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Posted: 8/19/2015 - While You Get Your Z?s, Your Brain?s Cleaning House
  Summary:
Are you one of the legions of z-less folks stumbling through the day, sleep deprived and constantly vowing that some day you?ll make up for lost pillow time? I speculate that for most of you, the usual motivations for getting enough shut-eye are continuously going in one ear and out the other as life?s seemingly ever-growing list of tasks gets in the way. But don?t despair. I?m going to share with you a groundbreaking new reason to make sure a full night?s sleep is on tonight?s to-do list.
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Posted: 8/18/2015 - Stop Slouching! Here's How to Improve Your Posture
  Summary:
Walk through any Starbucks or a typical office setting, and you?re likely to observe a sea of hunched-over humanity. You don?t have to be sitting to slump, either. There?s also the stand-and-slouch which easily morphs into a stooping stroll.
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Posted: 7/7/2015 - How to Bust Your Binge
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There''s a scene in "Sex and the City" where Miranda comes home from a particularly rotten day, takes a distressing phone call and then whips up a batch of brownies, gobbling one after the other. Disgusted with herself, she tosses the rest into the garbage. Hearing more bad news from another call, she stumbles back into the kitchen, grabs the trash can and does a full-on dumpster dive, stuffing her mouth with whatever brownies she can retrieve. Now, consumed with shame, she calls her best friend Carrie and solemnly declares her need to be admitted to the Betty Crocker rehab center. Sound familiar?
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Posted: 7/2/2015 - Sweet Success from Across the Pond
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Back in November, I received a call from the producer of Good Morning Britain, the UK equivalent of U.S. morning shows like Today. The show was launching a ?sugar-free? campaign, a segment in which three women would be selected from a large pool of applicants and profiled as they reverse old self-destructive habits and adopt a healthier way of living. To prepare them, the women selected would be flown to Los Angeles to meet with fitness and nutrition experts. As part of the program, each woman got my book The Hunger Fix and met with me at Malibu Vista. There, I assessed the women?s addictive eating behaviors and help show them how to switch their typical refined and processed foods for delicious whole foods.
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Posted: 5/13/2015 - Sandie's Hero's Journey
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After years of research, the writer and mythologist Joseph Campbell wrote a book, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he outlined the essential elements of what we now refer to as "the hero''s journey." Put simply, the hero has an awakening, is called to action, and departs from home to begin a new adventure. This departure stage is followed by an "initiation," during which time the hero confronts countless tests, trials, allies, enemies, temptations, failures, and triumphs. The third and final stage occurs when the hero returns home, transformed and anxious to share lessons learned and victories embraced.
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Posted: 4/14/2015 - 3 Secrets to Health Maintenance Success
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Let?s say you?re at a point in your wellness journey where you are gradually and proudly hitting critical milestones: You can briskly walk two miles without speed-dialing 911; you can zip up pants and jackets all the way (it?s no longer mission impossible!); buttons are buttoning, not bulging; you take a healthy lunch to work instead of munching a mountain of pizza slices.
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Posted: 3/1/2015 - Why You Crave Cookies and Not Apples
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Throughout your addiction journey, have you ever wondered why you're so drawn to certain foods and beverages, especially ones that are grab-and-go, quickly microwaveable, or those that you can score at a drive-through window or convenience store? Funny how it's not tuna on a bed of greens that you're rushing to dig into. Instead, sugary, caffeinated sodas, pizza, chips and sweets seem to seduce you with their siren call to eat and keep eating. Succumbing to this junk food temptation is a common problem when you're in full-on addictive mode, and it contributes to a seriously subpar level of nutrition. After detox, you're probably still craving these familiar go-to products and even more so, since your original addiction has been eliminated. So, why the special attraction to these foods?
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Posted: 2/24/2015 - Pillars of Recovery - The Three Ms
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As a specialist in integrative medicine, I believe in honoring the whole person - mind, body and spirit - as each is intricately inter-related with the other. This is especially true in the field of addiction medicine, where my holistic, whole-person approach to recovery goes beyond just abstinence. Instead, my goal is to teach the addict that, in addition to traditional detox and recovery plans, a healthy lifestyle is critical and integral to successful long-term recovery.
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Posted: 2/19/2015 - Stop the Body Shaming
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What are we to do with this "plus-size" term? Queen Latifah once stated that plus-size is "a word that we need to bury." Models Robyn Lawley and Tyra Banks have called the phrase offensive and outdated. There''s a movement to remove the phrase and simply refer to anyone in the modeling business as a model. I''m less concerned with Sports Illustrated''s "plus-size" milestone and more concerned with how all of this is affecting the average woman trying to create her own sense of self, as well as maintain health and well-being.
