Hungry for More?

Did you know that only one aspect of eating is reaching satiety? Most of our brains are prewired to seek pleasure from eating and to elevate serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin, often referred to as the “happy” neurotransmitter, plays a vital role in our food intake and level of happiness. Many of my patients who have experienced a lack of serotoni...

Created by susan on 2019-05-23 18:39:26

Pet Therapy: Furry Friends and the Cuddle Chemical

 Have you ever wondered why we love our furry friends? Aside from being another family member, research shows there is actually a cuddle chemical! The theory is that pets boost our oxytocin levels known as the “bonding hormone” or “cuddle chemical” which enhances social skills, decreases blood pressure and heart rate, boosts immune function and rai...

Created by susan on 2019-05-17 16:07:44

A Kaleidoscope is Enchanting

 Have you ever seen a kaleidoscope of butterflies where hundreds of butterflies display patterns and shapes in vivid colors and change rapidly? It is brilliant! In my new book Body Esteem: Piece of Cake and Peace of Mind I use butterflies as a metaphor to describe how our bodies are extraordinarily unique and evolve over time. There is a great deal...

Created by susan on 2019-05-14 15:25:28

Masquerade

I adore the musical “Phantom of the Opera” which takes place in a Parisian opera house and the character who plays Phantom hides behind his mask that disguises his scarred face and shame. When Christine, the lovely female vocalist and actress removes his mask he becomes angry and you can see the sadness in his eyes. Is it possible that many of us disgui...

Created by susan on 2019-05-14 14:58:27

Fear Not the Freshman Fifteen!!

 One of my memories at my alma mater, Texas A&M University was that I was invited by a classmate to go to yell practice and the football game. I was not familiar with the traditions and quickly learned that every time we scored you kissed your date and the score was 50-0, A&M’s favor! I spent most of the time in the ladies room and to this...

Created by susan on 2019-05-02 18:37:25