10 Healthier Substitutes to Your Favorite Junk Food

10 Healthier Substitutes to Your Favorite Junk Food

Written by Angelina Mattis
on Monday, 08 January 2018

Indulgent foods are named so for a reason. They taste great, but they can result in a bulging tummy. 

If you want to fulfill your longing for these treats without expanding your waistline, here are 10 healthier alternatives to some favorite junk foods and comfort foods.
How to Make New Year’s Resolutions that Stick

How to Make New Year’s Resolutions that Stick

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Friday, 05 January 2018

Every year we begin a new year resolving to do (or quit doing) something and expect to be the game changer in our lives. 

For some, it’s to workout, lose weight, and cut out all carbs and sweets. For others, it’s a promise to save more money and get finances on track. 

Regardless of what you resolve to do, according to Dr. Sanam Hafeez, there is a way to set yourself up for failure or success. 

The mindset we are in when deciding on a resolution determines ita stickiness. 

Here are some key insights on how to make New Year’s Resolutions that stick.
Effective Tips to Keep Your Cool During Meltdowns & Defiance

Effective Tips to Keep Your Cool During Meltdowns & Defiance

Written by Faith Collins
on Thursday, 04 January 2018

Connecting in a warm, loving way to your children when they act out takes tremendous patience. 

But, research shows that parents who have high levels of warmth and connection along with high expectations are the most likely to end up with happy, well-adjusted children. 

Unfortunately, this can be easier said than done. In dealing with real children, in real life, it often seems like we have to choose: Do we maintain our connection, or do we enforce that boundary?

If you’re a parent who is committed to respectful parenting, how do you maintain those boundaries when your toddlers and preschool-aged children push back?
8 Natural & Effective Ways to Lower Your Daily Stress

8 Natural & Effective Ways to Lower Your Daily Stress

Written by Michael Morelli
on Thursday, 04 January 2018

Stress and anxiety are all too common for nearly everyone.

In recent times, 70% of adults in the United States share that they experience stress and anxiety on a daily basis.

While some may come to accept the angst as normal, there are effective ways to address it.
7 Great Reasons to Give Up Alcohol For Your New Year’s Resolution

7 Great Reasons to Give Up Alcohol For Your New Year’s Resolution

Written by Tim Stoddart
on Tuesday, 19 December 2017

‘Tis the season to make grand gestures and promises that might not be kept until the end of 2018. 

Vowing to give up alcohol is a popular New Year’s resolution, and focusing on the benefits that come with it can help you make it stick. 

If you’re considering becoming a teetotaler for 2018, or just decreasing the amount you drink, you’ll be in good company. 

However, by the time Valentine’s Day rolls around, you might need a few reminders on why your resolution is so good for you.

Keep in mind that alcohol is actually the most dangerous drug in North America. Just because it’s legal doesn’t mean it’s not a drug (caffeine is arguably the most used drug). 

Alcohol is related to harmful traffic accidents more than any other type of drug. While it’s easier than ever to depend on a designated driver thanks to car-sharing apps, it’s just one of many reasons you might want to give up drinking and get a fresh start.

Here are seven more:
12 Fast Facts on Sexual Assault

12 Fast Facts on Sexual Assault

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Thursday, 14 December 2017

In the wake of accusations against Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Harvey Weinstein and other powerful notable public figures from entertainment and politics, sexual assault is a hot topic in the news and on social media. 

Many argue that not enough is being done to protect women inspiring a “me too” campaign which has spread on social media inspiring women to share an incidence of inappropriate sexual advances. 

Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, is incredibly passionate about the topic given she sees the negative long-term consequences of sexual assault. 

In this open honest, Q&A Dr. Hafeez shares insights to offer clarity and help drive the conversation forward.
Seniors Go Gluten-Free

Seniors Go Gluten-Free

Written by Julyne Derrick
on Thursday, 14 December 2017

As awareness of gluten issues grow, more and more people –- including seniors –- are being diagnosed with celiac disease and gluten allergies.

