Lost Your Motivation? Here’s How to Find It

There are times in life when we don’t feel as if we are as productive as we could be. There are things we want, but sometimes it’s tough to find the motivation to take action. Below are some suggestions on ways to find motivation in your everyday life and at work.

What is Motivation?

As humans, we have a reason for every time we take an action. That “reason”, that “why” we do anything is called the motivator. We are moved to action, and motivation is the core of that action.

For example, if you start running away from a swarm of bees, running is your action and fear is your motivation. If you spend money on a lottery ticket, winning money is your motivation. If you exercise, an endorphin rush or the desire to lose weight may be your motivation.

What all of these examples have in common, along with any motivators, is that they are compelled by feelings. The way our brains are structured, feelings almost always trump thoughts.

What Motivates You?

What motivates you will be specific to what provides you with a compelling feeling. Chip and Dan Heath, in their book Switch, talk about focusing on emotions. How you feel can determine your level of motivation.

If you’re feeling very hungry, that may be your motivation to eat. If you’re excited about getting a paycheck, that may be your “why” you go to work. When you begin to understand your feelings and what can motivate you, you may be more apt to take action.

John O’Leary, in his book On Fire, talks about his motivation to learn how to write with no hands. At nine years old, John was in a fire that burned 100% of his body. His willpower kept him alive and sent him home from the hospital after five months of medical treatment.

Once home, his mom offered, “John, if you learn how to write, you can go back to school!” That feeling did not excite John. Hence, that was not a particularly great motivator. He was not motivated to write.

However, a visit from John’s hero, American sportscaster Jack Buck, made a different impression. Mr. Buck brought John a signed baseball from a player on the St. Louis Cardinals. He then offered, “If you write this player a thank you note, I’m sure he will send you another ball.”

In two weeks, John figured out to write with no hands, and sure enough another baseball arrived by mail. He continued to write notes. And he continued to collect baseballs. His collection finally grew to 60.

What excited John (what connecting to “feeling”) is what became the motivator.

Feeling Good

A psychology researcher at the University of North Carolina, Dr. Fredrickson, writes that positive emotions compel individuals to take action. Her definition of positive feelings include: joy, contentment and love. Her belief and research show that through mindfulness, kindness, and even meditation, people can increase their level of positivity; thus, creating motivation.

Finding meaning in what we do can also be a valuable motivator. In his Ted Talk seminar, Dan Ariely talks about how when people feel they have a “purpose,” they are more apt to take action. Feeling value in what you are about to partake in can be a great motivator.


Finding ways to reward yourself for tasks completed is an important element in adding to your feelings of success. In the workplace, reward plays a big part in encouraging positive behavior and motivating employees. Reward also plays a large part in motivating students.

Understanding what compels you emotionally may bring you closer to an understanding of what can motivate you. And in learning what motivates you, you may find yourself feeling more productive, fulfilled, and overall more joyous.


Dr. Dave Campbell Commentary:

Everyone has their own motivating factors, triggers or events. For me, as a physician and humanitarian, our MSNBC Morning Joe medical reporting trip to the impoverished island country of Haiti, just after category 4 Hurricane Matthew devastated the homes, crops, towns and villages in 2016 was a life-changing journey. Then to read about Dr. Paul Farmer in Mountains Beyond Mountains by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder clinched it for me.  Dr. Farmer continues to dedicate his life as a physician to treating the poorest of the poor. His altruism is a beacon for all physicians that went into the practice of medicine to help others. Dr. Farmer has triggered and motivated me to practice medicine with the utmost safety, consideration and compassion, and highest quality.

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Can Type 2 Diabetes Be Reversed?

The anguish of being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes may cause vulnerability, depression and helplessness.  However, there is a possibility of reversing the diagnosis and freezing the dependent ritual of pill popping, which currently keeps the disease under control.  How is this possible and what measures have to be taken to achieve this?


Type 2 Diabetes On The Rise


A tidal wave of obesity has washed up around the abdomen in the last century, suffocating the correct use of the pancreas and liver.  As a result of these organs not working properly, severe health issues can lead to kidney and heart disease, blindness and even foot amputation.

Good News

But there’s good news: this potentially harmful disease can be reversed without drugs.

