Health & Spirit

From Oreos to Apples: a Savvy Guide to Raising Healthy Eaters

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Pillow fights are nothing but fun -- joyful, energizing and giggle-producing. Food fights with your kids, on the other hand, are stressful, crazy-making and can result in eating disorders down the line.

"No carrots, no cookies!" "Too full for broccoli but room for chocolate cake?" "OK! No dessert for you," ad nauseum...

"I've tried ...Read more

2017 Wake-Up Call: The Doctor Is Out!

Health / Marilynn Preston /

It's not my nature to end the year on such a somber note. Normally, I'm a pop-the-cork, hats-and-horns kinda gal, but this year is a little different. A (SET ITEAL) little different? Hah!

So here it is: the single worst bit of health and wellness news of 2016:

For the first time in 20 years, the National Center for Health Statistics ...Read more

New Year's Resolutions: How To Make 'Em so You Don't Break 'Em

Health / Marilynn Preston /

As 2016 bangs to a close, many of us will open up to making some positive changes in the new year. Most of them involve living a zippier, healthier lifestyle. If Oprah can drop 40 pounds, you can, too, right? Keeping the weight off is a whole different thing, but let's not veer off into the negative, as our minds tend to do. This is the year ...Read more

Who Put the 'Oy' in Joy? 3 Ways to Flow Into 2017

Health / Marilynn Preston /

"I just don't feel like celebrating," the woman next to me in yoga blurted out the other day. "I'm too tense. I'm so upset by everything that's going on."

This is what "Bah! Humbug!" feels like, I thought during my first forward bend, desperately trying to release the tension that's driving tiny nails into my lower back ever since "fake news"...Read more

Holy Temptations! Live 'Em, Love 'Em, Don't Overdo 'Em

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Even the best-intentioned people on the path to a healthy lifestyle are likely to stumble and fall into the eggnog abyss this time of year.

It is the season to indulge, fa la la la la, so we grab one more brownie, ditch yoga, skip our daily walk and are a no-show at the gym (if we even belong to a gym, which most of us don't).

So what? There...Read more

You Want Change? Say Hello to Your Commander in Chief

Health / Marilynn Preston /

On this all parties agree: Changing old habits isn't easy. We humans are lulled by the usual things: getting along on five hours of sleep a night; the mindless munching of too many gluten-free cookies; sidestepping our workout because we're too busy, too tired, too stressed. We know we can live healthier and feel perkier, but instead ...Read more

Well-Being Alert! Choose Gratitude Over Grumbling

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Thanksgiving has come and gone, but you can earn extra credits at Healthy Lifestyle U. if you keep on feeding that gratitude.

Why? Because happiness researchers (yep, these are real, paying jobs) report the same result, over and over again: Expressing your gratitude on a regular basis has many positive benefits, including better health, ...Read more

For a Strong Heart, When They Go Low, We Go High on HDL

Health / Marilynn Preston /

In times of post-election emotional stress (you talking to me?) we need to take special care to protect our vulnerable hearts. That's why my 90-minute yoga class last week was dedicated to postures designed to open the heart, support the heart, and nourish the heart. I felt so stress-free after class that I was able to get through an entire ...Read more

Still Stressed? 7 Ways to a Leaner, More Serene Thanksgiving

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Thanksgiving is a national excuse to be grateful for whatever is going right in your life. It also marks the beginning of the 2016 holiday season, when the unchecked tendency to gobble-gobble means we end up 3 to 7 pounds heavier by New Year's. It doesn't have to be that way. We humans have choices, from what gets piled onto our dinner plate ...Read more

Elect to Be Happy! Well-Being for the Strong at Heart

Health / Marilynn Preston /

The nail-biting, world-changing 2016 presidential election is being decided as I write this, but my decision about what to write has been made. I smile. Unconditional Happiness! It's one of my favorite classes at the University of Well-Being, Ballet and Refrigeration, because it's so controversial, so fascinating to consider, so essential if ...Read more

Be a Change-Maker: Elect Yourself to Be in Charge

Health / Marilynn Preston /

With the presidential election just a hop, skip and several more aspirins away, now's a good time to talk about change. Not change for the country -- though that is surely coming, no matter who wins. I mean personal change.

Healthy lifestyles don't just happen, the way dust balls do. It's up to you to carpe diem, to let go of old habits so ...Read more

Wellness for All! Who Can Debate That?

Health / Marilynn Preston /

There I was, watching the third presidential debate along with tens of millions of battle-weary Americans, and suddenly I heard something so extraordinary, it made me jump up and cheer.

"No ... you're the puppet!"

Not that, though it was a highlight of the evening. The words I heard speak to the heart and soul of this column, a concept that ...Read more

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