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April 2017-Springtime is here-New Life and New Beginnings!!

Seed-The Untold StoryHave you seen this movie yet?  It is one that I wanted to share with you!  The other day I was talking to one of my friends, Nina, at the barn where we board our horses.  We were discussing how to protect our kids while also protecting our horses from the bugs.  We were talking about some effective yet non-toxic natural horse sprays to keep the horses from being bitten by the flys and bugs and she was sharing with me the products that she has found helpful.  This led me to think about all the chemicals in our environment, many of which start to be sprayed during this season!

As we enter the Springtime season of the year, this is a movie I highly recommend to all in our Parenting Community, Seed: The Untold Story.   It has won numerous awards but more importantly shares information about the loss of native seeds over the past century-would you believe 94% of our native seeds no longer exist?  I did not.

As you start to organize your gardens and plant your seeds and prepare for new life and new growth, consider seeing this movie and then planting some organic and heirloom seeds to help replenish the stock!  Also consider growing your garden without pesticides which are often neurotoxic to insects, animals and humans especially our children and future grandchildren.   These chemical neurotoxins often sprayed on our food, lawns and gardens can affect our health, especially our kids and their growing bodies and brains.  Just a Thought!  As Always, To your Good, Better and Best Life through W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S.!!

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March 2017-Want to guess what the key to Happiness Is?

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Are you happy?  Do you want to be happy?  Want to know what the keys to Happiness and Life Long Health are?   I was surprised to find that a 75 year old Longitudinal Harvard Study found that the key to Happiness is Good Relationships!!  What do you do to nurture your Good Relationships?

I wanted to share one of the fun things I got to do for this St Patrick’s Day ….a fun, nutritious and joyful dinner including this beautiful Irish Soda Bread with a genuine Leprechaun!!  Here is to your Good Health and Good Relationships!!  To your Good, Better, Best Life through W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S.

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February 2017-National Cancer Prevention Month


This is my daughter when she was about 12 years old! She had been learning yoga in elementary school and we would practice together with a Gaia Kids Yoga Video that I had at home.  While this brings back many happy memories with my daughter, one of the most important messages that I want to share with our parenting community is that practicing yoga, mindfulness meditation, tai chi or Qigong with our kids is one of the lifelong skills that we can share with our kids to help them to be more resilient in the face of life’s challenges… it provides a “protective coating” so to speak to help them with life long health!   Simple, easy, low cost and fun!  May you enjoy this precious National Cancer Prevention Month with your kids living the Good, Better, Best Life through W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S.


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January 2017-Positive Steps Toward Healthy Eating-The Foundation of Good Health

Baby Food Bible 3Remember those days when your kids were first born and it finally hits you how tiny, vulnerable, and precious they are…I do, I remember it well and can totally relate to new parents who feel overwhelmed with the responsibilities of caring for this little baby along with the feeling that you want to do everything just right and not sure what that just right thing is!!  Just when I would figure things out, she would change and then I would be thinking OMG…now what do I do?

When it comes to feeding your kids, I know that it can often feel this way too.  So I found a wonderful book that is one of my favorite resources for feeding kids when they are young.  It is a wealth of info of how to create a healthy food palette for kids!!  I wish that this book had been available to me when my daughter was young…I had to wing it!!  As my daughter started to grow and was very interested in cooking we would go to Stonewall Kitchen in York, ME and started taking Mother-Daughter cooking classes together!  It was here that Kelsey and I first listened to Eileen Behan RD who had worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston as a Nutritionist and then branched out on her own to develop her own business, For the Love of Food!!  Eileen has so many great ideas of foods and tips to help kids to enjoy eating healthfully.  This is a wonderful book for any family with kids from 6 months to Preschool!! Hope you get to take cooking classes with your kids too…it was one of my favorite memories with my daughter when she was young!!!

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December-Being the Life of Good Health Champion for kids!!!

aurelie-kelsey12-14The Holiday Season is always extra busy for moms and dads.  There are special meals to plan for and make, parties to attend, gift lists to make, shopping to do, and presents to buy and wrap.  During the Holiday Season we often think of the “things” that we need to give and this can add to the stress of the season which is meant to be rich with tradition, good cheer and memory-making.  Wonder if we tweeked our concept of the Holidays to include not only what we can give materially but also what we can give Wholeheartedly, WholeMindfully and WholeSpiritually.  What I wonder in this fast paced, GMO laced, environmentally challenging world in which we live….can we give the Gift of Being a Life of Good Health Champion for our kids?

Anyone who has ever had cancer knows how hard the road can be to be diagnosed and treated for this Life-Altering disease.  It’s hard…it’s scary…it leaves most people I know feeling very vulnerable, dismayed, angry, sad and financially burdened on an emotional as well as practical level.

There is no greater gift that we could give our kids this Holiday Season than to be a “Life of Good Health Champion for our kids” of what it means to live a Bold, Broad, Wholesome Life based on the Fabulous Five by

W.orking E.very L.iving day towards L.ove N.utrition E.xercise S.erenity and S.pirituality

in other words, Living the Life of W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S.!!!  That would be one of the really special gifts that we could offer our kids this Holiday Season and the best part is that it doesn’t cost anything but has a $1,000,000 Value!!  From My Heart to Your…Wishing you the very best of Holidays!

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November 2016-Giving Thanks for Caregivers!


This is a picture of my Mom and I at Indian Neck in Wellfleet.  My mom is 80 years old and is more vibrant now than ever.  She is a shining example of a Caregiver Par Excellence!!!  She was married for 58 years to my dad, having gotten married when she was 20 and moved from her parents house to being married to my dad.  The last 2-1/2 years of their marriage, my dad was on Home Hospice with Advanced Parkinson’s disease with progressive Parkinson’s dementia.  My mom took care of him gladly, giving of her time and love to a man that forgot who she was.   He stopped talking and had to be washed, fed and dressed.  He had to be reminded that she was his wife and her strength, love and dedication to giving him a good day and a comfortable existence and a loving presence never wavered.  She is a shining example of the power of caregiving.  My dad was never able to say Thank you, to let her know that he was grateful for all that she gave to him so I say it here for him.   Mom, thank you for being a Shining Example of the Power of Caregiving-giving of yourself, in service, with kindness, compassion and love!

