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What If She Refuses to Go to the Hospital?

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Following up on last Friday’s question — whether or not to take a loved one to the hospital — is this question: What if she refuses to go? Again, Dr. Mark Komrad, M.D., has some answers: The criteria for filing […]

Why Sugar Is Dangerous To Depression

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You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to appreciate the link between sugar and depression. Anyone who doubts the relationship need only to spend a night in our house and see what type of behavior happens when two kids […]

Thanksgiving Cooking Disasters

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I’m always looking for stories that will console me about my lack of cooking aptitude and talent. So this Associated Press story was a clipper! “See, Eric, you don’t want me to cook, really you don’t.” To read the full […]

5 Tips for Eating Healthy Through the Holidays

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If you are like me, you will be spending 90 percent of your energy from today until January 1 repeating the words “choose the apple … choose the apple” because you know what processed flour and sugar does to your […]

Video: The Eating Season

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I call the 61 days between Halloween and New Year’s “the eating season,” because the temptation to snack on all kinds of crap is intrusive this time of year, with boxes of Belgian chocolate coming in with every client who […]

Helping Others Is Good For Your Health: An Interview with Stephen G. Post, PhD

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Mahatma Gandhi once said that “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” I have benefited from that advice, for sure, especially in the months that I was crawling out of a very […]

The Healthy Home: 31 Ways to Protect Yourselves from Toxins

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In their exceptional, informative book The Healthy Home: Simple Truths of Protect Your Family From Hidden Household Dangers, son and father team Myron Wentz and Dave Wentz tackle the topic of toxins from room to room, starting with the bedroom […]

Does Diet Coke Make You Depressed?

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When you are a recovering drunk, you don’t have a ton of options at parties. I used to be an avid Diet Coke drinker. But last summer my sister scared the well you know out of me when she started […]

Life Gets Better: An Interview with Wendy Lustbader

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In order to confront the pervasive stereotypes about youth and what it means to get older, professor and author Wendy Lustbader draws on her decades as a social worker with elders and their families to present a message contrary to […]

Tips to Find a Good-Enough Doctor

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Inspired from all the comments she received from my interview with her on chronic illness, Dr. Elvira Aletta compiled some suggestions for finding a good-enough doctor. In her Psych Central post called “Tips to Find a Good-Enough Doctor,” she throws […]

Run Like a Girl: How Sports Can Empower You

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I never considered myself an athlete. My twin sister grew up with the reputation of being the tomboy of the family, the sporty one who participated in soccer and other organized sports. I was the brain and artsy one, who […]

My Food Pyramid …

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Brought to you by FindingOptimism.com …

Wash Your Face With Your Hands: On Protecting Yourself From Hidden Toxins

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Okay, before I start, I’d like to say that I do shave my armpit hair, and wear antiperspirant when going to any public event. I don’t hang out under trees all day, though I do occasionally hug them.  HOWEVER, I […]

Therapy Thursday: Read the Signs

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I have decided to dedicate a post on Thursday to therapy, and offer you the many tips I have learned on the couch. They will be a good reminder for me, as well, of something small I can concentrate on. […]

The Type C Personality: Are You Susceptible to Illness?

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Are you more susceptible to illness than other people? Do you have difficulty establishing proper boundaries in relationships, and communicating your needs?  You could be a Type C personality, which makes you more susceptible to illnesses, says Michael Jawer in […]

6 Bipolar Rules for Eating

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The following post is by Hilary Smith, author of “Welcome to the Jungle: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bipolar But Were Too Freaked Out to Ask” (Conari Press, 2010) and a cool blog to go with it, “Welcome […]

7 Ways to Manage Your Diabetic (or Sugar Sensitive) Waistline During the Holidays

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7 tips for all of us who are sugar-sensitive to stay on track during the holidays.

5 Tips for Eating Healthy Through the Holidays

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“Eating Your Way to Happiness” author Elizabeth Somer gives us some tips for healthy eating during the holidays!

6 Ways to Not Stuff Yourself This Thanksgiving

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It’s possible to leave Thanksgiving dinner with a tiny piece of room in your stomach. Here’s how.

