You’ve Drank Toilet Bowl Cleaner & Admitting It Is the First Step Toward Better Health

Toilet bowl cleaner sloshes around your mouth. Stain, rust, and grease remover slithers down your throat. Snail and slug exterminating solution clings to your insides, wrecking you from the inside out.

This is your reality.

Deny it if you must, but this is the ugly truth for those who drink Coca-Cola. Now, this may be a dramatic way to present the conversation on soda’s unapologetic, destructive nature but dramatic or not, it’s true. Although those adorable Coca-Cola polar bears summon an audible ‘awww’ from me every Christmas season and glass Coca-Cola bottles induce intense feelings of nostalgia that make my heart take a direct hit of the warm and fuzzies, I’m well aware that Coca-Cola, and soda in general, is a short-term high with a long-term debt.

Soda is linked to weight gain, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, belly fat, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, leptin resistance, cancer, heart disease, and dementia, among other things. And for those who think drinking diet soda is a badge of honor representing healthy life choices, diet soda is linked to heart attacks, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, dementia, stroke, and liver problems,

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Negative Body Images: We are Failing Our Youth

Allure asked girls, ages 6 to 18, to talk about body image. Here are a few of their disheartening reflections:

“Honestly, I just don’t really feel comfortable in my own skin sometimes.” She goes on to mention her height and facial structure upsets her and since she can’t change those things, she avoids mirrors. ~ Mia, 11

“I know a term nowadays is slim-thick. So even if some parts of you are slim, other parts of you have to be full.” She shares that the perfectly balanced body,

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Gummy Vitamins: Less Yabba Dabba Doo, More Yabba Dabba Don’t

“I do not recommend gummy vitamins.”

The moment my children’s dentist said this my mind raced to the container of Flintstones gummy vitamins sitting in my kitchen cabinet, now feeling more like contraband than an amazing start to my children’s day. Although it occurred to me over the years that the gummy vitamins clearly resembled sugary fruit snacks, I gave them to my children diligently every morning because I believe in the power of vitamins and didn’t question the mighty moneymaking machine that is the gummy vitamin train.

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Happiness: It’s Not on the Takeout Menu

If my wife would make shorter honey-do lists, I’d be happier.
If my husband would plan more dates, I’d be happier.
If my boss promoted me, I’d be happier.
If I lost weight, I’d be happier.
If my savings account was greater, I’d be happier.
If my children visited more, I’d be happier.
If my kitchen were bigger, I’d be happier.
If I could turn back time and make different choices, I’d be happier.

How many times throughout the day is our hope for happiness placed on a flawed source?

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Fear & Food: The Cohabitation that Morphs from Well-Meaning to Destructive

Food is fuel.
You are what you eat.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

There are a number of sayings centered around food and although they are often created with the intention of motivating someone to live their best life, they can make people obsess about food in a destructive way.

Many people grow up with an understanding that the food consumed is directly related to the quality of life maintained. School preaches the importance of fruits,

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Like a scientist peering through a microscope’s ocular lens, she focuses her attention on finding alien cells that threaten to invade and destroy.

Like Wonder Woman deflecting bullets with her metal bracelets, she protects the body from viruses and bacteria.

Like the anticipation we felt as children on Christmas Eve, we only miss her when she’s gone.

Who is she, you ask?

She’s your immune system, and understanding her better and giving her what she needs may be all that stands between you and cold and flu season survival. 

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FEAST, FORGIVE, REFOCUS Strategize a Guilt-Free Holiday Season

‘Twas the day after Thanksgiving, when all through my body, not a nutrient or vitamin sat, 
not even a natural sugar or nutritious healthy fat.
The sweats were pulled from the drawer with haste, 
with prayers that my newly ill-fitting buttoned pants represented a temporary mistake. 
The pies were foiled and put in the fridge, 
plotting their sugary attack with their perfectly formed pastry ridge.
And hubby in his recliner, and I on my chaise lounge, 
began to mentally wrestle with the amount of food consumed for which none we had to scrounge.

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The Truths We Can’t Seem To Rectify: Inactivity Leads to Physical, Emotional, Mental, & Financial Pain

2009CRCHealth.com reports that nearly 25% of U.S. adults know inactivity is a massive problem for children.2012DiabtetesInControl.com reminds readers that 2000 began with over 60% of American adults failing to be regularly physically active, and a quarter of them not exercising at all.2017USAToday.com releases an article entitled Kids’ inactivity rises, creating ‘health care time bomb.’2018ScienceDaily.com releases a report that compares lifestyles throughout 49 countries from 6 continents. They discover that, overall, children around the world are not physically active enough to maintain healthy growth and development. … Continued

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Stop Cooking and Start Baking: The Secret to Weight Loss & Healthy Living

Grill. Pan fry. Butter steak. Reverse sear. Slow-cooked. Sous vide. Afterburner. Steak Tartare. 

Gordon Ramsay and Wolfgang Puck can prepare the same cut of steak two completely different ways and yet, the end result is still two delicious steak dinners. Everything from how long the steak cooks to how it’s seasoned is subjective. Cooking doesn’t require a recipe. A pinch of that seasoning and a dash of this one gets the job done. One doesn’t even need to be a skilled chef to work with steak for the first time. 

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The Difference Between Mood & Food is One Letter

One year ago, September 2018, a mother said, “I know it’s hard, Maddie”, slid a Hershey’s chocolate under her daughter’s bedroom door, and finished with “… but I promise it’s going to get better.” Cue Maddie gently opening her door, holding her mother’s gaze, smiling, and joining her mother for presumably more chocolate.

The Hershey Company is clever. They recognize the intensity of the mood-food connection. Romantic comedies recognize it, too. The leading lady reaches for a spoon and tub of ice cream when her heart aches greatest,

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