I wondered how my mom would do when he died.  She has thrived!!  Now, she cares for many of the seniors in our town, she takes them to their doctor appointments, she drives them to Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston when they need their Chemotherapy and she does it gladly because she has a purpose for her life every day that she wakes up.  The world could not function without caregivers!  This Thanksgiving, give thanks for all the caregivers that have touched your life!  As parents, when we role model caregiving, our children are the beneficiaries of the best example of the power of purpose to make this world better!  Happy Thanksgiving!

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October-2016 Focus on Breast Cancer Survivorship

This month, we turn our attention not only to Breast Cancer Awareness Month but to all those who are surviving breast cancer, those who are newly diagnosed and those with metastatic disease.  It turns out that of all those with cancer, 18% have children under the age of 18!!  This month, I wanted to share with you two moms who are amazing role models for other women but, most importantly, their families and kids of the power of a fierce and unwavering attitude to focus on maximizing their health with breast cancer and having fun doing it!!

carol-wonder-womanCarol Chaoui is a mom of 4 and survivor of breast cancer and thyroid cancer.   What I most admire about Carol is her unwavering spirit of outdoor exercise, creative spirit, fun and team effort for all of the activities she is involved in, as you can see her here as Wonder Woman!!!  She loves to run and make it notable and fun at the same time!!  Her energy and fortitude are amazing as she has focused her efforts on organizing a running group, “Couch to 5K” which meets every friday for a run, on running the Boston Marathon several times raising money for Dana Farber and multiple other local notable races.  These “laugh out loud” activities culminate each year at Thanksgiving with the annual Turkey Trot, a 5K race and non-profit which Carol founded to raise money for breast cancer causes.    She is the one who rallies the troops to join her in the fun! Most recently, Carol received the Fitzherbert award from the Tufts 10K Women’s Race for being a Rock Star towards focusing on health, family and community, while she has been undergoing her own treatment for cancer. Go Carol!!


theresa-xrtsurv-award9-27-16Theresa Coffey Keresztes is another mom of 2 and amazing survivor of breast cancer.  She was diagnosed several years ago and also likes to run.  You can often see Carol and Theresa running together on the trails and in the local races.  What I most admire about Theresa is not only her fun with running and trying to maintain a healthy exercise routine to maximize her health after breast cancer, but Theresa has  developed a passion for helping other women with the skin reactions and sensitivities associated with radiation.  She wanted to make a difference for other women undergoing treatment, and developed My Girls Skin Cream.    Recently through her efforts, Theresa won the 2016 Survivor Circle Award at the Annual American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology, ASTRO, in Boston.  She is also a great role model to her kids of the fun they can have by exercising …Go Theresa!!

As parents, we can also be great role models for our kids through the power of exercise!!  Here is to your Good, Better, Best Life through exercise and W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S.!!!

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September 2016-Focus on Prevention-Check Out Our New eStore

Slide62“We live our life as the guardian of our genome”.                           Marcus Pembrey

Have you ever wondered if you could protect your children from ever having to experience cancer?  It is a good question…the answer is that there are things that WE CAN DO to protect our children from some cancers.   Can we guarantee that they will never get sick…the obvious answer is NO…but we can do things that can give our kids a greater chance of living a longer and healthier life.   We know enough, we have all seen family members, friends, neighbors and co-workers endure needless suffering and there are things that WE CAN DO RIGHT NOW to help.

One, one of the first things we can do is learn about what are the common illnesses in the family…both mom’s and dad’s side.  Knowing what the “family genes” are is a tremendous help and start!

Two, learn what you CAN DO TODAY to help prevent cancer in your kids throughout their lifetime.  It turns out that most adult diseases stem from factors in childhood.  To help you with this, I have put together a series of podcasts that is a compilation of what I have learned through my work as an oncology nurse as well as the research that I have done on this topic.  These podcasts can be downloaded to your computer or iPod to make it easy for you to listen on your own time while walking, driving your car or  at a time that works best for you!!  You can check it out here

Three, choose and eat Wholesome, colorful,nutritious food that is plant based as much as possible.  If you start young, your kids will naturally follow.

Four, exercise and get your kids involved in exercise or team sports.  We already know that those kids involved in team sports have lower rates of cancer over their lifetime!!

Five, Practice some form of stress management….Mindfulness Meditation, Yoga, Qigong, Prayer…invite your kids to practice these stress management techniques with you!!  They are amazingly helpful and keep the mind calm and focused!

Practice these 5 things and you are giving your kids an amazing gift towards good health!!

Living the Good, Better, Best Life Through W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S.!!!!                                            W.orking E.very L.iving day towards L.ove N.utrition E.xercise S.erenity and S.pirituality

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August 2016-Achieving our Dreams and The Rio 2016 Olympics

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The Olympics this year were so exciting and I was so proud of not only our US Olympic athletes but all the athletes that participated.  They always amaze me with their skill, amazing talents, perseverance, focus and positive attitude!!

One team that really impressed me was the US Women’s Gymnastics team with “Grandma Aly and Baby Simone”.  Aly is a young woman from my hometown of Needham, MA.   At 22, Aly was participating in her 2nd Olympics as Team Captain of the Women’s Gymnastics Team.  It was the Perfect Miracle as far as I could see!!  The Final Five were a diverse group that almost any girl could identify with.  Not all had a supportive or charming start to their lives but they all had someone that believed in them and helped them to pursue their dreams and they remained focused on their goal.  They all had amazing talent, a fun spirit, were focused on a common goal, were amazingly supportive of each other and led by one of the worlds greatest coaching teams, Martha and Bela Karolyi, who are also retiring!

Not all of our children will become Olympic Athletes but it is worthy to note what we can all learn from this Amazing Gold Medal Team.   Know thyself, find your passion, pursue your goals, practice/ practice/ practice, visualize, take good care of yourself and surround yourself with a  positive, supportive group and Believe!!

As Parents, we can be that Gold Medal Coaching Team for our kids with our own Practice/ Practice/ Practice!!

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July 2016-GMO’s-The Elephant in the Room

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This month, the Senate passed a bill for GMO Labelling, Congress passed a bill for GMO Labelling and President Obama signed the Compromise GMO Labelling Bill into Law.  What you need to know!

