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Where There Is Help There Is Hope

This week, I breathed two sighs. One of Hope and one of Sadness. And I think many other women did as well. Hope is because a new study came out stating that many women with early stage breast cancer may no longer need to undergo chemotherapy treatment. As with all studies, there are particulars, such as the cancer cannot have spread to the lymph nodes and the patients had to be sensitive to estrogen and negative for the protein HER2. This is a major advancement for the approximately 260,000 women diagnosed with  breast cancer each year.  In The New York Times article, “The findings […]

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Want to Change Your Life? Change Your Habits

The main reason diets don’t work is people don’t stick to them. It’s a commitment. Your relationship to food is more than about what you eat. It’s emotional. Many of us eat and drink to nurture our spirit as much as to nourish our bodies. Maybe it’s time to change your behavior and not just your diet. That’s one of the many messages from Dr. Deena Solomon, who tackles weight loss from a cognitive behavioral perspective- aka “retrain the brain.” www.drdeenasolomon.com Dr. Solomon says, “While others view food as an addiction, and overeating as a disease that must be cured, I see eating […]

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More Smart Sip Tips & New Regulations to Note

Talk about raising awareness of from you lips to your hips! While everyone was enjoying their Mint Juleps to cheer on the Kentucky Derby and Margaritas for Cinco de Mayo last week, a new Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A) regulation was rolling out requiring restaurants and other dining and drinking establishments with more than twenty locations to list calories counts for cocktails, wine and beer. The guidelines were announced earlier this year. You can watch the recent NBC News report here. Like the calorie counts we see on menu items at similar establishments, these are intended as helpful guidelines to educate consumers about what […]

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Let’s Bust a Few Myths About Your Breast Health

I never thought I’d say how much I enjoyed reading a book about breasts, but I highly recommend the new release: BREASTS: The Owner’s Manual by Dr. Kristi Funk, a board-certified breast surgeon and founder of The Pink Lotus Breast Center in Beverly Hills. You may have seen or read about Dr. Funk recently. She’s appeared on “Good Morning America,” “Megyn Kelly Today” and numerous other national media outlets.  And her name made headlines after her patient, Actress Angelina Jolie, revealed in a New York Times op-ed her pivotal decision to have a prophylactic bilateral mastectomy to reduce her cancer […]

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Why It’s Important To Speak Out

The only thing as disturbing as a voice that had been silenced is one that refuses to speak out.  Apathy is even worse than acrimony. Because apathy is about being indifferent versus helping to make a difference. Last week was Equal Pay Day. The date, April 10, was significant because that is the date in 2018 it would take for women’s earnings to finally catch up with what men earn. Women still make around 80 cents on the dollar to men and about $10,000 less in annual salaries. But don’t just blame the system. Too often we just let it happen by not speaking out […]

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How to Find your Voice When You Are at a Loss for Words

Have you ever been in a situation where your words froze? I’m not talking about writer’s block. It’s about being able to verbalize effectively. Recently this happened to me in a meeting where I developed word drool and could not get the sentence out. I attributed it being tired, but I just think my brain froze and disconnected with my words. Fortunately, I gathered my thoughts and rebooted quickly. This happens more than you think. Everyday reasons are stress and fatigue, or perhaps you have strained your voice or become hoarse due to an upper respiratory condition.  A more extreme medical […]

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Give It Your All. Just Don’t Give It All Away

Do you feel over-extended? Many of us do. Eager to please and with a desire to succeed at what you set out to do, it’s easy to say “Yes” to every invitation and opportunity to meet, network, collaborate, socialize and support. Humans are naturally bonding creatures, and we want to make people happy and also feel good ourselves. But spreading yourself too thin can cause you to lose focus. And it can also impact your overall health. You don’t want to be so busy helping other people water their lawns to grow their dream garden that the grass turns brown and wilts under your own […]

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What Makes You an Expert?

Believe what you want.

My inbox is flooded with “experts” offering to help improve my life in many areas. Some are legitimate, well-schooled and professionally trained at their specialty, and it is an honor to have them join me as guests on my radio shows to share their knowledge. But there is a difference between being an “expert” and an “influencer.” The latter is also flooding my inbox and social media offering advice and tips, usually with beautiful photos. And they are gaining traction for their large followings. Good for them! But they are not necessarily experts. I recently attended a webinar on how to become […]

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Five Tips To Preserve Water

I once had a playmate who had never seen running water in a home until she visited mine. Her name was Willow Faye, and she was one of my mother’s students at a special needs nursery school. Her family lived in rural Tennessee. That was the early 1960s. And yet, even today… Roughly 1.3 million Americans still don’t have hot and cold running water, a bathtub or shower or a working flush toilet. Many more don’t have clean water that’s safe to drink. At the same time, Americans that have clean, running water at home use nearly 100 gallons a day, more […]

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The ABCS of Getting Your ZZZZs

When it comes to what’s happening between the sheets, most of us are not getting enough….sleep. According to a 2015 report by the National Sleep Foundation who issues an annual Sleep Health Index™…..”45 percent of Americans say that poor or insufficient sleep affected their daily activities at least once in the past seven days.” Furthermore, the National Sleep Foundation says:   “[a]n estimated 18 million Americans have sleep apnea, a sleep-related breathing disorder that leads individuals to repeatedly stop breathing during sleep. Not only does sleep apnea seriously affect one’s quality of sleep, but it can also lead to health risks such […]

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