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"Before you make any lifestyle choice, stop, and ask yourself " Is what I'm about ready to do going to help me achieve my dream?" If the answer is no, run! If the answer is yes, go for it!"



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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
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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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Posted: 10/9/2014 - 5 Steps to Sustainable Weight Loss Success
  Summary:
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 it really is harder for women to lose weight
  Summary:
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: 8/12/2014 - Why Presidential Vacation Shaming Needs To Stop
  Summary:
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: 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: 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: 6/19/2014 - You Are Not a Number
  Summary:
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: 1/31/2014 - Please, Carry Omm
  Summary:
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: 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: 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: 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: 12/18/2013 - 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: 12/12/2013 - 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: 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: 11/14/2013 - You Are What Your Grandparents Ate
  Summary:
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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