Source: S.McQuillan Back in 1997, holistic physician Steven Bratman, MD, MPH, wrote an article for Yoga Journal about health food advocates who seemed to go too far in their dietary beliefs. He was talking about men and women whose eating behavior seemed compulsive and overly restrictive, with many self-imposed rules about eating only foods they considered pure and healthy, to the point where they eliminated entire food groups out of fear of impurity, disease, toxins, and the like. What Dr. Bratman saw, in others and even in himself at one point, were people whose identity and sense of self-worth were founded on their eating habits. And as a result, they felt great anxiety if they broke their own diet rules and often began to have social, academic, or job-related problems as a result. In some cases, he saw malnutrition and severe, unintended weight loss. He called this condition “orthorexia,” a health food eating disorder that begins with a basic desire to … [Read more...] about When Healthy Eating Takes You Down an Unhealthy Road
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As a voice coach and therapist, it's always exciting when I'm interviewed about the two in combination; how the mind and voice work together. That was the case in a wonderful conversation I recently had with Daisy De Boevere, a vocal coach in The Netherlands. I hope you enjoy our conversation as much as I did. 1. You studied singing and have had a wonderful career as a professional singer and vocal coach. What drove you to study psychology? In the early days of my coaching, I noticed that the majority of vocal issues people were dealing with had an emotional component. Even the most seemingly technical challenges– throat tension, trouble with certain notes or ranges, breathing– were almost always caused or exacerbated by personal issues. Thankfully, I had a knack for helping people find solutions to both their vocal and personal issues, and I chose to go to graduate school to add an academic understanding to what I’d been doing … [Read more...] about The Music and Magic of Singing
Source: MoToMo, flickr In writing The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, I thought a lot about what I can do to make my romantic life better. In general, I’m a fan of using milestone days to prompt me to think about changes I might undertake to make myself happier, healthier, more productive, or more creative. Certain days, such as January 1 or my birthday, remind me to reflect on my life and my hopes for the future. Recently, Inauguration Day prompted me to think about the highest ideals of the United States, and how I can live up to them, in my own life. And Valentine’s Day is a great reminder to think about my romance! My husband Jamie is the love of my life, but sometimes I don’t treat him with courtesy or interest. I have to remind myself — don’t be nicer to a stranger on the street than I am to my own husband. (In fact, research shows that married people often show more … [Read more...] about For Valentine’s Day: 7 Mistakes I Keep Making in Romance…
Source: vm2002/Adobe Stock The holiday season is a time of celebration and festive foods. Finding the balance between enjoying these weeks and staying fit and healthy can be tricky. I'm very happy to have a guest post from Dr. Aria, an expert in long-term health and mindfulness, who shows how to successfully navigate through the holiday season. Below are his top 10 tips to be merry, mindful, and healthful. 1. Ditch the all-or-nothing mindset Many people fall into the "all-or-nothing" mindset trap, overeating throughout the holiday season with the unrealistic expectation of quickly losing weight and getting fit in January. The problem is that stepping on the scales on January 1 to see that you’ve gained five pounds can be extremely demotivating. Research indicates that 92 percent of people fail to achieve their New Year’s resolutions. Rather than taking extreme measures by letting loose throughout December and going on a restrictive diet in the New Year, take … [Read more...] about 10 Ways to Maintain Your Health & Fitness Over the Holidays
Melanie Rudd grew up within sight of Mount Rainier in Washington State. Now an Assistant Professor of Marketing at the University of Houston, she specializes in studies of awe. (In the strict sense, awe is defined as "an emotion variously combining dread, veneration, and wonder that is inspired by authority or by the sacred or sublime.")1 Most of us would probably never suspect that feelings of awe could open up our shuttered creativity. According to Rudd and her colleagues, mountain scenery, which serves up all-you-can-eat portions of awe, is the key. Mount Rainier, Washington, from the west. Source: Stan Shebs, via Wikimedia Commons. "I’ve always been a mountain person in general," says Rudd. "My dad was a mountain climber: when I was growing up he climbed all the major peaks in the Pacific Northwest. As a little kid I was playing with crampons on, walking around in the backyard. I’ve always had that connection to mountains, so when I … [Read more...] about Do Mountains Inspire Creativity?