A medical study conducted by Professor Roy Taylor from Glasgow University, Scotland, showed that 9 out of 10 people who undertook this trial reversed their Type 2 Diabetes, without the use of drugs or operations.

Lose It

By losing a significant amount of body weight, at least 33lbs, these patients reduced the fat mass around their pancreas and liver, thus normalizing the levels of these specific organs.  The result was a remission status from Type 2 Diabetes.  This trial is seen as a major breakthrough in controlling the disease because it was previously controlled with medication.

Observing the root of the illness and its relation to obesity, a significant weight loss program has given hope to millions of Type 2 Diabetes sufferers.  With a doctor guided weight loss program, in addition to patient dedication, patients have the potential to reverse the diagnosis.


The American Diabetes Association has recommended the following steps to help with weight loss:


  • Eat breakfast everyday (this kick starts your metabolism and helps stabilize blood sugar)
  • Exercise everyday. 20 minutes of high impact exercise like aerobics, running, swimming.
  • Cut back on calories and fat
  • Weigh yourself once a week
  • Watch less than 10 hours of television each week


There are numerous online support groups like www.diabetes.org, which may help the road to recovery.  Discussing options with a physician and being referred to a dietician will also help with the process.


With drastic weight loss being essential in reversing the diagnosis, diet is fundamental.

There are a number of foods to avoid like:


  • Starchy vegetables such as potatoes
  • Pasta, grains, and bread
  • Sweet fruit juice and full fat milk
  • Soda, candy, and artificial sweeteners
  • Sausage
  • Cold Cuts
  • Full fat cheese


Increase the following foods:

  • Healthy fat like avocado, olive oil, nuts, and olives
  • Leaner proteins like oily fish (salmon), skinless chicken, eggs, legumes, and tofu
  • Non starchy vegetables like spinach, kale, cucumber, onions, peppers, and sprouts.


The key with any lifestyle change is perseverance, knowledge, diet and positivity.   Armed with a great support network and the willingness to change lifestyle, reversing type 2 diabetes is possible.

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Is Childhood Obesity Your Mom’s Fault?

According to a recent study, moms who are overweight tend to feed their children more often—and fill up their plates more. This behavior increases the risk for childhood- and future adult obesity.

Please, May I Have Some More?

Today’s world seems to have such a disparity between childhood starvation and childhood obesity. Neither is healthy—or fair to the child. The particular study that observed the behaviors of overweight and obese mothers was out of the University of Florida.

Of the 29 obese women in the study, researchers concluded that they all assumed their children were hungrier than they were. They fed their children more food than did the mothers of a healthier body weight. The 29 children were all between the ages of three and six years.

Results of Too Much

The lead investigator on the case commented on one of the (negative) aspects of the findings. “Young children have difficulty recognizing when they’re full. The more they’re fed, the more likely they are to eat.” Whether they are full or not.

Certainly, parents and caretakers need to oversee that children are fed when hungry. The difference, however, is that the obese women presupposed that the kids required more food than they did. This study opens up a great dialogue on how parents and children together can work on reasonable portions.

The Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics recently published these discoveries. Appropriate portions during childhood can lead to a lifelong of healthy eating habits. Additionally, learning at a young age what it’s like to feel hungry—and then full—is essential for each.

Snacking Situation

Snacks can be good. In fact, they can increase metabolism, help lower blood sugar, and relieve hunger before the next meal. But, they have to be nutritious!

Salty snacks (high in sodium and low in fiber or vitamins) and candy are the major calories derived from the worst snacking. Research in the past decade has shown that children’s snacks consist of almost one-third of their daily caloric intake. Since the 1990’s, kids’ calories from snacks have gone up almost 170 calories, daily.

Snacks for children and adults should be fiber and nutrition-rich. Some examples are carrots, a handful of nuts, or a scoop of peanut or almond butter on a celery stick. Fruit is good in moderation and should be derived fresh (not from juice or cans.) A scoop of anything with healthy fats (avocado, hummus) on an organic corn chip is perfectly acceptable and delicious. And, don’t forget to drink a glass of water!

