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A Physical Activity Increase in Order?

April 5, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

When I work in the garden (It’s spring again – Wonderful!) or walk up a hill (Yipee! Hiking season has returned.), I realize that my body is aging. It rather creeps up on us; we don’t really notice it daily; but when we think back a few years we can notice the difference. I’m thinking […]

Down-Shifting Hedonic Hunger

January 19, 2016 by Joyce Bunderson

The term “Hedonic Hunger” gives a name to a very powerful concept in understanding why we overeat certain foods; and why we can’t stop ourselves once we start eating them. Hedonism is from the Greek, and it means seeking pleasure. Hunger is normally not out of control; it is regulated by our bodies in a […]

Adding MIND to the Mix?

March 24, 2015 by Joyce Bunderson

Last week I wrote about the Mediterranean Diet (MD) and the DASH Diet (DD), both healthy eating styles. The day after putting that article up, I stumbled upon an article published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, about the new MIND diet. The authors of MIND hope it will prove to […]

Chocolate Season

December 2, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

I’ve heard it said that Chocolate Season begins with Halloween and ends with New Year’s resolutions. I’m certain that’s just a joke, because as anyone who fills Easter Eggs knows – most of the children enjoy chocolate candy in their eggs and Easter never falls between Halloween and the first of January. It seems to […]

Big Surprise – The Safe Amount of Alcohol – None

September 16, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

When I was a young woman, I really wanted to be fashionable and cool. Two things that I thought would help convert a somewhat bookwormish woman to being cool were if I would drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. I started with the goal to smoke cigarettes. My sister tried several times to help me, but […]

Alzheimer’s Cure – More Than One Easy Step

September 9, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

Don’t you just love it when all it takes is one easy step, one easy change and you’ve solved a problem?  I do.  I know with many public health problems, that’s exactly how they seemed to be solved. I realize that finding out about just adding a vitamin, mineral or developing a vaccine or medication […]

Staying Hydrated

July 15, 2014 by Joyce Bunderson

During the past couple of weeks we moved from a home of twenty-three years to the new home that we just finished building. During that time I learned many things; one is that moving during July is the busiest time of year. I think July is so busy because the children are out of school. […]

Mediterranean-Style Eating Continues to Shine

May 28, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

May is National Mediterranean Diet Month. Since May 2013 is winding down in just a couple of days, I hope we do not limit our celebration/recognition of the Mediterranean-style of eating to the merry month of May; but hopefully, make it a practice every week. I hope you are all making progress on moving toward […]

Hitting the Sack

February 12, 2013 by Joyce Bunderson

By now, most everyone knows that sleep deprivation interferes with hunger and satiety hormones crucial to regulating appetite.  Perhaps you know some night owls who are also plump owls. We envision them mindlessly snacking their way through fatigue to keep going. Research has gone deeper than the snacking, and revealed a chain of hormonal effects […]

Gratitude for the Energy of a Healthy Body

November 20, 2012 by Joyce Bunderson

I think it’s a good habit to reflect on our blessings and be grateful every day; but it’s now the time of year to celebrate our sense of gratitude in a bigger way. This year I am especially grateful for the bounty of the real food that is available to us in the US; and, […]