Eat Healthy? Exercise? Still no abs? You’re not alone.

Eat Healthy? Exercise? Still no abs? You’re not alone.

What’s more elusive than Bigfoot and arguably more actively sought after? Money? Fame? True love? You’ve already read the title so you know where I’m going with this. Abs. Rectus Abdominis. We all have them. If only we could see them. Even after slimming down, the abs elude. We think that if we could just get that last five or ten pounds off, perhaps they’ll show up. So we exercise. We crunch. We sit up. We buy fancy machines with great hope and promise. Two weeks go by and the stomach looks more irritated than dissipated. I don’t think that getting abs...

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Putting the C in Cauliflower

Putting the C in Cauliflower

The Vitamin that Makes this Cruciferous Crucial   It’s no surprise the benefits of cauliflower can be lengthy. Just one look at this veggie and you can tell it’s closely related to the infamous broccoli family, which has been well understood as a potent cruciferous. Like it’s cousin, cauliflower is dense with a whole alphabet of vitamins and nutrients. Most notably is the Vitamin C content. Making up an impressive 73%, Vitamin C tops the chart (literally, see this whfoods source) and provides 54 milligrams of it per cup. That’s great, but what does Vitamin C really do? You see it...

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Peace and Grandpa Pete

Peace and Grandpa Pete

Today is August 11th, and today I bury my Grandpa Pete. Six years ago on this day, I was by my grandma’s side as she passed away. Now I pray they are together in Heaven.  I was close to my grandparents. My Grandpa Pete, who married my grandma the year I was born, was the only Grandpa I have ever known. When I think of my grandparents, I think of the summers I spent in La Grande, Oregon. With them, I learned so much. My grandparents literally lived off the land. They had a huge garden where they grew all their...

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The Unseen Side of an Alcoholic Tragedy

The Unseen Side of an Alcoholic Tragedy

How do we talk about alcoholism and alcohol abuse without touching on sensitive issues? It’s a hard line to walk, and a thin one.  In such a small world, the chances are good that everyone at some point will be affected by alcohol abuse. It could be as minor as an awkward party moment, or as major as a life threatening tragedy. Unfortunately, the life threatening part is universally prevalent and all too familiar. Normally, I prefer to support these conversations with documented evidence but I’m going to speak more candidly, and from an experienced point of view, about how...

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