Knowledge is Power

Knowing how much to feed yourself—and your child—is essential to maintaining a healthy body weight. Remember that your stomach is much larger than a toddler’s. It’s also important to recognize true hunger. Are you really hungry? Or bored? Or stressed?

And just because it tastes good, are you eating more than you need?

You can help prevent your child from becoming overweight by teaching healthy eating habits early in life. Part of how this can be accomplished is through modeling. Check with your practitioner, pediatrician, or nutritionist for professional guidance. You can always check here for other tips on nutrition, parenting, and best health practices.


Quick and Effective Methods to Boost Your Immune System

Everyone has an immune system. Varying factors, however, can effect how effective it is at fighting off sickness. If you want to boost your immune system, read on for some helpful, quick and effective methods.


Your Immune System is a Bad-A**

Your immune system is extremely complex and multifaceted. It’s not as if it’s just one organ that has just one function. It’s an entire system designed to prevent invasion of germs and then fight them if they get in.

In order for it to function well, your immune system needs to be strong and balanced. Think of it like the superhero of your body. It can protect and destroy enemies when it’s boosted. But, like Kryptonite is to Superman, so are germs and diseases to a body with a weak immune system.


Quick and Effective Methods to the Rescue!

Because your immune system is an intricate function, it makes sense that achieving balance and harmony within the body are important. If you are stressed out, smoking cigarettes, eating junk, and never exercise, chances are your health is imbalanced; thus, your immune system is probably weakened.

Here are some methods to boost your immune system:

  • Quit smoking
  • Reduce alcohol intake to one drink per day or less
  • Reduce sugar intake
  • Increase amount of sleep
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat nutritiously
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Minimize stress
  • Wash your hands with soap often

Basically, leading a healthy lifestyle will be your most effective route to a well-functioning immune system. It sounds pretty simple. Achieving it might seem too difficult—but it doesn’t have to be. One small change at a time, and in no time, you’ll be feeling better and healthier than ever.


How to Put Your Methods into Effect


  • Quit smoking. Addiction to nicotine is a real thing. Also, along with smoking comes associated behaviors. The only way to quit is to make the decision and commit to it. You can taper off, go cold turkey, join a support group, use replacement therapy, or other workable approaches. Once you stop, your body will thank you and your immune system will be able to fight harder for your health.


  • Reduce sugar intake. Too much sugar and the body cannot process it properly. It can spill in to the bloodstream creating all kinds of problems with insulin and cholesterol levels, imbalance in the gut microbiome, and general inflammation. Your immune system thrives on balance, so reducing sugar can help. This is a quick fix.


  • Sleep enough. Today’s hectic lifestyles don’t often allow for the rest we truly need. The National Institutes of Health recommends 7 or more hours of sleep per night for adults 18 and over. It’s precisely when we’re not getting enough rest that our immune system lowers its guard and we wind up getting sick. Schedule your sleep the way you would any other essential activity.


  • Eat well. Eating well means appropriate portions and ingesting fresh, unprocessed, healthy foods. Specific vitamins known to boost the immune system are zinc, iron, folic acid, A, B6, and C, amongst others. Specific foods mentioned in health circles are bone broth, Japanese mushrooms, avocados, and most all fruits and vegetables. Feed yourself well and your immune system will repay you with wellness.


  • Exercise daily. There have been studies where athletes have taxed their immune systems from overexertion. This is generally not a worry for most of us. Nonetheless, it’s important that we move our bodies daily. Try and use every opportunity in the day to be active somehow. This could include taking the stairs, parking farther from the building, going for a walk at lunch, or indulging in more romance. Getting exercise will also reduce stress; both will help boost your immune system.


Staying healthy is more important than ever. Be mindful of how you go through your day. Within no time you’ll be able to incorporate some of these quick and effective methods and get your immune system boosted and ready to take the bad guys down. Check out other health tips for you and your family on GetThrive!










Exotic Dining: Would You Eat Under the Ocean? In a Volcano? Naked?

One of life’s greatest pleasures is food. Meals prepared with care and skill can literally be memorable for a lifetime. What also adds to the experience is the ambience of the space in which those foods are eaten. Mere furnishings and soft music don’t hold a candle to some of the most exotic restaurants around the globe.

