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They Enjoyed the Real-Food Buffet, Ate Until Satisfied, Lost Two Pounds

I was so excited to see this study published recently, because it fits in so well with my own experience, and nothing like it had been done before in such a well-controlled manner. Delicious minimally processed foods Most of us suspect that industrial/processed/junk...

Women Need Resistance Training: Here Are Some Easy Ways to Get It

Until my 50s – and even at the beginning of my health journey – I wasn’t even thinking about resistance training. Why not? I’d never been introduced to weightlifting or similar forms of training when growing up or learned about their importance. I thought of...

What I Learned from Tracking My Food Every Single Day in 2023

A quick note at the start: Of course, not everyone can, or should, track their food or limit their eating plan. A Mediterranean-type plan with lots of unprocessed whole plant foods can help us get healthier, but it can’t necessarily solve obesity, which is a complex...

My Healthier Things

Why did I write a song in January 2023 about "My Healthier Things"? During 2022 I typically enjoyed 1-2 units of alcohol per day (they sell Belgian beers at the Total Wine store), BUT I know that the health recommendation for women is zero to one. I decided to do...

Creating a Sleep Sanctuary for Our Nightly Retreat

How to turn your bedroom into a peaceful sanctuary for your nightly restorative sleep retreat

Five Ways to Release Racing Thoughts and Sleep Better

So many factors can interfere with the restorative sleep we need, like light, noise, caffeine, alcohol and hormonal changes. But one of the most common complaints I hear (and deal with myself) is racing thoughts. Our busy minds resist surrendering to sleep, or they...

Who Rescued Whom? How rescued produce rescues me

The box of “rescued produce” that shows up on my doorstep each week rescues me by inspiring / forcing me to add abundant servings of fruits and vegetables to my meals 🙂

Herbs and Spices, Not Sugar and Fat

Healthy, single-ingredient whole foods like vegetables and plain yogurt can seem bland and boring. Fortunately, it’s easy to add plenty of flavor (along with an extra boost of nutrition!) using herbs and spice blends.

Five Easy Ways to Get More Out of Walking

Five easy ways to add more health benefits to our walks: add a backpack or weighted vest; use walking poles to involve the upper body and core; gradually increase step count; vary the terrain and movements; and exercise and stimulate our feet

Water Aerobics and Aqua Zumba: Keep Playing in the Water This Fall!

Water exercise and Aqua Zumba classes build aerobic fitness and strength (more than you might think!) without joint stress, are super-fun with music and social connection, and provide additional health and mood benefits just from time in the water. Here’s my take on them and some interesting (I hope) tips and info!

Easy Substitution Strategies: Less starch and sugar, more vibrant health

Foods made from flour and/or sugar are everywhere! If we don't actively fend them off, they can fill up our meals from morning to night. Think of the free breakfast at a mid-range hotel: toast, cereal, waffles, pancakes, pastries, bagels (fortunately usually also some...
My Healthier Things

My Healthier Things

Why did I write a song in January 2023 about "My Healthier Things"? During 2022 I typically enjoyed 1-2 units of alcohol per day (they sell Belgian beers at the Total Wine store), BUT I know that the health recommendation for women is zero to one. I decided to do...

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