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Providing the most up-to-date information on health and nutrition is my mission!
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Pass the Cranberries!

Happy Thanksgiving Week! Thanksgiving is a holiday centered around spending time with family, friends, and of course, the food. One traditional staple of Thanksgiving is cranberry sauce. Believe it or not, there is no documented proof that cranberry sauce were served at the first Thanksgiving. The sugar used to make cranberry sauce served at Thanksgiving today wasn't around until 1663, but that...

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Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Staying active can be challenging in the winter months and can severely hinder motivation to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I love to run outdoors and explore the Illinois trails in the area. Winter arrived early this year and I'm now looking forward to finding places to ice skate and ski, but on those bitter cold days it's easier to find an indoor track or gym to stay physically active. For ind...

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Happy World Diabetes Day: Diabetes and Celiac Disease

Posted by Lisa Peterson -

Happy World Diabetes Day! I've grown up around syringes, glucometers, test strips, cotton balls, and antiseptic wipes, since both my late grandmother and my older sister suffer from type one diabetes (juvenile diabetes). Type one diabetes is where the pancreas does not produce the hormone insulin, making it impossible for the body to control the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood stream. Si...

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It's the Great Pumpkin Puree, Charlie Brown!

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With the end of October and the beginning of November, it's time to start bringing in plants and fall decoration as an anticipated first frost will be here soon. For my family and friends in Minnesota they are experiencing the first blizzard of the season today! Yesterday, I received several pictures of snow falling in the upper Midwest while I was sitting on my patio in a sweatshirt, crazy wea...

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Fighting the Common Cold

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With the change of seasons, comes that dreaded flu season or for some just the common cold. I've been battling a head cold for the past few days, thus the pertinence of this week's blog. The common cold is considered a virus and in order for the body to fight off the virus the immune system must produce an antibody that matches the virus to prevent it from attacking the body's healthy cells. Be...

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