The past few years, restaurant explorers have been privy to eateries such as Ithaa, which is enclosed in a tunnel under water in the Maldives; Kakslauttanen, which has dining tables set inside a veritable igloo in Finland; and El Diablo, where specialties are grilled to perfection on top of a volcano in Spain. Opening for three months this year in London, however, is a new, “raw” conceptual restaurant experience—dining in the nude.

The new venue is called The Bunyadi. The environment boasts “bareness”; there will be no electricity, gas, chemicals, or artificial colors. And, no phones allowed. Additionally, the restaurant’s press release states there will be, “wood-flame grilled meals served on handmade clay crockery and edible cutlery, in a space void of the industrialized-world’s modern trappings.”

The company, Lollipop, (who opened ABQ, a popular cocktail bar that serves drinks inspired by the show Breaking Bad,) has created this bare-bones concept that holds 42 diners. One section will be reserved for those patrons who chose to remain clothed. The other half of the space, partitioned by bamboo and candlelight, is for those wishing to dine naked. Changing rooms and lockers will be available for the “naturalists.” Meals will run about $85 per person, which will include food and drinks.

Is this really a new concept? Seemingly so, since a pro-naked choice eatery hasn’t been publicized (or legal), at least in the past two centuries. Or is it just bringing us back to a time where feasting, minus-the-toga, was a grand part of life, reminding us that all we truly need to survive is shelter and food? Whatever the meaning for its appeal, The Bunyadi already has diners—thousands—clamoring for a seat. Yahoo news reported that 6,500 people are already on the waiting list, whereas NPR reported that the restaurant’s operators claim there are 8,000 on the wait list to date. If you don’t make the cut, pretending at home may your second best choice.



8 Tricks to Keep Your Diet This Holiday Season

The holiday season is here again. This means planning lots of parties and celebrations…and LOTS of eating. It will take some strong willpower to overcome the food temptations and diet challenges of the holiday season.

For the majority of us, it’s not easy to remain on track with our normal healthy diet this time of year. However, there are some tricks and tips that you can use to keep your diet on track this holiday season.

Tasty Trick #1—Mentally Plan for Parties

You can’t simply avoid going to parties during the holiday season, whether it’s for the office, family, or a friend inviting you over to have dinner and catch up. Prepare yourself mentally for the party and everything associated with that, which involves the liquor, food, and eating later than usual.

Before going to the party, be sure to have a healthy and filling meal so you are not as tempted to overindulge. With a full stomach, you are also less likely to drink too much alcohol.

Tasty Trick #2 – Know that Shopping Malls Can Be Diet Disasters

The holidays also usually mean that you will probably find yourself at a crowded mall or shopping center. Your shopping time may last for hours. You may even find yourself shopping during lunchtime or dinnertime, which can make it tempting to head over to the food court.

But you don’t have to buy anything at the food court. Instead, pack some snacks in a bag before you leave for your shopping trip, such as:

  • Low fat pretzels
  • Almonds
  • Died fruit or fresh fruit
  • Low-calorie snack bars
  • Pistachios

Tasty Trick #3 – Use Leftovers Wisely

With the holiday season comes leftovers. What are you going to do with those leftovers? Be creative and use them wisely and healthfully. You could use turkey to make a nutritious vegetable soup, or a turkey spinach salad. If you have leftover ham, use it to make an omelet or low fat ham and cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread.

Tasty Trick #4 – Remember Portion Control

Don’t eat everything on your plate. In fact, choose each item you put onto your plate carefully. Lean proteins should be chosen according to the size of your palm. Remember, even healthy food choices have calories, so make every choice count. If you want to indulge a little, plan that into your portions and calories for the entire day so you can avoid overeating.

Tasty Trick #5 – Eat Before You Go

Don’t arrive at the party and head straight for the buffet table. Instead, grab a bottle of water and mingle with the crowd, making conversation with some of the guests as you wait until mealtime rather than snacking. You will have time to get comfy with the setting, surveying the choices of food on the buffet before you dive in.

Tasty Trick #6 – Trick the Buffet

Whether it’s a buffet dinner or not, you should choose the smallest plate available. Limit your servings to the healthiest choices, and be sure to include more fruits and vegetables. Steer clear of dips and sauces; these are just empty, extra calories.

