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Spring Into Spring! 7 Ways to Be More Optimistic

Spring Into Spring! 7 Ways to Be More Optimistic

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Tuesday, 14 March 2017

We set the clocks ahead for daylight savings and many of us woke up to a darker sky feeling sluggish thanks to a one hour loss of sleep. 

If you hit the snooze, pulled the covers up over your head still feeling bummed out about your waistline, bank account, career or love life, you’re not alone. Despite more daylight our worries will still be there. 

So how do we spring into spring, a season that’s all about new beginnings and rebirth? 

For practical ways, to cultivate optimism in our lives we turned to Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services who shares these tips and tools.
Put Your Best Fork Forward this Spring

Put Your Best Fork Forward this Spring

Written by Rima Kleiner, MS, RD, LDN
on Tuesday, 14 March 2017

There’s something about spring that inspires many of us to clean out our closets and our kitchen cabinets. So, it’s fitting that National Nutrition Month® falls in March, a time when we are starting to dream about warmer temperatures, bountiful summer produce and lighter fare.

National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to emphasize the importance of making informed food choices. This year’s National Nutrition Month® theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward.” A reminder that every bite counts, this theme reflects the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for American’s recommendation to shift to a healthier eating pattern.

This idea that every bite counts also resonates closely with advice that I regularly share with my clients: small steps do add up to big changes. Additionally, I advise my clients that healthy eating can be as simple as choosing the more nutritious option between two foods, such as choosing a side salad instead of fries when eating out or a handful of nuts and dried fruit instead of a sugar-laden granola bar. This helps clarify the idea (and alleviate the pressure) of the somewhat-vague term “eating healthfully.”

Here are just a few examples of how you can make small changes that add up to a healthy lifestyle, one forkful at a time.
Are You Dating a Narcissist? 7 Red Flags Not to Miss

Are You Dating a Narcissist? 7 Red Flags Not to Miss

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Thursday, 09 March 2017

With more and more people turning to dating apps and websites to meet people, we see a relatable pattern. You see someone’s photo. You’re attracted. You read their profile or brief description of who they claim to be. You reach out. You exchange emails. You text. Maybe you’ll speak briefly and then, you meet. 

You’re hitting it off. Things seem great. However, it seems almost too good to be true. 

Is it?

According to Dr. Sanam Hafeez, a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, narcissists are everywhere and in varying degrees. 

She explains that the current “swipe right” dating culture only feeds their agenda, it’s important to understand who they are and how to spot them.
Chair Yoga to Battle Osteoarthritis

Chair Yoga to Battle Osteoarthritis

Written by Helen Lawler
on Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting over 30 million adults in the United States (1). 

The disease, commonly called degenerative joint disease, is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage and bone within the joints. It progresses slowly, yet its symptoms are often debilitating and can include stiffness, reduced range of motion, swelling and pain. 

Those battling osteoarthritis are often given both prescription and over-the-counter medication to deal with pain, yet since medications can produce side-effects (2), the first line of defense is often physical therapy, weight loss, regular exercise, etc. In some cases, surgery is also considered.

Keep reading to learn how chair yoga may be an option for relieving osteoarthritis pain.
8 Things Your Pediatrician Will Tell You to Stop Doing

8 Things Your Pediatrician Will Tell You to Stop Doing

Written by William Bush, MD
on Friday, 24 February 2017

As a pediatrician, I see and hear about all sorts of things parents are doing with their kids on a regular basis... the good and the bad. 

In response to this, I have compiled the following eight tips for parents on things any pediatrician would tell you to stop doing. 

1) Stop posting photos of your children on social media without their permission. Funny photos might make you laugh but are embarrassing to your child. Their egos are sensitive. Additionally, unless your posts are private, the whole world (including perpetrators) can see you and where your child is likely to be and when.

2) Stop requesting antibiotics when your child has a cold or other viral illness. This has lessened during the past decade, but we still get many phone requests for antibiotics.
Don’t Let Acid Reflux Spoil Your Cup of Coffee

Don’t Let Acid Reflux Spoil Your Cup of Coffee

Written by Jess Walter
on Friday, 24 February 2017

Do you feel a burning sensation in your chest after drinking coffee? 

You are not alone. 

What you are feeling is acid reflux, which many people experience. It might not be due to just coffee; spicy foods and alcohol can also cause this feeling. Some individuals only experience it now and again, whereas others experience it quite frequently and it can affect them during the day or night.

