My Oh Migraine!

Dear Reader, There’s nothing like sickness to help put things into perspective. And, no, I am not talking about the coronavirus today. Instead, I am considering my recent experience with a migraine headache. I am no stranger migraines; however, this recent episode was particularly long and agonizing. It was a beautiful Sunday morning, however, before... Continue Reading →

Nature Calls

Dear Reader, Are you still able to make it outside during these uncertain times? If you are, how much of that outdoor time do you spend in nature? A new study has found that living close to nature and spending time outside has significant and wide-ranging health benefits, including reducing the risk of certain diseases.... Continue Reading →

Nutritious, Delicious Carrot Cake

Dear Reader, Can cake ever really be healthy? In my search for carrot cake recipes, I stumbled upon quite a few sites that claimed to offer healthy versions. I usually prefer to make sweet breads rather than cakes, because they seem (if only slightly) ‘healthier.’ Today, I wanted to bake something with the carrots in... Continue Reading →

[Review] The Telomere Effect

Dear Reader, How is it that one person can look like a college student and the other middle-aged while both are in their early 30s? Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn and Dr. Elissa Epel get to the bottom of aging in their book The Telomere Effect: A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer. Telomeres are the... Continue Reading →

Parking Garage Workout

Dear Reader, How has your fitness routine been holding up after a few weeks of social distancing and self-quarantine? I still jog outside when the weather permits, but I am missing my occasional trips to the gym and weekend yoga classes. While I have been making do with home workouts (more here), I have been... Continue Reading →

Do Not Bathe in the Toxic Swamp

Dear Reader, Everyone is busy with something and I am no exception. I have made a (mental) list of New Year’s resolutions for myself and I’m finding it hard to make time to do everything that I would like to do consistently. One of my 2020 challenges is to run a half marathon in May.... Continue Reading →

A Dip in the Deep End

Dear Reader, Do you like to swim? I definitely did as a kid. I remember that the highlights of my summer were trips to the local public pool, vacations to waterparks, and splashing around in an above-ground kiddie pool in the backyard. Looking back on these experiences, it occurs to me that “swimming” as a... Continue Reading →

The End of Prohibition

Dear Reader, Happy first day of February! We are now 1/12th of the way into the new year. I took this as an opportunity to check in on my progress this new year. This past month, I attempted to give up both alcohol and caffeine. I was somewhat successful with both. With the alcohol, I... Continue Reading →

Good Things Come in Moderation

Dear Reader, When it comes to breaking habits, are you more of a tortoise or a hare? A tortoise--slow and steady--would be more likely to opt for gradual, moderate change. A hare, on the other hand, is more likely to take the fastest possible steps. When it comes to changing habits, I, for better or... Continue Reading →

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