Archives for Experts

Diet

Dr. George Drinka On Junk Foods, Healthy Foods, and the Marvels of the Media


We're fortunate enough to have a guest post today from Dr. George Drinka, child psychiatrist and author. Dr. Drinka's upcoming book, When the Media Is the Parent, is posed to educate parents about the massive role media (think television, video games, and the Internet).

Today, he's talking with us about the role media plays in childhood obesity, fast food advertising geared toward children, and how, in time, the media might even help promote healthier eating.

Continue Reading

Anxiety

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


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...
Continue Reading

Diet

7+ Resources To Learn More About Diet, Exercise, And Mental Health

Mental health isn't always the easiest topic to discuss. For some, it's touchy. For others, it's awkward. For many it's private and for a few it's offensive.

So, similar to any blog dealing with mental health, Your Body, Your Mind has had its fair share of positive and negative comments since its launch last month.

I've noticed a common theme among most of the negative comments, and that's a theme of guilt. It seems some readers believe if they don't work out or eat right, they should feel guilty; if they don't feel any better after working out or adopting a healthier diet, they've failed.

I wish this weren't the case.

What I want for Your Body, Your Mind readers is an understanding that for many, a positive focus on the physical - whether it be jogging five days a week or cutting sweets from a diet or getting rid of dangerous belly fat - can provide a positive outcome for the mental, too.

Neither Jessica nor I will ever post an article on this blog with the intention of making any reader feel guilty, pressured, or inadequate.

Continue Reading

Diet

Skip The Gym: Interview With Personal Trainer Jackie Burgmann

Before she became a personal trainer and self-proclaimed "fitness junkie," Girlwithnoname (who actually does have a name: Jackie Burgmann) wasn't happy. More than unhappy, she was depressed. Each area of her life - professional, personal, and even romantic - had taken a hit, and to top it all off, she gained weight after A) deciding she couldn't deal with the anxiety she felt at the gym, and B) giving in to comfort eating.

Finally, Jackie decided to regain control of her life - and getting back in shape was a HUGE part of that. She knew heading back to the gym was out of the question, so she started researching at-home workout programs. After hanging on to what worked and tossing what didn't, she developed a routine that not only worked for her, but also helped her kick the fear, anxiety, and depression she'd developed.

Now, Jackie's a successful fitness coach with her own at-home workout program, the aptly-titled Hot at Home. The smokin' 47-year-old has been an inspiration to me since we first met several years ago, and I hope that inspiration spreads now that she's sharing her story with you.

Continue Reading