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DRINK UP: YOU ARE WHAT YOU DRINK
Written by Dr. Romie on Sep 16, 2013
Mind-body Medicine Tags: NutritionWeight Loss
Photo: http://blogs.usda.gov/2013/09/12/new-campaign-water-you-are-what-you-drink/

Unfortunately, an important message can get lost when it is promoted by a bipartisan government to a largely divided and polarized country.  Last week the First Lady, Michelle Obama, along with the Partnership For a Healthier America officially launched the “Drink Up” campaign.   Per the official press release, the explanation behind the initiative is: “The effort brings together more than a dozen organizations committed to encouraging everyone to drink more water more often.

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DECLUTTER YOUR SPACE. DECLUTTER YOUR MIND.
Written by Dr. Romie on Sep 11, 2013
Mind Tags: Work-Life BalancemindfulnessMind
Photo: Eric Floyd http://www.flickr.com/photos/25842616@N08/

I personally learned (the hard way) that once I decluttered my space, I connected to a peace of mind.  Often when the word “clutter” is mentioned we get images of hoarders in our minds: rooms filled with animals, rotting pizza boxes, and junkyard treasures. When I use the word clutter, I’m referring to the “stuff” and "things" in our homes that has accumulated that may no longer be serving a purpose.

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RECONNECT TO YOUR JOY
Written by Dr. Romie on Sep 8, 2013
Mindful Living Tags: StresssleepjoyAnxiety
Photo: Michelle Lewis https://www.facebook.com/photogbyme

Joy?  Joy was a remote island in my mind.  On a call cycle, I could never seem to turn off that forever running “to-do” list in my mind.  Even if I wrote the to-do list down in the morning or the evening, it was on a permanent shuffle in my mind.  How do we turn it off?  Like any other habit that has to be changed, it takes practice for the brain to rewire old thinking patterns and more than one night of practice.  I tried journaling, deep breathing, and guided meditation.  And then this exercise touched my heart and my mind.

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BREW COFFEE FOR YOUR BRAIN
Written by Dr. Romie on Sep 5, 2013
Mind Tags: BrainBrainpower
Photo: "Coffee On The Highline" B.C. Lorio

It seems like every month the science switches from one side to the other on whether we should be drinking coffee or not.  In fact this “flip-flop” occurs on so many issues regarding nutrition, that clearing through the confusion is a full time job in itself.

I found myself flip-flopping on my attitude drinking coffee let alone how to counsel my patients when they asked about it.  If you are like me, you pour your cup of coffee anyway and try to use that energy burst to power through another work day.

 

 

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COCONUT OIL - YOUR HEART'S FRIEND OR FOE?
Written by Dr. Romie on Aug 26, 2013
Mind-body Medicine Tags: HormonesIntegrative NutritionNutritionWeight Loss
Photo: Fresh Coconut. R. Mushtaq. Bali, Indonesia

It’s hard not to get caught up in the natural health trends. The last couple of years a forerunner has been the nutrition miracles regarding using coconut oil for all its various health benefits. I did especially when I saw the virgin coconut oil on sale in bulk at Costco. It made my veggies all taste spectacular and when rubbed on my skin, it is as miraculous as Vaseline, but smelled better.

Now I am honestly confused. There are two polar opposite camps founded in traditional nutritional science versus and the alternative and/or natural health movement.

I am trying to present both viewpoints, but I am open to what you think. Like many issues regarding nutrition, this one is completely in the air, and you find plausible arguments for both.

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