Health & Spirit

Going for Gold: How to Champion Your Inner Olympian

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I'll miss the Olympics when it ends, if it ever ends. I've been tethered to the tube night after night, chip after chip, dazzled by the incredible athleticism on display, constantly humming the Olympic theme song that keeps repeating and repeating: Dum-dum, da-dum-dum-dum-dum... It almost makes me want to run out and buy a Toyota.

Can ...Read more

The Biggest and Best Thing You Don't Know About Well-Being

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Let's pretend we're sitting down, face to face, and after some easy chitchat about two-time Olympian Johnny Weir's fabulous fashion statements, I put on my reporter's hat and ask you this one dizzying question: What is the single most crucial factor when it comes to living a happy, healthy life?

Take a breath. Reflect. Have a glass of something...Read more

Take Heart: You're the Cupid You've Been Waiting For

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I'm taking Valentine's Day to heart this year for one good reason: So many hearts are feeling the stress of all that's going on. Anxiety is the cheesy chicken-fried steak of the healthy heart, the open heart, the heart that is so at ease, you barely flinch when someone cuts in line or steals your parking place.

Whether it comes from politics, ...Read more

Go Deeper... and Live a Big, Juicy Life

Health / Marilynn Preston /

All the research circles back to the same fascinating/terrifying conclusion: New Year's resolutions are made to be broken. No one keeps them. It's now a month into 2018: Do you even remember what your resolution was?

I'm pretty sure mine involved potato chips.

Relax! Finger-pointing and guilt-mongering, while still part of my cultural heritage...Read more

Sick of Dieting? Sick from Dieting? Read This Now.

Health / Marilynn Preston /

What's the worst thing you can do if you want to lose weight?

Go on a diet.

Are you surprised? Probably not. Are you relieved? I hope so.

For the first time in recorded history, overeating is a bigger global problem than starvation. In America -- home of the 1,500-calorie Slamburger -- two out of three adults are overweight or obese, thanks ...Read more

Vaccines Are Iffy, so Do 1 More Thing to Resist the Flu

Health / Marilynn Preston /

I was driving the other morning, listening to Forum -- one of my favorite radio interview shows. The topic of the day was the flu.

The Flu! After a few noisy coughs, I leaned right in, because pretty much everyone I know either has the flu, had the flu or is about to get the flu.

"It's very bad this year," the two doctor guests on KQED agreed,...Read more

A New Year's Revelation! Tiny Habits Lead to Big Changes

Health / Marilynn Preston /

What? You've already failed to keep your New Year's resolutions?

Of course you have. Welcome to human nature. And don't feel badly. Zillions of your fellow Americans are also failing to give up nachos, sleep seven hours a night, bicycle to work, defend their souls against time-sucking small-screen devices. Great intentions, depressing results. ...Read more

Small Moves and Big Government: Well-Being Matters in 2018

Health / Marilynn Preston /

New Year clearances are happening all over town, including my own desk, piled high with articles, notebooks and coffee-stained press releases leftover from 2017. It's an activity, like skinny-dipping, that I highly recommend.

One thing I am keeping is an intriguing new book called "The Psychobiotic Revolution," by Scott C. Anderson, John F. ...Read more

Resolutions 'R' Us: How to Make 'Em So You Don't Break 'Em

Health / Marilynn Preston /

As 2017 bangs to a close, many of us open up to the possibility of a zippier, zestier 2018. We resolve to make changes, positive changes that move us in the direction of enhanced well-being, less stress and a new determination to find the "Off" button on our mobile phones.

"I want to start exercising every day!"

"I'm going to lose 20 pounds by...Read more

Winter Solstice Review: From Dark to Light to Well-Being

Health / Marilynn Preston /

It's time for my end-of-the-year roundup, a merry and maddening mix of noteworthy trends, predictions and possibilities, partial at best. The thread throughout is about personal well-being and how you can choose to make health and happiness a priority in 2018, leaving behind all the oppressive, outrageous and otherwise horrifying developments of...Read more

Presents of Mind: 4 Gift-Giving Ideas That Spark Joy

Health / Marilynn Preston /

In April, we plant flowers. In December, we give gifts.

Which is why I lasered in to something a wise young yoga teacher said at the end of a deliciously challenging 90-minute class:

"Take all the warmth and energy you've just built up in your body," she said, "and send it to someone else, someone you know who really needs it."

It makes you ...Read more

Just in Time! Your Ho-Ho-Holiday Spirit Action Plan

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Here comes the December dilemma: Am I going to enjoy this holiday season or not? We all have obstacles to overcome: too little time; too little money; too much commercial merrymaking. And that's not to mention the nightly news!

And still, dear reader, we have a personal choice this December: Do I get into the holiday spirit and juice up my well...Read more

8 Fun Ways to Make Yourself Completely Miserable

Health / Marilynn Preston /

A smiling and enthusiastic fan of the column introduced herself to me the other day in Sarasota, Florida, waving a golden oldie from several years ago. "I loved this one so much, I still have it," she said, "and I made copies to send to my entire family."

Sending columns to loved ones can be risky (who likes to be reminded of their ...Read more


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