Benefits of a Health Journal

My health journal

Today I’d like to talk about one of my favorite health tools.  No, it isn’t a stethoscope, a supplement, or a piece of exercise equipment.  It’s a health journal, and by keeping one I’ve learned more about my body and its uniqueness than any other tool I’ve used. Continue reading

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Trim Down and Tone Up: Emotional Aspects

The carefree days of childhood, when you didn’t care what anyone else thought. If you could run through the sprinklers in your bathing suit, the day was complete.

We’re going to dive right in to our Trim Down and Tone Up series by starting out with the emotional side of weight gain and body image.  Might as well get the hardest one over with first, right?  I’m not a psychologist, psychiatrist, or anything else in the mental health field.  My experience in psychiatry consisted of one mental health course in nursing school, and two rotations through psychiatric facilities.  This is more of an armchair psychology discussion, with things I’ve picked up over the years from dealing with thousands of patients and reading psychology books.  What I write here may or may not apply to you, but I do encourage you to read this post, then take a few minutes to sit back and honestly consider it.  I won’t know if you do or you don’t, but if you’re really looking to drop some pounds, your efforts will go a lot farther if you consider the fact that your emotional health is part of the solution. Continue reading