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The Freak Who Can’t Eat Wheat

You start feeling like a freak anyway, when you can't eat wheat due to celiac disease or gluten sensitivity or gluten intolerance. Like driving around with family or friends trying to decide where to eat. Someone inevitably says, "Vanessa gets to decide. It has to be somewhere she feels is safe." The world-revolves-around-me freak. Or, … Continue reading The Freak Who Can’t Eat Wheat

Having a Health Coach

Did you know that National Health and Wellness Coach Recognition Week is almost over? Yep. Tomorrow. I did not know until last week that this special week even existed.  But it does. Congress declared it. To honor this week I thought I would do a little post on the benefits of having a health coach. … Continue reading Having a Health Coach

Valentine’s Day: 14 Ideas to Support Your Health Goals

However, Valentine's Day does not need to derail your health and weight loss efforts. Here are a few ideas to help keep you on track: 1. Back, neck, or foot massages are free and have no calories. Even children enjoy back massages. 2. Dark chocolate, at least 70%, 1-2 squares, eaten slowly and savored. 3. … Continue reading Valentine’s Day: 14 Ideas to Support Your Health Goals

Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

So, a while back we had a mini epidemic of hand, foot, and mouth disease (aka HFMD) in our family, striking 2 adult daughters, 2 son-in-laws, one husband, and one small grandchild. I was spared. We think it was Disneyland’s fault.  The incubation period is 3-7 days and HFMD started with the first family member … Continue reading Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease

“Burn Fat, Beat Cravings, and Drop 20 Pounds in 40 Days”

These are the words on the cover of The Wild Diet by Abel James.  And what you are reading now is another book review. This book may be a game changer though. So stop reading now if you want to remain pudgy, hungry, and continue to go on and off diets rarely making progress. The … Continue reading “Burn Fat, Beat Cravings, and Drop 20 Pounds in 40 Days”

Perfect Health Diet: A Book Review

Perfect Health Diet Eating, food, diets, perfection, and health all fascinate me. So, why wouldn't a book with this title draw my attention?  Add to that, its subtitle: Regain Health and Lose Weight by Eating the Way You Were Meant to Eat. It even has a foreword by Primal/Paleo guru Mark Sisson of marksdailyapple.com and … Continue reading Perfect Health Diet: A Book Review

Reading Challenge for 2018 – Part 3

Ahhh, the Treasure Trove of Books!   I recently polled some friends, coworkers, and family on their top 1-3 favorite or most influential books of 2017. Below are the results in no particular order. Some people added commentary. I took the liberty to edit the comments a little. I will go first. VM: "Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, … Continue reading Reading Challenge for 2018 – Part 3

Reading Challenge for 2018 – Part 2

Here is my reading list with 52 categories to inspire, ensure diversity and well-roundedness, and give you something to check off. You can print it out to keep track of what you read in 2018. I cannot wait to get started! Reading Challenge for 2018 A funny or humorous book A book published in 2017 … Continue reading Reading Challenge for 2018 – Part 2

Reading Challenge for 2018 – Part 1

Why read. You can use your small stipend of time allotted to you on Earth for other things like going mind-numb in front of the TV; playing video games; diddling on your iPhone or iPad or computer, or making yourself depressed with social media...which is all too often the kinds of things we do with … Continue reading Reading Challenge for 2018 – Part 1

Can Catching a Cold Actually Be a Good Sign?

Imagine my dismay when I caught a cold after Thanksgiving for the second time in six weeks.  The first one occurred in October shortly after I gave a presentation to co-workers on how to stay healthy during cold and flu season, and telling them that I had not had a cold for almost 3 years … Continue reading Can Catching a Cold Actually Be a Good Sign?