While learning to live a gluten-free lifestyle can be daunting to anyone, it provides unique challenges to seniors over age 65.

Here, we address some challenges seniors going gluten-free may grapple with.
Vitamins & Minerals for Healthy Hair

Vitamins & Minerals for Healthy Hair

Written by Annette Moore
on Thursday, 14 December 2017

Wondering why your hair seems to be so dull, brittle and lifeless lately? 

Maybe your diet is the problem. 

Your hair actually requires all sorts of minerals and vitamins to reach its full potential, but given the hectic, fast paced lifestyles so many of us lead nowadays, it is not always possible to supply our precious locks with all the nutrients they need. 

This is where vitamin and mineral supplements come in. 

In this post, we explore all the main minerals and vitamins that go into creating a full, healthy head of hair, and how you can make them a regular feature of your life – whether by taking a supplement, or changing your diet.
Overcoming Tough Choices: Planning a Family with Arthritis... Women Speak Up

Overcoming Tough Choices: Planning a Family with Arthritis... Women Speak Up

Written by Megan E.B. Clowse, MD, MPH & W. Benjamin Nowell, PhD
on Wednesday, 13 December 2017

While many people think “old” when they think arthritis, millions of young women live with autoimmune forms of arthritis. 

The most common form, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is 2-3 times more likely to occur in women. 

RA is not a disease of older adults. Rather, most are diagnosed between the ages of 30 and 50, though RA can start at an earlier or later age. Therefore, RA affects women during their key childbearing years.
Holiday Survival Tips for Parents of Special Needs Children

Holiday Survival Tips for Parents of Special Needs Children

Written by Michelle Bermani, EdD
on Wednesday, 13 December 2017

In theory, the holidays are a time to relax and celebrate. 

In reality, the holidays can be a busy time of planning, budgeting and managing complicated family dynamics — factor in the unique challenges that come with being the parent of a special needs child and you might have a recipe for even more seasonal stress. 

I’ve been there and this doesn’t need to happen. A little prep work ahead of time with your special needs child can help reduce frustration, tantrums and emotional overdrive, as well as manage expectations of well-meaning family members.
Puzzling Plight of Preterm Labor & the Role of Vitamin D

Puzzling Plight of Preterm Labor & the Role of Vitamin D

Written by Kecia Gaither, MD
on Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Preterm labor has remained one of the most enigmatic challenges in the field of perinatal medicine. 

Globally, preterm birth impacts approximately 1.3 million people. Within the United States, it complicates roughly nine percent of all births; in some urban demographics, this figure approaches 18 percent. 

While technological advances have improved outcomes in preterm infants, prematurity is still the most common underlying cause of perinatal and infant morbidity and mortality. Surviving neonates potentially experience lifelong consequences involving gastrointestinal, respiratory, neurodevelopmental and other co-morbidities. 

The preterm birth of an infant brings considerable emotional and economic issues for families; additionally there exists marked implications for public sector services, such as health insurance, educational and other social support systems. The annual societal economic burden associated with preterm birth in the United States runs in the billions of dollars.
Managing the Holidays with Dravet Syndrome

Managing the Holidays with Dravet Syndrome

Written by Morgan Turpin
on Tuesday, 05 December 2017

For many people, the holidays are a time of anticipation – anticipation of the joy of family gatherings, sharing gifts with our loved ones and celebrating. 

For our family, the holidays serve as a bittersweet reminder of how much our lives differ from those around us. 

The holidays bring extra stress and excitement that serves as yet another trigger for kids like our son. Imagine having to calm your child down on Christmas morning because the excitement of opening presents is causing their brain to be overloaded. You see them zoning out and you know a seizure is eminent. You try to intervene before the seizure strikes, fearing that this one could land them in the hospital again, or worse… 

This is Dravet syndrome.
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