Thanksgiving Cooking Disasters

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I’m always looking for stories that will console me about my lack of cooking aptitude and talent. So this Associated Press story was clipper! “See, Eric, you don’t want me to cook, really you don’t.” To read the full AP […]

Staying Well When You’re Sick

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“A family that vomits together stays together.” That’s a modification from Father Peyton’s famous line–“A family that prays together stays together”–and sums up our Thanksgiving two years ago, when the whole family (parents and both little virus transporters) caught a […]

Cancer AND Depression: Now That Truly Sucks

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A Beyond Blue reader asked: “What do you do when you are afflicted by BOTH cancer and depression? Your twelve steps work great for healthy people. But what do you do when you’re sick while trying not to plunge into […]

6 Things Cancer Patients Have Taught Me

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As a graduate student pursuing a degree in theology twelve years ago, I took a course called Systematic Theology–by far my toughest class–by a brilliant professor who was dying of bone marrow cancer. No one knew she was dying. She […]

Prozac AND Potatoes

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In her national bestseller “Potatoes Not Prozac,” Kathleen DesMaisons offers a seven-step dietary plan for sugar-sensitive people like me. I’ve tried to implement her suggestions into my diet because, as a recovering drunk and depressive, sugar can throw me into […]

4 Ways to Boost Your Mental Immune System

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I read a very good and concise article in “Remedy Magazine” (Health and Wellness for Life) on how to boost your mental immune system by psychiatrist Sudeepta Varma, M.D., medical director of the World Trade Center Mental Health Program at […]

6 Symptoms You Shouldn’t Ignore

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Alright, nothing like giving you guys more fodder to obsess and fret about, eh? Here are six more things that might be wrong with you … and you never want to ignore because, well, your life might end (and we […]

7 Signs Your Body Image Is Bruised (and 5 Solutions)

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Among some very insightful posts on the blog “Weightless” is this one on ways to recognize poor body image…. In this day and age, it seems like a positive body image is a rarity. Whether you fit today’s skinny standards or […]

Reversing Antidepressant Weight Gain

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The following blog is a guest post by By Judith J. Wurtman, PhD, Co-author of The Serotonin Power Diet: Eat Carbs — Nature’s Own Appetite Suppressant — to Stop Emotional Overeating and Halt Antidepressant-Associated Weight Gain. Antidepressants have been associated […]

Are You Shackled to Your Scale?

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As I mentioned in my other post, the first ranking of the day comes via my scale. So for the 40 days of Lent, I’m not going to get on it. This is a huge deal for me.   I […]

The Last Day of Cancer Treatment: Then What?

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A Beyond Blue reader who is also a cancer survivor has a wonderful blog called, “Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer.” I was inspired by her writing, even though I’ve never had to endure chemotherapy. This woman is one of the most […]

The Poet’s Cookbook!

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One of the reasons that swimming is so helpful to my sanity is because I’m always meeting really interesting people that I wouldn’t meet if I didn’t venture outside my blogging and mom world. I swim with an incredibly accomplished […]

On Thanksgiving: 21 Simple Ways to Be Healthy

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A recipe for healthy living for the Thanksgiving holiday!

How You Know Your Turkey Is Done

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This great cartoon comes from Susan Schechter, who writes the wonderful blog, “If You’re Going Through Hell, Keep Going.”

My Sugar Addiction Story: How I Stopped Eating Sugar

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Why and how one woman gave up sugar.

Recovering from an Eating Disorder: Margarita Tartakovsky Interviews Me

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Psych Central’s Margarita Tartakovsky interviews me on how I recovered from an eating disorder in my adolescence.

10 Reasons I Quit Smoking

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Write a list of reasons why you want to quit smoking. Here’s mine.

6 Healthy Habits That Can Make You Sick

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I dance the Macarena whenever I come across an article that argues against healthy living. I cautioned you against too much positive thinking a few days ago. I laughed while reading research about dark chocolate firing up the happy brain. […]

I Love This Doctor

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This was sent to me awhile back in one of those emails that circulates the planet. I thought it might give you a much-needed laugh. For the health conscious …. I Love This Doctor Q: Doctor, I’ve heard that cardiovascular […]

2 Questions To Ask That Are More Important Than a Diagnosis

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Dr. Frank Lipman of the Huffington Post wrote an interesting post about “2 Questions To Ask That Are More Important Than a Diagnosis.” I was intrigued by his piece because he combines Western medicine with some Eastern philosophies, and achieves […]

What Your Body Is Telling You

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The Wall Street Journal’s Health Journal columnist Melinda Beck wrote an important piece awhile back on how to listen to your body, you know, when it’s saying: “HELLO??? ANYONE THERE???? I’M NOT HAPPY!!!!!!”   I seem to be unable to […]

Sleep Quality Affects Relationships

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As if you didn’t already know this.  If your house runs like mine, your spouse’s slumber is just as important as your own, because you know some unpleasant things are headed your way if he hasn’t been able to shut […]

How Do You Find Your Ideal Weight?

