Corn. Friend or Foe?

     It was the best of foods, it was the worst of foods (apologies to Charles Dickens and A Tale of Two Cities). Many people interested in nutrition have a love-hate relationship with corn. Those in the Paleo community will advise against eating corn, along with any other grain. On the other hand, the majority […]

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When is Normal, Abnormal?


The normal high temperature in Aiken for July 1-15 was 94.5 degrees. I don’t know about you, but for me this is abnormal. It is normal to have debt. According to a recent Pew Trust report, 80% of Americans have some sort of debt. Over 38% of households in the US carry a balance on […]

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Nutritionists “Cheat” Too!

Eating slip-ups. We all have ‘em. I have often had people tell me that I must be a perfect eater because of having my nutrition degree. Well I’m definitely not perfect. And sometimes I cheat. And then sometimes I pay for it. Last summer my husband, Doug, had his first colonoscopy. If you have ever had […]

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What’s the Deal with GMOs?


     I have just started a new six-week session of my detoxification program, From Fatigued to Fantastic. As part of this program I educate the class members about the various toxins they may be ingesting through food as well as in other ways. One topic we consider is GMO foods.      What does […]

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Stop “Shoulding” on Yourself!

     I heard a great speech recently at a women’s networking group by life coach Julie-Ann Parrott. Julie-Ann pointed out that we often go through life thinking about or doing things we “should” do.       I should eat more healthily.               I should exercise.     […]

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Just Eat Real Food!

     I  attended  the Weston A. Price Foundation annual conference in November. The WAPF is dedicated to promoting traditional whole foods eating, as researched by the American dentist Weston A. Price in the 1930’s. Dr. Price examined about 13 isolated communities around the world who were eating their native, traditional diets and compared them to […]

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Listening to Yourself, Part 2

      In last week’s article I discussed learning to listen to your body and noticing any symptoms you might be feeling on a regular basis. Many people tend to ignore negative symptoms or suppress them with over the counter medications until they get too big to ignore any longer. Because you are taking the […]

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How to Listen to What Your Body is Telling You


“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”  Winnie the Pooh      Doing nothing is very hard for me. I am a type A person and have worked hard my entire life in all my roles whether as a student, […]

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What is Kombucha?

     Kombucha is a type of fermented beverage that has been consumed by people for over 2000 years. Other similar drinks include milk kefir, water kefir, and kvass. It originated in Manchuria, China around 220 B.C. and was associated with the Japanese physician Kombu who lived around 400 A.D. It later travelled to Russia […]

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