Energy Express from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:04:16 -0700 Energy Express from Creators Syndicate 4443a991513b2544dd337fb57b0c4896 All Is Not Well: So Now What Choice Do You Have? for 10/17/2017 Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's almost embarrassing to have a new book out called "All Is Well." Even though the subtitle explains that it's about "the art and science of personal well-being," the fact is that all is <i>not</i> well. </p> <p>No, no, no. Ten hurricanes in a row. Worst flooding in history. The Las Vegas massacre. Ferocious wildfires. A wiped-out Puerto Rico begging for help. Threats of a nuclear war with North Korea. <p>Updated: Tue Oct 17, 2017</p> 55bce299b155312feac8cca31141a8ba Meaty Matters: Let the Truth About Veggies Set You Free for 10/10/2017 Tue, 10 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Oct. 1 was World Vegetarian Day. I'm betting the farm you forgot to celebrate. Don't worry: The North American Vegetarian Society has declared all of October to be Vegetarian Awareness Month, so there's still plenty of time to roll out the cucumbers, round up the beans and take a closer look at a lifestyle that can improve your health, save suffering animals and help rescue our over-pooped planet. </p> <p>Let's begin by confusing ourselves with definitions. A classic vegetarian is a person who doesn't eat meat, poultry or fish/seafood. They get all their nutrients, including protein, from a balanced diet of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds. It can be a fabulous and healthy way of eating, but it's not for everyone. Keep that in mind this month as your awareness of the healing powers of vegetables grows. </p> <p>A vegan &#8212; a remarkably trendy diet, considering how restrictive it is &#8212; is a vegetarian who also excludes dairy and eggs. A lacto-vegetarian eats dairy but no eggs. An ovo vegetarian eats eggs but no dairy. And an ovo-lacto vegetarian eats both eggs and dairy. I'm still not sure where crispy fries fit in. <p>Updated: Tue Oct 10, 2017</p> 7f772a991d939daac7c240ff66dec24f Trash Talk: Plastic at Sea Is Toxic and Terrible for You and Me for 10/03/2017 Tue, 03 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I was out on a boat the other day in the Aegean, on my way to a small Greek island for lunch. Be happy. Your generous spirit is proof that all your healthy lifestyle training is paying off.</p> <p>The sun was shining. The seas were calm. And suddenly, we saw dolphins, mesmerizing creatures that stopped their travels to play with us. We cut the engine and went silent, hoping for more contact. <p>Updated: Tue Oct 03, 2017</p> 8126aa121c20ebd86f8352fcc2a4952d Who Knew? Letting Go of a Star Can Be Heavenly for 09/26/2017 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>We can all learn something delicious about personal well-being from the true story of Sebastien Bras. Bras is a celebrated chef in France, a man who isn't afraid to stir the pot of what makes him happy and create a new recipe for success.</p> <p>Le Suquet, his restaurant in southern France (a pilgrimage spot for foodies the world over), is one of the few to ever earn a three-star rating in the esteemed Michelin Guide. It happened back in 1999, thanks to his father, chef Michel Bras, "who helped raise vegetables to an art form," The New York Times recently reported. <p>Updated: Tue Sep 26, 2017</p> 3f75052bf33e6faa7836fd08ce3dc754 Parenting 101: Kids Just Want to Have Fun for 09/19/2017 Tue, 19 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There's a short chapter in "All Is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well-Being" about how to raise an active kid, and here's how it begins: </p> <p>"I grew up loving sports. I wish I could say the same for French or algebra. Early on, my folks stepped up to the plate and made sure my sister and I knew how to ride a bike, hit a ball, swim, bowl, roller skate, jump rope, ride a horse and play tennis, golf, even horse shoes. <p>Updated: Tue Sep 19, 2017</p> 80a8098176de5a72fc3ab0243dcee00f When National Disaster Strikes, Is It OK to Go Bowling? for 09/12/2017 Tue, 12 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Disaster distress is all around us, and of course it takes a toll on our personal well-being. You probably escaped the high-water horrors of Hurricane Harvey and the massive monster that is Irma, but there's no getting away from the images and reports of death and destruction in Texas, in the Caribbean, in Mexico and Florida, devastation on such a crushing scale, it sinks our spirits just <i>thinking</i> about it. </p> <p>Flattened houses, floating cars, entire communities destroyed, overcrowded shelters turning families away: day after day of horrifying stories about people trapped, lives lost, everything gone, starting over amidst the rot, the mold, the stink, the suffering.