Constructive Wallowing in 2017

As I looked down from my perch in a gondola overlooking this spectacular winter mountain setting, my focus was on a set of ski tracks in the snow.  The path that each of us takes every minute, every day, or even every year is our own path. The past year was a challenging year grieving […]
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Holidays can be a challenge

Today, on Christmas Day 2017, it has been ten months since my mom passed away.  Living during this past year has been a challenge for me because of her death.  Holidays can be a challenge for many, but especially those who have lost a loved one. The past weekend was filled with snow, something my […]
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Vacation eating strategies

Many are heading out on vacation away from home during the holidays.  Some may be boarding planes for flights and others may be hopping in their vehicles for a road trip.  However you plan to travel and wherever you are staying, consider using some healthy vacation eating strategies. Do not skip meals and watch your portion […]
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Active holiday season

Sticking to your workout routine during holidays can be a challenge.  Staying active will give you energy and reduce stress, along with burning any extra calories you might have eaten.  These quick tips can help you plan ahead and prepare you to stay active this holiday season: If you are traveling, planning ahead can make […]
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Food safety

Food poisoning from harmful bugs can show up if you do not handle foods carefully.  Symptoms can include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain and cramps, or a fever. This is the time of the year when we are making holiday treats, doing more home cooking, and dealing with leftovers in our kitchen. Think safety to […]
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Celebration eating strategies

On the occasion of a celebration meal, do not derail your healthy eating plans.  Stick with strategies that work for you.  The meal pictured was at a great steak restaurant in Seattle.  The steak was cooked to perfection, but there was WAY too much food so I took half of the meal home for the […]
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Dining-out strategies

This past summer I had an amazing meal sitting outside at a restaurant along the shores of Lake Washington.  It was a beautiful evening and I started with a spinach strawberry salad that also had red onions, goat cheese, and candied almonds.  It was so satisfying and filling I really could not even eat much […]
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Holiday eating strategies

I do not crave salty things like I do sweet things.  I can easily ignore a bag of potato chips if it is sitting on a shelf in my kitchen.  However, I love corn chips for some reason.  Maybe it was my first taste of Fritos corn chips from the tiny little bags at the […]
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Knee rehab

I have been struggling with my left knee for months. One of the best forms of rehabilitation without weight-bearing for me, is getting on my bike.  The weather the last few weeks has been clear and I was able to get in a nice flat, sunny bike around Burton.  The views out across the water that […]
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Holiday eating advance planning

To get through the holidays while continuing to eat healthy, come up with some basic guidelines as a blueprint to follow to keep you on track.  In “The Small Change Diet”  Keri Gans suggests: Dine out, rather than pig out. Celebrate the event, not the food. Treat”the holidays” as one day, not one month. Take […]
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