Kaz will be one month old tomorrow, and so far I’ve lost 26 of the 35 pounds I gained during pregnancy. That almost sounds impressive, but let’s not forget I brought nearly 9 of those 26 lbs home with me in an infant car seat. Good thing those pounds are super cute, they can stay. …
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I’ve got a cold.  Tis the season you know. The thing is, I rarely get sick.  I’m not telling you this to be annoyingly braggy, but instead to introduce my tried and true tricks that work to avoid catching a cold when I feel one coming on.  Usually, anyway. Of course this time when I …
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Insomnia Cure

December 22nd, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Healthy Habits - (4 Comments)

When I was pregnant with Maxine, I struggled with insomnia regularly. I use to get up in the middle of the night and watch two or three episodes of CSI on DVD before schlepping myself back upstairs to dream about working in the crime lab with Gil Grissom. I’d also have that common pregnancy dream …
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Lost: One Exercise Mojo

November 1st, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Healthy Habits - (7 Comments)

Did you ever watch that HBO show Six Feet Under? There’s this great quote in one episode that I think about from time to time. We all go through fallow periods when we must let the soil rest to prepare for new growth. Agriculturally speaking, when a field is left to go “fallow”, that means …
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I can’t seem to eat salad without hummus these days. Normally I try to spare you the daily salad shenanigans unless it’s something new or remarkable – and at first glance this salad is neither new or remarkable. But Wait! Today’s Hummus on Salad story has a moral to it. It starts with the sad …
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Lasting weight loss is serious business. If and when you lose a significant amount of weight, (and even a small amount of weight can qualify as “significant”) it will likely be a big part of your personal evolution and the life long journey you’re on to understanding and truly knowing yourself. It’s usually not until …
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Salad Habits

September 29th, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Healthy Habits - (5 Comments)

There are plenty of good reasons to eat a salad – but I know that if I don’t make salad eating easy, it’s less likely to happen. I went a stretch of days without eating a salad (gasp!) and it took me a second to realize it was because I’d fallen behind on food prep. …
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Welcome Back Flax

September 5th, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Healthy Habits - (33 Comments)

Do you remember when flax seed was suddenly the new and hip seed to eat? Flax seems like old news to most of us now, and it’s a kitchen staple among many health conscious foodies. But for me, this seed has been nothing but a giant pain in the flax. It seems well known that …
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Fat is Your Friend

September 1st, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Healthy Habits - (2 Comments)

I just read a study published by the New England Journal of Medicine from June of this year concerning the changes in diet and lifestyle and long-term weight gain in women and men. More than 120,000 healthy men and women were observed over the course of 20 years.  Their change in weight was evaluated at …
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How to Eat More Vegetables

August 30th, 2011 | Posted by Alison Spath in Healthy Habits - (7 Comments)

Once upon a time I always ate processed, snacky type foods like Kashi crackers, pretzels or frozen, baked french fries as my “side” at lunch.  While those are certainly better than some foods and are of course OK once in a while – one of the best habits I ever created for myself was learning …
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