Fall Into Autumn Feeling Strong

Living in Indiana for most of my life, the transition of summer into fall was always my favorite time of year. Arizona autumns are a bit subtler than what goes on in the midwest, but for me, fall is still special. First off, let’s get our priorities straight and call it like it is: Football is finally here. Enough said. And once you start watching games on Monday...

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Food is a Sink

I’m convinced that maintaining optimum weight has nothing to do with eating less and exercising more.  Balancing calories in with calories out does not equate.  The body does not operate like a scale. It works like a sink. Let me explain. Most of us have heard of insulin resistance.  It is based on the idea that the body overproduces a hormone called insulin in...

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“Ahas” Change Lives

I love aha moments. I live for that kind of profound knowledge—golden bits of awareness or clarity that come through an experience or conversation; a piece of information you get at a lecture; something your coach tells you when you’re ready to hear it, and the light bulb shines on. Brightly. Aha!!! We are in the business of creating aha moments at Miraval Spa and...

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Take a Hike for Enlightenment

I hiked the Grand Canyon recently with a group of buddies. We walked down the South Kaibob trail on a Saturday morning, camped by the Colorado River, and then hiked out Bright Angel trail on an early Monday morning. Never having done this before, I made some important discoveries. One, as somebody who’d like to learn more survival skills, it was key having folks who...

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Setting Goals With S.M.A.R.T.

Attaining a goal is one of the greatest feelings a person can experience. Oftentimes, however, we get discouraged when we do not achieve the goals we set. Dr. Jim Nicolai provides a simple acronym, SMART, to help you achieve your goals. Set a goal today and see how SMART can help you! Specific Measurable Attainable Realistic & Relevant Timeframe What are some goals...

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Emotional Intelligence

Getting in tune with your feelings and those of everyone around you is as easy as 1, 2, 3… 4! Practice following these four steps. As spring is upon us, I find myself thinking about what a difference a change of scenery or season can make on mood. We are often swayed by external circumstances or situations. Sometimes the world makes us feel good—other times, not so...

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Spartan Sprint

That’s me finishing the Spartan Race I signed up for long ago with my friend, Sean McMannus.  We ran it on a Saturday morning in February.  Arizona mornings are cold, especially this one.  You don’t feel it while you’re running. Until you step in water to your waist and climb a 25 foot rope, that’s when you start feeling the cold – in the slosh of your...

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Kava Bar

I recently spent time in Hawaii on vacation where I discovered my first Kava bar. I was walking along the market streets of Kona on the Big Island and ventured inward a bit, when I happened across a small outdoor café – a pleasant place called Kanaka Kava.  Behind the bar was a friendly hip-looking guy in his twenties, looking cool stirring a brownish liquid in a...

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The Springtime Sniffles

Spring is finally here. And with it comes the sniffles for over 35 million Americans who suffer from seasonal allergies. Personally, it’s the pollen that gets my eyes itching and nose running.  For others it may be the flowers, grass, trees and plants, or even dust and dust mites inside the house, along with mold, or pet dander as spring stirs things up. Regardless of...

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Why Integrative Wellness Rules

Like most of us, I would call myself busy. As in, very busy. And, like most of us, I’ve often found myself struggling to balance my work, my personal life, and bodily health with varying degrees of success. Dr. Jim Nicolai gets it. An integrative wellness specialist at Miraval, Nicolai frequently gives lectures to guests about healthy living (many of which...

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