When you go to the grocery store, you can often buy “brand X” or the store’s own version of a variety of products ranging from potato chips, salsa and packaged or fresh cheese to bread, paper goods, laundry detergent, cosmetics and much more. These “generic” products are of varying quality, sometimes as good as the name-brand items you may have been purchasing for years, sometimes not as good. The price difference, however, is usually significant, and it’s often well worth the savings.
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Every February there’s plenty of talk about hearts – loving hearts, broken hearts, chocolate hearts and tiny candy hearts with heart emoticons and goofy sayings like “text me”– but there’s rarely talk about healthy hearts, and the things we can be doing to help keep them that way.
Coincidentally, February is American Heart Month and a perfect time to remind people of one of the major contributors to cardiovascular disease: Too much bad cholesterol, or not enough good cholesterol. It’s also … [Read More...]
Although February 14th may be welcomed by many and reviled by others, it’s hard to ignore. In fact, it is hard to imagine another day in the year that is simultaneously revered and dreaded . . . and so misunderstood! Sure, we love the chocolate and flowers, romantic dinners and Hallmark missives. There also are plenty of closeted treasure chests filled with children’s painted hand prints and hand-drawn cards. But why does Valentine’s Day actually exist, other than as a blessing for retail … [Read More...]
Earlier this month, someone incredibly lucky – a $63 million lottery winner in California – failed to step up and claim his or her grand prize prior to the closing date, forfeiting the fortune. We can only speculate why they didn’t cash in. Maybe they were ill or had died. Maybe they didn’t need – or want – the money. Or maybe they just threw the winning ticket into the garbage accidentally, never checked the winning numbers, or washed it in their jeans.
Most of us will never walk away from a … [Read More...]
When we were little tykes watching our parents drink coffee, they told us we couldn’t have any because the caffeine would stunt our growth. When we got a little older, they poured an ounce of coffee in a cup, filled the rest with milk, loaded in the sugar, and we thought we were big shots. Later in the day, we may have drunk soda or eaten chocolate -- which also have caffeine -- but most of us grew up little the worse for the wear.
Adding to the mystery, the health benefits of caffeine often … [Read More...]
The thyroid -- a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in our lower neck below our voice box -- has enormous responsibility for our body’s metabolic processes. Specifically, our thyroid releases two primary hormones -- triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4) -- that control metabolism.
When working properly, the T3 and T4 hormones travel through our bloodstream and help cells get energy from the food we eat. Thyroid hormones are also responsible for helping to regulate our body temperature … [Read More...]
We all can relate to the telltale sounds of winter: Fresh snow crunching under our feet, shovels sliding along sidewalks, ice scrapers chipping at frozen windshields . . . and lots and lots of coughing and sneezing! It’s flu, ear, sinus and throat infection season in America, and decongestants, cough medicine and throat lozenges are jumping off the shelves as we also line up at the pharmacy to get our antibiotics.
With kids back in school, poor hand-washing habits, and everyone sneezing and … [Read More...]
There’s nothing like a clean slate to make you feel you can conquer the world! January is like a year of Mondays . . . but instead of just having the entire, fresh week to look forward to, you have an entire year ripe with change, opportunity and the 20/20 vision you gained from the previous year’s successes, failures, good intentions or near misses!
January is when most people make – or kick off—their “new year’s resolutions.” Most organizations do their business planning cyclically, or … [Read More...]
There’s no question that when we give to others – whether it’s our time, charitable donations, or gifts – we feel good. Sometimes it’s anticipation and joy as we watch someone open his or her gift, or it can be pride or the sense of self-satisfaction we experience when supporting a charity, organization or cause we believe is important. Whatever our reason for giving to others, it feels good – and it’s good for us!
Beyond anecdotal evidence and the hard to measure “warm fuzzy feelings” we … [Read More...]
December is a busy, chaotic, pressured, stressful time. The holidays bring joy and frustration, although sometimes it’s hard to separate one from the other. The end of the business and calendar years also increase tension as we rush around trying to multitask, wrap up projects and budgets, deal with personal and family angst and prepare ourselves for the coming year.
What we need is our own way to help reduce stress and disorganization, improve our focus, and slow down enough – in a short, … [Read More...]