Acción de Gracias

Hola amigos, Noviembre es sinónimo de Acción de Gracias, quizás el feriado más importante para todos los estadounidenses. Es un día en el que nos reunimos con nuestros seres más queridos para, mediante una cena tradicional, dar gracias. En mi casa es un festín familiar. Este año el menú incluye pavo a la criolla, frijoles
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Diabetes Dialogue: Risk Factors for Type 1, 2

Diabetes can be a complicated disease. It is not just the well-known Type 1 and Type 2 that I am talking about. There is also MODY, 3c or pancreatogenic just to name a few; these are types that we are still learning about. The month of November – National Diabetes Awareness Month – serves us
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Doña Ramona had a full life. Diabetes took it away from her.

  Doña Ramona had a full life. Diabetes took it away from her. Each November, we observe National Diabetes Month to bring attention to diabetes and its impact on millions of Americans. Doña Ramona died last Friday in Washington Heights. She was only 74 years old. She was the matriarch of the Carvajal family, dominicanos de ”pura cepa,” who moved
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La Calabaza: ¡ Mucho más que un adorno de Halloween!

El mes de octubre es sinónimo de otoño. Su llegada anuncia el cambio de color del follaje, la Fiesta de las Brujas y por supuesto, la presencia de calabazas por doquier. Como este año hemos tenido una excelente cosecha, ya los mercados locales las tienen a la venta, junto a la flores de oro y
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Breast Care Break Down: What You Should Know About Breast Cancer

“1 in 8 women get breast cancer. Today, I’m the one,” wrote actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus just a few weeks ago. All of us know someone – family member, co-worker, friend – who has breast cancer, which is the second most common cancer affecting American women. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month but, as I tell
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Life! Age, Wisdom, Gratitude

In my journey of self-discovery, it has been in the trying times that I have discovered how strong I am. One day, almost 10 years ago, I was recovering from a disastrous car accident when I woke up from surgery to find that I could not move my arms. A grueling year-long therapy followed before I could move my arms again. It is at times of trial when you find out who is who: the cowards run and the true friends remain by you.

Every Day is a New Opportunity

After all, we are creatures of habit, and old habits are hard to break. Our brain is so complicated! How else to explain our impulse – that urge to eat crispy French fries and a juicy double cheeseburger when we visit a McDonald’s, or to gobble down the freshly baked goods my colleagues often bring to work – despite knowing it goes against our own self-interest? Our brain is activated by these temptations because they signal reward. And we crave reward and comfort. But, I had to get back on track. Luckily, I had the tools to make it happen. No guilt trips this time around. I know the brain can be retrained. I had to change my environment, my routine, and repeat, repeat, repeat, to let the new cues do the work.

Cada día es una nueva oportunidad

somos criaturas de hábito, y los viejos hábitos, aunque malos, son muy difíciles de superar. ¡Nuestro cerebro es tan complicado! Si no, ¿cómo explicar el impulso que nos lleva a comer una ración grande de papitas fritas y un cheeseburger doble cuando vamos a McDonald’s, o a devorar los postres recién horneados que trae una colega incluso sabiendo que atentan contra nuestros propios intereses? Nuestro cerebro se activa con estas tentaciones porque las mismas dan señal de recompensa. Y a los humanos nos encanta la recompensa y la comodidad. Pero tenía que volver a entrar en camino. Por suerte, tenía las herramientas para intentarlo. Esta vez no me sentía culpable. Sé muy bien que el cerebro puede ser reentrenado. Necesitaba cambiar mi ambiente, mi rutina y repetir, repetir y repetir hasta que entrara en el sistema.

Ready to Fly

As I arrived at Emory University to begin a “Health Coach” certification program, I recalled my previous visit to Atlanta, some 40 years earlier, to attend an Eastern Airlines training. It occurred to me that Eastern’s advertising tag line – “The Wings of Man” – which sounded so appropriate at the time, certainly would not fly in today’s more gender-conscious world. Here I was again, a woman ready to spread her wings, excited to begin yet another adventure.

¡Lista para volar!

A mi llegada a Emory University para comenzar un programa de certificación en “Health Coach” (Tutoría de salud), me vino a la memoria mi última visita a Atlanta, hará unos 40 años para asistir a un entrenamiento de la aerolínea Eastern Airlines. Se me ocurrió pensar que el lema de publicidad de Eastern en aquel
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