arguments about whether or not obesity should be classified as a disease, the American Medical Association?s (AMA?s) House of Delegates voted to recognize obesity as a disease. As the dust settles on this heated debate, multimedia channels have lit up like Fourth of July firecrackers. Was this a good decision, and how will this potentially affect the millions of people designated obese?
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Posted: 5/9/2013 - A Simple Way to Take Care of Yourself
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Whip out a pen and paper and quickly write down the top 5 to 10 stresses that wear you down and always seem to be percolating in the back of your mind. When you?re done, look at each one to see if it has a time component. How about that commute? Are you slugging it out in traffic for hours every day? Or what about prodding your kids to get their homework done by dinnertime? Don?t forget the gift you have to buy for the party this weekend.
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Posted: 5/21/2013 - Lessons From the "Weight-Release" Journey
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Remember Kris with the cookie jar filled with affirmations in place of cookies? As you may recall, she?d just begun her journey to finally confront lifelong binging and addiction to sweets. Witty and authentic-to-the-core, Kris has continued to strive to be mindful and vigilant in a literal battlefield of overwhelming cues to overeat. When we began together, Kris was within eyeshot of 300 lbs. Flash forward to the present, she?s released 31 pounds and for the first time in years, she?s south of 260 pounds. It?s time to pause on her journey and cherish hard won lessons. Kris and I team up to share some gems to help you along your way to greater health and wellness.
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Posted: 5/22/2013 - The Angelina Jolie Challenge
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Who can forget the image of fearless archaeologist Lara Croft dangling from a rope two stories high, a gun and knife wedged in thigh holsters, ready to pounce on an unsuspecting enemy? Actress Angelina Jolie made being a strong woman look effortless. Now, faced with a potentially life-threatening challenge, she?s showing a new kind of strength.
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Posted: 4/9/2013 - Spring Healing through the Arts
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Healers come in many forms, from traditional doctors and nurses to complementary practitioners like acupuncturists, yoga instructors, and massage therapists. There?s now plenty of science to show a whole range of positive benefits from regular use of each of these modalities. Flash-forward to the present and we?re witnessing the re-emergence of a whole new group of healers?artists.
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Posted: 3/5/2013 - Strong Mind, Stronger Body
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The majority of Americans committed to a New Years fitness resolution on January 1st. By January 10th, half of those had already thrown in the towel. A recent Golds Gym survey found that by February 7th, significant drops in gym check-ins began to occur, and it only got worse after that.
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Posted: 3/13/2013 - Practice Self-Compassion for Lifelong Success
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?I?m such a loser. I can?t get it together. I?m always caving and binging and shooting myself in the foot. I start out OK and then in no time everything falls apart. I?m so ashamed of the way I look and live. This is all my fault. I feel hopeless.? Sound familiar? At some point most of us experiences this dark place of feeling helpless, hopeless and defeated. It?s a place of shame, blame and guilt. Often, our response is to escape into mindlessness once again, dissociated mind from body, eating whatever and whenever, praying for that magical moment when we snap out of it and flip back on track into self-discipline. Do you want to hop off this emotional roller coaster and head down a new path toward the achievement of sustainable better health and weight management?
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Posted: 2/13/2013 - The Real Truths About Weight Loss
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For years, weight loss experts, medical practitioners and consumers alike have held certain beliefs about how to shed weight. Now, a new analysis of these long-held assumptions has cast doubt on many of them. Dr. David Allison and his team published a groundbreaking article in the New England Journal of Medicine in which myths, presumptions and facts about weight loss were scrutinized and presented in a brand new light. Here?s what they found, and my thoughts about how it impacts upon your our weight management journey.
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Posted: 1/2/2013 - Your 2013 Plan: Twelve Months of Mental and Physical Transformation
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Happy New Year to every WebMD member! Take a breath and hit the pause button. Lets talk about how you want to live from here on out. If you believe youre doing well eating nutritiously, staying mentally and physically active then keep it going, and try to continuously challenge yourself to stay engaged and on track. And share your thoughts on this blog and exchanges to help others. However, if you feel like making some improvements to boost your health and wellbeing, Im going to roll out a simple, practical strategy to teach you healthy lifestyle basics while showing you how to coach yourself to sustain your success for a lifetime. You see, you have what it takes to help yourself. You just need to discover how powerful you really are.
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Posted: 1/8/2013 - Weight A Minute: Being Overweight is OK?
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Is it possible that carrying an extra twenty pounds doesnt increase the risk of death, but may actually be safer than being of average weight? If this sounds sacrilegious and confusing, youre not alone.
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Posted: 1/22/2013 - 5 Steps for Mental, Spiritual, and Physical Rejuvenation
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Turn on the TV, radio, iPad/pod/phone or computer and there they are: countless weight-loss ads pushing pills and potions, promising muffin-top weight loss and a perfect life of bliss once you magically melt your love handles.
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Posted: 1/24/2013 - 5 Weight-Loss Lessons
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Dr. Pamela Peeke shares tips from great-grandmother Betty Lou Sweeney to help you lose weight and achieve better health.
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Posted: 1/24/2013 - Now Is the Time to Get In the Best Shape of Your Life
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Dr. Pamela Peeke shares the inspiring story of Betty Lou Sweeney, a great-grandmother who shaped up, and set a world record in the process.
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Posted: 12/4/2012 - Addicted to Food? How to Break Free
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We all know what we should eat: fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. So why are we pulled instead to cupcakes and potato chips? Is there such a thing as "food addiction"? In my new book The Hunger Fix, I explore the groundbreaking science of food addiction and offer tips to help you gain control.