In 2 years, GMO Labelling will become Mandatory across the country but that word Mandatory is very deceptive because companies have lots of leeway to determine how to do that.  They can write the words GMO ingredients on the label, they can put barcodes on the packaging that you or I would have to scan, or provide a phone number to call the company to get more information on the exact nature of the ingredients in the food product.

This is a good example of our current democracy because there is much that we all need to know about GMO’s and how the 1 billion pounds of pesticides that are sprayed across this country each year are affecting your health and mine and our kids and what your Legislators are not talking about with this legislation …

We already had a stellar GMO Labelling Bill from Vermont that had been voted in by the people of that state after much negotiation and compromise and it was a model for the rest of the country.   It allowed transparency about what was and was not in the food that we purchase and eat every day.   It gave families the choice to decide whether they wanted to eat a product with GMO’s in it or not.  It was not approved by some in other parts of the country for political, corporate and business interests.  So our current democracy has been transformed into not quite the one Of the People, By the People and For the People that Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, John Quincy Adams and Abe Lincoln had worked so hard to create but one more Of the Corporations, By the Corporations and For the Corporations that is more common today.

It will be interesting to see where this all leads us to but remember, as individual citizens, one of the greatest gifts we give our democracy is your involvement and the Power of the Collective Voice of the Grass Roots efforts of people like you and me.   As Tip O’Neill once said, “All Politics is Local”.   GMO’s are an issue that have implications for the health of our children, our families, our communities and our nation. Always Keep the Faith..

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June 2016-Father’s Day and Cancer Survivorship Month

Uncle Jack

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June is a special month first because of Father’s Day…a day to honor the important role and connection that Dad’s have  in the lives of their children and also because it is Cancer Survivorship month!!

One of the people that I most admire in this area is my Uncle Jack…he was found to have a Coarctation of the Aorta when he was 19 years old…in 1958 he had open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital in Boston.  Those were the early years of Open Heart Surgery and my Uncle was one of the fortunate ones to have such a fantastic team of doctors and nurses and an amazing spirit of survival!!

It turned out that he was allergic to the anesthesia.  He became acutely ill at the start of the surgery but was stabilized and brought back to “ward for 24 hour observation”.  There were no ICU’s in those days…just lots of open wards.  The next day he went back to surgery, had a different anesthesia and came through the surgery successfully!!  He recovered and spent the next year recuperating at home with his mom and dad and our family, because my mom (his sister) and dad and I lived with them.  We then went through a transformation in my family where we started on the “Healthy Heart Lifestyle” because of the experience with my uncles medical condition.  It was the best thing for our family to learn to eat well and go outdoors and exercise each day!

My uncle though is the real hero because he was the one with the positive attitude and gratitude spirit.  He went on to get married and become a dad of his own and had 4 beautiful children.   He has been an amazing dad to his children, who are all now grown adults.

While my uncle did not have cancer, he was a true survivor.  There are many parallels between heart disease and cancer.  Those who have survived heart disease or cancer have so much wisdom to share with us all about the strategies to help with Survival….attitude, exercise, nutrition, and making each day count!!

If there is  one secret that I have found with many survivor’s of heart disease and cancer, it is that WHAT YOU EAT, HOW YOU EXERCISE and how you STAY FOCUSED ON YOUR PURPOSE are some of the keys to survivorship.  What has helped you to stay healthy and heal or prevent future cancers?

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May 2016-Happy Mother’s Day!! Check out our new eStore!

photo 6May is a special month in the year because it is the month when we celebrate Mother’s Day!  I don’t think any of us will every forget the day our kids were born…To this day, I still consider it the Best Day of my Life!!!   So, HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL THE MOM’S OUT THERE-For many moms, Every Day is Mother’s Day!!

What I often see in this world today, is that we Mom’s, both here in the US and all across the globe, work hard to give our kids a better life.   It is often said that we have Mama Bear instincts…we instinctively have a protective nature when it comes to our kids.

Today that protection comes in many forms.  When our kids are young, we try to guide them, teach them and protect them from bumped heads, scraped knees, bee stings, bicycle accidents, and bruised feelings, to name a few.    As they get older, it may be helping them to choose a safe route to school, avoid car accidents, cigarette, alcohol and drugs.    Today, it has become so much more complex, however, to know how to protect our kids with the introduction of the computer, intensive animal farming, and to one-stop-shopping grocery stores to name a few.  Some of these are beyond amazing; Some have introduced another set of challenges.

If you are like me, it has become more confusing today to know how to help our kids thrive in this evolving world and in what ways we need to help protect our kids from the many lifestyle factors which are affecting our health…from pesticides in our food supply such as the glyphosate sprayed on the GMO crops, to fossil fuel use and climate change and its impact on our future way of life, to BPA on our baby bottles or canned food liners to mercury in our fish.

dillon cousin reunionLegalSeafoodsIn response, many Mom’s are connecting and building networks to protect our kids in ways that we did not envision before.   A few of these networks that come to mind are Mothers Out Front-Mom’s organizing for a healthy climate for their kids… Moms Across America-Mom’s dedicated to building non-toxic communities and GMO free foods….and the Savvy Women’s Alliance-Mom’s connecting to build awareness of the toxins embedded in our beauty supply and home products!!

Hopefully, some of the resources on this website will help empower you to have greater awareness of what you can do to keep your kids healthy for the long term.   One way to do this is to check out our new eStore and consider purchasing the Mindful Parenting Podcast series that you can download to your computer for life with lots of helpful info and tips on ways to keep your kids healthy or consider giving one as a gift!  As Mom’s, we can Build the Good Better Best Life for our kids Through W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S. !!!


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April 2016-Boston Marathon Month-Inspiration in Survival!

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BostonMarathon women16April in Massachusetts is so exciting for many reasons…spring is arriving and new life is being birthed, the snow is beginning to depart, days are longer and beginning to get warmer…time to start planting the seeds for the years veggie garden!  One of the most fun and exciting events though is the annual Boston Marathon!!  This year was special because it was the 3rd Anniversary of the Marathon bombing.  The Boston Marathon typically is a race that is characterized by runners raising money for a worthwhile cause….Martin Richard Foundation, Pediatric Cancer, Caring for a Cure, Dana Farber Jimmy Fund, and Autism Research are but a few noteworthy causes.  There are so many inspiring and heartfelt causes!  What keeps many of these runners going for 26+ miles is the thought of the person who they are running for, some of whom are surviving cancer.

