It Happened This Week: Counterclockwise, Positive Body Image in Children, Beauty Foods, and More Vitamin D

By Mary on 10/02/2009
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Counterclockwise by Ellen LangerCrabby McSlacker met Harvard social psychologist, Ellen Langer, who wrote the ground-breaking book Mindfulness, as well as a new book, called Counterclockwise.  Langer’s research on mindfulness and the “psychology of possibility” led her to believe we can use the power of the mind to do things like improve our health and reverse the physical affects of aging.  The cranky, not-particularly-optimistic but always hilarious blogger Crabby digests the information Langer offers and contemplates the question: can you “think” your way to better health?

For parents trying to instill positive body image in their children, here are some good tips to help encourage body satisfaction and discourage negative social comparisons in your child.  It helps if we have positive body image ourselves.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, dedicated to increasing awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection , kicked off yesterday.  Jackie Donaldson visited MizFit to explain how she exercises and eats healthy to help keep the cancer from recurring.

Nutrition Unplugged looks at the new trend of “beauty foods” and beverages that claim to improve your appearance in some way.  Janet questions whether we can believe claims being made by new food products that they enhance beauty from the inside out.  Her vote goes instead to  real food, especially fruits and veggies.

Vitamin D made the news again this week, this time with a study that says low levels of vitamin D increase risk of dying early by 150% in elderly women.  Backs up increasing evidence that it’s important for us at all ages.

Green Mountain at Fox Run is a very specialized spa, if you want to call it a spa at all.  We call it a retreat because we’re not as much about pampering as about spending time doing some serious learning and reflection, of course in a peaceful environment where we have a lot of fun, too.  So if you’re looking for a more traditional spa, check out Spa Index where you can find out about day spas, stay spas and specialty spas (we’re listed there under women only spas) worldwide AND get coupons and learn about specials, too.  It’s your one-stop spa shop!  Say you saw Green Mountain there and you can get a free massage with your stay.

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