How your job can literally kill you…

London busIf you were filling out a job application to work for public transit in London in the 1950s you would be faced with a very important choice.  You would have no idea how important that choice was.  In fact, your life depended on it.  Take one job and you might be doomed for a life of heart disease and disability, take the other and you’d be fine.  Why is this?  What does this have to do with me, presumably a non-London bus driver in the 21st century.   Continue reading

Easy Honey Mustard Baked Chicken

easy-honey-mustard-chickenI found this one on my wife’s Pinterest page and it has the most important 2 ingredients I was looking for in a recipe.  1.  Chicken – one of the best sources of protein.  2.  The word easy – the most important word in the culinary arts (in my humble opinion).  This one comes from http://www.goodlifeeats.com.  Go check them out! Continue reading

Your Supplements Aren’t What You Think

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Personally, I have no specific problem with natural supplements.  In fact, more than 50% of prescribed pharmaceutical come directly from natural sources.  It may be that many of the substances you get at the GNC, Vitamin Shoppe, or elsewhere are truly beneficial.  Why isn’t it Vitamin Shop?  Does the store date back to Ye Olde English times?  Anyways, the problem with these substances is that they are not evaluated and monitored by the FDA.   For those of you government haters out there you may want to reconsider your disdain for this specific government agency (I have no comment on the other parts of government).  With respect to medicines, the FDA does three very important things: Continue reading

Easy Ginger, Chili, and Lemon Salmon

Ginger-Salmon-(2)As I sit locked indoors afraid to brave the freezing cold outside, I have been daydreaming of the coming spring.  I long for a morning where my mood is not sucked into a winter vortex waiting for my car to warm up.  For that reason, I thought I would try to warm up our hearts and stomachs by finding a recipe that is light and airy like a sping breeze.  I found this one from http://www.theironyou.com.  Enjoy!

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The Impact of Family on Weight Loss

family-cartoonThe following is a guest post from a friend of mine who is a family therapist.  I believe that effective weight loss stands on three pillars, diet, exercise, and psychology.  I focus mostly on the diet and exercise part in the blog but I wanted to expand to address the psychological impact of weight.  Hopefully more posts along these lines will be coming.   Enjoy…

If you are a reader of this blog, I am guessing that you are interested in losing weight.  I’d like to offer a new angle to this problem, as seen from my perspective as a marriage and family therapist.  Family therapy as a formal approach involves addressing problems people face in the context of their family as a system, not just as the problem of a single person who happens to be in a family.  Weight management too can be seen and addressed through this lens.

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Warm Sweet Potato Salad

warm sweet potato salad 1I love sweet potatoes.  They are nutritionally equivalent to white potatoes but they add a lot more flavor which means you need less quantity to get better quality in terms of flavor.  If you want to add protein and make it a meal, throw in some chicken breast to make it more substantial.  Regardless, this recipe is a good low calorie healthy one with a bit of spice thrown in to help you keep warm in the cold winter months.  I got this one from http://deliciouslyella.com.  Enjoy!

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Why you shouldn’t listen to TV doctors

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There you were at the holiday table filled with your closest friends and family.  Inevitably somebody at the table has traded in their love of soap opera stars for an obsession with those handsome daytime TV doctors.   Good looking, smart, and oh so helpful.  So your aunt Martha is going on and on between helpings of stuffing about all the latest advances and advice she has learned from her dapper daytime medical consultants.  You listen with an open mind and most of it sounds interesting and plausible but generally you’re a bit skeptical.  Maybe you think Martha is a bit of a nut for believing everything she sees on TV.    She is after all wiping her mouth with her new ShamWow she bought on QVC and she did bring beef, turkey, chicken, and vegetable jerky from her new Jerky machine.  But maybe what she learned is true, the TV doctors are real doctors after all. Continue reading