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 12, 2017</p> ab72119fa51b19546ef93493404de31a Shake, Rattle and Do-si-do: Your Brain Loves to Dance for 09/05/2017 Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>It's one thing to lose your keys, your phone, a wallet filled with credit cards. It's wildly upsetting, but it's all stuff you can get back. But losing your mind? Losing your memory? Your thoughts, in mid-stride, so you have to double back and ask yourself where was I going with that story about the guy I met in yoga class who has the apricot-colored poodle? </p> <p>It happens to everyone &#8212; kids forget stuff, too &#8212; but I don't like it. And one reason is that I know the mind is like a muscle. Use it or lose it. Back in the old days &#8212; maybe 40 years ago &#8212; neuroscientists thought the brain was fixed, not fluid, and the older you got, the more senile you became.<p>Updated: Tue Sep 05, 2017</p> d8290122d886dffe9fb6b9e1f8f4d9ca Anger in America: Mad Is Bad, So Manage Your Anger -- Or Else! for 08/29/2017 Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Who isn't angry about something these days? </p> <p>Take my friend Sam: a sweet husband and docile dad, but put him in heavy traffic and he starts foaming at the ears. He's angry at stopped cars, passive drivers, even angry at himself for choosing the slowest lane. <p>Updated: Tue Aug 29, 2017</p> 82ba5e4b2cf958d4013ace36bfe29292 Back to School Isn't Just for Kids. Study Up to Loosen Up! for 08/22/2017 Tue, 22 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The run-up to Labor Day is always a bit of a letdown. I feel like summer fun is over and done &#8212; where did July go? &#8212; and it's time to sharpen my pencils and head back to school. </p> <p>Who uses pencils? And what school? I haven't returned to the classroom since computers were the size of cruise ships, but when Labor Day comes around I still can't help thinking it's time to buckle down. <p>Updated: Tue Aug 22, 2017</p> e895ea620b54f42f2522cb4546d38bc0 The Belly-Fat Wars: You Can't Outrun Your Fork for 08/15/2017 Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Of all the things America worships &#8212; the Tesla, the Google, the sour- cream-and-onion potato chip &#8212; the flat stomach is one of the hardest to achieve. Photoshop is a big help, as are simpler airbrushing techniques, but for most people, looking down, belly fat is as normal as cotton socks on little kids. It's just how it is.</p> <p>Maybe not. Let's review some basic body-fat facts to educate and inspire you to get a handle on belly fat. You can't wish it away, but once you understand it, you can take action. <p>Updated: Tue Aug 15, 2017</p> 7f4eb85d065bdd60d37e75d40bcc980f 'I'm Too Stressed to Deal With My Stress!' for 08/08/2017 Tue, 08 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>"Personal well-being is <i>very, very</i> personal," I declared to a packed room of smart, successful women who gathered last week for a lively conversation between me and Christie Hefner, hosted by the Chicago Network. </p> <p>Full disclosure: I'm a member of this group. I'm the one who insisted on a large bowl of organic, non-GMO potato chips to sit beside the goat cheeses and raw veggies with dips. (Christie humored me.)<p>Updated: Tue Aug 08, 2017</p> 7d5309f91bb56c55b52e78a5236df0b6 Notes From Up North: 'Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired' for 08/01/2017 Tue, 01 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I've been perched on a remote lake in the Northwoods of Wisconsin these past few weeks, consorting with two adorable loons named Lorna and Claire D, three flighty eagles named Nelson and a few too many biting flies.</p> <p>Forget the flies. It's been bliss, a state of mind that surfaces easily in summer when you're out in a kayak, or a canoe, or standing on a paddleboard, gliding, riding, just following the sound of your breath, the rhythm of your stroke, nowhere to go, nothing to do.<p>Updated: Tue Aug 01, 2017</p> 38be0e46ddaa627f00ca5a2352268b1d 'Eff Zeen'! Where's Your Getaway Taking You This Summer? for 07/25/2017 Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Too much technology takes a toll on our personal well-being &#8212; so much distraction, so little time &#8212; which is only one of 50 reasons why summer getaways are so important. </p> <p>"There's this magical sense of possibility that stretches like a bridge between June and August," writes Aimee Friedman. "A sense that anything can happen."