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Skinny Drinks

You’re sitting on the restaurant patio, enjoying the sunset with a group of friends and a round or two of drinks. Everyone is relaxed, the air is filled with the sounds of laughter, and you are laughing too. Until you realize that those two margaritas just cost you over 700 calories. The choco-tinis are over […]

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100 Little Calories is All it Takes

So many people come to see me upset, having gained a steady pound or two a year for the past 10 years or so. They feel like failures, are worried about their blood pressure or cholesterol, and don’t know how to turn it around. Do you know what that pound or so a year really […]

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Quickie Marinara

February is Heart Health Month, and its also stay-inside-where-its-warm month, so here’s a quick tip and recipe to make both better. Marinara, the darling of pasta sauces, is really easy to make, easy to double or triple the recipe, easy to freeze, and easy to make into lots of interesting dishes. Its also full of […]

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How to Make Veggies That Taste Good

You can cook vegetables so they taste really, really good. Every time. It’s easy and works with almost every vegetable on the planet. I’m talking about roasting. If you already know the magic of roasting veggies, give yourself a high-five and share this post with all your friends. You deserve the praise. If not, keep […]

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Fish Oil For Depression?

It seems like fish oil will cure anything that ails ya’ these days. And in some ways, it can – here’s how it works. Inflammation, the current health buzzword, is both the cause of many health problems and the result of many health problems, causing more problems. Inflammation is part of the natural healing process, […]

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Fast Food Linked to Depression

The more fast food you eat, the greater your risk of developing depression, according to a study recently published in Public Health Nutrition (March, 2012). This study had 9,000 participants and was well-researched by a team in Spain – a large study that we can’t ignore. People who regularly consume fast food have a 40% increase […]

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Many people I’ve been talking with lately are feeling like they have been knocked down and can’t get up. Between the holidays, family issues, health problems, work (or lack of work), and life-in-general hardness, weight has crept back up and it is easy to slide down that slippery slope into hopelessness. I’ve been there, and […]

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Holidaying #1

I’m here to answer your holiday health questions, so ask away! Q: I am invited to a lot of dinner parties where dinner will be served at eight. I usually eat dinner at six, so by the time I arrive at the party I am starving. I eat and drink too much, too fast, and […]

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Race for the Cure

A few weeks ago, my daughter and I had the opportunity to be volunteers at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Newport Beach. As always, it was an inspiring event, and I was so happy to be able to introduce my girl to the power that comes from people joining together in […]

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