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12 Quotes: #Depression Robin Williams…Secret Sorrows

As we continue to grieve and try so very hard to wrap our minds around Robin Williams’s depression and suicide, I thought it useful to share quotes on melancholy, hopelessness and despair, written by some of our greatest writers that […]

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Depression: 11 Ways to Reignite Your Joie de Vivre

After yesterday’s shockingly sad news about the death of Robin Williams, his alleged suicide, and the knowledge that he was battling severe depression, each and every person I spoke to brought the topic “depression” to the table.   Those conversations informed […]

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Kick in the Tush Tuesday: Cultivating Happiness: 7 Ways to Toss Fear on Its Tush

Being happy takes courage. It can feel scary to imagine good things, to think happy thoughts. I suspect that there have been times in our lives that feeling fantastic, excited and happy to our core was quickly followed by fear. […]

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Feel Better: What Does Your Heart Say?

We live in a culture that values the head over the heart, which is why, today, I’d like to touch on, pay attention to, listen to the heart. Research shows that fear, anger and sadness depress our immune systems. Love, […]

#OneWord Thursday: #Cry With a Pure Heart; See What Life Tastes Like

Did you know that crying is an effective way to cleanse the soul; a way to wash out the contained, confined emotions; both happy and sad, joyful and disappointing that sometimes lodge themselves deep within causing fatigue or pain, and […]

Post-Holiday Cure: Sniff Away the Cellulite?

Aromatherapy may not miraculously melt away the pounds, but there are heaps of evidence that aroma effects mood. And we all know how mood effects our eating! What is aromatherapy?  Aromatherapy means “treatment through senses.” It is based on the […]

How Selfish are You? How Heavy is the Guilt?

People say that they simply do not have time to take care of themselves; they have no time to do the things that they need to do to be create happy and healthy lives. They tell me that they can’t […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: 9 Most Excellent Reasons to Smile

“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Greetings, cheers … hello Tushkateers!  How are you on this happy day?  Joyful?  Smiling?  I am, […]

#OneWord Thursday: Dissatisfaction

Does this quote ring true? If one’s life is so unsatisfying that an unhealthy activity brings a shred of happiness, it is nigh impossible to give it up unless something that brings greater happiness can be enjoyed in its stead. […]

Holiday Diet Tip: Eat This, Be Happy

As we head into December, with our extra long to do list in one hand, and invitations to holiday parties and feasts of plenty in the other hand, I thought it might be utterly useful to know what foods keep […]

Dysfunctional Chef: Depressed? Down a Stuffed Mushroom

Need a lift?  Down a Stuffed Mushroom!  Studies have shown that those of us those who suffer from depression tend to have low levels of folate. Spinach and other dark green leafy vegetables are some of the best natural sources […]

Depressed? Pop a Pumpkin Seed

Pumpkin Seeds?  The new anti-depressant?  If you think that pumpkins are only good for carving, or maybe a holiday pie, then think again. Pumpkin seeds are not only delicious, they are jam packed with nutrients that are needed to have […]

Jigsaw Weight Loss Puzzle and e-Card: The Healing Power of Pink

Are you ready to click through this week’s Weight Loss JigSaw Puzzle, entitled Our Lady of Hot Pink Prayers? Did you know that pink is the color of love and affection? And, an antidote to sadness? And, quite possibly, an […]

The Feed Your Soul Project: Week 10 – Pull Out the Mental Weeds

Are you ready to jump head first into week 10 of the Feed Your Soul Project?  Are you ready to …  pull out your mental weeds? Think happy thoughts and/or cultivate habit awareness?  Just imagine what your life could look […]

7 Disappointing Quotes that Inspire

Disappointment: The feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the non-fulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations. This week, while working with one of my clients, she had a major aHa moment!  She realized that one of the reasons that she […]

New York City Mayor Bloomberg Bans Super-Large Sodas: Our Lady of Weight Loss Offers Water and Pious Prayers

New York City Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday plans to ban the sale of sodas and other sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces in restaurants and entertainment venues. Upon hearing the news, Our Lady of Weight Loss thought it a good […]

Kick in the Tush Club Tuesday: Brain Scans, Birthdays and Red Velvet Cake

The idea is to write it so that people hear it and it slides through the brain and goes straight to the heart.  ~ Maya Angelou How are YOU, Dear Tushkateer??!? It’s been quite the week here; chock-a-block with life. […]

Weight Loss Strategy: 5 Pounds Thinner NOW!