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Posted: 2/17/2015 - Treatment For Addictive Eating: Many Shades of Grey
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For years, the popular culture has embraced the relationship between food and addiction. It permeates our daily vernacular - "I'm hooked on bread", "I need a candy fix", "I can't get off the stuff", "I'm a carb addict". Grocery store shelves are filled with colorful cereal boxes labeled 'Krave', as the food industry capitalizes on the consumers' never ending hunger for another fix. History was made when a major weight management company aired its first Super Bowl commercial, choosing a "food as drug" theme, narrated by Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul. Close your eyes, listen to the words, and you'd never guess that food, not drugs, was the focus. Companies and communities, however, cannot validate the phenomenon of addictive eating behavior - only science can do that.
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Posted: 2/10/2015 - My Prescription for Lifelong Health and Fitness: Get Movin'
  Summary:
SENIOR ATHLETES - Here's some fun, and it only takes a couple of minutes. Click here to take THE FITNESS AGE TEST and compare your actual chronological age to your Fitness Age. You'll be very pleasantly surprised! Once you know your number, please take another minute to report your result to NSGA in our Senior Athlete Fitness Age Survey. Please do it, there's even a Grand Prize Drawing for people who respond. Most important, you'll be helping science, since we're collecting this information to study active adults who are 50+. So come on everyone. Click on and discover a hidden benefit of living that active lifestyle- a youthful mind and body!
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Posted: 2/3/2015 - Food Addiction Rehab
  Summary:
Every addict is in danger of picking up one or more "cross addictions," meaning they will substitute one addiction for another. Because of its accessibility and dopamine-spiking nature, food is one of the most likely cross addictions - especially the trifecta of sugary/fatty/salty food combinations often called "hyperpalatables." These are specifically engineered by food manufacturers to drive that all-too-familiar "I can't eat just one" binge.
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Posted: 2/1/2015 - Building Your Mental Mastery
  Summary:
Addiction is a psychobiological phenomenon. During the addiction process, psychological changes beget organic modifications in the brain, and vice versa. Although the entire brain is affected to some degree by addiction, there are two key regions where significant organic changes take place.
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Posted: 1/24/2015 - Medicate with Movement
  Summary:
How does moving your body relate to successful recovery? Let me count the ways. First, you notice I'm not using the "E" word: exercise. In non-athletic minds, the mere mention of that word tends to conjure images of tortured high school days trying to run a mile without speed-dialing 911. Instead, I prefer to say how important it is to simply move your body and to stay as active as possible. That means, in essence, you need to make a daily commitment to assume the vertical as much as you can to optimize your recovery.
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Posted: 1/13/2015 - What's the Fitness Age of a Senior Games Competitor?
  Summary:
We Senior Games competitors love to learn more about novel benefits from our athletic endeavors. So, here's a new benefit you can relish right now. It's called your 'Fitness Age'. It's a better predictor than your actual age in determining how long you'll live. Here's something wild. You cannot change your actual age, which just keeps advancing. But you can change your fitness age, which can continue to decrease as you increase and improve your fitness level.
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Posted: 1/6/2015 - 5 Steps for Sticking With Your New Year's Resolution
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Here's a new way to approach your New Year's commitment to better health and wellness. Yes, you should be filled with positivity and determination as you create a plan for better mental, nutritional, and physical fitness--but with a twist. This year, instead of just envisioning the rewards you'll reap from your efforts, I want you to also include a list of the typical obstacles you know derail you. Then generate a host of options for managing each one.
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Posted: 12/18/2014 - Live, Laugh, Love
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During our talks in the months prior to her passing, Michele was fervent that I share with others the lessons she''d learned about the meaning and purpose of life. This echoed a conversation I''d had with Elizabeth Edwards the day she keynoted our annual luncheon. At that time, she too had been informed that her cancer had metastasized and that her time left was short. She was just as adamant as Michele that I encourage others to live life deeply, grateful for every opportunity to live, laugh, and love. So, in deep gratitude to both of these truly remarkable women, I share with you the highlights of our discussions.
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Posted: 11/11/2014 - Dig In and Grow Your Own
  Summary:
As senior science advisor to Elements Behavioral Health, the largest national residential addiction-treatment program, I?m in the process of integrating a natural, whole-foods-based nutrition program to support lifelong recovery. Presently, I?m also working with Malibu Vista, a women?s mental health treatment center, associated with the renowned Promises. There, we are developing our own sustainable organic garden so that everyone can benefit from freshly picked herbs and vegetables. It?s not just the chefs who are enjoying the digging and seeding. The clients have found that by becoming intimate with the earth, their healing process is greatly improved. What a win-win-win. Your mind, body, and soul form a powerful healing triad.
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Posted: 11/10/2014 - Tri'ing to Work Through the Ouches
  Summary:
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: 10/28/2014 - Training with a Trainer
  Summary:
As most of you know, I''m on a 10 month training plan to prepare for the 2015 Senior Olympics (triathlon) which will take place next July in Minneapolis. I''m a proud member of the National Senior Olympics Foundation Board where my mission is to help promote health and fitness for the 50+ crowd.
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