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The best activity is the one you love to do

I follow a few bloggers in the world of nutrition, health and functional medicine whose articles are well written, thoroughly researched, and informative. One of these bloggers is Mark Sisson, whose website Mark’s Daily Apple is a trove of information, especially for Paleo and Primal enthusiasts, but there are nuggets of wisdom for everyone. Recently he wrote about the best exercise anyone can do which, to no surprise, is whatever exercise you do consistently. What...

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The Relaxation Response

This is the second in a three-part series about the stress response, the relaxation response, and how the two processes influence who we are as eaters, our relationship with food, and our relationship with life. Relaxation is supposed to be the natural state of being. The stress response, explained in my last post, evolved as a short-term survival mechanism. When the threat passes, our metabolic state should return to pre-threat levels. This is how it...

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The Stress Response

This is the first of a three-part series about the stress response, its opposite, the relaxation response, and how the two processes influence who we are as eaters, our relationship with food, and our relationship with life. Stress = any real or imagined threat and the response to that threat We were all born with a stress response to get us through life. It’s what gets us out of bed in the morning and motivates...

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Is your DNA your destiny?

In 1984, when I started graduate school in psychology, researchers were just beginning to look at the interaction between nature and nurture to understand what led to the development of mental illness. Throughout the 1950′s most mental illness was understood to fall squarely on the shoulders of mothers – terms like the schizophrenogenic mother were used to describe a rejecting mother who caused schizophrenia in her offspring. In the late 1960′s, the medicalization of mental...

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