Archives for March, 2012

Diet

Weekly Weigh-In: How Can You Reward Yourself Without Guilt?

Mmm. I love cupcakes.

For some, allowing ourselves to eat certain kinds of food is a way of rewarding ourselves; however, whether it’s because we overindulge ourselves with junk food or break the diets we work so hard to keep, often times we end up feeling guiltier than we do rewarded.

A lot of times we end up feeling physically sluggish, bloated, and even sick after these rewards, too.

Apparently, this is something both Jessica and I...
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Diet

Mindful Avoidance: ‘Treating’ Ourselves To A Stomach Ache

I fell off the wagon this weekend.

After five days full of healthy choices, I went out on Saturday night with a few friends and decided to just eat and drink whatever I wanted. I'm allowed!, I told myself sternly, reaching into a basket full of fried tortilla chips like everyone else at the table. Don't I deserve a treat every once in a while?!

An hour or two after eating delicious things that most...
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Diet

Weekly Weigh-In: What Did YOU Struggle With This Week?



Oh, Happy Friday, readers!

We skipped last week's Weekly Weigh-In post to make room for properly introducing the fantastic Jessica DiGiacinto and giving her our full attention so she could tell us all about the diet choices she's made and what we can expect from her in the future regarding food, supplements, and the link between what we put in our bodies and how it makes us feel.

(If you missed that post, head over to...
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Depression

Dr. Jane Baxter Explains Managing Depression Through Exercise

Talk about great timing!

Remember Monday's interview with personal trainer and self-proclaimed "fitness junkie" Jackie Burgmann? (If you don't, you missed some GREAT information - go check it out!)

Well, Psych Central's Caroline Comeaux Lee recently posted a review of Jane Baxter's Manage Your Depression Through Exercise: The Motivation You Need To Start And Maintain An Exercise Program.

If you're wondering how this book is any different from any other book (or class or video...
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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...
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Diet

The Gluten-Free Diet: Saying Goodbye to Sweet, Delicious Bread and Dealing With It

[Alicia gave me a great introduction, but in case you're all "who the heck is THIS?", I'm Jessica, an Associate Editor here at PsychCentral and a health foodie in training. My posts on Your Body, Your Mind will mostly focus on food, supplements and the link between what we eat and how we feel - with a few attempts at humor thrown in for good measure. Feel free to ignore...
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Exercise

9 Tips To Stay On The Workout Wagon


During last Friday's Weekly Weigh-In, my friend Tania Dakka, a fellow writer who specializes in fitness, commented on the anticipation and mental blocks that often come with exercise.

The comment hit home for me, as there ALWAYS comes a time when I dread working out. I'll procrastinate ("Wouldn't organizing my sock drawer be a better use of time?") or try to talk myself out of it ("Geez, cut yourself some slack -...
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Exercise

Product Review: “Yoga Meltdown” By Jillian Michaels


During last Friday's Weekly Weigh-In, I told you I'd started doing a new (to me - it's been out since 2010) Jillian Michaels workout, "Yoga Meltdown," and that I'd review the DVD for you guys.

First, I should clarify that I'm not all that new to yoga; I've practiced yoga off and on since around 2004. By no means am I an expert, but I'm not a complete novice, either, and I'm pretty sure...
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Diet

Weekly Weigh-In: What Exercise Or Diet Did YOU Try This Week?


Happy Friday, readers!

Welcome to the first edition of Weekly Weigh-In here at Your Body, Your Mind.

Contrary to those snazzy gnarly scales over there, the Weekly Weigh-In posts won't be about actual weight; rather, the posts are an opportunity to weigh in on what YOU did this week to better manage your mental wellness.

For example, did you try a new exercise? Do you have anger management problems and decide to try kickboxing to relieve some...
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General

Your Body, Your Mind: What’s It All About?


Hey readers, and welcome to 's newest blog, Your Body, Your Mind!

My name is Alicia Sparks, and some of you might already be familiar with me thanks to Dr. Grohol's introduction or through Celebrity Psychings, the blog I've been writing for Psych Central since 2008.

Rather than just dive right in, I thought it'd be nice to help you all understand how Your Body, Your Mind came to be, the kinds of...
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