April 2015, Volume 5, Issue 4

Happy April, SynerLINK friends,

This month’s lead article is a series of pieces exploring a fabulous book I just read, Slim By Design. The premise is one supported by years of research on eating behaviors: People are more successful in changing behaviors by modifying their environment, rather than relying on willpower alone.  The book includes a whole section on easy, cheap, fast changes families, schools, and workplaces can make to help people control their weight “mindlessly” – with minimal extra effort and no extra willpower.  I have been a huge fan of Dr. Wansink’s for a long time, largely because all of his advice is evidence-based.  Every item on his 100-point list here has experimental data to back it up as having a real, significant effect on people’s eating habits and weight.  It’s a brilliant way to approach both lifestyle changes and wellness programs to make sure our efforts have the most impact.  I’m planning to share his 10-point version (found here: http://www.slimbydesign.org/wp-content/home-resources/092114-sbd-home-scorecard.pdf) with my patients to support them in their own weight-loss efforts.

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Best wishes for your health and happiness,
Chanel Helgason, MD

QUOTE OF THE MONTH
“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like struggle. To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.”
– Fred Rogers

 

THIS MONTH’S LINKS

Links of the Month:
http://www.freep.com/story/life/wellness/2014/09/20/weight-loss-environment/15907715/
http://www.slimbydesign.org/wp-admin/press-releases/101214-sbd-press-release.pdf
http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/slim-by-design-how-design-changes-can-help-you-lose-weight/
http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2014/10/06/slim-by-design-how-to-change-your-environment-and-your-waistline/

How can we be gentle with each other?  And how can we let people know when we need gentleness?
http://bravegirlsclub.com/archives/2151

Very important – More informative links extended sitting, the kind that is extremely common in our largely sedentary culture, to mortality EVEN after factoring in vigorous exercise and other factors.
http://www.news-medical.net/news/20140116/Prolonged-sedentary-time-linked-with-premature-mortality-in-women.aspx
http://www.ajpmonline.org/webfiles/images/journals/amepre/AMEPRE_3949-stamped-010714.pdf

Caffeine is a real drug with real risks, especially when combined with all sorts of other refined and synthetic ingredients, as in energy drinks.
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/12/business/more-emergency-room-visits-linked-to-energy-drinks-report-says.html

Great yoga trick for easing neck tension.
http://yogacafecanberra.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-trick-to-free-your-neck-engage-armpits.html?m=1

Ask the good questions.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/glennon-melton/the-questions-that-will-save-your-relationships_b_4618254.html

An excellent overview of this very real issue facing modern physicians.
http://www.newsweek.com/ugly-civil-war-american-medicine-312662

 

A BIT OF HUMOR
We could all use one sometimes…
http://lowres.cartoonstock.com/miscellaneous-vending_machine-vendor-push-right_direction-motivational-rde0654_low.jpg

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