One day, my hope is that we can run to Prevent Cancers!!  One of the best ways I know to prevent cancer is thru good nutrition.  If you want a book to use as a resource that I Highly Recommend try the

Nutrition for Clinician bookNutrition Guide for Clinicians edited by Neal Barnard MD – A Fantastic Book packed with evidenced-based nutrition recommendations to help with many types of medical conditions including cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, kidney stones, asthma, otitis media, etc.  It also has info on general good nutrition guidelines.  It is my Go-To Resource Always!!  Have Fun!


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March 2016 is National Nutrition Month

Nutrition is Key to Good Health so I wanted to share some important news happening now regarding our food…


GMO “DARK ACT” BILL  HR.1599/S.2609 did NOT pass!!  


If this is to happen, then your Senator and Congressperson needs to hear from you!!   For their Washington Phone Number go to:


March 1, HR.1599/S.2609-the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, is somewhat of a misnomer, as it is known as the DARK Act by consumers (Denying Americans the Right to Know) about the GMO ingredients in our food.

This is critical for you to know because what this bill wanted to do, if it had passed, was 3 main things:

  • this would  prevent any GMO labelling in this country,
  • make it harder for companies to voluntarily label their foods made with Genetically Modified Ingredients- as an example, Campbell’s soup recently announced that it was going to label whether their soup contained any GMO ingredients. If this bill had passed, it would have been harder for Campbell’s to do so.
  • AND NEGATE the laws that have already been passed in VT, ME, CT and others across this country.

Other important things to know about this bill:

1-The most important reason to label foods as having GMOs or not is that these seeds are produced with the ability to withstand the use of pesticides. Glyphosate is the main pesticide that is used on these GMO crops and Glyphosate has been associated with many health issues including GI dysfunction, liver and kidney dysfunction and kidney failure, neurological disorders such as autism and parkinsons disease as well as cancer.  Because the pests have become so resistant to the glyphosate, they are now using a combination pesticide that mixes glyphosate with 2,4-D which was an ingredient used in Agent Orange in Vietnam. This is concerning especially with young children and teenagers whose bodies and brains are growing and changing and the cells are dividing rapidly.  There are 5 main GMO crops in the US: Corn, Soybeans, Canola, Sugar Beets and Cottonseed. Corn and Soybean are almost ubiquitous in many of our food products today.

2-it’s ironic that this is happening in the US where we produce a lot of food because this is not something that is new or novel. There are actually 64 countries that already have Mandatory laws that require that GMO labels are put on their food products including Russia, China and most of Europe.  The European Union actually passed Mandatory GMO labeling laws in 1997…if it can be done for those countries, certainly it can be done for the citizens in the US who are requesting labelling.

3-there was a proposal that was debated about putting bar codes on the food so that consumers could scan the label with their smart phone to figure out whether they contained GMO’s,…it seems to me that companies could certainly state up front whether they have GMO ingredients in them or not especially since 90% of Americans want to know what is in their food and believe that food should have labels which state whether there are GMO ingredients in them.

4-GMO labeling has been touted as increasing the cost of food which just is not true. Companies change their labels all the time without significant increases in their cost.

Until next time, Living the Good. Better. Best. Life through W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S.


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February 2016-National Cancer Prevention Month and Heart Health Month!!

With Valentine’s around the corner, February is a great month to celebrate Cancer Prevention Month and Heart Health Month, the #1 Health Issue in the US.  Many people with cancer also can develop heart disease in one form or another.   One of the best ways to keep your heart healthy and prevent cancer is through good nutrition-maintaining an “ideal body weight for you”, consistent physical activity and regular stress management.   There are several terrific resources to help you provide the right fuel for health!

For Good Nutrition, these are some of my favorite Nutrition Books for those trying to Prevent and Heal from Cancer or Heart Disease:

I love Food for Life because it provides practical information on how a plant based diet that includes the basic four food groups-whole veggies, whole fruits, nutrient rich grains and legumes help to fuel the body and keep it healthy for the long term.  In fact, the group in the US with the longest life spans live in Loma Linda, CA and are predominantly vegetarians.  They have many seniors and centenarians who live vibrant lives with fewer health problems and sharp minds.

For those who have a family history of heart disease or a personal history of heart disease, Dr Dean Ornish’s book is outstanding.  He has spent his career researching the benefits of treating even severe heart disease with lifestyle modifications including a low-fat, vegetarian, nutrient dense diet to prevent and/or reverse heart disease even in those who have severe forms. His results found that when compared to the standard treatment group, his Opening Your Heart program saw a reversal in coronary artery blockages and improved quality of life after 1 year even without the use of surgery.  The more closely individuals followed the program, the greater the results!!

For those who have a personal history of cancer, the American Cancer Society’s Nutrition book for Cancer Survivor’s is quite comprehensive and addresses the major issues of maintaining a healthy weight with changes in either weight loss or weight gain, nutrients that help with recovery, pesticides, GMO’s, food additive, and organic foods, supplements, tips during treatment, issues of fatigue, the immune system and symptom management. It is a great resource for anyone going through treatment!

In Addition, try out these great Apps which you can download to your Smart Phone:


For those trying to attempt preventing or healing from Heart Disease, Diabetes, Obesity or Cancer, I highly recommend the 21 Day Vegan Kickstart…just try it for 21 days or during the month of February and see what changes you notice…For those who are undergoing Cancer Treatment, I highly recommend the Dana Farber Nutrition App-full of helpful recipes for a variety of special diets as well as ones helpful for symptom management such as Nausea, Diarrhea, Constipation and Mouth Sores-Awesome Resource!

Until Next Time, Living the Good, Better, Best Life through W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S.!!

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January 2016-Environment-using resources to Live the Good, Better, Best Life through W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S.

Recently we heard in the news that the water in Flint, Michigan has been contaminated with lead due to a change in the water supply in an effort to save money.  While this is difficult to believe in the US, this is a good example of how we need to be more aware of our environment.  There are other situations out there, some as dramatic and some less dramatic.  As parents, we can use this as a teachable moment!

