Wellness

Three Ways to Turn Back the Clock

Julia Hawkins
Julia “Hurricane” Hawkins, 103-year-old record setting runner

Age is just a number, they say. I thought about this especially when I saw the inspirational video of record-setting runner Julia Hawkins, age 103. She took up running at the age of 100! Let that be me in another 46 years!

Aging is something that most of us would like to deny. But really, it’s not growing old that kills us. Instead, it’s usually one of many “lifestyle” diseases such as certain types of cancers, Type II diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Unfortunately, most of the research dollars go to finding ways to fix these diseases (with pharmaceuticals and increasingly, unregulated nutraceuticals) instead of preventing them from occurring in the first place. So what happens to our bodies as we age, and what can we do to turn back the clock? Continue reading “Three Ways to Turn Back the Clock”

Wellness

Perfectionism

perfectionism vs wisdom

Perfectionism is a type of what behavioral scientists call a “schema.” A schema is a mental structure we use to organize and simplify our knowledge of the world around us. We have schemas about ourselves, other people, food, and in fact almost everything. Everyone tends to have favorite schema, which they use often and becomes their go-to means of interpreting the world. Perfectionism is mine, and it can often have detrimental impacts on my life. What about you? Continue reading “Perfectionism”

Wellness

Meditation is for Everyone

Meditation image_water circles

When you hear the word “meditation” what comes to mind? Buddhist monks chanting for hours, new age hippies burning incense, pagan religions? There are so many misconceptions about the practice of meditation, because over thousands of years, people have taken this simple act of sitting quietly and just breathing, and made it into something more. Meditation can be whatever you choose it to be. For me personally, it’s a science-backed wellness practice that really helps keep me balanced. Continue reading “Meditation is for Everyone”

Wellness

Balance

Balanced rocks

Life pulls us in many different directions. Countless demands and responsibilities seem to control us, rather than the other way around. If we don’t get it all done and look perfect while we’re doing it, we feel guilt, shame, and even worthlessness, that we don’t “measure up” and are therefore a failure. If this is you, it’s time to rethink what it means to be in balance. Continue reading “Balance”

Wellness

Are your feet killing you?

Heel pain

Do you experience anything like this? One day, as you get out of bed and take a few steps, you notice a sharp pain on the bottom of your foot (or both feet). It hurts, but as you move around it goes away. Over days or weeks, you notice your arch(es) hurt every time you put pressure on your foot, but you’re busy so you ignore it. Maybe take an ibuprofen. But the pain doesn’t go away. Now it hurts all the time, not just when you’re walking but even when driving. If you are a runner or fitness enthusiast, the activities you enjoy are now so painful you have to cut back or stop altogether. What is happening? Continue reading “Are your feet killing you?”

Health and Fitness, Wellness

More about cortisol, the “stress hormone”

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Photo by Pedro Figueras on Pexels.com

In a previous post, I wrote about two important hormones that affect weight loss – insulin and cortisol. In this article, I discuss cortisol in more depth: its relationship to the body’s stress response, and how it influences fat and protein metabolism and blood sugar levels. Continue reading “More about cortisol, the “stress hormone””