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How to Get Happy or Turning that Frown Upside Down

William James said, "Things are not as they are, but as we are." We really do see through the eyes of our own experience and each of our experiences is different, so in every moment, we see everything from the perspective of the mood we're in. It’s almost like we put on different glasses from moment...

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Diet Sabotage: Why it Happens and How to Handle It

Those who you least expect could sabotage your healthy lifestyle efforts. . . your spouse, friends, family. So why is this?

Competition: many friends or family may be feeling like you’re “upping them” or they’re not as successful as you if you are having healthy lifestyle success.
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Change - Reinventing Yourself!

We all have phases in our lives which require change, a reinvention of ourselves. . . (you know . . . major life changes that happen . . . diagnosis w/a chronic illness, marriage, divorce, loss of a loved one, job loss or change . . . the list goes on).

So, there’s that word again . . . ...

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Stress, Cortisol and How to Handle It!

Cortisol – that hormone that the adrenal glands produce in response to situations that allow us to flee the situation or stay and “do battle” – dubbed the “flight or fight” syndrome. This can happen in response to either perceived physical or emotional challenges. So, it does serve us well, EXCEP...

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Some Information About Carbs

SIMPLE CARBS: those carbs that are metabolized as sugar and released into our system quickly. Examples – white sugar, white flour, white potato, white rice, processed foods. These cause a sharp rise then rapid decline in the blood sugar level, which can leave us zapped as the sugar rush crashes. ...

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How to Avoid the Minefield When Groery Shopping

Grocery shopping is fraught w/diet pitfalls! The name of the game is trying to get us to buy more food, and not necessarily healthy food! Here’s some tips to help make our shopping expeditions healthier . . . and most cost-effective:

PLAN AHEAD- MAKE A LIST Have your meals planned for the ...

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Are you an Effective Communicator?

Communication . . . it’s complex! We have a message we want/need others to assimilate and in turn, we need to listen to the feedback. It lets us know if our message is being understood and in turn allows us to clarify when needed.

So, how can ensure that we’re being understood and that you ...

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Preventing Alzheimer’s? Yes!

This is a topic near and dear to my heart as my Mother has Alzheimer’s and I am caring for her. IT IS DEVASTATING, not only for her (to be sure!) but every family member, to see the decline. I don’t like to think about it but, this means I am at high risk for developing Alzheimer’s, too. So, I...

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How Do You Know if You Have A Cold or the Flu?

Tis the season for colds and flu. How do you know if you have a cold or the flu? Both are caused by a viral infection. Some of the symptoms are the same. But here’s a handy check list that may help, and ways to take care of yourself.

Colds: rarely have a fever, rarely a headache, can hav...

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Laughter Really IS the Best Medicine!

Ever heard that advice that laughter is the best medicine? Well, here’s proof that it is. Here’s a list of what laughter can do for you!

Laughter improves mental health, aerobic endurance. Muscles are strengthened and relaxed with laughter. The contraction of muscles used in laughter inc...

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