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Special K is More Than My Sister’s Nickname

When we were growing up, my mom only bought healthy cereals for us five kids to eat. Special K was a fairly new cereal then, and we ate it while reading the Los Angeles Times comics.

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Exercise Advice Depends on Goal: Test Your Knowledge

Exercise at least 150 minutes per week; As little as 10 minutes a day will keep you fit! Arrgh – so much seemingly contradictory advice. What’s an active baby boomer women to do? The best workout advice depends on your goals. Once you know what you want out of exercise, you will know what you have to put in.

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I Took a Photo Class and Now I’m Headed to Best Buy

I just finished my beginning photography class at our local community college, and loved it. My original motivation was to learn to take food photos for our blog, so I asked for a good beginner’s camera for my birthday. When I was offered the opportunity to post about three different cameras at Best Buy, I actually got a bit gadget-drooly. Let me tell you about them, and see if you also get the urge to update.I learned about a Nikon, a Sony and a Samsung, all of which come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi.

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Peanut Butter & Other Healthy Holiday Foods

Peanut butter is yummy any time of the year, so when I received several PB items in the mail, I knew I had to create a recipe for Peanut Butter Candy Cane bread. Then we added a giveaway, a new affiliate market for healthy non-GMO, organic snacks, and a few of our favorite healthy snacks.

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7 Movement Habits to Improve Your Memory Now

Want to have a better memory doing what comes inexpensively and immediately? Try these 7 movement habits that are guaranteed brain boosters.

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Nepal Adventure Travel: The Ups, Downs, Highs and Lows

Elephants and rhinos and goats, Oh My! Come with me as I hike, ride, and climb my way through Nepal. What inspires you to improve your fitness level? If it’s to travel, where do you want to go?

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Great Gait! Seven Steps to Better Walking

Any time of year is a great time to take a walk, but at this time of year you see hundreds of news reports and blogs touting the benefits of a Thanksgiving Day walk. Have you ever wondered if the WAY you walk is helping or hindering? Read to learn seven steps to a great gait.

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It’s National Family Caregivers Month. Are You a Caregiver?

It’s National Family Caregivers Month. As I’m a caregiver, I jumped at the chance to bring you this important public service information from AARP and the Ad Council about some of the resources available to the more than 42 million caregivers in the U.S. If you’re like most people, your mental image of a caregiver is of middle-aged women taking care of elderly parents. For me, only half of that is true. I’m middle-aged (or early Renaissance; medieval if you’re one of my boys). But I’m not caring for my parents; I’m now caring for someone who is only 57 and had a stroke in late September.

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10 Tips to Avoid Holiday Weight Gain

Everyone has great ideas for avoiding weight gain during the holidays. Our ideas actually work. How do we know that? Well, I have been in the fitness industry for over 30 years, I know (and write professionally) about healthy eating, and I have a Master’s in systemic counseling. More importantly, we use these tips ourselves.

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Lose Weight Doing House Cleaning

Can cleaning the house burn enough calories to make a difference? A recent study indicates that spring cleaning can burn more calories than running a marathon. Is that possible?

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