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PNP Sandwich

08/   December, 2019

“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.”
— Jack Kornfield

Who is your harshest critic?

I criticize myself very easily. Unfortunately, sometimes I also criticize other people too easily for my liking.

When I recently told my husband that I think I am maturing, he turned to me with his usual good humor and asked, “Why would you want to do that?”

I always appreciate his efforts to keep things lighthearted, especially when I am down on myself. What I meant by feeling more mature is because I am learning to understand that criticism is my first response, and I need to wait a moment to let it pass so that I can see the good in a situation or in another person.

It’s the end of the year now where most of us take stock of our year, whether it’s in your job, or our household, or your own small business. We wrap up this year and start to think about the year to come.

To help us look back on this year, and plan ahead for the year to come, how would you like a sandwich?

How about a “P-N-P sandwich”? This is a “positive, negative, positive” sandwich and it refers to giving feedback in a way that can be well-received.


What is the opposite of gratitude?

25/   November, 2019

“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”

When do you think this quote was originally said?

What is the opposite of gratitude?

Last year I wrote a blog about the health benefits of gratitude, which are well-established at this point.

Now it has become more common and popular to talk about gratitude and how it is good for the giver and the receiver.

Because so much is being said about gratitude, I wanted to think of something different to say on the subject.

I got to thinking: What is the opposite of gratitude?

Here’s what I came up with:

Entitlement.


Fragility of Life & Sukkot

18/   October, 2019

My marriage survived putting up our sukkah … 🙂
Happy World Menopause Day! Happy Sukkot!


We are now in the time of year of a lot of Jewish holidays.

The Jewish holidays go in cycles and right now we’re in the beginning of the yearly cycle. So first there’s the Jewish New Year, which is a very happy time and there’s apples and honey and while everyone is trying to keep the start of the school year going, we say, “Happy New Year!”

Then there are ten days that people often refer to as the Days of Awe. It’s a time of introspection and you’re supposed to take an accounting of yourself. A reckoning of your life and who you are as a person. You’re supposed to look inwards very deeply.

Have you heard of Napoleon Hill’s book, Think And Grow Rich? I often start books at the end. At the end of that book is a questionnaire with about, I don’t know, over 100 questions and it’s all about taking an inventory of yourself.


5 Tips to Stay Healthy During Summer

02/   July, 2019

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.

Sleep helps lose weightTip #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.


Why I Ignored My Mother’s Advice and Did It Anyway

04/   June, 2019

Dr. Liz and Dr.Norah Gutrecht

With my mom at my medical school graduation, 1990

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.


Help me name the baby

06/   May, 2019

Don’t worry, I’m not having a real baby! That factory closed a while ago ☺

[Click here if you want to skip to the 2-question survey on which book title is better!]

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.


Balance Your Hormones to Improve Your Sex Drive

11/   February, 2019

Lack of sex drive is a common reason women come into my office.

I appreciate this because sex drive – a.k.a. libido – is not only about sex. Libido reflects motivation, drive, passion in life.

Libido reflects life energy.

I also appreciate when women acknowledge the importance of sexual health and intimacy for the health for their relationships.

[I think most men are much quicker than most women to admit the importance of sex in their lives. What do you think? Comment at the end of this blog.]

Evaluating a woman with a low sex drive starts with questions about her physical health.

  • Is she perimenopausal or menopausal?
  • Does she have vaginal dryness?
  • Does she have pain or discomfort with sex?

If a woman is in menopause or perimenopause (the 10 or more years leading up to menopause), her hormone levels might be rising and falling, affecting her sleep, mood, sex drive, and more.


Gratitude Boosts Your Health

05/   November, 2018

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.

Gratitude

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.”