Can you Save Money AND Eat Healthier?

Many news reports cite the top two New Year’s resolutions as losing weight and saving more money. In most years weight loss has been the most popular goal. Given the difficult economy in the past few months, saving money has doubtless topped eating healthier as number one. But can you save money and eat healthier? After […]

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Go Out in Nature to Heal

Have you ever heard the term Forest Bathing?  It refers to the Japanese concept of immersing yourself in a forest in order to heal.  This involves taking a walk in the woods, or even just sitting in a natural environment.  It is not primarily walking that is healing.  Instead, it is simply being out in nature.  There has been research […]

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Reasons I Don’t Have Corona-Phobia

(And why you shouldn’t either!) I first heard the term “corona-phobia” on the on-line show The Highwire, hosted by Del Bigtree.  As you might guess, corona-phobia means an undue fear of catching Covid-19. I have watched The Highwire on YouTube periodically over the past year.  Del Bigtree is a medical journalist who is a former producer on […]

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BYOF

You have probably heard the term BYOB.  It means “bring your own bottle”, and it refers to a party where you, as the guest, are supposed to bring your choice of alcoholic beverage if you want to drink.  Recently I heard a variation on that term: BYOF.  It stands for “bring your own food”.  Dr. […]

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Buy Willpower at the Store

Eat me!!!  Eat me!!!   Have you ever felt that call from the pantry or the refrigerator?  Well I sure have. I find that dark chocolate is particularly hard to resist.  I got a couple of the large size dark chocolate bars as presents one Christmas.  And, as much as I wanted to only eat […]

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We Manage What We Monitor

We manage what we monitor is a term Gretchen Rubin coined in her book about habit change Better than Before. In nutrition, it is common practice to ask people to log their food intake for a period of time. Dieters are often told to keep a food journal to increase their awareness of what they are […]

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How to Eat to Reduce Inflammation

I took Pilates group classes twice a week at South Aiken Physical Therapy and Wellness for about a year.  If the workout was especially hard, then I might feel a bit sore in my back, abdominal, or glute muscles.  This type of inflammation is good for our bodies. The people in my Pilates class and other classes offered at […]

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Organize Something to Worry Less

Many of us have more free time now than we normally do.  This may be because of cancelled work, meetings, church or other activities, exercise programs or any number of activities that we participate in.  But given that this available time is as a result of mandated closures due to the coronavirus, we may not be all […]

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Are Some Whole Foods Unhealthy?

“Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from the outside cannot defile him, since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled? (Thus he declared all foods clean.) Mark 7:18b-19 In the Old Testament God decreed that some foods were unclean and therefore should not be eaten by faithful […]

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Short vs. Long-Term Happiness and Processed Foods

Diabetes.   Heart disease.  Cancer.  Stroke. Alzheimer’s.  Kidney Disease.  These are the major causes of death and chronic illness in the U.S. today.  In previous generations these chronic diseases were a rarity.  Did you know that eating large amounts of processed foods is highly correlated with the likelihood of developing each of these diseases?  Diet and other lifestyle factors are much more important than […]

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