Archive for December, 2012

Your Body, Your Mind: The Best of 2012!

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Psych Central and I launched “Your Body, Your Mind” just a few months into 2012, and we’ve enjoyed a blessed year, to say the least.

So blessed, in fact, I had to come up with some new criteria in order to cut the list of most popular posts down from nearly 30 to just 15.

So, instead of going by viewing statistics only, I also included tweets, posts, and pins.

That’s right, the following 15 “Your Body, Your Mind” posts were the most viewed and shared on social media like Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

So sit back, get your bookmark button ready, and check out some of the best body, mind, and spirit posts we had to offer this year.


Rounding Up the 2012 Gluten-Lite Journey

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Earlier this year, Pysch Central’s former blog editor Jessica Digiacinto told “Your Body, Your Mind” readers why she started eating a gluten-free diet and even shared the recipe for a gluten-free chia seed pudding and her own review of what she calls the best gluten-free bread.

Somewhere in the midst of all that, Jessica challenged me to a gluten-lite journey (because I have no apparent physical or mental need to abstain from gluten, I saw no need to adopt a completely GF diet), and after researching facts about gluten-free diets (see 5 Quick and Dirty Tips About Gluten-Free Diets), I spent the last half a year or so sharing with you reviews of the various gluten-free foods I’ve tried.


From Kelly Clarkson to Kenney Chesney: Your 20 Favorite Workout Songs of 2012!

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Happy Wednesday, lovelies!

A couple of weeks ago I asked you to tell me your favorite workout song of 2012 for a chance to win a pair of custom tangle-free Apple earbuds from Etsy shop owner Holly Bertin of TangleFreeEarbuds.

Well, the drawing winner has been chosen and notified (congratulations, sunshinebabe!) and now I have the top 20 2012 workout songs – a great mix of rock, pop, and even country – sure to get you moving as we walk/run/dance into 2013!


NIH NCCAM Hosts Twitter Chat On Managing Holiday Stress, Anxiety With Body, Mind Practices

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

Happy Tuesday, beautiful readers!

We’ve survived Thanksgiving, but with Christmas just a week away and New Year’s just a week after that, it’s safe to say we’re still in the thick of the holiday season.

Which means, for some of us, there are still a lot of stress and anxiety triggers coming our way.

As such, the good people over at the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) are hosting a Twitter chat on using complementary health practices like yoga, meditation, and tai chi to manage stress and anxiety – specifically, the safety and efficacy of these mind and body practices.

During the chat, you’ll get to meet John Glowa, Ph.D., the NCCAM expert who oversees the organization’s behavioral health research portfolio, and Daniel Pine, M.D. from the NIH’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Note that:

  • The chat is today (Tuesday, December 18, 2012) at 3:30 p.m. EST. (Got a free minute between now and then? Check out highlights from a previous NIH NCCAM Twitter chat: 5 Resources for Depression and Complementary Health Practices)
  • You should go ahead and follow the NIH NCCAM on Twitter at @NCCAM.
  • The hashtag for the chat is #nccamchat.

Hope to see you there!

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Meditation Minute: Reflecting On The Sandy Hook Elementary Shooting

Monday, December 17th, 2012

On Friday, December 17, 2012, Newtown, CT was hit with the second deadliest school shooting in US history.

The gunman, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, took his mother’s life before opening fire on Sandy Hook Elementary, ultimately killing 20 small children and six adult women.

Our nation is stunned, racked with grief and outrage and confusion.


Meet Marla Lopez: One of the World’s Pickiest Eaters

Monday, December 10th, 2012

OK, I am of course only assuming that Marla Lopez is one of the world’s pickiest eaters but, given she eats only three types of foods, I don’t think it’s that far a stretch.

The 54-year-old mother recently told ABC News that her diet – which consists of milk (including ice cream), white breads (including crackers, tortillas, and pancakes), and potatoes (including potatoes and French fries) has been a picky eater since she was an infant. She would gag and spit up her baby food and, these days, can’t even touch spaghetti.

Oh, and you know how important it is for us to “shop the perimeter”? Grab as much of that healthy, brightly colored produce as our buggies and budgets allow? By her own words, Lopez doesn’t “see food” when she looks at the fruits and vegetables.


Product Review: Blue Diamond Natural Hazelnut Nut Thins

Friday, December 7th, 2012

Happy Friday, readers!

The holiday season is in full swing, and with all the parties and family gatherings usually comes food.

Lots of food.

Vegetable and cheese trays are popular staples this time of year. They’re convenient, simple to prepare, and affordable to buy if you’re short on time!

So, I thought now would be a good time to review my favorite brand of gluten-free crackers for those of you who want or need to keep things gluten free for your physical and mental health this season.


Survey & Drawing! What Were Your Favorite Workout Songs of 2012?

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

Tangle-Free Apple Earbuds by TangleFreeEarBuds / Earbuds Anonymous

Happy Monday, readers!

It’s December! That glorious month when writers around the blogosphere revel in year-end posts!

“Top This!” “Best That!” “Favorite Blah Blah Blah!”

I love them.

Trust that I’ll try not to overdo it here at Your Body, Your Mind, but there are a few finale blog posts I’d like to explore, and one of them covers your favorite workout songs in 2012.

(Admit it: If you walk, run, lift weights, dance, or do aerobics, you’ve Googled “workout songs,” “workout music,” “running songs,” “aerobic music,” or “exercise music” at some point. I do it all the time.)

Instead of compiling a list of some of my favorite workout music this year, I thought I’d create a list of YOUR favorite tunes to sweat to.

Interested in helping me out? You could win a pair of black and gray custom tangle-free Apple earbuds by TangleFreeEarbuds / Earbuds Anonymous if you do!


 

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