Do YOU want to look 5 pounds thinner, be more confident, and feel happier than you do right NOW? Say YES and then read on and follow Our Lady of Weight Loss‘s brilliant ‘be thin’ strategy! True or False:  Good […]

The Elder Care Blues: Where the Birds Scream

I telephone my mother.  Between sobs and screams, she gasps for air and says, “Come! Now! I need you.” I ask, “Are you dying?” This may seem callous, or even funny, but it is actually a good question, a fair […]

4 Tips: Stress to Serenity … Now

We all experience stress. It is a natural and necessary part of life.  However, persistent stress that is not resolved is deemed ‘distress,’ and it can lead to anxiety, depression, diminished health and for us emotional eaters, extreme stress and […]

The Elder Care Blues: Waking Up Dead

The Cataract surgery did not go as well as expected.  Even though it ranks as one of the safest and simplest of surgeries; even though the literature reports that 99.5% of the population can see clearly as soon as the […]

The Elder Care Blues: Things Could Be Worse … and, they will be.

The thing about life is that life has a life of its own, and you just never know when ‘life’s life’ is going to show up and where ‘it’ is going to take you.   For the most part the unexpected […]

Kick in the Tush Tuesday: Family Pushing Your Holday Buttons?

Whenever you fall, pick something up. ~Oswald Avery Side note before we begin:  As I was about to proof read this and make sure that I’m not sending half-baked thoughts and sentences to you, my mother (95.5 years young) telephoned […]

Depression: Journaling Your Way to Mental Health

Journaling is an ancient practice dating back, as far as we can see, to 10th Century Japan. It is a tradition that has been kept alive by teenagers and famous people, alike. And there is mounting evidence that journaling has […]

Simon Monjack, Brittany Murphy’s husband found dead

Were prescriptions drugs involved in Simon Monjack’s shocking death? Learn more about our country’s fastest growing addiction.

Happiness Flash: Laughter an Aerobic Workout

Laugh Yourself Skinny. Laughter is one of the best aerobic exercises. One minute of mirthful laughter is equal to 6 minutes on the rowing machine.

Kelly Osbourne: How I Got Thin (preview of US Weekly)

Janice Taylor, weight loss coach, comments and questions Kelly Osbourne’s weight loss journey.

What? You forgot to eat?

When was the last time that you were so engrossed in an activity or passionately at play that you forgot to eat? Maybe, say – when you were 10? Playing with your Ken and Barbie dolls? If you find that you are all too often foraging for food, searching for snacks, or rummaging for rations, you need to get a life! A life filled with passion and play!!!

Winter Solstice: Faith in Renewal

he Winter Solstice marks a central part of nature’s cycle. It is a time of new growth, rebirth and renewal. It is a reminder that in order to begin anew, the old must end.
It is the time of year when we pay homage to the darkness of life’s mysteries, while still keeping our faith. Spring will come again! Praise Be!!!

Brittany Murphy dead at 32: Too thin?

This piece of ‘Weight Loss Art’ by Janice Taylor, in loving memory of Brittany Murphy.

Holiday Blues: Alone and Lonely on Christmas?

Are you spending Christmas alone? New Year’s Eve without a date? Kwanzaa with no one to celebrate? Lighting Chanukah candles solo? Take heart. You’re not the only one! Janice Taylor, Weight Loss Artist, Coach and author to the rescue!

How to Ward Off Bingeing, Cravings and the Holiday Blues

A Winter Tip from Our Lady of Weight Loss: Too little sun light can activate cravings for fatty, high-calorie foods like cakes, cookies and chips. Lack of sunlight reduces the brain’s production of serotonin, the mood-boosting brain chemical that not only helps us to feel happy but also suppresses food cravings and bingeing!

Pumpkin Seeds: Natural Anti-Depressant

Studies in the US show that pumpkin seeds may help reduce hormone damage to the prostate, which in turn lessens the risk of developing prostate cancer. They’ve been used in certain areas of Europe to treat learning disorders. In China, pumpkin seeds are used to ward off depression, and pumpkin seed oil has been used for treatment of prostatitis.

Antidepressant Epidemic: How to Move Past Depression

I know from first hand experience that depression can move someone toward food. (Yes, this ‘happy idiot’ has had bouts of depression.) And I know – again from first hand experience – that ‘eating for depression’ is counter-productive and counter-intuitive. […]

Insomnia Cookies: 25 Tips to Better Sleep

Are you getting enough sleep? Restful sleep? Tired? Maybe even exhausted? The Our Lady of Weight Loss Snooze Factory has 25 tips for you that are sure to help!

Sundae Puzzle: How to wake up happy

Our Lady of Weight Loss invites you to set your ‘internal clock’ to happy. Wake up with a smile on your face, energized and ready to go. Here’s how!

More to Love, Episode 4: Are you good or are you bad?

