November 19, 2015

How Friends Affect Our Life

Who and what we surround ourselves with shapes our life. A study showed you had a 171% greater chance gaining weight if your friends were fat. This may be partly because of social norms (there is less social pressure to lose weight if people around you are heavy), because of lifestyle (we might adopt the habits from our friends that lead us to gain weight too) and perhaps because your microbiome becomes similar if you hang around someone a lot, and microbiomes have been shown to correlate with weight. Moods are contagious too. Have you ever found that when you are around negative or gossipy people you become that way too – you don’t even see it at first, but one day you hear yourself […]
November 13, 2015

Multitasking for Exercise

One of the biggest reasons why people do not exercise is lack of time. I empathize. Kids, full time job, responsibilities around the home – all these are overwhelming. So how can we fit exercise in? I often multitask when it comes to exercise. Not only does it make working out more enjoyable, but it allows me to get other things done. When I ride the stationary bike, I read things I might not normally read for fun, like non fiction books and political articles. I get educated in the process of strengthening my heart! If you tend to watch tv in the evenings, why not see your favorite shows while on a treadmill or doing floor exercises? When I have a conference call, I […]
November 5, 2015

Some of My Favorite Books and Videos

I read a lot about health, how to improve our lives and the psychology of change. I wanted to share with you some of these resources, in case you are interested in learning more about how to be healthier and happier. My favorite video series on diet & health: I get a free short video every morning from Dr Michael Greger at If you have some time, definitely watch his longer Nutrition Year in Review videos for the last 4 years. Dr Greger’s voice is a little irritating, but I forgive him for it because I respect his brain so much. Some very inspiring books about how to cultivate good habits: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg This Year I Will by MJ […]
October 31, 2015

My Favorite Gadget

My mother is a great cook, and because I am not that interested in the culinary arts, she finds my kitchen woefully inadequate when she cooks one of her delicious meals at my house. The one thing in my kitchen that impresses Mom, however, is my Vitamix blender. My husband Ian and I bought it (refurbished, as we really are serious about buying used products to reduce the waste stream) last year. I make delicious soup in it almost weekly. My favorite, which I have creatively named “Veggie Soup”, takes little preparation except to cut up broccoli, carrots, yams and onions (feel free to choose your own mix) and toss them into a vegan broth. When the vegetables are cooked, I transfer half of that […]