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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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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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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Give Yourself the Gift of Silence

I talk about the power of silence in my book Integrative Wellness Rules:  A Simple Guide to Healthy Living. Silence gives us the chance to listen to the whisper – that part of us that inspires, invites new opportunities and challenges, and gives us creative ideas. It’s hard to hear the muse when we are chasing out tails; and the pace of our lives encourages us to do...

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How to De-Stress at Your Desk

It’s 3 p.m., you have at least 20 unanswered emails, a long list of deadlines, and meetings that will last you the rest of the day—chances are, you’re stressed out and feeling completely overwhelmed. But don’t throw in the towel just yet! We chatted with Dr. Jim Nicolai, the medical director of the Andrew Weil, M.D. Integrative Wellness Program at Miraval Resort...

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Unclutter Your Health Routine

Medicine is focused on what’s wrong with you and not what’s right or how to get back into balance. As I looked into areas where I could guide people, health seemed like it gave me a lot of opportunities. When you think of medicine as just treating disease, then it’s just drugs and surgical approaches. But if you think of medicine as a way to be and stay healthy,...

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Quick ‘n’ Dirty Wellness

Health does not have to be complex or difficult to manage. It can be simple, doable, effective—it can even be fun. And if we pop the right health tools into our daily lives, they can move us closer to where we want to go instead of bogging us down or overwhelming us into doing nothing. Health can be quick ‘n’ dirty. I’ve defined wellness before as a feeling of...

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The Pace of Life

Is it just me or has life gotten really fast? It’s so evident around this time of year. Right when we land on Black Friday, it seems like the lightspeedbutton gets pushed, and we instantly go into hyper-mode, even though we were probably moving pretty quickly in the first place. What’s with all of this speed? I frequently ask this question to guests staying at...

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