Health & Spirit

When Winning Isn't Everything, Fun, Trust and Cooperation Really Score

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I opened an email the other day that whipped me right back to the '70s, when New Games were first introduced. Nowadays, New Games are sedentary and small-screen, with names like Dark Souls II and Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. But back in the day of the Human Potential Movement, New Games had playful names like Trust Fall and Human Knot, all ...Read more

Belly Fat Hangs On -- and On. Learn To Let It Go

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Of all the things America worships -- the luxury car, the happy family, the high-paying job -- the flat stomach is one of the hardest to achieve. We know it's possible because look at all those magnificent Olympians -- super-strong, terrifically tight and belly fat-free.

Michael Phelps! Misty May-Treanor! The adorably named Destinee Hooker! ...Read more

The Tao of Candace: Change Your Mind; Change Your Health

Health / Marilynn Preston /

These days, most of us have a vague sense that, yes, our bodies and minds are somehow connected. Difficult day? Crushing headache? Reach for the Tylenol.

But when Dr. Candace Pert, a molecular biologist and pharmacologist studying and mapping brain peptides, worked as a research scientist in the early '70s -- the mind-body connection was, well,...Read more

More Fruits, More Veggies? Sing a Song of Salad Bars

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Getting kids to eat their fruits and veggies wasn't a problem when that was all there was to eat. Whatever the family grew outside the cave came to the table, along with the entire family. No child stayed in his room with his headphones, listening to the Naked Brothers Band, and wild celery roots were relished by teens as a reward for good ...Read more

Sleep Is a Dreamy State for People With a Brain

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Sleep is the new black. It's trending up, and if you haven't woken up to how essential it is -- for your physical and mental well-being -- that's probably because you're not getting enough of it.

And what is enough? Aim for 8 hours or more a night. WHAT? It was easier before, when humans just naturally rose with the sun and bedded down with the...Read more

Why Kayak? What's SUP? Two Ways to Paddle Into Pleasure

Health / Marilynn Preston /

This is the time of year I get to kayak on a small wilderness lake in the North Woods of Wisconsin. Think loons, eagles, otters, herons, brats and fried cheese curds.

I love paddling Walter, my well-worn 17-foot Solstice, and not just because it's an inspiring upper body workout. In less than a minute, kayaking transports me into the silence, ...Read more

Make Your Vacation Last Longer -- Your Body, Too

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Vacations make us happy, but when we get back home, the ho-hum takes over. One week, we're bicycling in France, free as a breeze, and the following Tuesday, we're back to carpool and a messy kitchen. Were we ever away? That feeling of fun is buried under loads of emails and a to-do list as long as a barbecue fork.

Do you wish you could prolong ...Read more

Organic or Conventional? Why the Dirty Dozen Matters

Health / Marilynn Preston /

It happens every summer in mid-July. I'm at the farmers market, scooping up the baby tomatoes, the adult kale, the homegrown beets with leafy tops that I should be using but never do. Suddenly, Strawberry Panic Disorder overtakes me, in spite of everything I know.

What? Pay double for strawberries just because they're organic?

It freezes me, ...Read more

Take a Hike: The Transformative Nature of Nature

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Summer is a great time to be getting away from it all. You can slip into escape mode the fast way with multiple margaritas, or you can slow down and figure out a plan to get back to nature, into the woods or on a lake, up a mountain or down a river -- paddling, hiking, camping, fishing, whatever suits your soul.

Your fitness goal? Renewal of ...Read more

Traveling This Summer? Great! 7 Ways to Stay on the Path

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Going on vacation this summer? You'd better! But let me warn you: It's a jungle out there, even if you're headed to the beach, the mountains or the museums.

Temptation is everywhere, usually fried or coated in chocolate. Without an action plan in place, even the strongest of us will wind up with Pop-Tarts and margaritas for breakfast.

At home,...Read more


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