Building Social Bonds

Connections That Promote Well-Being Building social bonds and strong, healthy relationships are important throughout your life. Your social ties with family members, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and others impact your mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. “We can’t underestimate the power of a relationship in helping to promote well-being,” says NIH psychologist and relationship expert Dr. Valerie Maholmes. Studies have found that having a variety of social relationships may help reduce stress and heart-related risks. Building social bonds that are strong has been linked to a longer life. On the other hand, loneliness and social isolation are linked to poorer health, (more…)

What Is the Practice of Mindfulness?

The practice of mindfulness provides us a way to pay attention and see what is happening in our lives. It doesn’t eradicate the pressures of life; it merely allows us to deal with them calmly. How do you know if you’re being mindful or mindless? Think about it! Have you ever arrived at a destination and wondered how you actually got there? OR Have you absentmindedly eaten an entire bar of chocolate and sat with an empty wrapper in your hand, wondering where it went? There are many such scenarios. If you experienced one, you are not alone. I’ve done (more…)

Yoga for Mobility and Joint Pain

Yoga is a 3,000-year-old tradition that started in India and has spread throughout the world. Yoga for mobility and joint pain is fantastic.  Not only does it reduce pain, but it also strengthens the body and improves mobility. It’s calming, yet invigorating. And when adopted as a way of life, yoga melds the mind and body into union and harmony. It improves physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual health. The sustained practice of yoga also leads to changes in self-awareness and leads to genuine enjoyment of life. Yoga is a low-impact, safe, and effective way to keep your body limber and (more…)

Should You Join Jenny Craig?

It’s not an exaggeration to say that the weight-loss industry brings in billions of dollars every year. People are always willing to spend their hard earned money on the next best diet program. When it comes to weight loss programs, there’s the less expensive like Slim Fast or the more expensive like Jenny Craig. Jenny Craig is one of the top weight-loss programs, having been around since 1983 when it started in Australia. It wasn’t introduced to the United States until 1985. The Jenny Craig Diet was ranked No. 12 in the “Best Overall Diet” category in U.S. News and (more…)

The Flexitarian Diet

The Promise Go meatless most of the time, and you’ll lose weight and get healthy with ease. That’s the mission of the Flexitarian Diet, rated No. 3 by U.S. News and World Reports in its 2018 annual rating of 40 diets by a panel of experts. Ratings are based on the diet’s ease of compliance, likelihood of losing significant weight in the short- and long-term, and effectiveness against cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Emma J. Derbyshire, in her article published in the journal Frontiers in Nutrition, concluded that the Flexitarian Diet offers these health benefits: weight loss, metabolic health, and diabetes (more…)