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I found this helpful blog post from “Health.com” by Dorothy Foltz-Gray and Beth Dreher on finding your ideal weight. Here are the first two steps:  1. What’s your BMI? How tall you are, obviously, has a lot to do with […]

Why Can’t We Stop Eating?

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Huffington Post Blogger Louise McCready recently interviewed Dr. David Kessler, author of “The End of Overeating.” The Q & A was fascinating. Here are a few excerpts: LM: This book started while watching an Oprah episode. Prior to that, had […]

Fresh Living: Clean Food for Stressful Times

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I loved Fresh Living blogger Holly Lebowitz Rossi’s post on “Clean Food for Stressful Times” because she is SO right about the relationship between stress and poor eating. Check out her insightful post by clicking here. I’ve excerpted her 4 […]

Vitamin D and Mental Health

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It was with interest that I read Dr. Soram Khalsa’s post on The Huffington Post about the Vitamin D epidemic in this country today. The medical doctor writes this:  As a board certified internist, I have chosen, for the last […]

Chocolate and Mood Disorders

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I can’t pass up an opportunity to tell you about the mental health benefits of dark chocolate. Are you kidding me? That would be like skipping the article that says the messier the desk, the more balanced you are and […]

The Healing Power of Tea

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Fresh Living blogger Holly Lebowitz Rossi, compiled a beautiful gallery on the healing power of tea. She did a good job of convincing me to try to the stuff. And as a coffee addict, that was a difficult task. To […]

4 Things Healthy Older People Have in Common

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I’m, right now and right here, sitting on the peak of that so-called hill we always talk about. Things could go swell for another 40 years, at which time I’ll be buried by any remaining friends. Or they could blow […]

12 Yoga Poses for Your Workday

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If you want to bring down the temperature in that pot of yours BEFORE YOU BOIL, I urge you to read Liz Owen’s great gallery, “12 Yoga Poses for Your Workday.” Liz writes: Have you always wanted to try yoga, […]

The Truth About Pituitary Tumors

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I think many people make the mistake of blowing off the diagnosis of a pituitary tumor. I know that I did. The word “benign” is misleading. I strongly suggest those who have one to check out this overall explanation by […]

How to Celebrate Feel Better Day!

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Alas, I need something positive to say after those somewhat somber posts. So … I bring you a link to Holly and Valerie’s “How to Celebrate ‘Feel Better Day’!” They love acrostics, over there, at Fresh Living. And I like […]

An Apology to Physicians

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Thank you to a reader on the combox of my post, “You Really Hate Me?” who wrote: It might be worth considering that there are sensitive, hard working sincere, prone to depression, physicians who look to your blog for encouragement […]

Join How to Stress Less Group

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Fresh Living blogger Holly Lebowitz Rossi (my editor) runs a wonderful group called “How to Stress Less.” I used to visit quite often, and then I, well, I guess I got too stressed out for it? Maybe I should revisit. […]

Prayers for Guardian Angel Ann, Please

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Please keep my guardian angel Ann in your prayers. Doctors have just found a lump on her lung, which tested positive for cancer. Surgery and treatment depend on if it has spread to the lymph nodes.

Stress Kills: Do Something About Yours (Before It’s Too Late)

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I apologize if this post reads like your grandmother’s obituary, but I want to drive home a very important point: STRESS KILLS YOU. I’ve always known that chronic and severe stress can damage your body and mind, blocking the fluid […]

Fresh Living! An Interview with Valerie Reiss and Holly Lebowitz Rossi

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You all know of my editor, Holly, because I talk about her all the time and because I interviewed her way back. Now she and Valerie Reiss, Beliefnet’s holistic health editor have combined talents and skills in their blog “Fresh […]

A Chemo Cocktail Recipe

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One of my favorite Fresh Living blogs is Valerie’s “Cancer-free-aversary & a Chemo Cocktail Recipe” because she approaches this topic with such humility. I have a good friend who was also was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and I know how […]

Video: A March Madness Chant

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You absolutely have to watch this video of Holly chanting. She sent it to me right after she made it with a question mark, just like I did to her after I taped “The 12 Bipolar Days of Christmas.” Actually, […]

11 Ways to Live Fresh

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Check out Holly and Valerie’s “11 Ways to Live Fresh.” After I read it, I started writing out all the names of my friends and finding verbs for each letter. They weren’t as poetic as this Fresh Living post.

The Health Benefits of Active Leisure

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It’s not often that I find good advice on how to approach my depression in a diet book, but as Eric was reading his most recent volume on how to shed pounds, “The Structure House Weight Loss Plan,” by Gerard […]

Fresh Living with Holly Lebowitz Rossi and Valerie Reiss!

