Monthly Archives: April 2015

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According to a new map from Virginia Commonwealth University, residents of Buckhead will outlive those who live near Bankhead by 13 years. The university — which has had similar findings in Chicago, Vegas, New York, D.C., Richmond, New Orleans, and Minneapolis (see all the maps online) — hopes that the startling figures will spark discussion about social factors that impact our health and what can be done to level the field.

Why such a difference? >>

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When we were in San Francisco, I was lucky enough to get some of my Aunt Seiko’s cooking. Ever since I was a little girl, I have lived for her food. Anyway, this was the first of… let’s just say a couple of plates of food that I ate that day. I asked her to send me her recipes so I could paleo-fy them (minus the sugar). Tonight, we had this delicious Chinese chicken salad now we have a new staple.

The recipe… >>

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Someone told me to take it one day at a time, so that is what I’ve been doing. My alarm goes off. I get out of bed. I workout. I carry on with my day. (Don’t tell high school Kathleen that she will go to bed at 9:30 at the height of her partying years.) I log my workouts in my tracker spreadsheet when I get to work. I’ve had it set to a large font, so not all months fit on the page at once. But today, I zoomed out so I could see the whole year, and for the first time, I thought “Good. I have plenty of time to hit my goals.”

Four months down, eight to go! >>

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I’m a personal trainer. I can deadlift over 400 pounds. My timed mile is 6:13. I’ve placed in fitness and weightlifting competitions. My fastest 5k is 21:41. I’ve run a half marathon. I can breathe fire and I drink liquid lava for breakfast. I have brief moments of awesomeness but for the sake of journalism let’s rewind my story to a frigid November morning about three years ago.
My two-step plan for greatness… >>

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A few years ago I got a Vitamix. I was so excited to make smoothies, but at the same time, I was overwhelmed with options. Do I use spinach or kale? Bananas or apples? How about pineapple, celery, cucumber, or carrots? Flax, chia, or hemp seeds? Do I need coconut water or almond milk? Parsley? Lime juice? Cacao? Ugh! There are way too many options! After a few months, thanks to the paradox of choice, I stopped making smoothies all together. If it’s not quick and simple, I’m just not going to do it — sad but true. So, I had to ask myself, “What is my purpose with a smoothie?” It was pretty simple: lots of greens, little sugar, and delicious taste. Hmmmm, I can do that. Here’s what I came up with…

Green smoothie power! >>

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Moderation has never been one of my strong points. I either do it big or don’t do it at all. So naturally, when I decided to add probiotics to my diet through fermented foods, I went whole hog. Now I know why health experts advise to start slowly with fermented food (or any probiotic supplement); they are extremely powerful and, when used in excess, can create an imbalance in your body that causes more harm than good.
Pain, bloating, and agony… >>