Past Stories

Ways to Wellness

The holiday season is here once again, and with it comes the spirit of giving. So, as a gift to you, I asked a few of my favorite SoCal friends to dig deep and share the different ways in which…


Hey, Pizza Face

Zits, pimples, whiteheads, blackheads, comedones, pustules, cysts or boils—whatever nasty name you call it, you probably don’t want it. So what exactly causes those repellent breakouts also known as acne? Contrary to popula...


Holiday Parties

Now that December is upon us, there’s a good chance that you will be attending a company holiday party. You’re not alone—I can pretty much guarantee that in attendance there will also be someone who feels the same way tha...



Gobble, Gobble


It’s that time of year again—the time when we all ignore the fact that 388 years ago the pilgrims landed in Cape Cod and promptly set about destroying the Native Americans. But it’s easy to forget such unpleasantness when...


When It Comes to Health, Go Nuts

Looking for a cheap, satisfying, healthy snack? Why not indulge in some yummy “dried fruit consisting of an edible kernel or meat enclosed in a woody or leathery shell?” Or, in other words, just go nuts.    Whether it’...


Traversing Snow


I just got back from Iceland. It was an amazing trip, including visits to Geysir (the original erupting hot spring that coined the word “geyser” in the first place), Gullfoss (an enormous, two-tier waterfall that looks like...



A New Wrinkle To Aging

When I was 18, I took a year off between high school and college to travel around the world with less than $2,000, a backpack and my friend Merriah. We followed the sun because it made sense what with carrying…


Treat or Treat, No Tricks

When I was a kid, I rated my love for holidays based on how much candy they could net me. Easter came in number three. Christmas got number two. And the number one spot went to the biggest, baddest candy-fest…


Checking In, Working Out

I am currently sitting in the Hilton Garden Inn in Toledo/Perrysburg, Ohio, feeling fat. I am here for a wedding, which means my days and nights are made up mostly of eating and drinking. It’s not a bad life, but…



Why So Mum On No. 2?

In my experience, people just don’t talk about poop enough. They can make generalized potty jokes, scoop their dog’s poo by hand with a flimsy plastic bag or talk about their children’s poo if they happen to have them, bu...


Shoes, Schmooze

Don’t you wish that getting exercise was as easy as skipping barefoot through a field of wildflowers? Well, actually, it is. A recently revived trend in the running community, barefoot running is exactly what it sounds like...


The Colossal 100th Column

Not that anyone would know this other than myself and my poor husband who I write about (i.e. humiliate) way too often, but this is my 100th Mind Body Spirit column. Fanfare. Anyhow, in celebration of this vainglorious event, I...



Germinating Better Habits

It has just come to my attention that September is National Food Safety Month. I bet the very sound of that has you nailed to your seat and waiting for more. It would be way more interesting if the subject…


Skeletal Reasoning

One of Hollywood’s favorite go-to diet plans is actually extremely easy and super cheap—it’s called fasting. The gist of this fashionable slim down secret is that you starve yourself. Sure, fasting has been around for age...


Spinning a Yawn

Before you go any further, please grab a pen and paper and then make a mark every time you yawn while reading this article. Yeah, you may be yawning because you’re tired or because I’m boring you to tears, but…



Wash Your Hands of Infections

A few years ago I went to visit a friend of mine who was in the Peace Corps in Bulgaria. A couple days into the trip, I noticed that my lips had turned an unusual shade of pink and wouldn’t…


Wedding Crash Dieters

Two days after this issue of the Weekly is published, I will be married. Yes, it’s very exciting and all, but my fiancé and I have had very little time to actually be excited because we made the gigantor mistake…


Back to School!

Alright, all you coeds, it’s back to school time. This probably means you have your pencils and your notepads or your laptop or your BlackBerry or whatever it is that you new-fangled college students take notes with and on. Y...



H2O–The Wise Move

SoCal is pretty much sunny and warm all the time, but the summer months—especially the late ones such as August and September—are when the heat is really on. With the high temps comes the potential for a variety of dehydrat...


The Skinny on Healthy Skin

Okay, so maybe you did your pre-summer crunches, push-ups and squats, and maybe you even ran around the block a couple hundred times, all to look extra hot in your snug swim trunks or teenie-weenie string bikini; but here we&he...


Hair of the Dog

I have a crap-ass hangover right now. Last night I met with the woman who is making my wedding cake and ended up drinking enough wine to drown a horse; now I have dry mouth, nausea and dizziness, and I…



For Heaven Quakes

On May 22, scientists unveiled a hypothetical scenario describing how a magnitude 7.8 earthquake would impact SoCal, causing loss of lives and massive damage to infrastructure. In the scenario, the earthquake would kill 1,800 p...


Don’t Forget, Live Smart

When you’re young, it’s easy to think that just one cigarette, just one double-decker cheeseburger or just one too many drinks, won’t really make a difference in the grand scheme of your life. But like the jingle for Lay...


A Way to Gauge Your Physical Stature

Nowadays it’s nearly impossible to open up a health or fitness magazine without finding the term “BMI” peppered throughout the pages willy-nilly. “It’s downright trendy,” says Paul Cummings, M.D., an Internal Medici...



Got Slaps?

Summertime and the living’s easy . . . but maybe not so easy on your feet. Cracked heels, sunburned toes, blisters and athlete’s foot are only a few of the more “minor” consequences of wearing everyone’s favorite summ...


The Aids of Guided Imagery

It appears to have been a while since we covered the “Spirit” side of our little Mind.Body.Spirit column, so here it is: Guided Imagery. Something I know a little bit about from experience.    I have been insanely stresse...


A Sad Ballad About Salad

Salad—it’s the quintessential diet food. Most vegetables are low, low, low on the calories, and yet super-sized on the fiber, vitamins and nutrients. Nothing beats a bowl of spinach, purple cabbage, yellow bell peppers, car...



Riddle Me This, Brainiac

Most of us know how important it is for our bodies to get exercise; however, living in the media age as we do, surrounded by television, movies, Internet, iPods and the like, we often forget to exercise what is probably…