Unfortunately, even just the occasional cup of coffee can cause reflux, because of the acid in the caffeine. The organic acid in coffee beans is what gives it that tangy “hit” that coffee drinkers enjoy so much. Some people’s digestive systems cannot cope with these natural acids and can be left with a burning sensation, accompanied by belching and unpleasant acidic liquid that comes up from the stomach, through the esophagus, and into the back of the throat.
Top Brain Boosters to Add & Brain Drainers to Drop from Your Shopping List

Top Brain Boosters to Add & Brain Drainers to Drop from Your Shopping List

Written by Dr. Christopher Calapai, DO
on Wednesday, 22 February 2017

The foods you have in your pantry and fridge may be helping or hindering your brain. 

Dr. Christopher Calapai DO, a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine, explains that the foods we choose have a lot to do with how sharp, attentive, alert, focused and happy we feel after they are consumed. 

Certain foods may taste great have additives in them that literally cloud our brains and leave us sluggish and dull-headed. The opposite is also true. We can eat certain foods and feel a charge of mental energy and focus. 

Dr. Calapai provides a quick list of foods that boost and drain the brain. Which ones will you add and remove from your shopping list?
Gym Goals: How to Save on Your Fitness Membership

Gym Goals: How to Save on Your Fitness Membership

Written by Jane Austen
on Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Thinking about joining a gym to meet your fitness goals? 

There are steps you can take to help save on your membership fees.

Weigh Your Options

The good news is that there are endless fitness facilities around that you can check out. Many of them even offer complimentary trials where you will get the first few days or weeks for free.

After reviewing all your options, it will be easier to make a decision based on the one that suits you the most. It’s more motivating to stick with something that appeals to you.
Cosmetic Surgery Hype: Which Procedures Are Zeroes, Not Heroes?

Cosmetic Surgery Hype: Which Procedures Are Zeroes, Not Heroes?

Written by Kirk Brandow, MD
on Tuesday, 14 February 2017

The name of the game today in cosmetic surgery is fast and non-invasive. 

The reasons are obvious. Nobody wants to be bedridden out of work and off the social grid as they recover. Fast results of a thinner, tighter, younger look within an hour is very alluring. 

How many of these seemingly miracle procedures actually do what they claim to? 

Board certified Philadelphia plastic surgeon, Dr. Kirk Brandow, breaks down cosmetic surgery hype; which procedures are zeros not heroes.
10 Foods to Get You in the Mood on Valentine’s Day

10 Foods to Get You in the Mood on Valentine’s Day

Written by Dr. Christopher Calapai, DO
on Friday, 10 February 2017

Valentine’s Day is rapidly approaching and instead of making reservations to some over-hyped trendy spot, stay in and prepare a “Lover’s Platter” full of indulgent aphrodisiacs. Pop some champagne, get that romantic playlist ready and feast on these 10 foods to get you in the mood for love this Valentine’s Day. 

Dr. Christopher Calapai, DO, a New York City Osteopathic Physician board certified in family and anti-aging medicine gives us his interesting insights on these aphrodisiacs.

“Aphrodisiacs are foods that have certain chemical properties that could increase pheromones, estrogen of testosterone, estrogen, heightening our interest in sex,” explains Dr. Calapai.

To be considered a true aphrodisiac the substance must be consumed orally, must reliably increase libido or sexual desire and within minutes. 

So, what are these sexual super foods and what is it about them that lights the fire of desire?
Beat the Blues: Balancing Your Gut for a Natural Mood Boost this Winter

Beat the Blues: Balancing Your Gut for a Natural Mood Boost this Winter

Written by Raphael Kellman, MD
on Friday, 03 February 2017

The deep connections between gut and brain health are frequently overlooked. 

It’s a fact that alterations in the gut microbiome can lead to a whole host of symptoms, including changes in mood and brain function. These trillions of bacteria are interconnected with the vast signaling and communications taking place between the gut, brain, immune system and hormones. The microbiome even creates many of the biochemicals the brain uses to process emotion and thought. 

When the microbiome is healthy, your mood is lifted and you experience a deep sense of well-being that can never come from a pill. In an unhealthy state, it’s common for anxiety, depression, brain fog, and memory and concentration issues to pop up. For the greatest impact on brain health, look to the microbiome for the answers.
Do You Need a Therapist? 5 Signs that Point to YES

Do You Need a Therapist? 5 Signs that Point to YES

Written by Sanam Hafeez, PsyD
on Wednesday, 01 February 2017

You lose a loved one, a job, a relationship, a pet or get into an accident, have an injury, gain weight, have a baby, return from war or experience something else that just rattles you to your core. You know something isn’t right, you feel a bit off, but continue living your life thinking you’ll get over it. 

We all have been there and often with time we do get over it, sort of. These life scars helps us to grow and while that is great in theory, the pain that comes with growth can take a toll on us. Our mental health is directly connected to our physical health. 

When we see illness we know it’s a clue our mental outlook is out of whack. 

Do you need a therapist? How can you tell?
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