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Maximizing Menopause

  We are very fortunate to live in a time when menopausal age is considered midlife. We live longer. We live better. And while that is a tremendous blessing, it also comes with some challenges. In midlife, we experience significant changes in most areas of life: physical, emotional and spiritual. Our families are growing up and moving to the next stage in

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Appearances or True Health?

Appearances or True Health What do you value more? Are you motivated more by how you look or how you feel? Are you driven by how others perceive you or by your own self-perception? Is it more important to you to fit in or be accepted for who you are? Do you feel like you’re playing a role or

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The Body is as the Body Does

You Are What You Do      CrossFit Reality Check Last Thursday, I went with my daughter to what she calls ‘baby CrossFit’. It’s the CrossFit class for newbies. Modified. Simplified. De-Intensified. CrossFit euphemistically calls it the ‘Challenge’ class. The class is, arguably, aptly named because instead of grunting, cursing, pumping and flinging sweat like the big boys and

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Body Confession

   Can it Help Us Heal our Health Habits? I finished a run last week and was holding a mocha from my fave coffee bar and pondering why my easy runs have been feeling so hard. Honestly, I didn’t have to look that far. I know why. I am not taking care of myself. Yes, I eat healthy and

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Fail Fast

Fail Fast? Why would I want to do that??    Fail Fast What does that mean? Why would anyone want to do that? Aren’t we supposed to succeed fast? Why would we ever make failure a goal? Fail Fast is a term that originated with C-suite execs in Silicon Valley and its ocean of start-ups. It is an approach

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Slaying the Sugar Dragon

Need new ways to slash sugar intake? I crave sugar like the best of them…  Yup, I do. Do I give in to it? Yup, I do. Whether I’m fortunate or unfortunate, when I do give in to the sugar habit, my mind and body let me know clear as day how they feel about my food choices. As the simple carbs

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Where Life Lives

The answer might surprise you.   Like most of us, I spend a lot of time living in my head: thinking, planning, anticipating, dreaming, reflecting, reacting. Akin to watching TV reruns or previewing movies that may never be made, many of my thoughts are about something that has already happened or something that might or might not happen in

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Savor Spring’s Greatest Flavors

Welcome to Atara’s Kitchen! With all the challenges we face today, it’s nice to focus on something positive and nurturing. One of my favorite ways to show friends and family my love is by creating dishes that are scrumptious, fresh, and nourishing. Cooking is definitely a family affair in our house. My kids and I love working in the

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All Day Energy

4:00 P.M… Chocolate? Coffee? Nap?      We’ve all experienced the afternoon slump… – Heavy head. – Dragging body. – Cravings for carbs and comfort foods. – Longing for sleep. – Daydreaming. – Difficulty focusing. We all have our go-to habits when the afternoon slog sets in to power us through the rest of our day. Ideally, we would take

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Stacking Habits

   Well that’s a strange phrase… Habits are among the most powerful drivers of human behavior. Why? Because they are automatic. Habits require little to no thought or planning. They don’t require willpower. They are built into your schedule and built into your life. In short, habits are behaviors that have morphed from what you do into who you

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