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Yeah! Beliefnet now as a FRESH new blog called “Fresh Living” penned by no other than my wonderful editor Holly Lebowitz Rossi and Beliefnet’s Holistic Health Editor, Valerie Reiss. It’s a super fresh take on all kinds of holistic health […]

Christina Gombar: An Interview About Childless Women and Infertility

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It’s amazing how the right topics come to me … as if delivered by the Holy Spirit (or a really networked friend, i.e. Priscilla Warner) because I have been wanting to discuss the subject of fertility and depression for some […]

Group Beyond Blue: A Discuss Thread Devoted to Infertility and Chronic Illness

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Beyond Blue Group Co-Chair Mel started an important discussion thread called “Oh Baby!” at Group Beyond Blue on Beliefnet Community. Click here to get to the thread.

Bake Yourself a Happy Holiday

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My editor Holly and I have something in common: we both love to bake and we both love to eat and share what we’ve baked. Here’s a few lessons on baking from an expert in the field. Warning: don’t view […]

10 Healthy Autumn Recipes

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If you can’t eat the Halloween candy that is stored in cute pumpkin buckets on the top of your refrigerator begging to be consumed, then what can you eat?  Plenty of stuff! says Janice Taylor, Beliefnet’s Our Lady of Weight […]

100 Healthy Habits You Should Start in College (or Anytime)

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Just when I thought I had a lot of goals, I read Alisa Miller’s article on “100 Healthy Habits You Should Start in College.” Each area of your life (like sleep) has seven or eight goals. That’s a lot of […]

Nothing Tastes As Good As Being In Shape Feels

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I found this great blog post from Craig Harper, one of Australia’s most respected motivational speakers and educators from my blogging buddy Talia Mana’s “Emotional Eating Carnival” (sounds like cotton candy, but it means collection of blog posts, sorry to […]

Laugh Yourself Skinny

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So laughter can keep you happy and sane. It can also keep you skinny! That’s according to Our Lady of Weight Loss. Eric has been reading her newly released book, “All Is Forgiven, Move On: Our Lady of Weight Loss’s […]

Our Lady of Weight Loss: Yours In Tears

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And while we’re on the topic of tears, I was surprised by Our Lady of Weight Loss’s blog post about crying on the job and Beyond Blue (to get there, click here). Janice is so dang perky in those videos […]

Diet Coke and Depression

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When you are a recovering drunk, you don’t have a ton of options at parties. I used to be an avid Diet Coke drinker. But last summer my sister scared the well you know out of me when she started […]

Pamper Your Inner Child Day!

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Am I off my rocker? Of all days to pamper your inner child, Ash Wednesday? I told you what this year’s resolution is: to be nice to myself. So here’s a perfect list to get me started. I wish it […]

Holly Lebowitz Rossi: How Do You Move Beyond Blue?

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In the spirit of Winter Health Week, I am interviewing Beliefnet’s Health Editor for this week’s “How Do You Move Beyond Blue?” segment. Who is that? Why, she is MY editor, Holly Lebowitz Rossi. Until I checked out her homepage […]

Holly’s Two Groups on Beliefnet’s Community

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As I said in Holly’s interview, she runs two groups in Beliefnet’s social networking community. Here is a summary of each! Foods to Feed the Soul We all have our “comfort foods,” from mashed potatoes to roast chicken to steaming […]

Omega-3 and My Other Allies

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My mouth/stomach and brain are in constant negotiation talks with each other because while one loves white bread, pasta, and chocolate, the other has a hissy fit whenever they enter my blood stream. My diet has always been an important […]

Mood and Food for Thought

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My blogging buddy James Bishop over at Finding Optimism wrote a superb post on food allergies, and how they contribute to mood. My sister is finding the same with her special needs boy, and continues to hound me about possible […]

Staying Well When You’re Sick

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“A family that vomits together stays together.” That’s a modification from Father Peyton’s famous line–“A family that prays together stays together”–and sums up our Thanksgiving two years ago, when the whole family (parents and both little virus transporters) caught a […]

Winter Health Week Starts Tomorrow!

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You may or may not remember last years “Winter Health Week.” I do. Because I was sick when I was writing my posts. In fact, Winter Health Week 2007 made such an impression on me that I was ready for […]

10 Spiritual Tools for Coping with Chronic Pain

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I thought that those Beyond Blue readers who suffer from chronic pain in addition to depression might appreciate some of the insights by Maureen Pratt, a speaker and author who focuses on spirituality, faith and wellness (www.maureenpratt.com), compiled in a […]

8 Affirmations to Move Past Pain

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Warning: none of these affirmations mention dark chocolate …. so I don’t know …. To get to Beliefnet’s gallery, “8 Affirmations to Move Past Pain” click here. They are taken from Charlene Proctor’s book, “The Women’s Book of Empowerment.”

