Stress, your brain, and food

Trying to decipher which food is safe or healthy can be stressful when you are faced with thousands of marketing messages every time you enter the store. Tyler Davis has a very approachable way of explaining how our brains make decisions and how marketing messages use that information to get you to buy their product!…

Maisy the australian shepher helps get Eliz Greene exercising

How my dog helps motivate me to manage my high cholesterol

This post is sponsored by Kowa Pharmaceuticals America, Inc. Personal opinions and thoughts are my own. As a wellness author and speaker, people often ask me questions about cholesterol and heart disease.  In partnership with Take Cholesterol to Heart, I’m answering some of the most common questions. Want to learn more? Be sure to visit…

Don't feel bad about enjoying red meat

Is Red Meat OK Now? Sensible nutrition tips

It’s hard to keep track of what we are supposed to eat to have a healthy diet. I love this video from Funny or Die. It comically demonstrates how difficult it can be to keep up with what is healthy for us to eat.  New study results this week on red meat has certainly stirred…

Do You Have A Shaky Afib Heart?

What does Afib feel like? September is atrial fibrillations (Afib) awareness month.  My pal and fellow professional speaker Patrick Henry partnered with StopAfib.org to create an entertaining video about the symptoms of the most common abnormal heart rhythm. Many people with Afib report feeling like their is a fish flopping around in their chest or…

The Stress of Choosing the “Right” Food

Does trying to choose the “right” food stress you out? In our information-saturated landscape, choosing what to eat has become more and more complicated.  Food stress is the pressure of making the right choice often makes us self-limit choices.  We avoid buying this food because a television doctor said it is terrible for us.  We…

employee retention, engagement, and stress is about more than getting your ducks in a row.

Employee Retention: Employee Rewards Part 2

Employee retention is a hot topic for HR professionals.  Is your employee rewards program designed to retain and attract the best talent? My research on job stress and purpose-driven corporate culture revealed the second secret to great employee rewards: Purpose-driven organizations solve problems so people can perform at their highest potential. Thom Singer wrote a…

Great employee rewards must be a gift not a burden

Employee Rewards: The Secret Part 1

Employee rewards are intended to motivate people to perform desired behaviors. We want employees to be efficient and productive. We want teams to be innovative and creative. Ultimately, we want to support actions that increase the company’s bottom line. So why do so many employee reward programs fall flat? This week I’ve been preparing for a presentation on…

Does Working From Home Reduce Stress? Remote Workforce

As companies struggle to retain millennials and create more productive teams, the draw of a remote workforce is alluring. Not only does it decrease brick and mortar costs, but the theory is also that remote employees enjoy better work-life balance, less stress, and are likely to stay with the company. But is this true? Is…

Does lack of sleep make you stupid?

Poor sleep is bad for your heart AND your brain! An article about poor sleep and the build-up of plaque in the body caught my eye. The study is remarkable in that it is the first study: “to show that objectively measured sleep is independently associated with atherosclerosis throughout the body,” according to José Ordovás,…