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Posted: 10/13/2015 - Defying The Odds: 8 Tips for Sticking to Your Health and Fitness Goals
  Summary:
If you want to succeed at improving any part of your health and wellness, you have to be willing to do the work. But here?s a little secret: The stronger your baseline determination and the more powerful the inspiration that fuels your new lifestyle behaviors, the less work you?ll feel like you?re doing. One more golden nugget: There is no destination. Instead, it?s a marvelous journey chock-full of countless challenges, adventures, and milestones.
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Posted: 9/24/2015 - Shape-Shifting: Why Our Bodies Redistribute Fat as We Age, and How to Handle It
  Summary:
The lesson here is important. Maintain an active and healthy lifestyle, always pushing your own envelope to optimize the aging process. Feel great about your accomplishment and keep it rocking. Know you?ve done your absolute best given your current circumstances and efforts. And if there?s a sag or a puff of fluff here and there, you?re fine! That?s completely normal. The great Senior Olympians have sagging skin overlying strong muscles. It?s never stopped them from winning gold.
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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: 7/22/2015 - 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: 7/21/2015 - 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: 7/12/2015 - The Science Behind Food Addiction, and Helpful Tools on the Path to Recovery
  Summary:
Dr. Pamela Peeke, an internationally recognized physician and expert in integrative medicine, nutrition and fitness discusses this, and more, in her New York Times bestselling book, The Hunger Fix: The Three-Stage Detox and Recovery Plan for Overeating and Food Addiction. In this interview, she shares some of the science behind food addiction and, more importantly, simple measures that can make a dramatic difference in your ability to achieve and maintain lifelong recovery from food addiction.
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Posted: 7/7/2015 - How to Bust Your Binge
  Summary:
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
  Summary:
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
  Summary:
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
  Summary:
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
  Summary:
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
  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: 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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