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“To Sun or Not to Sun”

It’s summer and that means time for fun in the SUN! I love the sun, but these days, I spend a lot of time figuring out how I can limit my exposure. You see, I really don’t need any more of those “cracks” on my face (what my daughter called wrinkles when she was young!).  I also had a…

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Got Milk? You Don’t Need It.

And it’s true!  Milk and other dairy products continue to be controversial these days.  Many believe dairy is essential for “bone health,” while other experts disagree and think that dairy is harmful and should be avoided. The famous “got milk” ad campaign was initiated by the dairy industry promoting all the benefits of milk.  The campaign has since been…

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Time for some spring cleaning?

You know it’s time!  The closets are bulging, the garage is a mess, and that junk drawer that just accumulates more and more”stuff” is overflowing.   You can stop putting “stuff” in that drawer but at some point you have to just sit down and go through it. Think about your body in the same way as that “junk drawer.”…

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I almost gave up on wine…

It’s true. I almost gave it up and like many of you… I LOVE WINE!   I just didn’t like the way it made me feel after drinking, even just 1 or 2 glasses… the morning after hangovers (sometimes just hours after drinking red wine), the headaches, brain fog, and other negative effects, just weren’t worth it.  Lately, I’ve…

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“Just Say No”

to Soda… that is! “Just Say No” is a slogan created by first lady Nancy Reagan. The “Just Say No” advertising campaign against recreational drug use was prevalent throughout the 1980s. Today, the same slogan would be appropriate to discourage soda consumption. I am sure you already know that regular soda drinking is not exactly good for you, right? …

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Say I Love You with Dark Chocolate!

Did you know you can give your loved one’s dark chocolate to celebrate Valentine’s Day and ALSO help them lower their risk of cardiovascular disease? There is “a wide range of accumulating scientific research that has linked high-quality dark chocolate, cacao, and cocoa powder consumption to over 40 distinct health benefits.  Antioxidant polyphenols in chocolate are so valuable because…

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Are you getting enough?

… sleep that is! 😉 I can pretty much guarantee, the answer is probably NO!  Am I right?  The worst thing is …that the after effects of not sleeping go far beyond just feeling tired and sluggish the next day. “According to a 2013 Gallup poll, 40 percent of American adults get six hours or less per night.  The Centers for…

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Let’s Get Physical

So … Olivia Newton-John may have been talking about a certain kind of horizontal “exercise” in this popular dance tune from the 80’s … but never the less, we are talking about MOVING! Everyone knows you have to MOVE …RIGHT?! During this time of the year, it’s even more important. The health benefits of regular exercise and physical activity…

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Whole Grains Matter

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Grains can be confusing!  Right?  There’s refined grains, whole grains, whole wheat, and the list goes on. Before we get into whether or not you should avoid grains, let’s get the terms straight. What’s a grain?  According to USDA,  “Any food made from wheat, rice, oats, cornmeal, barley or another cereal grain is a grain product. Bread, pasta, oatmeal,…

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The Dirty Dozen

Sorry, we’re not talking about the movie … (although it is one of my favorite American war films!)  We are talking about another “Dirty Dozen.” I’m referring to a list from the Environmental Working Group (a nonprofit organization that advocates for policies that protect global and individual health – http://www.ewg.org/.  This group tells us which fruits and vegetables contain the…

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