Was the “More to Love Good/Bad Game” unnecessarily cruel or just stupid? You decide!

The Secret Power of Ganesh: Remover of obstacles (belly fat or otherwise)

As Our Lady of Weight Loss was moving into a state of bliss on a leisurely and contemplative stroll on the “Road to Svelvesille,” she bumped into Lord Ganesh, the oh-so-chubby and wise, elephant headed Hindi God, who is best […]

Mental Health Now: Feeling Blue? Need a Mood Lift?

Feeling blue? In need of a fast, quick, lift? Something you can do right now, with or without a friend?! This Beliefnet.com blogger invites you to add to our ‘feel good now’ list. 1. Smile. 2. Breathe. 3. Pick wild […]

Elizabeth Edwards: from public humiliation to new reality

This article, written by Beliefnet blogger Janice Taylor is featured in both The Huffington Post and USA Today! Read on and be sure to comment! People say that we only get ‘what we can handle,’ that there are ‘lessons to […]

SWINE FLU: Avoid It Like the Plague

A sneeze zooms out of your mouth at over 100 m.p.h. and then ‘it’ LANDS with a thud on door knobs, hand railings, elevator buttons, grocery carts, telephones … on anything and everything that you mindlessly and automatically touch on […]

Dr. Laura: Mean-Spirited; Anti-Fat

Here’s what Kick in the Tush Club member, Nathanne, has to say about Dr. Laura and “her horrible attitude toward overweight people.” (She was inspired to speak out by last week’s post “Governor Paterson Declares War!” Dear Janice ~ The […]

Grow Your Own. Boost Your Mood.

Research shows that gardening has the power to change your mood, lower your blood pressure, improve the quality of air, alleviate depression, and increase levels of happiness. So what better thing to do than to grown your own Kitchen Herb […]

Mt Redoubt: Is Your Inner Volcano Erupting?

This morning’s hot topic (literally and figuratively)… “Alaska’s Mt. Redoubt volcano erupted late Monday and early Tuesday in “four large explosions,” sending an ash plume an estimated 50,000 feet into the air, the Alaska Volcano Observatory reported.” … brought to […]

Friday 13: Improve Your Luck

Friday the 13th: Luck By Chance? by Janice Taylor Luck is thought to happen by chance; it’s not thought to be something you can plan for or obtain by intention. Some say luck is decided by our fates, or believe […]

Increase Energy: 4 Simple, Fast and Easy Ways to Say Yes to Life

When we are energized, feeling good, hydrated, smiling and breathing in the poetry of life, we are less likely to gravitate towards food as a form of self-medication and more likely to open up to living la vida feliz … […]

10 Tips: Happiness Centered Weight Loss

Our Lady of Weight Loss takes a happiness centered approach to weight loss. It is her mission to make weight loss fun … to make weight loss a joyful experience. Here follows ten of her top tips that she feels […]

Fear of Losing

A TASTY TIDBIT from the “Fill Up On Happiness e-Diet CURE.” Before you can fill up on happiness, you need to clear out the cobwebs. Join with us as we declutter our minds, physical environments and bodies and make room […]

Lethal Drug Combinations! Can Your RX Kill You?

According to a study published by the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, about 51.5 million of the 3 billion prescriptions filled in the United States each year contain some sort of error. That averages out to 4 out […]

JigSaw Sunday: How Important is Your Health and Happiness???

How IMPORTANT is “THIS” to YOU??? (this being your health, your weight, your determination to let go of what no longer serves you) While talking to one of my star weight loss coaching clients (you are all stars in your […]

Valentine’s Day: The Best Lover of All

Today is Valentine’s Day (as if you needed me to tell you!). And ‘they’ say that Valentine’s Day is for lovers. Well, that’s just swell if you have a lover, and even then it can go bust (manage your expectations […]

Now Serving Platterfuls of Second Chances: February Resolutions!

Not to bring up a sore spot, but as your resident Life, Happiness and Weight Loss Coach, I’ve been wondering how y’all are doing with your January resolutions? Are they working for you? Often, we start the year off with […]

STUMP Wins It ALL: 5 Life Lessons From A Sussex Spaniel (video)

The odds were against Stump, the ten-year-old Sussex Spaniel, who won the 133rd annual Westminster Kennel Club dog show. AGAINST the ODDS:For one thing STUMP is OLD, a senior in dog years – 10. He re-emerged from retirement after taking […]

Recession Proof Your Life: STRESS BUSTERS

Are you stressed? Irritable? Having trouble sleeping? Do you feel like screaming? Crying? Eating??? You are NOT alone! In these stressful times, it’s essential to have an arsenal of coping mechanisms at hand – other than food. I mean, really, […]

Valentine’s Day JigSaw Puzzle

There are a few theories floating out there about the origins of St. Valentine’s Day. Here follows my favorite. It comes from Belarus*. It is believed in Belarus*, that St. Valentine’s Day originated from the story that upon rejection by […]

Say “Shhhhhh….” to the Scale of Injustice

Today, put the scale of injustice away and say to that voice in your mind that mocks the number and torments the soul … “shhhhhhh.” Forgive the dietary transgressions, forgive… … because with forgiveness comes empathy, understanding and forgiveness moves […]

Janice & Dr. Norris Weigh-In: What are YOU hungry for?

