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Wellness Wednesday: The Misunderstood Calorie

Wellness Wednesday: The Misunderstood Calorie

The basic calorie is still misunderstood by most everyone including many medical professionals. First defined by Nicholas Clement in 1824, “cal” is a unit of heat ( or you can think of it as a unit of work ). One cal equals 4.18 joules, which is equal to the amount…

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Worth It? Reflections from a Second-Generation Food Mom

Worth It? Reflections from a Second-Generation Food Mom

I walked down the damp hallway past the entrance to the visitors’ locker room just as my teenage daughter and her friends emerged. Fresh from the game, each held a bucket-sized frozen slushie the color of antifreeze. They stopped, startled. “Are you mad?” one ventured, as their eyes met mine.…

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Wellness Wednesday: Step Into Spring with New Sneaks!

Wellness Wednesday: Step Into Spring with New Sneaks!

Who’s ready for spring sneaker shopping? I know I am…But standing in front of the shoe wall at your local sporting goods store can be very overwhelming. Is the $100 shoe really that different from the $60 shoe? Would a running shoe work for a walker? What about a cross-trainer?…

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Is our Gluttony for Gluten Compromising our Health?

Is our Gluttony for Gluten Compromising our Health?

The gluten-free diet seems to be all the rage these days; gluten-free foods increasingly line the shelves in all types of food stores and are featured on menus in more and more restaurants. This article will touch on the definitions and risks of gluten consumption, but really, it is the…

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Wellness Wednesday: Improve Your Posture

Wellness Wednesday: Improve Your Posture

Teaching yoga and being pregnant, I have become more aware of my posture… And others’ as well. It’s something so simple, who thinks about it? I mean, you’ve learned to stand and walk since you were a baby. But even after all these years, it’s possible to learn new techniques…

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Wellness Wednesday: We Are All One

Wellness Wednesday: We Are All One

We are all one. As I sit here in 2014 (pronounced “twenty-fourteen:, it sounds more futuristic), I contemplate the next decade, as well as the future beyond. Will we (the human race) advance as a species and survive on this planet…or will we become extinct like the many animals and…

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The Art of Layering for Outdoor Workouts

The Art of Layering for Outdoor Workouts

With the icy weather we’ve been having, this morning felt like spring! For indecisive weather, the best approach to outdoor workout gear is layering. This way, you can peel off each layer as you warm up and replace them as you cool down and not keep yourself trapped inside just…

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The Gift You Give Yourself

The Gift You Give Yourself

Not enough people in this country exercise regularly. I know that may sound like a bold statement, but I’m sure it’s true.  I don’t have the exact percentages at my fingertips, but until it’s 100% it’s not enough! Exercise is not optional for healthy living. Just like eating and sleeping,…

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Grass-Fed: What’s the Beef?

Grass-Fed: What’s the Beef?

Until a few years ago, I very happily, and quite simply, based my food shopping decisions on taste and price.  Recently, in my evolution — that has actually become somewhat of a revolution — I have had an awakening and have started focusing on both food labels and menu descriptions. …

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Let’s Not Sugarcoat It!

Let’s Not Sugarcoat It!

As we approach the holidays, we are faced with a seemingly endless supply of tempting sweets, desserts, and drinks.  It’s no wonder we go to sleep with visions of sugarplums dancing in our heads!  Now is the time to take a deep breath and to fortify our resolve to stay…

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