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Stuff Your Bird. Not Your Body. Thanksgiving Tips

Share this…Gobble this up……. The average individual consumes 3000 calories during a Thanksgiving meal. Add wine and cocktails, and this number can top 4500, according to the Calorie Control Council. That’s more than double what our daily caloric intake should be. We all want to enjoy our holiday meal and not worry about calories. An occasional splurge is part of giving thanks with family and friends. But, there are ways to incorporate moderation into the celebration and feel better the day after. 1. Eat lightly the day before with a focus on fresh vegetables and fiber. 2. Crunch it! Snack on an apple, sliced raw veggies or a handful […]

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Seven Things You May Not Know About Breast Cancer, and Should

Share this…I am an eight-year survivor of breast cancer. Thankfully, I am healthy. When October rolls around, and the pink party starts for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I contemplate what it means to be a survivor, and I think back to when I was diagnosed and underwent a double mastectomy in September 2009, and what a mind-numbing out- of -body- experience it felt like. Your body and your life are altered forever. During October, news reports splash with the latest research, survivor stories or a celebrity revealing she has been recently diagnosed and her message to others. There are pink product promotions, pink […]

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It’s Time To Clean Up the Dirty Talk

Share this…I just returned from attending EXPO East, a giant natural products convention in Baltimore. The first item I tasted was pureed baby food made from boiled, strained vegetables and fruits (but not mixed together) created by a mom (naturally). It was pretty good!  I walked the aisles tasting gut- blasting tonics, fermented juices, root based beverages, mushroom teas and numerous probiotic foods that promised to help clean out my stomach and intestines. I sipped paleo coffee mixed with butter to add “necessary fat” and sampled plenty of reduced fat foods. I nibbled on fiber rich bars and smoothies offering to “help me go.” I tasted foods promising to help […]

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Five Tips For Safe Sips – What All Women Should Know

Don't let a pretty drink become pretty deadly. When in doubt, dump it out. #practicesafesips

Share this…Many of my friends have been sending their kids to college. For many it’s their first time living away from home. On a recent edition of Fearless Fabulous You! former law enforcement officer, Steve Kardian, author of “The New Super Power for Women,” said that the period between September and Thanksgiving recess is when freshman females and returning sophomores are most vulnerable to sexual assault. In fact, an estimated one in four women (25% of college women) experience some form of sexual violence (rape, assault, physical force or incapacitation) during their four years of college. Everyone wants to fit […]

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How Well Do You Know These Water Safety Tips?

Share this…Swimming is one of the best exercises around for overall health. It increases your heart rate, builds endurance and muscle strength, and it does not stress your body like some other exercises. Unfortunately, even the best swimmer can be at risk for drowning.  According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, an average of ten people die in the U.S. from unintentional drowning every day. 1 in 5 are children 14 or younger.  Nearly 80% of people who die from drowning are male. Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury for death among children and the […]

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The Power of One- Clear Your Mind with These Tips

Share this…Research has shown that women are better multi-taskers than men. Human Physiology reported that “men require more brainpower than women when multi-tasking.” I’m not surprised by this. I seem to focus better when I have more to do than less. But what dogs me is concentrating on just one thing for a period of time. My mind drifts. It’s like my brain needs to be in overdrive to thrive. But that doesn’t feel healthy. Have you felt that way? Maybe it’s time to downsize to energize your mind. These days we live with countless distractions which diminish our ability to focus. Technology […]

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A Chronic Illness Should Not Derail Your Sex Life.

Share this…For women living with a chronic illness such as arthritis, cancer or an autoimmune disease, intimacy can be a super-sensitive topic. But, according to the National Institute of Health addressing sexual dysfunction during chronic illnes is now accepted as a fundamental part of healthcare. 133 million Americans – 45% of the population – have at least one chronic disease.  Nearly half are women. Many face the sensitive issue of sexual dysfunction, or the inability to achieve fulfilling intimacy.  Sexuality Expert and Psychologist Dr. Logan Levkoff  recently joined me to discuss how to start the conversation with your partner, address emotional anxiety and find […]

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Learn Tips To Better Breathing for Better Health- Fearless Fabulous YOU!

Share this…Given that every breath we take is an essential part of our health and well-being, it is amazing how many of us are not breathing properly.  Breathing provides energy, helps boost your metabolism, calms and centers you and helps regulate your heart.  Clinical Psychologist Dr. Belisa Vranich, author of Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve your Mental and Physical Health (St. Martin’s Press/Hay House), joined me June 12 to the proper way to breathe. Here’s a tip: Many people breath from their chest and shoulders which is incorrect. You need to lift expand your diaphram and fill your lungs. So start from your […]

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Tacking Migraines Head On- May 1 Fearless Fabulous You!

Share this…I’m tackling migraines head on (excuse the play on words). Friends and family members have experienced debilitating migraines, and I see how difficult and painful it is for them. Here’s what I learned prepping for this show: More women get migraines (three quarters of all migraine sufferers are women). Men tend to have more cluster headaches. There are different manifestations of migraines (e.g., Migraine with Vertigo, Miniere’s Disease) and different phases of a migraine (prodome, attack, postdome). Migraine triggers can vary by individual. Some OTC and prescription medications can trigger migraines (MOH- migraine overuse headaches). Dietary adjustments, exercise and […]

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The Doctor Will See You Now….But Will You Actually See Him?

Share this…I received an envelope in the mail this week from a doctor I never met from a medical facility I never heard of. Inside was an invoice for $57.90. This wasn’t the first “your invoice is in the mail” experience I’ve had in the last several months. Others have appeared from the two hospitals where my husband, David, was treated last August and September for a neurological condition. Thankfully, David is back to normal. But these surprise charges have given me headaches and palpitations. Most of them contain EOBs (explanation of benefits) with charges for assorted doctors and services we […]

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