A Word On Change

Jamiaca_2013_Reggae_Sumfest_Half_Moon....14Words by Kimatni D. Rawlins

When positive change is desired one must restructure their entire mechanism of thinking. Not only must they follow those that have made successful transitions, but also become their own motivator and inspiration. They must bask in the glory of their physical, spiritual and healthful accomplishments and let go of those that oppose the transition while seeking like minds walking or running the same journey. I’m passionate about healthy evolutions due to the fact that I didn’t have someone guiding me on proper nutrition and fitness regimens. I crew up in Camden, NJ where poverty and lack of anything sustainable for a healthy life was null and void. Yet I thrived due to my thirst for knowledge and truth. [Read more…]

Breaking Bad Habits: Why It’s So Hard to Change

 

NIH News in Health

feature_1imgIf you know something’s bad for you, why can’t you just stop? About 70% of smokers say they would like to quit. Drug and alcohol abusers struggle to give up addictions that hurt their bodies and tear apart families and friendships. And many of us have unhealthy excess weight that we could lose if only we would eat right and exercise more. So why don’t we do it?

NIH-funded scientists have been searching for answers. They’ve studied what happens in our brains as habits form. They’ve found clues to why bad habits, once established, are so difficult to kick. And they’re developing strategies to help us make the changes we’d like to make.“Habits play an important role in our health,” says Dr. Nora Volkow, director of NIH’s National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Understanding the biology of how we develop routines that may be harmful to us, and how to break those routines and embrace new ones, could help us change our lifestyles and adopt healthier behaviors.” [Read more…]