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MOOD AND FOOD

MOOD AND FOOD

What you eat can affect your risk of the most common mood disorder in the United States:  depression. Mental health begins with lifestyle:  nutritious food; regular exercise; sufficient sleep; and coping skills. The chemical components of food impact one’s state of mind throughout the day — that is, after every meal and snack.  A long period of time without nourishment (fasting) activates survival emotions throughout the brain.  Food, or the lack of it, thus alters both feelings and thoughts. A…

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WINE IN LAMORINDA?

WINE IN LAMORINDA?

Bill English is a great wine maker.  As a member of the nationally renowned Contra Costa Wine Group, his entries in the group’s annual professional-tasting competition have consistently won gold medals.  He has also received awards from Wine Maker Magazine and the State Fair.  This expertise has been gained with over 40 years experience, which began in the 1970’s when English, an Orinda resident, first learned the trade.  He purchased equipment from the iconic Wine and the People store in…

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CELEBRATE THE BRAIN

CELEBRATE THE BRAIN

Thanksgiving and the many holidays that follow are joyful times to be with family and friends.  Holiday cheer, a positive emotion, can also provide the brain with healthful hormones and neurochemicals that improve brain function. Family traditions boost enjoyment of holiday gatherings.  In a recent series of studies in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, subjects described the customs they followed — along with those of their families — during holidays.  These activities were rated as enjoyable, personal…

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AND THE WINNER IS … THE GRAPE

AND THE WINNER IS … THE GRAPE

Nature introduced our ancestors to the first sampling of wine about 10 million years ago. As fruit ripened and fell to the earth, a natural process of decomposition occurred. Microbes in the soil turned fruit sugar into a simpler component, ethyl alcohol.  Some curious, hungry ancestor, eating the decaying fruit, probably rejected the taste, but loved the altered state of mind.  A sophisticated version of nature’s process, called fermentation, was perfected, producing wines that delight the palate as well as…

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