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Make Saving Lives Fashionable

While October — traditionally Breast Cancer Awareness (BCA) month — comes and goes, breast cancer unfortunately, isn’t quite taking a long leave of absence just yet. It seems as though everyone knows someone whose lives have been affected by breast cancer in one way or another. Even with the knowledge that early detection — via mammography and breast exams — has improved the chances of surviving breast cancer, many women still fail to schedule their mammography exam and, hence, place their lives at risk. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. Continue reading…

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Foodie Favorites: Dressing Up the Humble Chicken Wing

Bon Appetit's turmeric and lemongrass chicken wings

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When I was playing softball in high school, my teammates and I would often crawl dirty and bedraggled to a particular local pizzeria after games. They’d sit laughing over their greasy cheese slices, while my taste buds, mature even then, would inevitably draw me toward the more gourmet pies, usually something with fresh mozzarella and basil, or maybe a whole wheat crust. Uncharacteristically, however, I’d more often than not supplement my slice with a small basket of this establishment’s signature chicken wings—something I never ordered at other restaurants. They weren’t good, not even by cheap chicken wing standards—they were often dry and rarely crispy. Yet something about them just perfectly fed that unique hunger I’d only get when I was sore and tired from a game, and my lunch break had been somewhere in the neighborhood of 10:50 am.

Now, despite my wheat and dairy allergies and my general obsession with healthy eating, I still find myself craving those awful chicken wings when my adult slow-pitch softball games end. The only course of action is to figure out how to make ‘em right!

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Still Stressed? Try Network Spinal Analysis

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Back in April I shared some tried and true techniques for de-stressing in tense moments. I still love those techniques and find them extremely valuable. The trouble is, I’d been having A LOT of tense moments—I’m sure many of you can relate—and quick fixes only go so far in combating constant piled-up stress. So, if sitting cross-legged on the floor hoping enlightenment will wander by isn’t for you, how do you reduce the overall level of stress in your life? Recently I was introduced to Network Spinal Analysis, and it was a pleasant and very welcome surprise.

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Foodie Favorites: Have an Ice Pop

It’s hot. Unless you live in the Southern hemisphere, I doubt I had to tell you that. I’ve been craving ice cream pretty much every day for the past two weeks, but I’m not supposed to eat it. This was leaving me not only hot, but cranky too. And it got me thinking about ice pops.

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Foodie Favorites: Natural Alternative Sugars

Lately it seems like we as a society are more food conscious than ever (well, at least those of us who are paying attention). Dieting is nothing new, but I’m happy to see that some awareness is being built about what our food is actually made of. Disturbingly, in too many cases, it’s not actually food.

I have a sweet tooth (shocking, I know). Growing up I enjoyed my mother’s homemade baked goods just about every day, and it never really got me into trouble. However, as I’ve mentioned before, recently I’ve developed some food sensitivities and I’ve been trying to limit my intake of cane sugar, among other things. Whether you’ve got sensitivities/allergies or not, you know we can all stand to reduce our sugar intake a little (probably a lot). So how do you satisfy your sweet tooth without resorting to those chemical-laden sugar substitutes in familiar little colorful packets?

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