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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10 “I’ll Never Lose Weight Excuses” Debunked à la Henry Ford!

Often we nutritionists study books written by nutritionists, learn from blogs written by food aficionados, get data from scientists who specialize in the field of nutrition, and run webinars on, you’ve got it, dietary intake. Therefore, in order to keep from getting a little insulated and maybe even slightly stale (sorry, food related adjective alert!) it can be good to get outside your...
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Study Shows Fast Foods Not a Cause of Childhood Obesity . . . Right!

Fast Foods and Childhood Obesity: Should Parents be Concerned? Fast foods are a definite emotion-producer, especially when they are tied to large and potentially wondrous activities like a reality show (Hmm what about those beverages on the judges’ table) or major sporting event such as the Super Bowl or the Olympics (Seriously? Chicken nuggets in “fan” size packaging?). I’ll save for a future...
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