~~~~~ Guys like to pretend that they are invulnerable. Cultural messages tell young men certain stories and life experiences etch them in stone. This might be useful on a surface level. In reality, that tough facade of robust masculinity covers factors that lead men to compromised health, a life that may not be as full … Continue reading Men’s Health & Why It’s On My Radar (Thoughts From a Holistic Practitioner)
~~~~~ One of the greatest joys of being an acupuncturist is seeing a patient float out of the treatment room in a blissful haze. The person came into the appointment stressed or tired or suffering from body aches. Maybe they had allergies or digestive complaints. Something was not going well, but they showed up, spoke … Continue reading It’s Like Magic: Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, & Your Health Journey
~~~~~ We can be our own worst enemy, can’t we? The messages we tell ourselves about our bodies, our lives, and our selves can be brutal. Before I go any further with the question of weight loss, let me just start by saying you are enough. Good enough, right-sized enough, just fine the way you … Continue reading Overweight, Out of Shape, Dissatisfied With Your Body: How to Make Meaningful and Lasting Change (Starting With Mindset)
~~~~~ Lasting change is made up of choices; one after the next, in groups or singly, and the consequences of those decisions begin to construct a pattern and a path. Eventually, that path leads to your future. Where do you want to be in two weeks? A month? Six months? A year? What you do … Continue reading Health And Wellness: Quick Tips And Smart Plans
~~~~~ How do you feel about Christmas and the holiday season? If you follow the social media narrative, you should be happy, replete, surrounded by friends and family, and poised for January first and a “New Year, New You!” Yes, that’s right. And if not, your narrative can go something like: you’re stressed but committed … Continue reading Of Gingerbread Persons and Christmas Songs (Or: The Most Important Question to Ask Yourself Today)
~~~~~ Does the holiday season start for you at Halloween or at Thanksgiving? (Or even later, like on December 20th, and only with great reluctance?) And what, for that matter, does the holiday season mean for you? For me, holiday season starts at more or less at Halloween because I love the Mexican holiday traditions … Continue reading Holiday Stress and Staying Sane: Tactics, Strategy, Sass, and Flair
~~~~~ I joined a gym as soon as I got my driver’s license and got my own car. Looking back, I don’t know why I did this. I’d never been athletic in high school and I didn’t know anyone who went to the gym. But the siren call of the weight room was just too … Continue reading Choosing a Trainer: What is the History and What are the Goals?