Tasty Trick #7 – Limit Alcohol

Limit your alcohol intake at holiday celebrations. Alcohol has a lot of empty calories. Plus, if you drink too much alcohol, it is likely that you won’t be in control of what you have to eat. If you feel uncomfortable or weird not having a drink in your hand, sip on some bottled water.

Tasty Trick #8 – Take Your Low Calorie Treats With You

If are invited to a holiday party, take your low calorie desserts with you. This will help you stay away from the fattening and tempting treats that are typical fare of the holiday festivities. Share your low calorie dessert with the guests. Many people will love the healthy alternative.

Don’t let the few weeks of the holiday season ruin a whole year’s worth of hard work and discipline when it comes to your eating habits. It can be tough, but using these tips and tricks can really help you stay on track with your diet during the holidays. Plus – not gaining holiday weight puts you on the path to starting the new year happy and healthy! Enjoy!

We Are What We Absorb – Not Just What We Eat

You can eat anything you want, but it doesn’t mean you will be nourished.  Healthy foods will help provide vitamins and minerals, but unhealthy foods will actually keep you from absorbing them.

How Do We Absorb?

Unless you’re on an IV, there are really two main ways we absorb nutrients (and toxins.) One way is through our gut, and another is through our skin. So, it makes sense to be mindful of what we eat and what we place on our skin.

Of course, there are components in the water and air, which we absorb. Unfortunately, we don’t always have as much control over those. We do, however, have choices about what we ingest through our stomach and wear on our skin.

Our Digestive System

Our digestive system is complex. It’s responsible for many functions including breaking down our foods and then using it or discarding it. If the system is working properly, it will absorb nutrients and dispose unusable products and toxins and send them away as waste.

Our gut is full of bacteria, hopefully, more good than bad. When gut flora is out of balance, it doesn’t matter how healthy the foods are that we eat. If we are unable to absorb the nutrients, then it all goes to waste, literally. This is where probiotics and keeping our digestive system healthy through mindful living is essential.

Our Largest Organ: Skin

Just about everything you place or rub on your skin, absorbs into your bloodstream. This includes make-up, lotion, sunscreen, bug spray, and perfume, among others. If these products are not manufactured with organic, natural, plant-based elements, they are most likely toxic.

Your actual skin may not have a reaction to these chemicals, but internally pollution is rising.

Nutritional Therapy Practitioner, Kelle Kleingartner, suggests avoiding these 5 ingredients when purchasing skin care or cosmetic products:

  1.  Triclosan

  2.  Parabens

  3.  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

  4.  Phthalates/Synthetic fragrances

  5.  Formaldehyde

Unfortunately, many skin care products that use these chemicals do not include them on the label. Other times, they are disguised by fancy names. All of the above are toxic and will affect us negatively, internally, eventually.

How Can We Absorb the Good Stuff?

The first thing is to make sure that your pipes are clean. An overload of bad food along with unsavory chemicals creates toxicity in your system. Then, you get “clogged” up.

Clogging creates fat cells. Your body wants to keep toxins away from your vital organs, so it sends them to adipose tissues. Clogging also results in headaches, joint pain, inflammation, hormone imbalance, and other pesky disorders and disease.

Unclogging requires a combination of stopping and starting. Stop: smoking, wearing poisonous cosmetics and skin products, drinking too much alcohol and coffee, and eating processed, refined foods and sugars.

Sounds overwhelming? If it seems too tough to do all at once, remove the most toxic items first. Even just cut down on a few. A 30-day nutritious food detox program can give you the support you need without throwing your body into shock. Be kind to yourself.

Our bodies are miraculous. They have incredible healing capacity.

Start: drinking water all day long. Practice methods to keep your stress levels to a minimum. Eat whole, organic, fresh produce, fish, lean meats, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and ancient grains. Exercise daily, with moderate to strenuous levels three-times-a-week.

Once you’ve unclogged, your body can absorb all the good things you offer it. Your immune system will be boosted; your serotonin levels increased, and overall you should have clear and pure energy. Check out Thrive for more updates on food and healthy living.

