How Not to Get “Tricked” this Halloween: 3 Bits of Sugary Advice

With Halloween just around the corner, in many households it’s time for discussions on: Whether or not to participate in the occasion? If celebrating, what costume to wear? If not celebrating, what other activity to substitute? Regardless of the reason the family is gathering . . . how much sugar to consume? I’ll leave topic 1) for another day but suffice it to say that we flip-flopped back and...
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Veggies with Kid Appeal

Everyone knows vegetables are good for you and should be consumed in high volume, and on a regular basis. Convincing the small ones in your family of this important fact, however, can sometimes be a battle. If you were on the losing end of the last turnip skirmish in your household, read on. With a little change in attitude–both the big and little one’s–“veggie...
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Mother’s Day in the Real World

This post is a “remodel” of an article I wrote for one of my newspaper columns almost two decades ago. As a wise man once said in Ecclesiastes 1:9, however, “there is nothing new under the sun.” The mixed emotions of this day still stand, as do my prayers for peace. Happy Mother’s Day to all of you! Any day now, it will start happening. I’ll catch my oldest...
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Water, Water Everywhere But Be Careful What You Drink!

Mom was right: drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day is a great idea. What she might not have told you, however, is that while the amount of water intake is important, the quality of the water also plays a factor in the health we experience.   Clean Water Even in mom or grandma’s day drinking water was never absolutely pure. The lake our ancestors used as water source inevitably contained...
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10 Steps to Raising Healthy Kids Who Don’t Totally Hate the Experience and Who Grow Up to Make Kombucha and Support Their Local CSA

“Raising healthy kids” is one of the many goals of most parents I know, myself included. We want them to be strong, to have great immune systems, and to have healthy skin, bones and teeth. We understand the importance of eating well and getting exercise. And before we actually had kids, many of us had a wonderful theoretical framework of how we were going to implement this amazing wellness...
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