<p>Updated: Tue Jul 25, 2017</p> dd034b74354717ed30e5a8281f7ce609 A Wonder Weapon You Possess... But Are You Using It? for 07/18/2017 Tue, 18 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Summer's here. Time to kick back, take a deep breath... and focus. Slowly inhale through your nose; hold it for a couple of seconds; then exhale, also through your nose. </p> <p>Then do it again. <p>Updated: Tue Jul 18, 2017</p> 044079eef054777f7133e831176e7df7 Weight Loss 101: Plateaus Happen. Be Patient and Reboot for 07/11/2017 Tue, 11 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>I'm going to skip over the obesity statistics for the moment. Let's just sum it up by saying that every third person in the country is trying to lose weight. It's not on everyone's mind &#8212; some folks are joyfully roasting chocolate-covered marshmallows over campfires &#8212; but with so many millions of American's dieting, you get tons of people who lose... lose... and then they plateau. The needle gets stuck. </p> <p>In spite of your best behavior &#8212; eating real food and smaller portions, exercising more &#8212; suddenly, your body simply stops losing weight. It's a very common problem. Also very frustrating. <i>Oh Lordy, what's happening?</i><p>Updated: Tue Jul 11, 2017</p> 0f77eb905a564439e5a1c0b3ba1f626c Each Moment We Have a Choice: the Art Of De-Aging for 07/04/2017 Tue, 04 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Summer is the perfect time to practice de-aging, a wonderful thing I discovered years ago on this tiny island in Southeastern Greece where I'm grateful to live, work and overdo it on fresh feta several months a year. </p> <p>De-aging &#8212; a smart practice for all ages &#8212; is to personal well-being what snapping photos is to a great vacation. And it's what I decided to focus on last week when at least 100 friends and guests gathered at a favorite beach cafe to celebrate a funny, savvy new book, just out, called "All is Well: The Art {and Science} of Personal Well Being."<p>Updated: Tue Jul 04, 2017</p> cf7e18c149e65e2b0c78d440cdce1738 To Boost Well-Being, Forget That House, and Leave Your Own for 06/27/2017 Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>After 40 years on the fitness beat, something new to consider. A health care bill that is sickening. A pending health care bill that does nothing meaningful to prevent rising rates of chronic disease, assist citizens who aspire to wellness, encourage children to grow up to be strong and fit adults. </p> <p>A health care bill that punishes the elderly, women, the poor and all people who favor a health care system that is sensible, fair and just. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 27, 2017</p> 556450e7d17851bb1dee90aec942826a 'Moms, Think About This!': a Welcome Rap on Crap for 06/20/2017 Tue, 20 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This month, I'm researching personal well-being on a small, gorgeous remote Greek island. Be happy for me. A generous spirit is a sign that your healthy-lifestyle training is paying off. </p> <p>Up the street and around the corner, next to the school, is a playground for the children of my neighborhood. Before the latest equipment arrived, it was a messy field starved for attention, overgrown with weeds, a random selection of battered structures that no self-respecting 8-year-old wanted to play on. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 20, 2017</p> 9a510c474119bc2054728e46c1eaea73 Rethink and Reboot: 3 Hot Ideas for the Coolest Summer Ever for 06/13/2017 Tue, 13 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>School's out and summer is on her way. Expect rising temperatures, melting polar caps and a need to rethink and refresh your warm-weather workouts to prevent that killer of all dreams: boredom. </p> <p>Boredom is to fitness what a bucket of water is to a flaming marshmallow. Here are three strategies to help you extinguish the possibility of exercise burnout this summer, when you and most everyone you know are in a sweat about so many things. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 13, 2017</p> eb8f27d2170d65a37eb72d4b005259ce The 'Body as Battery' Theory Lives! Tick-tock, Tick-tock for 06/06/2017 Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>President Donald Trump is exercising his right to be wrong, so hilariously wrong that I must put aside the column I intended to write &#8212; which was about the benefits of working out in water &#8212; and instead discuss our president's current understanding of how the human body operates. </p> <p>The man who is president of the United States of America, when recently speaking to reporters on the record, said that he thinks the human body runs like a non-rechargeable battery. When you're born, you have a finite amount of energy stored in your body, in your battery, and the quicker you use it up, the earlier you die. <p>Updated: Tue Jun 06, 2017</p>