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Posted: 12/14/2012 - Greens and Genes: The New Science of Health Through Food
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Most people recall with a bit of eye-rolling that frequent mealtime parental directive to eat your vegetables. Little did we know that years later, those daily entreaties would prove to be life-saving. The new news is that the latest science shows that food can actually alter your genes and send messages to the rest of the body, as well as affect the quality and quantity of your lifespan. How is this so?
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Posted: 12/21/2012 - Go Ahead and Reach Right into This Cookie Jar
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For most of her 67 years, Kris has waged war with her body weight. From early childhood, she carried much more weight than the other kids. As the years went on, she became hooked on the daily routine of overeating her favorite sugary, fatty, salty food combinations. Topping out at 325 pounds ten years ago, shed had enough, detoxed off the junk, and managed to battle her way down to 220 pounds.
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Posted: 11/29/2012 - 5 Secrets to a Joyous No-Weight-Gain Holiday
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It''s the holidays, and even the most steel-willed, health-crazed gym rat is bracing for weeks of parties, family dinners, and endless tempting multimedia cues to eat, eat, eat! Is it mission impossible to navigate the food-filled maze without packing on pounds? Is the only solution to hunker down inside a mountaintop ashram chomping on arugula? No! You can indeed have a joyous and terrific holiday. Just remember the five secrets to ENJOY.
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Posted: 10/23/2012 - 6 Ways to Beat a Food Addiction
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Its an all-too-common scenario: You wake up in the morning swearing todays the day when youll eat clean, nourish yourself with a healthy breakfast at home, and pass up the glistening bakery goodies that tempt you every day. You make it to work without incident and then stress hitsany kind of stress, from a new project deadline to a caustic remark from your boss. A little while later, you find yourself with pastries in hand, wolfing down sugary anesthetics and wanting more. When you finally pop out of your food trance, and the reality of what youve done begins to settle in, the ensuing feelings of shame and guilt stoke your stress levels more and youre already plotting your next food fix. You wonder: Why do I keep caving to these cravings? Wheres my discipline and willpower?
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Posted: 7/24/2012 - Rebel Against the One-Size-Fits-All Definition of Fit and Healthy
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Tired of someone else telling you what fit, beautiful/handsome, or healthy looks like? Every day, the media bombards us with images of their biased take on buffed and chisel-fit bodies. When WebMD members begin their journey from an unhealthy/unfit starting point to one much healthier, Ill bet some of those Photoshopped pics float through their minds. My recommendation? Reject the pretty pics and concentrate on creating your own definition of what it looks like to be at your best, mind and body. Want some help with this? Log onto fitnessrebellion.com, read the manifesto carefully, make that commitment to self, and become a health and fitness rebel.
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Posted: 6/19/2012 - Secrets of Mindful Eating
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You hear it all the time: Eat mindfully and youll not only enjoy your meal, but itll be easier to shed weight. Sounds like a win-win. But most of us hop out of bed at ODark Hundred and hit the ground running. We race out the front door either skipping a meal, doing a grab-and-go, or engaging in a bit of dashboard dining. Regardless, were usually stuffing food into our mouthsmindlessly. Its hard to taste and savor when within seconds a meal or snack is gulped and out of sight. Its also hard to drop that excess weight when our frenzied feasting doesnt allow enough time 20 minutes for the mind to register youve eaten enough to satisfy your bodys needs.
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Posted: 4/9/2012 - The Triumphant Voice of a Bullied Boy
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My sister emailed me a Youtube video that, quite frankly, blew me away on many fronts. Its a clip of the first appearance of Jonathan Antoine, a 17-year-old teen, on Britains Got Talent. As Jonathan walks onto the stage along with his duet partner, watch Simons facial expressions as he rolls his eyes and murmurs to judge Amanda Holden: Just when you think things couldnt get worse. You see, Jonathan is clearly obese, hides behind long curly locks, and is wearing drab, baggy clothes. Watch the audience reactions, including eye rolling and obvious discomfort. But pay special attention to your own thoughts as you first see him. This is a very special test of how, at first, we tend to judge others based only on appearance.
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Posted: 3/6/2012 - Hits and Myths about Spot Reducing
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Beginning in January, we provided a series of blogs and videos to show you some simple ways to strengthen specific muscle groups as you strive to increase your overall physical fitness. The sole purpose of this series was to help you become aware of important muscles you use every day and appreciate their role in allowing you to stay strong and independent, as well as how to maintain them for a lifetime.
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Posted: 3/19/2012 - The Governments Role in Managing Obesity
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Posted: 2/8/2012 - Burn That Back Fat
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Youve slipped on that awesome clingy knit top and as you sashay in front of the mirror, you suddenly stop dead in your tracks, staring at your back. Oh no. Instead of a smooth, sexy back, youve got lumps galore popping up around your bra line, creeping down your sides and spilling over your waistband. Youre buried in back fat. Where does this stuff come and what can you do about it?
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Posted: 2/15/2012 - Get a Superior Posterior
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Its time for an earful about your rearful. Call it what you want butt, booty or derriere we all have one and the majority of us complain about it as well. Too small, too big, too saggy, too flabby in a unified feminine chorus we bemoan our behinds. Does this dress/pants make my butt look big? is the desperate cry heard round the world. Women are typically born with more fat cells and more active fat storage enzymes in the buttock. Its a great storage depot for the fuel needed for breastfeeding as well as life-saving calories in times of famine. What should your behind look like? Look at the other women in your family and if theres a general tendency toward a protuberant posterior, then you probably have the same genetics. This simply means you need to be realistic and readjust your expectations from My butts so big it resides in another country but hey soon itll all be gone to OK, women in my family tend to have bigger butts and so do I so Ill aim to make mine the best I can achieve by toning and training. Now were talkin!
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