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The Potential of Health Coaching

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The charts stretched along the counter in a seemingly endless line. It was the queue of patients who had checked in and were waiting to be seen at the walk-in clinic where I was working that day, and there were more continuing to flow through the door. I was the solo doctor on duty. The […]

Exercise

Channel Your Inner Parisian…

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…and hop on that bicyclette. Recently, a study looked at the health benefits of riding a bicycle to do errands, like going to the store. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin analyzed, statistically, what would happen if the 31 million people living in the Upper Midwest did half their short-distance errands (defined as 2.5 miles one way) by bike […]

Diet & Nutrition

My Gestational Diabetes

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My first pregnancy was picture-perfect. Right up until the emergency C-section, that is. (But that’s another story…) My second pregnancy, five years later, was not so perfect. About halfway through I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes. Surprise! This came entirely out of left field for me, with no risk factors and no family history. And […]

Diet & Nutrition

Artificial Sweeteners: A Good Idea?

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When I became pregnant for the second time, I decided to eliminate artificial sweeteners from my diet. No more Splenda in my coffee. No more Diet Coke. And I felt great about that decision. Even though the evidence has not yet demonstrated a definite risk, I just felt better about keeping my diet as natural as […]

Diet & Nutrition

Why You Should Drink Tea

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So I talk a lot about coffee. I love my Starbucks. But what about tea? Yes, I love tea too. At my house, 3 pm is definitely tea time. This is more a cultural thing than anything else, for me, having British parents and having spent two sabbaticals in the UK. Most people have a […]

Diet & Nutrition

Why You Should Eat Soy

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In a study that was just reported this week, soy was associated with lowered systolic blood pressure. An interesting finding, and one that backs up what a lot of people already believe: that soy products are a health boon. Of course soy foods and tofu are excellent sources of protein, which is a key part of a […]

Diet & Nutrition

Bittersweet: What To Do About Sugar

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How confused are you over sugar & sweeteners? Is sugar the devil? Does aspartame cause cancer? To start, sugar is not inherently evil, in my opinion. And I’m not alone in that camp. However, there’s definitely controversy over this subject. In fact, the debate over sugar has been heating up for quite some time. But until we have […]

Diet & Nutrition

How Healthy Are You, Really?

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So you feel, well, okay. But is okay good enough? Could you do better? Time to be honest…with yourself. Because prevention, in my book, is far better than waiting for symptoms to appear. Below you’ll find some questions to answer. Now, this is not a multiple choice quiz, with a cute classification scale at the end. These […]