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Healthy Holidays to all!

Healthy Holidays to all!

By Ellen Margulies

This is how the song should really go: On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: 12 sausage and cheese balls, 11 mini-quiches, 10 holiday cocktails, 9 nutty-cheese dips, 8 Christmas cookies, 7-layer dip, 6 pigs in blankets, 5 kinds of fuuuudge… 4 homemade turtles, 3 egg nogs, 2 candy canes and a fruitcake that I didn’t even want.

Because at this time of year, the parties are killer. And let’s face it: In Middle Tennessee, we aren’t going to be skiing or ice-skating those calories off. For some of us, keeping up a semblance [...] Read More

Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas

by Ellen Margulies

Days get darker, shorter. It’s rainy and cold. All around you are beautiful reds and greens, but all you feel is blue. If Judy Garland’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” plays on the radio, you’ll go right over the edge.
Being depressed sucks any time of year, but it seems to carry an extra sting at Christmas. The holidays are full of light and joy for so many, so when something is lacking in your own life, the contrast is all the more remarkable. I’ve always loved Christmas, but I’ve experienced a few that were more maudlin than [...] Read More

The Only Limit to Vegan Entertaining is Imagination

The Only Limit to Vegan Entertaining is Imagination

by Pamela Coyle

The cheese issue often stumps me. Humble or highbrow, the cheese platter is one of this host’s party must-haves. It is easy. It dresses up nicely. And guests dive right in

Vegans don’t eat any food that comes from animals, including dairy, eggs and cheese. So how would a party look?

The affair would not have a scarlet “V” on the entryway door. Visitors would find people having a great time and a range of creative and tasty dishes. The offerings might even include “cheese.”

I did some Googling and easily found great websites with recipes such as Pepper-Crusted Cashew Goat [...] Read More

Organic Food: Worth it?

Organic Food: Worth it?

by Ellen Margulies

Sometimes, buying organic fruit at the market feels a bit like taking the short nerdy guy to homecoming: You know he’s so much nicer to you than the hot guy in the band, but you really have a hard time getting past his plaid pants and chin zits.

But if you knew the hot guy in the band might be exposing you to 21 pesticides a day and possibly harming the environment, that choice might be a lot easier.

Ok, so maybe I took that homecoming-date analogy a bit too far, but here’s the deal with organics: I know they’re [...] Read More

Public Restrooms: Survival 101

Public Restrooms: Survival 101

I have always been amused by people who walk into a public restroom stall, see a failed flush and walk out. What’s it going to do? Jump out and attack you? Someone needs to flush it – so grab a paper towel and hit that handle.

The paper towel is your friend. Next to washing your hands – in hot water with an actual cleaning product – using a paper towel or
bit of clean toilet paper or tissue to open public restroom doors, turn water faucets off and on and other near-automatic tasks is the best way to minimize the chance [...] Read More

Order smart with fast food

Order smart with fast food

You know those insanely hot, scantily clad 19-year-olds sensually eating double-bacon cheeseburgers on the fast food commercials? I’ll let you in on a little secret: They’re not really eating those burgers. They’re taking a bite, making love to the camera with their eyes and then, when the director yells “Cut!” they’re spitting that burger into the burger bucket just off camera.

True story.

Because otherwise, let’s face it, they wouldn’t look like that very long. Would that we had burger buckets in real life, so we could all look like that. Fast food is cheap and convenient, but it’s not exactly known [...] Read More

Ergo incoming!

Ergo incoming!

Who out there sits in front of a computer monitor much of the day?

Raise your hand. Raise it higher. Excellent. Now raise your other hand. Higher. Now with your arms at your side, drop your shoulders (think of it as an anti-shrug) and squeeze your shoulder blades together. Four more times.

Under your desk, make 10 clockwise circles with each ankle. Now counter clockwise. Repeat with other ankle. Stretch your fingers apart and roll your shoulders.

Do this a lot. I wish I had.

As a younger Pam, I was not the only newspaper reporter who dreaded visits from highly paid ergonomic consultants. [...] Read More

HRT or Not???

HRT or Not???

Just when you think you’ve pretty much explored all the joys of womanhood – you know, 40 years of menstruation, wearing heels all day and, of course, childbirth – along comes menopause. Hot flashes. Mood swings. Night sweats. Plummeting sex drive. Mouth sores. Yes, mouth sores (I found out about those when I was experiencing a bout of painful unexplained bumps on my tongue, which turn out to be one of the many unheralded bonuses of peri-menopause). And don’t forget the unwanted facial hair. I have a better beard than most 16-year-old boys. [...] Read More

Boob Job

Boob Job

Just wanted to get your attention….Early detection, my story.

My breasts are lumpy and dense, and I started getting annual mammograms in my late 30s because even my gynecologists struggled to rule out possible tumors with manual exams.
  [...] Read More

To Be Friends or Not To Be Friends...

To Be Friends or Not To Be Friends…

By Ellen Margulies

Breaking up, as the song says, is hard to do.

There’s usually guilt, remorse and sometimes ill-advised reunion efforts on one side. On the other side, shattered confidence, feelings of betrayal, lots of Ben & Jerry’s.
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