Author Archives: Dr. Susan Mathison

How to stay healthy, happy and active when winter is just… awful.

Dec 21st. Winter Solstice. The shortest day of the year. Here in Fargo, North Dakota, where I live, we’ll have about 8 hours and 30 minutes of daylight on that day. Which means… 15 hours and 30 minutes of darkness. … Continue reading

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Everything you ever wanted to know about… gluten.

A few days ago, I popped onto Facebook and asked a few friends: “What’s something you’d love to see me write about?” Someone said: “GLUTEN!” That’s not surprising. I am asked about it often in my office. And at cocktail … Continue reading

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My holiday intention: Simplicity. (What’s yours?)

There’s a book sitting on my bedside table, right now. It’s called Less. A friend gave it to me, months ago. “It’s a beautiful book about the power of doing less — and focusing your energy where it counts,” she told … Continue reading

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Growing Up Grateful: Thank Goodness for November

November seems to be lacking identity, just a build-up for the ultimate holiday of the year, Christmas. The days get shorter and we started talking about the dreaded windchill, brrrr. Sure, we have Thanksgiving, but now that seems less sacred … Continue reading

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Your DNA: Life by Destiny and Design

Ever since the Human Genome Project published findings in 2001, I’ve been wondering where this roadmap will lead us. The project was an international, collaborative program with a big goal of complete mapping and understanding of all the genes of human … Continue reading

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Acne? Rosacea? Wrinkles? How to eat your way… to better skin!

November is barely halfway over, and it’s already been an exciting month for so many reasons.  One of my major thrills: we added a dietician and lifestyle medicine coach to the Catalyst Medical Center team. I’ve long been talking about … Continue reading

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Never stop dreaming about your ideal life.

“Sometimes, we feel like dreaming betrays our reality. As if to wish for more makes us ungrateful for what we have. That’s not the case. There is always more. You are capable of holding two states of consciousness at once: … Continue reading

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Gold stars. Big hugs. Playdates. What motivated you as a kid? And what motivates you now?

My 7-year-old son, Grant, gets very excited about charts. Well, one chart in particular — the chart where we record when he has done his chores, finished his homework, or has chosen a smart option (like reading a book instead … Continue reading

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Start Now: Why thinking about the New Year in October is a really smart move.

Most of us wait until New Year’s Eve — when we’re one or two glasses of champagne deep into the night — to make our New Year’s Resolutions. In the harsh light of day, the next morning, those big resolutions … Continue reading

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“Why do I want to be healthy?” How to get “emotional” about your wellness goals — and truly commit.

In his groundbreaking book, Start With Why, Simon Sinek urges business owners to uncover their “why” — the mission, the belief system, the deeper motivation — that drives them to do business. If you want the 18-minute version, watch his … Continue reading

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