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Stress Caused Me to Have Two Useless Root Canals

I’ve always been somewhat of a stress mess. “Driven” and “hard charging” are apt descriptions. I was raised in the Jewish achievement religion which restricted my occupational choices to doctor or lawyer. This over-the-top work ethic served me well as a corporate litigator in private practice, where billable hours were

How to Survive the Holidays with Your Sanity and Waistline Intact

If you’re like me, you approach the holiday season with a combination of pleasurable anticipation and dread. Thanksgiving and Christmas provide opportunities to get together with family and friends, reenergize old bonds, and catch up with the goings on. But, these annual gatherings can also send us into stress and

I Can’t Believe I’m 60 Years Old

I just had my 60th birthday, and I’m incredulous that I’ve lived so many years. I wasn’t in the mood to mark the occasion at a party venue festooned with black balloons and “over the hill” jokes. I’d had that experience ten years earlier when my husband threw a surprise

How Can I Stay Healthy When I’m Stuck in Meetings All Day?

Do you spend a lot of time sitting through mind-numbing meetings? Don’t you just love those three-day conferences? For many of us, business meetings are a necessary evil. While they’re somewhat tolerable when limited to an hour, they become a full-blown health hazard when we’re glued to our seats for

Do Nutrition Claims on Products Mean Anything?

Our food is emblazoned with catchphrases designed to convince us that whatever we’re eating will enrich our health. Lucky Charms, the epitome of a kid’s sugary cereal, sports the “whole grain” claim. The word “natural” has never sprung to mind when I’ve picked up a bag of bright orange colored

Should I Hire a Personal Trainer to Get in Shape?

I work out every day. That includes vacations. I’ve even been known to get up before the crack of dawn to get to 24 Hour Fitness before an all-day flight. The only time I slack off is when I’m sick, and the last time that happened was 10 years ago.

How Can I Keep Off the Weight I Lost?

We’ve all dieted and lost weight. That’s the easy part. The challenge comes when we tire of our self-imposed deprivation of living on kale smoothies and revert to normal life. About 95% of us are weight loss recidivists. Sadly, despite expending so much willpower getting the flab off, we regain

How Can I Resist Overeating in Restaurants?

For a variety of reasons, we’re eating out more and more frequently. Some of us like to sample the trendiest innovative cuisine and brandish the bragging rights. For others, their careers require entertaining clients, and that means eating out. Then there are those of us who don’t know how to

The Downside of Being Fit and Lean

My husband was shopping for a workout outfit for me recently at a fitness store and not sure what size bra top to buy for me. The clerk logically asked him for my bra size. My husband replied “She doesn’t wear a bra.” The employee persisted: “Well, what cup size

Pre-Holiday Game Plan: How to Keep Sane and Not Gain

Do you enjoy the holidays but also dread the craziness, stress, and weight gain? Want to end the holiday season feeling good about yourself and being able to zip up your jeans? Follow these 3 simple tips: 1. Focus on portion control The simplest way to control your food intake