Category: *Getting Naked ~ Susanne Veder Berger, Columnist

Health For A Lifetime-Part II: Adjusting Your Mind For Better Health

In Part I of this essay, I wrote about a new Harvard study documenting something that many of us have always known – that it’s possible to slow the aging process through certain simple changes in the way we eat and exercise. I encouraged you to make a list of everything you eat and drink over the course of a week, and everything you do (or don’t do) in terms of exercise – and then start making a few simple changes in that routine each week. It’s important that you take this action for yourself – not for your...

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Health For A Lifetime-Part I: Making Small Changes For Big Results

Scientists at Harvard University’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute recently published a formal study that supports something we’ve all known for years.  In a study involving mice, they found that by making a number of small changes in nutritional intake and exercise, it’s actually possible to slow the aging process.  It’s now time to turn this knowledge into action. The first step in this process is remarkably easy.  Start by making a list.  For the next seven days, write down everything you eat and drink, as well as your activity — walking, the amount of time you sit watching television, and...

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Zero Tolerance for Domestic Violence — Long Overdue

When I learned recently of the horrific murder of one of our Here Women Talk colleagues – cutting short the life of a beautiful, sensitive woman and loving mother – my immediate reaction was anger.  More specifically, I find it disturbing and outrageous that over the past several decades we haven’t made more progress in taking a “Zero Tolerance” stand against domestic violence or abuse of any kind. During her 25-year run, Oprah brought a fair amount of attention to this issue, and way back in 1984 the courageous Farrah Fawcett starred in a disturbing made-for-TV movie about domestic violence,...

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Sticking to Our Goals & Resolutions

As the new year gets underway, the sense of excitement and anticipation we all felt a few weeks ago remains.  It’s not too late to make 2012 a masterpiece – even if those ambitious dreams we envisioned on January 1 now seem a bit more out of reach and the challenge of achieving them seems a bit more daunting. I know that this is a time for me to get out of my comfort zone and expand my horizons.  I realize that the process won’t always be comfortable, but I really believe that it will bring me greater happiness...

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“The Power of a Moment” — Part II

We all have good moments and bad.  If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the years, it’s that out of the bad comes the good.  I’ve struggled through many hardships in my life, and with each one, I can tell you that when I took the leap to move past whatever was holding me back, it changed me.  It made me feel better, and also stronger.  It made me grow. It’s so essential to keep ourselves open to every experience, because you never know where life is going to lead you.  The first day I walked into Freedom Academy...

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“The Power of a Moment”-Part I

I woke up in Maui to sunshine while my husband took the children for a walk, and all I can remember feeling is guilt.  Yes, my life was perfect, but I wasn’t happy or fulfilled.  And I wasn’t ready to admit it to myself.  Sometimes in a single moment, we look at our lives and realize that something is off, and we instinctively push this feeling away.  But eventually, it always forces its way out. Six months later, my husband walked in and told me that he was leaving me.  This was a traumatic event for me, of course,...

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