My Body is Going Rogue

I turned 52 four months ago and my body is staging a coup.

It reached a crescendo last week. I realized that my normally favorite bra was suddenly irritating the tar out of me and constantly needing readjusted. It wasn't too old and it wasn't stretched out and it was fine probably the day before. I figured I must have gained 10 pounds over night. But then the suddenly

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Tasty, Satisfying Snacks That Are Healthy Too

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Real fruit bars - no added ingredients. It's hard for me to keep fresh fruit around because of how quickly it spoils and because I don't like to go to the store several times a week. Another challenge with fresh fruit is that it's messy. These bars are fabulous. All they are is the dehydrated version of actual fruit; nothing added. So they last longer and they're portable. I've seen them in apple-blueberry, apple-mango, and apple-pear combos. Obviously this wouldn't fill you up when you feel like you could eat the whole pantry, but they're great to bring along on errands or when you just need to take the edge off.

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For People Who Believe They Could Never Be a Runner

Today when I was trying on three different pairs of running shoes with various insole combinations to keep plantar fasciitis away, using different shoelace-tying techniques to maximize support and minimize numbness, looking at the weather forecast to decide what clothing combinations wouldn’t make me shiver or die of heat stroke, deciding whether the water or calories…

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”Help! I’m Craving a Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Blizzard and a Side of Biggie Fries!” Getting Real About Dealing With Real Food Cravings – Part 1

You've probably read those articles that tell us to drink a glass of water or chew ice chips to stave off hunger, right? Or wait 30 minutes and let it pass? And you laughed - or cried - at how unrealistic that is?

I know I certainly have!

Here's the thing, my sisters. Do not let them make you feel...

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10 Things to Try to Start Loving Fruits & Vegetables

I remember many a traumatic evening of facing vegetables on my plate as a kid. I attempted all the familiar maneuvers: hiding peas in my napkin; “accidentally” flinging a few cooked carrots onto the floor when trying to reach for something; dramatically gagging while trying to swallow zucchini and insisting that my body just could not force them down; refusing to eat succotash and having to stay at the table after everyone else was done until that evil concoction was consumed.

Then came some miraculous day…

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Maybe You Were Born to Run

Bill used to try to convince me that we’re all born to run but I really didn’t buy it. I for one was Exhibit A that some humans are absolutely not born for that. But then we spent time at a few crowded family gatherings and I became a believer.

First it was, sadly, the visitation and memorial service for Bill’s dad, who passed away after Alzheimer’s Disease and eventually pneumonia took over his body. The funeral home was packed. I noticed, and several people commented, that all the little kids were running around, chasing each other, weaving in and out of the groups of adults who were talking. The kids weren’t being loud or causing any trouble. They were just doing what came naturally.

It reminded me of…

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