Can't meditate? You're probably already doing it. Try as I might, I just can't manage to meditate. It's not for lack of trying; I've taken classes, talked to avid meditators hoping to get some tips, read countless articles, listened to podcasts and watched instructional videos - you name it. But that magic "Zen" moment I'm hoping for never really kicks in. Once, at a class at Canyon Ranch in Arizona, I thought I was successfully meditating, but realized afterward I had instead fallen asleep. (The nap was refreshing, sure; but it wasn't what I had hoped to achieve.) Here's the thing: The harder I
May is Mental Health Awareness Month – a good reminder to check up - and brush up - on yours. The pain began as a dull off-and-on ache between my shoulder blades. But then, seemingly overnight, it progressed into a persistent, sharp and stinging sensation that moved beyond my neck and down into my arm. The unrelenting pain woke me – and kept me - up at night. And the more I felt the pain, the more I tensed up and the tighter my muscles became, which only added to my discomfort. In no time I became stressed and sedentary, short-tempered and depressed. After spending considerable time trying all my
When you think of traditional Jewish cooking, do you think of healthy cooking? Um, no. I used to love my grandmother's food that she lovingly and carefully prepared in her small kitchen. Yet all good intentions could not have saved her noodle kugel, brisket and latkes from gobs of unhealthy ingredients like chicken fat, lots of salt and too much sugar. But it doesn't have to be that way, says cookbook author Paula Shoyer. She still wants to be connected to her ancestors, yet without the fatty, salty, unhealthy legacy of Jewish cooking. Shoyer's book, The Healthy Jewish Kitchen, offers up recipes with
One thing I love about what I do is that writing about health and wellness, beauty, spas and healthy aging gives me the opportunity to learn about so many things. (Since I embarked on this career in 2005, I’ve become a sort of wellness junkie. The more I learn, the more I want to know.) Sure, anyone can dig into information about just about anything, any time; there are countless resources just a click away. But the topics are endless, and time is finite. And...if you tend toward even a tiny bit of ADD, it can be tough to pinpoint just what it is you want to focus on at any given moment. Another thing?