Maria Shriver Powered by Inspiration - For Architects of Change Thu, 28 May 2015 15:10:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Since You Asked … Does Love at First Sight Exist? Thu, 28 May 2015 15:10:17 +0000 Hope you’re all having fabulous weeks! If you’re not, you know who to ask to make it better. I picked two lucky queries this week that I think will apply to a lot of people out there. Let’s jump in.

Q: Do you believe in love at first sight? I’m waiting for it. Am I wasting my time?

A: I absolutely believe in love at first sight. My ongoing affinity for jean shirts can attest to that. But, I don’t believe in love at first …

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Don’t Let Stress Overtake You: Follow These Simple Calming Steps Thu, 28 May 2015 11:50:22 +0000

We’ve all been there.

You’re in Costco pushing your oversized cart with the fluorescent lights blaring from above. You squint to see the price of the humongous package of chia seeds and try to figure out if it is actually a deal over buying the petite Trader Joe’s packet on your regular weekly trip. The smell of mini hot dogs wafts past you as a mumbling man pushes the back of his cart into your left hip.  You check your phone for the time, and

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I Moved from LA to Mississippi & Learned Some Life Lessons: A Curveball Checklist Thu, 28 May 2015 11:32:42 +0000 For a long time it bothered me that college didn’t lead me where I expected it to. In fact, I didn’t even finish college. A year and a half in school turned into a stint in the Navy. The Navy turned into menswear sales, which turned into culinary school and professional cooking, which turned into a stretch in California state government. There are more turned-into’s after that [You can read about some of them here] but I think you get the idea.

The point is …

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Strategies for Healthy Grocery Shopping in 20 Minutes or Less — Part 1 Wed, 27 May 2015 11:36:26 +0000 Time is a commodity these days as our obligations increase. Unfortunately, our health often becomes shortchanged as we pack in more responsibilities and a drive-thru or ordering-in seems like the fastest and best food choices, contributing to our ever-expanding diabesity epidemic.

These days, I understand more than ever what it’s like to have very little free time. My days are full seeing patients, teaching other doctors, acting as Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, working as editor of a medical journal, writing …

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Feeling Stuck? Investigate Your Inner Dialogue With 4 Questions Wed, 27 May 2015 11:21:19 +0000 “What would you do if you were stuck in one place and every day was exactly the same, and nothing that you did mattered?” ~Phil Conners, Groundhog Day

A few weeks ago, I re-watched one of my favorite movies of all time, Groundhog Day. Bill Murray plays an arrogant weather reporter who wakes up and suffers through the same exact day over and over again until he makes enough personal changes to break through to tomorrow. Powerful message! It’s not just my favorite movie–it’s on …

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I Emailed Jeb Bush About Fighting Alzheimer’s… and He Responded Tue, 26 May 2015 14:55:55 +0000 Late last week, I wrote Jeb Bush an email suggesting some ideas about how to wipe out Alzheimer’s after he shared that his mother-in-law suffers from the disease. And he responded.

I’m encouraged by his timely response, and I hope it will encourage other presidential hopefuls to talk more about Alzheimer’s and the millions of people affected by the disease on the campaign trail.

[Watch Maria’s Wipe Out Alzheimer’s PSA]

I’m glad to see he received so many suggestions in his inbox.  Let’s keep this …

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Create Positive Change in Your Life with Small Wins Tue, 26 May 2015 12:29:17 +0000 What will you do today that makes a difference?
I started asking myself this question, rather intensively, when I was a teenager. Not because I was ahead of my time
or enlightened, but as a result of my cancer diagnosis at age 16. After I lost sight in my left eye to a large tumor, my doctors suspected I had a rare genetic condition that shuts off a powerful tumor suppressor. The results of a blood test confirmed I had this VHL gene mutation, which …
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Activities People Can Still Enjoy During Every Stage of Alzheimer’s Tue, 26 May 2015 12:25:37 +0000 The following essay will appear in the forthcoming book by Marie Marley, PhD, and Daniel C. Potts, MD, FAAN, titled “Finding Joy With People Who Have Alzheimer’s: New Hope for Caregivers.”

Among the general public, Alzheimer’s is typically considered a cruel and devastating disease that destroys its ‘victims.’ One that robs them of their very humanity. Caregivers may fall into a period of deep depression and despondence when the diagnosis is made. Grief is another feeling that can develop. The caregiver can also become angry …

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4 Ways to Cope When Your Child Graduates & Is Off to College Mon, 25 May 2015 12:37:24 +0000 My oldest son will be leaving for college at the end of the summer. I knew this was coming, he had taken the SAT, written all the essays for the applications and had been waiting to see where he wanted to go. Since he got accepted, I have decided to remain in a state of denial that at some point soon he will be leaving our house. I’ve heard it’s the last child to leave, not the first that is the hardest. I think anytime …

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What I’ll Be Remembering This Memorial Day Sun, 24 May 2015 13:28:43 +0000 Memorial Day weekend. The official start of summer.

When big movies come to theaters near you. Women can break out their white outfits and families across the country fire up their backyard grills.

But Memorial Day is most importantly a day to think about those who have given their lives fighting for our country.

[Are You a Good Listener? 4 Techniques to Try]

Just the other day I was in a hospital elevator with a young doctor when a gentleman wearing a veteran’s shirt entered …

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