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Posted: 2/19/2015 - Stop the Body Shaming
  Summary:
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 Models Robyn Lawley and Tyra Banks have called the phrase offensive and outdated.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
  Summary:
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: 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
  Summary:
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
  Summary:
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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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: 8/26/2014 - Dancing... With Benefits
  Summary:
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: 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
  Summary:
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
  Summary:
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
  Summary:
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
  Summary:
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
  Summary:
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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