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I love eating fruits and vegetables, especially when I travel. However, I’ve gotten food poisoning when I am in places like Mexico and China. When you travel, you only eat food that are piping hot or ice cold if you want to reduce your chances of getting food poisoning. I have a weakness for fresh […]

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You’ve seen the ads and the infomercials for exercise programs and machines that would help you get in shape in 6 weeks or less. Even though I’m skeptic about instant weight loss miracles, a small part of me wonders why I’m not getting in shape as fast as the models on the infomercials. This post […]

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This article is contributed by Raj. The habit of tobacco smoking has been around for hundreds of years, and it is still an extraordinarily common habit today. In the old days, pipes were the most common way of smoking tobacco. Now, cigarettes are the method of choice. No matter how tobacco is smoked, it is […]

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At Hazelnut’s daycare, most of the staff is overweight and a couple of them are obese. There have been plenty of times when I showed up and 3-4 of the staff waltzed in from their breaks with huge Starbucks frappicianos (with the whipped cream), McDonalds, or Chinese take-out. While the daycare is not feeding the […]

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The other day I had a very interesting conversation with a co-worker about escaping from danger. Actually she thought my ideas where interesting. “I really need to go on a diet to lose some weight. I need to get healthier so I can play with my grandchildren without needing a nap afterwards,” said my co-worker. […]

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While I acknowledged the busy lifestyle of most parents today, I never truly understood it until I became a parent. Even reducing my hours by 20% and essentially putting my career on the mommy track, I find it sometimes easier to buy into the conveniences of the drive-through and packaged foods. My 14 month old […]

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This post is a followup of yesterday’s discussion of caffeine withdrawal symptoms. Today’s discussion is about my caffeine treatment plan, which reduced my morning coffee from 3 cups to 1 cup while minimizing my coffee withdrawal symptoms. Create your caffeine withdrawal plan Creating a caffeine withdrawal treatment plan is all about slowly getting rid of […]

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Long time readers of my blog know that I have a love/hate relationship with coffee. Once every couple years I would cut out coffee for several months just to have it slowly creep back into my life again (this is what happens when you have another coffee drinker in the house). My dependence on caffeine […]

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According to my mom, there is a saying in the old country that most women lose one tooth per baby. Babies are nursed in the country side and formula is rarely used.  It is too expensive or there is limited access. Since I gave birth to now, I’ve developed 4 cavities. And yes, I believe […]

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I will be joining the millions of people making the New Year resolution to lose weight. Actually I want to improve my strength and flexibility, but weight loss would be a bonus for me. Even though I’ve already returned to my pre-pregnancy weight, shaving a few additional pounds would be nice. Because I want to […]

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