Live Mindfully

Ask yourself: What does “good health” mean? It is likely that your first thought is: “good health is not having an illness.” And yes, that is true, but health is so much more than that. In fact, health is resource for everyday living- a source of power-an enabler. It is a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being.  Good health is also a process. Focusing on the negatives and feeling like we are not “living a healthy lifestyle” can give… Continue reading »

We all have stresses in our lives. These stresses range from our daily work to financial situations and can often haunt us while trying to rest at night. More and more each year, Americans are becoming sleep deprived, and the effects are much greater than a yawn throughout the day. Chronic sleep deprivation can lead to many health conditions, including an increased risk of developing diabetes. When the body does not get adequate sleep, the reaction can resemble insulin resistance, a… Continue reading »

  The 2016 Eat Smart, Move More, Maintain, don’t gain! Holiday Challenge This holiday season, the only thing that should be “stuffed” is the turkey.  Many Americans gain between 1 and 5 pounds each holiday season. While it may not sound like much, most people never manage to lose these extra pounds. You are invited to join the 11th annual Holiday Challenge. Rather than focusing on trying to lose weight, this FREE seven-week challenge provides participants with tips, tricks, and ideas… Continue reading »

I hear it all the time while teaching Eat Smart, Move More, Prevent Diabetes (and Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less):  “ I was doing so great on t r a c k i n g and moving until vacation hit. “  I don’t dream of telling anyone that vacation season is prime weight loss/ weight-maintenance time.  It simply is not. However, one need not allow the calorie monster to win each time one takes some R & R. Since calories… Continue reading »

In our daily lives, many get distracted from enjoying life because of stress. The effects of stress can be harmful to your body. The long-term effects of stress can even become a precursor for various chronic diseases.  What assists me with stress is to take control of my life and situations by decreasing negative thoughts, worry, and strain of the mind and body through various activities and habits. There is no magic pill for eliminating stress. To decrease stress one… Continue reading »

Love me; love my dog. Dogs welcomed; humans tolerated. It’s call FURniture for a reason in my house. Wipe your paws. Yes, you’ve seen the signs for those of us who are proudly dog people. One may often underestimate my adoration for canines, but that would be a true mistake if you’re trying to get to know the authentic Greg. Thus, this is the first time I’ve ever written the words: TJ has died. Oh, it’s easier to say TJ… Continue reading »

Being a caregiver (new phrase in life’s cycle ) has proven to be stressful beyond anything I could have possibly imagined prior to 2016. I wrote candidly last year for Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less about physical activity with my parents, not realizing that this physical activity would become even more minimal at the onset of this year. Deteriorating health amidst family is never easy—those who know, know. Those who have yet to know shall one day know exactly… Continue reading »

There are no good foods or bad foods. You have no doubt heard this for years. I contend that there are bad foods. We all know there are foods that we should not eat or at least should not eat very often. Would that not constitute a bad food? Why can’t we say that a coffee drink made with whole milk, chocolate syrup, and whipped cream that has 900 calories is bad? Because it has calcium from the milk? Come… Continue reading »

Sometimes I get to the end of my workday and realize how little water I have drunk. I have good intentions, with bottled water in my office, beautiful water bottles, and even access to a water cooler – however, the pace of the day gets going and it just doesn’t always happen. Something I have tried that works for me is taking a 20-ounce bottle of water with me on my ride to work. I drink it on my commute,… Continue reading »

I didn’t want to title this blog “How to Start a Garden” because that already sounds too complicated. I don’t have time. I don’t know how to “garden”. I don’t have a green thumb. But I know vegetables need soil, water and sunlight. So let’s start there. Two years ago, I started with a small basil plant from the Farmer’s Market. This was my test run. Could I keep a single basil plant alive? Turns out, yes! I kept it… Continue reading »