Health & Spirit

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

Sum-Sum-Summertime: Play Now or Pay Later

Health / Marilynn Preston /

It's summer. Yippee. Run to the hammock and let's play a game. I want you to lie back and relax into thinking about something you want to accomplish this summer. Here's the sentence. Fill in the blank:

"This is the summer I want to ..."

What? Name your heart's desire. Keep it clean. Think about your own well-being.

Want to run a 10k? (Great ...Read more

Want a Happier Life? Make Friends With Your Inner Critic

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Wherever you happen to be on the rewarding and rocky road to a healthier lifestyle, you'll travel more gently and feel more joy if you learn to make friends with your Inner Critic.

We all have one. Well, maybe not Donald Trump. He just says what he says, does what he does, amazingly free of self-doubt.

But in most of us, the Inner Critic is ...Read more

Summer of Success: Set One Goal and Make It Happen

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Healthy lifestyles don't just happen, the way dust balls do, for instance. It's up to you to carpe diem, to let go of old habits so you can dance with new ones -- two steps forward, one step back -- until the new ones become a juicy and joyful part of your life.

Like starting your day with 10 minutes of stretching, not because your back doctor ...Read more

Bad News Brings Wicked Stress. 4 Ways to Let It Go

Health / Marilynn Preston /

What do you do when you wake up to the world news and it's all horrific and overwhelms you with sadness and despair?

"We're in a global crisis on an enormous scale!" I heard George Stephanopoulos announce one morning, just as I was inhaling my first cup of French roast.

I'd woken up to the sweet, intoxicating call of a loon on a remote lake in...Read more

Choose to Be Happy? Yes You Can!

Health / Marilynn Preston /

Dr. Amit Sood -- professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine -- grew up and went to medical school in Bhopal, India. Throughout his medical training, he writes, he experienced "the scourge of poverty, malnutrition and disease" that created tremendous suffering in his country.

In 1995, Sood came to America. He did a two-year ...Read more

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