Hey Y’all …. Dr. Norris Chumley and this blogger were chatting last week on the phone (yup, on the phone – tre retro!), and we thought it would be fun to dish the dirt, chew the fat, blog-to-blog from time-to-time. […]

The Lemon … 15 More Secrets! (shhhh … don’t tell)

You may remember that this Beliefnet blogger wrote about LEMONS just last week! Lemons: Antidote to What Ails You! And now … Beliefnet continues the lemon story with a spectacular gallery: 15 Hidden Health Secrets of Lemon – sure to […]

Want to FEEL BETTER, LOOK YOUNGER and GET A RAISE???

One of the best things you can do for yourself and for everyone around you is to smile. Smiling brings oxygen to your brain, immediately makes you feel better, and sends out comforting messages to others. Smiling pulls people in […]

Your NOT To Do List

People often ask me, “How do you do it all?” To which I respond, “What makes you think I do it all? I don’t. I can’t remember the last time I cleaned, for goodness sake.” Here’s how to clear your […]

How to Build Your Self-Confidence Muscle

Self-confidence is extremely important in almost every aspect of our lives, in particular, weight loss. If we don’t feel good about ourselves; feel confident – what do we do? We head to the fridge. Stuff those feelings down. EAT! All […]

LEMON: Antidote to What Ails You

While we might believe that life is a linear journey, for most of us, it is a circuitous event. There are hills, valleys, twists and turns, set backs and leaps forward. There are the ‘plum’ experiences, and then, there are […]

Get Jiggy with OPRAH … Our Lady’s latest jigsaw puzzle!

While working on this portrait of Oprah, it took on a life of its own … … and somehow or another Marilyn Monroe and Jackie O., both tragic figures in their own way, showed up on the ‘canvas.’ The connection? […]

Eat and Be Happy: Foods that Boost Your Happy Neurotransmitters

Serotonin, Dopamine and Norepinephrine by Janice Taylor As we head off to the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day feasts of plenty, I thought it might be useful to know what foods bring forth the best feelings. Yes, foods change the […]

Do YOU Suffer from Social Anxiety?

I received an email from a member of the Kick in the Tush Club, who greatly suffers when at social functions. Parties and gatherings bring forth extreme feelings of discomfort. In order to feel better, she eats. And sometimes she […]

The Best Ever Thanksgiving Survival Guide to Mental Health

How to survive Thanksgiving? Get through it without gaining 7 pounds of excess weight and 20 pounds of family baggage? Just follow these 10 tips and enjoy! The Best Ever Thanksgiving Survival Guide to Mental Health 1. Manage Your Expectations. […]

Holiday Blues: Turn a Thankful Cheek

Got the Holiday Blues? You’re not alone! Truth be told, the holidays are a tossed salad of emotions: happiness, sadness, anger, frustration, hunger, loneliness, joy, love, gratitude and loss – oh and the dressing is stress! True enough! Now that […]

Holiday Stress: Antidote

Want to make the holiday fun, memorable and alleviate holiday stress? How would you like to trade in feelings of overwhelm and holiday stress (which I admit are mounting by the second for me. YIKES! There are only 7 days […]

Christmas Tip #13: Ward off Cravings, Bingeing and Depression

It is particularly important to go into the ‘light’ during this time of year, when the sun sets earlier and earlier and we are less likely to get out. Too little sun light can activate cravings for fatty, high-calorie foods […]

Got the ‘Burnt Out Blues?’ Feel Better In Under 15 Minutes

YES! YOU CAN … Move from Crappola to Incredible … from Rung Out Dish Rag to Woo Hoo Happy in Under 15 Minutes. by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Cert. Hypnotist, Author, Columnist, Seminar Leader and 50-Pound Big-Time-Loser! (write […]

Eleven Tips: Move Past Depression NOW!

Depression and Your Weight by Janice Taylor, Life & Wellness Coach, Author, Syndicated Columnist, Seminar Leader and 50-pound Big-Time-Loser. I know from first hand experience that depression can move someone toward food. (Yes, this ‘happy idiot’ has had bouts of […]

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