Carol (Missy) Cohen MPH, CHHC

I’m Adopting the Caveman Mentality for the New Year

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are two of my favorite holidays!


Because it offers us a chance to reflect on the past and wipe the slate clean.

One of my favorite New Year’s Eve activities is to set the timer for 10 minutes and write down all my successes for the past year, big and small. It is empowering to see that I have successfully launched a kid into the college life, doubled the size of my business in one year (thank you to my clients and referral partners – old and new!), and seen my own markers for diabetes go down as I continue to manage my stress levels, eliminate sugars and grains from my diet, work on decreasing my coffee intake and, the best part, greatly improved my sleep! WOW!

What have YOU accomplished for yourself in 2015? I bet it is more than you realize.

New Year’s Day is a clean slate. The possibilities are endless. On New Year’s Day, I again set my timer for 10 minutes and write down what I want to accomplish in the New Year for myself, for my family and my clients and business.  As the old year winds down, one of the biggest things that I want to accomplish in the New Year is to slow down and teach others to do the same.

What I have learned this year is that when we slow down, our markers for diabetes improve, we improve our overall health AND we lose weight!


Yes, when we stop running everywhere, when we stop trying to be everything to everyone and when we take time to put our own oxygen mask on first, we lose weight!

Dr. Libby Weaver, a hormone specialist from Australia, shares how she gained 12 pounds while training for a marathon. The following year, she was working on a retreat and she was too busy to maintain her training schedule.  She had to get up very early in the morning to be at the retreat where she participated in Qigong, a slow, meditative type of exercise that links your breath to your movements and then led 30 minute walks. Her results? She lost weight without changing her diet.

Are you curious to know how that works from a biochemistry perspective? You can see her Tedtalk that explains how our bodies have not converted from “caveman” era to modern women and how that affects our weight, our health and our overall well-being.

What are your goals for 2016? We’d love to hear from you!

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