It's just a cupcake. Chill out. Birthdays only come once a year. The Food Nazis are at it again. These are the kind of comments I often read on Facebook posts, usually attached to healthy alternative recipes or maybe to the latest news on sugar and how all our extra consumption is impacting our health.Read More
Making positive lifestyle change, the kind that creates a life with meaning, takes time but even more importantly, crazy effort.
We can't wait to FEEL like putting in the effort, either. That won't happen.Read More
It used to be that many of us believed age 50 to be the milestone when everything started to shut down. Our bodies, our brains, and gradually, our careers. Our sole purpose to life after that was entertaining grandchildren.Read More
There is no way you want to sit next to me right now. If you do, please don't do anything that would require I speak.Read More
I didn't really think about it until Facebook. My childhood was just what it was. My relationship with my mother was just what it was. But Facebook makes it different. Facebook reminds me that my relationship with my mother was different.Read More
Last week I read about a study on happiness. This particular one focused on people and their jobs. Those who were happiest found purpose in what they were doing.Read More
Jon Whelan is director of the newly released documentary, Stink! His venture into film making began after an attempt to learn the origins of a powerful smell emanating from his daughters' brand new Christmas pajamas. Multiple phone calls and direct contact with the CEO of Justice, a retailer that markets to young girls, proved futile, so Jon sent the pajamas off to a lab.Read More
There's nothing wrong with a chocolate bunny and a few jelly beans for Easter. E. Bunny would be pretty stingy if he didn't leave those things, at least.Read More
Erin Greaney is a busy mom. Not that there is any other kind.
Mom to two, she's always been about convenience. Having grown up on staples like microwaved pepperoni and cheese sandwiches and vegetables that came from a can, Erin understood that food was supposed to be fast and easy. In her mind, being healthy simply meant limiting the number of cookies in a snack.Read More
When we met, Matt was nearing two years since his stroke. At 41, the idea of a stroke was the last thing on his mind. But walking to the laundromat that early March morning changed his life. Here, Matt shares his story.Read More
Every child has moments when she cannot sit still or focus, or when he resists what is asked of him.
We expect that.When these types of behaviors are frequent enough to cause consistent conflict in families and keep a child from being able to learn along with his peers, then they become a problem.Read More
Before I started my stride toward healthier living, I'd heard various bodily function terms thrown around but never paid much attention. Hormone Disruptor was one of those. For some reason, the disrupting of hormones didn't seem all that worrisome. So I kept right on slathering and dabbing and scrubbing and burning with all the products and candles I had been for years.Read More
Feed hay to a group of sheep and they will eat until they are nutritionally satisfied. Flavor that hay with a palatant- a chemical flavor enhancer- and the sheep eat 15% more than they did before. This phenomenon is what drives the livestock industry to flavor their corn and soy feed. After all, pigs that eat more fatten quickly. Time, as they say, is money.Read More
1. Breakfast options meant choosing between Cocoa Puffs, Honeycomb, or Frosted Flakes.
2. Peas grew in cans, were radiation green, and required no chewing.
I was at the Massachusetts State House yesterday, and damn, I'm so glad I went. Sometimes when you're fighting what you believe is the good fight, it gets mighty lonely. You wonder if anyone is even listening or if any of it really matters.Read More
Okay, so this title may be misleading because there are a number of ingredients in sunscreen that make my head spin and green pea soup-y stuff shoot out of my mouth. But if you find a sunscreen without this one ingredient, you are likely putting something on your skin that doesn't include a lot of the other junk either.Read More
Often as a health coach, women come to me expecting me to give them answers. They want me to tell them what to eat and when. They tell me they have read books and articles and pamphlets and bathroom walls and the advice out there is overwhelming.Read More
My son was miserable this spring. His ceaseless sneezing made him exhausted and there were days he could barely see out of his swollen eyes. After a number of holistic treatments, we finally resorted to Claritin, and even that didn't kick in for a while. A few months ago, I posted this blog about the findings from Dr. Martin Blaser and his team. Through a number of studies, he has shown that the increase in many of our chronic illnesses today, including hay fever and asthma, are directly linked to a change in our microbiomes. It's fascinating stuff.Read More
Some people can start making healthier choices simply because they know it's the right thing to do. Then there are others, like me apparently, who feel they are doing just fine and don't need to change a thing. Until they do need to change lots of things.Read More