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What I wish everyone knew about caring for a dying parent

  Death is birth in reverse. That’s what our hospice nurse keeps telling me every time I question a new behavior of my mom. And every time I find myself in the baby aisle at Target buying diapers, sippy cups, and picture books, I realize just how right she is. Fifteen months ago, my mother had a brain aneurysm. My life, and my self as I knew it, changed dramatically in the months following as I recounted in this blog…

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When a wellness retreat is just what the doctor ordered

I thought I was taking care of myself. My friends and my kids kept asking, “Are you okay? Are you taking care of yourself?”  I always replied, “Of course.” But did I really know what “not okay” felt like? Apparently not, because late one night I would call my daughter and tell her I was having a heart attack and that I need to go to the ER. The difficulty breathing, the tightness in my chest, the haziness. Four hours…

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My life was perfect.Then it wasn’t.

It’s taken me a long time to write this post. I generally write about happy things – mainly my happy places. But writing is therapy for me. So as difficult as this is, my mother’s story needs to be told. Often, when I’m writing a blog post, I talk into a recorder and tell a story – it sounds more conversational which is my style of writing. But in this case, I couldn’t do it. My voice kept breaking and…

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Saving Bella: Part 2 – Homemade dog food

A couple of years ago, I wrote a post called Saving Bella when my beloved dog was diagnosed with cancer, canine osteosarcoma – a cancer the vet said would take her life in just three short months. Fast forward 2 1/2 years, and she’s still here. I’ve been making homemade dog food off and on and I’m now in an “on” phase and expect this will continue as her improvements have been nothing short of miraculous. She’s going on 12…

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5 easy & healthy foods to pack in your carry-on

I have a vegan daughter so traveling is always a challenge, whether we’re looking for a local restaurant or facing a long-haul flight. We were recently faced with a 16-hour flight to Australia and were challenged to come up with healthy foods for travel that would keep for a long period of time without losing flavor or integrity. I’m sorry, but airline food just doesn’t cut it.     I came up with five great healthy foods that are easy…

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My Orthorexia story: Why bloggers need to provide balanced information

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UPDATE: Larry King is hosting a show on Orthorexia and he has asked us to appear based on this article. Click here for the link. You can read my daughter’s story here.   I’m going to say some things in the post that will not be popular among food and health bloggers. So I apologize in advance but simply hope to call more attention to the need for all journalists – whether you’re a blogger, magazine writer, broadcast personality, or…

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