Nancy Adler-Jones, MSW

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Derailing Our Good Intentions

Thinking ahead to the New Year and the ubiquitous attempts to make and KEEP our New Year’s resolutions, I was struck by the simplicity and wisdom of this Seattle Times article.

Tue, December 25 2012 » Weight Loss, Nuitrition » Comments Off on Derailing Our Good Intentions

Fact Checking

Stress comes in many forms.  I notice that not knowing what is true or false adds to stress.  There is a lot of cultural hysteria created to influence us to buy products, vote a certain way, etc.  Having ways to verify facts is one strategy for decreasing stress.  This article, wont-get-fooled-again1 in the Nov. 2012 Costco Magazine discloses numerous resources for “fact checking” options.

Thu, November 29 2012 » Consumer Advocacy » Comments Off on Fact Checking

Food Cravings

This article succinctly describes the latest research findings about food cravings and the brain.  It also references research that “cognitive diffusion” – accepting and observing  thoughts without acting on them, is a particularly useful strategy to limit cravings.

Sun, October 21 2012 » Weight Loss, Nuitrition » Comments Off on Food Cravings

Couples Therapy for One

Many people, frustrated in marriage, see couple’s counseling as a solution.  With some frequency, their partner has a different opinion.  I find this Wall Street Journal article insightful as to how going to therapy alone can ultimately help the marriage.

Thu, August 2 2012 » Relatioinships » Comments Off on Couples Therapy for One

Affordable Healthcare Act in WA

There have been many questions about the healthcare changes in WA state.  This article by Christine Gregoire succinctly outlines them.

Thu, August 2 2012 » Consumer Advocacy » Comments Off on Affordable Healthcare Act in WA

Identifying “red flags”

I love reading advice columns.  They can succinctly express ideas with which I have been struggling.  This article in the Seattle Times speaks to how manipulators create self-doubt in the other person in the relationship.  It points to how if you are feeling shame about yourself because of how the other person is acting, you should really question the relationship.

Sat, June 23 2012 » Relatioinships » Comments Off on Identifying “red flags”

Power of Attorney

Power of Attorney documents have been the way in which elder people have been able to turn over management of their finances and other matters to family or friends.  This legal mechanism is no longer fail-safe.  The Wall Street Journal gives advice about what to do in these situations in this interesting article.  Of course, there is no substitute for talking with your personal attorney.

Sun, June 3 2012 » Consumer Advocacy » Comments Off on Power of Attorney

Keeping a Paper Trail

There’s a lot of encouragement by organizations to send out electronic records rather than  paper ones.  While convenient in some ways, there are some documents that need to be kept in paper.  This article lets you know which are which.

Sun, June 3 2012 » Consumer Advocacy » Comments Off on Keeping a Paper Trail

The Bad News

Frequently people lose weight successfully and then gain it all back. Why?   This New York Times article explains why after losing weight, the need for caloric intake decreases.  Folks think they can return to “normal” meaning unbridled eating after losing weight.  This, unfortunately, isn’t true.  Slightly modifying the food plan that allowed for the weight loss is a more successful approach to long term weight maintenance.

Sun, January 15 2012 » Weight Loss, Nuitrition » Comments Off on The Bad News

Food Addiction

This research based article in Eating Well magazine appeals to scientifically minded people for whom understanding creates behavior change. It explains the brain chemistry of uncontrolled wanting of food.  In the middle of a craving, I’m experimenting with saying “It’s just the dopamine in my brain wanting pleasure” and then seeing if I can find a non food pleasure to substitute.

Sun, January 15 2012 » Weight Loss, Nuitrition » Comments Off on Food Addiction