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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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@synergeniusconsulting.com.

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

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March 2015, Volume 5, Issue 3

Happy March, SynerLINK friends,

We have exciting news here at SynerGenius this month!  I’m so proud to be one of the first 121 physicians in the world certified by the American Board of Integrative Medicine. ABPS is one of the two governing boards that certify all medical specialties and I am pleased by their recognition of IM as a legitimate and important medical specialty. So, our article of the month is trio of articles that explain what this development means for the future of health care.

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@synergeniusconsulting.com.

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

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February 2015, Volume 5, Issue 2

Happy February, SynerLINK friends,

This month’s  top article is hands-down the best thing I’ve read this year.  I am becoming a huge fan of Glennon at Momastery and her joyful approach to life.  This month, I am grateful for her gift of perspectacles on my own life.  What can you be grateful for in your life, right now?

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@synergeniusconsulting.com.

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

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January 2015, Volume 5, Issue 1

Happy New Year, SynerLINK friends,

This month’s lead article is a great piece that both dispels the myths about behavior change and offers science-based tips for making lifestyle improvements.  Bottom line:  Self-care is a marathon, not a sprint.

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@synergeniusconsulting.com.

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

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December 2014, Volume 4, Issue 12

Happy December, SynerLINK friends,

This month’s lead article is an important piece on a concept I’ve heard referred to as “FOMO” – fear of missing out.  Busy-ness is not good for us, and it’s not good for kids, either.  This holiday season, I’m going to focus my attention on the things we’ve consciously chosen to include in our lives, instead of the things we’re “missing” by having made those choices.  Will you join me?

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@synergeniusconsulting.com.

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

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November 2014, Volume 4, Issue 11

Happy November, SynerLINK friends,

I really love this month’s lead article.  Our own health and happiness truly start at home — positive family relationships contribute to health, while strained relationships are health risks.  This article describes a simple and elegant way to create family connection over the dinner table.  I’m looking forward to using this at our house.

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

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October 2014, Volume 4, Issue 10

Happy October, SynerLINK friends,

This month’s lead is a beautiful, powerful video that left me speechless.  It explores all that we give up when we let technology rule our lives.  Look up.  What are you missing?

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@synergeniusconsulting.com.

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

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September 2014, Volume 4, Issue 9

Happy September, SynerLINK friends,

As the school year begins for many of our families, I believe it’s important to reflect on consciously on the choices they are making and how they impact our well-being.  This month’s lead article challenges some of our assumptions about our lifestyle, the choices available to us, and how busy we really are.  How would our days be different if we simply did one thing after another?

Colorado community members – Don’t miss my upcoming free talk on the 7 Foundations of Health and Happiness.  I’ll be speaking to the Northwest Metro chapter of Colorado Business and Professional Women this Wednesday, September 3rd at 6pm, at the Kokopelli Beer Company, 8931 Harlan Street in Westminster.  Hope to see you there!

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@synergeniusconsulting.com.

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

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August 2014, Volume 4, Issue 8

Happy August, SynerLINK friends,

This month’s article explores the common story we tell ourselves about being too busy to exercise.  In truth, fitness actually improves your productivity, more than making up for the time you “subtract” from your other tasks to work out.

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@synergeniusconsulting.com.

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

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July 2014, Volume 4, Issue 7

Happy July, SynerLINK friends,

This month’s lead articles are a pair lovely essays about embracing your body this summer.  What joyful things are you holding yourself back from because of your fears and self-judgments?  What would it be like to let those go, even for a little while, to embrace all the wonderful things your body can do, right now, just as it is?

Also, be sure to check out the link to a special radio show on PTSD, which I was honored to have been asked to contribute to.

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As always, I welcome suggestions, comments, or interesting links.  Please send to:  chelgason@synergeniusconsulting.com.

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

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