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The Wrath of Grapes

The Wrath of Grapes

Christmas and New Year’s celebrations can be filled with good cheer. But if the next morning you barely wake suffering with a pounding head, queasy stomach, dizziness, parched tongue and vowing never to drink again, you begin to get what I mean by the “wrath of grapes.”Large amounts of alcohol, perhaps genetic factors, the type of alcohol you consume, dark vs. clear colored alcohol (dark is worse), the time of day you drink (morning drinking is more intoxicating), how sleep-deprived you are, what you’ve eaten prior to drinking and how hydrated you are (more is better), all point to just how much wrath those grapes will inflict on you the next morning.There are those fools who believe that hangovers are good for you, irrationally believing that it will deter them from drinking heavily again in the future. Wrong. These are the same people who...

Posted Sunday, December 26, 2010, 02:23PM | Permalink

New Year’s Resolution Solutions

New Year’s Resolution Solutions

Imagine if your New Year’s resolutions included watching more TV and movies, more procrastinating, less exercising, more snacking and drinking, more time on Facebook and Twitter, going deeper into debt, and stressing out about everything. Wow, it’d be easy and tempting to keep...

Posted Friday, December 17, 2010, 11:40AM | Permalink

Rich in Rituals

Rich in Rituals

“Happy holidays” usually carries with it a host of celebrations, parties, and rituals. From December Nights in Balboa Park to the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights, ice skating at the NBC studio building at Horton Plaza and oceanfront at the Hotel Del Coronado, to driving around...

Posted Friday, December 10, 2010, 11:17AM | Permalink

Behind the Lyrics of Christmas Music

Behind the Lyrics of Christmas Music

When it comes to music, I’m no maven. And when it comes to Christmas music, well, I’m usually too busy singing, “I Have a Little Dreidel,” lighting our Menorah and eating delicious potato or vegetarian latkes to be singing “Silent Night.” But I have to...

Posted Friday, December 3, 2010, 11:21AM | Permalink

Stick With the Small Stuff: It’s Not All Small Stuff

Stick With the Small Stuff: It’s Not All Small Stuff

Way back in 1988 I wrote my first book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: p.s. It’s All Small Stuff. A number of years later, another psychologist, who has since passed away, came out with, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff and It’s All Small Stuff....

Posted Friday, November 26, 2010, 04:25PM | Permalink

How to Have a Healthy Thanksgiving

How to Have a Healthy Thanksgiving

If you are expecting recipes, motivation to work-out, exercise routines, admonitions about how much to eat or drink, you’re looking in the wrong place. No, you won’t find where to shop for local turkeys, who grows the best asparagus, or even how little salt to use in your...

Posted Friday, November 19, 2010, 03:00PM | Permalink

Rational Holiday Weight-Loss

Rational Holiday Weight-Loss

It’s the time of the year our waistlines, mirrors, jeans and scales can scare the heck out of us. And if scaring the heck out of us helps us lose weight, that’d be great. But it doesn’t, and neither do parties, festive meals, office snacking, and lack of time to exercise....

Posted Friday, November 12, 2010, 11:57AM | Permalink

'Wrap Rage' During the Holidays

'Wrap Rage' During the Holidays

For many of us, the stress of gift giving is real enough. But for far more of us, this time of year brings with it the very real stress of trying to open those gifts.Actually it’s more than just stress for about 300,000 Americans who are injured opening presents. These injuries...

Posted Friday, November 5, 2010, 01:00PM | Permalink

Do You Need a Fitness Psychologist For the Holidays?

Do You Need a Fitness Psychologist For the Holidays?

Welcome to the fall holidays in San Diego. For many, this means making plans for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Chanukah, New Year’s Eve and Kwanzaa. For most, it also means promising to lose weight in advance of all of those delicious holiday meals, and lots of talk about getting into shape...

Posted Friday, October 29, 2010, 11:55AM | Permalink

Does Your Costume Hide or Reveal You?

Does Your Costume Hide or Reveal You?

This is the year of the costume for more than 40 percent of Americans. At least that’s what the National Retail Federation’s research is telling us. And with Halloween upon us during these tough economic times, dressing up — or down — may be one way to have some truly...

Posted Friday, October 22, 2010, 06:26PM | Permalink

The Clean Plate Club

The Clean Plate Club

I grew up as a member in good standing of the clean plate club. I heard all about the starving kids in every foreign country you can name, and some you probably can’t even pronounce. I learned from my Depression-era Jewish grandmother that wasting food was a heinous sin, punishable by...

Posted Friday, October 15, 2010, 11:50AM | Permalink

Michelle, Fat Kids Have Enough to Worry About

Michelle, Fat Kids Have Enough to Worry About

Fighting obesity in children hurts kids. Mrs. Obama’s misguided war on obesity in children aside, kids ruminating about weight, appearance and worry about being fat can lead youngsters to a greater risk of poor body image, unhealthy eating habits and the feeling that they need to be...

Posted Thursday, October 7, 2010, 06:49PM | Permalink

Couples Who Work Out Together…

Couples Who Work Out Together…

In the current issue of San Diego Magazine, the 2010 Top Doctors issue, I saw a startling statistic: “Three behaviors (smoking, obesity and lack of physical activity) lead to four diseases, heart disease...

Posted Friday, October 1, 2010, 01:39PM | Permalink

All Work and No Play?

All Work and No Play?

Remember when the technology experts tried to sell us on the notion that all of their gadgets would free us up, give us more leisure time and make life so much more enjoyable?Really technology experts? Have any of you heard about the economy lately and companies requiring more and more...

Posted Friday, September 24, 2010, 03:04PM | Permalink

Savvy Shopping

Savvy Shopping

On March 16, 1964, the Beatles released their ever-popular song, “Can’t Buy Me Love.” I guess they never heard of BuyWithMe.com, which chose San Diego as its second city to launch in August 2009 by Lauren Hirsh, sales...

Posted Friday, September 17, 2010, 09:39AM | Permalink

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