I wanted to share 2 fabulous Apps for Healthy living for your family as well as a Must Read Book for all parents who want to give their kids a chance at a healthier life for the long term!

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1. Detox Me App gives tips on creating a green, non-toxic lifestyle at home and work. It will guide you through evidenced based strategies for assessing and modifying your lifestyle according to your goals for living an environmentally friendly lifestyle for you and your kids.  It was created by

2. WCPP Smart Scan App is a great complement to Detox Me as it will provide info about your environment- the food,beauty, cleaning or chemical products’ ingredients to list whether they are green/ safe, yellow/ caution or red/ potentially toxic. Created by Both are Free! Try them out and feel free to leave comments

3.   Book of the Month which confirms the info on the above 2 Apps is Living Downstream by Sandra Steingraber.  Sandra grew up in Illinois along a river that, unbeknownst to the community, had been a dumping ground for Dry Cleaning Chemicals.  Sandra only found this out after she was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer at age 19, when she was in college and did her own investigation into how she could have gotten this type of cancer.  It is a great read and Sandra weaves her experience and scientific knowledge into an easy to read book written in her signature poetic style…Great to read during the winter when we are often slowed down by the weather!!  Enjoy!



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December- Choosing Hope, Miracles and Light


10365819_10203259672272663_8068174143899658073_nDecember is a month when we can feel easily overwhelmed with all that has to happen for the Hanukkah and Christmas holidays…Black Friday, CyberMonday, GivingTuesday and we haven’t even tackled grocery shopping, cooking, buying presents, sending out Christmas/ Holiday cards and letters, wrapping presents, decorating the tree, work parties, going to services!!  …the list goes on and on.  These are the tasks of the season….

As parents, we can stay grounded in the wholehearted and soulful meaning of the holiday season….a season of HOPE, MIRACLES AND LIGHT!!   Hanukkah is a celebration of hope, miracles and bringing light into the world…..Christmas happens near the longest and darkest days of the year, when the birth of Jesus brings light into the world.  Jesus invited us to do unto others as we would want others to do unto us.   Similarly, in the Islamic religion, 2015 is a very significant year because this month, Mohammed’s Birthday falls on December 24, one day before Christ’s Birthday.  Mohammed is the Prophet of the Islamic religion and his main message was  Peace and Mercy for all humanity.  In fact, the word ‘Islam’ translated in Arabic means “Peace”.  So the 3 main Monotheistic religions stemming from Abraham all have significant events this month!

As parents-moms and dads, we can ask ourselves…in this holiday season, how are we bringing light, hope and peace into this dynamic and often times uncertain world?  How are we shining our light in the world?  Perhaps we need to set our own rhythm for the holidays, one that fits with our purposeful meaning of the season and for our children.

Maybe there is someone who is sick in our family, or neighborhood… Maybe we enjoy shopping but want to limit the amount per person.  Maybe we have decided that we will skip the cards this year or decide to spend one day giving back to the community by bringing a warm meal to a neighbor who is undergoing radiation or chemotherapy or by volunteering with our kids to make blankets for a homeless shelter.

Maybe we will choose to spend a day just with our kids…no errands, no presents, no chores….just spending time doing something that our kids enjoy…one on one time with mom or dad or both.   When I look back on my childhood, it was not the big moments but the little moments that meant so much to me…the time spent responding to my questions, helping me with a problem, enjoying my company and caring about the things that I was interested in…this is what children need, want and crave.  How do you navigate the holiday season as a parent….

I believe, that in this holiday season, one of the most fitting gifts that we can give our children is the gift of our unconditional Love for them and remaining grounded in the Hope for their life and this world!!


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November-Focus on Gratitude Living the Good Better Best Life Through W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S.

IMG_3797 Gratitude is a key ingredient of good health. Each day we can find something to be grateful for, especially when we know all those who have significant life challenges or health challenges…each day that we can wake up, see, hear, get out of a nice warm bed and walk, breath fresh air, have a family that we love and share a good meal for breakfast is a gift.  This month of Thanksgiving, I am grateful for my daughter, and good, wholesome, nutritious food to eat.  I share this picture of today’s lunch.  A tuna fish salad sandwich.  I combined the tuna fish with cut up Gingergold apples and craisins mixed with some dijon mustard.  I spread this on a whole wheat tortilla wrap and sprinkled fresh chopped kale.  I have also found my Vitamix is a great way for bringing more wholesome, nutrient dense foods into my diet.   It is so incredibly helpful to make quick easy meals or drinks especially for busy moms.  Each morning now I put a few ounces of water into my vitamix and throw in a whole grapefruit-(I only peel the skin off) and the Vitamix blends it into delicious fresh grapefruit juice in a matter of about 30 seconds.   This one is obviously from a pink grapefruit and it was so incredibly delicious and satisfying!!  There are so many healthful recipes out there but I thought I would start November by sharing this one with you!  This will add really wonderful antioxidants and phytochemicals to your body to give it the best chance for staying healthy and well nourished for the long term…Bon Appetit!

photo 9Have you ever kept a Gratitude Journal?…it can be a Healing Tool…well this month with a Focus on Gratitude, I am starting a Mini-Gratitude Journal and I encourage you to do the same….there are so many benefits for healing and a great gift to give to our children!!  Nov 1:  I am grateful for WONDERFUL AND THOUGHTFUL COLLEAGUES who offered their support to help me with my patients especially Claire S. and John R.  Nov 2:  I am grateful for the support of my Self-Attunement Meditation Teacher who has taught me how to connect with my authentic self!!  (It has taken me years to do this!!)     Nov 3: I am grateful for the colorful foliage and the ability to see it!


