A Little Perspective

A couple of Saturdays ago, I was having a bad day. I was feeling down in the dumps and really sorry for myself. I was sad about the death of my Grandfather the week before (totally legitimate) and I was frustrated with the diagnosis of an autoimmune disease called Hashimotos (not the worst autoimmune disease, by far). Still I was letting myself wallow in my own misery for a bit.

And then I had to “put on my big-girl panties,” as my boyfriend likes to say when anyone let’s life get in the way of living, get out of bed to go to a friends for dinner. It was a dinner I’d been looking forward to for weeks. And I was disappointed that I was feeling so bummed. As is the case 95-percent of the time for me, once I got there my mood easily turned. Getting out and around friends and spending time with good people is one of the best distractions and deterrents for a bad mood.

A friend of mine from the Mark Twain House had invited us to her house for a delicious homemade, traditional Indian dinner. It was wonderful. And it was […]

A Little Perspective2017-09-12T19:31:33-04:00

Nia Dance–Your Way to Health

Guest Blog: Allison Brooks went to the University of Mississippi and earned her degree in biomedical anthropology. She is currently studying in the field to finish an ethnography on the effects of biomedicalization on Bolivian cultures.

Nia Dance, short for Neuromuscular Integrative Action, is a new “dance” to reconnect with nature and the body. Most think that spending the nights outdoors, following naturopathic medicine, and eating all natural foods is the only way to become one with nature, but Nia Dance is offering a new perspective. The movements are inspired by everyday interactions in nature and reflect even the simplest bodily actions. Many state that Nia Dance allows one to “dance through life” and stop sleepwalking through their waking-life.

Nia Dance is unlike any dance. While must dances like Zumba, Salsa, or Dance Revolution, inspire people to get up and move, Nia actually makes the dancer connect with the body, mind, and spirit. It draws for the movements of nature, the body, martial arts, and healing arts to […]

Nia Dance–Your Way to Health2017-10-25T15:49:55-04:00

Waistline Measurement

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but quite frankly, I think you may probably already know what I’m about to write. New research reveals that belly fat can double the risk of death for patients with heart disease. It’s been known for years that belly fat is “worse” fat than extra weight put on in the hips and thighs. There seems to be an higher risk of diabetes, cancer and heart disease for people with increased belly fat. But this recent research study was large (16,000 people) and it revealed a pretty significant figure—that belly fat can double your risk of death under the right circumstances (you have heart disease).

In an ideal world just reading that would inspire anyone at risk to try and lose weight, but I know it’s not that easy. Heck, I’ve been trying to lead a healthy lifestyle and get in the best shape of my life and it’s been slow going so far.

But if nothing else, if it doesn’t inspire you to lose weight or get in better health at least you can just make yourself aware. It’s a starting point. The research was done by the Mayo […]

Waistline Measurement2014-08-04T18:02:47-04:00