7 Essential Tips to Boost Your Mental Energy at Work

Let’s climb aboard on the premise that you’ve had a good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast, and you really enjoy your job. Even in the best-case scenario, inevitably your mental energy at work will wane at some point. Truly, after four, six, or eight hours, we all need some kind of boost.

Recharging the Mental Battery

Grabbing a coffee can be helpful, but there are several other ways to positively lift and rejuvenate focus, productivity, and spirits. A couple of the following suggestions you may have heard, read, or practiced before. Reminders can still be helpful, right?

Trying New Energy Boosting Techniques

Some of the following tips may come to you as a surprise. Think in terms of not just adding positive benefits, but also reducing or deleting negative aspects from your typical workday. Below are 7 essential mental-energy boosting tips that will provide you with an even more satisfying and successful day on the job.

1) Eat Productively. Is eating breakfast necessary? This has become a slightly controversial topic. Some nutritionists don’t believe you need to eat right after waking. All will agree, however, that you need to nourish your body properly in order for your brain (and body) to work at it’s best.

One tip is to prepare a protein smoothie at home before work. Bring it with you for your commute or for when you arrive. By then, you will probably feel some hunger pangs. Fresh produce with protein will boost your mental energy and keep you from snacking on “bad” foods like doughnuts, vending machine sweets, and sugary drinks. The latter will ultimately zap you of focus (and add inches to your waistline!) Click here for some great smoothie recipes.

At lunch, eat moderately and nutritiously. This will help you have a productive afternoon. You can also snack on nuts or grab a coffee later in the day for another pick-me-up. Just veer away from the pumps of mocha or flavored sweeteners in your caffeinated beverage.

2) Work Nicely and Happily with Others. This is one of those tips that will allow you to feel your natural, positive self. By getting along with others in your environment, it will keep them from draining your energy. In the best of circumstances, a great team will fuel your mental tank.

Smiling goes a long way; it’s also contagious. If others want to be miserable, that’s their problem. You can only control how you feel. Doing a good job and being a model of happiness around others could improve an overall environment!

In fact, one study published in Forbes reported, “The happiest employees are 180% more energized than their less content colleagues, 155% happier with their jobs, 150% happier with life, and 50% more motivated.”

3) Shake a Leg. Or an arm. Or your booty!  Sitting too long can adversely affect your physical and mental health. Research has proven that moving your body will boost your energy level and brain power.

Some tips for utilizing movement at work to improve mental focus can be to: hold walking meetings; use your water bottle as a weight for arm lifts (and don’t forget to hydrate!); take stairs to another floor for the restroom.

4) Rest Your Brain. Give your brain a break every so often. A study out of the University of Illinois showed that participants who were given short breaks during a 50-minute task performed better than those who worked straight through.

Some tips for relaxing your brain are: deep breathing, meditation, and closing your eyes and guiding yourself to a peaceful place. Some call this a “virtual vacation” and imagine themselves by the sea, in a forest, or by the mountains.

5) Give Yourself the Gift of Green. Surely, green as in money would boost your mental state, but in this case, we’re talking about the green outdoors. When you have break time, instead of chatting or checking social media, try and find an outdoor space for fresh air, sun, and/or something pleasant on which to focus.

According to Urban Greening Research at the University of Washington, adult office workers report more enthusiasm for their job when there’s opportunity for access to green space or nature during the workday.

6) Follow Through with One Task. Multitasking is not necessarily productive. In fact, it can create feelings of anxiety and stress, which actually zap your energy. Try following through and completing one task at a time and watch your mental stamina grow.

Some suggestions for becoming more successful at task completion are: prioritizing assignments (by keeping them on your to-do list in order); putting electronics aside (don’t check messages or emails for a given period of time); take breaks when a task seems too lengthy.

7) Keep it Clean. Keeping a messy desk and computer desktop can rob you of your mental energy. Believe it or not, a million post-it notes, food wrappers, half-full coffee mugs, and whatever else may be hiding (or in plain sight) are a distraction. Distractions can cause depletion in your energy level.

Taking a few minutes to tidy up can provide you with hours of sanity. A clear headspace makes for a happier worker and chances of greater productivity and success.

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