Nov 4: So grateful for my wonderful mentor, Dr Howard Koh, who has been a Champion of Cancer Prevention for 30+ years and has helped guide me with his wisdom about Cancer Prevention along the way  Nov 5:  Grateful to my generous and thoughtful daughter who made me a very delicious and wholesome smoothie for breakfast this morning…she did it without even asking! Nov 6: Feeling grateful for supportive colleagues on a busy oncology inpatient unit  Nov 7: Feeling grateful for an easy commute to work                                                                                                    Nov 8: Feeling grateful for smart and dedicated colleagues who helped me with a busy assignment especially Catherine, Stephanie and Colleen!  Nov 9:  So grateful for a Magnificent poem Love After Love by Derek Wolcott Nov 10: Feeling lucky that I’m still young enough to enjoy  going out to dinner and to have fun at the Lila/Jarle Bernhoft and Allen Stone concert with a dear friend Nov 11:  Feeling Gratitude towards all the Veterans who have dedicated their lives to giving us a safer, better and more free life Nov 12: Feeling happy to know that almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans, Brazil nuts, filberts [hazelnuts], macadamias,  pine nuts, and pistachios have been found to be beneficial for heart health (Del Gobbo LC, Falk MC, Feldman R, Lewis K, Mozaffarian D. Effects of tree nuts on blood lipids, apolipoproteins, and blood pressure: systematic review, meta-analysis, and dose-response of 61controlled intervention trials. Am J Clin Nutr 2015 Nov 11).   Nov 13: Sending out positive thoughts to all the first responders in Paris during the terrorist attacks there today Nov 14:  Feeling grateful that my daughter chose to be part of the Dreamfar Marathon Training Team with her high school…Go Kels!!                                                                                                                                  photo 11

Nov 15:  Grateful for a beautiful sunset to enjoy   Nov 16: Grateful to a good friend, Anne, who joined me for a Community Educ talk about how we can be a Force for Good in the world  Nov 17:  Grateful for the new movie, In Defense of Food, based on Michael Pollan’s book!  Nov 18: Feeling so fortunate that I was able to spend some time in Maine today, be outdoors and enjoy the gorgeous sunshine! Nov 19:  Blessed with hearing to enjoy the bird songs Nov 20: Sick today, but thankful it’s only the flu and not anything serious Nov 21: Enjoying Journal Club at work today Nov 22:  Remembering JFK today and Grateful to have grown up with inspiring leaders like JFK, RFK and Martin Luther King Jr. who shared their wisdom with quotes like, “Ask not what your country can do for you, Ask what you can do for your country” Nov 23:  Glad to have a day off to rest Nov 24:  Thankful for the support I receive from my community Nov 25: Feeling lucky to have time to meditate so I can rejuvenate my energy before the long work weekend        Nov 26:  Thanksgiving Day!  What a memorable Thanksgiving meal with all my co-workers..having fun while working!!  Nov 27:  Blessed to be able to walk to and from work-de-stressing before work Nov 28: Thankful for parking at work  Nov 29:  Glad to be back home again Nov 30 Grateful for a Meditation Teacher who challenges me to practice  Meditation Whole-Heartedly, Whole-Mindfully and Whole-Soulfully!

May you Each Find the Grateful Moments in Each Day

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October-Breast Cancer Awareness Month Living the Good. Better. Best. Life Through W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S.

Aurelie + KelsAs a Mom and long time Clinical Oncology Nurse/ Nurse Practitioner, one of my most passionate goals, as a parent, is to keep my daughter healthy and cancer free for the Long Term.  I know that I only have the most influence in the first 18 years of her life but I also know these are some of the THE MOST IMPORTANT TIMES FOR LONG TERM HEALTH!!  What we eat in childhood, the exercise habits that we establish and the environments that we are exposed to set many of the risks for good health or disease throughout our entire life.   I am a human parent.  I do my best. I make mistakes. I learn. I readjust.   I try to improve my parenting skills and I try to develop better habits for the benefit of my daughter as well as myself.

This month, of Breast Cancer Awareness, I am thrilled to share that there is good news in the Breast Cancer Community for all of us who are working hard, and hopefully having fun, to give our kids a better life!   Dr Susan Love (Dr Susan Love Research Foundation) and Nancy Brinker  (Susan Komen Foundation) are collaborating to raise the bar to find the cause of breast cancer in the hopes of preventing it!!! They are launching a new digital service which can distribute videos and timely information about breast cancer and its ROOT CAUSE!!   For anyone who wants to help in this effort, I highly recommend enrolling in the HOW Study…Health of Women Study…an international online research study for women and men WITH and WITHOUT breast cancer…already over 52,000 have enrolled in this study!

For those who want to PREVENT Breast Cancer as well as SURVIVE with Breast Cancer, the two best things that I can suggest is to Eat Nutrient Dense Whole Foods as well as get 20 minutes of Aerobic (pumps up the heart rate) Exercise Every Day….for Life Long Health! Recommended Reading of the Month:

It has much useful information on Nutrition and Good Health!!

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September-Focus on Nutrition


In our family, a couple times a year, my mom, my sisters, my cousins and I get together to go out to dinner and reconnect, have fun and treasure our moments together!! We usually try to choose a healthful, fun restaurant in Boston!  This summer, we had another “Cousin Reunion”.   Most of the time though, we are responsible for buying the groceries, cooking and cleaning for our families.   One of my favorite places to buy healthy food in a FUN FUN FUN setting is at the LOCAL FARMERS MARKET!!  Farmers Markets tend to be rich with wholesome Vegetables, Fruits, Herbs, Granolas, Honey and often the Organic varieties from Local businesses.  Nutrition is a Key to Life Long Health and this is equally true of Cancer!

So this month, September, is devoted to NUTRITION because it is one of the most helpful strategies to deal with any health issue, PLAIN AND SIMPLE!   I am recommending 2 App’s that I have found to be incredibly helpful when trying to choose healthful foods to eat.

1.  21 Day Vegan Kickstart (FREE APP for your Smart Phone)-Designed by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, this is a gem which will help you switch your habits to Healthful Lifestyle Choices and Nutrient Dense Whole Foods.  Did you know that it takes 21 Days to Change a Habit?  Hence, this is key to making positive nutrition changes.  It gives you all the Breakfast-Lunch-Snack-and Dinner Menus + Recipes so it guides you along the way…Eazy Peezy!!  

2.  Dana Farber Nutrition (FREE APP for your Smart Phone)-What I LOVE about this App is that it has a menu which provides Recipes according to Symptom Management (key for those Surviving Cancer especially when undergoing treatment with Chemotherapy and/ or Radiation), Food Type, Meal Type, and Special Diets.  if you find a recipe you particularly like, you can save it to your “Favorites” and then generate a “Shopping List” so you won’t forget an ingredient when you go to the Grocery Store.  Have a Nutrition Question?  There is even a section to ask questions of the Professional Nutritionist …what a gift!!!  Try both these Apps…they are both gems which will support you in your Healthful Lifestyle Choices!!  