Potatoes With Your Prozac

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In her national bestseller “Potatoes Not Prozac,” Kathleen DesMaisons offers a seven-step dietary plan for sugar-sensitive people like me. I’ve tried to implement her suggestions into my diet because, as a recovering drunk and depressive, sugar can throw me into […]

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipes

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Whenever I hear the words “healthy” and “recipe” together, I get skeptical. It sounds an awful lot like “sweat-less exercise” or “tear-free therapy.” But the “healthy” recipes listed on the Better Homes and Gardens website sounded quite delicious and none […]

Foods to Boost Your Mood

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Some food is on your side! Yahoo! And not just carrots and raw veggies. I found the following “Psychology Today” article through Revolution Health. It shows the effectiveness of omega-2 fatty acids against depression. My doctor actually told me this […]

Video Problems

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Due to technical problems on YouTube, my video is botched up and I haven’t figured out how to fix it. So I’ll save it for next week or the following week. Sorry!!! I know … it’s Wednesday Video day. To […]

Foods to Feed the Soul Group

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My editor, Health editor Holly Rossi (check out her homepage here), leads a group on Beliefnet’s Community called “Foods to Feed the Soul.” Here’s a description: We all have our “comfort foods,” from mashed potatoes to roast chicken to steaming […]

Beliefnet Health: The Place to Be

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So after I stole, I mean shared, all of Holly’s friends, I decided to model my page off of hers. Except that I really couldn’t because there is a ton of stuff that she does that isn’t even related to […]

A Recipe for Happiness (Puke)

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Sorry, I couldn’t resist the parentheses. It’s just that I’m a realist, a grumpy one at the moment (more on David’s hour anxiety attack this morning coming this week). And I’ve never been into cooking, so I don’t believe in […]

Anemia: Watch for the Symptoms

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Speaking of rest and relaxation, depressives need to watch very carefully for symptoms of anemia because it can seriously undermine your quality of life. Here’s a Johns Hopkins alert on some important facts about anemia: Don’t Underestimate Anemia Hemoglobin (Hb) […]

Eat Dessert First

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Amen to reader Nora, who wrote this on my “Depression or Life?” post: Just the idea of dieting for so long makes me want to eat chocolate. I have never liked vegetables and making myself eat them is like pulling […]

For Sugar Addicts

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Thanks to reader Glaye who posted this note on the message board of my “Addicted? Who, Me?” Post: I am addicted to SUGAR. I have been known to eat over 7 thousand calories a day in candy, ice cream, cookies, […]

Is Your Diet Making You Fat?

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In case you need an excuse to ditch your diet or not go on one, here’s an article from Marie Claire that says dieting makes you fat. Yippie! I’m off the hook. Just like the day I found that article […]

Enlightened Eating

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And finally, just in case you need one more thing to think about before eating your lunch, here’s an interesting article from “Spirituality and Health” on enlightened eating by Deborah Kesten. She offers a holistic alternative to counting calories. Although […]

Caffeine Is Not Your Friend

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Here’s a helpful article by Karen Schroeder, MS, RD, on why and how to cut back on caffeine. It came into my e-mail box a few weeks ago, and I made a point of not reading it because I didn’t […]

He Had It Coming

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I’m sure glad my friend Eileen isn’t asked to give many eulogies, because they’d all sound like this: “It’s a bummer he’s gone, but he had it coming to him.” An avid disciple of medical intuitive Caroline Myss, Eileen believes […]

Staying Well When You’re Sick

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“A family that vomits together stays together.” That’s a modification from Father Peyton’s famous line–“A family that prays together stays together”–and sums up our Thanksgiving two years ago, when the whole family (parents and both little virus transporters) caught a […]

The Four Food Groups

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Yesterday David cried for two hours because the state of Maine didn’t say anything as he assembled his talking puzzle of the United States. “It’s not working!” he screamed as he threw the first thirteen colonies across the room. “What […]

Potatoes and Prozac

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In her national bestseller “Potatoes Not Prozac,” Kathleen DesMaisons offers a seven-step dietary plan for sugar-sensitive people like me. I’ve tried to implement her suggestions into my diet because, as a recovering drunk and depressive, sugar can throw me into […]

You Are What You Eat

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I found this article, “Mental Health: You Are What You Eat,” on the BBC website. It offers some ways to eat your way to mental health. It’s important to note, however, that severe depression needs to be treated medically. A […]

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