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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Eat Five or More Vegetables a Day

     All healthy diets are in agreement that people should eat whole, unprocessed or minimally processed foods. While there are conflicts between various diets about the amount and types of proteins and fats people should eat, they all agree that non-starchy vegetables are extremely important because of the number of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and […]

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The Essential Seven Habits, Part 3

This is the third and final post on the essential seven habits of successful people as categorized by author, Gretchen Rubin. You can read part 1 here, and part 2 here.      Because December is often a time for reflection and goal planning, I want to challenge you over the next few weeks to […]

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The Essential Seven Habits, Part 2

     As I wrote in part 1, one of my favorite authors is Gretchen Rubin. In her research on habit change, Rubin found that the happiest and most successful people had good habits in each of seven essential areas.      Since December can be a time for reflection and goal planning, I want […]

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The Essential Seven Habits, Pt. 1

One of my favorite authors is Gretchen Rubin. She has written several books on happiness and habit change and also has a blog and weekly podcast. One recent podcast episode  was about “The Essential Seven Habits”. In her research on habit change, Rubin found that the happiest and most successful people had good habits in each […]

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Find Your Bigger Why

     If you are reading this, I assume that you would like to eat better. Perhaps you would like to lose some weight. I was talking to someone last week who said she lost over 20 pounds four years ago. When I asked her why, she said that she turned 55 and did not […]

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Food Intolerances: When Your Reaction Isn’t Immune

     Previous articles in this series have discussed food allergies and food sensitivities. Food allergies are immediate symptoms that occur after eating a particular food. These can be measured by IgE immune reactions in the blood. Food sensitivities are delayed reactions that occur from a few hours to days after eating a specific food. […]

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Can Food Make Your Seasonal Allergies Worse?

Yes, it can, and here’s why.      I had literal “hay fever” for most of my life. My nose would get stuffy in the spring and remain that way through the fall. I took Sudafed to decongest quite often. Once or twice a year I went to the doctor because a sinus infection had […]

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The Pain of Food Sensitivities

     Recently I looked back at some journals I had from previous years. One entry from mid-2008, almost nine years ago, struck me. In it I asked God to help me figure out my health problems and I wrote that I did not want to be on medications for the rest of my life. […]

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