Have a No-Weight-Gain Holiday Season

Even if we don’t look at the calendar, aisles of candy in the grocery stores and drugstores remind us that Halloween is around the corner. On the heels of Halloween is Thanksgiving, followed by Christmas and Hanukkah, which are followed by celebrations for the New Year. And don’t forget the eating ritual associated with Super Bowl Sunday in early February! For the next few months, the spotlight on food-especially treats and special indulgences-will be relentless. Social gatherings and nonstop advertising will …

From Fat to Fit (and Fun)

It takes about 5 seconds to figure out that Carole Carson is a force of nature. I have had the honor of getting to know Carole as a blogger for the health portfolio. Her big ideas and dreams are inspiring, whether she’s talking about her past as a start up and turnaround guru (at one point she owned 30 Super Cuts franchises), to fitness and healthiness guru, who inspired more than 1,000 people in her community to join her to …

Weight Loss: Box Yourself In with a No-Way-Out Commitment

If you say you want to get fit and lose weight but don’t follow through, you may seek to invent an excuse. While some excuses are plausible, they still reside in the land of make-believe. No aspect of our lives is more susceptible to excuses than our commitment to getting fit and losing weight. I used seven excises and nearly (but not quite) convinced myself they were valid:

Are You a Jerk? Human Toxins and Their Antidotes

Have you noticed the number of articles bombarding us with conflicting information about the possible toxic effect of using plastic bottles manufactured with the industrial chemical BPA (bisphenol A)? While we’re waiting for the jury of scientists to return with a definitive conclusion, I’d like to spotlight a more immediate threat to our well-being and emotional health-human toxins. Poisonous social contagions are invisible, hard to measure and difficult to defend against. Yet they can easily pollute our outlook and sabotage …

Truthiness Versus Big Fat Lies

Most of us sense when a person is lying. Subliminal cues fall into three categories: Verbal Language: The pace or timing of the words seems slightly off. The words don’t match the expression, or the timing will be delayed. Body Language: Hand and leg movements will be limited and will involve movement back toward the body, as if to make the liar smaller and less visible. Style of Interaction: Liars tend to be defensive-they may turn away, turn their eyes …

Lessons Not Learned

Lessons not learned have a habit of re-presenting themselves-at the worst possible time. I like to joke that God puts a pebble in my path to get my attention. If that doesn’t work, I get a rock to trip over. If that doesn’t alert me, a boulder soon appears headed in my direction. Only after I’ve been run over do I ask myself the question: what lesson am I supposed to be learning here? Nowhere is that truer than in …