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Mindful eating can be defined as eating with awareness, which is compared to eating out of habit or because of an external stimulus (smell, atmosphere, peer pressure). It refers to being aware of one’s physical and emotional sensations while eating or when in a food-related environment. Mindful eating allows a person to pay attention to signs of hunger, satiety, pace of eating and characteristics of the food being eaten. Logically, it would make sense to say that mindful eating would assist with weight loss… Continue reading »

If you are a Grey’s Anatomy fan, you recently witnessed Dr. Bailey, played by actress Chandra Wilson, have a very real brush with death. In the scene, Dr. Bailey complains of physical symptoms and visits the emergency room, unaware she was experiencing a heart attack. “When your day starts off and you have no intention of dying, then all of a sudden your mortality is in your face, you can’t help but think about it,” Wilson admits during a recent interview… Continue reading »

I love learning about useful life hacks, and here’s a simple one that has helped me to de-stress and live more mindfully at work.  It’s a little strategy called Pomodoro and it has changed the way I tackle my endless To-Do list – for my health.  If you spend most of your work life at a desk, and in front of a computer, it can be challenging to find moments to move more, to stretch, or to rest your eyes… Continue reading »

We are excited to introduce our guest blogger, Doranna Anderson. Doranna is the Comprehensive Cancer and Control Program Consultant for the Cancer Prevention and Control Branch at the NC Division of Public Health.  Cancer and Obesity: How to Reduce Your Risk Recently I read a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) fact sheet about Cancer and Obesity (in Spanish El cáncer y la obesidad). I found it very interesting and was surprised to learn how those extra pounds… Continue reading »

Even as a child I noticed that, in Nature, things begin to change in early or mid-November. Days get shorter, temperatures begin to fall and leaves gradually transition from vibrant green to shades of orange, yellow, red and brown, eventually floating to earth as part of the mysterious cycle of life. It seems that people also experience an unusual transformation in the fall as the holiday season makes it annual return. The human transformation is no less obvious than the chilling… Continue reading »

This holiday season, I am not on a mission to lose weight, nor am I trying to gain. I simply want to maintain my current weight and waistline. So, what’s my plan? Well, let me tell you. What I’ve learned over the years is by being mindful of what I eat and by getting in some form of physical activity each day, I won’t gain weight.  I’m not talking about a diet or joining a gym, I’m referring to small… Continue reading »

During this time of the year, it’s so easy to break the cycle of the fitness routines that we worked so hard to develop during the spring, summer and even fall months. It’s just something about the cold weather, shorter days, and the busy season that causes us to forgo physical activity for a few days, weeks or even months! Instead of waiting until January 2018 to make those new fitness resolutions, here are a few tips to ensure that… Continue reading »

Thanksgiving might be winding down, the feast is over, and you made it through your first holiday meal of the season! Hope everyone was successful in sticking to their goals and being mindful. And just like that, another holiday has come and gone. Though we may have an abundance of leftovers in our fridge reminding us of the day’s fun, it’s time to start getting ready for the next holiday. You’re probably thinking… “WHAT? ALREADY?!?” But ask yourself, what comes… Continue reading »

Miles for Wellness is a team-based, eight-week challenge put out by the NC Office of State Human Resources twice a year (Spring and Fall) to encourage NC state employees to get more daily steps. The goal is to encourage employees to get 10,000 steps (equivalent to five miles) on most days of the week. I was encouraged by my colleague, Sarah, who was on a winning team for the Spring challenge. I decided to join the challenge for the first time… Continue reading »

The 2017 Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge Has Begun! Join more than 23,000 people from across the US and around the world in the 11th annual Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides you with tips, tricks, and ideas to help maintain your weight throughout the holiday season. Registration does not close, click the link below to register. The 2017 Holiday Challenge will run through December 31st. You should receive a confirmation email… Continue reading »