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Log On – A “Must Read”


By Ruth Lahmayer Chipps, MS, RD

Never before has a book had more potential to promote a national movement towards mindful living. Friend and colleague Dr. Amit Sood has written “THE” guide for the mind-body connection. A physician and integrative medicine expert, Dr. Sood is the Director of Research for Mayo Clinic’s Complementary and Integrative Medicine Program and has been called an “intelligent optimist.” His new book is truly a guide for an optimistic future for healthy living.

I asked him about his goals for the book called “Log-On – Two Steps Toward Mindful Awareness” and he shared the following mission of the book:

-To share knowledge about the workings of human mind and brain;

-To use this knowledge to teach a two step journey toward peace, happiness, resilience, and healing;

-To help cultivate among each learner on this journey, a sincere love in heart, kindness in actions, charity in thoughts, wisdom in mind, and selflessness in self;

-To transform human consciousness.

His writing and inspirational presentations, which I have attended, have truly transformed my own consciousness. Practical techniques and gentle reminders throughout the book helped me realize greater meaning in life. Log On truly has the potential to soften the hard edges of people and positively impact health and longevity. We know of the dangerous effects that stress has on the body and Dr. Sood’s strategies help people move out of the “stress syndrome” to realize a better, healthier way of approaching life—one that is peaceful and joyful. The book is so captivating and easy to read that even my 82 year old parents are both reading the book and gaining amazing insight from it!

Here’s the excerpt from Amazon – where the book is available for purchase
(Incidentally, Dr. Sood is donating profits from the book to help children of the world.)

( Log-On. A practical, hands-on approach to developing and nurturing mindfulness, that here-and-now state of total attention and being that determines so much about how we live our lives. In two simple steps, Dr. Sood takes us on a journey to help us engage and empower our brain’s higher centers. By training our attention and refining interpretation by nurturing forgiveness, acceptance, compassion, and true meaning and purpose we can cultivate the level of objectivity required to successfully cope with daily obstacles like stress and illness. The simple to follow exercises further our training with results both immediate and recognizable. Log On will help us train our mind to cultivate peace, joy and resilience, decrease anxiety and attention deficit, and ‘rightwire’ our brain to live fuller and more purposeful lives.

Here is the link to Dr. Sood’s marvelous book Log On:

Healthy, mindful reading!


Squash–In The Spotlight For Fall

It’s definitely time to visit your local farmers market, if you haven’t already been a frequent visitor.

The markets are brimming with the best of the fall harvest and one of my favorites is butternut squash. I’m fortunate to have received a few fresh picks from my mom’s garden in rural Wisconsin.  You can identify butternut by it’s light creamy tan exterior color, characteristic hourglass shape and rich golden-orange interior. This fall favorite it filled with nutrients,such as beta carotene and is a good source of fiber.

Last night I cut the squash into eight chunks, removed the seeds and roasted the pieces at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes with a sprinkle of salt & pepper an drizzle of olive oil. We enjoyed it as a side dish with chicken spaghetti meal. Leftover pieces were refrigerated for today’s soup:

Butternut Squash Soup

2 tbsp. olive oil

¾ c onion, chopped

¼ c. red pepper, chopped

¼ c. green pepper, chopped

2 tsp cumin (more if you like it)

1 ½ t. fresh minced garlic

¼ t. white pepper

2 (14oz .) cans low sodium chicken broth (or homemade – if you have it)

2 c. cooked or make squash

¼ c. half & half (optional)

Hot pepper sauce to taste.

Brown onion and garlic in olive oil. Add red and green pepper and lightly sauté. Add remaining ingredients and heat. Your’re the cook – adjust seasonings as needed –

Just before serving add the optional half & half and heat to serving temperature (do not boil.) Sprinkle the desired amount of hot pepper sauce.

Serve with a slice of seasonal fresh local apples–We’re enjoying “honey crisp” in Minnesota right now!

To Your Health,


New Medicare Bill Passes—Dietitians Celebrate!

-New bill offers opportunity for expanded Medicare coverage for preventive medical nutrition therapy-


 As a registered dietitian, I’m joining my colleagues in a collective high-five today—the new Medicare bill passed yesterday! This means that we can now begin to approach more coverage for medical nutrition therapy services (MNT). Nutrition counseling has been proven to play a major role in preventing conditions such as hyperlipidemia, hypertension, obesity and diabetes.

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Keep a Food Diary – and Keep at it!

Great news was released on Monday confirming the success rate of using a simple self-monitoring device that dietitians have been recommending for years—the food diary.  A new study by Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Health Research with 1700 participants found that those who kept a daily food record lost twice as much weight as those who didn’t keep records. The participants also followed a healthy eating regimen – the DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) as well as engaging in 30 minutes of moderate activity per day. They also attended regular support meetings. Weight lost averaged 13 pounds during the 6-month period.  The study was sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and will appear in the August edition of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.


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Midwestern Floods–Food, Fluids & Families

The recent Midwestern floods have been devastating for many of my neighbors in surrounding counties.  Our home was unaffected, since we live on higher ground—less than a mile away from the mighty Mississippi in Minnesota. Only minutes down the road, disaster areas have been declared in Southern Minnesota as well as many counties in Iowa and nearby Wisconsin.


As families in river towns struggle to save their communities, we must be aware of the potential long term effects from the losses of these vital farm communities – from economic losses to environmental destruction. There will likely be a resounding effect on our food supply, considering the flooded areas are in the “bread basket” of our country. The immediate concern has been for adequate fluids, food and shelter. Read the rest of this entry »

Living Longer, Living Healthier?

Since the invention of penicillin and modern medicine, life expectancy has continually increased.  Last Thursday, June 12, The Washington Post reported the most recent results on life expectancy from the National Center for Health Statistics, which calculated average life expectancy for Americans at an all-time high of 78.1 years from 2005 – 2006. This is encouraging news that deserves a few comments and questions: Read the rest of this entry »

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