Weight loss habit #11: Food journal

How to do it: Record everything you eat and drink. Write it down immediately; you might think you’ll remember tonight, but if you’re not in the habit of eating mindfully, chances are you won’t. Some people (raises hand sheepishly) have gotten very good at eating behind their own backs, and almost everyone tends to underestimate

“After the holidays…”

“… I’ll start eating a healthier diet. “… I’ll start exercising. ” “… I’ll stick to a budget.” And so on. Starting to build a new habit system in the midst of the holiday season might sound counterintuitive, but it’s actually a great time to start focusing on habits. Your usual routine is already disrupted:

How I upgraded my immune system

The other day I mentioned in a Facebook post that I haven’t been sick—not so much as a cold—since I started building a healthy-habit system three years ago. A Facebook friend who’s prone to colds asked for details. Since this topic is too complicated for a Facebook comment, I promised to address it in a

Small steps upward

A few weeks ago, one of my Facebook friends posted an angry reaction to people who insist that getting out into nature is the only true and effective “cure” for depression. I understand his frustration. Simple, dogmatic solutions to complex issues are seldom valuable. In his book The Upward Spiral, neuroscientist Alex Korb claims that

Allergy season is here

It’s spring! Love is in the air… and so is pollen. If you suffer from seasonal allergies, get your doctor’s advice, but also focus on building habits that can keep you healthy during allergy seasons. Here are a few suggestions:   Stick to your core healthy habits, such as regular sleep hours and limiting sugar.