Summer can either be a time to work on your health or to let it go completely. Because I like happy mediums, here are my thoughts on how to strike a balance.
Tip #1 – Get some extra sleep.
Many of us will take some time off during the summer, and either travel or just do a fun “staycation”. Also, many parents I know have a more relaxed schedule during the summer simply because the kids don’t have to be up and out early in the morning. Even an extra thirty or sixty minutes of sleep in the morning can make a big difference in your health, especially if you’re working on losing weight.
It’s true. My mother was terrified when I told her I was going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro.
She pictured ice picks, ropes, oxygen masks, and dangerous ravines. I calmed her fears by sending her a picture from my Kili guide book showing (the truth) that most of it consists of beautiful hikes. All I needed were good hiking boots, warm clothes, and sturdy poles.
My mom has always thought I was a little crazy. I often gave her good reason to think so.
Who celebrates turning 50 by climbing up a mountain?
It made perfect sense to me. I thought it was the perfect way to demonstrate (mostly to myself) that getting older does NOT mean declining or shrinking away from living life out loud.
Don’t worry, I’m not having a real baby! That factory closed a while ago ☺
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My first “baby”
My first “baby” was born in 2009 when Dr. Liz’ Easy Guide to Menopause was published. It was a relatively easy birthing process. I was in a book-writing boot camp, which set me up well to write a strong outline that represented the “5 Steps” that I still do to this day with every patient I work with in my practice.
The year was 1984. The place was San Francisco at the Moscone Convention Center for the Democratic National Convention. The excitement was palpable. History was about to be made. Walter Mondale, after interviewing several possible candidates, chose Geraldine Ferraro as his running mate in the 1984 presidential campaign.
Gerry, as she was known, made history by becoming the first woman on a major party ticket in a presidential election.
And I got to meet her!
Gerry did not have it easy as the child of Italian immigrants growing up in New York City. When she was only eight years old her father died, leaving her mom to raise her and her brother. In high school, not surprisingly, she was voted “most likely to succeed.” When she finished high school, her uncle said, “Why send her to college? She’s pretty. She’ll get married.” Her mother said, “No way. She’s getting a full education.”
Over the years, I have been fascinated by the physiology of emotion.
Everyone has experienced the negative impact of emotion on your own physiology. For example, you might feel a “knot in your stomach” when you’re worried. Or, you might feel your heart race when you’re nervous or anxious.
Because I’m interested in people getting to good health outcomes as quickly and efficiently as possible, let’s focus on two emotional practices that have been scientifically shown to improve your health: gratitude and appreciation.
Gratitude is usually defined as “thankfulness” or “readiness to show appreciation”.
Appreciation builds on gratitude. Definitions include “a full understanding” and “the recognition and enjoyment of the good qualities of someone or something.”
Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages. Thanks to its high levels of antioxidants and beneficial nutrients, it also seems to be quite healthy. Studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of several serious diseases.
Here are the top 5 health benefits of coffee.
1. Caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in your brain, which causes a stimulant effect. This improves energy levels, mood and various aspects of brain function.
2. Several studies show that caffeine can increase fat burning and boost your metabolic rate.
First of all, let me be clear that when I say I still “like” mammograms I am not saying that I “enjoy” mammograms.
Nobody relishes the idea of getting their breast squished between two cold plates of a giant machine.
I don’t feel nervous on my way to a mammogram because of the technique or method of doing the test, but for the same reason that any woman would feel nervous. I’m worried about the test finding a problem. The nervousness that accompanies the drive to the mammography center lasts all the way until the letter arrives with the results.