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WAKE UP AMERICA! Inflammation: The Silent Epidemic

The basis of disease is inflammation.

Food For Thought

What I loved most about the conference I attended lead by Dr. Merrily Kuhn was the practical advice I could put to use immediately in my own home.

Inflammation is our body’s attempt to initiate a healing process. It is often misunderstood to be the injury or infection, but rather it is the response mechanism.

Chronic inflammation can lead to serious disease and can wreak havoc on our cells.

Here is a summary of 5 great tips by Dr. Kuhn. Read more

A Big Fitness Oversight

You have to train boredom if you want to be FIT.

No matter your choice of exercise, it always includes a silent partner. Boredom. You can fight it, resist it, change it up. You can increase intensity, change the view, or wear neon shoes. At some point you just have to become friends with repetition. Read more

Learn To Love the Plateau

The plateau is a valuable part of the process.

You want to be moving. But you’re not. Stuck in the mud. Pressing against the wind. Melting into the quicksand. You work so hard and seem to be getting all the way to NOWHERE!

Here comes that evil, pulverizing question again. The one that grinds up your dreams and spits them out. Read more

WAKE UP AMERICA! Skinny Bitch Speaks Out

Compassionate eating starts with awareness and a single step in that direction.

Who is Rory Freedman?

Rory Freedman’s life as an outspoken vegan food activist really took off when her book, Skinny Bitch: A No-Nonsense, Tough Love Guide for Savvy Girls Who Want to Stop Eating Crap and Start Looking Fabulous, became an instant bestseller. The book is co-authored by Kim Barnouin.

With more than 3 million copies sold, Skinny Bitch remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 3 years. Nobody has done a better job of exposing the atrosities of the food industry while encouraging people, namely women, to eat more of what they enjoy in a more compassionate way.

Rory was the first activist to be named Person of the Year by VegNews magazine. She loves animals and food and actively encourages others to do the same.

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WAKE UP AMERICA! Dr. T. Colin Campbell

Nutritional research is being ignored for many reasons.

Who is Dr. T. Colin Campbell?

Dr. T. Colin Campbell almost became a household name when he co-authored the national bestseller, The China Study: Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-Term Health. He is considered one of the foremost experts on diet and health.

While at the forefront of nutritional research for more than 40 years, he has written more than 300 research papers. He is a Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemistry at Cornell University.

The Chinese Institute of Nutritional Sciences is the leading institution in China in charge of policy and research. T. Colin Campbell serves on their research advisory board and was the director of the most comprehensive study on health and nutrition ever conducted. It was called, The China Project.

Raised on a dairy farm, he thought he would prove in his research that the good old American diet was good for us. What he found was just the opposite.

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Under the Covers: A Life Without Limits by Chrissie Wellington

Welcome to Under the Covers, an on-going series of book reviews to enrich the way we think, move, eat and connect.

In my Under the Covers book series, I will rate each book based on its “Life Wisdom” value (from 1 to 5 wise owls). I will review books that inspire, motivate and teach life lessons. Some of our greatest wisdom comes from those whose journeys may be quite different from our own.

When we escape into their world, we can learn from their trials, tactics, and courage. Through their wisdom, we add to our own.

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Sid’s Sense- Lingo & Laughter

Use humor and the right vocabulary to snap tension, ignite fellowship, and cope with life’s stings.

View previous posts in this series, Sid’s Sense.

Around the year 2000, my mother was diagnosed with a progressive illness called multiple system atrophy. It started with severe bouts of hypotension (low blood pressure) and progressed to the point she could not walk or take care of herself. It was heartbreaking. My father, her husband of 52 years, knew this might just be the biggest fight he would ever endure. Determined to find a way to cope, ease the stress, and remain proactive in her healthcare, he chose his words carefully. Read more

Miss Fix-It

Sometimes it's better to just let the feelings be.

I ran a 5k race this over the weekend with my husband and teenage daughter.

This distance is short but that’s also why it’s so tough. You have to be a racehorse ready to roll as soon as the gate opens. There’s something magical about being in the midst of other runners that makes you suffer more.  Misery hurts but also propels you to the finish line sooner.

For all practical purposes, the morning went well. We walked away with 3 medals- well, actually 2. One participant’s triumph turned our victorious morning on its head. Read more

WAKE UP AMERICA! Morgan Spurlock

Fast food is killing you.

Who is Morgan Spurlock?

Made famous after producing and starring in the documentary, Supersize Me, Morgan Spurlock made a difference in the way Americans characterize fast food. He shocked some, validated theories, and horrified many when he embarked on a 30 day eating journey with remarkable results. Nothing but McDonalds fast food for 30 days.

Morgan went on to executive produce and star in the reality TV series, 30 Days. He has launched his second season of A Day in the Life which explores the lives of some of the world’s most interesting people.

A high spirited Dad with a zest for controversy, he uses the media to send important messages with the hope of influencing our personal choices for the better.
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“Toy” with Your Life

It's all in the shake.

Who dreams of an Etch-A-Sketch when they’re my age? And why would this game come to the forefront of my mind when I haven’t seen one since I was a kid?

If you believe dreams are hidden messages, this one was sent as a reminder to practice a skill I hold dear. And one I’d forgotten. Read more