Whenever we talk about Nutrition today, I have to be honest that there is good news and bad news regarding Food in our Culture!!    First, the good news…We have so much food available to us through our food chains, transportation systems and our global economic connection!!  We are a very fortunate generation indeed!!   We have the OPPORTUNITY  to choose some of the most nutrient dense whole foods available to many on a daily basis so that we are fueling our bodies with the best nutrition to keep us healthy for the long term!!  We do have the ability to live long and productive lives to about 120 years old!  That is amazing.    Did you know that at the turn of the 20th century (1900) that the average age of life was only about 49 or 50 years old?   That is a testament to the power of our grandfathers, grandmothers, scientists and entrepreneurs who worked so hard to build a better life for us.   In 100 years,  we have almost doubled life expectancy.

The bad news is that with this innovation and the drive to make our life more efficient and easier, our food has changed so much in the last 40 years that many of us are not even aware that it is far from the food that past generations ate.  While we have access to nutrient dense whole foods, many are unknowingly choosing processed, fast foods, which have a longer shelf life and many more potentially harmful fats, sugars, chemicals and salts.   These food choices have not only contributed to the rates of obesity but also the increase in type II diabetes in all age groups, including children that were not seen before, heart disease, cancer and autoimmune dysfunction.

To get our bodies back to their healthful state, we need to help our kids learn that Nutrient Dense Whole Foods are key to Life Long Health!!   If we stock our kitchen refrigerators and cabinet shelves with wholesome, healthful foods then our kids have the best chance of choosing healthy foods for their bodies.  As the Health Manager of the Home, Moms are key to this strategy!!  Have you taken an inventory of your food pantry or refrigerator items ?   The fall is a great time to purge unnecessary items or food that is unhealthy.   Of course, this is a process, and may take time and support from other members of the family who do shopping but the sooner we begin the better off for our kids health and our OWN!!

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August continues with Safety-Teen Safety-Living the good, better, best life through W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S.


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Dan Siegel MD is a Pediatric Psychiatrist and Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which teaches and promotes Mindfulness Meditation.  Dr Siegel is another of my Go-To-Resources as a parent and this book is one of my favorites.  It is the Recommended Book of the Month for all those who have teenagers.  He says that teenagers are the most courageous and creative souls on the planet and harnessing that courage and creativity in positive ways are the challenges for parents.  Courage and creativity can come in the form of inventing a new product, a new idea, painting, photography, travel (the 16 year old who travels alone round the globe in a sail boat!!!). This courage can also come in other forms and calls for our awareness and guidance…cigarettes, alcohol,marijuana, drugs and heroin are pervasive in our culture. 

It is important for parents to communicate with their kids about the safety surrounding these powerful substances.   While the legal drinking age and cigarette use in many states is 21, most teens start drinking in high school and some will start using tobacco (cigarettes/ecigarettes/ chewing tobacco)  and today these can get mixed with drugs, narcotics, marijuana and heroin.  Have you talked to your teen about safety with drinking, marijuana or drugs?  Have you asked them what their views are on drug use?  Let them know that drugs can affect the things that are important to THEM….their looks, their driving, their energy or health and their sports activities.  Let them know that even teens can have problems with addictive substances.  Above all else, be a good role model for your teen about responsible drinking, driving, tobacco and drugs….this is when An ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of cure!  Have a blessed day!

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July is devoted to Safety-Living the good, better, best life through W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S.


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This is a picture of my horse, Riley.  She is a UVM Morgan.  Some UVM Morgan’s have been found to develop Malignant Melanoma, just like people do.   Many horses are also prone to Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the eye.  So I thought that I would showcase Riley so that kids can think about how they are going to protect their animals from sunburns ( and most importantly, themselves!!!).  Riley has her fly sheet on and her UV Protective Fly Mask to not only protect her skin from the mosquitos but also protect her body, face and eyes from the UVA and UVB rays from the sun!!

One way that Kids learn how to take good care of themselves (and also become safe, caring and protective parents) is by caring for a pet.  The habits that we establish as kids often become the habits that we utilize as adults.  Caring for a pet is a wonderful way for kids to learn about sun safety.  To keep Riley safe from the sun, I make sure that I am aware of the time of day when the sun is most intense (10am to 2pm) and provide shade during those times and prevent long times out in the sun during those times unless she has shade.   I protect her skin with SunProtective Clothing and apply the US Forest Service Bug Spray which is natural and non-toxic!!   If there are any sensitive areas, I can also apply a Broad Spectrum Sun Screen to any intact skin with an SPF Factor of at least 15 and no more than 50.

Just like our pets, as parents it is so helpful to incorporate these sun safety practices with our kids to protect them from the delightful yet potentially harmful rays of the sun!  Remember to avoid unprotected exposure to the sun, including tanning salons, wear Sun Protective Clothing (there are many wonderful and fashionable lines out there today) or seek shade, wear UVA/UVB Protective Sun Glasses and apply Broad Spectrum Sunscreen which has an SPF factor between 15 and 50 and reapply every 2 hours or so.  Above all, hope you are having a joyful, re-juvenating and fun-filled summer!!

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June is Cancer Survivorship Month-Working Every Living Day towards Love Nutrition Exercise Serenity and SPIRITUALITY

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Today we addressed how we as parents can RESPOND to the Emanuel AME Church shooting in Charleston, SC by being good role models for our children/teens to  help kids deal with this horrific tragedy as well as the many others that they see and hear in our world today.   As parents, we can help our kids to focus on FORGIVENESS, just as some family members did this past week which was so admirable, spiritually mature and a main message of Jesus’ life on this earth…by releasing anger, hurt and hate from our hearts by drawing pictures, writing letters, talking and praying.  In this way we still hold individuals accountable for their behavior but we are able to release our own anger, hurt and hate from our hearts and bring the message of God within us to the world-one of kindness, compassion, peace, joy and love.   These are my 3 favorite books that I would highly recommend to you on Spirituality and Children by Mimi Doe and Robert Coles….How we as parents can help our kids discover their innate Spiritual Nature!!

