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The Stages of Change: Break a Habit, Achieve a Goal, Transform Your Life

The human condition leads people to be in constant flux. One can look back on his or her life and see the changes that have been made along the way from how we handle tough situations with friends or family to how we have resolved to live healthier lives by eating right and exercising.
Hence, we come to the stages of change -- otherwise known as the Transtheoretical Model of Change (TTM) -- which involve a multistage process embraced by many behavior-change experts. This model which came about in the early 1980s has led many people to reevaluate their expectations and find ways to best support themselves to reaching the goals they intend to keep. 
The creator of the TTM process, James O. Prochaska, PhD, brings to light the fact that when it comes to making big changes in our lives that just doing it is definitely not easy and can certainly lead to discouragement and even quitting the attempt for change all together. How many times have you heard of people wanting to lose 10, 15, 20 or…

We NEED a healthy dose of lifestyle medicine

Numerous attempts of attaining, keeping and maintaining good health and wellbeing is at the top of many people's minds. How could it not when there is so much information in the media with regard to the right diet to follow or the correct cholesterol level that we should have or what the right blood pressure is for you....the list is endless. 
According to Asseem Malhotra, a cardiologist at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, "governments have issued 'low fat' dietary advice, while consumption of sugars and refined carbohydrates has soared. The result has been twin epidemics of type 2 diabetes and obesity". Along with all of that, don't forget that there will be a hefty-sized bill attached to that elusive medical finding.
Furthermore, he believes that a myth exists regarding the dangers of saturated fat which "should" be removed in order to minimize cardiovascular disease. Once again, a myth. He also believes that millions of people have been wron…

Persuasively Making Human Behavior Change

Our society today has become more and more dependent upon the use of our phones, computers, iPads and the latest application to simplify our lives. The challenge to meeting the needs of all of these systems is to make sense on utilizing them to our best advantage. How can we use our iPhones and our computing systems to influence and change human behavior?   Through the Stanford Persuasive Tech Lab, the design of mobile phone software could be used to persuasively change the instilled behaviors of people! The thought of these computing machines being designed to inform and influence human behavior can sound intimidating, but in looking at the outcomes of what a positive behavior change can lead to -- a healthier and more productive life -- it seems quite worth it, don't you think?
As mentioned in the website, the study of persuasive technology started in the 1990s at Stanford University and the lab was founded in 1998. BJ Fogg began his work with various psychology methods to d…

Being Overweight Ages People's Brains

There is so much to know and learn yet about the complexities of obesity and what it does to our bodies and our minds. This particular article hits on some remarkable information with regard to how a person's brain actually ages more rapidly if they are overweight as opposed to being of a healthier weight.

"The brains of overweight people look "10 years older" than those of leaner peers, a study has found". Isn't that simply another excellent reason to make every attempt to lead a healthier lifestyles by maintaining a healthy weight?

Apparently as we age it is a natural process that our brains lose white matter. This white matter is a crucial part of the brain that allows for important information to be transmitted and processed which ultimately leads to our having a better understanding of a concept for example.

Another finding published in the Journal of Neurobiology of Aging found great differences in the brain's white matter in overweight versus lea…

New Body, New Mind, New Medicine

In this fascinating article by physician Deepak Chopra, the relationship of mind and body can and should be seen as having definite overlapping ties. The mind-body connection is one that takes some serious thought and commitment to attempt to understand, but it is clear that we are most definitely intricate beings.

It does seem amazing that at a time in our current complex world, more and more discoveries are being uncovered as to why and how our environment plays a significant role in the way we live, how we think and how we carry on with our lives in general. The health of our physical bodies only is a fraction of what we strive for and what we need in the quest for wellness -- there is so much more.

The following principles outlined in this article are so important for our wellbeing, but somehow they really don't make an impact on the way a physician leads his/her practice. Here are a few examples:
All the cells in our body are meant to communicate with our brain in one way or ano…