• Dear Dr. Conner: HELP!!

    Dear Dr. Conner, HELP! It's almost the middle of February and I have not achieved any of my new year's health resolutions. I feel fat and overwhelmed with post-holiday stress and the winter doldrums. Can you give me some advice to get started on a healthier lifestyle this year? Blue in Newtown   Dear Blue, Relax. The month of February is the perfect time to evaluate your present lifestyle, set some realistic health goals, and make changes that will foster a healthier 2012. It is common to feel somewhat overwhelmed after encountering the stressful, time-consuming, and often scale-tipping months that have recently passed. The problem with the holiday season is that it is a season- six weeks of food, food and more food. You are constantly faced with lots of food choices that you may not typically encounter at any other time of year but this season. Everywhere you turn…..cookies, cakes, eggnog, alcohol….a never-ending sea of holiday treats.  Despite these overwhelming feelings, one does not have to commit to drastic measures in order to get back on track. Even if your clothes have appeared to shrink and a layer of dust has found its home upon your treadmill, do not allow yourself to feel discouraged or hopeless. By incorporating a few good habits into your daily lifestyle, you can gradually progress towards an increased state of wellness. Even though you may not meet your goals in the most ideal time period, keep in mind that even small steps can lead to great accomplishment. The following are some suggestions to keep you moving in the right direction: -Always start the day with a nutritious breakfast. By fueling your body in the morning, you will boost your metabolism and enable yourself to meet the daily demands of your lifestyle. -Try to keep hydrated with Read more »