Working with people with cancer every day, I have found that this experience stimulates a thirst for exploring one’s spirituality and God’s presence in our lives…why God?  How could this happen?  Many of my patients have turned to God and God’s presence in their lives to draw on their strength and resources to understand and navigate the meaning of this experience in their lives!  So this month, we focus on Spirituality and our role as parents in helping our kids explore and discover that they are innately Spiritual beings!

So What is Spirituality?

To help explain our role as parents in helping our kids tune into their spiritual side,  I would like to share a poem I wrote in my Junior HS English class

Oh God you must help me

I have a friend who’s confused

He doesn’t believe you are there

Help me explain how I know that you are

Here on this earth everywhere


A short time ago

I neither could find

The God that I longed for to see

I thought that God lived in the sky with the stars

How far from the truth could I be?


But I finally found where my real God exists

For think to yourself while I say

You will find that God breathes in the eyes and the smiles

Of the people we meet everyday


Do you see now my friend that God does exist

That God’s even a part of thee?

And by helping your friends

You are loving your God

And that is all that God asks you to be.

Aurelie Cormier 1973

This poem gives the basis of our Spirituality:

God lives in us- “God breathes in our eyes and smiles” and is expressed through us by our kindness, compassion, caring presence

God is love-“by helping our friends we are loving our God”…we manifest God’s loving presence in the world through our being

God is our connection to all beings in this life-“……God is out there in the Universe, but most importantly,  God lives inside of us and connects us to all we meet in this life”

We are innately spiritual beings and when we realize this it gives our life purpose, meaning and a focus

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May is Pregnancy Awareness Month! Working every living day towards Love Nutrition Exercise SERENITY and Spirituality!


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Almost 18 years ago, I became aware that I was pregnant.  Like many women who are 40 years old when they learn that they are pregnant, at first I was in shock.  Quickly, that shock turned into utter amazement and excitement!   OMG I thought, I am going to have a baby!!!  Those were precious days and little did I realize what utterly miraculous events were about to unfold over the next 18 years!  I was very fortunate in that I was a Women’s Health Clinical Nurse Specialist for patients with breast and gynecological cancers at a wonderful community hospital.   I had been co-leading a Breast Cancer and Gyn Cancer Support Group as one of my many responsibilities in my job and my patients had taught me far more than one could ever imagine.  One of the best things that they taught me is that some cancers are probably linked to environmental toxins.  It was a novel idea at the time but it prepared me to be vigilant when I was pregnant to keep my environment as non-toxic as possible, at home, at work and at play.   That was valuable information.

One of the best gifts at the time was that I had a friend who was a teacher of Self-Attunement Meditation.   I had been doing Mindfulness-Based Meditation for a while but was unfamiliar with Self-Attunement Meditation.  I decided to learn more while I was pregnant and actually had instructional sessions once a week while I was pregnant and continued with the practice each day on my own.   It helped to give me an incredible feeling of Serenity during my pregnancy despite the stresses of my job and all of my other responsibilities while I prepared for the day that my miracle baby would arrive.   In hindsight, it was a true gift that helped to bath my baby with those calm feelings and I attribute this practice to the amazing, adaptable, miraculous child that my daughter has been and continues to be.  I know that Serenity is part of the life of W.E.L.L.N.E.S.S. not only for ourselves as parents but also, and most importantly, for our children…This month is dedicated to the practice of SERENTITY!!
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April is Exercise Month! Working Every Living day towards Love Nutrition EXERCISE Serenity and Spirituality!



Book of the month!  Kelly McGonigal PhD has collected research from around the world and the synthesis of this research is exciting!  Why would a book called “The Willpower Instinct” be included as the book of the month on exercise?  It turns out that when we exercise on a regular basis, we create positive changes in our brain and one of them is to improve our willpower to carry out more positive health changes in our life!!  So not only is exercise the key to losing weight when we want to trim down but it is also the key to developing greater willpower to bring more positive healthful changes to our life!!

Of course, with any exercise, it is so important to find what excites you, what gives you pleasure, where your passion lies so that you can enjoy the moment and also look forward to the next day or the next time!   It also helps to find a group of like-minded people who can support and encourage your efforts…so go out there and find something you enjoy and be patient…it takes at least 21 days to develop a habit so give yourself lots of positive self-talk along the way!!

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There are so many benefits to exercise!! -My daughter has been involved with Cross Country and some years Track and Field at her high school.  It is so beneficial for teens to exercise and the benefits can extend well into adulthood.

Of course, we like to have outdoor adventures as a family and she loves to bike so we had some bicycle vacations, one of which was at Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine!   You can see that there are tremendous views to see from the trails at the Park, voted one of the 10 Best National Parks in the Country, it is well worth the trip!!

Last year, at the age of 57, I decided to run my first marathon!  I was inspired by a patient of mine that encouraged me to run a marathon.  I had been running for over 20 years but had never considered it before.  With his encouragement and recommendation of trying the Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, DC (mostly flat and the course goes by all the major historic monuments in DC…a real bonus!!) I decided to go for it!!!  Towards the end of my training I started to loose my energy.  I wasn’t sure I could actually do it.  One day I was talking to a dear college friend who I knew had run the Marathon before.  I wanted to get her advice and she had so many encouraging words.  One of the best pieces of encouragement was that she told me that, if it would help, she would run the last 6 miles with me.  OMG…I was totally surprised and knew at that moment that having that support would help me to finish.  Lynn met me at mile 20 and did run those last 6 miles with me.  I finished my marathon and felt that having the support and encouragement of a dear friend got me to the end!!!  It was an amazing experience to cross that finish line after 7 months of training.  I highly encourage having a support network of encouraging souls around you when you try something new, especially a new habit like exercise.  It can make all the difference!!!

Did you know that Regular aerobic exercise  helps with weight maintenance?  The biggest secret to losing weight is actually exercise!! Did you know that when you exercise, that your body has a better ability to burn fat for an hour or so after you stop exercising!!! Not only that, but when we keep our bodies at the right weight for our height we have a significant reduction in cancer risk. It is estimated that obesity and overweight contributes to about one-fifth of all cancer deaths in the US.  For Life Long Health, keep moving!!  You might be surprised how much fun you have doing it…I was pleasantly surprised that I actually ENJOYED my first marathon and hope to try more!!!


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